Big news today is that President Trump is meeting with North Koreas Kim Jong-un in Vietnam. Everyone is watching to see what substantive events will occur. Backers of Trump are hoping that he will push for more denuclearization. Enemies of Trump, the mainstream media, are rooting for a Trump failure. Other nay sayers are afraid that Trump will give away too much and get very little in return.
The first Summit which was held last June produced some positive results such has no new explosions or missile flights over the Pacific.
A key player influencing the talks maybe the President of South Korea, who has repeatedly offered an olive branch to the North.
At the same time the Summit is occurring, here in the U.S. Trumps former lawyer, Michael Kohen will be testifying before Congress***
Small time actor Jessie Smollett grabbed most of the headlines last week with his outrageously provocative fake hate crime. According to the Chicago police he orchestrated a supposed attack on himself by a pair of Trump supporters. The attack featured a rope put around his neck and several minor injuries to his face.
The fake incident was quickly swallowed by the mainstream media, Hollywood types and several of the Democrat candidates for the Presidential nomination. Chief among the latter were Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. The pair is best remembered that during the Kavanaugh hearings. Booker had his famous “Spartacus” moment after which he stalked out of the hearing room followed by his lap dog Harris. As to the Smollett incident they both had the same response when they said it was a modern day lynching.
Apparently Smolletts motivation for the poorly staged event was the fact that he was dissatisfied with his salary on the T.V. show “Empire”. Actually his compensation which was later revealed was $125,000 per episode. Following his arrest he was written out of the last two upcoming episodes. Currently he is free on bail and is proclaiming his innocents with his lawyers issuing a statement that he is a victim of the system and is entirely innocent.
Since Smollett is a product of Hollywood, were nothing is real, he must have thought staging such an event as his attack would play well with the majority of people. His plot came crashing down when the two attackers, wearing MAGA hats and hurling racist homophobic insults, were a pair of Nigerian brothers. Both brothers were friends of Smollett and received a check from him for $3,500.
One of the brother was Smolletts personal trainer and when he and his sibling were arrested by police they quickly rolled-over and explained how the hoax was carried out.
In an extraordinary press conference a prosecutor gave book, chapter and verse of the investigation to which some two dozen detective had been assigned
Once the farce came to light the main stream media was at a loss for words, especially the commentator who had been saying that he compared Smollett to baseballs great, Jackie Robinson. I don’t recall Robinson ever lying to the police***
The Democrats have been waiting for some of the “Big Dogs” to jump into the race for the Presidential nomination. They got their wish when Bernie Sanders declared last week and much to the dismay of the other candidates he raised some six million dollars in the first 24 hours. Sanders is the progenitor of modern day Socialism in this country. The majority of other Dem candidates have attempted to take his ideas one step further.
Still hemming and hawing is Joe Biden, who must feel a little morose since his buddy Obama recently tossed him under the bus by declaring “the party needs new blood.”
Other Dem potential candidates lurking in the weeds are Beto O’rouke, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Opera Winfrey***
Eagerly waiting to take the baton from the Mueller team is the chairman of the House Committee set to investigate President Trump within a gnat’s eyelash, Adam Schiff himself has a reputation of being Washington’s most famous leaker of things that go on behind closed doors. Like his Senate contemporary, Chuck Schumer he has an abiding hatred of Trump. Also, his house contemporary Nancy Pelosi is a Trump hater who claims that walls are immoral and says that Trump has violated the constitution because of his recent emergency declaration. Whenever Schumer and Pelosi appear in tandem one is reminded of the Grinch and Cruella de Vil.