Wednesday's HOT MIC

Wednesday's HOT MIC

Good Wednesday Morning!

Here is the President's agenda for today:

  • The President will welcome President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.
  • Later in the morning, the President will meet with President Abbas. The President will then give a joint statement with President Abbas.
  • In the afternoon, the President will have a working luncheon with President Abbas.
  • In the evening, the President will have dinner with religious leaders.

Meet the newest member of the resistance: Soreloserman 2.0

Yesterday, two-time presidential loser Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour, hosted by (whatelse?) Women for Women International in Manhattan. Clinton talked about the campaign, made excuses for her most recent presidential loss and criticized President Trump. The New York Times write-up of the interview is just precious.

She repeatedly said that Mr. Trump did little to prepare for the presidency. And but for the actions of Russian-backed hackers and the F.B.I. in late October, Mrs. Clinton said, she would have won.

“The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days,” she said “If the election had been on Oct. 27, I’d be your president.”

There was no follow-up by Amanpour asking for comment on this information:

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll confirms this — in spades. And, in fact, it shows more buyer's remorse for Trump's opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton. And were the 2016 election held again today, it shows Trump would avenge his popular-vote loss.

The Times describes Clinton's interview as a "remarkably blunt dressing-down of a new president by his adversary in the last election." Have we had anything else but "remarkably blunt dressing-downs" from everyone on the left since Trump was elected?

“I’m back to being an active citizen,” Mrs. Clinton said, “and part of the resistance.”

Pressed by Ms. Amanpour to reflect on the campaign, Mrs. Clinton said she took “absolute personal responsibility” for her defeat. But she said she believed she would have won if not for the actions of Russia and a surprise announcement in late October by James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, that the agency was conducting an additional review of emails linked to Mrs. Clinton.

In pointed language, Mrs. Clinton said Mr. Trump seemed to be tightly aligned with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whom American intelligence agencies believe ordered an extensive campaign aimed at influencing the 2016 race.

“He certainly interfered in our election,” Mrs. Clinton said of Mr. Putin. “And clearly interfered to hurt me and to help my opponent.”

Mrs. Clinton said that if you “chart my opponent and his campaign’s statements,” they appear “quite coordinated with the goals of that leader, who shall remain nameless.”

There would have been no "Comey investigation" if Clinton hadn't set up a homebrew email server in her basement to conduct all her State Department business. She takes no responsibility for that nor does she recognize how serious a security breach her desire to avoid public record requirements was.

Allahpundit at Hot Air writes:

Or, of course, maybe not. Silver himself noted on November 6th, after Comey’s second letter was released announcing that no new emails had been discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, that “betting markets show Clinton’s probability of winning the election improving by about 3 percentage points on the news.” His final “polls-plus” electoral model gave her a better than 70 percent chance of winning the election notwithstanding Comeymania. It’s impossible to say how much of the late break among voters towards Trump was a backlash to the Comey news and how much was late deciders tilting towards the anti-status-quo candidate for more organic reasons. And as any Trump voter would happily remind you, if Comey’s letter affected the race, that was partly because Clinton had run a sufficiently lousy campaign that she had left herself vulnerable to an eleventh-hour gamechanger.

The new book "Shattered" reveals plenty about what was going on behind the scenes in the Clinton campaign, including critical campaign elements like she had no message or reason for running for president other than she felt entitled to it. Her campaign was in disarray, she did not go out and talk to the voters, she wrote off the Rust Belt states and only did outreach in minority-heavy areas to accumulate primary delegates—and that's only a partial list of her failures. She lost because people don't vote for presidential candidates they don't LIKE, and people do not LIKE her. She was viewed as untrustworthy by voters and her extreme secrecy only compounded her image problems.  I could go on... I should write a review of "Shattered" at some point.

Unfortunately, Clinton will be releasing a book in the fall, so we'll have to see her talking about this all over again.

Report: No charges in Alton Sterling shooting

This is going to get ugly today.

The Department of Justice is expected to close an investigation into the police shooting death of Alton Sterling and bring no charges in the case, CBS News' Paula Reid reports.

Sterling was shot after police were called to a convenience store to investigate him for threatening a by-stander with a gun. CBS News leaves that part of the story out of their report. In fact, all the major media reports leave out the details that led up to the shooting incident. Go figure.

In the video, filmed by store owner Abdullah Muflahi, officers are seen pinning Sterling to the ground. Officers can be heard saying "You [expletive] move, I swear to God," and shouting, "Gun!" before shots ring out.

Sterling can be seen bleeding from the chest on the ground.

Muflahi told CBS Baton Rouge affiliate WAFB-TV the first officer used a Taser on Sterling and the second officer tackled him. Muflahi said that, as Sterling fought to get the officer off him, the first officer shot him "four to six times."

The owner said Sterling didn't have a gun in his hand at the time but he saw officers remove a gun from Sterling's pocket after the shooting.

The Sterling family had not been given any news about the impending DOJ decision, nor had their attorneys or Louisiana officials, according to CNN.

Two attorneys for the Sterling family also told CNN on Tuesday evening they have not heard from the Justice Department on a decision in the case, in which two white police officers were involved in the shooting while trying to detain Sterling, a black man, outside a Baton Rouge convenience store on July 5.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN the department has not communicated to anyone a decision. When there is a decision, the family will be notified first and then the department will hold a news conference, she said.

Expect some violence after this report comes out. The left is ready to take advantage of any opportunity to get violent for political reasons.

Yates to testify about Flynn

Former Obama DOJ appointee Sally Yates will appear next week in front of Congress to testify about former NSC honcho Mike Flynn. She will tell the lawmakers that she warned the Trump administration about Flynn's contact with the Russian ambassador.

Yates on Monday is expected to recount her Jan. 26 conversation about Michael Flynn and to say that she was concerned by discrepancies between the administration's public statements on his contacts with ambassador Sergey Kislyak and what really transpired, according to a person familiar with that discussion and knowledgeable about Yates's plans for her testimony.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the testimony.

Yates is expected to say that she told White House counsel Don McGahn that she believed Flynn's communications with Kislyak could leave Flynn in a compromised position because of the contradictions between the public depictions of the calls and what intelligence officials knew to be true, the person said.

There seems to be some confusion: Yates will say she was "warning" the White House, while the WH says Yates just wanted to give them a "heads up" about an apparent conflict with the administration's public remarks. Of course, we aren't talking about how Flynn was identified or the illegal unmasking of a private citizen by Obama's tools in the intelligence agencies.

"So just to be clear, the acting attorney general informed the White House counsel that they wanted to give a 'heads up' to us on some comments that may have seemed in conflict with what he had sent the Vice President out in particular," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a Feb. 14 press briefing.

Yates will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside former DNI director and suspected leaker James Clapper.

McDonald's releases a new french fry utensil

If you felt like something was missing from your McDonald's experience, you were right.

McDonald’s unveiled a “uselessly useful” utensil called a “frork” Monday in a hilarious infomercial hosted by McDonald’s Chef Mike and pitchman Anthony Sullivan. The frork is essentially a fork, but with French fries.

The frork was released as part of the rollout of McDonald’s new Signature Crafted Recipe Sandwiches. 

The purpose of the new device is to "ensure customers can scoop up any toppings that fall out of McDonald’s new pico guacamole, sweet BBQ bacon and maple bacon dijon sandwiches."

“When savoring these recipes, there’s a hitch you just can’t ditch: The topping dropping,” Sullivan says in the infomercial. “This is a real problem. Wait, sorry is this a real problem? Probably not, but good news, we solved it anyway.”

Watch the funny "infomercial" commercial:

I love McDonald's and I think they do best when they stick to their basics: the McDouble (add Mac sauce) and their delicious Filet-O-Fish.

That's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mobs.