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Good Thursday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump delivers remarks on drug pricing at HHS
  • The president delivers remarks at a reception commemorating the 35th anniversary of the attack on Beirut Barracks
  • President Trump hosts a roundtable with supporters
  • The president delivers remarks at a dinner with supporters

Bombs Away!

Yesterday, a series of bomb-like objects dominated the news cycle. Earlier in the weak, it was reported that George Soros received a bomb, or some contraption designed to look like a scary device/bomb. Yesterday we learned that similar "bombs" were sent to the Clintons, Eric Holder, the Obamas, Maxine Waters, John Brenan [sic] at a network he doesn't work for, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office.

Two things drive the news cycle: when the media can make itself the story (CHECK!) and when the media can use the news to beat up on President Trump (CHECK!). Yesterday was a jackpot.

The story, as you could well predict, is that President Trump has caused these "bombs" to be sent because of his violent political rhetoric. This is absolute garbage. Trump has never encouraged violence against the media or violence against his adversaries, he just makes fun of them, gives them silly nicknames and/or tweets mean things. On the other hand, characters like Eric Holder, Maxine Waters and Hillary Clinton have all recently, yes RECENTLY, made comments green-lighting some degree of political violence. Holder wants to kick us when we go "low," Waters wants people to publicly provoke and harass Trump supporters wherever they may be, and Hillary Clinton just told us there can be no civility with GOPers. The media and the Democrats, or the Democrat leadership, never criticized any of these remarks.

Where was the concern and finger wagging after a Bernie-bro, progressive nutter tried to assassinate Rep. Steve Scalise and GOP elected officials?  Or any moral policing following any of the 613 events catalogued by John Nolte?

By the way, here's a photo of one of the bombs:

What is this -- what am I looking at? How does it detonate? Why is there a clock/stopwatch on it? Was it set to detonate at a certain time no matter what? Why didn't any of these bombs actually detonate if they have a timer? I'm skeptical these "bombs" were able to function.

Back to Trump: Calling the press the "enemy of the people" is an opinion not a call to violence. The left and the media want to shut down free speech because they don't want Trump or Republicans calling them on their biases and political positions. It's that simple. Senator Rubio nails it:

That's right "it doesn’t bestow immunity from criticism. Criticism & calling people to violence are not the same." This is what the Democrats and the left want you to think, that criticism and violence are the same thing. But only for one side of the political divide, because they are allowed to call their political adversaries any and all names and sit back and watch Antifa terrorize people. Gimme a break.

Related:

OF COURSE THEY DO. Democratic Leaders Reject Trump’s Call For Unity After Bomb Scare

Trump: ‘Do you see how nice I am behaving tonight?’

Eh, it won't matter Trump tries nicer tone after bomb threats

Trump, at Wisconsin rally, decries threats of violence as 'attack on democracy itself' after explosive devices sent to Dems

Report: Pipe Bombs Sent To High-Profile Democrats And CNN Contained Powder, Glass Shards

Pipe Bomb and Powder Delivered to CNN Were Harmless

Sarah Sanders Rips CNN’s Zucker For Saying The WH ‘Should Understand Their Words Matter’

New York Times Publishes Piece That Fantasizes About Trump’s Assassination

Cruz blames Waters, Booker for 'actively encouraging' political divide

Historical picture of the day:

U.S. Marine Crop Commandant, Gen. Paul Kelly, listens as U.S. Marine commander in Beirut, Oct. 25, 1983 Colonel Timothy Geraghty explains what happened. Kelly spent 45 minutes at the Marine base at Beirut Airport. Kelly, center, was accompanied by U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Reginald Bartholomew, left. (AP Photo/Bill Foley)

Your Daily WTF:

Florida satanist middle school girls plotted to kill up to 15 students, drink their blood, police say

Other morsels:

Seems important: Chinese, Russian spies are listening in on Trump’s iPhone calls: report

CIA director set to brief Trump on Khashoggi as President fumes

FDA Approves ‘Novel’ Single-Dose Flu Drug — The First Of Its Kind In 20 Years

Mueller link seen in mystery grand jury appeal

School chief pleads guilty to pooping under high school bleachers

Georgia NAACP files complaints alleging voting irregularities in Abrams-Kemp race for governor

Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza's belongings ordered to be made public

Delta Air Lines grounds plastic straws, stirrers

NBC morning talk-show host Megan Kelly's talent agency parts ways with her after 'blackface' controversy

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

UPDATE: Video may be hoax.

Speaking of unhinged Democrats ...

The man with the MAGA hat replied, “Because it’s my opinion. What’s wrong with me supporting Trump?”“
When the f*ck was America great?”the bully asked, tapping the MAGA hat.The Trump supporter, who was trying to have a phone conversation, replied, “Trump has done a lot of good stuff.”“What is the problem? It’s just a hat,” he added.A second man chimed in, saying, “I’m not cool with it and I don’t think anyone in this store is cool with this.” (Apparently white privilege does exist because they were allowed to wear hats in the store, but the black man wasn't).

Finally, the Trump supporter challenged the bully: “What are you going to do about me wearing this hat?”

“Take it off,” he responded, to which the Trump supporter answered, “I’m not taking off my hat.”

“Well, I’ll take it off for you,” the anti-Trumper spat as he threw the cap on the ground and walked off.

I don't have a lot of details on this yet, but I'm guessing it happened in or around Kansas City as the aggressor was wearing a Chiefs jersey.

UPDATE: I'm told this may be some kind of parody, which is weird because parodies are usually funny, which this is not.

 

It's now 100 percent clear that these "bombs" were never a threat to anyone.

Not a physical threat anyway. Who has the most to gain and most to lose from a Trumpian mad-bomber narrative?

Meanwhile we have this from the Daily Wire:

Oh. Is it safe to entertain the idea that these fake bombs could be a Democrat hoax without being accused of being "deranged" -- now that Ben Shapiro's own site is doing so?

Okay, now that Shapiro says it's okay, yeah, I'm going to go on the record and say I've thought all along this whole thing looks like another fake hate crime from Dems.

The timing -- two weeks before the election, with polls moving away from the purported "blue wave" and Democrats constantly being hit with ads and conservative media hitting them for being "unhinged" and a dangerous "mob." Come on. What would be the motivation behind someone on the right doing this right now -- when it does the most political damage to their own side?

Why do Democrats engage in fake crimes? To "raise awareness" about issues they believe are not getting enough attention. Their issue here  of course is with Trump supporters, who they believe are simultaneously ignorant troglodytes (note the misspellings and git 'er done message) and dangerous lunatics (who want to kill the heroes of the Resistance).

The reason why this narrative doesn't fly with most people is because it's a ridiculous lie. That's why they have to make up a fake crime. There is a long list of these. See Fake Hate Crimes.

They were losing the narrative and the one thing Democrats revere more than anything else in politics is "the narrative."

I'm not saying this was part of any big conspiracy. It was probably just one lone idiot or a small cell of idiots. But this is how the left thinks.

Because I'm not an absolutist, I won't rule out the possibility that it was an ignorant Trumpian troglodyte. (Of course there are kooks in any large group). And a crazy person can't be expected to act rationally so of course it's possible. But I think it's much more possible at this point that it will turn out to be somebody on the left.

SHOT:

CHASER:

I'm about to board a plane and don't have time to track down whether or not Jen Rubin actually said this, but it says something about your politics when you're getting high praise from Clara Jeffery, editor-in-chief of Mother Jones.

Update: I just saw that Rubin retweeted the comment, so now we know. She's another one who needs to take some time off to examine her life choices.