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U.S. Presidential Election: Question of legitimacy and insurrection

The legitimacy of Hillary Clinton – if elected – is of an entirely different magnitude. As president-elect she would be most likely remain the subject of multiple federal criminal investigations (including many in her inner circle).

Peter Lavelle

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We are told the polls are tightening as Americans prepare to vote for the next U.S. president. We are also told that this election cycle is different, even unique. Indeed, the country is polarized and the two major candidates have the dubious distinction of being intensely disliked by great swaths of the voting public. Whatever the outcome, the next occupant in Oval Office will face questions of legitimacy.

The election cycle in many ways started out as a form of insurrection. Bernie Sanders ran a campaign based on values – the demand for social justice. We know now Hillary Clinton and the DNC cheated him out of the nomination. Donald Trump in quick order defeated his establishment opponents in the Republican primary. Trump captured the party nomination because he is an outsider and treated as a joke candidate by the corporate media, while the party (establishment and donors) largely abandoned its own nominee.

Mainly due to the corporate media (working as Clinton’s PR arm), Trump’s legitimacy as a candidate has been put in the question. If elected president, there can be no doubt there will be very loud voices claiming Trump is unfit to govern. If you think the media is overly hostile to Trump now, just wait until he is called President Trump!

The establishment that has been co opted by the Clinton Machine will go into overdrive to wreck his presidency from day one. The establishment will never accept Trump, as he will certainly threaten the “pay-to-play” arrangement that has enriched so many in Washington – particularly the Clintons and their fellow travellers who have transformed high politics into a cesspool of corruption.

The legitimacy of Hillary Clinton – if elected – is of an entirely different magnitude. As president-elect she would be most likely remain the subject of multiple federal criminal investigations (including many in her inner circle). Upon taking office those problems will not disappear.

For many who refused to vote for her the election will be seen as rigged and stolen by the Clinton Machine with the help of corporate media presstitutes. I refer readers to Wikileaks for their names and affiliations. There will be those who say: What Hillary and the DNC did to Bernie was replicated against Donald. There will be those will say: It was a Bill Inc “pay-to-play” scheme writ-large. Both claims would not be exaggerations.

Indeed the polls are tightening and this presidential race is peculiar to say the least. But the insurrection element of the election cycle remains in play. Millions of voters feel cheated, alienated, and disenfranchised. The political system does not work for them – remember millions of them are out of work or have subsistence employment.

Trump is a complex and even tragic figure. But he does feel the pulse of the nation. He and his backers feel the legitimate rage experienced all across the country. The same rage that has made Bill, Hillary, and their selfish cronies fabulously rich and powerful. As such, many deem some form of insurrection now legitimate, even necessary.

There is a crisis of legitimacy in American politics. If Trump is elected the status quo elites will attempt to undermine his elected right to rule. If Clinton is elected, the entire issue of rule of law and equal treatment under the law will be disputed. In the end everyone loses – the American people and the world. Though I have no doubt the meme of insurrection will continue unabated.

Peter Lavelle is host of RT’s political debate program CrossTalk. His views may or may not reflect those of his employer.

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 148.

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.

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A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 147.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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