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Yesterday put everything in perspective for us. 

Let’s start with the Senator Flake’s announcement as he joined Senator Corker in an outright denouncement of the President. When have you ever seen senators from the same party so attack a President?  Us either.

Now why is this? Let’s remember what we have told you over and over, this President has no loyalty, because he is not loyal. His personal attacks going back to the primaries stung people. He continued that in office. When you ever seen a President berate his Attorney General or Secretary of State the way Trump does? Never.
Would you work for someone like him? He takes credit for everything, blames you for anything wrong and has an ego bigger than the office. Everything he does reflects this. Look at his tweet announcing the release of the Kennedy documents. He announced he was going to allow release which was fine, but he had to add “As President”.
Everything he does and says is to say, look at me aren’t I great. So he will never have the loyal following of a Reagan, who had on his desk a saying: “There is no limit to what you accomplish if you don’t worry about who gets the credit”.

That said, Senator Flake is a phony. He is 20+ points behind in the Arizona Republican Primary and knows the Trumpers are gunning for him. He wrote a book critical of the President and he can’t win a Republican Primary in Arizona.
He could have bowed out with grace but chose otherwise. He could have left with class and opened some future opportunity, but he chose the low road, and with that the end of his political career.
The same for Bob Corker. An early Trump supporter he is bitter and angry now. He was on his way to a tough primary and leaves now with no future.  He said he wouldn’t back Trump again, well Senator if you were so wrong in your judgement then, we’ll take a pass on your future.

Bottomline is, this will be the story of the full Trump term. A man who does not create loyalty because his ego is too big will have issue after issue.

And Then There Is This Russian Connection:

Except it now appears that it was not Trump and team doing the collusion but Hillary’s team and the DNC. Wait now, you mean after all the sanctimonious talk from Hillary, the Democrats and their friends in the MSM this is reversed?

Remember when the MSM went crazy over a Donald Trump Jr. meeting with some Russians? The Democrats and MSM called it the smoking gun. Proof of collusion. They met, they talked, “look at this” they shouted. It was major leading news for over a week.

Well hold on now. We have the Hillary campaign and the DNC paying and working with the Russians for false dirt on Donald Trump. Actually doing it. Why isn’t this major news on the MSM today? To us, it’s doing exactly what they falsely charged Donald Jr. with doing.
Today the MSM proved its bias again.

None more so than GMA. Not only did the fail to highlight this. They went into depth on the Flake and Corker stories highlighting the breaking apart of the GOP and why it would lose its majorities. At the end of this long segment they mentioned for 20 seconds the story of the Hillary/DNC tie to the Trump dossier. But of the 20 seconds of coverage over half was devoted to wondering who the Republican was who started the process in the primaries. Absolutely shameful coverage. The other morning shows, MSNBC and CNN were no better. I guess they think if they don’t cover it, then it can’t be that their Saint Hillary lost while she did what they thought Trump did.
We have lost ALL respect for the MSM.

Which Republican started the background check on Trump that Hillary and the DNC picked up? We have an idea and it will come out.
We do know it was John McCain who found out it existed and gave it to James Comey.

Here’s a link to the Washington Post story that broke the news if you want to read it.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/clinton-campaign-dnc-paid-for-research-that-led-to-russia-dossier/2017/10/24/226fabf0-b8e4-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?utm_term=.ae0996fd43ab

More News:

Here’s a story that deserved big coverage and I bet you never heard it. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1.5 million Americans dropped off the food stamp rolls since President Trump’s inauguration.
Now that’s big news as Trump pushes work over welfare.
This is after eight years of huge increases in these programs.
Coverage? Did you see or hear it?

The sentencing of Bowe Bergdhal is delayed as his defense team argued he could not get a fair shake from the court because of President Trump.
It’s a last ditch attempt to impact his case.
Trump when asked about the case said he couldn’t comment, but people “knew where he stood”. So the defense team drummed up his comments from back when this all occurred and claimed unfairness.
What did Trump say then?
He described Bergdahl as a “dirty rotten traitor” and called for him to be executed by firing squad or thrown from a plane minus a parachute.

Our opinion. There was unfairness, but it was the damage Bergdhal caused his fellow soldiers by deserting. At the bottom of the ratings below we reprinted a story by those soldiers. Look what happened to them because of this traitor, then tell me what is unfair.

The Ratings

Today we include Monday’s numbers as well as weekly leaders for overall, morning and evening news:

Total Viewers MONDAY. FOX BACK ON TOP. HANNITY & TUCKER 1 &2

  • Total day: FNC: 1.798 | CNN: 751 | MSNBC: 1.172 | HLN: 180
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.574 | CNN: 967 | MSNBC: 2.065 | HLN: 188
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.636
Five:
2.325
Baier:
2.261
MacCallum:
2.091
Carlson:
2.801
Hannity:
2.912
FNTonight:
2.004
Carlson:
1.420
CNN Tapper:
831
Blitzer:
866
Blitzer:
832
Burnett:
957
Cooper:
1.039
Cooper:
918
Lemon:
944
Lemon:
762
MSNBC Wallace:
1.025
MTPDaily:
1.098
Melber:
1.187
Matthews:
1.823
Hayes:
1.590
Maddow:
2.585
O’Donnell:
2.018
Wlms:
1.494
HLN MichaeLA:
94
RllyHpnd:
75
RllyHpnd:
70
S.E.Cupp:
64
Banfield:
153
RllyHpnd:
175
Files:
236
Files:
273

Morning News numbers for the week of Oct. 16, 2017:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4,269,000 / NBC: 4,150,000 / CBS: 3,502,000
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1,368,000 / NBC: 1,456,000 / CBS: 963,000

Evening newscast numbers for the week of Oct. 16:

Network ABC NBC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,254,000 7,778,000 6,086,000
• A25-54: 1,695,000 1,739,000 1,234,000

Top Cable Channels For THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 16. 

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime time (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox Sports 1 (3,952,000)
  2. TBS (2,663,000)
  3. ESPN (2,164,000)
  4. Fox News (1,764,000)
  5. TNT (1,565,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (Total Viewers)

  1. Fox News (1,329,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,007,000)
  3. MSNBC (889,000)
  4. ESPN (884,000)
  5. Fox Sports 1 (883,000)
WHY BERGDHAL DESERVES A TOUGH SENTENCE. HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS SPEAK:

They were everything Bowe Bergdahl wasn’t.

Army Sgt. Mark Allen had already done a tour in Iraq by 2009 — but the married dad voluntarily redeployed to Afghanistan because “he didn’t want his guys to go [back] alone,” a family pal said.

Navy Seal James “Jimmy” Hatch was the kind of leader who fighters seemed willing to follow anywhere. He has a Purple Heart and Bronze Star to prove it.

And soldier Jonathan Morita will tell you himself about the promising life he left behind, “going to school, working at a job,” when he got called up after already doing one stint in Iraq.

Over two days in July 2009, the three servicemen were sent to help search for Bergdahl, an emotionally unstable Army private who had gone missing from his remote infantry post in Afghanistan about a week earlier. Despite the group’s best efforts to track down the panic-prone 23-year-old Idaho man in the terrorist-infested area, they came up empty-handed — and changed forever.

Their battles with Taliban snipers left Allen permanently paralyzed and unable to speak. Hatch still walks with a limp from a shattered right femur. Morita had to relearn how to brush his teeth and write because of mangled fingers on his right hand.

Bergdahl would return to the United States five years later as part of an infamous deal approved by then-President Barack Obama, which traded the soldier’s life for that of five Taliban leaders being held at Guantanamo Bay. At the time, Obama portrayed Bergdahl as a victim and even something of a hero.

Then it emerged that the “hero” purposely fled his post.

Allen, Hatch and Morita may give statements at his sentencing, set to begin Wednesday, on charges of desertion and endangering US troops in a military court at Fort Bragg, NC.

But Allen’s wife, Shannon, has already said it all. In a 2014 Facebook post alongside a heartbreaking photo of Allen in his dress blues in his wheelchair, next to her and their little girl, Shannon wrote: “Meet my husband, injuries directly brought to you by the actions of this traitor.

“He can’t give an account of what went down, because he can no longer speak,’’ she said of her husband. “Now, which guy is a ‘hero’ again?!? Sick.’’

Mark Allen, an Army National Guard sergeant, was the kind of guy who stood out among his colleagues long before he took a sniper bullet to his brain while looking for Bergdahl, said pal Robert Stokely.

When Stokely lost his son, National Guard Sgt. Michael Stokely, in Iraq in 2005, Allen made sure to call to check in on him, the father recalled.

Allen and his family still attend a memorial service held at Michael Stokely’s grave every summer in Loganville, Ga., the dad added to the local Newnan Times-Herald.

“If you want to look at the best America has to offer, look at the Allen family,” Stokely said.

Allen, now 44, was in his second month of redeployment when he was shot on July 8, 2009. The cartridge went through his helmet and into his frontal lobe. It took several years of rehab before the dad of two, a onetime avid outdoorsman, could even return home.

In an emotional letter on the Web site GoFundMe a few years ago, Shannon Allen thanked donors for helping to raise money for a special coat for her husband, whose arms are bent in such a way that he can’t wear regular outerwear.

“He’s in there, alright, his voice and ability to communicate are just trapped inside,” she wrote of her paralyzed spouse.

When Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges earlier this month, Shannon wept in the courtroom.

 

The day after Mark Allen was injured, Jimmy Hatch and his team got a tip on Bergdahl’s possible location.

Looking back, Hatch told CNN, he had an instant bad feeling about the mission.

“Somebody’s going to get killed looking for this kid,” Hatch recalled thinking.

But Bergdahl “was an American, and he had a mom,” Hatch said. “And I didn’t want his mom to see him get his head chopped off on YouTube, you know what I mean?’’

In an ensuing gun battle with Taliban snipers, a beloved Army dog, Remco, was killed. Hatch, who was leading his platoon, was hit next by an AK-47 bullet.

“The K9 alerted us and was shot in the head, saving our lives. I got a few rounds off at the man who shot the K9, and then I was hit in the leg. The force of the bullet blew my femur apart,” Hatch, 50, later wrote on his blog. “At this point, my friends had to keep me from bleeding to death.”

Eighteen surgeries later, Hatch has a permanent limp.

He also has battled depression so severe that he contemplated suicide at least once — sticking the end of a gun in his mouth in front of his stricken wife.

To help cope with the trauma, Hatch started a nonprofit that benefits members of the military and service dogs.

Army Cpl. Jonathan Morita of California was dispatched the same day as Mark Allen to help hunt for Bergdahl.

Morita had been an Iraqi vet reservist — “at home enjoying life as a civilian” and attending college — when he was called up again to serve in Afghanistan.

He was wounded hunting for the missing soldier when a rocket-propelled grenade launched by a Taliban sniper shattered in his hand.

Morita said that, thanks to the attack, he still can’t bend his index finger or thumb on his hand, which prevents him from doing the most mundane of tasks.

He said he was particularly outraged last week, when Bergdahl pleaded guilty while trying to gain sympathy with the judge, insisting he never intended for anyone to get hurt looking for him.

“At the time, I had no intention of causing search and recovery operations,” Bergdahl said in court. “I didn’t think they would have any reason to search for one private.”

Morita scoffed at the deserter’s comments.

“Anybody who’s ever watched ‘Black Hawk Down’ would know that we do that,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bergdahl has insisted that while, yes, he left camp, it was only to try to warn leadership nearly 20 miles away that his group was being subjected to dangerous practices by its commanders.

He admitted to the podcast “Serial’’ in 2015 that he decided to try to cover his tracks when and if he was found by his American comrades by lying that he had left camp to hunt for nearby buried explosives.

“Doing what I did is me saying that I am like, I dunno, Jason Bourne,” Bergdahl said.

He was soon found by the Taliban and held for five years, subjected to torture, including being kept in a cage, he has said.

Since his release, Bergdahl, now 31, has been on administrative duty at an Army base in San Antonio, Texas.

And, amazingly, he has found plenty to whine about.

He said in an interview in the Sunday Times of London that he resents being a paper-pusher.

“Here, it could be the guy I pass in the corridor who’s going to sign the paper that sends me away for life,’’ Bergdahl said. “At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat.’ ”

The deserter’s fate now rests in the hands of a military judge, Army Col. Jeffrey Nance.

Bergdahl faces up to life in prison on the endangering-troops charge and as much as five years for desertion.

On Monday, Bergdahl’s lawyers asked Nance to toss the case completely because of alleged prejudice by President Trump, who has called Bergdahl a “dirty rotten traitor” and suggested he be tossed from a plane without a parachute.

Last week, the president said he couldn’t talk about the case anymore, then added, “But I think people have heard my comments in the past.’’

Nance recessed the court until Wednesday because of Trump’s statements, saying the president’s most recent comments were the equivalent of the president saying, “I shouldn’t comment on that, but I think everyone knows what I think on Bowe Bergdahl.”

With Wires

 

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