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Trump Privately Hoping For Terror Attack Right Before Midterms: REPORT

The latest poll numbers are dismal for Republicans, with the so-called “generic ballot” showing Democrats with a double-digit lead over their GOP opponents if the midterm elections were held today.

But the news may be even more dire for President Trump. If Republicans lose control of both houses of Congress and Robert Mueller returns a report that proves the Trump team conspired with Russia to rig the 2016 election, Trump will likely be facing impeachment.

Party leaders have been trying to put a happy face on the midterms, with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) noting:

“Who knows what 2018 will be like? Nobody called 2016, right? Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was going to get elected and that Chuck Schumer was going to be the majority leader. And none of that turned out to be true.”

But as a recent report from The Washington Post reveals, Trump himself seems to be entertaining a much different scenario:

“In private conversations, Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.”


You read that right: Trump is referencing September 11 and seems to be suggesting that a similar terror attack on the United States would pay political dividends for him and his party, meaning that even a damaging report from Mueller would be survivable. How twisted is that?

Matthew Yglesias, who writes for Vox, took the entire matter to its dark but logical conclusion, writing:

“If the president and his top staff are not so concerned with democracy but purely political power, that’s a terrifying proposition. And given Trump’s willingness to put his own interests before democratic norms — from keeping his business interests, to firing his FBI director to protect a friend — the absurd idea feels almost plausible.

If Trump thinks a terrorist attack would serve his political interests — either through a blind rally ‘round the flag effect or by specifically validating anti-immigrant demagoguery or what have you — how hard is he really working to keep the country safe?”

Is Trump capable of such a sick, depraved outcome in order to save himself? Of course he is.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Islamophobia Racism Terrorism

Gorka ‘On Thin Ice At White House,’ Likely To Be Next To Get The Ax (DETAILS)

With Steve Bannon now just a bad memory at the White House, it appears that Chief of Staff John Kelly is determined to get rid of every staffer who has ties to the alt-right, which means that deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka is likely to be next to get the boot.

CNN’s Jim Acosta is hearing that Gorka is on shaky footing:

During a segment Friday evening on CNN, several counterterrorism experts noted that Gorka pretends to be fluent on the topic of terrorism, but is little more than a “fake terrorism expert.” Mia Bloom, a professor of Middle East studies at Georgia State University said no one takes Gorka seriously and recalled that when she was on a panel with Gorka at the Defense Intelligence Agency, he made numerous glaring mistakes:

“He was making basic errors––errors about the Arab Revolt that all you would have to do is see Lawrence of Arabia to know they were mistakes. We all looked at each other like, ‘Is someone playing a joke?’”

Senior Investigative Reporter Drew Griffin commented that he had spoken with experts in the field of fighting terrorism and they all said Gorka:

“Lacks practical experience in government, is not an expert on terrorism, and has never served in a diplomatic agency.”


What function does Gorka serve if he doesn’t even have any expertise in the field he supposedly gives advice to the president on? Griffin noted that Gorka’s main role is to “defend… the president on TV” and fuel “right-wing media with talking points the alt-right craves.”

Sebastian Gorka is a disgusting right-winger who only contributes hatred and lies. He is also known to wear a medal from the Hungarian nationalist organization Vitezi Rend. Vitezi Rend was founded in 1920 and is known to be sympathetic to the cause of Nazism in Europe. It’s founder, Miklos Horthy, once commented:

“I have always been an anti-Semite throughout my life.”

Gorka maintains he wears the medal to honor his father, but his association with the ousted Bannon could indeed mean that his days in Washington are numbered. If so, few will mourn his leaving.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica

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Domestic Terrorism Islamophobia Terrorism

Senior White House Adviser: There’s No Such Thing As Right-Wing Terrorists (VIDEO)

Ever since Donald Trump became president, members of his administration have been all over cable news telling us about the tremendous danger posed by Islamic terrorism, both at home and around the world. Granted, it is indeed a problem, but is it the only form of terrorism we have to be on the lookout for in the United States?

According to White House adviser Sebastian Gorka, we have nothing to fear from right-wing acts of terrorism, because right-wing terrorists don’t exist.

During an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday, Gorka said only Muslim extremists had carried out terrorist acts in America, adding:

“There’s no such thing as a lone wolf, you do know that. That was a phrase invented by the last administration to make Americans stupid.”

Whereas Gorka and the White House he works for came to us already stupid.

When host Stephanie Ruhle tried to ask a question, the always rude Gorka interrupted her:

“Let me finish. There never been a serious attack or a serious plot that was unconnected from ISIS or al-Qaeda, at least through the ideology and TTPs, tactics and training and techniques and procedures, that they supply through the internet — never happened, it’s bogus.”

That’s total bullshit. Apparently Gorka has never heard of Oklahoma City, where 168 people–including 19 children– were murdered by right-wing extremist Timothy McVeigh. Or what about Dylann Roof, who gunned down nine people at a Bible study just because they were African-American? Both acts are the very definition of terrorism.

Gorka then went on to beat the drum for what the administration is supposedly doing to defeat terror around the world:

“This is an international global threat. What we have to do now is is not only destroy organizations like ISIS, which we are doing — they will be annihilated — but also delegitimize the ideology so it will be become as heinous and reject as fascism and Nazism is today. That black flag of ISIS has to be globally rejected like the swastika and we’ll work with Muslim partners to overtly and covertly delegitimize their message. That’s the definition of victory — when people don’t want to become jihadis, that’s when we’ll have one.”

Asked about a recent attack on a mosque in Minnesota, Gorka downplayed the incident:

“There’s a great rule (that) all initial reports are false. You have to check them, you find out who the perpetrators are. We’ve have a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes by right-wing individuals, in the last six months to that turned out to have actually been propagated by the left, so let’s wait and see — let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessment and then the White House will make its comments.”

Sure they will. Don’t expect to hear a damn thing from Gorka, Trump, or anyone else in this administration. Because according to their perverse logic, a Muslim can only be a suspect, not a victim.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Islamophobia Terrorism

WATCH A Trump Surrogate Go Down In Flames While Discussing Terror Attack On Muslims In London

Whenever there’s a terror attack, President Trump is usually quick to take to Twitter and comment on the matter, even though in doing so he only manages to prove his own ignorance and bigotry.

But the most recent attack in London–this one against Muslims leaving evening prayers and perpetrated by a white man from Wales–has brought nothing from the president, not even a pledge of support from the United States to our longtime ally, Great Britain.

Former Trump campaign official and surrogate Jason Miller appeared on CNN Tuesday morning to discuss the issue and was asked by host Chris Cuomo why Trump hasn’t yet made any statement on the London attack:

“What would be wrong with… just wishing the best to your ally Britain?”

Miller’s response did nothing to address the question he had been asked:

“We don’t know everything that’s going on behind the scenes. We don’t know what’s coming in from intelligence reports.”

Cuomo countered:

“There can’t be any reason not to express condolences. What could you find out that would make that inappropriate?”

Clearly flustered, Miller replied:

“There very well might be the possibility that that’s something that’s going to happen today. But I think the president pretty clearly had his focus on the Americans that were killed yesterday… and look, this attack literally, Chris, just happened yesterday.”

Yes, it did just happen yesterday, but Trump was on social media within an hour of the London Bridge attacks, attempting to use the tragedy to sell his Muslim ban, which has been repeatedly put on hold in various federal courts and is now being appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Let’s be perfectly honest: Donald Trump feels no sympathy for any Muslim, even when they’re the victims of terrorism. He’s a racist, Islamophobic man who used hatred and considerable assistance from Russia to reach the highest office in the land. He’s a cancer on this country and the world.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Terrorism

Navy SEAL And Innocent CHILD Dead Because Trump Hates Intelligence

Over the weekend, Donald Trump approved a military raid on a complex in Yemen which was designed to kill or capture senior leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). In the process, a Navy SEAL and 8-year-old girl also lost their lives. And now it turns out the deaths of the SEAL and innocent child might have been avoided if Trump hadn’t acted on insufficient intelligence.

Additionally, U.S. military officials also report that Trump approved the raid without providing for ground support or adequate backup preparations.

U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens and the 8-year-old daughter of  Anwar al-Awlaki– a militant who was killed by a 2011 U.S. drone strike–both perished in the raid.

While 14 militants were reportedly killed in the raid, three separate U.S. officials are now saying that on-the-ground surveillance of the compound was “minimal, at best.”

In addition to the SEAL and child, there are reports that 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed in the raid.

A Diversion By Trump?

The raid had originally been planned by the Obama Administration, but was not put into action. A senior American official told Reuters:

“The decision was made…to leave it to the incoming administration, partly in the hope that more and better intelligence could be collected.”

Instead, Trump, in a desperate attempt to divert attention away from historically low poll numbers and massive protests around the country, went ahead with the raid, even though there wasn’t adequate preparation or human intelligence to assure the raid would be successful.

Spicer Brags About Raid

Despite the massive loss of human life and death of a U.S. service member, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed the Yemen raid to be a huge victory:

“Knowing that we killed an estimated 14 AQAP members and that we gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil – is something that I think most service members understand, that that’s why they joined the service.”

Spicer did not bother to address the “collateral damage” as innocent civilians are called in the bizarre lingo of politics.

Preparing For War?

In the days since the raid, the Trump administration has threatened Iran and Mexico. Trump also managed to alienate one of our closest allies in a phone call with the Prime Minster of Australia.

 Might Trump and his team be preparing for a larger conflict in the Middle East or Korean peninsula? If they do, one wonders if they will screw it up as badly as they did this raid in Yemen.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org