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The left has tried to smear President Donald Trump by conjuring up countless scandals and negative labels, but it seems they now admit at least one arrow in their quiver has been rendered useless — well, sort of.

Trump’s critics have accused the president of profiting from his time in office despite the fact that he has given away his $400,000 annual salary and has lost wealth since taking office (more on that in a bit).

And when the president spoke of his hopefulness for the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to fight COVID-19, The New York Times insinuated it was because Trump would profit off the drug through investments in the drug company that produced the medicine in a claim so bad even the left-leaning site Snopes called it “mostly false.”

Then there are the several lawsuits against Trump for supposedly violating the “emoluments” clause in the Constitution, which prohibits presidents from profiting from their time in office, that were brought because foreign dignitaries patronize hotels owned by the Trump Organization, CNN said about the D.C. lawsuit in particular.

The network’s Chris Cillizza reported on the nonscandal in July 2018, with his guest, Georgetown Law professor John Mikhail, warning that if Trump wasn’t penalized for the transgression, “future presidents might also seek to profit off the presidency.”

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When the president tried to defend himself, leftists such as MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin twisted his words.

“Trump calls the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution ‘phony,’” Griffin tweeted. “‘You people with this phony Emoluments Clause.’”

What Trump actually said was that other presidents were wealthy and conducted business while in office, and that he has lost money, which would essentially negate their claim of profiting.

“They ran their businesses,” the president said in the tweeted clip. “George Washington, they say, had two desks: He had a presidential desk and a business desk.”

“I don’t think you people with this phony emoluments clause,” Trump said, cutting himself off. “And by the way, I would say that it’s cost me anywhere from 2 to 5 billion dollars to be president, and that’s OK, between what I lose and could have made.”

That context sheds light on the remark: He was calling their charge phony, which makes sense when paired with the rest of the endless false accusations lobbed at the president.

They were likely hoping for show trials that would put Trump and his company’s financial records on public display, but his adversaries have been mired in lengthy legal battles with mixed results, including at least one case dismissed and another delayed.

So now, with the coronavirus pandemic impacting the president’s earnings and net worth, Cillizza has decided to pivot to the fact that Trump has lost so much of his wealth, hoping to get under the president’s skin and switch tactics.

In an article Wednesday titled “Donald Trump is a lot less rich today than when he was elected president,” the network’s digital editor-at-large and host of the multiplatform “The Point with Chris Cillizza” gleefully reported that Trump has gone from $3.7 billion when he took office in 2016 down to $2.5 billion.

“Now, $2.5 billion is still a lot of money. Like, a LOT of money. And being one of the richest 400 people in America is pretty exclusive company,” Cillizza wrote.

“But if you don’t think that the decline in his overall wealth and his position on the Forbes 400 will irk Trump, then you don’t know Trump.”

The president dropped from No. 275 in 2019 to No. 339 this year on the Forbes 400 list, which the CNN anticipates will be a blow to the billionaire’s ego.

Cillizza went on to outline all of the discrepancies in his actual wealth that sources, including Trump, have reported over the years but settled on what he thinks that number means to the president.

“Trump’s need — and it is a need — to be very, very rich — is widely regarded as one of the main reasons he has continued to be unwilling to release any of his previous tax returns, the first president in the post-Watergate era to enjoy that ignominious distinction,” Cillizza said.

“The speculation is that Trump knows that the returns would show him as considerably less rich than he has bragged about for years and, in so doing, reduce his appeal to voters who are drawn to his over-the-top money and attitude.”

So which is it–is Trump getting rich off of the presidency or lying about being wealthy?

Well, according to Cillizza, Trump relies on wealth to “prove that he is better than all the people who sneered at him and mocked him over the years.”

“In Trump’s mind, the richer he is, the more people he has proven wrong,” Cillizza continued. “Wealth equals vindication. And that’s why a decline in wealth — like he’s experience[d] this past year — will bother him so much.”

So it seems in one fell swoop, Cillizza had to trash the narrative about the president enriching himself while advancing the new approach that Trump will be very upset about his loss in wealth, despite the fact that he has said he isn’t bothered by it.

What’s curious is how the left doesn’t seem to mind those who actually have benefited from being in office, like the Obamas, who are $20 million richer since former President Barack Obama left office, or the Clintons, who have amassed over $230 million in the years since President Bill Clinton’s tenure.

There’s also 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who raked in $15.6 million in the two years after he left the vice presidency, and his son, Hunter Biden, who was paid tens of thousands of dollars per month for a post at the Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings that he likely got because of his last name.

Getting rich after serving in the office doesn’t matter to the left unless it is a Republican, but now that Trump is undeniably poorer since taking office, they don’t have a leg to stand on.

Author: Christine Favocci

Source: Western Journal: CNN Analyst Ruins Key Anti-Trump Narrative, Scrambles To Launch a New One

In a Sacramento suburb, arsonists specifically targeted homes that were flying American flags, causing residents to question what could prompt such attacks.

According to a KOVR-TV report, police are investigating at least four incidents that occurred in Citrus Heights, just outside California’s capital, in the early morning hours of June 6 — the anniversary of the historic D-Day landing during World War II and just eight days before the United States celebrated Flag Day.

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Marie Nuzzi, a resident of the Sungarden neighborhood where the crimes occurred, had her American flag set ablaze, leaving only a pile of soot under a blackened flagpole.

“If it had burned longer it would have caught the house on fire,” Nuzzi said. “Somebody’s lives, for what?”

The flagpole was attached to her home near the roof, which would have created a dangerous situation had the fire spread.

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Nuzzi decided not to replace the flag.

“It’s not worth it for me to put my family through it,” she told KOVR.

Two other homes also had their flags burned, and the trees were torched in front of another property that had small American flags set out on the front lawn.

Police did not yet have a motive for the crimes, but another resident thought it might be more than just random arson.

“This is the first time anything’s happened,” 10-year resident Michael Howard told KOVR. “Gut reaction? Is it somebody with an agenda?”

It isn’t a far leap for someone like Howard to wonder whether these small incidents of flag-burning are related to the larger civil unrest that is still simmering in the nation after the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody after an officer knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes.

After video of the incident went viral, protests erupted in American cities, including nearby Sacramento, and many protesters have destroyed symbols of America including Old Glory.

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It isn’t just the American flag that is under attack during these, but all of the symbols of America as protesters take out their anger on not just police, but also the very founding of the United States.

While there might be an argument to be made against taking down antiquated and controversial symbols such as the Confederate flag or pro-slavery Civil War heroes, there’s also a process for doing so, through legal methods, petitioning local officials and winning elections.

Disdaining the democratic process, the mob has come for just about every representation of America and its history.

“NEW: Protesters yank down Christopher Columbus statue outside Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul,” ABC News tweeted with video of the statue tumbling down as bystanders cheer.

Rioters have also torched a historic church and defaced war monuments along with the other property destruction and looting.

It is going to be difficult to repair not only the physical damage the protesters have left behind, but also to the social fabric of America that seems torn beyond repair.

Without a proper contextual understanding of American heroes and history, which it increasingly appears protesters don’t have, there is little hope that the country can pick up the shattered pieces to become 50 truly United States once again.

It is very possible the incidents outside of Sacramento were just punk kids causing trouble and hoping for additional shock value by targeting flags, but with the current climate of hatred towards the United States and all it stands for, this couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Author: Christine Favocci

Source: Western Journal: Arsonists Are Targeting Homes With American Flags

Even in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, leftists will not waste an opportunity to snipe at President Donald Trump.

The most recent opportunistic bottom feeder to join the fray is self-proclaimed “D-list” celebrity Kathy Griffin, who says she is currently hospitalized for possible coronavirus infection.

Responding to Trump’s tweet about the progress being made in COVID-19 testing, in which the president announced that “over an eight day span, the United States now does more testing than what South Korea (which has been a very successful tester) does over an eight week span. Great job!”

Griffin retweeted this with two photos, one of her hospital room and the other featuring only a portion of her masked face.

“He’s lying,” she wrote. “I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms.

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“The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions. #TESTTESTTEST”

What Griffin was referring to is the protocol to decide which patients get preference for testing based on the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because she doesn’t fall into one of the categories that is a priority, she was allegedly denied testing.

Despite her own self-importance, the cases that get priority testing over Griffin are:

“Hospitalized patients; Symptomatic healthcare workers; Patients in long-term care facilities with symptoms; Patients 65 years of age and older with symptoms; Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms; First responders with symptoms; Critical infrastructure workers with symptoms.”

Griffin falls into the next priory level, which is for “individuals who do not meet any of the above categories with symptoms,” just above “health care workers and first responders; individuals with mild symptoms in communities experiencing high COVID-19 hospitalizations,” and those with no symptoms at all.

You didn’t miss it — there is no priority for has-been comedians.

Like most medical procedures, patients are triaged based on a number of factors, such as the severity of their symptoms and pre-existing conditions, in relation to other patients who need care at that moment.

It seems Kathy Griffin assumes she deserves to cut in front of other patients.

While it’s distasteful when an entitled quasi-celebrity indignantly whines, “Don’t you know who I am?” when she can’t get a table at the hot new restaurant in town, it’s downright repugnant when a D-lister (and even that’s generous) thinks the hospital should dispense with triage protocol to cater to her.

It is unclear at this time whether Griffin is still waiting for the test as she has not released another update about her condition. The Western Journal reached out for comment but did not immediately receive a reply.

Of course, while she was suffering from what she called “unbearably painful symptoms,” she had time to once again chastise the president from her hospital bad, at least this time with only words.

Griffin notoriously posed for a photograph in 2017 in which she held a replica of Trump’s decapitated, bloody head.

She subsequently blamed the fallout from the photo for killing her career. It is possible that her shrill, unfunny comedy is what really killed her career, but that cannot be confirmed at this time.

When the photo surfaced, Trump tweeted that she “should be ashamed of herself,” and that his son Barron, who was 11 at the time, was “having a hard time with this. Sick!”

Griffin’s criticism of her current situation is surely reputable because, as everyone knows, nothing is more reliable than anecdotal evidence from one of your sworn enemies.

Issues surrounding coronavirus testing have been a hot topic among Trump’s critics. Democratic presidential front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that the United States turned down existing World Health Organization kits, but that claim was revealed to be false.

It should be noted that even for those who test positive, the course of treatment is the same. “No vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19 is available; care is supportive,” the CDC’s website says.

Griffin can rail against Trump, or Vice President Mike Pence, or whoever she chooses, but the fact remains that her treatment course would be no different.

Her photos clearly show she is getting proper medical accommodations even if she has yet to be tested. While she complains from her hospital bed, she is being cared for in the greatest health care system in the world.

Putting aside Griffin’s politics and questionable talent, every coronavirus infection is unfortunate and serious, including hers.

Whether she knows it or not, therein lies the great equalizer — when any American is ill, our health care system, made robust by the free market and guided by the experts in the Trump administration, will do everything possible to make her well.

Unlike what’s happened to her career, we wish Griffin a speedy and full recovery.

Author: Christine Favocci

Source: Western Journal: Kathy Griffin Mouths Off After Hospital Obeys CDC, Tests Medical Workers, 1st Responders Before Her

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