Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Shocks Crowd With Pro-Trump Statement

Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein told a crowd in San Francisco that if Trump can “learn and change,” she believes ” he can be a good president.”

Predictably, the crowd was shocked:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein may be San Francisco’s favorite politician, but she quickly learned Tuesday evening that even a wildly popular ex-mayor can get into trouble if she tries to say something nice about President Trump.

Feinstein received a standing ovation from the 850 people at the sold-out Herbst Theater when she walked onto the stage for an hour-long “conversation” with former East Bay Rep. Ellen Tauscher. But near the end of the political lovefest, the senator shocked the crowd when she declined to say that Trump should be impeached, and warned the audience that they should expect to deal with the developer-turned politician for all four years of his term.

“The question is whether he can learn and change,” Feinstein told the crowd at the Commonwealth Club event. “If so, I believe he can be a good president.”

That sort of talk was not what the crowd expected to hear from the former S.F. mayor, and they “reacted with stunned silence, broken only with scattered ‘No’s’ and a few hisses and some nervous laughter.”

But Feinstein, undaunted, continued to press her point, auguing that “a strategy of all attack, all the time, wasn’t going to make it easier for her or any other Democrat to accomplish anything in Washington.”

Update Sept. 1: And now, unsurprisingly, comes the liberal backlash, as Feinstein ponders reelection:

At a time when the Democratic base is more restive than it has been in decades, Sen. Dianne Feinstein ignited a firestorm earlier this week when she refused to back the impeachment of President Trump and instead called for “patience” over his presidency.

The statements — provocative in Democratic circles and near-heretical in her hometown of San Francisco, where she made them — reflected a moderation and pragmatism that have been hallmarks of Feinstein’s career. But these qualities, after proving politically advantageous for decades, could become an albatross because of the state’s shifting demographics and political leanings as the 84-year-old decides whether to seek a sixth term.

Potential rivals are already circling.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León lashed out at Feinstein’s remarks hours after she made them Tuesday at the Commonwealth Club, saying that women, children, people of color, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community had little time for patience in the face of the president’s policies.

On Thursday, he reiterated his disappointment in the state’s senior senator.

“It wasn’t the proper tone or tenor, especially given the current state of politics at the national level,” De León, who is termed out and rumored to be considering a Senate run, said in an interview with The Times. “We don’t owe Trump patience. We owe Californians resistance.”

De León’s words were a remarkable rebuke from a top California Democrat of one of the state’s most powerful and venerated leaders. They were also a reflection of how the political landscape in California in 2017 — in the aftermath of the election of Trump and amid simmering rage from the Democratic party’s most liberal activists — is dramatically different from the era when Feinstein gained political prominence.

Nancy Pelosi Finally Condemns Antifa, As Radical Leftists Wear Out Welcome

The violence perpetrated at Berkeley by the leftist group Antifa may finally have caused the scales to drop from Democratic lawmakers’ eyes, particularly those of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson writes:

It took a while, but Democrats may finally have had enough of the antifa.

In a Tuesday statement, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called out by name the antifa, or “anti-fascists,” for the first time since Sunday’s leftist violence in Berkeley.

“Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts,” the California Democrat said in a statement. “The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”

More than 100 antifa members, many wearing black clothing and masks, jumped police barriers Sunday at a Berkeley protest, chasing down and attacking a small number of Trump supporters, resulting in six injuries and 13 arrests.

A week ago, there were nearly 200,000 signatures on a petition calling for President Trump to declare Antifa a terrorist organization. And now Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham has also “called for left-wing anti-fascist protesters to be designated as a terrorist organization in an interview on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.”

“This group [antifa] is actively trying to intimidate, suppress free speech, and violently attack people with whom they disagree,” she continued. “There’s a possible RICO action that could be filed here, Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization statute that we could pursue here.

“There are lots of different ways to act against this disparate group called antifa,” Ingraham concluded. “It’s kind of an amalgam of a bunch of left-wing anarchists and activists. There is not one central organization, they’re all over the place, but there is a way to pursue this and I hope this administration is looking at this very carefully because people could die here.”

Meanwhile, the Antifa thugs are doing an effective job of alienating the center, and probably many Democrats as well, from the Democratic Party.

And more than likely, that is what dawned on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and motivated her to finally speak out against the group, which the Dems have tacitly approved of, up until now.

Trump Reverses Obama Policy on Military Gear for Police

President Trump has removed Obama-imposed restrictions on the use of military equipment by local police departments.

The issue has been a sensitive one since the Justice Department concluded that tactics used by police during 2014’s violent street protest in Ferguson, Missouri inflamed tensions and created fear among demonstrators.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the change, first reported by USA Today, in a speech to the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville on Monday.

The executive order “will ensure that you can get the lifesaving gear that you need to do your job and send a strong message that we will not allow criminal activity, violence, and lawlessness to become the new normal,” he said.

The Obama limitations hurt law enforcement, Sessions added.

According to a Justice Department official, the executive order is effective immediately.

Black-Clad Antifa Anarchists Storm Conservative Protesters at Berkeley rally

More than 100 black-clad, masked Antifa anarchists ” broke through police barricades at a ‘Rally Against Hate’ and assaulted at least four, including the leader of a pro-Trump conservative group.”

At least ten arrests were made on Sunday in Berkeley, California after the left-wing ‘Rally Against Hate’ confronted a handful of right-wing protesters at a ‘No To Marxism In America’ rally. Antifa is short for ‘anti-fascists’.

The arrest charges in the skirmishes at Civic Center Park were various but included assault and violating a prohibition on wearing masks, KCRA reported.

Several thousand joined in the left-wing ‘Rally Against Hate’, intended as a counter-protest to the right-wing ‘No To Marxism In America Event’, which was officially cancelled after organizers said they had concerns of violence.

Antifa Is a Real and Present Threat to Our Republic

Ned Ryun, author and CEO of American Majority Action and its sister organization, American Majority, maintains that “for all the talk of Trumpian bluster or exaggeration,” the only group that poses a real threat to America’s democracy is “the so-called ‘anti-fascist’ movement, now commonly called ‘Antifa.'”

Far from being anti-fascist or anti-racist as they portray themselves to be, their real goal is to systematically eliminate free speech, free assembly, and free thought “via any means necessary, including violent protest.”

“It is the imposition of a perverse type of intolerance based on Marxist and Chinese communist values that,” as anybody can see, “is far more welcome and pervasive within the Democrat Party” of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren “than neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists are in the Republican Party. The gunman, James Hodgkinson, who shot Rep. Steve Scalise and four others in Alexandria was a habitual Antifa website visitor and advocate and Sanders volunteer. Even Democrat vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s son has been identified as an Antifa activist.”

Yet, the media would have us believe that it is the white supremacist movement that is the real threat to our republic. Consider that most media estimates put the Antifa movement, largely built out of the “Occupy” movement of 2008-2010, at more than 200,000 members. The Southern Poverty Law Center, on the other hand, puts the number of Klu Klux Klan members at about 6,000 KKK … in a country of almost 330 million. But actions speak volumes compared to mere numbers.

The vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus? Antifa. The statue torn down in Charlotte, N.C.? Antifa. The violence in Charlottesville? Antifa. The violence in Seattle? Antifa. Not excusing the vile nature of the white supremacist protest, but it was a licensed march that remained comparatively nonviolent, albeit troubling, until, as one eyewitness described it, “It started raining balloons filled with urine, feces, paint, burning chemicals & boards with nails driven into them.”

This violence against reprehensible, yet innocent citizens, and more importantly, law enforcement, which the Antifa routinely violently opposes, is not the result of a few bad apples. It’s the fundamental philosophy of the loose confederation of Antifa cells, much of it laid out for all to read on “how to” websites. […]

Increasingly, the violence we are seeing on the streets is not the result of the alt-right movement, but of the Antifa movement imposing their views on our society: tearing down statues, burning the American flag, shutting down town hall meetings, destroying private property and looting. All of it tactical toward achieving the goals of destroying the American culture, society and economy. Never mind that the tactics are themselves the tactics of the fascist.

US Border Agents Find Smuggling Tunnel Leading From Mexico

US border patrol agents “patrolling at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California, saw a group of several dozen people and tried to approach them for questioning,” whereupon several in the group made a dash for it, ducking back into what “the agents discovered to be the exit of a cross-border tunnel.”

The “agents made 30 arrests both inside and outside the tunnel. Of those arrested, 23 were Chinese nationals and seven were Mexican nationals.”

Islamic State Stronghold Tal Afar About to fall

After a week-long offensive, Iraqi forces have raised the national flag on top of Tal Afar’s citadel building in the heart of the city which is Islamic State’s stronghold in the country’s northwest.

Tal Afar, the latest objective in the U.S.-backed war on the jihadist group, “was cut off from the rest of IS-held territory in June and the campaign to recapture it started on Aug. 20, when up to 2,000 militants were believed to be defending it against around 50,000 attackers, according to western military sources.”

According to an Iraqi military spokesman, “Tal Afar city is about to fall completely into the hands of our forces, only five percent remains” under Islamic State control.”

Donald Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio

President Trump has pardoned controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio “after he was convicted of contempt for refusing to stop targeting illegal immigrants for arrest.”

Trump signed the pardon for the 85-year-old Arpaio on Friday night citing his long history of public service.

Earlier in the week, critics of the retired sheriff said a pardon would remove the last chance at holding Arpaio legally accountable for a long history of misconduct during his 24 years as metro Phoenix’s top law enforcer.

They cited a racial profiling verdict against the sheriff’s office, allegations that Arpaio retaliated against his political foes and other alleged misconduct.

‘Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration,’ said the White House statement announcing Arpaio’s pardon.

Arpaio, who lost a bid for re-election in Arizona’s Maricopa County in November after 24 years in office, was known for his crackdown on undocumented immigrants and investigating unfounded Trump-supported claims questioning former President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

Before Trump granted the pardon, the American Civil Liberties Union, which sought the court injunction against Arpaio, said it would be ‘a presidential endorsement of racism.’

‘The New Obama’: Will Abdul El-Sayed Be America’s First Muslim Governor?

A “32-year-old charismatic Muslim doctor is running for governor of Michigan and in the process trying to change US politics.”

Freelance writer Drew Philp has written an article that comes over as a rather fawning endorsement of the Muslim doctor’s candidature. Philp starts off by conflating a hurricane El-Sayed was lucky to survive as a child, with the current state of American politics:

At seven years old, Abdul El-Sayed sat in the eye of Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive hurricane in US history until Katrina. Living near Miami, El-Sayed drank juice while swaddled under mattresses between his father and stepmother, who was holding El-Sayed’s newborn baby brother just home from the hospital.

The 1992 storm had taken an unexpected turn southward, and the El-Sayeds could not be evacuated. The wind made an awful rattling sound on the screens.

The front door blew in. The wind and the rain whipped into the house, “as if the ocean was coming at you”.

El-Sayed’s father, Mohamed, crawled on his stomach to shut the door, the rain whipping his face, the wind beating his body. The eye of the storm passed directly over them and the National Guard eventually evacuated them.

At the moment, American politics feels a bit like being in the eye a hurricane. Donald Trump has stated America’s nuclear arsenal is “locked and loaded”, should North Korea make any false moves and neo-Nazis are openly parading in the streets bearing torches, resulting in a young woman, Heather Heyer, being murdered in Charlottesville, Virginia.

No one man can stop the hurricane. But in Michigan, a grown-up El-Sayed is now having a go, trying to keep the storm at bay in a state that is having some of the hardest times in the union. He’s still a year out from the primary, but in his attempt at running for governor of the state, he is trying not just to win, but also to change American politics itself.

If El-Sayed wins, he will be the first Muslim governor in US history.

Philp goes on to argue that while “it’s tempting to make any story about El-Sayed about his faith, and how it is central to how voters perceive him,” it’s nevertheless also a “disservice” to “reduce him to his faith. His story, Philp assures the reader, “is one of responsibility, courage and hope.”

El-Sayed says he believes in “a separation of church and state,” making a note that John F Kennedy’s Catholicism was also a turning point in American politics:

“I can tell you that my ability to practice my faith in person, in my own home, when I choose to, where I’m allowed to, because of freedoms in this country have everything to do with that separation of church and state,” he said. “If I am going to want to be able to put my face on the ground 34 times a day, like I do, because I’m Muslim, I want to make sure no one can take that right away from me. And I will not take that right away from anyone else.”

Philp continues:

Maybe most importantly, El-Sayed has a rhetorical style and charisma that draws easy comparisons to a young Barack Obama, his events often inexplicably packed. At a campaign event in Ann Arbor one woman, Tamanika Terry Seward, said: “I think the last time I sat there and gave that kind of smirk is when I first heard Obama in Chicago, when he was running for senator.”

It’s a really long article, and you might want to read the whole thing.

Leo Hohmann, news editor for WND, pretty much puts a different slant on the story to that of Drew Philp. He writes that the Democratic Party may have found its next Barack Obama in Dr. Abdul el-Sayed, adding, “He speaks articulately, without an accent, inserts humor into his speeches at seemingly just the right moments, and he has the full backing of America’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood-linked network of Islamic organizations.”

And according to Dick Manaserri, spokesman for Secure Michigan, a group that educates Michiganders about the threat of Shariah law, “the Muslim Brotherhood would never support a candidate that didn’t have tons of money behind him and that they did not believe ‘has a real chance of winning.'”:

“It’s Obama II,” Manasseri said. “Elizabeth Warren will be coming to campaign for him, the Democrats in other states will be raising money for him. The DNC number-two man [Keith Ellison] will be raising money for him. Of course this guy is going to be on the Sunday morning talk shows. He’ll be everywhere. A candidate for governor who is Muslim Brotherhood … if that doesn’t tell you there’s a Shariah swamp in Michigan I don’t know what does.”

‘He’s Anti-Left, Anti-PC, Anti-Stupid’: Trump Supporters in Their Own Words

“The Guardian interviewed 9 people at the president’s rally in Phoenix about why they voted for him, how they rate his first months in office and what they think of his response to the deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.”

The first person interviewed was “Sylvia Allen, 70, former property saleswoman, now an Arizona state senator”:

Trump is a breath of fresh air. He’s totally not a political person. He’s a businessman: he’s anti-left, he’s anti-PC, he’s anti-stupid. He just wants to go in and make the best deal for Americans that he can.

Of course he’s not racist. That’s a label people want to put on someone when they don’t agree how to solve a problem. You don’t see the issue, so you attack. That’s the way the left has operated in our country very effectively.

Both sides were wrong in Charlottesville. Everyone has a right to peacefully protest under the first amendment but this was a form of domestic terrorism: the left started it and the white supremacists helped it explode. Trump was trying to say Nazism and Marxism are on the same spectrum: they want to control how you think, how you live.

I support a border wall. We absolutely have the right as a society to protect our safety as a country. We also need to reform our legal immigration process.

Middle America, the middle class, the blue-collar workers, the small-business owners like hearing from our president, but the media in our country is leftist. They can’t get the real story. The media has lost all integrity: they’re a disgrace. They’ve sold their souls for political gain. People want a president who is not politically correct, who will say it like it is and will not do it because he wants to get elected.

The ninth person interviewed was Isaac Powell, a 19-year-old student. Powell’s mother is Japanese and his father is African-American:

I voted for him because of diversity. He actually practices diversity unlike liberals, who don’t practice diversity. Obama had this whole country thinking about skin colour. Trump doesn’t look at skin colour. He doesn’t label anyone who’s non-white a minority, just people. Skin colour is colour, not culture. His cabinet is nothing to do with skin colour: they’re right for the job.

Both sides in Charlottesville are bad. He’s absolutely right. The Antifa [anti-fascist groups] are the equivalent of the KKK and both were responsible. Antifa is the KKK, just without the history. The Confederate flag is not racist: only 5% of slave owners had the Confederate flag; the US flag is more racist. Do you think I’d be that stupid to vote for an actual racist to be in office?

CNN and MSNBC are complete bullshit. They label the Antifa as peaceful protesters.

Thirty other countries have a wall to protect against illegal immigration but [America] is the only one that gets called racist.

My dad and family are all Democratic except my grandfather. They’ve tried to change my mind but it doesn’t make sense to me what they say.

The other eight Trump supporters who were interviewed had pretty much the same positive things to say about Trump.