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The Patriot Post® · Mid-Day Digest

Aug. 22, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/57807-mid-day-digest

THE FOUNDATION

“Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government.” —George Washington (1796)

https://patriotpost.us/fqd/57805-founders-quote-daily

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Cohen, Manafort, and the Demo strategy to delegitimize the president.
Another American killed by an illegal alien who shouldn’t have been here.
The Leftmedia’s suicidal assassination of Trump proceeds apace.
This just in: Russian election meddling never ended.
The FDA injected a little competition into the EpiPen industry.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Trump’s Good, Bad, and Ugly Day1

Nate Jackson

In March, we issued a warning2 about President Donald Trump’s salacious affairs with a porn star and a Playboy model a dozen years ago: “A man’s private morality does affect his ability to govern. At a bare minimum, the bad press is a distraction; at worst, it reveals a deep untrustworthiness that plays out in policy and personnel decisions. Moreover, all the hush money and other legal wrangling over flings with porn stars could seriously jeopardize the president.”

Unfortunately, that warning proved all too prescient with yesterday’s news about Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. More on that in a minute.

Now don’t get us wrong — Trump may not be a good man, but he’s been a good president3. He has, as Mark Alexander noted recently4, “dropped a bomb on the status quo” in Washington. A desperately needed bomb. No wonder he’s a target for destruction.

As for Trump’s (lack of) character, that was baked into the 2016 election cake. Voters knew exactly who they were electing — and that he was vastly preferable to a criminally corrupt swamp creature named Hillary Clinton. Moreover, as you recall, Bill Clinton had multiple accusations of rape and sexual assault, but Democrats rallied around him. Barack Obama lied about the murders of four Americans in Benghazi5 to win reelection in 2012, yet Democrats rallied around him. Now they care about character? Please.

Yet it’s also true, as David French argues, “There is no universe that exists under which all the MAGA-folks wouldn’t be calling for Hillary’s impeachment or resignation under similar facts.”

Which brings us to the facts about Cohen and Manafort. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, pleaded guilty to tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to secure a loan. As part of his effort to obtain a better plea deal, he threw Trump under the bus, alleging that “a candidate for federal office” ordered and reimbursed hush-money payments to mistresses “for the principal purpose of influencing the election,” a violation of campaign-finance law because these in-kind contributions by Cohen exceeded the legal limit. That’s a serious charge, but it’s a difficult one to prove. As Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said of the Cohen deal, “It’s not nearly as deadly lethal [to Trump] as some have portrayed it as being.”

But Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, is a leftist who was special counsel to Bill Clinton, so he knows how to protect a Democrat and attack a Republican.

Manafort was targeted by Robert Mueller’s team for various crimes committed before Trump’s candidacy. The jury convicted him on eight of 18 charges — a decidedly mixed bag. None of it had to do with Trump, and none of it had to do with Russian collusion. As with Cohen, it was all related to tax and bank fraud, and anyone who thinks such sleazy behavior isn’t commonplace among campaign advisers isn’t paying attention. Recall that District Judge T.S. Ellis chastised Mueller’s team, saying, “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort. You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”

As Mollie Hemingway points out6, “One of Manafort’s associates in the whole lobbying enterprise was [Democrat] Tony Podesta, who has yet to be indicted for his role.” The obvious double standard and specific political targeting actually helps Trump politically.

Yesterday was a bad day for the GOP, not necessarily for Trump — “draining the swamp” notwithstanding. It most certainly was not, as NBC News laughably asserts7, “the darkest day for the presidency since Watergate.” That assertion is being parroted across the Leftmedia spectrum. Trump uses chaos to his advantage, even if it is needlessly distracting chaos. But the House is in jeopardy of falling to Democrats, who will then be sorely tempted to pursue impeachment proceedings. Most Leftmedia outlets seem to consider impeachment a foregone conclusion, even if a Senate conviction will never happen.

Leftists’ sole strategy is delegitimizing Donald Trump. Driven by their own Trump Derangement Syndrome, they’ll use yesterday’s news to maximum effect in seeking to exact retribution for Trump’s only real “crime” — defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57801-trumps-good-bad-and-ugly-day

Illegal Alien Charged in Murder of College Student8
Thomas Gallatin

Sad news broke yesterday: The body of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was found in a corn field a few miles from her home in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa. Tibbetts’s sudden disappearance during an evening jog last month made front-page news across the nation as her family and friends appealed to the public for any information. Police announced Tuesday that they had arrested and charged Cristhian Rivera, a 24-year-old illegal alien, with first-degree murder.

Authorities stated that Rivera had been living in the area for the last four to seven years and that he worked at Yarrabee Farms, a local family-run farm. Yarrabee Farms issued a statement saying that Rivera had been “vetted through the government’s E-Verify system, and [he] was an employee in good standing.” The company further added, “Yarrabee Farms follows all laws related to verifying employees are legal to work in the United States, and we regularly seek outside counsel to ensure we stay up-to-date on employment law matters. We keep records on all employees and have shared that information with authorities.”

Meanwhile, the mainstream media continued its practice of blurring the lines between legal and illegal immigrants by referencing Rivera as an “undocumented immigrant.” Yet that proves to be ironic and misleading in this case, given that Rivera was actually “documented,” though it’s clear his documentation was not legal.

On Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence noted the danger in Democrat and leftist calls for abolishing ICE. “If you abolished ICE and removed the whole interior enforcement arm of immigration enforcement, you will have created the greatest pull factor this country has ever seen,” he said, adding, “Individuals south of the border will know that as long as they keep trying and keep trying to get past the border patrol, that there is no possibility that they will ever be arrested, even if they get arrested for criminal violation in this country, that there is no possibility they will ever be arrested by immigration and by ICE. Without that deterrent effect, you will have rampant crime throughout our communities.”
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Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds asserted, “As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry. We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community, and we will do all we can [to] bring justice to Mollie’s killer.” Texas Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott took aim at sanctuary cities, writing, “This is why so many Americans are angry about sanctuary cities. It’s why Texas banned sanctuary cities. It’s about safety.” Perhaps he was hearkening back to the last high-profile death perpetrated by an illegal alien — that of Kate Steinle9 in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.

No matter how Democrats and open-borders proponents try to spin it, crimes like this committed by illegal aliens are on their heads. Leftists play an active role in seeking to limit effective means of securing our country’s borders, working against the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws via the creation of “sanctuary cities” while calling for the abolishment of ICE.

If Democrats were truly concerned over the security of U.S. citizens as well as the plight of illegal aliens, they would be front and center in promoting a strong, secure border and the full enforcement of immigration laws. Doing so would go a long way in reducing the systematic and horrific abuse10 illegals suffer in the human-trafficking industry that thrives on lax immigration enforcement. But alas, for Democrats it’s all about securing their own hold on political power, not about serving their fellow Americans or even the illegals they claim to champion.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57803-illegal-alien-charged-in-murder-of-college-student

Top Headlines11

Shocker: U.S. leading all Paris accord signatories in emissions reduction (Hot Air12)
California used loopholes to keep thousands on SNAP from having to work (The Washington Free Beacon13)
DOJ declines to prosecute FBI agent IG says received money from former source, protected source’s illegal business, provided false info to police, and misused FBI assets for personal gain (CNS News14)
UNC plans “full criminal investigation” after Confederate statue toppled (The Daily Signal15)
Motion filed to lift gag order barring the release of “damning” abortion-industry videos (The New American16)
High schoolers don’t read books anymore — why that sets them up for failure (Intellectual Takeout17)
The snowflakes are safe: University bans snowball fights and water guns (National Review18)
Medical website indulges trans community with new term for female genitalia (The Daily Wire19)
Israel eases gun controls following lone-wolf attacks (France 2420)
Humor: Democrats demand vigilance against election hacking unless it involves voter ID laws (The Babylon Bee21)
Policy: Corporate gun control might be the worst threat to gun rights (National Review22)
Policy: Overcriminalizing America: An overview and model legislation for states (Manhattan Institute23)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report24.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57804-wednesday-top-headlines

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

The Leftmedia’s Suicidal Assassination of Trump28 — The only way to escape the raging flood of anti-Trump effluent from the media is to completely unplug.
This Just In: Russian Election Meddling Never Ended29 — Microsoft says the Kremlin attempted to hack several Republican groups.
FDA Injects EpiPen With Needed Dose of Competition30 — The agency ends Mylan’s monopoly on the emergency delivery device by approving a generic.
Video: Bernie’s Digital Media Empire31 — Bernie Sanders is all over the internet. His videos are everywhere and, unfortunately, millions watch.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Ken Blackwell: “It is difficult to imagine the heartache of having a loved one taken from you only to then see the person or persons responsible escape justice. The lack of closure that results from an unsolved crime is surely made all the worse by the unique injustice of a perpetrator being identified and yet enjoying absolute impunity. Imagine being witness to such a thing, and then imagine how much worse it would be if your loved one’s killer was known to everyone but never faced a day in court, and instead went on to live high on the hog, ascending to greater levels of wealth and power in the society you both inhabit. Even more disturbing is to see that they take pride in the crimes they have committed and that they continue their ruthlessness. Now imagine that experience stretching over 30 years, multiply it times 30,000, and you may begin to have a sense of what the families of murdered Iranian political activists are dealing with.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “If you admit that to silence your opponent by force is to win an intellectual argument, then you admit the right to silence people by force.” —Hans Eysenck (1916-1997)

Master troll: “If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!” —Donald Trump

For the record: “As the headlines trumpet the legal problems of a growing list of Republicans, the party’s image will be tarnished for other candidates. Corruption is always bad, but especially for a party elected on promises to ‘drain the swamp.’” —David Thornton

Good question: “Why is Manafort facing 80 years in prison for tax fraud but Al Sharpton who owes millions in taxes has never been convicted, arrested, or tried for tax evasion?” —Charlie Kirk

Don’t expect one: “Mollie Tibbetts was violently, permanently separated from her family and now an immigration law-breaker is in custody. Where’s the Time magazine cover?” —Michelle Malkin

Braying Jackass: “On a decision as important to the people as Roe, we need to hear more than blasé comments about it being settled law. That’s been a dodge. That’s been an excuse. Of course we know Roe is settled law. We need to know if Judge Kavanaugh believes it was correctly decided. That’s the key question I will ask him. Otherwise, no one can be assured he won’t vote to unsettle it.” —Chuck Schumer

Braying Jenny I: “My heart breaks when I think about how [Brett] Kavanaugh’s confirmation would hurt expecting and new moms too, who would have a harder time getting access to the maternity care that they need.” —Sen. Tammy Duckworth

Braying Jenny II: “This judge will undermine the ability of women of color, particularly, to survive. The intention is to take away women’s rights.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

And last… “2016: ‘RUSSIA!’ 2017: ‘RUSSIA!!!’ 2018: ‘told you we’d nail them on campaign finance and tax charges.’” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57802-wednesday-short-cuts

Join our editors and staff in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher
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