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Presidential Poll A Potential Game Changer For Czech Defiance On EU, Migrants and Russia

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Prague, Czech Republic

Voters in the Czech Republic go to the polls this weekend to elect the president that will represent their country for the next five years. For many, the vote is a referendum on outspoken president, Miloš Zeman, the pro-Trump, media-bashing and anti-migrant incumbent detested as much by Czech sophisticates as the EU elite.

Riding high in the polls with a double-digit lead on his next nearest rival, self-styled man of the people, Zeman, may yet lose out in a second round of voting to liberal competitor and political newcomer, Jiří Drahoš, a scientist running on a centrist platform and seeking to improve relations with Brussels.

One of the leading political personalities to emerge following the fall of communism in 1989, Zeman began his presidency as a supporter of the EU, only more recently clashing with Brussels on issues such as forced migrant quotas and sanctions following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Zeman opposes the sanctions and has sought to strengthen ties with Russia, a not universally popular move given the nation’s relatively recent history in the Russian sphere.

The 73- year-old’s statements on Islam, an ’anti-civilization’’, on Europe’s seemingly permanent inward flow of migrants, ‘’an organized invasion’’, and his frequent jibes at the Czech media have made him the bête noire of what he describes as the ‘’Prague coffee house’’ intelligentsia, the antithesis to his working-class base.

“I admit one of the significant factors in my decision to run was the Czech media. Each of their attacks encouraged me more to run. Thank you, Czech media,” Zeman announced to the same media as he declared his intention to seek re-election last year.

Eurosceptic and right-wing parties dominated October 2017’s legislative elections, the same election in which Andrej Babiš, the billionaire ‘’Czech Trump’’, scored an electoral landslide. Babiš, now prime minister, has enjoyed presidential support under Zeman, an arrangement which will end if the presidency changes hands. The two are natural allies on certain issues including their defiance in the face of forced migrant quotas, seen by some here as the opening act of a globalist project to ‘multiculturalize’ largely homogenous Central Europe. Reflecting Czech public opinion on this issue, most of the nine presidential candidates are agreed; the Czech Republic will not be accepting Brussels-imposed migrants.

Drahoš, a mild mannered academic and Zeman’s most likely contender in any second-round vote, differs from the sitting president in that he opposes Prime Minister Babiš. He is also against holding referenda on EU or NATO membership. Styling himself as a unifying force, a win for Drahoš would see a different the country re-orient westwards after several years of increasingly close ties with Russia and China.

Zeman’s overtures towards the east have led to accusations by Drahoš and others of Kremlin interference. One such accusation saw Zeman, who has praised President Trump, hit back by accusing his opponent of acting like defeated US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the wake of her failure to win the White House in 2016 and subsequent Russian collusion allegations spread to discredit the Trump presidency.

Zeman’s ill health and reluctance to make campaign appearances have not appeared to affect his polling – up to 45% in a field of nine candidates – such is his popularity with supporters. Instead, he claims his platform is continuity; the Central European nation of 10.6 million now has the lowest unemployment of any EU country (2.5%), one its most vibrant economies and boasts fast-rising wages. Whilst the majority of political power lies with the elected government, Czech presidents do have an important role in forming governments, appointing ministers and representing the country abroad.

This weekend’s race will ultimately come down to which group is more mobilized, urbanites embarrassed by Zeman’s at times colorful language and lack of political correctness, or his rural and working class base, receptive to his populist message. If one recoils at his statements suggesting that Muslims are ‘’practically impossible’’ to integrate, at seeing their president occasionally appear inebriated at a public function, or waving a mock rifle with the punchline ”for journalists” during a press conference, the other sees in him a straight-talker with a sense of humor ready to stand-up for them and the national interest.

Polls open at 08:00 Friday.

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POTUS Trump Goes Scorched Earth on “FBI Lovers” Peter Strzok and Lisa Page ‘Where Are the 50,000 Text Messages?’

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According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 50,000 text messages were exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. These 50,000 text messages do not include the ‘missing’ texts.

The FBI ‘failed to preserve‘ six months of text messages between Trump hating FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, blaming a ‘technical glitch’ with Samsung 5 phones.

The timeline of the ‘missing’ text messages which begins on December 14, 2016 and goes through May 17, 2017 which is the same day Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel is very suspicious.

President Trump lit up Twitter Tuesday morning blasting the ‘missing’ texts then went scorched earth again on the FBI lovers late Tuesday night.

Please, President Trump, don’t ever stop tweeting!

Trump tweeted, “Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!”

Social media was set ablaze after these new Strzok-Page text messages were released to the public. What is even scarier to think about is the new explosive text messages are a separate batch from the 6 months worth of ‘missing’ text messages.

In what is being described as a “jaw-dropping,” text message, Strzok told Bureau lawyer Lisa Page that he felt special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was likely a nothingburger.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said after reviewing the new text messages he believes there may have been a “secret society” of folks within the DOJ and FBI working against Trump.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Fox News’ Bret Baier on Tuesday evening that there is an informant talking to Congress about meetings the people in the ‘secret society’ were having offsite.

No wonder why the FBI is scrambling to hide other text messages. Certainly they are worse than what we have already seen!

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Hah! Adam Schiff’s Office Flooded With Phone Calls From Americans Confirming They Aren’t “Russian Bots” #ReleaseTheMemo

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Last week, the House Intelligence Committee quietly voted to make available to fellow House members “a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program,” reports Fox News’ Chad Pergram.

News of the FISA memo spread like wildfire on social media. Trump supporters pushed a #ReleaseTheMemo campaign after GOP Reps came forward demanding the document be released to the American public.

On Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged Twitter and Facebook to conduct a thorough forensic examination into the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign as ‘potentially an ongoing attack by Kremlin-linked social media actors’ also referred to as “Russian bots”.

ABC News tweeted out the letter Schiff and Feinstein sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a forensic examination into Twitter users who pushed the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign.

It turns out Rep. Adam Schiff’s office was inundated with phone calls from citizens confirming they are not Russian bots.

The Gateway Pundit also contacted Rep. Schiff’s Burbank, California office Tuesday evening and left them a voicemail confirming we are not Russian bots and that we are demanding the FISA memo be released.

One Twitter user said Adam Schiff’s office is now hanging up on citizens calling to say they were not Russian bots.

Other Twitter users said they also called Schiff’s office confirming they aren’t Russian bots.

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Former Federal Prosecutor: Members of the Secret Society NO DOUBT Continue to Talk with One Another (VIDEO)

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Former Federal Prosecutor Joe DiGenova spoke with  Daily Caller last week to discus the Obama Administration’s “brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton” and “frame an incoming president with a false Russian conspiracy.”

DiGenova told Daily Caller:

People that were senior career civil servants violated the law, perhaps committed crimes, and covered up crimes by a Presidential candidate [Hillary]. But more than that, they tried to frame an incoming President with a false Russian conspiracy that never existed and they knew it and they plotted to ruin him as a candidate and then destroy him as a President.

On Tuesday Joe DiGenova joined Tucker Carlson to discuss the 50,000 text messages were exchanged between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. And to discuss the missing five months of text messages between the two lovers.

At one point in the discussion DiGenova told Tucker the “secret society” within the DOJ and FBI “no doubt” continue to communicate with each other.

Joe DiGenova: Yes, members of the “secret society” no doubt continue to still talk to one another… Only Christopher Wray knows why they are still being allowed to stay in that building.

Via Tucker Carlson Tonight:

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