Good Friday Austin:
The Republican National Committee, meeting in Austin this morning, is expected to choose Charlotte, N.C., as the place where the party will renominate Donald Trump for president.
From Katy Friel at Culture Map Austin:
The Republican National Committee quietly convened in Austin on July 18 to begin planning for the 2020 Republican National Convention. Members of the RNC are hosting closed-door sessions inside the Fairmont Austin to decide details about the event, including the host city for the next convention — the site of Donald Trump’s likely renomination for president.
It’s unclear why Republicans chose Austin in the middle of summer to host their meeting, and a rep for the Fairmont said they “are not able to comment on or confirm whether a particular individual or group is a guest within our hotel.”
Host cities for 2020 have been narrowed down to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Las Vegas, though it’s been a contentious battle. On July 16, the Charlotte City Council faced protestors and heard from more than 100 citizens speaking out against the event, mostly in regards to safety concerns. The Charlotte City Council narrowly approved the measure 6-5, with four Democrats joining two Republicans in the decision.
Come on. That’s an old-school, hopelessly conventional, Deep State choice.
Las Vegas would be better, but still.
The big, bold, Trumpian choice should be obvious by now.
The Republican Party should hold its 2020 convention in Moscow.
Just look at the numbers.
You would need around 284,572.04руб (4,482.90$) in Charlotte, NC to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with 180,000.00руб in Moscow (assuming you rent in both cities). This calculation uses our Cost of Living Plus Rent Index to compare cost of living. This assumes net earnings (after income tax).
|Consumer Prices in Charlotte, NC are 65.68% higher than in Moscow|
|Consumer Prices Including Rent in Charlotte, NC are 58.10% higher than in Moscow|
|Rent Prices in Charlotte, NC are 45.09% higher than in Moscow|
|Restaurant Prices in Charlotte, NC are 57.58% higher than in Moscow|
|Groceries Prices in Charlotte, NC are 108.95% higher than in Moscow
And can the Spectrum in Charlotte really rival the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Center.
From Trip Advisor:
Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Center is an international venue for business and leisure. Annually Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre hosts over 100 large-scale events – exhibitions, conferences, forums, political.
Filthy one percenters.
They’re dead. Their families are dead. Their dogs are dead.
OK, you say.
Holding the Republican National Convention in a place where every delegate would need a passport is preposterous.
Well, yeah, sure, it sounds odd.
But really, no odder than what has happened in the last week, or, at any rate, than what has happened in the last week would have seemed if it hadn’t actually happened and if the Republican Party, by and large, hadn’t shown its capacity to adjust to, accommodate, make its peace with and maybe even embrace, all in a matter of hours and days, the same sequence of acceptance that would follow the daring choice of Moscow for 2020.
Watching Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who is America on Sunday I wondered yet again how he gets people, real people, members of Congress, to say and do the most outrageous things.
Why in the world would Trent Lott be endorsing a program, peddled by Cohen, made up like Frankenstein as “Col. Erran Morad, anti-terror expert,” to arm toddlers in schools?
Trump, man of the world, is proud of the fact that he saw through Cohen as Ali G.
But, in this case, Trump is Ali G, double negatives, or lack thereof, and all.
Are we being punked?
Is the Republican Party being punked?
Like Sacha Baron Cohen, Trump never breaks character, he is capable of doing something totally outrageous and then double down.
From Mark Landler at the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to invite President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to visit Washington in the fall, the White House said Thursday — an invitation that stunned the nation’s top intelligence official, who said he was still groping for details of what the two leaders had discussed in their encounter this week in Helsinki, Finland.
“Say that again,” the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, replied when Andrea Mitchell of NBC broke the news while interviewing him at a security conference in Aspen, Colo. “O.K.,” Mr. Coats said, taking a deep breath and chuckling awkwardly. “That’s going to be special.”
The announcement came as the White House spent a third day trying to explain statements made by Mr. Trump after the Helsinki meeting, and as uncertainty spread throughout the government about whether he had reached agreements with Mr. Putin on Syria and Ukraine, leaving his military and diplomatic corps in the dark.
Yielding to intense criticism, Mr. Trump rejected a proposal by Mr. Putin for Russia to question American citizens, including a former ambassador to Moscow, Michael A. McFaul, in return for giving the United States access to 12 Russian military intelligence officers indicted on charges of trying to sabotage the 2016 presidential election.
Two hours after the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, issued that reversal, she said on Twitter that Mr. Trump had asked his national security adviser, John R. Bolton, to invite Mr. Putin, framing the decision as part of a dialogue that began in Helsinki and would continue at lower levels until the Russian president comes to Washington.
Beyond saying the meeting would be in the fall, the White House did not announce a date. That means Mr. Trump could meet Mr. Putin again before the midterm elections, giving him a chance to redress the widespread criticism of how he handled the first meeting and possibly injecting further volatility into the campaigns.
Ha. C’mon. Donald Trump, didn’t get where he is today by redressing the widespread criticism.
That is fake news.
Donald Trump doesn’t know the meaning of the word redress.
That’s if the man we think is Trump is really Trump.
Perhaps Putin insisted they meet alone for two hours so the Russian tech team – or Sacha Baron Cohen or Elon Musk – would have time to check, service and update the circuitry that was installed in Trump, whenever that was. Maybe when he was in Moscow for the Miss USA Pageant in 2013, or maybe during that time Trump said he and Putin shared in the 60 Minutes green room, which never really happened, but, who knows, shades of Hitchcock, maybe it actually did.
Trump’s invitation to Putin to visit the White House in the days leading up to the midterm election is breathtaking. But by then, it won’t even be shocking when Trump announces that he had gratefully accepted Putin’s “incredible offer,” to remain at the White House through the election to guide ballot security efforts.
What a coup. Sharing he Oval Office with Vladimir Putin.
And, after all, who knows more about ballot security than Vladimir Putin?
Even Trump, who noted, yet again, in his appearance with Putin, the enormity of his own electoral triumph in the teeth of an Electoral College that offers prohibitive advantages to the Democrats, would have to acknowledge that Putin’s triumph in March was pretty impressive.
Why fight Russian interference when you can embrace it?
From the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House on Thursday eliminated new funding for states to strengthen election security, drawing protests from Democrats who said Republicans are not doing enough to prevent Russian meddling.
“The Russians attacked our democracy. They will be back, and we are not ready,” said Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill. “The president is unwilling to meet this challenge, but we must be willing to meet the challenge.”
Quigley and other Democrats blasted President Donald Trump for failing to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin at this week’s summit in Helsinki and said Republicans were not taking threats against the integrity of U.S. elections seriously enough. Democratic lawmakers erupted into chants of “USA! USA!” during the debate, which came as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she has not seen evidence that Moscow had tried to help elect Trump.
“I haven’t seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party,” Nielsen said Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, adding that Russia is attempting to “cause chaos on both sides.”
Trump has made shifting statements on whether he agrees with the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. When asked Wednesday if Russia is still targeting the United States and its midterm elections, Trump responded “no,” but White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later said Trump was saying “no” to answering more questions.
Quigley’s election security amendment would have extended funding for a state grant program overseen by the federal Election Assistance Commission. Congress approved $380 million in the current budget for the program, which is intended to help states strengthen election systems from hacking and other cyberattacks.
Democrats want to approve a similar amount through 2019, but Republicans say money from the current program is still available to states and new spending is not needed.
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said Congress has already spent more than $3.5 billion on election security since the contested 2000 election. States still have money left from the current $380 million appropriation, and lawmakers have not been made aware of any new requests for more money as the November midterm elections approach, he said.
Sessions called the Democrats’ argument a “shrewd political shenanigan that has no merit to it.”
The amendment was defeated, 182-232, as the House debated a broader spending bill.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said Republicans’ refusal to spend more money on election security “represents nothing less than unilateral disarmament” against Russia, citing the U.S. intelligence community’s finding that Russia intervened in the 2016 election and charges brought by the Justice Department against Russian officials for hacking Democratic groups.
Listen to Mike.
Huckabee: The fact is we tried to interfere in elections all over the world ourselves.So let’s not be too much patting ourselves on the back about how pure we are.”
Right. And if Putin, who acknowledged at his joint press conference with Trump, that he wanted Trump to be elected, put his thumb on the scale for Trump, so what?
From McKay Coppins at the Atlantic: A New Talking Point From the Pro-Trump Fringe. A new line of punditry is bubbling up among the president’s followers online: It was a positive thing that the Russians hacked the 2016 election.
On Wednesday morning, in the midst of yet another contentious news cycle dominated by coverage of Russian election meddling, I tweeted a kind of thought experiment: “If Trump & co. just pivoted to ‘Aren’t you glad Russia helped us defeat Hillary Clinton?’ would there be any serious blowback from his base?”
The question was rhetorical. The answers that began trickling in were not.
“No,” said Cassandra Fairbanks, a writer at the right-wing news and conspiracy website Gateway Pundit (and a former Sputnik employee). “I mean, I would be cool with it. I’m already there. If Russia was involved we should thank them.”
“No,” responded another self-identified Trump voter. “Hillary is a greater threat to our Republic.”
Several people pointed me to Jacob Wohl, a Trump booster with a large Twitter following, who had mused just hours earlier, “If Russia assists MAGA Candidates on the internet in this year’s midterms, that’s not the end of the world.” And others re-upped a C-SPAN clip from the day before in which a caller identified as Mary Lou from Connecticut said, “I’ll try not to sound too awful, but I want to thank the Russians for interfering with our election to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president. That woman has got illusions of grandeur.”
These are anecdotal cases, of course. As Phillip Bump notes in The Washington Post, there hasn’t been much polling data measuring how Americans feel about foreign governments interfering in United States elections; up to now, disapproval has simply been presumed. The polls that are available suggest that most Trump supporters don’t believe there was any Russian election interference, and if there was, it had no effect on the race.
But as Washington braces for special counsel Robert Mueller to release the findings of his investigation, this new line of punditry bubbling up in the pro-Trump social-media conversation is worth taking seriously.
How about full boil.
As usual, we can count on Alex Jones to be just slightly ahead of the curve.
AJ: We have a criminal Deep State in control and if we ever remove these face-suckers, if we we ever get oxygen back in our country, which we’re starting to see. Trump has gotten two tentacles off of our neck. We still have three more over head, laying eggs in our guts and we’ve got to pull the damn thing off and have emergency surgery and get the embryos out of our stomachs, to use any alien analogy. He has not even got the face-sucker off yet and it’s trying to strangle us.
You leftists. You fools. You scum. Look, coming up I”m going to break it down. From Chicago to Portland to San Francisco, everyone is canceling their conferences. Everyone is leaving. There are piles of feces and trash. People running around. It’s like a demon spirit. Men dressed as women with huge beards with feces running down their legs. This is happening in Austin now too. They worship men with huge beards wearing wigs with feces all over them, and they just run around BLAAHH, BLAAHH!
We are seeing epic history unfold. Just days after the enemy of the American people, the enemy of world peace, the enemy of prosperity, the globalist Chinese-controlled, big mega-bank controlled, big college-controlled, big Hollywood, filth bag-controlled whore media complex said Trump was a traitor for meeting privately with Putin, which every president does with every other major leader.
After lying about what was said and done. After covering up Hillary and all their collusion with the Russians, after all of this he came out and said, “Yes, I accept these conclusions, all these countries meddle in each other’s elections, but Russia’s barely on the Richter scale, a lot of people meddle, hell the U.S. spends billions a year trying to mess with Russia. We want prosperity. We want economic development. Russia’s cutting their defense spending. Let’s not start a new Cold War with them. China’s the big threat. They’re the big enemy.
Jones went on to predict, as he has for some time now, a civil war, really an insurrection to remove Trump, a coup, beginning in late summer.
I“ve been proven 1,000 percent correct in royal flush, in absolute ace of spades every time, because I’ve studied history, I’ve studied globalists. I know how they’ve overthrown other countries and I can read their damn statements, I can read their statements. I can read their actions. I know an enemy when it’s attacking me, I know an enemy when it’s attacking my family. I know an enemy foaming at the mouth to abort as many babies as it can, I know an enemy trying to inject us with deadly vaccines filled with pathogens declassified to brain damages. I know they spike our troops when they leave the military with a final round of shots to debilitate them. That’s declassified. We’ve got a criminal Deep State in control and if we ever remove these face-suckers, if we ever get oxygen back in our country…
Assuming Trump dodges the coup, Moscow 2020 will be way better than Cleveland 2016.
So what if Michael Flynn isn’t there to speak.
Alex Jones will be terrific.