New Trump Book VS. What Bill Knows About Trump
Bill begins the podcast by giving Premium Members all the inside baseball that he has on President Trump. Bill and Donald Trump have known each other for about 30 years. Therefore, Bill is able to provide perspective so everyone is able to put the hysteria regarding Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury into context.
First of all, Bill points out that this book is not a big story. The American people, the country should not be concerned. It’s all just gossip.
The book, Fire and Fury, basically says that Donald Trump is a chaotic guy. It says that he didn't want to win the election, that he didn't think he was going to win, and that none of his staff thinks that he’s up to the job of being president. It's an unflattering portrait of Donald Trump. But again, so what? Since Trump became president, the only thing we’ve been getting from the media are unflattering stories about him.
But here is the key and this is what the American people should pay attention to. First of all, today, the Dow Jones industrial average topped and closed above 25,000 for the first time, kicking off 2018 where it left off last year, with sizable stock market gains. If there were a fundamental problem within the federal government, the stock market would not be doing so well. Secondly, American corporations are hiring and paying more for the service of American people, in every part of the country.
If Donald Trump was a malicious guy or a liar, Bill says that he wouldn’t have stayed friends with him. Trump is bombastic and funny. Most of what Trump says is facetious. So, if you understand that, then you’ll realize that 80 percent of what Trump says can be put into perspective. The other 20 percent is Trump panicking. Donald Trump panics when he feels that the walls are closing in on him or maybe he did something he shouldn't have done or said something he shouldn't have said. Trump is not a cool James Bond, step back and take a look at the big picture king of guy. When he enters panic mode he'll say something and make the situation worse.
That being said, in the introduction of Fire and Fury, Wolff acknowledges that he often got conflicting accounts of information and how he had to choose what to convey.
"Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue. Those conflicts, and that looseness with the truth, if not with reality itself, are an elemental thread of the book. Sometimes I have let the players offer their versions, in turn allowing the reader to judge them. In other instances, I have, through a consistency in accounts and through sources I have come to trust, settled on a version of events I believe to be true."
This morning, Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Michael Wolff and to the book’s publisher, Henry Holt & Co., demanding to stop the publication of Fire and Fury. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon also received a cease-and-desist letter on Wednesday night demanding that he stop making allegedly false statements against the president and his family. The letter claims that Bannon violated non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements in his conversations with Wolff.
Woodward and Bernstein Call out the Trump-Obsessed Media
Veteran journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein hit the news media Sunday for adopting an unnecessarily hostile "tone" in their coverage of the White House.
Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," the two reporters said there should be less pettiness and outrage in the media when it comes to President Trump.
"We oughtn’t be too provocative, which we sometimes are with a president who’s putting a lot of bait out there and sometimes we take the bait and get a little petty. I'd like to see a lot less of criticizing on our air the president for playing golf. Let him play all the golf that he wants, I don't think that's our job. We've got a deadly serious inquiry in front of us," said Bernstein.
"The tone is a big issue here," added Woodward. "In lots of reporting, particularly on television commentary, there’s a kind of self-righteousness and smugness and people kind of ridiculing the president. When we reported on Nixon, it was obviously a very different era but we did not adopt a tone of ridicule. The tone was, what are the facts?"
Rep. Nunes Announces Deal with DOJ on Document Requests
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced Wednesday evening that the committee had reached an agreement with the Justice Department about his outstanding document and witness requests related to the Russia investigation.
Nunes said in a statement that he spoke with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday evening and "looks forward to receiving access to the documents over the coming days."
In a statement on Wednesday from Nunes, he said “After speaking to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein this evening, I believe the House Intelligence Committee has reached an agreement with the Department of Justice that will provide the committee with access to all the documents and witnesses we have requested. The committee looks forward to receiving access to the documents over the coming days."
Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray had met with House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier Wednesday to discuss the House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation. The Ryan meeting was at Rosenstein's request.
A source with knowledge of the Ryan meeting said it centered on Nunes' outstanding document requests related to the dossier and his ongoing threats of contempt of Congress citations -- not the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
What Offended College Students in 2017?
Campus Reform has compiled a list of some of the silliest and most disturbing things college students found offensive in 2017:
#1) 9/11 memorials: Conservative students all around the country often erect memorial displays on September 11 to remember the lives that were lost in the day’s tragic events, but this year some memorials were vandalized or relocated to prevent students from taking offense. At Southern Methodist University, for instance, the administration moved a 9/11 memorial to a lightly-trafficked area of campus because its contents might be considered “triggering, harmful, or harassing.” At Columbia University, one passerby took matters into his own hands, removing about 50 flags from the memorial and throwing them in the trash.
#2) The Constitution: Controversy abounded this year at Kellogg Community College after campus officials arrested three conservative activists who were passing out pocket-copies of the Constitution. Administrators told the activists that asking students if they “like freedom and liberty” was disruptive because passers-by didn’t “know that they can say ‘see ya later.’”
The Alliance Defending Freedom subsequently sued the college, accusing it of violating both the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
#3) The police: In November, Brooklyn College asked New York City police officers to use bathrooms on the far end of campus in order to avoid being seen by students who might be offended by their presence. The move came several weeks after students attended a screening of a film about NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim students as part of its counterterrorism efforts.
#4) Monuments: 2017 saw a widespread movement to rid the country of Confederate monuments, some of which are located on or near college campuses. At the University of Tennessee, three professors claimed that colleges should rename controversial monuments in general because of the “psychological harm” they cause to minority students.
#5) Non- “inclusive” language: 2017 also saw a trend of university departments issuing what are commonly dubbed “inclusive-language guides” that help students and staff avoid words that might be offensive to some. One such guide was issued at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where officials cracked down on potentially offensive language by telling student to “check yourself” before using terms such as “illegal alien” “ugly,” or even “you guys.”
Similarly, Emerson College deemed the term “homosexual” to be an offensive reference to gay or lesbian people, saying only the latter two terms are sufficiently inclusive.
Bill says that he wanted to update Premium Members on the college campus madness because these students are the future of our country. He says this cultural civil war just keeps getting worse.