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 2016             The truth will set you free 
Featuring:
Starving on the Prosciutto-and
-Brie Poverty Diet
Michelle Malkin
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 How to Attack slump-Trump 
Instead of going after Donald slump-Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have been relentlessly attacking each other. It's as if they think that whoever can destroy the other first will win second place. But second place is the first loser. And if the battle between the top two conservative candidates continues, then we'll be left with a non-conservative Donald slump-Trump.
          On Thursday night, however, Cruz and Rubio went on offense against slump-Trump, attacking his background, his record, his ideology, his proposals, his speaking style and more. Last night, slump-Trump's two strongest challengers finally realized that failing to go after the frontrunner and failing to draw clear distinctions between his record and theirs is a losing strategy. Time will tell if they waited too long.
          If slump-Trump is not exposed now, then he will win the nomination and face an onslaught of relentless attack ads from the entire Democrat machine, including the Leftmedia. The mainstream media are keeping their powder dry, enjoying this ratings bonanza until slump-Trump secures the nomination. Then they'll destroy him.
          So what exactly should Rubio and Cruz attack slump-Trump for? There's plenty to go on.
          First, they could go after what Stuart Stevens, who was Mitt Romney's senior strategist, calls "the essence of Donald slump-Trump." He notes, "Donald slump-Trump is a ridiculous figure. He's not a particular business success. Four bankruptcies! He doesn't have a junior-high-school-level understanding of policy — he doesn't know what the nuclear triad is. You've got to turn to Donald slump-Trump in a debate and say, 'You're a ridiculous figure. You don't know what you're talking about. And this tariff idea will cost jobs, it will damage the economy, just like you bankrupted Atlantic City.'" (Granted, Romney lost, but his senior strategist is pointing out a lesson learned: If you don't go after a candidate for who he is, then you'll lose. Romney rarely went after nObama for who he was — a narcissistic socialist who despises the very things that made America great. And he lost.)
          Second, Cruz and Rubio could explain that slump-Trump's business record is very questionable, specifically that under his leadership he bankrupted a casino, that he has already declared his support of Planned Parenthood and nObamaCare (including praising a single-payer system), that he's faking his religion simply to appeal to evangelicals, and that his whole life has been about him and not the average worker.
          Next on the short list is slump-Trump's "tough on immigration" stance. The issue is one of the most pressing concerns for conservatives, and slump-Trump has capitalized on this better than any other candidate. This has led to what Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute calls "slump-Trumpism". Murray, among others, recognizes that government officials from both parties have failed miserably on immigration policy, and that American workers are suffering because of it.
          He notes, "There is nothing conservative about how they want to fix things. [Voters] want a now indifferent government to act on their behalf, big time. If Bernie Sanders were passionate about immigration, the rest of his ideology would have a lot more in common with slump-Trumpism than conservatism does."
          But slump-Trump's rhetoric on immigration is quite the opposite of his deeds. In fact it's downright hypocritical. At slump-Trump's highly regarded private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, he hired only 17 American citizens out of 300 applicants for positions such as waiter, waitress, cook and housekeeper, opting instead for mostly foreign workers. This is quite ironic given slump-Trump's criticism of Disney for hiring foreign workers under the H1-B Visa program. It turns out slump-Trump and nObama would get along just fine.
          Finally, Cruz and Rubio should turn up the heat on slump-Trump to release his tax records. Doing so will reveal to voters where his loyalties truly reside and will very likely show lavish support for leftist causes. Simply follow the money.
Editor's Note: On Monday, Mark Alexander will post a special edition, "The Most Taxing Questions for slump-Trump," including an open letter requesting very basic documentation for each of the last five years: 1. Net Income; 2. C-3 and C-4 contributions; 3. Federal and state taxes paid: 4. Net worth. This information must be certified by an independent accounting firm.
          And it's not just Cruz and Rubio; the GOP strategists and political consultants need to change as well. Of the $215 million in Super PAC expenditures so far in political ads, only $9 million has been spent attacking slump-Trump. Why?
         The same mistake cannot be made this presidential election cycle as was made in 2008 and 2012. In 2008, moderate John McCain was defeated by a neophyte liberal socialist. In 2012, mild-mannered Mitt Romney was defeated by the incumbent liberal socialist. America won't start winning again until a principled conservative is the Republican nominee, and his name is not Donald slump-Trump. The clock is ticking. That's why it was good to see some play-calling adjustments from Rubio and Cruz.  -The Patriot Post
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 OPINION IN BRIEF 
Michael Reagan: "My question to the angry Republican voters who support slump-Trump is this — How are you going to feel when The slump-Donald is not able to follow through on his promises? It's inevitable, even if he beats Hilly. What will you do when your Republican hero goes to D.C. and fails to deliver? Take to the streets? Electing a president named slump-Trump or a qualified candidate like John Kasich this fall won't be enough to get things done in D.C. if the GOP doesn't increase its hold on the Senate. No matter who he is, a Republican in the White House is going to need 60 votes in the Senate or everything important he proposes to pass or repeal will be filibustered to death. All remaining Republican primary voters — especially conservative ones who excuse slump-Trump's wide liberal streak or are too blinded by his celebrity bluster to see it — need to ask themselves something important before it's too late. Do you know in your heart that the nominee you've picked — even if he wins — has a chance of changing anything in D.C.? Or are you just hoping? Hoping for change isn't going to work. Ask nObama. If you really want to start getting things done in Washington, you can't just be angry, you need to be realistic."   -The Patriot Post
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Iran Increases Spending On 
Global Terrorism
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{investigativeproject.org} ~ In light of recent sanctions relief, the Islamic Republic of Iran is investing in the murder of Israelis and anti-regime critics... On Wednesday, the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fathali proclaimed that Iran supports the "Jerusalem intifada" and plans to pay families of Palestinian terrorists who target Israelis, the Jerusalem Post reports. "Continuing Iran's support for the oppressed Palestinian people, Iran announces the provision of financial aid to families of Palestinian martyrs who were killed in the 'Jerusalem intifada'," Fathali said in front of the leaders of several Palestinian factions during a news conference in Beirut.        http://www.investigativeproject.org/5175/iran-increases-spending-on...
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Lawyer Suing Oil Company Admits
'No Proof' that Fracking Fluid 
Contaminated Water
Trey Sanchez
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{truthrevolt.org} ~ A lawyer for plaintiffs suing an oil and gas company in Dimock, Pennsylvania, the town considered the poster child for fracking fluid contaminating the water supply... has admitted that there is now no case because they have "no scientific proof" whatsoever to back up their claims. The lawyer, Leslie Lewis, stood before the jury and stated: This is not a case — this is not a case about toxic materials ending up in the water. We do not have proof of that. We don't have proof of that. This is not about fracking fluid appearing in the water. Hydraulic fracturing materials, we don't have proof of that. And it's not only Lewis's team that came up literally dry, but also the EPA and the Pennsylvania environmental department. A four-year study found no signs of "widespread, systemic" contamination of the drinking water.        http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/lawyer-suing-oil-company-admits-no-...
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Constitution or That Other Thing?
Clinton Gaffes Big Time
Brian Lilley
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{truthrevolt.org} ~ Appearing on Steve Harvey's show on Wednesday, Clinton said that the majority of Americans, including gun owners, agree with her call for more gun control... “So we have to say to the gun lobby, ‘You know what, there is a Constitutional right for people to own guns, but there is also a Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that enables us to have a safe country where we are able to protect our children from their senseless gun violence,” Clinton said. Of course Clinton was confusing one of the most valued rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights and part of the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. The second amendment guarantees that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Meanwhile, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," is found not in the Bill of Rights but in the Declaration of Independence. The mistake was quickly spotted and jumped upon by the Republican National Committee. RNC spokesman James Hewitt emailed a statement to reporters blasting Clinton as a Yale Law School graduate that doesn't know what she is talking about.        http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/constitution-or-other-thing-clinton...
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Muslim Navy engineer with secret access
accused of concealing double 
life as Iranian citizen
Pamela Geller
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{pamelageller.com} ~ A 30-year Navy engineer with access to government secrets has been indicted on charges of lying about his dual Iranian citizenship and creating false identities to conceal his ongoing ties and money he received from overseas... U.S. federal prosecutors are accusing Naval Sea Systems Command employee James Robert Baker, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iran, of lying about his holding an active Iranian passport and using four separate social security numbers to open bank accounts, move money and shield his income from taxes — including an unexplained overseas wire transfer of $133,902 in 2009. Baker, who changed his name from Majid Karimi when he became a U.S. citizen in 1985, faces 14 counts on charges including lying on his SF-86 security clearance questionnaire, identification documents fraud and social security fraud, which could bring a maximum sentence of nearly 70 years in prison. But under nObama, would likely only spend about five years behind bars because of sentencing guidelines.         http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/muslim-navy-engineer-with-secret-ac...
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Funding Levels Creating Risk In U.S. 
Navy Attack Submarine, Surface 
Combatant Fleets
Megan Eckstein
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USS Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2012
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{news.usni.org} ~ The Navy is doing “the best we can do for the dollars we have” but has developed its attack submarine acquisition plan, cruiser modernization plan and Littoral Combat Ship/frigate down select plan based on funding shortfalls rather than strategic needs... Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley told the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee. The Navy, along with General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding, have built two attack submarines a year since 2011 and have seen cost and schedule improvements as a result. With the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) ballistic missile submarine construction approaching in the 2020s, the Navy has planned for two submarines a year going forward – though some years would include two attack subs and some would include one of each. With the additional upcoming introduction of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM) – an extra section in the Virginia-class attack subs that would increase their weapons payload from 12 to 40 Raytheon Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles – the Navy previously thought the industrial base could only handle one VPM a year, in addition to the boats, but was looking into the idea of putting VPM on all the Virginia-class boats.       http://news.usni.org/2016/02/25/stackley-funding-levels-creating-ri...
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Iran’s elections: A test of 
nObama’s nuclear deal
J. Matthew McInnis
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Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati (R), a candidate for the upcoming vote on the Assembly of Experts, and Iran’s former chief negotiator Saeed Jalili attend a conservatives election campaign gathering in Tehran February 24, 2016.
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{aei.org} ~ Will President nObama’s gamble that the Iranian nuclear deal will make the Middle East safer pay off? Elections will be a key test, and the first ones — the Iranian elections — start Friday.... One of nObama’s responses to critics who said the United States gave up too much to achieve the Iranian nuclear deal was that it could allow Iran to “fully rejoin the community of nations.” But will it? If projections for Iranian national elections are any indication, the answer may be no. On February 26, Iranian voters will elect new members to both its Parliament and the Assembly of Experts — a deliberative body made up of 88 theologians. The problems start with the fact that the regime disqualified roughly half of the candidates who applied to run in the parliamentary elections, and reformist candidates were strongly represented among the disqualifications.        https://www.aei.org/publication/irans-elections-a-test-of-obamas-nu...
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Four global macroeconomic 
policy blunders
Desmond Lachman
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{aei.org} ~ When trying to assess the global economic outlook, it is well to recall that at least four major economic policy blunders have been made over the past few years... Since it would seem highly unlikely that, over the year ahead, the global economy will succeed in dodging the economic consequences of all four of those policy mistakes. It would also seem to be imprudent for global policymakers to exclude the possibility that the consequences of more than one of these errors will be triggered within the next twelve months. That would all too likely have very untoward consequences for the global economic outlook. In order of importance, the first mistake was the Federal Reserve’s decision in September 2012 to embark on a third and open-ended round of quantitative easing. That unprecedented round of monetary policy easing almost doubled the size of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet to its present level of around $4.5 trillion. In the process, it fueled a strong boom in global asset prices–like those of international commodities, US high yield bonds, and emerging market debt– which bore little relation to the underlying fundamentals of those assets...        https://www.aei.org/publication/four-global-macroeconomic-policy-bl...
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nObama Admin Caught Making Illegal Move That Makes nObamaCare Look Even Worse
Randy SeSoto
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{westernjournalism.com} ~ The nObama administration has been caught — once again — seeking to circumvent the law related to nObamacare by diverting billions in funds intended for the U.S. Treasury to cover private insurance companies’ losses... In 2014, Sen. Marco Rubio inserted language into the omnibus spending bill which specifically barred the Department of Health and Human Services from dipping into the general funds of the Treasury to bailout failing insurance companies, the Washington Post reported. Marc Thiessen, writing for the Post, observed that the provision is “quietly killing” nObamacare, while the New York Times headlined in December, “Marco Rubio Quietly Undermines Affordable Care Act.” The Hill called the provision, “the biggest blow in the GOP’s five-year war against nObamacare.” http://www.westernjournalism.com/exposed-obama-admin-caught-making-...
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Break Glass and Read Before 
Voting for slump-Trump
 JOY OVERBECK
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{barbwire.com} ~ We love him because he’s the fearless mouthpiece of our anger, the John Wayne of political incorrectness, galloping to our rescue with guns blazing against the PC–enforcers who are paralyzing our nation... But John Wayne stood for truth, justice, and the American Way. Donald slump-Trump his entire life has stood for the very same self-serving, pay-to-play corruption and influence peddling he now says he will eradicate from government. We cheer him because he trumpets the justifiable rage we feel against the Republican establishment that has failed to stop the nObama march of doom and destruction. But that welling up of proud American spirit we feel at his sticking it to the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians, and the lobby of the eternally offended is not the emotion on which we should base a presidential decision. Emotion really has no place here. We fell for that last time, remember? No, you can only judge a person’s fitness for the most powerful leadership position on the globe by examining how he has operated in the past – again, something millions failed to do when they fell for the inscrutable luminosity of Barack nObama.       http://barbwire.com/2016/02/26/break-glass-and-read-before-voting-f...
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CENTCOM Intel Data Destroyed To Make nObama
ISIS “War” Look Good
Rick Wells
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{rickwells.us} ~ Key evidence in the ISIS intelligence scandal has been destroyed and it looks like an inside job... That is the word from the Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee. Devin Nunes (R-CA) read a prepared statement  during the annual Global Threats Hearing which confirmed that both files and emails had been deleted by personnel at CENTCOM. Nunes noted that forty percent of CENTCOM analysts expressed concerns that there are serious problems with the integrity of their work. Their complaints involve the belief that their reporting on ISIS was being altered after it began its trek up the chain. Those changes had the effect of providing a distorted picture of the efficacy of the nObama “war on ISIS.” DIA Director Lt General Vincent Stewart stated that the DIA Ombudsman has been dispatched to “look at the analytic rigor and to look at the different views.” As to whether he believes that figure of 40 percent was something that was unusually high or normal, he concurred that it was unusually high. http://rickwells.us/archives/26598
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Fact-Checking The Washington Post Fact Checker
on Mrs. Clinton’s Emails
Roger Aronoff
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{aim.org} ~ The Washington Post Fact Checkers are once again coming to the aid of Hilly Clinton with a new column criticizing the popular comparison of former General David Petraeus’s mishandling of classified information to Mrs. Clinton’s abuse of classified information on her private email server... The Post politicizes the comparison from the beginning by using quotes from Republican presidential candidates Donald slump-Trump and Senator Ted Cruz (TX), both controversial figures in their own right. But many more people than these two politicians have compared the Petraeus case to Mrs. Clinton’s mismanagement of classified information. “His [Petraeus’s] offense involved conduct narrower in scope than Mrs. Clinton’s systematic transmission and storage of classified information on her private system,” argues National Review’s Andy McCarthy, former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York who successfully prosecuted the Blind Sheikh for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Former federal prosecutor, Joe DiGenova, says that Clinton’s actions amount to “the negligent handling of classified information, which is prohibited by statute, and this is a gross example of it, and it dwarfs the information in the Petraeus case.” A similar case was made by Sidney Powell, also a former federal prosecutor, and yet again the case was made by former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey.        http://www.aim.org/aim-column/fact-checking-the-washington-post-fac...
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Starving on the Prosciutto-and
-Brie Poverty Diet
Michelle Malkin
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{truthrevolt.org} ~ Heed  the cry of an entitled young American hipster: Woe is me, me, me, me, me!
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Talia Jane, a 25-year-old melodramatic millennial, made social media waves last week with her "open letter" to the CEO of crowd-sourced review website Yelp. The indigent English major in smart glasses lamented her deplorable plight toiling in the company's San Francisco-based customer support office of its food delivery and takeout division Eat24 -- oh, the poetic injustice -- as she bravely battled hunger pangs.
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Sure, she had "great" benefits, she admitted, including "vision, dental, the normal health insurance stuff?." Normal? I've been in the workforce 25 years and never had vision benefits. Have you?
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But, she complains, the inhumane co-pays were killing her: "$20 to see a doctor or get an eye exam or see a therapist or get medication. Twenty bucks each is pretty neat, if spending twenty dollars didn't determine whether or not you could afford to get to work the next week."
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Call the wahmbulance ASAP.
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The ululations of the aggrieved swelled as Pained Jane kvetched about her bills, bills, bills. "Will you pay my phone bill for me?" she needled Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. "I got paid yesterday ($733.24, bi-weekly) but I have to save as much of that as possible to pay my rent ($1,245) for my apartment that's 30 miles away from work because it was the cheapest place I could find that had access to the train, which costs me $5.65 one way to get to work. That's $11.30 a day, by the way. I make $8.15 an hour after taxes. I also have to pay my gas and electric bill. Last month it was $120."
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Utilities. Transportation. Taxes. Budgeting. The fiscal responsibilities of adulthood border on human rights abuse. But wait, Talia Jane's anguish knows no bounds.
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"I've since stopped using my heater," the call-center indentured servant lamented in between diatribes about Yelp's complimentary coconut water and pistachio nuts for employees. "Have you ever slept fully clothed under several blankets just so you don't get a cold and have to miss work? Have you ever drank a liter of water before going to bed so you could fall asleep without waking up a few hours later with stomach pains because the last time you ate was at work? I woke up today with stomach pains. I made myself a bowl of rice."
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The Bataan Death March survivors have nothing on Baby Jane!
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Look, poverty and starvation are no joke. But this woman's self-indulgent hyperbole is beyond parody.
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Somehow, Jane was able to un-double herself up from her hunger-induced fetal position to get on her smartphone to tweet constantly. She also maintains a Tumblr site on which she routinely derided her (now former) employer, along with her own eponymous blog and separate Paypal, Venmo and Square Cash accounts to collect reader donations in the aftermath of her wholly justified firing.
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While Narcissa by the Bay wallowed in public self-pity over her inability to afford groceries ("bread is a luxury to me"), her social media accounts were filled with food, glorious food.
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Eagle-eyed Internet users archived Instagram and Twitter images of Talia Jane indulging in a spa day with a fashionable facial mask made of Lush-brand coffee grounds; showing off her well-stocked kitchen, where she baked sumptuous cupcakes, "prosciutto-brie-cilantro-garlic biscuits," "brie-stuffed meatballs topped with brie and rosemary sprigs," "roast chuck marinated in herbs," "a s--- ton of Swedish potatoes au gratin," and "mini pumpkin pies."
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In one of her richer moments (pun intended), Jane brags about having Bulleit Kentucky Bourbon delivered to her office through a smartphone app. "I've been meaning to buy whiskey," she burbles, but I always forget until after I'm phone and my pants are off" presumably when she's under all her blankets shivering from cold and deprivation. "Alcohol delivery services aren't available where I live because I'm in the suburbs," so "I had alcohol delivery to my job. Oddly enough, no one asked about it."
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Starving on a "living wage" with booze delivered straight to her desk. The struggle is so real.
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My husband and I immediately read this fraud's screed to our 15-year-old and 12-year-old children as an object lesson in how not to be a grown-up:
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Demand more than you are worth.
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Expect all the benefits of autonomy without any of the accountability.

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YIKES!!! Chelsea Clinton Emphatically States A Person With A Beard And A Penis Can ‘Absolutely’ Identify As A Woman

  • The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification
  • In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons about transgender self-identification
  • Chelsea Clinton replied ‘yes’ emphatically when asked if someone with a beard and penis can ever be a woman
  • ‘It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently,’ Hillary said
  • Aitkenhead said Hillary became ‘uneasy’ when the question was asked while Chelsea shot a ‘furious stare’ at the journalist as her mother answered
  • Hillary added: ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw’

(Daily Mail) – It may appear Hillary and Chelsea Clinton always see eye-to-eye, but in a recent interview one topic cracked the facade of the like-minded mother-daughter power duo.

The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons if someone with a beard and a penis can ever be a woman, to which Chelsea replied emphatically, ‘Yes.’

However, as Aitkenhead describes it, Hillary looked ‘uneasy’, and blamed generational gaps for being less accepting.

‘Errr. I’m just learning about this,’ Hillary responded. ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.’

The Clintons sat sown with Aitkenhead to promote the book they co-authored, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

The book features Danica Roem, the first trans woman elected to a U.S. state legislature.

According Aitkenhead’s account, she tells Hillary during the interview that many British feminists of Hillary’s generation have a problem with the idea that a ‘lesbian who doesn’t want to sleep with someone who has a penis is transphobic.’

Hillary nods in agreement, while Chelsea ‘stiffens and stares at me’, according to Aitkenhead.

The journalist then adds that many women of Hillary’s generation are uncomfortable with biological males sharing women’s bathrooms.

‘I would say that, absolutely,’ Hillary nods firmly. ‘Absolutely. Yes.’

That’s when Chelsea begins shooting a ‘furious stare’ at Aitkenhead, who points it out to her.

‘I’m a terrible actor’, Chelsea laughs.

Chelsea then says she is thrilled with the National Health Service’s decision to assign patients to single-sex wards according to the gender they identify as, instead of their biological make up.

‘How can you treat someone if you don’t recognize who they feel and know in their core they are?’ Chelsea says.

‘And I strongly support children being able to play on the sports teams that match their own gender identity,’ she adds. ‘I think we need to be doing everything we can to support kids in being whoever they know themselves to be and discovering who they are.’

At this point Hillary looks conflicted.

‘I think you’ve got to be sensitive to how difficult this is,’ Hillary says. ‘There are women who’d say [to a trans woman], ”You know what, you’ve never had the kind of life experiences that I’ve had. So I respect who you are, but don’t tell me you’re the same as me.” I hear that conversation all the time.’

Despite the clear tension in the room, the pair say they don’t argue about this topic.

But according to Aitkenhead, ‘I get the impression they don’t like to present anything less than a united front to the world.’

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