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When a gunman killed 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday, one of the first questions raised was the role of Donald Trump.

In an editorial titled “The hate poisoning America,” the New York Times wrote that while the killer bore primary responsibility for the massacre, Trump deserved blame for coarsening political discourse.

Signs are posted near the Tree of Life Congregation on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, the day the first two victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent U.S. history were laid to rest in the city. The grieving city awaits a controversial visit by President Donald Trump and his wife Melania.
Signs are posted near the Tree of Life Congregation on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, the day the first two victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent U.S. history were laid to rest in the city. The grieving city awaits a controversial visit by President Donald Trump and his wife Melania.  (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

“As a candidate and as president,” the newspaper said, “Mr. Trump has failed to consistently, unequivocally reject bigotry and has even encouraged violence at some of his rallies.”

It was a theme echoed throughout much of the media. Coming hard on the heels of the pipe bomb incidents — in which several prominent critics of the U.S. president had been sent explosive devices through the mail — it confirmed for many their belief that Trump’s divisive rhetoric represents a danger to liberal democracy.

Yet the evidence for this is unclear. Statistics collected by the FBI are available only to the end of 2016, just before Trump became president. They show that the number of hate crime incidents hit 9,730 in 2001 during George W. Bush’s presidency, fell to 5,479 in 2014 under Barack Obama and began to rise again after that.

Using different criteria, the Anti-Defamation League says that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S., including those that are not hate crimes, rose to 1,986 in 2017 — a year over year increase of 57 per cent.

But the league draws no conclusions about the role of the Trump presidency, noting only that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in schools and colleges increased significantly.

Indeed, given the fact that Trump’s daughter and son-in-law are Jewish, and taking into account his rock-ribbed support for Israel as a Jewish state, it might seem odd for him to encourage anti-Semitism.

Certainly, the alleged Pittsburgh shooter thought so. He reportedly said online that he didn’t vote for Trump because the president had too many Jews in his entourage.

Yet the idea of Trump as anti-Semite has taken hold. In fact, so deeply entrenched is this and other notions of Trump villainy, that nothing he does on any front is able to satisfy his critics.

When he threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, he was labelled a warmonger. Yet when he agreed to negotiate with Kim, he was accused of pandering to autocrats.

Under Trump, the U.S. is taking part in massive NATO war games aimed at Russia. Yet the president is still routinely excoriated for threatening to abandon the alliance.

Trump’s administration has successfully renegotiated a free trade deal with Canada and Mexico. It is trying to make a similar pact with Japan. Yet he is routinely dismissed as an isolationist determined to undo the world economic order.

What is it about Donald Trump that drives otherwise rational people to distraction?

In large part, it is his style. He is a blowhard and a bully who insists on being the centre of attention. Many politicians misrepresent the truth. But Trump does so on a massive scale.

Worse, he is a vulgarian. Although born to money, he exhibits all of the attributes of the classic nouveau riche — garishness, insecurity, braggadocio.

He watches Fox News and eats cheeseburgers in bed. He is in many ways a normal American — an unforgivable sin for those who want the presidency to signify ethereal U.S. virtues.

The other aspect of Trump that drives his critics mad is that he is successful. His crudeness works.

He has effectively captured the Republican Party and made it his own. He has lowered taxes for the rich, a long-time Republican aim. And he has appointed two conservatives to the Supreme Court, another Republican goal.

His rambling, stream of consciousness speeches at rallies may make no sense when written down, but they energize his supporters.

In spite of all his obvious faults, he has shown himself to be an astute politician. Those who would dismiss him should keep that in mind.

Thomas Walkom is a Toronto-based columnist covering politics. Follow him on Twitter: @tomwalkom



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

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The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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