Now we know: Trump ordered a mob hit on Ambassador Yovanovitch.

An audio recording that has been reviewed by ABC News catches President Donald Trump ordering a mob hit on former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

According to ABC News, the recording was made in April 2018, which was more than a year before Yovanovitch was finally ousted from her position. Additionally, ABC News reports that the recording was made by Igor Fruman, the now-indicted henchman of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who captured the president’s voice during a private dinner where he also met with Fruman’s co-conspirator, Lev Parnas.

Trump’s tirade against Yovanovitch came after both Fruman and Parnas had informed the president that the ambassador was known to say nasty things about him, which prompted Trump to demand her dismissal.

“Get rid of her!” Trump says in the recording. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”

Ironically, Parnas also claimed that Yovanovitch routinely badmouthed the president by predicting that he would get impeached — a prediction that has now come true thanks in part to Trump’s firing of Yovanovitch.

Despite Trump’s demands, however, it would still be another year before Yovanovitch was recalled.

Giuliani apparently makes reference to how long it took to actually get the ambassador fired in a text to Parnas in which he says, “Please don’t tell anyone I can’t get the crooked Ambassador fired or I did three times and she’s still there.”

And now we know what prompted this message exchange between Giuliani’s thug Parnas and Hyde, the hit man hired by Parnas.

  • Trump to Parnas: “Take her out” (4/30/18)
  • Hyde to Parnas: “They are willing to help if you/we would like a price. Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money.”  To which Parnas replied: “Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money . . . If you want her out, they need to make contact with [FSB] security forces.”” (3/26/19)
  • Perez to Yovanovitch: “[T]his is about your security. You need to come home immediately.” (4/25/19)

And now, let’s state the obvious:  The GOP spent years attacking Clinton for failing to protect a US ambassador, yet they continue to defend Trump in the face of mounting evidence that he ordered a US ambassador killed.

Pentagon announces 34 soldiers suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries from Iranian rocket attack

What are the odds that some of these people are actually dead?

The Pentagon said on Friday that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month.

Trump and other top officials initially said Iran’s attack had not killed or injured any U.S. service members.

Last week the U.S. military said 11 U.S. troops had been treated for concussion symptoms after the attack on the Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq and this week said additional troops had been moved out of Iraq for potential injuries.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to play down the injuries, saying he “heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things.”

Pentagon officials have said there had been no effort to minimize or delay information on concussive injuries, but its handling of the injuries following Tehran’s attack has renewed questions over the U.S. military’s policy regarding how it deals with suspected brain injuries.

Imagine if Obama . . .

How many presents did they receive?

Anyone attend the Hanover County Republican Party meeting on Jan 23?  If so, how many presents did they receive?

January 23, 2020
Regular Membership Meeting
Hanover Republican Committee

January 23, 2020 at the Hanover County Administration Building Board Room, 7516 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069

Call Business meeting to Order at 7:00 PM

Part of the Agenda as follows.

Program:
Budget for 2020
Elect Vice-Chair of Precinct Organization
Elect Chair to fill out the remainder of Nick Collette’s term

It is important as a Member of the Hanover GOP and / or Future Member to attend this meeting. Your presents is important to the future of the Hanover GOP.

Why does Trump stand . . .

. . . like he has a stick up his ass?

Trump wears shoes with 2 inches of lift — the shoes force him to lean forward when he stands.  He wears those shoes to make himself taller.  He wears slightly oversize suits to make himself look bigger than he really is and to hide his bulging stomach.  In fact, he’s a tub of lard.

Would you vote for this person?

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This is Michael Schoelwer, Chairman of the Lancaster (Virginia) County Republican Party.  He is a candidate for Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV).  His platform includes the claim the he has managed complex, high-performing organizations.

Hmmm.  The website of the Lancaster County Republican Party has not been updated since 2018 and they have no Facebook or Twitter pages.  High-performing??  Sure thing.

GI Joke

On Monday, Jan 20, 2020, , a bunch of so-called “well regulated” militias descended on Virginia to protest the state legislatures’ eminent enactment of long overdue sensible gun control measures. I don’t believe that choosing MLK day was a coincidence, or that there were not strong white supremacist overtones to the whole thing.  Social media was rife with commentary about the fact that only white men could get away with marching down the street with high-powered weapons and tactical gear without being molested by law enforcement.  Racism, sexism and antisemitism were on bold display.  But putting that aside for a moment, the substantive point they were trying to make (whatever that was), got lost in the optics of the day.

I have no doubt that the protesters wanted to show how manly and tough they were.  They wanted to show that they should be feared and respected.  They stood in solidarity against tyranny or something and 2nd Amendment whatever, and don’t tread on me and such and stuff…. blah, blah, blah.  In the end, no one cared what they had to say.  Because they weren’t there to SAY anything. They were there to show something.  And unfortunately for them, what they showed the world and America, is that their movement is pathetic.

Today we saw a loose gaggle of dime-store warriors without a war (and it’s not like there aren’t two raging ones as we speak), dressed to the nines in tactical gear, with no combatants in sight, primed for a battle with nothing to shoot at.  It was a walking talking premature ejaculation, where the deed was done just by putting on the “manly” gear because there was nothing else to do.  The optics were horrible.  Paunchy, scruffy, unattractive, out-of-shape men, wearing cammo and scarves (just in case a sandstorm kicked up in the middle of the Virginia winter), flack jackets and boots so that they could… stand around and look tough.

In the end, the overkill backfired.  They revealed themselves to be worthy of ridicule, obviously trying to compensate for very small… hands.  They didn’t think it through, because that many guys walking down the street with huge guns was tactically inane. What was the point of that?  What were the options?  Use the guns.  BAD!  They’d get hauled off to jail.  Don’t use the guns.  BAD!  They looked like kids in cos-play primping for show and tell.  Threaten to use the guns in the future if they don’t get what they want.  BAD!  Now they’re terrorists.  Hug the guns closely to themselves and use them like a blanky.  BAD! They look like pathetic wanna-be soldiers.  This whole event was a mistake.  The minute they brought guns to a conversation, they were no longer interested in “conversation.” At that point, they were just vaguely threatening people, and wandering aimlessly around with big guns and no one to point or shoot them at.  That didn’t make their intended audience inclined to listen to what they had to say.  It made their audience pity, mock and ridicule them.

They did not come off as G.I. Joes.  They came off as G.I.  Jokes.

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In Virginia’s First Congressional District: Rep. Rob Wittman setting himself up to run for VA Governor in 2021

Rep. Rob Wittman, R-1st Cong District, is endorsing former state delegate Richard Anderson for chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.

Virginia Republicans will elect a state party chairman for a four-year term in
May 2020 at the Republican Quadrennial State Convention on May 1 and 2
in Lynchburg.

So far, current RPV Chairman Jack Wilson is vying for reelection against Anderson and Michael Schoelwer, chairman of the Lancaster County GOP Committee. Lancaster is a county of about 11,000 people on Virginia’s Northern Neck. Schoelwer announced his candidacy Wednesday, Jan. 15.

https://www.princewilliamti…

THE FIX IS IN. Here’s the deal:

  •  Wittman will be re-elected to Congress in Nov 2020
  •  Wittman will resign from Congress in Feb-Mar 2021 and announce his run for governor
  •  Virginia Republicans will nominate  Wittman at a convention as their gubernatorial candidate (election in Nov 2021).
  • Special election in VA-01 to replace Wittman — Margaret Ransone (HOD 99) will be the Republican candidate.