This week, President Donald Trump continued his war on America’s ‘bread and circuses’ culture.
His tweets on the NFL have continued to bear fruit. On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Hot Air reported that the league’s ratings have continued to fall four weeks into the season:
As a disappointed and likely apocryphal Hollywood producer once said about a box-office flop, “If people don’t want to come, you can’t stop them.”
On Saturday, October 7, the Washington Examiner published results from a damning survey by the Winston Group:
According to the poll analysis, “more critically for the NFL, the fall off in favorables occurred among important audiences. Among males, NFL favorables fell 23 percent, going from 68 percent to 45 percent. In looking at a more specific audience, males 34-54, NFL favorables fell 31 percent, going from 73 percent to 42 percent. Among this group the NFL has a surprising negative image, as it went from +54 percent in August to -5 percent in September.”
On Sunday, October 8, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife left the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers game after they witnessed 49ers not standing for the national anthem. Incredibly, the media and other leftists made such a stink about it — calling it a ‘political stunt’ — that Kellyanne Conway had to go on Fox News the next day to explain the importance of the flag and Pence’s disgust.
The Conservative Treehouse explained:
Interesting, albeit typical, moonbat logic: NFL players refusing to stand for the anthem is not a “stunt”, but VP Pence walking out due to their disrespect is a “stunt” …
The professional political left are apoplectic that President Trump has used his massive voice to turn the attention of the larger American electorate toward the cultural war within entertainment, movies, sports etc.
Do not underestimate the level of rabid anxiety this shift creates. If you’ve followed the truism of politics being downstream from pop culture for the last 2+ decades, you realize that President Trump is an existential threat to the entire apparatus of pop culture.
The splodey head crowd was not prepared for this. They were focused on destroying Trump on the field of politics. While that battle wages, POTUS simply used his combat skills to ignite a MOAB in a battle-space his adversaries never saw him approaching.
On Tuesday, October 10, Trump tweeted that the NFL should not receive tax breaks when they repeatedly show disrespect for America’s national anthem and the flag:
Change tax law!
On Wednesday, October 11, the Sean Hannity interview with Trump aired. The Daily Mail reported that Trump told the Fox News host that the player who started all this kneeling two seasons ago — and is no longer playing, by the way — should have been suspended straightaway. The Mail added:
On Tuesday NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took a public stance on the issue in a letter to team owners.
He wrote that he believes all players should stand for the anthem, writing that the league is going to consider a rule change that will make this required at each game.
Wait for reports of the black power fist. I hope I am wrong with that prediction.
That same day, the NAACP voiced their upset with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who enforced conduct rules on the field with regard to the national anthem. SportsDay reported:
The NAACP’s senior director of corporate affairs said Jones not only is being insensitive toward his players, but also he’s violating their constitutional rights …
The owner … isn’t violating constitutional rights as long as he’s addressing the players’ conduct in the workspace, First Amendment legal expert Chad Baruch told SportsDay.
On Friday, October 13, Trump made his Weekly Address all about the flag. I’m sure that Stephen Miller ably assisted in writing the script. It’s beautiful, explaining the creation and design and how much Americans love it. Trump had a special message for the NFL:
Before watching a football game, you want to see those players be proud of their country. Respect our country. Respect our flag. And respect our national anthem and we think they will. We certainly hope they will.
We honor the flag, we pay tribute to the men and women who have given everything for its defense. We renew the bonds of love and loyalty we owe to our fellow citizens—to every American who looks to the Stars and Stripes and sees woven into its fabric their past, their future, and their place in our great American family.
So this month, as we remember the patriots who fought to win our glorious Independence, let us renew our commitment to love our country, protect our citizens, and ensure that this will ALWAYS BE the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.
The week’s other overriding media narrative surrounded another pillar of bread and circuses — Hollywood, namely Harvey Weinstein.
On October 10, TMZ reported he was flying to Europe for sex addiction rehab, but, later that day, the movie mogul changed his destination — to Arizona, as the New York Post reported on Page Six. On the morning of September 12, Arizona’s 12News confirmed his arrival:
The tail number of a plane that landed in Scottsdale Thursday night matched the tail number TMZ cited in its report of Weinstein boarding a plane in California
Sky 12 followed a vehicle we believe carried Weinstein from the Scottsdale airport to the Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, where a man resembling Weinstein got out and entered a villa.
The best was yet to come. On October 11, the Daily Mail published ‘EXCLUSIVE: Trump’s Justice Department moves on Harvey Weinstein and orders FBI to open probe over fears he will “do a Polanski”‘:
DailyMail.com understands the move came at the behest of the Department of Justice, run by Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which instructed the bureau to investigate the mounting allegations leveled at the movie mogul …
The move by the DOJ came amid rumors that Weinstein was planning on heading to Europe for sex rehab – leading to fears of a Roman Polanski-style situation where he dodges prosecution in the U.S.
However the movie exec appeared to have a last minute change of heart and decided to travel to Arizona for treatment instead at The Meadows center.
on Wednesday evening the NYPD confirmed that they had opened an investigation.
The Special Victims Division has been ordered to ‘endeavor to identify and locate and interview any potential victims’ of the Oscar winning producer.
‘He’s a super predator. His conduct shows he’s been at this a long time, and he’s a professional at it,’ another police official said to the New York Post.
Back to the FBI, which has an office in France, where some of the alleged incidents took place:
A spokesperson for the FBI in New York said: ‘We do not confirm or deny the existence of ongoing investigations.’
Although it is not yet known if Sessions gave the direct order or if Trump requested the investigation, Trump said he wasn’t surprised by the sexual harassment and assault claims made against Weinstein.
Trump said shortly after news of the shock report on Thursday: ‘I’ve known him for years. I’m not surprised.’
Nor am I. I’ve been reading about him off and on for years — nothing specific, just suggestions from others in Hollywood as asides in various articles.
As a Fox News commentator on The Five put it:
This wasn’t Harvey’s secret, this was Hollywood’s secret! He was brazen about it! He just assumed his politics & power had him covered…
Indeed. The Dems, already millions of dollars in debt, will take a big money hit from this. Weinstein was a huge party donor. However, others will be implicated as more information comes to light. More big-ticket Dem donations will cease.
In other news, on Friday, Oct 13, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross gave an interview to business journalist Larry Kudlow. It shows the disconnect between globalist and Trumpian perspectives. The Conservative Treehouse noted:
Kudlow represents the economist sitting in the Atlantic, only able to see the Wall Street economy; while Wilbur Ross has a satellite perspective on both the Main Street and Wall Street economic engines.
Kudlow’s financial perspective runs into Ross’s reality about two-thirds of the way through the interview when Secretary Ross asks the question: “I bet you can’t give me an example of an economically sound investment that hasn’t found capital”. It’s just a splendid thing to watch.
Yes, this shows the effete elite care nothing for the average American.
In closing, the Mandalay Bay massacre grows murkier with each press conference. I had hoped to write about it on my site, but the questions continue to multiply by the day. Laura Loomer, an independent journalist, has spent the week in Las Vegas attending press conferences (she was banned on October 13), going to the security guard’s house twice and interviewing witnesses. Her timeline appears to be the clearest and the police adopted some of it, admitting that the alleged shooter actually arrived at the Mandalay Bay on September 25, not September 28. My heart goes out to witnesses — including women — saying they were running for their lives, jumping fences and sensing that they were being chased, even far away from the scene. Furthermore, there is still is no meaningful footage from the authorities, which they say they will not release. What has been released looks contrived. How can a government — the paragon of the free world, supposedly — kill, wound and terrorise its own innocent people?