The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com Committed to Freedom, Faith and Family Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:32:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 https://theresurgent.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com 32 32 104855451 About That China Trade Deal… https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/14/about-that-china-trade-deal/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/14/about-that-china-trade-deal/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:32:34 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56316 On Friday, I reported on President Trump’s announcement that the United States and China had reached a “ substantial phase one deal” trade. The president claimed that the deal included intellectual property concerns as well as a Chinese commitment to purchase American agricultural products. However, this morning it appears that Trump’s claims of a trade breakthrough may […]

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On Friday, I reported on President Trump’s announcement that the United States and China had reached a “ substantial phase one deal” trade. The president claimed that the deal included intellectual property concerns as well as a Chinese commitment to purchase American agricultural products. However, this morning it appears that Trump’s claims of a trade breakthrough may have been premature. 

Statements about the deal in Chinese media are much more reserved than the president’s comments. China Daily, an official state newspaper, said, “While the negotiations do appear to have produced a fundamental understanding on the key issues and the broader benefits of friendly relations, the Champagne should probably be kept on ice, at least until the two presidents put pen to paper.”

The paper hinted that President Trump may change his mind on the deal before a formal agreement is reached, saying, “As based on its past practice, there is always the possibility that Washington may decide to cancel the deal if it thinks that doing so will better serve its interests.”

Mr. Trump scuttled another near-deal last spring when he slapped new tariffs on Chinese imports. Trade talks broke down in May as both sides hiked tariffs on the other. 

“The US should avoid backpedaling, as it has in the past, and instead cherish what has been achieved as a manifestation of a healthy and steady China-US relationship that serves the interests of both countries and the world,” the Chinese editorial added. 

Another Chinese state paper, The People’s Daily, also suggested that so far there may only be an agreement to agree. “The final outcome will depend on whether the U.S. can walk together with China, and create the necessary and sufficient conditions to push ahead,” an editorial in the paper said.

However, President Trump maintains that the deal has already been made and is effective immediately. On Twitter, the president said that the Chinese had “already started” purchasing American agricultural products and financial services. The president further confirmed that he was delaying a tariff increase that was scheduled to take effect on Oct. 15.

Can there really be a deal if one side says that there isn’t one? It’s a pretty sure bet that the tariff increase won’t take place as scheduled, but the odds are not as good that China is already placing new orders for American products.

While both countries will benefit from the pause in new tariffs, China seems to have won the round. As the Wall Street Journal notes, “The US [is] shelving new tariffs against Beijing while leaving many demands to be worked out later in return for an assurance of increased agriculture purchases.” The can has been kicked down the road.

The trade war has hurt both countries, but President Trump seems to be in a tighter spot than President Xi. The US presidential election is just over a year away and several sectors of the economy are slowing. The problem is particularly pronounced in manufacturing and agriculture, two core parts of the Trump base. In addition, the president faces an impeachment inquiry and a budding revolt from Republicans over his Syria policy

The president needs a deal, but he also needs to project himself as a strong negotiator. The two goals are almost antithetical. On the other hand, if China can’t get a good deal in the short term, they just need to outlast Trump. 

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Louisiana Governor Race Goes To Runoff https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/13/louisiana-governor-race-goes-to-runoff/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/13/louisiana-governor-race-goes-to-runoff/#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2019 20:14:06 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56308 Republicans are claiming victory in Lousiana after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards failed to win more than 50 percent of the vote and avoid a runoff in his re-election campaign. Edwards, a conservative, pro-life Democrat who signed Lousiana’s heartbeat bill earlier this year, won 46.6 percent of the vote in the multiparty primary. Edwards faced […]

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Republicans are claiming victory in Lousiana after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards failed to win more than 50 percent of the vote and avoid a runoff in his re-election campaign.

Edwards, a conservative, pro-life Democrat who signed Lousiana’s heartbeat bill earlier this year, won 46.6 percent of the vote in the multiparty primary. Edwards faced a total of five other candidates in the primary.

Republican Eddie Rispone, a Baton Rouge businessman, finished second with 27.4 percent of the vote. Edwards and Rispone will face off in the general election on Nov. 16.

Republicans are encouraged because Ralph Abraham, another Republican, finished third with 23.6 percent. The combined total for the two Republicans was 51 percent of the vote, which means that, if Republicans can manage to turn out their voters again next month, they may be able to eke out a victory against Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the South. The three other candidates in the race, another Republican, another Democrat, and an independent, each garnered less than one percent of the vote.

The national Republican Party staged a large push late in the campaign against Edwards. The effort included a rally by President Trump in Lake Charles on the night before the election.

Forcing a runoff does not mean that the Republicans are assured of victory, however. In the 2015 election, Edwards again won a plurality in the primary in which three Republican candidates split a total of 57 percent of the vote. In the runoff, Edwards beat Republican David Vitter by 56 – 44 percent.

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Trump Cuts And Runs https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/13/trump-cuts-and-runs/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/13/trump-cuts-and-runs/#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:02:49 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56304 Donald Trump just handed Syria to the unholy trinity of Turkey, Russia, and ISIS.

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A week after President Trump ordered US troops in northern Syria to pull back and allow Turkish forces to attack America’s Kurdish allies, the president has now ordered the approximately 1,000 American soldiers in the region to leave northern Syria altogether.  The president’s decision to cut and run comes after numerous reports of Turkish atrocities against Kurdish fighters and civilians, the escape of hundreds of ISIS prisoners detained by the Kurds, and a Turkish artillery strike near a US Special Forces camp that was apparently targeted intentionally to intimidate the president.

On “Face The Nation” today, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, “We have American forces likely caught between two opposing, advancing armies and it’s a very untenable situation. I spoke with the President last night, after discussions with the rest of the national security team, and he directed that we begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria, which is where most of our forces are.”

Esper also said that reports that the Kurds were making a deal with the Russians were a factor in the president’s decision. Yesterday, CNN reported that Kurdish leaders were reacting to their abandonment by the United States by seeking protection from Russia.

“You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Kurdish Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, on Thursday. “You are not willing to protect the people, but you do not want another force to come and protect us. You have sold us. This is immoral.”

“I need to know if you are capable of protecting my people, of stopping these bombs falling on us or not. I need to know, because if you’re not, I need to make a deal with Russia and the regime now and invite their planes to protect this region,” Mazloum said.

Esper and other members of the Trump Administration say that the US has not abandoned the Kurds and that Turkey would have invaded even without Mr. Trump’s retreat earlier this week.

“We are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces and US troops remain with them in other parts of Syria,” Esper told reporters at the Pentagon. “We remain in close coordination with the Syrian Democratic Forces who helped us destroy the physical caliphate of ISIS, but I will not place American service members in the middle of a longstanding conflict between the Turks and the Kurds, this is not why we are in Syria.” A week ago, there was no conflict between the Turks and Kurds in Syria.

President Trump tweeted this morning that the Administration was working with Congress to implement sanctions on Turkey, but the president has not made ending the war that his actions started a high priority. Mr. Trump played golf on both Saturday and Sunday.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) tweeted on Sunday that the Trump Administration had not contacted him nor had he been notified of a congressional briefing regarding the “the unfolding events in Syria / Turkey / Saudi Arabia.”

Roy’s mention of Saudi Arabia refers to President Trump’s stated intention to deploy American forces to the Middle Eastern kingdom to help defend against another Iranian attack. At about the same time that the president was defending his abandonment of the Kurds in Syria by tweeting “The Endless Wars Must End,” he was also authorizing American entry into the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran with an additional 3,000 troops, more than twice as many as were deployed to Syria.

It isn’t clear why the president felt the need to abruptly remove American forces from the Syrian frontier, but it is clear that a situation that was stable and relatively peaceful last week has quickly become another “endless war.” It was not the deployment of American soldiers that caused the fighting to erupt in northern Syria, it was Trump’s decision to remove them.

While American soldiers in Syria kept the peace between Turkey and the Kurds, that was not their primary mission. The Americans were there to destroy ISIS. So, how is that going? Not too good. Mr. Trump’s foreign policy blunder directly threatens America as ISIS gets a “second lease on life” according to a US official.

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It is also unclear why deploying Americans to Saudi Arabia is not fueling more “endless wars” but keeping them is Syria was. Maybe it’s because the Saudis have the money to pay for America’s friendship and aid and the Kurds don’t. Maybe it’s because the president’s friendships with dictators Erdogan and Putin trumped America’s alliance with the Kurds. Who really knows what has gone through the president’s mind over the past few weeks?

The only certainty is that Mr. Trump’s actions have destabilized the region and are directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Many of those casualties are innocent people and many more of them trusted American honor and loyalty. It is difficult to see Donald Trump’s actions as anything other than a cynical betrayal resulting from a massively incompetent and incoherent foreign policy.

While his supporters champion Trump as a fighter, on the foreign policy front, he is anything but. The president’s record on international relations is one of appeasing dictators and betraying allies. His actions have handed Syria to the unholy trinity of Turkey, Russia, and ISIS.

An American Special Forces soldier summed up the entire situation on Wednesday, saying, “I am ashamed for the first time in my career. Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible.”

Donald Trump’s actions have made America ashamed again.

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Donald Trump’s No Good, Very Bad Day In Court https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/12/donald-trumps-no-good-very-bad-day-in-court/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/12/donald-trumps-no-good-very-bad-day-in-court/#respond Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:57:41 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56302 The ruling against national emergency funding for the border wall is important for limiting presidential authority.

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President Trump lost another court decision regarding his border wall on Friday. Actually, the decision regarding the wall was only one of five court decisions that the president lost that day, but the ruling against the use of presidential emergency powers to get around congressional opposition is a singularly important one for the rule of law and the Constitution.

In West Texas, U.S. District Judge David Briones, a Clinton appointee, ruled that Donald Trump’s attempt to reprogram money appropriated by Congress for other purposes toward building a border wall was “unlawful.” Briones wrote that the 2019 omnibus spending bill specifically allocated $1.375 billion for border fencing and limited construction to the “Rio Grande Valley sector” of Texas.

“The Congressional language in the [bill] reveals Congress’s intent to limit the border barrier funding,” Briones wrote, adding “the plain text of the CAA [Consolidated Appropriations Act] restricts the amount and location of funding for border barrier construction,” prohibiting the president from diverting money earmarked for military construction and counterdrug operations to the wall.

Stuart Gerson, a former DOJ official from the first Bush Administration applauded the ruling, telling Politico, “As someone who served in government under a Republican administration, I never imagined a Republican president would attempt to expand executive power this far by overriding the appropriations power that belongs to Congress.”

“I hope today’s ruling will prompt Republicans in Washington to recommit to the checks and balances that have defined our Republic and protected our freedom,” Gerson added.

In reality, the fight to preserve congressional budgetary authority is not over. The next step for Judge Briones is to allow both sides to argue the scope of an injunction against using the reprogrammed funds and the Trump Administration is certain to appeal. In July, the Supreme Court dismissed a similar injunction but did not rule on the merits of a separate case challenging Trump’s wall construction.

Elsewhere, three separate federal courts ruled against the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule that makes it more difficult for immigrants who might need public assistance to get green cards. Judges in New York, California, and Washington issued injunctions that stopped the Department of Homeland Security from enforcing the rule.

In Washington, U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson, an Obama appointee, ruled that the government had “not cited any statute, legislative history, or other resource that supports the interpretation that Congress has delegated to DHS the authority to expand the definition of who is inadmissible as a public charge or to define what benefits undermine, rather than to promote, the stated goal of achieving self-sufficiency.” Two other judges, both appointed by Bill Clinton, issued similar rulings.

Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli argued in a statement that the rule, which exempted immigrants who have been granted asylum, lawful permanent residents and refugees, merely enforced current immigration law.

“The public charge regulation defines this law to ensure those seeking to come or stay in the U.S. can successfully support themselves financially and will not rely on public benefits as they seek opportunity here,” Cuccinelli said.

Friday’s injunctions were based on the likelihood that the plaintiffs suing the government would prevail but did not issue final decisions in the cases. As with the case regarding Donald Trump’s emergency authority, the final ruling is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Finally, the president also lost an appeal to overturn a decision requiring that he comply with a House subpoena to provide his tax documents. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled two to one that the president must turn over eight years of accounting documents. Judges appointed by Obama and Clinton comprised the majority while a Trump appointee dissented.

“We detect no inherent constitutional flaw in laws requiring presidents to publicly disclose certain financial information. And that is enough,” the ruling stated.

Even though the five rulings fell along party lines, the evidence that activist judges ruled against Donald Trump out of tribal allegiances is slim in two of the three cases. The sole exception is the immigration cases, which hinge on Section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act The INA states that “any alien who…  is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.” As the Immigrant Legal Resource Center explains, the new policy reinterprets the vague language of the law to change the standard from “assessing whether an applicant is likely to become primarily dependent [emphasis theirs] on the government for income support” to redefine a “public charge as a person who receives any number of public benefits [emphasis mine] for more than an aggregate of 12 months over any 36-month period of time.” This is a vastly more restrictive policy, but it would seem to be within the bounds of bureaucratic rulemaking.

When it comes to congressional subpoenas, however, the Administration seems to be in the wrong. Neomi Rao, the dissenting Trump-appointed judge, wrote, “The Constitution and our historical practice draw a consistent line between the legislative and judicial powers of Congress. The majority crosses this boundary for the first time by upholding this subpoena investigating the illegal conduct of the President under the legislative power.”

However, the Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that Congress’ power to investigate is implicit. A majority held, “In actual legislative practice power to secure needed information by such means has long been treated as an attribute of the power to legislate. It was so regarded in the British Parliament and in the Colonial legislatures before the American Revolution; and a like view has prevailed and been carried into effect in both houses of Congress and in most of the state legislatures.” Republicans had no problem with congressional investigations into the IRS, Solyndra, and Fast and Furious.

But it is President Trump’s attempt to use a national emergency to subvert the express will of Congress that is the Administration’s most egregious example of poor legal reasoning. As Republicans were fond of pointing out during the Obama years, the Constitution explicitly gives the power of the purse to the House of Representatives, which declined to give the president the money that he requested for his wall. Congress’s decision to reject the president’s request does not constitute a national emergency, especially when the situation has been ongoing for decades, including two years of the current Administration in which the current president rejected three deals for wall funding.

The national emergency not only defies the Constitution and common sense, it also defies the National Emergencies Act, which does not give the president unlimited power. Even if the emergency was genuine, Trump’s actions go beyond the limited power delegated by Congress, such as the stipulation that the emergency “requires use of the armed forces.”

A final ruling striking down Donald Trump’s abuse of national emergency authority would not only be a good thing, it is vital to the constitutional balance of powers. If all the president has to do to bend Congress to his will is to find some dubious grounds to declare an emergency then Congress becomes extraneous and unnecessary. We will have moved from a constitutional republic to rule by presidential decree.

“Today’s ruling vindicates the Founders’ wisdom and confirms that the president is not a king and that he cannot override Congress’s power to decide how to appropriate funds,” Kristy Parker, a plaintiff’s attorney with Protect Democracy said of the ruling on the border wall.

Here’s hoping that the constitutionalists on the Supreme Court see it the same way.

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Trump Announces Partial Trade Deal With China https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/trump-announces-partial-trade-deal-with-china/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/trump-announces-partial-trade-deal-with-china/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 21:00:41 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56298 Any delay in the implementation of more tariffs is a good thing.

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Amid a slowing economy, an unpopular foreign policy move, and an abuse of power scandal that has brought the specter of impeachment, President Trump needed a victory. Now, it appears that the president is claiming at least a partial victory in the trade war with China.

Markets are certain to cheer Mr. Trump’s announcement that the US and China have reached a “substantial phase one deal.” Treasury Secretary Mnuchin also said that the US would delay implementation of the next round of tariffs, scheduled to go into effect next week.

The details of the deal are not yet known. Trump said that phase one will be written over the next three weeks and will address intellectual property and financial services concerns as well as the purchase of $40-50 billion in US agricultural products by China.

China’s Vice Premier Liu He appeared with President Trump in the Oval Office for the announcement of the deal. The fact that the Chinese representative was present when Trump announced the deal may mean that a true breakthrough has been achieved. Previous deals trumpeted by the president have proven ephemeral.

When asked what changed since talks broke down in May, Trump said the new deal was “bigger,” per CNBC. The vice premier described the difference as “cooperation,” which may mean that the Trump Administration eased its demands.

A final deal may still be weeks away. Mnuchin said, “We have a fundamental understanding of the key issues, but there is more work to do.”

Like President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, President Trump’s China trade deal will reportedly not require congressional approval. Trump tweeted this morning that he would sign the deal “fast and clean.”

David Dollar, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told CNBC that “the two sides are not discussing a trade treaty that requires congressional approval.”

“It is a more informal agreement in which China will undertake to do certain things such as buy U.S. agricultural products and the administration will undertake not to follow through with the next rounds of tariffs. Since those tariffs do not require congressional approval, the administration can postpone or cancel without that approval,” Dollar said.

“Phase two [negotiations] will start almost immediately” after the first phase is signed, Trump said.

Regardless of the details of the deal, any delay in the upcoming implementation of tariffs will be a good thing for the economy.

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Who Was the LBGTQ Town Hall Speaking To? https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/who-was-the-lbgtq-town-hall-speaking-to/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/who-was-the-lbgtq-town-hall-speaking-to/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 20:00:51 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56292 It’s really like watching a trainwreck in slow motion. I didn’t sit down and watch the LGBTQ Town Hall on CNN last night. Instead, I saw the highlights via social media. It was the same for the Climate Town Hall. Frankly, the debates have been painful enough. I have sat through several hours of them. […]

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It’s really like watching a trainwreck in slow motion. I didn’t sit down and watch the LGBTQ Town Hall on CNN last night. Instead, I saw the highlights via social media. It was the same for the Climate Town Hall.

Frankly, the debates have been painful enough. I have sat through several hours of them. Watching what passes as a moderate Democrat try to reign in the mad dash to the left most of the top tier candidates are making is just disconcerting.

The debates are sanctioned by the DNC. The town halls have been on topics the DNC chose not to focus a formal debate on. Dare I say the DNC was making a strategic decision not to focus on these topics? On some level, they had to know these would become protracted woke-a-thons. It seems each candidate is just trying to out-woke the preceding speakers.

And to be sure they have. The Climate Town Hall was a veritable cornucopia of future campaign commercials. Potential nominees threatened to ban everything from combustion engines to hamburgers. It wasn’t bad enough several of them want to nationalize the healthcare industry. Now they are advocating taking over the energy industry too.

From the highlight reel, last night was also a pageant of pure lunacy. Whether candidates were deciding where American’s freedom of religion ends, specifying their pronouns or yammering about federal bathroom policy it just kept going. The crowning achievement was seeing a grown man who thinks he’s a woman yank the microphone from a nine-year-old girl who thinks she’s a boy. And proceed to have a meltdown.

Who are these town halls speaking to? Since the 2018 midterms, polls have consistently shown there are three top priorities for likely voters. They are the economy, healthcare, and immigration. I saw a tweet about “57 million equality voters”. For such a large number of concerned citizens, this issue doesn’t crack the top 10 for the electorate.

The climate change debacle basically showed voters the Democrats are willing to destroy the economy to fight Mother Nature. The LBGTQ forum talked about nationalizing policies that are only advocated by fringe advocacy groups.

Ninety-nine percent of the population uses pronouns that align with their biological sex. A Williams Institute Study in 2016 estimated 0.6% of adults in the United States identified as transgender. If you watch the media and listen to the left you would start to think it was in the neighborhood of 30%. It’s not.

Yet last night we talked about taxpayer-funded reassignment surgeries for inmates and making rules regarding bathroom use a national concern rather than one that is addressed locally. Then it was proposed that churches and other groups lose their tax-exempt status if they do not condone gay marriage.

It would seem to me that in such a large, diverse country we could figure out how to coexist without rolling over the guaranteed rights of any group. Democrats and the activist LGBTQ lobby no longer seem to think so. You can not just take a libertarian view of LGBTQ issues. You will applaud and endorse or you will be punished.

Exactly who are these authoritarian policies that rely on the power of a bloated central government supposed to appeal to? I am not even sure they appeal to the entire 0.6% of the population that identifies as transgender.

Perhaps they should have taken note of the fact that Governor Matt Bevin in Kentucky saw a significant bump in polls numbers after Campaign for American Principles ad. The ad highlighted his challenger’s support for trans female teens competing in girl’s sports. CNN’s townhall was like 100 thirty-second ads. And may well be turned into at least 50.

I guess we should thank CNN for the in-kind donation to recapturing the House. And highlighting to Americans that are not knee-deep in Twitter every day that the Democrats are far left of mainstream American culture.

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Biden, Warren Rise In New Fox Poll https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/biden-warren-rise-in-new-fox-poll/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/biden-warren-rise-in-new-fox-poll/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 19:31:57 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56293 Joe Biden is still the frontrunner, but Elizabeth Warren is nipping at his heels.

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A new poll from Fox News confirms that the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is now a two-person race. Following Bernie Sanders’ heart attack, both Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have gained while the Vermont senator has stagnated and Kamala Harris’ slide continues.

In the new poll, Biden and Sanders together command the support of 54 percent of Democratic voters with Biden up three points to 32 percent and Warren up six points to 22 percent. Bernie Sanders was statistically unchanged with a one-point drop to 17 percent. Kamala Harris lost two points, falling to five percent, followed by Pete Buttigieg at four percent and Beto O’Rourke at three. No other candidate polled higher than two percent while “don’t know/none of the above” drew six percent.

Interestingly, Democratic primary voters say that the Ukraine scandal has made them more likely to support Joe Biden by 21 to 10 percent. Sanders’ heart attack made 31 percent less likely to support him.

In the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Biden still holds a slight lead after declining since the onset of the Ukraine whistleblower scandal in mid-September. More recent polling shows an uptick for Biden over the past few days. Elizabeth Warren now trails by an average of 1.5 points after a slow climb in the polls that began back in June.

Both Biden and Warren both seem to be benefitting from the destruction of the Harris campaign and concerns about the health of Sen. Sanders after his Sept. 30 heart attack. Sanders dropped three points in the polling average since his health scare.

Despite the media narrative that Warren is favored in the Democratic primary, Joe Biden remains the frontrunner. However, the race is hotly contested and could be upended by scandals or gaffes on the part of either candidate, such as this week’s revelation that Warren’s claim that she was fired for being pregnant was not true. At this point, it looks as though the race will go down to the wire and will likely hinge on grassroots get-out-the-vote efforts at the state and local levels.

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Prank Phone Call Exposes Lindsey Graham’s Two Opposing Opinions Of Kurds https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/prank-phone-call-exposes-lindsey-grahams-two-opposing-opinions-of-kurds/ https://theresurgent.com/2019/10/11/prank-phone-call-exposes-lindsey-grahams-two-opposing-opinions-of-kurds/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:57:48 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=56289 What are the odds that Russian pranksters would deceive Sen. Lindsey Graham into having a faux phone conversation with an ersatz Turkish defense minister only weeks before Turkey became an international pariah for its offensive against the formerly US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria?

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What are the odds that Russian pranksters would deceive Sen. Lindsey Graham into having a faux phone conversation with an ersatz Turkish defense minister only weeks before Turkey became an international pariah for its offensive against the formerly US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria? Believe it or not, in this case, the odds are 100 percent because, in another case of truth being stranger than satire, it happened.

Politico reports that Alexey Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, two Russian hoaxers with suspected ties to Russian intelligence succeeded in getting Sen. Graham on the phone back in August, not once but twice. The pair, who go by the names “Lexus and Vovan,” convinced Graham that he was speaking to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. The duo’s call might have gone unnoticed except for the inconsistencies in their conversations with Graham and his public statements since the White House agreed to pave the way for the Turkish offensive by removing US troops.

Where Graham has been very critical of President Trump’s treatment of our Kurdish allies and calling for congressional action to sanction Turkey, the senator’s private comments to the fake Turkish minister conveyed a different message.

In the call, Graham called to the Kurds as a “threat” and expressed sympathy for Turkey’s “Kurdish problem.” Graham referred to Kurdish military units that had been allied with the US in the fight against ISIS, saying, “Your YPG Kurdish problem is a big problem.” Turkey has labeled the Kurdish fighters terrorists because they want a separate Kurdish state.

“I told President Trump that Obama made a huge mistake in relying on the YPG Kurds,” Graham continued. “Everything I worried about has come true, and now we have to make sure Turkey is protected from this threat in Syria. I’m sympathetic to the YPG problem, and so is the president, quite frankly.”

President Trump expressed similar sentiments this week, telling reporters, “If you read today — a couple of reports saying that when President Obama started this whole thing. As you know, it was started by President Obama; he created a natural war with Turkey and their longtime enemy, PKK. And they’re still there.”

The PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, is a separate marxist Kurdish group that has been fighting a separatist war against the Turkish government since 1984. Both Turkey and the US consider the PKK a terrorist group.  

In the second call, Graham also referred to the “Turkish bank” case of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian businessman arrested in 2016 for helping Iran to violate sanctions. Zarrab’s release has been a high priority for Turkish president Erdogan. It was reported this week that President Trump pressured then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to interfere with the DOJ case on Zarrab’s behalf in 2017. Zarrab was convicted in 2018 and sentenced to 32 months in prison. Zarrab was also a client of Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney.

“And this case involving the Turkish bank, he’s very sensitive to that,” Graham said of Trump during the prank call. “The president wants to be helpful, within the limits of his power.”

“We want a better relationship with Turkey. That’s exactly what he [Trump] wants,” Graham said, also asking that Turkey rethink the NATO ally’s purchase of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system from Russia. Graham also discussed getting Turkey added back as a customer of the US F-35 fighter aircraft program. Turkey was dropped as an F-35 customer in July after it accepted the Russian missile system.

A spokesman for Graham confirmed that the recording of the call was genuine, saying that it “slipped through the cracks” and “they got him.”

“It’s no secret Senator Graham has often traveled to Turkey and continued to speak with many members of Turkish government, including President Erdogan, about the relationship between our two countries,” Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop added. “He has been clear he wants a stronger relationship and often talked about the importance of maintaining peace in northern Syria to prevent the reemergence of ISIS.”

“With Turkey’s invasion into northern Syria the drive for better relations between our two countries has suffered a body blow,” Bishop said. “Turkey should immediately withdraw their military forces and America should reinstitute the safe zone concept to keep the peace in the region. Until this is done, Senator Graham will continue to push for severe, biting sanctions against Turkey.”

While I applaud Sen. Graham’s tough words to Turkey following Trump’s ill-considered retreat, I am concerned that Graham may have encouraged both Trump’s withdrawal and Turkey’s offensive by acknowledging that the Kurds represented a threat to Turkey. As to the discussion of Reza Zarrab, that seems very swampy.

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Kamala Harris opened her discussion at the CNN Equality townhall by announcing her pronouns, “she, her, and hers” and then Chris Cuomo repsonded “Mine too”. 😂😂

Listen to Kamala’s reaction:

Could you IMAGINE if a Fox News host said that? It would lead the news cycle for weeks.

Cuomo eventually came out and apologized for his remarks:

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