Could Michael Flynn Find His Way Back in the White House?

According to “reports,” President Trump seems to have regretted firing Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser and may want to bring him back.

The Independent:

“Trump feels really, really, really, bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back,” a White House official said.

But, of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll make a comeback, let alone desire to do so:

Mr Flynn, sources close to him say, didn’t even really want the job in the first place.

“He did not want to be National Security Adviser,” Michael Ledeen, a friend of Mr Flynn’s, said. “He didn’t want to be in the government. He wanted to go back to private life.”

“But Trump insisted on it,” he continued.

I respect and appreciate Flynn’s contributions in getting Trump elected, but I think it’s best for all involved if Trump doesn’t re-hire him. Flynn screwed up and is, either fairly or unfairly, marred by controversy. There’s enough controversy already, even if it’s largely manufactured by a mainstream media that has it out for Trump.

Plus it sounds like Flynn just wants to be a private citizen. Good for him. Power and prominence are overrated anyway.

Mike Cernovich is Not Fake News

Pro-Trump media personality Mike Cernovich was featured on a 60 Minutes segment back in late March, wherein Scott Pelley tried to portray him as “fake news.”

Call Cernovich what you will, but he is not fake news. The Daily Caller:

“Mike Cernovich continues to regularly scoop Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake, who appears to share at least one Trump administration source with the ‘Gorilla Mindset’ author,” wrote Will Sommer, an editor for The Hill, in his weekly newsletter on Monday. “Once again, Lake trailed in Cernovich’s wake this week with dueling stories about Trump’s discontent with national security adviser H.R. McMaster.”

On May 2, Cernovich reported that McMaster unilaterally hired Army Reserve Major General Ricky Waddell as his deputy “without obtaining authorization from President Donald Trump.” On May 8, Lake reported that chief of staff Reince Preibus was trying to block McMaster — who has become unpopular with Trump — from hiring Waddell. Two days, later, news broke that McMaster had successfully hired Waddell.

The reason for his scoops? Cernovich is a White House correspondent; he received his White House credentials in late April. That’s in addition to already being a best-selling author and documentary filmmaker.

I remember reading Cernovich’s work when he had fewer than 20,000 Twitter followers. As of this writing he sports 265,000. Quite a rise. His coverage of Trump’s candidacy no doubt helped precipitate that, along with his provocative style and other things.

Although he no longer seems to update his blog “Danger and Play”, Cernovich writes his columns over at Medium now.

Some may criticize him for his supposed lack of a coherent political ideology. But he’s a journalist first and foremost, not a political figure as such. I find much of his output, specifically “Gorilla Mindset,” to be of great value.

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen Calls it Quits

She is Marine’s niece, Jean-Marie’s granddaughter.

Breitbart:

French Front National firebrand, and niece of Marine Le Pen, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen has announced she is to step down from politics citing personal reasons.

Ms. Maréchal-Le Pen made her announcement on Tuesday afternoon saying she would not be seeking office for the French legislative elections set to occur next month. She told the press she wants to spend more time with her young child and escape the “whirlwind” of political life, Le Figaro reports.

According to various sources, there was some conflict between Ms. Maréchal-Le Pen and her aunt Marine Le Pen who was recently defeated by independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. Somewhat sympathetic to her grandfather Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marion had difficulty keeping a low profile when Jean-Marie was eventually kicked out of the party by Marine.

Maréchal-Le Pen also came into conflict with FN vice-president Florian Philippot who she claimed had too much influence.

This is unfortunate. I thought she’d eventually become the Front National leader—a development I would’ve greatly supported. She has that youthful energy and seems to be more of a traditionalist Catholic than Marine.

But alas, politics is a tough business. It is not for everyone.

Live: French Run-Off Election!

Today’s the day! Check back often; I will be providing updates.

Update 4: First exit polls indeed reveal Macron as the winner, taking more than 65 percent of the vote. Holy mackerel.

Update 3: Polls have closed with the exception of larger cities. Their polls are set to close at 8:00pm.

Macron is still expected to win pretty easily. I’m not holding my breath for a Le Pen upset, but I’m highly interested in the final result margin. The closer it is, the better Front National will perform in the coming years, especially if Macron doesn’t deliver in his first term.

Update 2: Turnout by 5:00pm jumped to 65.3% of voters, which is still the lowest among the past four presidential elections. Expected overall turnout may reach 75% by the time polls close.

Update 1: Very low turnout. France 24 reports that turnout at noon was 28.2%.

Trump to Sign Religious Liberty Executive Order

Or, should I say, the next executive order to get halted by some big shot judge who feels like legislating from the bench.

The Hill:

President Trump has reportedly invited conservative leaders to visit the White House on Thursday for the signing of an executive order on religious liberty.

Politico reported Tuesday that two senior administration officials confirmed the plan. One source noted that the language of the order has not yet been finalized by the White House lawyers, but a draft leaked in February would give businesses and individuals the ability to claim broad religious objections.

Applying Hillary’s Logic on Losing the Election

Hillary Clinton is still bitter over her loss to The Don, as we see in her recent comments at a New York women’s event. She claims to take “absolute responsibility” for it, yet she clearly doesn’t because she followed up by saying she was winning “until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off.”

That doesn’t sound like absolute responsibility to me. The funniest part of her comments, though, was when she said, “If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president.”

Let’s apply this logic elsewhere, shall we? Take it away, Benny Johnson:

Hillary Clinton: “If the election had been on Oct. 27, I would be your president.”

Atlanta Falcons: “If the game had ended in the 3rd quarter, we would be your Super Bowl Champs.”

Soviets: “If our entire economic & political systems had not utterly collapsed, we would control Eastern Europe.”

Titanic: “If the iceberg had been somewhere else in the ocean, I would have triumphantly docked in New York.”

Troy: “Had we checked that damn horse, we would all be alive.”

Adam: “Eve, if that Apple was from any other tree, we would live eternal in paradise.”

Dinosaurs: “RRRAAARRR! METEOR! ROOOARRR!”