The cover page of The New Yorker can be very humorous. The July 24 cover was such a one. It showed President Trump disembarking from Air Force One. On the steps, ahead of him was Jared Kushner, Trumps son-in-law and advisor getting a swift kick in the pants and behind was Donald Jr., who the President was pulling by the ear. July did not start well for President Trump with the revelation of the June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin connected lawyer who Donald Jr. hoped might provide useful information about the Clinton campaign. No negative information was obtained and the meeting between the four ended. But was it four or eight persons? This is where the press hoped to trip up the President’s eldest son.
Social media also got into the act as reported in The New Yorker in reviving the Trump-as-Corleone family meme and compared Donald Jr., to Fredo, the most hapless of the Corleone progeny.”
The New Yorker goes on to admit that Trump’s base is still the core of the GOP electorate. Then David Remnick says, “The Republicans, the self-proclaimed party of family values, remain squarely behind a family and presidency whose most salient features are amorality, greed, demagoguery, deception, vulgarity, race baiting, misogyny and potentially – only time will tell, a murky relationship with a hostile foreign power.” Those words are better said of the Obama eight years. That is why it is so important for Congress to finally investigate what transpired with the Clinton Foundation, IRS scandal, collusion between the Attorney General and Bill Clinton. Where is Susan Rice and the unmasking of American citizens?
Fortunately, in late July, the Hill reports that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 Presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in Intelligence reports including Trump transition officials.
In his letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Mr. Nunes said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed.
“We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. personnel information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Mr. Nunes wrote.
One person who was later identified was then U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power made hundreds of unmasking requests although her position had no apparent intelligence related function. This is a blatant violation of the law. Good luck, Chairman Nunes.
On another July front it was announced that the FBI had arrested Imran Awan on bank fraud charges as he was trying to flee the country. Imran had worked as an IT Specialist for years for Democrat Nation Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as well as Democrat House members. The FBI is reported to have taken data and computer equipment from Awan’s residence. The DNC had refused to allow the FBI to examine their servers as part of the Russian hacking scandal.
For Mr. Trump July had its ups too. The President paid a visit to the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree where he was greeted by 40,000 scouts with cheers and shouts of “USA.” This is certainly in contrast with the 2000 National Democrat Convention when the Boy Scout color guard was booed.
What is it about the Boy Scouts that so upsets modern Democrat liberals? Is it the Scout oath that promises “to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight?” Or is it the Scout law, which says a scout is “trustworthy, loyal, clean and reverent?” It’s really a cultural thing with the Democrats. They don’t care about employment, taxes, deficits or your family or mine.
In July Mr. Trump also announced a change to the Obama transgender policy saying transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the military – a great and long overdo call.
The President also went to Youngstown, Ohio where he was welcomed by thousands of supporters. Not a bad month at all.