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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s latest outage is her full-throated support of Dear Leader Donald’s walk in the park on June 1, the area of Lafayette Square between Fort White House (which the Donald would probably like to rename after a Confederate general) and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

President Trump performed there a solemn ritual — staging a silly photo-op with a Bible in hand (“in hand” is the operative word since he never reads the Prince of Peace’s words and prefers the golf links rather than prayerfully linking up to his maker).

Stefanik described this as an “incredibly important moment,” with Trump as the latest in a revered line of presidents such as Abraham Lincoln visiting St. John’s in times of crisis.

But Stefanik’s allusion to Honest Abe is hardly apropos for Trump: (1) The moniker of “honest” doesn’t fit for a guy who has lied nearly 20,000 times in office and (2) even Abe, at the height of the Civil War, did not need a phalanx of armed police clearing his way. (3) Trump’s crisis is his own making — terrible, feckless leadership. What in heck is Stefanik talking about?

A more apt comparison is Tricky Dicky. Trump loves calling himself Mr. “Law and Order,” just like Richard Nixon. And like Nixon, he loves demonizing peacefully protesting Americans as anti-American; Trump sees antifa behind every bush. (Have any of you ever met an antifa member? It’s like asking, “Where’s Waldo?”)

Nixon also loved “dominating” protestors with the force of arms — I know. I was there during Nixon’s second inauguration in 1973 when he prepositioned 2,000 federal troops in case of trouble.

Here’s the difference: heads were not broken that day because the demonstration was peaceful. The police still cleared us out of the Capitol Mall with a cavalry charge, but no one was injured.

Draft-dodger Trump wanted to prove his cojones by using the regular Army but settled on a bevy of untrained law enforcement types — DEA, Bureau of Prisons, IRS (just kidding!) — to silence protestors using tear gas (despite what lying Attorney General William Barr says) and, unbelievably, rubber bullets, so our Emperor Wannabe could have his Kodak moment. A government of, for and by the people would never use deadly weapons against fellow Americans.

Stefanik is right — this is an incredibly important moment. Trump’s contempt for the First Amendment except for himself is flagrant, and Stefanik continues to aid and abet our despicable tyrant in chief.

Mark MacWilliams


Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(16) comments

Kevin Beary

President Trump was correct in having Lafayette Square cleared and in demonstrating that he intended to protect St. John's from further arson attacks. He was correct in not surrendering the nation's capital to violent mobs of rioters, vandals, looters, and arsonists. Citizens have the civil as well as the human right to go about their business in the public streets and squares of Washington D.C. and of any other American city without fear of being assaulted.

Compared to President Lincoln, President Trump has shown great restraint. After the anti-government riots in Baltimore in April 1861, Lincoln "had the mayor, police chief, entire Board of Police, and city council of Baltimore imprisoned without charges, as well as one sitting U.S. Congressman from Baltimore. The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court...ruled...that Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus was unconstitutional, but Lincoln ignored the ruling." (Wikipedia)


The carefully staged "walk in the park" involved a show of force against peaceful protesters. The stand-by-the-church-with-a-Bible was the dumbest photo-op ever seen. The overwhelming majority of protesters inflicted no harm on life or property, but you smear them all as "rioters". I expected more from someone with your academic credentials, Professor Beary, but then, judging by your past comments, that was probably a forlorn hope.

Holmes -- the real one


Well said.

If one goes by what the Bible records Jesus as saying then it's quite clear that holding Kevin Beary's point of view (as stated here and elsewhere), is inconsistent with actually being a follower of Jesus.

I haven't figured out just why Mr. Beary wants to call himself a Christian at all. One would tend to assume that, claiming to hold so-called "Christian" principles would imply that a person would have a quite different way of thinking.

Perhaps by this obvious hypocrisy Kevin Beary is on some sort of a quest to insult Christians or something like that.


You are a liar.

“Further arson attacks?” There were none, and the Reverend of the church completely opposed everything Trump ordered. The Revered said there was no violence, she said Trump brought violence.

Thanks for demonstrating how badly some American Christians have abandoned the truth for lies.

Holmes -- the real one

#9 on the 10 Commandments Hits list is this one:

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

If Mr. Beary has questions about just who is his neighbor, there are specific comments recorded as coming from Jesus on just that matter.

These little tirades from Mr. Beary are puzzling. Claiming to be a “Christian,” Mr. Beary should be aware that the 9th Commandment basically says that speaking falsely in any matter, lying, equivocating, and any way devising and designing to deceive one’s neighbor and speaking unjustly against one’s neighbor, to the prejudice of his reputation is a very obvious violation of this commandment.

Yet not only does Mr. Beary choose to do so, he also pointedly supports Trump who regularly does so too.

Odd, isn’t it?

keyser soze

“Citizens have the civil as well as the human right to go about their business in the public streets and squares of Washington D.C. and of any other American city without fear of being assaulted.”

So when you say “assaulted” does that include killing people who are peacefully protesting?

Man dies in shooting at Louisville protest over Breonna Taylor killing:

“… Authorities in the US are investigating a fatal shooting on Saturday night at a park in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, where demonstrators had gathered to protest the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot in her home by police.”



Take a look at Elise’s voting history on the ACA. She will smile at her constituents, take their donations and under the cover of darkness, vote with her leader, Trump, to take healthcare away from her District’s most vulnerable. Don’t get fooled again.

Deb Macsherry

Cape Vincent

Charlie McGrath

If you hate Trump you just have to hate Stefanik no matter what.

hermit thrush

stefanik is choosing to fuse herself to the guy who had peaceful protesters teargassed so he could wave a bible in front of a church.





keyser soze

Stefanic has foolishly hitched her wagon to a born loser. Demented Donny’s presidency/campaign is going downhill faster than an Alpine skier.


Some of us have daughters and younger girls we care about. Bill Clinton never bragged about what he did with women, Trump bragged publicity about cheating on all three of his wives. What a lovely message “Conservatives” from the Moral Majority are spreading for Jesus Christ our savior.

hermit thrush

also too, trump spoke publicly about how he'd like to bang ivanka if she weren't his daughter.

he got over 80 percent of the white evangelical vote.

Holmes -- the real one

It's quite disturbing to consider that many self-styled "Evangelicals" say that they feel they can identify with Trump. Perhaps in so doing, they are confessing that they too hold similar feelings.

It should be obvious to anyone who has actually read the biblical statements attributed to Jesus that supporting Trump is the very opposite of "Christian" values and behavior. I wonder how they explain that to themselves?


As always with your comments, well said. While your words about Trump may be too mild, this is a family publication.

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