Donald Trump is neither a deep thinker nor is he a strategic one. If he was, on his recent trip to Detroit he could have eviscerated Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who owes Trump a great debt for her national prominence. Trump deriding Whitmer as “That woman from Michigan” at the height of the pandemic made her an instant media darling and Whitmer won a second term because Trump’s endorsed candidate was no more qualified to serve as governor than I am. I can’t remember the woman’s name, and I doubt neither can most Michiganders.

Whitmer is a polarizing figure, and not only does she lack even one significant achievement, she squandered billions of taxpayer funds on GM and Ford in exchange for “good paying jobs” that haven’t materialized in Michigan. Ford has assembled an impressive team of 300 engineers and designers in southern California working on a low-cost EV that CEO Jim Farley said is the future of the company. GM CEO Mary Barra has opened an office in Silicon Valley where two of GM’s top technology executives are located.

There’s good reason why many Michiganders refer to Whitmer as “Gov. Witless.” It’s likely she doesn’t even know that GM and Ford have laid the groundwork to bail from her declining state, having been played for a fool by Barra and Ford chair Bill Ford. It’s horrifying to imagine Whitmer going up against China’s leader Xi Jinping, who no doubt already has a certain fondness for Whitmer. Two China-based battery companies have established operations in Michigan, which even former CIA chief Leon Panetta, a Democrat, warned will be used for espionage purposes.

Trump doesn’t sweat the details, and the media is responsible for his ability to get away with making grandiose claims and promises without holding him accountable. Instead, they promote the narrative that Trump is a “convicted felon” and a “threat to Democracy.” The majority of Americans believe that Trump’s conviction was politically motivated, so harping on these messages understandably falls on deaf ears. The legacy media is so far removed from mainstream America and dismisses everyone who doesn’t swallow their false narratives as “conservatives,” when in fact they represent the views of most Americans.

Having secured a lead in the polls and Americans becoming painfully aware of how the legacy media deceived them about President Biden’s health, Trump this July 4th weekend had an opportunity to leverage his advantage and deliver an inspirational message about America’s independence and his commitment to safeguard it. He could have talked about the freedoms generations of American soldiers fought and died for and promised to safeguard those freedoms. He might even have feigned some concern for Biden’s health, showing a rare moment of empathy and humanity.

Instead, Trump chose to remind Americans why so many people despise him and issued this vitriolic message:

Happy Fourth of July to all, including to our highly incapable ‘President,’ who uses Prosecutors to go after his Political Opponent, who choked like a dog during the Debate but tried to pretend it was ‘International Travel’ (only 12 days rest!) and, when that gig was up, he blamed it on a ‘cold.’ Therefore, why would anyone say he’s cognitively challenged? Also, respects to our potentially new Democrat Challenger, Laffin’ Kamala Harris. She did poorly in the Democrat Nominating process, starting out at Number Two, and ending up defeated and dropping out, even before getting to Iowa, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a ‘highly talented’ politician! Just ask her Mentor, the Great Willie Brown of San Francisco. Someone else that I have to compliment is a Deranged Biden Prosecutor named Jack Smith, who has become a Legend in his own mind for all of those cases he has lost. The Corrupt Prosecutors are working hard for Crooked Joe, but it will never be enough—MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

The legacy media understandably hasn’t reported on Trump’s telling message about his lack of character, but the omission wasn’t driven out of concern to protect him. The reference to “Laffin’ Kamala Harris” would have required some explanation and “context,” as would Harris’ relationship to “the Great Willie Brown of San Francisco.” The legacy media wants Biden to step down, and two of the beltway’s most authoritative pundits say it’s inevitable that Harris will be chosen to run in the president’s place. Understandably, the media wants the public to believe she’s fit to serve as president, just like they were saying about Biden just over a week ago.

L.A. Times, Nov. 29, 1994

The media attacks anyone as “sexist” who dares to mention how Harris came to prominence because there are certain facts that might not play well in Peoria. Willie Brown, whose career was dogged by persistent corruption allegations, served as speaker of the California assembly from 1980 to 1995, and then was elected mayor of San Francisco. During Brown’s time as speaker, he was criticized for doling out political patronage jobs, including to Harris, who he was openly dating despite being married.

Brown, who justified his infidelity on the grounds he was estranged from his spouse, was 60 and Harris was 29 when they began their relationship. Harris was virtually unknown, having worked as a former Bay area prosecutor.

Brown initially appointed Harris to California’s Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, which paid $97,088 a year. After holding the position for only six months, Brown appointed Harris to the California Medical Assistance Commission, a job that paid $72,000 a year.

“Yes, I may have influenced (Harris’) career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker,” Brown conceded in a San Francisco Chronicle column in 2019. “I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.”   

Harris is blessed that Trump and his advisors aren’t strategic thinkers. Democratic party media propagandists like the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin have argued that Harris’ record as a former California district attorney and attorney general makes her uniquely suited to take on Trump because she can position herself as someone committed to upholding the law rather than someone convicted of a crime.

In fact, the public should be wary of Harris’ prosecutorial past. When Harris was San Francisco’s district attorney, she prosecuted a schizophrenic Japanese American woman named Teresa Sheehan who was severely injured when two female police officers shot her for coming after them with a knife. A jury deadlocked on the assault charges and found Sheehan not guilty of threatening to kill a social worker who had called the police to help get Sheehan into a psychiatric hospital.

As attorney general, Harris declined to prosecute California’s PG&E utility for a 2010 deadly explosion in a Bay area neighborhood due to PG&E’s negligence that killed eight people and ravaged a residential neighborhood. Despite pleas from local officials to charge the company, Harris looked the other way. Federal prosecutors stepped in and secured the utility’s conviction on six criminal charges, plus a maximum $3 million fine. The judge also ordered court supervision of PG&E’s natural gas operations, a major rebuke of PG&E’s politically appointed regulators.

There have also been allegations that when Harris was attorney general she spiked an investigation of PG&E’s regulator to protect her Democratic cronies. The National Review previously compiled 20 other details about Harris’ controversial career you won’t be reading about in the legacy media if she’s chosen to replace Biden.

Trump’s reference to “Laffin’ Kamala Harris” is a reference to her signature cackling that’s well known to readers and viewers of conservative news outlets.

Then there is Harris’ infamous word salads that have been mocked not only in the U.S. but even in Australia.

Sadly, except for the Democratic party and its legacy media enablers, no credible person would argue that Harris has matured and speaks with considerably more gravitas these days. Harris was mercilessly mocked for her guest appearance last Sunday on the BET Awards where she talked politics with host Taraji P. Henson in a prerecorded segment.

Critics, including Blacks, chastised Harris for putting on a faux “Blackcent” to appear more relatable to black voters, who increasingly are also supporting Trump.

“Yeah, girl, I’m out here in these streets,” Harris said at one point. “These extremists, as they say, they not like us,” she later said, likely referring to Trump supporters.

Americans should be saddened by the sorry state of their leadership, and fortunately some influential individuals are spreading the word about the media’s culpability. One might expect the New York Times in particular would feel humiliated at the moment, given that about two weeks ago it published this article assuring its readers that videos circulating on the internet and on conservative websites purporting to show Biden in a diminished state were manipulated and lacked “context.”

That’s not the case. Underscoring the publication’s arrogance, executive editor Joe Kahn sent out a note complimenting his staff on their coverage of Biden’s age. In addition to gaslighting its readers, the publication gaslights its journalists, so whoever said you can’t bullshit a bullshitter was mistaken. One of Kahn’s predecessors spoke less kindly about the Times’ coverage.

What saddens me most is the lack of public outrage about the legacy media’s pervasive dishonesty, which is why Americans will be required to choose between two sorry candidates come November regardless of who makes it on to the ballot. If I thought I could pull it off, I’d organize a national “Pox on all the Legacy Media Houses” awareness day where Americans agreed to avoid reading or watching legacy print and broadcast outlets and boycott every company that advertised on them for the designated period.

Maybe that would drive home the undeniable message the American public holds its U.S. media in very low regard.  The legacy media takes the U.S. public for morons, but with the Washington Post losing half its audience in recent years and other legacy publications suffering declining readerships, the joke is on them.

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