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100 Days of Trump: Will the left’s insane anti-Trump protests reach him in the long run?

As America prepares to celebrate the most unofficial and frivolous of all national “holidays” – Super Bowl Sunday – it’s come to the attention of many that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Head Coach Bill Belichick have been receiving more than their fair share of questions regarding their purported support for Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

Since the left in this country is what it is, the vast majority of the commentary concerning these two celebrity sports figures has been distinctly negative. As has been happening a lot lately, if anyone speaks out in public White Houseabout support for Trump they could possibly set off the borderline insane tendencies of the hate-Trump-at-all-costs crowd.

Take for example the case of Scott Kolesky (from Kalispel, Montana) who was verbally browbeaten by a crazed liberal on an airplane after he casually mentioned he had come to Washington on January 20 to “celebrate democracy” at Trump’s inauguration.

Kolesky captured some of the assault on video from his cell phone, otherwise the incident may have never made headlines. I haven’t personally witnessed anything of the same nature, but there’s little doubt people are monitoring their social media feeds a lot more closely these days. Leftists have become emboldened and any suspected favor towards Trump is quickly answered with terse replies and unfriend requests.

The threatened violence isn’t just at Trump supporters, either. The looney left has gone off the rails and is invoking Trump’s name to claim they’re acting in defense of anyone who is downtrodden.

Ben Shapiro writes at The Wire, “Violence only becomes acceptable in the minds of most people if they are the victims. And not just victims -- ultimate victims. They must have no other option. That means that playing up the threat of a Trumpocalypse means heightening the likelihood of violence. And we have indeed seen isolated incidents of anti-Trump violence around the country, dating all the way back to the campaign, when the media simply ignored Black Lives Matter movement attempts to shut down Trump campaign events.”

We now know (thanks to James O’Keefe and Project Veritas) the violence at Trump rallies was generated by leftist groups trying to start something. It wasn’t just random incidents of protesters being accosted by Trump supporters. The hoodlums were plants who were there trying to cause fights and get on TV.

I myself witnessed what could have been a leftist “plant” at Trump’s inauguration two weeks ago. If you haven’t read my account of the episode, click here.

The point in all of this is it’s becoming increasingly difficult to express one’s support for Trump and his administration because you never know what judgment might be lurking around the corner from some unhinged leftist who potentially wants to make a statement using you as a punching bag. While the risk of enduring physical harm remains tiny, damage to one’s reputation (in the case of the famous) is very real.

As for Brady and Belichick, they shouldn’t have to justify anything to anyone – at least off the football field.

W. James Antle III of the Washington Examiner writes, “Those who believe the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump owe them an explanation say they don't want to ‘normalize’ the president. Not only does Trump's office make this impossible, but this very presumption — and the politicization of every facet of life — is itself corrosive of American norms...

“Politics is obviously important. So is standing up to presidents and other government officials you believe are behaving imprudently or unjustly.

“But it isn't all there is to life…”

Even to someone who follows politics on a daily basis, the over-the-top fixation of liberals on Trump is getting a bit old. If the new president says something a little differently or even throws out a joke instantly it makes headlines from some media figure trying to score points.

And it’s not because of Trump’s policies themselves, though certainly his orders on immigration and refugee vetting have drawn a lot of criticism.

Otherwise, it’s all pretty standard stuff. Victor Davis Hanson writes at National Review, “For all the hysteria over the bluntness of the mercurial Trump, his agenda marks a return to what used to be seen as fairly normal, as the U.S. goes from hard left back to the populist center. Trump promises not just to reverse almost immediately all of Obama’s policies, but to do so in a pragmatic fashion that does not seem to be guided by any orthodox or consistently conservative ideology.”

Such careful planning doesn’t matter to the left. And it’s not just Trump personally – if Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush had been elected in his place the gist of the liberals’ arguments would have been the same, namely that Republicans are trying to deny minorities’ legal protections, prevent women from having access to healthcare, kick homosexuals out of the public mainstream, destroy what’s left of the environment and break the budget for the sake of the military.

Where does it end? How many more windows have to be shattered or buildings burned to understand that these people aren’t interested in “protesting” as much as they are in overthrowing the government?

Keep that in mind as Brady throws passes in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

What a difference a Trump makes to the folks manning the Mexican border

While the rage of the left is reaching epic proportions and some federal employees are clearly disgruntled under the presidency of Donald Trump, there are others in federal service who appreciate the change in tone and emphasis on enforcing the law under the new administration.

The improvement is tangible at the Department of Homeland Security, for example, the federal department that ranked lowest in employee satisfaction under the previous amnesty-supporting regimes.

Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner reports, “Low employee morale has plagued DHS since the Bush administration, but many claim it became exponentially worse during the Obama years when non-enforcement directives from the former president were common practice...

“One DHS source praised (Secretary John F.) Kelly, but was careful to note that Trump also deserves credit for the sudden boost in agency-wide staff satisfaction. The source highlighted the president's visit last week to the department's Washington headquarters, during which he signed his first two immigration-related executive orders and offered encouraging words to employees.”

So in other words, for every angry leftist throwing Molotov cocktails in Berkeley or whiny State Department employee signing a letter of protest to the president over new travel and immigration restrictions there are many more people out there in the federal hinterland who welcome the ability to do their duty according to their training and job descriptions.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a border patrol agent serving under a president (and to be fair, a Republican congressional leadership that allowed it) who granted legal status to people with the stroke of an executive order pen. Meanwhile, liberals get upset because somewhere around a hundred travelers were detained last weekend for additional questioning under Trump’s order but millions cross the border illegally, claim asylum status to their federal captors and stay in the country free from sanction.

We’ve all heard the stories about “angel moms” -- parents who have lost children at the hands of illegal aliens. There’s a lot of blame to go around for their children’s lives being snuffed out by criminals who weren’t even supposed to be in this country, but certainly the good people at the Department of Homeland Security have taken a lot of undeserved flak for the failure of our government to protect American citizens from these monsters.

Up until two weeks ago DHS personnel were officially prevented from enforcing the laws originally drawn up by Congress. Trump came into office, signed a few executive orders and promptly announced that the public servants were now free to do their jobs.

Trump’s also possibly going to be sending them reinforcements if Mexico doesn’t do its part to put pressure on the criminal elements on the southern side of the constructed wall.

From the Associated Press, “President Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop ‘bad hombres down there’ unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press.

“The excerpt of the call did not make clear who exactly Trump considered ‘bad hombres,’ — drug cartels, immigrants, or both — or the tone and context of the remark, made in a Friday morning phone call between the leaders. It also did not contain Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's response.”

One can only guess what Nieto said or what he must have been thinking. After eight years of dealing with the overtly politically correct Obama and his soft stance on border enforcement and apprehension of criminal aliens, Nieto likely feels regret at having to tread lightly with a new American president who clearly intends to change the status quo between the two countries on a range of issues including trade.

President Trump is no fool; he understands that the United States needs a healthy Mexico to help solve the border issues. But Trump also knows that a lot can be accomplished simply by setting the policy – the law – and then enforcing it.

That way everyone will end up satisfied.

Trump cabinet nominees squeaking by, but all likely to be confirmed by Senate

With the Senate confirmation of Rex Tillerson (and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao) this week along with the successful committee votes on Steve Mnuchin, Tom Price and Jeff Sessions, by all appearances there was some much needed movement on filling out President Donald Trump’s cabinet in the past few days.

Mnuchin, Price and Sessions will likely be confirmed on the strength of Republican votes along with possibly a few Democrat aisle-crossers.

For Education nominee Betsy DeVos, however, the prospects are a little more narrow…50-50 at best.

Burgess Everett and Kimberley Heffling of Politico report, “Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday they will vote against the Education Department nominee. That could very well mean a 50-50 standoff on the Senate floor — and Vice President Mike Pence being called in to put DeVos over the top. Republicans have a 52-48 majority, and no Democrats are expected to support the prospective education chief.

“Senior leadership aides are confident DeVos will prevail in a likely floor vote Monday. After Collins and Murkowski announced their opposition Wednesday, a wave of undecided GOP senators broke DeVos' way.”

Apparently Nevada Senator Dean Heller was seen as another possible Republican defector but he announced yesterday he was voting for DeVos, likely squelching the Democrats’ glee at the prospect of taking down one of Trump’s cabinet nominees.

If Mike Pence ends up casting the deciding vote on DeVos it will be the first time a vice president has been needed to confirm a cabinet secretary. So what? As of that moment they’ll still be calling her “Secretary DeVos” regardless of the vote tally.

Republicans were also able to advance Trump’s choice to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt.

Alex Guillen and Annie Snider of Politico report, “Republicans on the Senate environment committee suspended their rules Thursday to circumvent a Democratic boycott of Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

“It was the second time in as many days that Republicans have advanced President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees out of committee without any Democrats in attendance.”

The other nominees to pass committee in spite of childish Democrat boycotts were Price and Mnuchin. The Democrats probably felt they were being clever by pulling such a stunt (the unsuspended rules require at least one or two members from both parties to be present), but now they’re left with failing to do anything to stop Trump’s people from getting through…and looking stupid in the process.

Pruitt reportedly could lose Republican Susan Collins for his full Senate vote but he’s also likely to pick up a couple red state Democrats to move his total away from the 50-50 mark. Good, it will save Vice President Pence a trip back up to Capitol Hill.

Lastly, Trump’s Budget Director nominee also passed through committee.

Jennifer Scholtes of Politico reports, “Rep. Mick Mulvaney's nomination to be White House budget director is ready for the Senate floor after being approved by two committees Thursday.

“The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Budget Committee approved President Donald Trump's OMB pick on party-line votes.”

Republican Senator John McCain voted to advance Mulvaney out of committee but said he still hasn’t made up his mind on whether he’ll do the same in the full Senate. That leaves Mulvaney with the possibility of only getting 51 Republican votes (no other Republicans have indicated they might not support him).

51 is enough in today’s world to get by. It’s a sad fact that it’s such an uphill climb to try and bring Democrats onboard, but that’s just reality.

The “opposition party,” when they show up at all, demonstrates little willingness to actually participate in anything. They’re just there to criticize, probe for personal weaknesses, slander when they can get away with it and appear to their leftist constituencies like they’re doing something – anything – to stop President Trump.

It hasn’t worked and it won’t in the future either. It can be argued that the Republicans’ ability to hold the Senate on Election Day was almost as important as electing Trump…. almost.

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