Chris Murphy Claims that Anti-Trump Protests Have Been “Peaceful Without Exception”

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) must live in some sort of alternate universe. On MSNBC, the senator went on record claiming that there has been no violence at anti-Trump protests:

Let’s make it clear: these marches that happened all over the country have been peaceful without exception, and when there’s a deviation, we call it out.

Well that’s just precious. I wonder when he and his leftist ilk are planning on calling out the deviations? Because here’s a partial list.

Going back to the days after the election, protests erupted all over the country, including some violent acts by rioters. From USA Today on November 11:

For the third night in a row, anti-Donald Trump demonstrators took to the streets in several big cities and on college campuses across the United States, including an outburst of smashed windows and a dumpster fire in Portland that police countered with pepper spray and flash-bang devices.

About 4,000 protesters assembled downtown late Thursday chanting “we reject the president-elect!” the Associated Press reported. Some among the crowd vandalized 19 cars at a dealership in Northeast Portland, according to a sales manager, Oregonlive.com reports. Protesters then headed west, over the Broadway Bridge and into the Pearl District, where the windows of several businesses were smashed.

And how can we forget the protests in the aftermath of the inauguration? CNN reported on January 21:

Six police officers were injured and 217 protesters arrested Friday after a morning of peaceful protests and coordinated disruptions of Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony gave way to ugly street clashes in downtown Washington.

At least two DC police officers and one other person were taken to the hospital after run-ins with protesters, DC Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo told CNN.

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Anti-Trump protests also broke out Friday in US cities, including New York, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago and Portland, Oregon. Authorities in Seattle say one person was in critical condition at a hospital with a gunshot wound. Demonstrations also took place overseas in Hong Kong, Berlin and London.

And how about the Women’s March on Washington? Some pro-life women were verbally harassed, and another woman reported being spat upon by abortion rights advocates. Of course we can’t forget Madonna telling a crowd, “I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything.”

The most recent example took place at the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, where a protest against a planned speech by provocateur and Trump enthusiast Milo Yiannopoulos turned violent. In the New York Times, writer Malini Ramaiyer wrote an opinion piece entitled, “How Violence Undermined the Berkeley Protest” in which she wrote, “Until Wednesday, I never felt in danger during a protest.” How is this a peaceful demonstration?

Senator Murphy, when are you going to call these violent rioters out, to use your phrasing? We’re waiting.

Federally Funded Suicide Help Line Offers Post-Inauguration Advice

A federally funded suicide prevention resource is offering post-inauguration counseling for those struggling in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is a project of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is currently running a Political Transition 2017 campaign to help “manage anxiety and stress” individuals “may be feeling related to the recent U.S. presidential election, inauguration, and transition.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also runs an effort that reaches out to veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. The 24/7 hotline that veterans can call is the same phone number that is listed for the post-election counseling effort.

For those still in denial or disbelief about the outcome of the presidential election or the recent – peaceful – transition power between the outgoing Obama Administration and incoming Trump Administration, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers these helpful tips:

Stick to Routines

Even if you don’t feel like going to work or working out like you usually do, stick to going as much as possible. Routines ground us in the here and now, and remind us of things within our control that do not have to change.

Seek Social Support

Talk about your thoughts and feelings with others, enjoy time to share experiences that can help you cope with the feelings, or distract you from them temporarily so you can take an “emotional breather.

Other “coping tips” include suggestions to “Limit your interaction with things that might aggravate your stress right now, like social media and television” and “Take compassionate, caring actions to support others, where you can.”

Alternatively, election and inaugural handwringers could accept the outcome of the election and realize that our Republic has survived far graver circumstances and far less competent administrations in the past.

Trump Signs Executive Order

HUGE: President Trump Issues Regulatory Freeze

BREAKING NEWS: Shortly after being sworn into office on Friday, President Donald J. Trump put pen to paper and signed an Executive Order declaring an immediate freeze on any new Federal regulations. The Executive Order also directs federal agencies to do anything in their power to ease the regulatory burden on the public as it relates to Obamacare-related rules.

In anticipation of this order, federal agencies over the past few days have rushed to write as many new regulations as they could complete before Trump’s swearing in. According to The Hill, the Federal Register was “overwhelmed Thursday with nearly 1,500 pages worth of rules from federal agencies.”

This is a positive first step by Trump in reversing the many thousands of onerous federal regulations that have been strangling small businesses, entrepreneurs, and middle class workers across the nation. Recent regulations could prove fatal to many companies across the nation – regulations like the FDA’s takeover of the premium cigar industry, for example. Those regulations would treat single-ingredient, hand rolled premium cigars as if they were cigarettes, requiring small family boutique cigar shops to pay potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars per blend in FDA approval processes. These regulations are estimated to potentially destroy tens of thousands of jobs at small and family-owned businesses, but they are listed in the recent report compiled by the Republicans in the House among the regulations for Trump to consider abolishing in his first 100 days in office. I reached out to Glynn Loope, the Executive Director of Cigar Rights of America. Mr. Loope told me that they are “Hopeful that this is just beginning of a process that will roll back the current draconian rules that have been imposed on the premium cigar industry, and a serious step toward protecting the industry from future regulatory threats. Over 2,000 American small businesses, a central part of our trade relationship with Latin America, and a supply chain that spans from Florida to Pennsylvania depends upon it.”

Federal regulations were estimated to cost over $2 TRILLION dollars in 2012 alone, and typically consume about 21 percent of the average business’ payroll costs, according to a 2014 report by the National Association of Manufacturers.

Ending costly federal regulations have long been a main concern of small-government conservative Republicans and libertarians. This action by Trump on his very first day in office should encourage these groups, and bring them the first ray of hope after a very dark eight years.

About Those Attendance Numbers…

Right now, the mainstream media are agog at how much of a washout the attendance was at Donald Trump’s inauguration compared to Barack Obama back in 2009.  While it’s true that the Donald didn’t pull in the epic number of people that Obama did (estimates put today’s crowd around 900,000, compared to 1.8 million for Obama)–and while I’m sure that President Trump wouldn’t want us making any excuses for his still YUGE turnout–we still gotta face the facts, don’t we?

Well, sure.  So here are some facts:

  • Barack Obama’s election was historic.  Like him or not, the election of the nation’s first black president was a huge milestone.  Petty politics can’t take away from that, so we must give the man his due.  Lots of Republicans even voted for Obama in the hopes that his election would heal the racial wounds of the past and bridge the persistent divide between white and black America (though we all saw how that turned out).  He came into office with a lot of good will aimed his way for that reason.
  • Washington, DC is in the Northeast Corridor.  You know what real estate agents say about location, location, location?  Well, we are talking about the leftmost quadrant of the country.  Getting liberals to show up in Liberal Central for the swearing in of a liberal president is about as easy as getting conservatives to show up at NASCAR.  Where Toby Keith is giving a concert.  On Free Beer Night.
  • The Democrats have a built-in crowd constituency.  Say what you will about the left, but they know how to turn bodies out.  That’s because they have a vast network of union and community organizers, allied with activist networks, serial agitators and dirty tricksters who turn up for protests and rallies because they get paid (or at least funded) to do so.  You ever watch protests on TV and wonder why those people don’t have jobs?  Well, that is their job.  And so is showing up to make liberal politicians look good.
  • Democrats are obsessed with politics.  Conservatives are not.  This one is really simple.  Government is the liberal raison d’être.  Conservatives largely just want to be left alone.  And most conservatives, when an election is over, say, “Good!” and then return to their lives.  That’s because they have familes.  And jobs.  And mortgages.  And all the other stuff that doesn’t leave them with a hell of a lot of time to attend things like, say, presidential inaugurations halfway across the country.
  • And finally…

As I recall, Barack Obama didn’t have to deal with anything like this at his inaugurations.  His supporters got to show up, have a good time, and then go home.  Trump supporters, on the other hand, facing the possibility of having bricks thrown at their heads, might have just let discretion be the better part of valor and skipped the festivities.  Funny how fear can make a difference that way.

BREAKING: “Mad Dog” Mattis Confirmed As Secretary Of Defense

BREAKING NEWS:

General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, a retired USMC General, has been confirmed by the United States Senate as President Donald J. Trump’s Secretary of Defense.

Donald Trump’s first act as President was to sign a waiver  passed by Congress that allowed General Mattis to be confirmed by a simple majority vote of the Senate, since he does not meet the requirement that the position be held by someone that has not actively served in the military in the last 7 years.

Secretary Mattis has previously commanded the United States Joint Forces Command, and has served as the Supreme Allied Commander of Transformation for NATO. Before that, he held a number of command positions in the U.S. Marines.

The nickname “Mad Dog” was earned by Secretary Mattis after leading troops into combat in the Persian Gulf War of 1991. He is known for his no-nonsense, politically incorrect quotes and approach to leadership.

Congratulations, Secretary Mattis.

Dear #DisruptJ20: Thank You.

Dear #DisruptJ20 Protesters,

As I sit here and watch Donald Trump sworn into the presidency with Hillary Clinton watching from a few feet away, I can think of only one thing to say to you: Thank You. You are the reason we are here today. Without your efforts, we would never have come this far.

Over the past year, your members and others like you on your side of the aisle have relentlessly opposed the nomination and the election of Donald Trump – now our 45th President. You have used insults, disruptive protests, and violence to attack anyone that disagrees with your point of view. You have done everything in your power to label your opposition as racist, misogynistic, and intolerant. You have used racial slurs against black Republicans, and have bullied gay Republicans. You have turned crying wolf into a career. You have mocked religious freedom, and trampled on our freedom of association.

Logic and reason are void from your propaganda and your materials. You do not engage or discuss, you attack and belittle. You bully, insult, and assault.

If you hadn’t done any of this, Hillary Clinton would be our President right now. If you hadn’t done everything in your power to isolate and insult every working class voter in the country, they might actually have voted for your candidate.

So, #DisruptJ20, thank you. Your protests today remind me of the valuable service that you have provided our nation.

Please, continue. In fact, let me know where I can donate – I’ll gladly send you some support. Conservatives need you to continue your efforts if we want to accomplish any of our reforms. Obama may be gone, but we need a bogeyman to run against during the midterms, and we are beyond excited at your willingness to step into this role.

Your nation owes you a debt of gratitude.

Please, by all means, continue.

Inauguration Letter: Bush to Obama

Perhaps one of my favorite inauguration traditions as a writer is the Inauguration Day Letter from the outgoing president to the incoming president. While the letters are brief, they capture the character of the outgoing president and provide a source of inspiration mixed with a dose of reality for the president-elect.

We won’t know exactly what President Obama says in his note to President Donald Trump in the near future, unless he chooses to make the note public. But, we can guess based on President Obama’s final press conference and an interview he did with 60 Minutes that two pieces of advice might be that the president-elect should rely on his team (can’t do the job alone) and that “certain norms” and “institutional traditions don’t get eroded.”

There may be some unknowns about the Inauguration Day Letter that’s left in the Oval Office today, but we can look back to January 20, 2009 (thanks to the National Archives and Records Administration) and see what President George W. Bush included in his note to President Barack Obama.

Jan 20, 2009

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Image courtesy of ABC News and National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Barack,

Congratulations on becoming our President. You have just begun a fantastic chapter in your life.

Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel. Very few know the excitement of the moment and the challenges you will face.

There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your “friends” will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead.

God bless you.

Sincerely,

GW

I had the honor to serve President Bush as a White House Intern in 2008. While the interns don’t get to spend a lot of candid time with the president, there were a few times that we got to see him when the cameras were off. I grew to admire his character the more I was there. He was a man of God – and that’s clearly reflected in his note – not just in the mention of having an Almighty God as a source of comfort, but also in saying that he will be pulling him, despite their political differences.

So when did this whole Inauguration Day Letter tradition start? Like so many awesome things, it started with President Ronald Reagan. President George H.W. Bush shared a glimpse of the note he received at President Reagan’s funeral – the heading? “Don’t let the turkeys get you down.” According to President Bush’s description of the note, the stationary President Reagan used showed a group of turkeys trying to take an elephant down.

One final thought – Do you think President Reagan left any jelly beans to accompany his note?

“DIE, NAZI!” College Republican Trump Supporter Brutally Assaulted In DC

In a brutal incident partially captured on camera , Trump supporter and Chairman of the Washington State College Republicans James Allsup was assaulted last night by multiple anti-Trump protesters associated with the left-wing extremist coalition referred to as “Antifa” (Anti Facism). In the video of the incident, a masked agitator comes up behind Allsup and steals his Make America Great Again hat, despite being warned multiple times to back off. (Warning: Graphic language in video)

Mr. Allsup was able to retrieve his hat, and the video ends there, but according to his Twitter feed, the real drama started after the camera had stopped rolling:

 

Allsup says that the guy who stole his hat was ultimately arrested for punching a police officer, and has posted a photo of his hospital release papers as proof of the incident on his Twitter feed.

 

The Resurgent reached out to James Allsup, but did not hear back in time. This story may be updated throughout the day.