Max Boot makes a desperate fool of himself pretending to be a prominent conservative

Julian Zelizer wants to know if ‘prominent conservatives’ who have been throwing a tantrum about Trump for years now will have the cojones to not only vote for a Democrat but call on other conservatives to do the same.

We’ve seen plenty of jagoffs who used to be prominent conservatives pushing Democrats (and trying to shame others into voting for them) but yeah, pretty sure that won’t be happening in more traditional right-leaning circles.

And speaking of jagoffs …

Nope, Max does not qualify as a prominent conservatie.

We’re pretty sure he doesn’t even really qualify as a conservative anymore but whatever floats his little boat.

Ouch.

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But tell us how you really feel.

Max had to know this wouldn’t go well.

Good talk.

Heh.

Guess that’s a hard no, Max.

Better luck next time, Sparky.


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Matteo Salvini seeks closer Washington ties as EU tensions rise

Politician aims to establish Italy as Americas most important European partner

Matteo Salvini is striving for Italy to become” the main partner” of the US as he satisfies officials from Donald Trump’s government in Washington DC on Monday.

The Italian deputy prime minister, who began nurturing relations with Trump during his presidential election campaign, said that while non-eu countries have” opted different routes”, Italy wanted to return to being the” most important partner in continental Europe for the biggest western democracy “.

” And not only for economic and commercial interests ,” he told reporters after arriving in Washington.” But also due to our common vision of the world, of values, of work, family and rights .”

Salvini will fulfill the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the mausoleum of the unknown soldier at Arlington national graveyard on Monday before meeting the vice-president, Mike Pence, at the White House.

Salvini, whose far-right League party is proposing a flat tax, will also satisfy Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform.

When asked about the common ground shared with Trump’s administration, Salvini said:” It would be too easy to say controlled immigration and the fight against Islamic terrorism. Therefore I would say the themes of fiscal reform, taxes, defence and the protection of the national economy. The economic outcomes[ in the US] are proving Trump right .”

The trip comes amid heightened tensions between Italy and the EU over the country’s huge public debt as well as discord between the League and its government coalition partner, the Five Star Movement( M5S ). The League became Italy’s biggest party when it captured 34% of the vote in the European elections in May, with much speculation that national elections are on the horizon.

Salvini has long admired Trump, posing for a selfie with him during the 2016 presidential campaign and displaying a” Make America Great Again” cap in the background while filming a thank-you message to supporters after victory in the EU elections.

” It’s obvious that Salvini is preparing to become prime minister and so, like all premiers who go to the US, he is seeking to get support ,” said Alfonso Giordano, a politics prof at Rome’s Luiss University.

Such support would be more forthcoming if the League splits with the M5S, which raged the US after spearheading Italy’s signing of a memorandum of understanding with China to join the controversial Belt and Road project, and for refusing to recognise Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as president.

This month the EU paved the way towards fining ItalyPS3. 1bn for failing to reduce its debt.

” The violation procedure could be a route to push Italy into a corner ,” added Giordano.” And so the trip to the US is also a way to let it be known that Italy is not completely isolated .”

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Trump’s Mexico tariff plan overlooks the root causes of migration

(CNN)Last week, at a migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, I met families from Ukraine, Eritrea, Cuba and Venezuela seeking asylum in the US. I was traveling the US-Mexico border, working on a global migration project with photographer John Stanmeyer for National Geographic.

On Thursday, President Trump threatened, via Twitter, to impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming from Mexico starting June 10, “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” In a presidential statement, he further explained that “if the crisis persists” he will raise the tariff by an additional 5% each month for four months.
When I heard this news, my mind instantly jumped to those innocent families that I had met in Reynosa — because it’s clear what he means by “if the crisis persists.” He’s talking about the incoming undocumented immigrants from Mexico whom he has tried to cast as criminals ever since he referred to them as “rapists” on the campaign trail.
    It makes sense that a President who has constantly insulted the character and nature of people who are simply looking to find a better life would have no understanding of global migration and the forces that prompt it. Instead of working to address real crises — like climate change — that drive migration, President Trump is threatening to punish Mexico.
    If Mexico complies with Trump’s demands, migrants and asylum seekers in particular, could face increasingly inhumane treatment. In the case that Mexico does nothing, or retaliates with additional tariffs, US and Mexican citizens will bear the brunt of the grave economic consequences. According to the New York Times, Mexico sent the US $346.5 billion of goods last year and 5% of tariffs would amount to more than $17 billion — a burden that will most likely be passed on to businesses and consumers.
    By singling out Mexico for punishment, Trump fails to recognize the truly global reality of migration. Last week, when I was interviewing migrant families from Eritrea alongside those from Venezuela, Honduras and El Salvador, they described the complex political and environmental factors that drove them to seek asylum in the US. I wish President Trump would listen to their stories rather than continuing to treat Mexico, our closest neighbor and trading partner, as if it were solely responsible for controlling global migration flows.
    President Trump has long railed against undocumented immigrants while proposing dubious methods to stem the tide of migration from our southern border. In addition to the recent tariffs, Trump is considering a rule to prohibit migrants from seeking asylum if they have passed through a country other than their own before arriving at the US, according to a senior administration official and a source close to the White House who spoke to CNN.
    Migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border were typically allowed to request asylum without being turned away during the waiting process or separated from their children. During the Trump administration, all of that has changed.
    It is unclear how many families have been separated at the border, and there could be thousands more than the 2,737 cases officials have already acknowledged. Migrants seeking asylum in the US have been turned back to Mexico while their cases are still pending in a major policy shift that is currently being challenged in court. The asylum process, which I reported on for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting this year, can take months or years.
    In Reynosa, I interviewed Cubans and Ukrainians who were forced to wait in Mexico. Among other things, many of these migrants, who have little or no money, face violence and are at risk of being kidnapped by drug cartels.
    In April, Trump gave a speech on immigration and lumped together asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants, making the argument that the US will not accept any more immigrants. In response to Trump’s threat of tariffs, Mexican President López Obrador wrote a letter Thursday in which he reminded President Trump that “The Statue of Liberty isn’t a meaningless symbol.”
    Having spent time along the border and interviewed countless asylum seekers from all over the world, it is apparent to me that the crisis is one created by President Trump, who has increasingly limited the legal right to request asylum while stoking fears that migrants pose a national security threat.

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      When I heard the news of the tariffs on Mexico, I was reminded of a Honduran farmer who I met while covering the migrant caravan in November 2018 for Time Magazine. He was fleeing drought, and many other migrants from Central America told me about the fires and storms that have forced them leave their homes.
      No tariff can prevent or criminalize migrants fleeing climate change, and perhaps we, as a nation of immigrants, should begin to think about that.

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