To Trump, Size DOES Matter

Seriously, settle down, man.

Ego in the hands of a man who has been installed in the seat of leader of the free world can be a truly scary thing.

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Whether 5 million or 5 people watched Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremony, the end result was the same. He is the president.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Trump pressured members of the National Park Service to produce photographs of the inauguration crowd that would show numbers more in line with what he and his staff have been promoting.

Three individuals with the knowledge of the conversation told the newspaper that Trump called the acting National Park Service director Michael Reynolds on Saturday, and personally requested new aerial photographs.

According to the report, the president believed that other photographs of the event may prove his claim that there were more people at the inauguration than what was previously reported by the press.

Sources told the Post additional pictures that were subsequently sent to the White House did not substantiate Trump’s claim that about the size of the crowd.

So you would think that would be the end of it, but no.

Sources also suggest that Trump was not a happy camper with the National Park Service tweets that compared his inauguration crowd with that of Barack Obama’s in 2009.

The White House deputy press secretary spun the Saturday phone call by saying it was Trump’s management style to stay “accessible, and constantly in touch.”

“He’s not somebody who sits around and waits. He takes action and gets things done … That’s one of the reasons that he is president today, and Hillary Clinton isn’t,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Ok. That’s fine.

Just a word of caution, however.

Trump needs to learn to let the main thing be the main thing, and keep his ego in check. There is a lot going on in the world, and if this job is truly what he wanted, he needs to be about doing the business of a president, not chasing bragging rights.

This Bad Lip Reading of Trump’s Inauguration is Your Laugh Break For the Day

This has been a horribly stressful election season for so many people.

I’m not even slightly reticent to point out that I am one of those people, and if you’re familiar with any of my past work over at RedState, you know why.

I was a longtime supporter of former Texas Governor Rick Perry and truly believed that the nation had wised up enough to really be looking for a strong conservative icon, with a proven record of success at the state level.

Boy, was I ever wrong!

Also, hailing from the state of North Carolina, that saw a massive fiscal upswing after getting the first Republican governor in 20 years, losing Governor Pat McCrory in a skintight, hotly contested election was like a punch in the gut.

And now, here we are. What’s done is done and it’s time to get down to the business of living.

Part of living is humor.

It’s one of the best parts, actually, so if there’s some humor to be drawn out of what’s going on in the world, then I’m all for it.

The folks over at Bad Lip Reading have been cranking out some of the funniest videos on social media for some time now.

Their latest target is the inauguration of Donald Trump, and it is a knee-slapper!
So for your enjoyment, I present BLR’s inaugural video – and suggest you not have your mouth full while watching.

You Should Know This About That Burning Limo

You should know whose limousine those rioters in Washington, D.C. burned after President Trump’s inauguration. It’s not some establishment Republican, or country club cis-genered white person born with a silver spoon.

The limo is owned by a company, National Chauffeured Services, which in turn is owned by a Muslim immigrant named Muhammad Ashraf. Ashraf spoke with Red Alert Politics (which is owned by the same group as the Weekly Standard and the Washington Examiner).

Ashraf is no fan of the new president, but probably appreciates Trump more now that he’s seen what the people who are supposedly fighting for his “rights” think of him.

“I have a different point of view,” Ashraf told Red Alert. “I did not agree with many of the things he said, but that still does not give me the right to go and affect someone’s livelihood.”

As 58-year-old driver Luis Villarroel (whose name seems different from Smith or Roberts, and who probably needs his limo to make a paycheck) dropped off his client, the rioters turned their sites on his limo. They pounded on the car and threw stones and bricks at him. He suffered minor cuts (and has a bloody picture to prove it) on his hands and arms.

Ashraf said he’s been in business for over 25 years, and “this is the first time this has happened.” If his insurance won’t cover the loss–and “riots” are usually lumped in with “acts of God” and “civil insurrection” as non-covered perils–he’s out $70,000.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover expenses, and Ashraf has promised any unused funds will be sent to charity.

Liberal agitators don’t care who is harmed, and who has to pay for it. Ashraf said he’s much more pleased at the way the Women’s March was handled. “I really don’t think we need to take this [violent] route,” he said.

While Ashraf and his employee should be taken care of, we know that the rioters are about to get what they deserve also: up to 10 years in prison.

Violent Inauguration Protesters Learn The Meaning Of ‘Law & Order’

Answering a Craigslist ad for $15 an hour to carry a sign, shout profanities, and create some “activist” disruptions around Washington, D.C. during the inauguration isn’t a bad gig if you’re an unemployed millennial. But 10 years in federal prison wasn’t in the job description.

These ne’er-do-wells somehow thought that the rules set up by former President Obama would still apply. That rioters would get “space to riot.” Wrong.

Most of the approximately 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will be charged with felony rioting, federal prosecutors said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The office said most of those arrested will be released without having to post bail and must return to court in February.

I don’t think that all of the 217 people charged with rioting will be locked up. But living for a month with that serious felony hanging over your head tends to make people rethink their lives. And putting a few of them in the pokey for a few years will go a long way toward discouraging this kind of behavior we saw so often during the rocky campaign.

One promise Trump made in his nomination acceptance speech is that he’d be the law and order president. These rioters are finding out the hard way that President Trump intends to keep that promise.

Trump Did NOT Have The Most Viewed Inauguration in History, and That’s Ok

I suppose we can now expect to hear our new president and his press secretary rage about this for the next week or two.

It’s not like there are more pressing matters to attend to.

Trump, being a reality TV star, puts a lot of stock in popularity and TV ratings.

On Saturday, he launched a two-pronged attack on the media. As his press secretary, Sean Spicer, called a press conference for the sole purpose of disputing media reports that the crowd for Trump’s inauguration ceremony was less than for Obama’s 2009 ceremony, Trump himself made a stop at CIA headquarters. While there, Trump reiterated his attacks on the media, calling them “some of the most dishonest human beings on Earth.”

At least he acknowledged that they were human beings.

It was a lot of attention paid to what is a non-issue.

Whether it was a million people or five people who showed for the inauguration, Trump is still president and there’s still a lot of serious work he needs to be addressing. This is a non-issue.

That being said, Spicer, in his rant to the press, insisted that the Trump inauguration was the most watched inauguration in history, counting not only the crowd that showed up, but the TV network views, as well.

Unfortunately, it just wasn’t really true.

Neilsen data, collected by Bloomberg tells a different story.

Trump’s nearly 31 million television audience came 7 million short of Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and had almost 11 million fewer viewers than when Reagan was sworn into office in 1981.

According to Bloomberg, Trump did attract a larger audience than former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

So his was the third highest viewed inauguration.

Is this reason for him to go off on Bloomberg, now? Perhaps the Neilsen viewer ratings system?

In his first 100 days as president, people want to see him roll up his sleeves and get to work. They want to see him accomplish some of the things he promised them while on the campaign trail.

The perpetual feuding will go over with his diehards for a bit, but eventually, they need to see more.

We all do.

I Am Mad As Hell About The Protests and The Press

If we want to give government back to the people, we must first take it away from the corrupt media.

Yesterday my father-in-law and I were at the inauguration of President Trump. We were standing behind the Capitol reflecting pool in what was designated as the “red” area. To get there, we walked down F street from the Gallery Place / Chinatown station on G and 7th to the security access point on 3rd Street.

We saw no protesters coming in. There was a “the end is now” preacher right outside the security cordon. That was about 7 a.m. Right after the inauguration, we were walking in a massive crowd down 3rd Street across Independence. We took 3rd Street to Indiana and took a left, where it turned into D Street.

We had to take a right on D and 7th to get to the Metro. That’s where we saw protesters. They were trying to incite violent responses from visitors and actively verbally harassing people with F-bombs and other cuss words. We saw the camera setting up behind concrete barriers. In fact, to avoid getting harassed, we walked in the gap behind the barrier–about one person wide–to stay out of the way. I was within 6 inches of the camera crew as they set up. We practically tripped over their cables.

By the time we made it to the hotel about 45 minutes later, the protests were all over the news. I noticed the view of the camera pointing down D street. Lo and behold, that looked familiar. It was the same intersection I walked through.

The protesters waited until the cameras were set up to begin “agitating.”

They organized around the camera positions between D and 7th and K and 12th, and performed for the news crews. We walked through those areas and there was no violence as the cameras were just getting set up after the inauguration events.

These were not just angry people. They were trained, likely paid, agitators. They were coordinated with with press so the crews knew exactly where to put there cameras. The filming angles, shots and probably even the actions of the agitators were staged. And the news ran with their footage over and over again.

The progression from “peaceful” protest, to confronting the police, to vandalism was set for maximum impact so people would focus on this and not the historic events taking place just blocks away.

I have no doubt that President Obama’s administration, the FBI, and law enforcement knew the plan. I’m certain they had plenty of information on the #J20Disrupt protesters, ANSWER coalition, and all the other groups who were handy with their prepared statements given to eager reporters at CNN and other news organizations.

That they allowed this shameful movie to be shot in the nation’s capital to mar the peaceful transition of the government to the opposition party is beyond outrageous. Of course, it’s par for the course for Democrats and for Obama, the master community organizer. It’s straight out of Ailinsky.

I am beginning to wonder if the dearth of protesters at Obama’s inauguration in 2009 was less about the universally nonviolent and peaceful intent of conservatives and more about presidents like George W. Bush not restraining law enforcement from doing their jobs. I am sure there were plenty of groups who would have liked to stage violent press events for Obama’s inauguration, but two things stopped it. First, law enforcement squashed their plans before they took hold, and second, they didn’t have the cooperation of a sympathetic press.

I am also beginning to think that in very real ways, President Donald Trump is right. It’s not just the analysis and coverage of him–and Republicans–that’s slanted. The liberal press actively and dishonestly works with elements willing to stage criminal acts for the cameras to deflect the news they should be covering.

Because of this, I hope Trump continues to battle them and in fact I hope he defeats them. They’ve wielded way too much power for far too long and it has gone to their heads. If we want to give government back to the people, we must first take it away from the corrupt media.

BREAKING: Washington Post Reporter Thrown to Ground By D.C. Riot Police – WATCH

The air outside of Trump’s inauguration ceremony has become a bit toxic, to say the least.

Protesters have chained themselves to various check points around the city. They’re breaking out windows in cars and businesses, vandalizing buildings with anarchist symbolism, and creating levels of chaos that are becoming difficult for police officers and by-standers, alike.

Case in point: a Washington Post reporter on site, Dalton Bennett, covering some of the protests became part of the news, when a D.C. police officer threw him to the ground and dragged him for some distance.

In the video, you can hear officers commanding Bennett to move back, several times before they grabbed his backpack and took him to the ground.

Protests are expected to rage around our nation’s capitol through the night.

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

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.



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?