Today President Donald J. Trump invited NCAA championship teams from around the country to The White House, including teams from Penn State, University of Maryland, The University of Utah, University of Florida, and The Ohio State University. Every team accepted, every team except of course one, The South Carolina Women’s Basketball Team.
And the sickest part of the whole “diss” by this team who represents a sport that no one watches or even cares about is the fact that they actually said the team will not “be able to attend” because they have to “practice,” in order to make sure they get their invitation to the “2018 NCAA Tournament.” That allows the Lady Gamecocks to say that their decision to not go to the White House has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with basketball practice. That strategy, in addition to being strongly disingenuous and which reeks of political biased, has the unfortunate result of making Staley’s team political hacks.
It’s ok, The event was still a huge success. President Trump has enough teams who want to meet with him, and in fact, consider it an honor to do so.
The funny thing about this team’s actions is that the left can’t really embrace this team because although they refused Trump’s invitation they didn’t say they’re not going for political reasons. And the right can’t embrace them because they refused the invite, most likely for political reasons, but didn’t have the “gonads” to say so.
Sources: 3 NBA teams stop staying at Trump-brand hotels in NYC and Chicago
MAt least three NBA teams have stopped staying at Donald Trump-branded hotels this season in part to avoid any implied association with the new president-elect, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have moved away from Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago, which bear Donald Trump’s name through a licensing agreement.
Sources say that another Eastern Conference team contracted to stay at the Trump SoHo in New York this season has likewise already decided to switch to a different property in Manhattan when its current contract expires at season’s end and that the Trump association is among the factors for the switch.
Seven other teams told ESPN.com on Tuesday that they are still currently scheduled to stay at Trump-branded properties this season.
As a matter of privacy, ESPN has chosen not to name those eight teams in total so as not to publicly identify where they will be staying on this season’s trips for games against the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets or Chicago Bulls.
Trump does not currently hold an equity stake in the Trump SoHo hotel, but his company still owns and operates the Chicago property.
Sources say that the Bucks stayed at the Trump International Tower and Hotel in Chicago on a preseason trip to play the Bulls in early October, but met with complications when they tried to make an 11th-hour cancellation. Milwaukee, sources say, has already made other arrangements for its regular-season road games against the Bulls.
The Grizzlies and Mavericks, sources say, have stayed at the Trump SoHo in the past but opted during the offseason to book new New York hotels for this season.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban, speaking Wednesday, told the Associated Press that the decision was “made months ago. Not recently.”
Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, speaking after the team’s shootaround Wednesday in Los Angeles, insisted that where Memphis stays or doesn’t stay is not politically motivated.
“No truth to that,” Fizdale told the Memphis Commercial Appeal on Wednesday. “Our decisions as to what hotels we stay in are made long before any of this election stuff took place. It’s no story.”
Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and Cuban are both high-profile supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who last week lost the race to be the United States’ 45th president to Trump.
Since the election, three prominent NBA coaches — Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Golden State’s Steve Kerr and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich — have publicly addressed the unease that they and some of their players feel in the wake of Trump’s election, starting with the dismay Van Gundy voiced that the country’s new president, in his words, is “openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic and ethnocentric.
Van Gundy addressed the ESPN report Wednesday.
“I think every team’s got to take a look at that,” he said. “I think teams are getting tuned in a little but politically and everything else. And give the players a great deal of credit on that. I’ve been really proud of our own players and the players around the league, that they’re attuned to what’s going on and they’re going to stand up for their values. I think that’s impressive.”
Jabari Parker of the Bucks commended team ownership for its decision.
“I’m pretty proud for my owner, representing us and representing himself,” Parker told USA Today, “and not trying to represent our organization with controversy. You don’t want to endorse hate; you don’t want to endorse racism. You don’t want to support controversy.
“I’m really proud we won’t be staying there because I couldn’t be comfortable being around him and his businesses. I know he’s our president. But it’s just going to take some time. And he hasn’t publicly come out with an apology for anyone or for the things he said.
“And I’m connected to all the ideologies he disrespects. I was named after a Muslim. My mother is basically an immigrant because she came from Tonga. Her rights as a woman — she got less pay. I’m black and he’s said some controversial stuff about black people. When it comes to me not supporting Donald Trump, it’s pretty much correlated to the things he has said.”ESPN contacted all 30 teams this week to ask about their travel plans in New York and other NBA cities that feature Trump-branded hotels, which include Chicago, Miami, Toronto and Washington.
Several teams that have stayed at the Trump SoHo in particular in the past told ESPN that they are not staying there this season but did not specifically attribute the switch to any political reason. Several more said that they’ve never stayed at Trump-branded hotels.
NBA teams typically make their hotel arrangements for the coming season in August after the league releases the full 1,230-game schedule for the regular season. But formal data detailing where teams stay is not maintained on a leaguewide basis.
One travel expert familiar with NBA accounts told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Trump SoHo has emerged in recent years as an increasingly popular property throughout the league because more teams are coming to New York for two-game trips since the Nets moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn starting with the 2012-13 season.
Really? You refuse to take a day to go to the White House to meet the president because you have to practice? I wonder what would have happened if white baseball players would have refused to meet with former President Barack Hussein Obama because they had to “practice.”
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Chicago has also long been known for having some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. The city banned handgun ownership in 1982 and over the next 10 years witnessed a 41% spike in the number of murders. This is as compared to an 18% increase across the entire United States. The Chicago Tribune even noted the complete failure of the policy going on to make note that the nation’s capital – Washington D.C. also tried a very similar policy outlawing handgun ownership in 1976. The city then, in turn, saw the number of homicides rise by an exponential 156% during a time when the nation as a whole saw an increase of just 32% giving D.C. the dubious distinction of vying for the title of murder capital of America.
And why shouldn’t such a ban lead to an increase in murder? After all, when bans are enacted, only the criminals remain armed. It is a fact that has been proven time and time and time again. Yet Chicago persists. The handgun ban was overturned in 2010 by the Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicagomuch as the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller did in Washington. And again in both cities city leaders rather than serving the people that elected them have diligently worked to preserve the ban at every single turn.
The ban was overturned in 2010 via the Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v Chicago, but city leaders have worked diligently to preserve the vestiges of the ban at every turn. Both municipal and county limits on the number of gun stores allowed in Chicago, together with rules on the locations of those stores and a ridiculous amount of regulation on acquiring and carrying guns for self-defense, have coalesced to guarantee that criminals maintain an advantage similar to what they enjoyed while the ban was in place.
The result of Chicago gun control is bloody and evident with the Chicago police unsuccessful thus far in showing any demonstrable progress in reducing crime. Yet rather than allowing the city to arm themselves to fight back against the violence that is slaughtering the good citizens of Chicago caught in the crossfire or holding those that commit crimes justly accountable for their actions, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is proposing this preposterous plan to seek international help by appealing to the United Nations to meet with minority communities. He flew to New York on Thursday to discuss what he described as a “quiet genocide” in Chicago’s black community with the U.N.’s assistant secretary-general for peacebuilding support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.
“The United Nations has a track record of protecting minority populations. There was tribal warfare between the Tutsis and the Hutus in Africa, and they deployed peacekeeping troops there to help save those populations and reduce the bloodshed. We have to do something — black people in Chicago make up 30 percent of the population but 80 percent of those who are killed by gun violence.
Look, this gun violence in Chicago is still out of control. Quite frankly, we’ve got too many young people of color who are being killed by gun violence. And of course it’s a genocide that’s not being talked about nationwide or even here in Chicago.”
Boykin was exceedingly vague on exactly WHAT it is he proposes the United Nations forces do once they arrive in Chicago, but proclaimed city and state leaders must make a total commitment to eliminating poverty, proving job opportunities and improving schools. Apparently, if soldiers are from a foreign land wearing the sky blue helmets of United Nations peacekeepers it is all going to magically improve.
“The difference is, I’m not so sure that the National Guard is so used to peacekeeping and a peacekeeping role: The U.N. is trained in this.”
President Donald Trump himself stated in January of 2017 if Chicago could not get the gun violence epidemic wrecking havoc on the city under control, well then he would send in the National Guard to the streets of Chicago. That method to address the city’s problem with violence attracted widespread ridicule.
AFF reports that Emanuel is attempting to claim success in Chicago on this front by citing improvements in the school system, new companies hiring in Chicago, and the number of fatalities in the particularly violent neighborhood of Englewood is down.
Emanuel states –
“There was a story the other day in the paper about people feeling different about what’s happening. For all of us that know what Englewood has stood for before, it’s different and it’s the residents saying it.”
Emanuel is citing the statistics as they stand this week touting it as a success that there have only been 624 homicides in Chicago thus far as compared to 734 as of this time last year. This is a 15% reduction. However, carjackings have been rampant throughout the city with surging numbers over 2016. The Chicago Police Department states they are aggressively responding and making more arrests, however, it is a very difficult issue as police say the vast majority of the carjackings in question involve juvenile offenders. Juveniles are treated very differently in the justice system.
Emanuel claims the city plans to add over a thousand new police officers to the city’s police force, as well as adding additional after-school programs serving an additional 115,000 kids, a summer jobs program to serve an additional 31,000, and another 7,500 to be added to mentoring programs. What Emanuel failed to mention is just how the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois on a collision course with unsustainable debt expect to be able to fund these programs.
Emanuel states of his intentions to add these programs –
“The goal is to make sure that we’re not only reducing gun violence, but then giving our kids access to the type of mentoring and support so that they have a different choice in life.”
Except his words say one thing, and his actions say another. While he and his ilk make it impossible for the citizens of Chicago to arm and protect themselves against a rising criminal element that knows they will not be challenged in Chicago. Along with sanctuary policies and city leadership’s preference for foreign soldiers patrolling their city streets, its no wonder those able to leave are fleeing these cities leaving behind a criminal element and those unable to fight back.
President Trump has enough to deal with when dealing with crazed liberals, but you would think that members of his own administration would back him. Well, evidently that was a wrong assumption as Trump has found out over the past year, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has refused to do anything about the rampant corruption in the government.
During the presidential campaign, Trump promised that he would go after Hillary Clinton for her dirty deeds over the years. However, despite the public support, Sessions has refused to go after “major” cases involving former President Barack Obama or 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. This refusal to crack down on these corrupt individuals has caused frustration on the conservative side as we watch these criminals walk free.
Not only has Sessions refused to investigate those crimes, but he has also recently balked over the need to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Justice Department after shocking revelations concerning the FBI had come to light.
In a recent statement, Sessions stated that while he’s concerned about recent allegations of bias within the FBI, “sometimes things that might appear to be bad in the press have more innocent explanations, so fairness and justice should also be provided to our personnel.”
Then before that ludicrous statement, Sessions again in November pushed back against the need to appoint a special counsel to investigate the disgusting anti-Trump dossier that was paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC that was used as the premise for the ridiculous Russian collusion narrative.
With all of these instances of Sessions seemingly dropping the ball to investigate these crimes, the calls for the attorney general to step down are all growing. One of those people is Fox News contributor and former Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz who has argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should step down on a recent appearance on Fox News.
Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Saturday called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be removed from office, saying that may be a cure for the “deep systemic problems” in the Department of Justice.
“It pains me to say this a little bit [but] I don’t think the attorney general is up to the job he’s doing,” Chaffetz, now a contributor for Fox News told the “Fox and Friends Saturday” program.
Sessions “had to remove himself from everything” involving President Donald Trump and that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special investigator in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, said, Chaffetz.
He also criticized the attorney general for not taking on a more active role in digging up information about several controversial figures at the DOJ, including Agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from the investigation after a series of anti-Trump text messages between him and a fellow agent were discovered.
Chaffetz said that Sessions also had told him that he would not prosecute Bryan Pagliano, Hillary Clinton’s former chief tech staffer, who had refused a Congressional subpoena to testify about the 2016 Democratic nominee’s use of a private email server.
Sessions had also refused to make documents on the Fast and Furious scandal public following the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Chaffetz said.
So, why would Sessions be balking at investigating crimes in our country? The only logical explanation that one can come up with is that he is just another member of the swamp that is protecting his own, and the evidence to support that theory is massive.
In an article penned on Zero Hedge, the questions that Sessions could be asking to those involved in the recent FBI scandal are numerous, and here are some examples.
Was Peter Strzok innocently calling Trump “a f*cking idiot” and a “loathsome human” before investigating him?
Did FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s “damage control team” innocently change their conclusion that Hillary Clinton’s server was “possibly” hacked, rather than “reasonably likely” – language which significantly altered the seriousness of Clinton’s mishandling of classified information?
Were all references to the FBI working with other members of the intelligence community on Clinton’s private server innocently scrubbed from Comey’s exoneration statement – making it look like a much smaller investigation?
Before he was demoted for doing so – did senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr innocently meet with MI6 spy Christopher Steele who assembled the salacious ‘Trump-Russia’ dossier, and then also innocently meet with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS? Fusion commissioned Steele to create the dossier, which relied on senior Russian officials.
Did Fusion GPS innocently hire Bruce Ohr’s CIA wife, Nellie Ohr, to gather damaging information on President Trump? If there weren’t such innocent explanations for everything, one might think Nellie Ohr could have possibly passed information from the DOJ to Fusion GPS and vice versa.
Did Hillary Clinton and the DNC innocently pay Fusion GPS $1,024,408 through law firm Perkins Coie, which then paid Steele $168,000?
In addition to the ‘Trump-Russia’ dossier, did Fusion GPS innocently arrange the Trump Tower “setup” meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian Attorney? Or attempt to link Donald Trump to billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein? Or try to push the debunked claim that a secret email server existed between Trump Tower and Moscow’s Alfa bank – which Alfa bank executives are suing Fusion GPS over?
Of course, more questions can be asked, but this is a good place to start, wouldn’t you say?
At any rate, it is evident that Sessions is no longer useful in his position and should step down to allow someone else to do it properly. The American people deserve to see justice, and if Sessions if not going to deliver on that promise, then he needs to step aside for someone who will.
It is time to drain the swamp, and it starts with Jeff Sessions.
Former President Barrack Obama and current President Donald Trump are a study in contrasts. Whether they are meeting and supporting the victims of disasters, interacting with world leaders, or simply addressing a crowd – these two Presidents are polar opposites of one another. Another way the two men differ a great deal is in their treatment of military personnel. Contempt seems to be the defining characteristic of the Obama presidency for America, her way of life and for the military personnel charged with protecting her. Like many left-of-center Americans, he knew nothing about the military and frankly was not interested in learning.
As we saw repeatedly echoed as a refrain throughout the Obama presidency with everything from the Fort Hood shooting, the VA scandal, the Bergdahl debacle, and a host of other notable examples Obama and his defenders continually oozed their contempt. Their utter tone-deafness on military issues regularly turned bad news into all-consuming nightmares. Obama went from allowing veterans to die at the VA to confusing cadets at West Point to saluting the heroism of an Army deserter, if not an outright enemy collaborator. Adding insult to injury, much of the mainstream media has little idea how to cover military issues because they share this cultural contempt. Enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are considered stupid or insane — either way, indigent victims who must be enlightened by the liberal elite.
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By contrast, President Trump is a man who does not hold anything back. Often times he says what he believes needs to be said rather than opting for the more politically correct. President Trump himself did not serve choosing instead to work in corporate America. Given his lack of military knowledge, President Trump chose to surround himself with great military leaders such as Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis and General John Kelly seeking the counsel of those with greater expertise than his own. All throughout his campaign he became known for his mantra of #MAGA or Make America Great Again pushing an America First agenda that has not been seen in decades. Through his presidential campaign, President Trump was often seen wear a red hat bearing the caption “Make America Great Again” or simply “MAGA.”
As a result, when it was time for President Trump’s planned trip to Camp David he spoke of what a great honor it was to fly on the executive Marine One helicopter, in a speech to Marines. He thanked all the Marines in the helicopter squadron for their hard work to keep his travel safe, noting what an “incredible privilege” it was to take that flight as “few sights more awe-inspiring” than riding the helicopter past the national monuments and landing at the White House.
Marine One has been a fixture of the presidency since President Dwight Eisenhower inaugurated it in 1957. The president’s helicopter – a Sikorsky VH-3D Seat King – is part of fleet of aircraft based in Quantico, VA. More than 800 U.S. Marines supervise the operation of the Marine One fleet. They call the helicopters “white tops” because of their green and white paint scheme.
The squadron gifted President Trump with a hat from their group, which Trump said he would be “proud” to wear. The hat mimicked the look of the hats for which President Trump is so famous for proclaimed – Presidential Helicopter Squadron emblazoned in blue letters on the white cap.
“So they gave me this hat. It says: “Presidential Helicopter Squadron.” Would you wear it? Now, no other President would do this. But I will because I’m proud of you. I’m proud of you. What the hell.
Oh, you are nice. I can’t see you in this. You are — you mean, so you’re the ones taking care of my helicopter, right? I better be nice to you. I better be nice to you.
I want to congratulate — I know the talent. I’ve had many helicopters. You know, I’m very spoiled; I’ve had helicopters. (Laughter.) And we ordered a couple of big, beautiful new ones. You know about that, right? They paid a lot more than I would have paid, and I would have had them even better, but we won’t talk about that. They paid a lot of money.
But I want to thank Colonel Hoffman very much. The job you do is incredible. The job that this group of people do is incredible. Colonel, how many presidents have come out to see them? Who was that?”
An audience member answered President Trump’s comments stating it was “eight years ago.” President Trump continued –
“Oh, eight years ago. Good. Good. President Obama, no? I don’t know.
Well, it is great to be here, surrounded by the Marines. You know, I have a four-star Marine. We just had to get it right. So I picked a four-star Marine. Could have picked a lot people. Everybody wants to be Chief of Staff, right? But I had to go to the Marines.”
“Best job I ever had — you’ve heard me say it before — being a sergeant in the Marines. Second best job, this one.”
President Trump continued with –
“You know, he always said — he always said that. He liked being out there fighting. But we’ll try and keep you out of the fighting. But if we have to fight, oh, boy, it’s not going to be pretty.
He finished his speech speaking about the amazing work of our military personnel and their dedication to America, thanking them for a job well done while wearing his new hat proclaiming the Presidential Helicopter Squadron and President Trump was proud to wear it. Our military men and women finally have a president who both cares about them and respects what they do. A visit from their Commander in Chief is no small thing, and for these men and women, it was a very welcome sight. After all, it had been eight years.
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