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 2016             The truth will set you free 
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Two Scandals on Hold as Presidential Primaries Unfold
Roger Aronoff
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AG Lynch Dodges Questions About 
Clinton Prosecution
Trey Sanchez
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{truthrevolt.org} ~ Attorney General Loretta Lynch dodged questions Wednesday over whether the Justice Department will pursue prosecution of former Secretary of State Hilly Clinton for her use of a private email server to send classified documents... Speaking during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Lynch would only say: This will be conducted as every other case and we will review all the facts and all the evidence and come to an independent conclusion as to how to best handle it. Lynch offered very little to Rep. John Carter (R-TX) who raised a concern shared among his colleagues who are worried that politics have affected the investigation, when he asked, "If the FBI makes the case that Hilly Clinton mishandled classified information and put America's security at risk, will you prosecute the case? Do you know of any efforts underway to undermine the FBI investigation?"        http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ag-lynch-dodges-questions-about-cli...
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Billions in nObamacare Subsidies
Probably Fraudulent
Trey Sanchez
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{truthrevolt.org} ~ Democrats love to tout how nObamacare is working, but according to the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)... there could be billions of dollars that have been paid out to applicants who are ineligible to receive the promised federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act offers. In its study, GAO found that there was no system put in place that could reconcile all of the information gathered from various government sources in order to spot any inconsistency with applications. The federal watchdog submitted its report Congress and explained why they did the study: "The Congressional Budget Office estimates the cost of subsidies and related spending under PPACA at $37 billion for fiscal year 2015. GAO was asked to examine the enrollment process and verification controls of the federal Marketplace."        http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/billions-obamacare-subsidies-probab...
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ISIS in Buffalo, NY: KILL LIST of...
Pamela Geller
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Yassin
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{pamelageller.com} ~ More news the media won’t cover, even though this jihadist called for the beheading of one media personality... Buffalo Muslim Yassin posted a list of towns of residence and phone numbers of approximately 150 U.S. Air Force personnel, with the following quote: “Rejoice, O supporters of the Caliphate State, with the dissemination of the information to be delivered to lone wolves … Allah said: ‘And slay them wherever you may come upon them.’” Remember that when mullah nObama says, “the Islamic State is not Islamic.” In the affidavit, Lane stated that on Aug. 24, 2015, Yassin tweeted a link containing photographs, addresses, other contact information and even credit-card information of United States service men and women and State Department employees. She also allegedly said that a media personality “would be better off without her head.” http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/isis-in-buffalo-ny-kill-list-of-air...
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2017 Budget Request Supports Priorities Despite
DoD-Imposed Changes
 Megan Eckstein
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A Raytheon SM-6 launched from an Aegis guided missile destroyer
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{news.usni.org} ~ The Navy fared well during late-in-the-game Fiscal Year 2017 budget negotiations with the Defense Department, despite a widespread initial concern about cuts to the Littoral Combat Ship/Frigate program, Navy leadership told USNI News... After a budgetary argument between Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus became public in December, many in the Navy and industry became worried about the direction the Navy was being pushed in, particularly after being told to cut 12 ships in a time when the service is trying to build the fleet back up to more than 300 ships. But Vice Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for integration of capabilities and resources, told USNI News that, despite the shipbuilding challenges the Navy still faces, the Navy actually came out better over the five-year Future Years Defense Plan than previously thought.        http://news.usni.org/2016/02/24/navy-2017-budget-request-supports-p...
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The closing of the military mind?
 Gerard Robinson
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{aei.org} ~ George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783, ending a career that spanned more of his adult life than his combined years in the Continental Congress and as president... Today, just two days after his birthday, I wonder what Washington would think about the role education plays in the development of our military, particularly given our long season of war. On one hand, Washington would be pleased to know that men and women of the armed forces are among the best and brightest of their generation. According to data from George Washington University, in 2010, 82% of military officers held at least a bachelor’s degree. Ninety-three percent of enlisted soldiers had a high school diploma. Yet while recruiting America’s brightest for the armed forces remains a national priority, there has also been an alarming rise in the number of men and women ineligible for military service in recent years. In 2010, for example, a group of retired military leaders commissioned a report titled Too Fat to Fight. The report found that 75% of Americans age 17 to 24 are unable to join the military because they “failed to graduate high school, have criminal records, or are physically unfit.” In fact, the Army’s Accessions Command has estimated that 9 million men and women could not join the military if they wanted to because they are unable to pass the fitness test.       https://www.aei.org/publication/the-closing-of-the-military-mind/?u...
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slump-Trump Heading to Trial Over
slump-Trump University Fraud Charges
Kemberlee Kaye
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{legalinsurrection.com} ~ Hilly Clinton is not the only presidential contender muddling through legal battles this election season. An upcoming trial scheduled for May 6 could pull Donald slump-Trump off the campaign trail... Listed as a witness by both sides of the bench, slump-Trump will likely be required to testify in a trial over the now defunct slump-Trump University which has been accused of fraud. Here’s a part of the political calendar that nobody in the Republican Party seems to have noticed: This spring, just as the GOP nomination battle enters its final phase, frontrunner Donald slump-Trump could be forced to take time out for some unwanted personal business: He’s due to take the witness stand in a federal courtroom in San Diego, where he is being accused of running a financial fraud.        http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/02/trump-heading-to-trial-over-tr...
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US Presidential Candidates Slam Palestinian Authority
 Israel Today Staff
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{israeltoday.co.il} ~ With Super Tuesday, the biggest day in the US presidential primaries, fast approaching (March 1), candidates on the Republican side are looking to bolster their pro-Israel credentials and win the Evangelical Christian vote... Earlier this month, frontrunner Donald slump-Trump suggested he’d be “neutral” in his dealing with Israel and the Palestinians. One of his top challengers, Senator Marco Rubio (Florida), said at a rally in Houston on Wednesday that he’d take the exact opposite approach. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas), said he view on the topic went far beyond the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “I am not neutral between murderers and the innocent citizens murderers are targeting. I am not neutral at home or abroad between radical Islamic terrorists and the targets of their terror.”  http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/28403/Default.aspx
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World Council of Churches Starts Seven Weeks of Brainwashing
Malcolm Lowe
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Israel spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the last few years to build water desalination plants on its Mediterranean coast, so that now Israel has an abundance of water. At the same time, Palestinian propagandists constantly disseminate false accusations that Israel steals Palestinian water. Pictured above, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro tours the Hadera Desalination Plant on July 26, 2012. 
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{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ February 12, 2016, was a day of fresh hope for the suffering Christians of the Middle East. Pope Francis of Rome and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow met in Havana, Cuba, to issue a joint message to the world... After pledging themselves to change the history of schism between Eastern and Western Christianity, they placed the contemporary merciless persecution of Christians at the top of their agenda: "Our gaze must firstly turn to those regions of the world where Christians are victims of persecution. In many countries of the Middle East and North Africa whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated. Their churches are being barbarously ravaged and looted, their sacred objects profaned, their monuments destroyed..." These were not empty words. The Moscow Patriarchate has collected large sums of money from its faithful to help the persecuted Christians of Syria. Likewise, the Roman Catholic Church, and specifically the Franciscan Order, is working at its own peril on the ground in Syria to relieve the suffering.   http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7487/seven-weeks-of-water
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Charlie Rangel Retiring: He’s Perhaps The Most
Corrupt Man In Congress
Jeff Dunetz
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{lidblog.com} ~ Perhaps the most corrupt person in Congress Rep. Charlie Rangel  (D-N.Y.) confirmed on Wednesday that he is not running for reelection and will retire at the end of the year... Rangel claimed he wants to leave office at the same time as the first black president. However, based on his Congressional tenure the most likely reason for Charlie Rangel to retire is thanks to nObama the economy is so bad there’s no graft money left for him to make. Charlie Rangel has a more “impressive” list of ethics violations than anyone else in Congress. Perhaps his most famous act of illegality during his congressional tenure was in regards to a rental income Mr. Rangel purchased in 1987 at the Punta Cana Yacht Club in the Dominican Republic. In 2009 the National Legal and Policy Center looked at Mr. Rangel’s House financial disclosure forms in August, it noted that his reported income looked suspiciously low. In 2004 and 2005, he reported no more than $5,000, and in 2006 and 2007 no income at all from the property.    http://lidblog.com/charlie-rangel-retiring-hes-perhaps-the-most-cor...
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Romney claims ‘bombshell’ in slump-Trump taxes – 
here’s slump-Trump’s blunt response
 Michael Dorstewitz
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{bizpacreview.com} ~ The real estate developer and GOP frontrunner didn’t take the accusation well. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee told Fox News’ “Your World” host Neil Cavuto that he’s holding off supporting any one candidate until he sees “their positions on issues in some detail” … as well as their back taxes... “Donald slump-Trump and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have” yet to reveal their taxes from previous years. “And this was an issue in my campaign,” he said. “Frankly, we have good reason to believe that there is a bombshell in Donald slump-Trump’s taxes,” Romney said. When asked to explain further, Romney said it could be that slump-Trump’s not as wealthy as he claims, that he’s not paying the amount of taxes others would expect, or that his donations to veterans groups were lacking in previous years.        http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/02/25/romney-claims-bombshell-in-t...
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Two Scandals on Hold as Presidential Primaries Unfold
Roger Aronoff
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{aim.org} ~ It appears that, with only one week left until Super Tuesday, the mainstream media are content with the slow pace of the various investigations into Hilly Clinton’s malfeasance. Come March 15, over half of the states will have voted for their favorite primary candidates. Yet the FBI investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email server and her handling of classified material, along with the House Select Committee’s Benghazi investigation, may be going nowhere.
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“Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy [SC] has said he hopes to wrap up interviews with witnesses in February,” reported Sarah Westwood for The Washington Examiner on February 18. “His committee will then release a highly-anticipated report on its findings.”
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But that report may not effectively tell the story of Benghazi if, as Gowdy says, he is going to allow his audience to draw their own conclusions. “It’s not my job to tell you what happened,” said Gowdy on the Don Smith radio show. “It’s my job to tell you what the witnesses say. I wasn’t there.”
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Gowdy also said that he was “pleased and frankly proud” of the effort his committee had made that revealed to the public that Clinton was using a private server for all of her emails.
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However, the Select Committee wasn’t established so that its report would be issued by a stenographer. It was established to get to the truth of what happened, even if reporters and broadcasters alike dismiss the search for the truth as a “phony scandal.” So far, the committee does not appear to have interviewed outside experts—authoritative figures who could shine some light on the testimony of bureaucrats with ulterior motives.
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This committee also has a greater responsibility than to simply report what the witnesses said; it must also connect the dots, and draw conclusions. Then the Democratic minority on the committee can include a minority report.
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Similarly, it is the FBI’s job to compile evidence that could lead to an indictment of Hilly Clinton—not to let the evidence speak for itself, but to be woven into a convincing narrative outlining the case for legal action. If there is no such evidence, then Mrs. Clinton deserves that the government lift that cloud of suspicion while primary voters consider their options.
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It remains important that the Select Committee tell a true and convincing story about the events in Benghazi without getting bogged down in the unnecessary search for additional smoking guns.
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The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) laid out the big picture of what happened in Benghazi—and the period leading up to it—nearly two years ago in its April 2014 interim report, and additional evidence has since validated our findings. It has been made abundantly clear that both Hilly Clinton and Barack nObama deceived the public by blaming the attacks on a YouTube video while knowing these attacks were perpetrated by terrorists; it is also readily apparent that the United States failed to send available military forces to aid those in Libya. And that is just scratching the surface.
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We understand that the nObama administration has stonewalled and slow-walked the Select Committee’s investigation. But at some point the Select Committee must go with what they’ve got. When will Congressman Gowdy release his committee’s report? Will it be after more than half of the United States loses the opportunity to cast an educated vote?
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Worse still is the nObama administration’s ongoing interference into the FBI investigation of Clinton’s email server and possible corruption. Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported in January that the FBI and Justice Department became “super pissed off” when the White House made public comments about Clinton not being a target of the investigation.
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“What I know that some officials over there have said is that she is not a target of the investigation, so that an indictment does not seem to be the direction that it’s trending,” announced Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the time. “But I’m certainly not going to weigh in on a decision or in that process in any way. That is a decision to be made solely by independent prosecutors but again, based on what we know from the Department of Justice, it does not seem to be headed in that direction.”
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This isn’t the first time that the nObama administration has improperly prejudged an ongoing investigation. The Associated Press (AP) has previously compared nObama to former President Richard Nixon, citing examples of both of them speaking out and declaring defendants guilty of murder. In Nixon’s case it was Charles Manson; in nObama’s it was Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.
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President nObama has also come very close to endorsing Mrs. Clinton. “She is my friend. She would make an excellent president,” said President nObama last year,according to The Washington Post. In his February 16 remarks, the President referred to former Secretary Clinton as “an outstanding secretary of state” without making a similar compliment about socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Just last month the White House had insisted it wasn’t going to endorse a Democratic primary candidate.
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That Post article fails to mention the gravity of a president nearly endorsing a candidate who may face criminal charges.
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This comes at a time when, as the Los Angeles Times is reporting, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is struggling financially, writing, “Clinton finds herself under financial stress.” Maybe the Clinton Foundation could loan the campaign a billion dollars, thus cutting its size in half. Or the campaign could draw on the other billion the Clintons have collected, as reported by The Washington Post, for “the Clintons’ political races and legal defense fund.” The Post article is titled, “Two Clintons. 41 Years. $3 Billion.”
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Some on the left are starting to panic that Mrs. Clinton will win the nomination and take the Democratic Party down to defeat. Salon, one of the far-left’s favorite websites, argued in a piece this past weekend titled “Hilly Clinton Just Can’t Win,” that “Bernie Sanders is the only Democratic candidate capable of winning the White House in 2016. Please name the last person to win the presidency alongside an ongoing FBI investigation, negative favorability ratings, questions about character linked to continual flip-flops, a dubious money trail of donors, and the genuine contempt of the rival political party. In reality, Clinton is a liability to Democrats, and certainly not the person capable of ensuring liberal Supreme Court nominees and President nObama’s legacy.”
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With 150 agents working on one of the FBI’s cases against Mrs. Clinton, it seems incumbent upon the Bureau to push the Justice Department to indict Hilly Clinton if it finds the corruption it is searching for. And, given recent evidence, it seems unlikely that the agency could do anything but charge her with mishandling classified information.
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Mrs. Clinton’s main defense has been that the information from her emails now deemed classified wasn’t marked as classified at the time. However, in 2011 Secretary of State Clinton instructed an aide, Jake Sullivan, to remove the classified markings before sending information to her private, unsecured email. Besides, it doesn’t matter legally whether this information was marked classified or not. That is a smokescreen. It is her professional obligation to recognize classified material.
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Yet President nObama has already put his finger on the scale of justice, asserting that Clinton’s email server “is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”
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FBI Director James Comey faces a politically untenable choice—to pursue a case against the President’s wishes or to tarnish the impartiality of the law. Comey has a reputation as a straight-shooter to the extent that if he makes a criminal referral to the Department of Justice and they don’t act on it, he might well go public, or resign. Time will tell.
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These two investigations—along with the State Department’s probe into potential conflicts of interest between the Clinton Foundation and Mrs. Clinton’s actions as secretary of state—should have been done by the end of last year, well before we got this far down the road of the presidential primaries. In both cases these investigations reflect upon the nObama administration as well as on Mrs. Clinton. Yet as each entity—the Select Committee and the FBI—wait to issue their reports, the findings in both cases will be seen by large segments of the population as primarily political. That is, unless Hilly is somehow exonerated. Then the mainstream media will assure us that they knew all along that these investigations were nothing but politics from the start.
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Trump National Diversity Coalition's Bruce LeVell: President’s Support Among Blacks, Hispanics Will ‘More Than Double’ In 2020

Bruce LeVell, the National Diversity Coalition for Trump executive director, said on Sunday evening he predicts President Donald Trump will win even higher levels of support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020 than he did in 2016.

“Pastor Darrell Scott is the CEO, we started this back in 2015,” LeVell said on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Sunday evening about the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. “It is the largest diversity coalition platform in history for a Republican candidate, not to mention a sitting president, and there are millions of guests that sign on and sign up that are part of this. If you look on the website, you see African Americans for Trump, Haitian Americans for Trump, Korean Americans for Trump, Chinese Americans for Trump, Hispanic Americans for Trump–all very large. They all stand in one agreement that they believe in this great president and that he is here for all and wants everyone to be successful. It’s pretty flattering, honestly, to be a part of this. It just totally debunks everything that they try to make him out to be–a racist, which he’s not. The numbers prove that he’s not. You can see where he’s rising in terms of the Hispanic vote, and the African American vote. It’s just really going to be mind-boggling on the next go-around. I guarantee it. It’s going to more than double because people are happy; they’re working.”

LeVell, when asked for his rationale on why he thinks Trump’s support in 2020 among blacks and Hispanics will more than double, attributed it to the results President Trump has gotten for those communities.

“Sometimes you have to speak things into existence,” LeVell said. “The president said, ‘What do you have to lose?’ That challenge, especially in the underserved communities, well, yeah, what do we have to lose? We tried it this way for 30 or 40 years. Some of these cities and municipalities were under Democrat rule, as you might say, for many years, and then you say, ‘You know what? Let’s make the ask.’ You know, the president made the ask. Sometimes, you just have to ask, ‘Hey, what do you got to lose? Try this.’ Let’s try one of the biggest, strongest bills that he’s signed, that was so beneficial, called the Opportunity Zones. This bill right here alone is bringing a lifeline to some of these underserved communities and is projected to bring in over hundreds of billions of dollars in these underserved communities, which are predominantly African American communities. For example, in Atlanta, there are minority business contractors teaming up with other business contractors building a hotel in an Opportunity Zone. This community has just been blighted for God knows how long. These are the things that people are starting to see–the light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s a businessman that understands what I call a balance sheet, a P & L sheet of profit and loss. The president wants to see the country profitable, not losses. So that’s what he does. He says, ‘Okay, where can we improve? What can we do?’”

He continued, “Like I said earlier, I think the Opportunity Zones is a sleeper; it has so many moving parts to it where you can sell a piece of property for $2 million and instead of paying that very high capital gains [tax] you can identify those funds over the zone, and then, you can build another little hotel or a shopping center for economic empowerment for that community. So there’s so many initiatives out there for people of color, like myself, who see opportunities. You know, how about this? You live in a black community under the Trump administration, you walk down the street and say, ‘Wow, 98 percent who live in the community are African American,’ and you say, ‘Why don’t you build that grocery store? Why don’t you build that gas station?’ Wow, you’re right. I can. The programs that are out there, like in the Small Business Administration, you get as little as five or ten percent down, and they can maturize it to 30 years, and if you’re a veteran, they waive the fees. There are so many tools out there, and you saw the president when he adjusted Dodd-Frank last year; that was a terrible, terrible deal they did in 2009 and 2010 that literally almost just choked and killed the business community because of the Dodd-Frank, going in there and regulating these small community banks, which were life support for these small communities especially in the African American community, where he readjusted that last year and made it work. These are the things this president understands that as a businessman he can bring his lifelong talents to the White House and can help America. The biggest thing about this is, remember, the president is not beholden to any special interest group; this is a very key part of this conversation right here because he can go in there and govern without having to worry about paying back favors.”

According to NBC News analysis in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, Trump actually outperformed now-Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)–then the former governor of Massachusetts–in the 2012 election when it came to both the black and Hispanic communities.

“Trump claimed 29 percent of the Hispanic vote on Tuesday, compared to Romney’s 27 percent in 2012,” NBC News wrote. “With blacks, exit polls show Trump claimed 8 percent of the vote to the previous Republican nominee’s 6 percent.”

If Trump is able to double support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020, as LeVell predicts he will, no Democrat will stand even close to a chance of defeating him; the margins they would need for victories in a number of states would be significantly eroded. Perhaps that is why the Democrats are now attempting to paint Trump as a racist amid his battle with the so-called “Squad” of socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasi0-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). The new faces of the Democrat Party, the “Squad,” in other words, is worried they may lose the election in 2020 if LeVell and other Trump backers are right. But the scurrilous accusations of racism for quick political gains, which have also been leveled at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden in recent weeks, LeVell warns, may undermine the ability to stand up to actual racism where it exists.

“At first, it was kind of bizarre,” LeVell, who knows Trump well and has known him prior to his run for president, said of the false racism accusations. “Now, it’s just plainly un-American. It’s so anti-patriotic. You know, the interesting thing about it for me as a black conservative or Republican–I like to define myself as a Frederick Douglass Republican–most of the name-calling comes from people who actually look like me, 90 percent of it. It’s bizarre, and it’s because our thinking process is not lining up with theirs. It’s the only playbook they have, like I said earlier, which is, ‘Let’s just use the race card.’

LeVell went on to say, “Getting back to the president, I’ve been around him–I was just with him at the rally–in very intimate settings, behind the scenes at the rally, and you’re right: I’ve traveled with him, been on the plane with him. I’ve been in private meetings with him. I’ve talked with him, and you know–let me tell you something: I’m 55 years old, I’ve lived my whole life in the South, and I’m world-traveled. Let me tell you: I know racism when I see it. This man is nowhere near being a racist. It’s so sad because it does such a disservice to this great nation that they would throw that name and throw those words around. I mean, you have people calling Biden racist. They’re calling Pelosi racist. They’re calling the dog-catcher racist because he impounded the black dog instead of the white dog. Come on. What’s next? You know, it’s kind of sad because it’s pretty much watered down things that are legitimate, to where people are just going to get so numb with it, and people are just being like, ‘Wow, are you serious?’”

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