December 26, 2016

How Trump could “break taboos” in Washington (Guest: Joel B. Pollak)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Joel Pollak, Senior Editor at Large at, was a valuable guide for me and so many people during the presidential election.

He wasn’t a cheerleader for Trump, but he was no #NeverTrumper, either

We rehash the amazing historical campaign and Trump’s win.

Could Trump really turn out to be a good president? What about his cabinet picks?

What resistance will Trump face — especially from the Right? Can the Democratic Party regroup?

We talk about Donald Trump’s surprisingly large number of African-American admirers like football legend Jim Brown and Kanye West, and why that probably helped his appeal to minorities.

(As opposed to Hillary Clinton’s embarrassing pandering…)

Finally, we talk about my worries that Justin Trudeau will harm U.S./Canadian relations.

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commented 2017-01-02 16:32:58 -0500
Wow, I like the evenness and soundness of Joel Pollak’ commentary. I have also sensed a genuineness in Trump and in his relationships. I just hope they don’t manage to assassinate the man…..
commented 2016-12-31 13:00:32 -0500
What to expect….bankruptcy.
commented 2016-12-28 13:51:11 -0500
Everyone deserves an off subject New Years Prediction. Mine is that Trumps people will convince him that Keystone is wrong for the US at this time. There is just too much of an over supply in that part of the country.
commented 2016-12-28 13:30:27 -0500
Yes, we will gain more hope when the US economy roars and Canada’s sinks, because even the MSM will turn on the idiot Trudeau. It started on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday when Craig Oliver started questioning many of his buddy Trudeau’s moves in a few areas.
commented 2016-12-28 01:02:00 -0500
I’m not the first to say it, but Trump has done more as pres elect than Obama did in 8 years. He is setting the stage for success. People feel optimistic, and are recognising his proactive moves so far as the best signs for a future they have seen for 8 years. There is method to Trump’s madness, always.
Justin will never be clever enough to outsmart Trump, never. As a country we could be in for some well deserved smacks upside the head. I am hoping the resulting pain will smarten people up to Justin’s stupid policies. That and watching America soar as Canada tanks, is bound to go a long way toward delivering the necessary attitude adjustment. I am hopeful.
commented 2016-12-27 20:18:56 -0500
Trump played the media and the Dems to a tee. They all thought he was a buffoon alright but he’s blowing them away with how fast and how well he’s putting his government together. The republicans are impressed and the dems, elites and any snowflakes paying attention are scared shitless-as it should be. I’m sure Butts and Trudeau are scared too.
commented 2016-12-27 19:24:07 -0500
Rick, I haven’t tried gab, looks like a good alternative for those who use that form of social media.

Canadian Mongrel absolutely right. Trump knows how to play the game. He gets the maximum from everybody, friend or foe, and why not, it’s all useful interaction/information. People take Trump for a buffoon which is ridiculous considering what he has accomplished in his life. He didn’t get there by being stupid or not being able to handle people. If and when he needs to, I am sure Trump will have a good read on junior and act accordingly.
commented 2016-12-27 19:06:06 -0500
Has anyone tried gab yet it’s like twitter only better it’s trying to be a crowd funded platform dedicated to free speech and hopefully they wont go the way of censorship like twitter and Facebook
Glad we reached our goal for new studio
commented 2016-12-27 18:37:14 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE, that was a rhetorical question showing in my view a recent example of what we discussed. No, you had not lead me to believe that you thought that Holly did a critical interview of Chris.
commented 2016-12-27 18:04:44 -0500
Late in the story comment, but my life has me watching the Levant show a day late, so I don’t usually comment.

However, I want to comment on the observation of Trump interacting with former competition and coming away from an interview with one, NY Times dude, saying he is a great guy. No surprise to me. I do not know what Trump’s sports background is, but that is the naked competitive spirit. You do not hate your competition except at the crucial moment, then after win or loss you recognize the qualities of your opponent and move on. Boxing is probably the best example of the sports analogy.

Sadly, our snowflake era does not recognize this aspect of competition. Including Rebel and Breitbart it seems.
commented 2016-12-27 17:21:36 -0500
Unfortunately, Brian Mulroney will be giving Trump info on Trudeau which will only be in favour of babyTrudeau. Mulroney adores his little Justin and speaks of him as though he were his own offspring.

Trudeau will be the sneaky little teenager in Trump’s presence. He thinks he is one of the elites; wait till he actually has to meet Donald Trump…he’ll be out of his league. Big League!
commented 2016-12-27 17:00:06 -0500
@ Ron Voss – “Like Holly Nicholas’ portrayal of Chris Alexander today?”

If you are asking me if Holly could have and should have been more critical of Chris Alexander, then yes of course she should have.

Had I lead you to believe that I though Holly did a critical interview of Chris?
commented 2016-12-27 14:01:44 -0500
Canadian eyes are cast south, watching Donald Trump. If he proves true to his promises to revive the USA to it’s former glory, then any Canadian leadership candidate will have to emulate him to garner popular support.
commented 2016-12-27 13:29:49 -0500
A Rebel Fan the sun will nova before the left ever gets over themselves.
commented 2016-12-27 11:18:38 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE, “Ron, I tend to agree. Rebel Media can do better at being critical of Conservatives where criticism is due.”
Like Holly Nicholas’ portrayal of Chris Alexander today?
commented 2016-12-27 09:25:52 -0500
LIZA ROSIE, I know that Kellie Leitch missed the vote on second reading of Bill C-16, but I talked about her “support” for Bill C-16, as acknowledged by the National Post in this article that appeared prior to the bill’s second reading:
“Both Bernier and Clement were among those Conservative MPs who voted against the bill’s predecessor, C-279, in the last parliament.
Introduced as a private member’s bill by New Democrat MP Randall Garrison, the legislation — which is virtually identical to the Liberal proposal — made it through the House with the support of 17 Conservative MPs, including Chong, Obhrai and Kellie Leitch but was ultimately squelched by the Senate.”
Also, the lobby group LGBTory identifies Leitch as a supporter (as well as Chris Alexander and Erin O’Toole.) As well, remember that Leitch proudly marched in the Toronto Gay Pride Parade along with Patrick Brown and other CPC leaderships hopefuls .
LEVITICUS 13, the other Conservative leadership hopeful, besides Brad Trost, who voted against Bill C-16 on second reading was Andrew Scheer. On evaluating the various leadership candidates I think it is important to examine where they stand across the board with respect to the various issues, social issues as well as fiscal issues. For example, with respect to the carbon tax all, except Chong, say they oppose it and will kill it, but, only one, Brad Trost, has declared that he rejects the ‘science’ behind so-called man-made climate change. So an important question to ask the other candidates besides Chong is what do they propose to do to reduce man-made contributions to climate change which its proponents claim is destroying the planet?
commented 2016-12-27 07:27:14 -0500
Ron Voss said, "I like that Breitbart calls it like it is, even if it means holding conservatives to account.
I think the Rebel can improve in that regard. "

Ron, I tend to agree.

Rebel Media can do better at being critical of Conservatives where criticism is due.
commented 2016-12-27 03:58:57 -0500
If the Left ever gets over itself, everyone will like President Donald Trump.
commented 2016-12-27 03:39:32 -0500
- Trump is the first to break the Taboos. Joel Pollak is a wimp – who are you trying to fool here Ezra. Don’t tie your lifeline to this idiot, please. The Democrats are in damage control because of Trump, not because of idiots like Joel Pollak. He predicted a Trump failure at every point so far, please don’t follow this fool into oblivion again. Look at my predictions (a nobody on the political stage) vs his before you make a choice. Joel is a defeatist – always has been.
commented 2016-12-27 03:15:18 -0500
Stay strong!… My “countdown clock” shows it’s just 24 days; 8 hours and 45 minutes before President Trump starts bloodying some politicians noses here in Canada from cost to coast…
commented 2016-12-27 02:47:23 -0500
I don’t think American liberals really realize it yet but Trump is driving a bulldozer towards them at 90 mph. It will definitely show a stark contrast to us as America becomes great again and we stay stuck in 2016 importing all the Muslim migrants none of the rest of the world wants anymore and ruining our economy by throwing untold billions away at the debunked climate change scam. By the time the next federal election comes around we better have a Conservative party leader who is dead set against both of these suicidal policies or we will be truly screwed. The NDP have ruined or at least greatly held back every province they’ve ever governed. Liberals have done much the same. If by then people can at least wake up enough to see the difference between us and the US and the conservatives get on the right track they should surly be a shoo in.
commented 2016-12-27 02:21:53 -0500
Trost.. That was supposed to read Brad Trost not Brad trust
commented 2016-12-27 02:20:53 -0500
Brad trust and one other conservative vote against Bill C 16.
commented 2016-12-27 01:49:16 -0500
I hope Trump takes Justin to the woodshed, but unless directly affected I agree, Trump will mostly ignore our little Justin, unless he lashes out at Trump. Trump will still be great for Canada though, as we watch from the outside at how quickly a country can ‘right’ itself with strong leadership in the right direction.
commented 2016-12-27 01:43:37 -0500
Ron, I am not a particular fan of Kelly Leitch, but we do we know where she stands on c16. She didn’t vote.
“Declared Conservative leadership candidates Ontario MP Michael Chong, Alberta MP Deepak Obhrai and Quebec MP Maxime Bernier voted for the bill, as did rumored candidates Ontario MP Lisa Raitt and Quebec MP Steven Blaney. Candidates Ontario MPs Kelly Leitch and Erin O’Toole did not vote.”
commented 2016-12-27 00:01:08 -0500
If he does break Taboos and makes huge changes the progressives who claim to support change will do nothing but whine and criticize him for it.
commented 2016-12-27 00:00:00 -0500
Justin will act like a complete idiot towards Trump trying to impress his globalist master.
commented 2016-12-26 22:02:07 -0500
Not only will Trudeau ruin American / Canadian relations, or at least try. He will ruin Canada. He has, in fact, already started to do that. His Refugee policy is nothing more than an Immivaison of Jihadi.

Trump, when he realizes what Trudeau is doing, will be all over him, like an enraged Bulldog. It will look good on the PM, I can just hear him whimpering.

Eat your heart out Justin, You are in for a shock. Better get the Diapers ready.
commented 2016-12-26 21:54:32 -0500
I like that Breitbart calls it like it is, even if it means holding conservatives to account.
I think the Rebel can improve in that regard. I’m thinking, for example, of Sheila’s relatively upbeat report on the Wildrose Convention in Red Deer. Nothing said about the delegates voting down motions that could have strengthened Wildrose’s position on parental rights in education even to the point that Wildrose gave the media an opportunity to report that Wildrose has no interest in parental rights by unanimously defeating one such motion with applause. As well, nothing said about a motion rejecting the current Wildrose position of supporting a reduction in greenhouse gases and the promotion of alternative green energy sources, because that motion was so buried at the end of the line of motions so as not likely to make it to the floor for debate. Also, I think that the Rebel is too soft on Kellie Leitch; giving her too much credit for her vaguely-defined screening of immigrants for anti-Canadian values and neglecting other aspects of her policies that are open to criticism from a conservative perspective (such as her support for Bill C-16 and being an adherent of the notion of man-made climate change). I hope that her campaign providing revenue for the Rebel through advertising isn’t a factor.