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Corey Lewandowski on his almost ‘Fistfight,’ with Gen. Kelly and why we all need to fight the swamp

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On Thursday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show,” Senior Advisor Trump/Pence 2020 and Campaign Manager for Trump’s 2016 campaign Corey Lewandowski revealed a “fistfight” that almost happened outside the oval office with former White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly. Lewandowski said that Kelly blocked him from meeting with the President and that those insider stories are part of his new book co-written with his close confidante and former Deputy Campaign Manager for Trump’s 2016 campaign David Bossie.

I go and I fight for [President Trump] because he fights for us every single day, Corey Lewandowski

“I think I try and fight for the president every day,” Lewandowski told Sara. “And sometimes I fight on TV. Sometimes I fight in front of Congress in front of Jerry Nadler. And sometimes they get into a fistfight just outside the oval office with a retired four star marine. So like I fight all the time. And the reason I do it is they’re not doing what the President asked them to do. I go and I fight for him because he fights for us every single day.”

He continued, “So look, Trump America First is his fight for our country and me on television, or me outside the Oval Office getting into a fistfight with John Kelly. I say, ‘Hey, john, we can do this one of two ways. We can go and sit down and solve this, like two men in a room or I can take off my jacket, I can kick the dog crap out of you outside. I don’t care which one it is, I’ll let you decide.’

He said then “John decided he wanted to go in the room and sit down and have a conversation, which I thought was a good decision for him.”

Bossie added that he and Lewandowski are “just two hard-working guys that try to support this president every single day.” They said they understand the pulse of America and the concerns of real America and believe that the President has and will continue to champion the people of this country.

“It’s what we do. It’s what we’ve been doing for five years. We’re not going to stop for the next 34 days,” he added. “We’re gonna keep working hard. This President’s gonna win on election day because he is the hardest working man that either of us know and he is going to win because the issues are on his side.”

“Sara, this is a niche. This is a big what Ronald Reagan used to call bold. Colors, not pale pastels election, this is about higher taxes or lower taxes about more job-killing regulations or fewer,” said Bossie. “This is about open borders or border security. This is about anarchy in the streets and defunding the police, or about law and order. It’s about ending the endless wars. So that’s what Trump is about. That’s what President Trump’s about. And that’s why he’s gonna win because the American people are on his side of these issues.”

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WSJ: Corporate Dirty Pool in Washington’s Senate Race

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The Wall Street Journal’s,  Kimberly A. Strassel wrote a piece identifying how the Democrats are so worried about Washington Senator Patty Murray’s re-election “that Seattle’s corporate heavyweights are playing dirty pool on her behalf.”

Murray, a leftwing progressive, has faced little competition while in office; until now. Tiffany Smiley, a Republican nurse and entrepreneur “is pummeling Ms. Murray from every direction and laying out her own detailed reform agenda” adds the WSJ.

A RealClearPolitics average has Ms. Murray winning by 8 points. Another poll has Smiley within 2 points. Regardless, It’s close enough that “Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently transferred $500,000 of his own campaign cash to Ms. Murray’s campaign.”

Money from Schumer isn’t the only liberal panic dough. “Starbucks, the Seattle Times and the Seattle Seahawks—are actively attempting to sabotage the Smiley campaign, albeit in a distinctly underhanded fashion” writes the WSJ. “Their targets are two effective Smiley campaign ads.”

At the center of the fight are two of Smiley’s ads: “Game Day” and “Cup of Coffee.”

Strassel reports:

In “Game Day” the Republican is in a kitchen preparing to watch a football game, hitting Ms. Murray and Democrats for the spiraling cost of food. In “Cup of Coffee,” she stands in front of a derelict building. Barely visible at the top, and seen backward, is the store’s faded Starbucks sign. Ms. Smiley hits Ms. Murray for rising crime, while the ad flashes two Seattle Times headlines, one of which reads: “Starbucks to Close 5 Seattle Stores Over Safety Concerns.”

“Game Day” hit the airwaves Sept 1. Five days later, according to documents I obtained, the Smiley campaign received a terse email from the Seahawks claiming a trademark violation. The ad briefly shows Ms. Smiley’s husband, Scotty—a retired U.S. Army Ranger who was blinded by shrapnel in Iraq—expressing alarm that “even beer” prices are rising. You only see his shoulders above a tall couch—and if you get a magnifying glass you might make out a letter or two from the word “Seahawks.” The letter insisted the Smiley campaign “immediately cease” its “unauthorized commercial use.” Nothing like your local sports franchise dumping cease-and-desist orders on wounded veterans.

“Cup of Coffee” went live on Sept. 20. The next day, the Seattle Times sent an email to the “Jane Smiley” campaign—apparently without running it past its fact-checking desk—accusing it of “unauthorized use of The Seattle Times logo and two headlines” in violation of the paper’s “copyright and trademark.” It demanded the campaign remove any references to the paper not only in its own ad, but in an NBC News article about the ad’s launch.

Two days later, Starbucks sent a certified letter saying the campaign was appropriating its intellectual property, and complaining it might “create an unfounded association in the minds of consumers between Starbucks and your campaign.” It insisted the campaign either pull the ad or alter it to strip both the (barely visible, backward) sign and the Seattle Times headline referencing Starbucks.

One such letter may be the product of an overzealous lawyer, but three in a row looks like more than a coincidence. One might even wonder if some Murray staffer was putting bugs in Seattle business leaders’ ears. And while corporate political-action committees routinely play politics by making donations, it’s something else for individual companies to go to bat for a candidate via behind-the-scenes threats based on tenuous legal claims. These letters were bound to cost the Smiley campaign money and headaches and might have pushed it off the airwaves.

The campaign didn’t roll over. It made a painless accommodation to the “Game Day” ad, blurring the jersey colors to obscure anything distinct. In a legal letter sent Thursday to Starbucks, the campaign rebutted the company’s infringement claims, running through political speech protections and noting that no reasonable person would ever think a factual ad about shuttered Starbucks stores amounted to a coffee-chain endorsement. It suggested Starbucks focus on its own problems, like its recent union woes.

The Seattle Times also received a letter refuting its claims, but it got something in addition. The Smiley campaign on Thursday filed a Federal Election Commission complaint, charging the paper with providing the Murray campaign a prohibited in-kind contribution. It turns out that Ms. Murray has also used a Seattle Times headline in her ads. Her “First 2016 Ad” sports the newspaper’s logo under the headline: “Patty Murray’s and Paul Ryan’s Teamwork Is a Model for Congress.” It seems the Times has a different legal standard for candidates it endorses.

As the FEC complaint notes, the Smiley campaign would have to spend an estimated $5,000 to remove and update the ad—“costs that Patty Murray does not have to accrue.” It cites FEC regulations that provide “if a corporation makes its resources available for free, it must do so for all candidates.”

Don’t expect the Seattle corporate set to do anything on behalf of Ms. Smiley soon. But it shouldn’t be too much to ask that they do their politicking straight—and out in the open.

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