BBC Interview 20 Jan 2018 #VetsForTrump

BBC Interview 20 Jan 2018 #VetsForTrump

Interview with Michael Kelly from Vets for Trump - Audio - 9 Minutes

by BBC Interview 20 Jan 2018

Mike Kelly Vets for TrumpI did an interview with the BBC at 8:30 AM EST Saturday 20 Jan 2018. The questions were mainly focused on the Presidents Inauguration speech last January 20th. My counterpart was Stefanie Kamerman from Pussyhat Project

A quick first question was about the Government Shutdown. My answer was simple. “This is an argument that is to be dealt with in Congress. It has little or nothing to do with President Trump”.

Explanation of my answer: Since 1974 the influence and control the President of the United States has over the process is diminished. See Wikipedia article here.

Basically, the President submits a Budget Request to Congress. It is then worked on and sent back to the President for a signature or a veto. The holdup is because Republicans do NOT have a 60 member majority in the Senate. Without a 60 member majority, little to nothing gets done that does not have support from both parties. Republicans only control the House and the Presidential offices. Therefore, it is the Democrats holding up any budget process and has nothing to do with the President. Hope that clears things up.

The second question was “How has America’s standing in the world changed in this first year under President Trump?” My answer was fairly straightforward. I will paraphrase unless there are “quotes” around something.

My answer:

Our enemies fear us and our allies trust us again. During the Obama Administration, a lot of our allies were afraid we would not support them. Now countries like South Korea and Japan know we will. President Trump also got NATO countries to start paying what they promised so America does not have to put as much into the organization. Trade agreements are in negotiation and for the first time, the entire UN Security Council, including Russia and China, voted to put sanctions on North Korea.

Stefanie Kamerman’s answer

Not good, President Trump has not met the Queen of England and will not cut a ribbon on the New American Embassy. In addition, I don’t like his tweets at North Korea. It’s like kicking a hornet’s nest.

Even the commentator asked if that was a big deal. I was a bit astonished at the answer. I did not have time to counter but the fact is the tweeting has brought the North and South Koreans to talking again. Not that I think this really matters. The North never keeps its word so it is pointless. As for the Queen and the Embassy, I admit President Trump was wrong about who was responsible for the sale of the old Embassy. However, I believe his main problem was the stupidity of the deal and the amount spent on the new Embassy. One thing President Trump can’t stand is a “lousy deal”, especially when it comes to real estate. Well, bad on you Mr. President for caring about bad deals! It’s an embarrassment to the world. (My tongue is stuck in my cheek.)

The third question was Do you personally feel better off now that the economy has improved?

Stefanie Kamerman’s answer

No, the President did not repeal Obamacare. The economy is booming and unemployment is at a historic low, tax reform did happen but we have an enormous debt. What are we doing about the debt?

My answer

As a business consultant and web developer, I have quite a few business clients. A good friend and client who is not a Trump supporter recently reported to me personally that his business was up around 33% this past year. As we look at GDP hitting 3% it will help reduce the debt. In addition, we need to remember it was President Obama who created more debt than all other Presidents combined. Also, as we renegotiate trade agreements the debt will come back into balance. The tax cuts will bring jobs back and Apple just announced they are bringing 350 BILLION dollars back to America over the next 5 years. Other companies will likely follow suit and this will also reduce the debt. Lower unemployment means more workers which in turn increases tax revenue and further increases GDP.

Last questions. In regards to race relations is US more divided today?

Stefanie Kamerman’s answer

We are more divided. Recently KKK flyers have been found here in Northern Virginia where I live. There is a huge divide between Democrats and Republicans.

My answer

I believe the country became more divided racially, not because of President Obama, but because the Democratic Party continues to beat that drum. Before President Obama, I felt the country was starting to get past that. I’m nearly 60 years old. I grew up down the street from (and here is where I misspoke) from President Obama in New York City. (I meant to say, President Trump). I grew up with a lot of mixed race friends. I have a mixed race grandchild as well as nieces and nephews. Another misspoken line when I should have said, Cousins. This gives me a special interest in the subject. As a Republican and Conservative, I do not personally know anyone who is prejudice against someone because they are black, Hispanic, etc.

Women’s March

Women’s March

Charlotte Brock and yours truly at the Women’s March

I attended the Women’s March at the request of People’s Television. At the time I was coming down with a severe cold but decided to go. People’s TV put a lot of work into the short documentary and I did not want to let them down. I was to meet a fellow veteran who was a Bernie Sanders supporter, Charlotte Brock. The reason, as explained to me, was to show common ground after the election.

It took a long time to find the second half of the People’s TV crew in the crowd. Like at the Inauguration, cell phones were not working well due to the number of people in the area using up all the bandwidth. Charlotte turned out to be a pleasant young woman who served 6 years in the Marines, 4 active and 2 in the reserve if I recall correctly. More on that in future posts

I recall seeing signs that made me laugh and signs that made me uneasy. One sign read “Unafraid” and I recall thinking “good for you, there is nothing to fear.” Not exactly a protest sign if you ask me. There were the common Abortion Rights signs and others that were so vile it made me wonder what they were protesting. Was it what Trump said in a secret recording by Billy Bush? If so, why were these women saying vile things out in the open for children to see? At least Trump’s recording was a private conversation. It’s the classic pot calling the kettle black if you ask me.

I have to admit I did not expect the crowd to be so large. Then I started thinking and reading. It only makes sense since the Washington D.C. area is 76% Democrats. That is just D.C. let alone the sprawling surrounding towns. Add to that George Soros put 90 million dollars into it.

I could not help but wonder what could be done with all that money and energy if it had put to good use. Nobody paid Trump supporters to show up at the Inauguration.

Inauguration Wow!

Inauguration Wow!

I meant to post about the Inauguration while I was there. It got so busy there wasn’t time. Thanks to one of our fellow veterans, Joe Episcopo (pictured above in the VFW hat), I was able to go. Joe got the ticket approval and set up the room. We went down to D.C. on Wednesday because we had several interviews lined up.

On Tuesday, 17 Jan, People’s TV sent a crew of 4 to my house and spent around 8 hours filming and interviewing. They shadowed me for several days ending on Saturday at the Women’s March. All this will boil down to a 2 or 3 minute segment. People’s TV videoed Joe and me picking up the tickets from Joe’s Congressman’s office on Thursday. Later Ryder Haske took us to the NuVegan Cafe in D.C. I have to say as a meat eater I was impressed. If you get to D.C. I highly recommend trying it.

The BBC showed up Thursday evening at our hotel for an interview by Nuala McGovern from Ireland. Joe and I ran into another BBC reporter on Inauguration Day and did another quick impromptu interview. The Military Times tried to catch up with us at the Inauguration but failed. Cell phones did not work very well and security would not let them through to my location. That was greatly disappointing.

People’s TV was not allowed to bring their camera (pictured above) into our area at the Inauguration. We caught up with them 5 hours after the swearing in. It took that long to try and go several blocks. I would hate to think how long it would have taken if there were more people. I mean WOW, it was a huge crowd from my perspective but I could not see any further than my immediate area. Here is an interesting link about crowd size – check out this web link. I am guessing the picture you are seeing with a smaller crowd size was taken earlier in the day. Just a guess.

We were really blessed with the weather. It was not too cold and the rain was more of a mist or spritz and only lasted a couple minutes. Veterans were scattered through the crowd. I must have talked to dozens of people and a significant percentage were veterans. I met a woman from Cuba who was anxious to tell me how happy she was to see President Trump’s Inauguration. She was quick to remind me that most Americans of Cuban descent were conservative and how living in an oppressive Communist regime would change most American’s minds about Socialism.

Saturday I was starting to come down with a cold or flu. However, the guys from People’s Television were able to persuade me to go with them to the Women’s March to meet up with Charlotte, a fellow veteran. Charlotte was a Bernie supporter. I instantly connected with her because of our military service and love of country. Later that day we went back to People’s TV office for a follow-up discussion. Even though Charlotte has an opposing political point of view she is now someone I consider a friend. More on that to come.

It is hard to believe that all the work People’s Television did will come down to a couple minutes of video. I was told they would send me some behind the scenes footage. When I get it I’ll release some of it. Between People’s Television, the BBC and other interviews throughout the process I learned a lot. I plan to share more of that over the next days and weeks. Standby for updates.

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