Much to the ire of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to fill any vacancy that should open on the Supreme Court in the midst of the 2020 campaign for the presidency.
In a break from tradition, and a seeming reversal of his own previous position on the matter, McConnell, has made it clear what would happen if a Supreme Court vacancy should materialize in the midst of the 2020 election season — “Uh, we’d fill it.”
Although his comment drew laughter and support from those in attendance at a recent luncheon, progressives swiftly accused McConnell of partisan hypocrisy, based on the treatment of former Barack Obama Supreme Court nominee and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals chief judge, Merrick Garland.
Obama nominated Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but McConnell and Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing or vote on his nomination, citing the imminent 2016 presidential election.
McConnell defended his position, then and now, as the only way a president and his party gets to enact any kind of lasting change — that is not subject to the winds of fate when another party takes the White House – is in the appointment of Supreme Court Justices.
“What can’t be undone is a lifetime appointment to a young man or woman who believes in the quaint notion that the job of the judge is to follow the law. That’s the most important thing for the country, which cannot be undone.”
McConnel’s Position Not Hypocritical
Speaking to Fox News last year, McConnell suggested his stance was not hypocritical — because in 2020 during the run-up to the election, Republicans would control both the White House and the Senate, unlike Democrats in 2016, who controlled only the White House. On Tuesday, a McConnell spokesperson doubled down on that reasoning, saying the situations are not comparable.
“You have to go back to 1880s to find the last time a Senate controlled by a party different from the president filled a vacancy on the Supreme Court that was created in the middle of a presidential election year,” McConnell told Fox News.
However, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, begged to differ, calling McConnell a “complete hypocrite,” on Twitter.
“Senator McConnell’s statements further damage and undermine the Supreme Court at a time when its standing has been significantly diminished in the eyes of the public,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the nonpartisan Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told Fox News in a statement. “His naked political gamesmanship threatens to further erode the integrity of our nation’s highest court. McConnell’s comments are not only reprehensible but a reminder about the unprecedented and unprincipled tactics used to fill the seat currently occupied by Justice Gorsuch.”
Clarke continued, “For civil rights lawyers who are witnessing unrelenting attacks on constitutional rights every day, this is no laughing matter.”
With 86 year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg facing continued heath issues, and both Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, being 80, court-watchers feel a vacancy could be imminent.
It seem like instead of your “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…President Trump only wants countries to send their “top talent” to our shores.
Trump has just unveiled his long-awaited immigration overhaul that would dramatically alter how the US accepts people into the country, upending the system in order to favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties.
“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said from the Rose Garden.
The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers — accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer.
According to Fox News, currently, only about 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections already inside the country. Administration officials estimate that those numbers would flip to 57 and 33 percent, respectively, under the Trump plan.
“Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance, they’re admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States, and it doesn’t really matter who that relative is,” Trump said.
He said the plan would help recruit “top talent.”
“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”
Plan Would End “Chain Migration”
Trump has long sought to end what he has called “chain migration” as part of his broader push to reform America’s immigration laws and who is allowed into the country.
The president has also frequently called for the end to the visa lottery program, something his immigration plan seeks to do. It would be replaced by a new “Build America Visa” program that would recognize “extraordinary talent” and “people with professional and specialized vocations,” including exceptional students.
The plan does not deal with those already in the country illegally, including those who came to the country as children and were protected under an Obama-era executive order – the so-called “dreamers”.
However, Trump said it closes loopholes so that gang members and criminals are inadmissible, and would stop frivolous asylum claims.
Trump concluded his presentation of the plan by presenting it in stark contrast to anything the Democrats have proposed on immigration. “Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and frankly, lawless chaos,” he said. “We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first.”
“Through these steps, we will deliver an immigration system that strengthens our traditions, our culture and our values,” he said.
Controversial Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, doubled down on her polarizing remarks about having a “calming feeling” whenever she thinks of the Holocaust, and that Palestinians created a “safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust during her recent appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” suggesting that here words were taken out of context and she should be speaking to “racist idiots” at a fourth-grade level.
Her remarks to Meyers followed comments which drew the ire of her critic she made during a Yahoo News podcast interview, where she said that the WWII genocide of six million Jews gave her a “calming feeling” as well as offering revisionist history for claiming that Palestinians welcomed Jews to the Middle East when Palestinian leader Grand Mufti Haj Amin el Husseini was actually an ally of Adolph Hitler and met with the dictator in 1941.
Tlaib tried to justify her heinous remarks to “Late Night” host Seth Meyers by saying that her grandmother lives in the West Bank, which she referred to as “the occupied territories of Palestine” and how many of her ancestors “died” or “gave up their livelihood” to provide that safe haven for Jews, which she wanted to “recognize and honor.”
“I want all of us to feel safe. All of us deserve human dignity, no matter our backgrounds, no matter our ethnicity, no matter even our political opinions, we all deserve that kind of equality and justice. And, you know, for me, I wanted to uplift that and bring that to light and it was unfortunate,” Tlaib explained. “You know, I got a text from a friend who’s like, ‘Hey, next time, you know, really clarify. Maybe talk like a fourth grader because maybe the racist idiots would understand you better.'”
How hard is it to understand what kind of vile human being can have any kind of “calming thoughts” about the horrific death of six million Jews?
In regard to Tlaib’s words, President Trump tweeted, “Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?”
The Republican Jewish Coalition said, “The only reason to ever take a ‘calming feeling’ from reflections on the Holocaust is out of hatred for the Jewish people.”
Trying to give her an undeserved benefit of the doubt, Seth Meyers responded by saying it “wouldn’t hurt” if everyone spoke on a “fourth-grade level” about the complex history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also told Tlaib that there’s a “bad-faith argument” regarding the notion that she was “calmed” by the Holocaust, but mentioned that there was a “good-faith argument” that her history was “not in alignment with everyone else.”
Tlaib was widely condemned by GOP lawmakers as well as President Trump, who accused her of “tremendous hatred,” and was widely defended by Democratic lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, who called the “smear” attempt “outrageous.”
Even if you want to debate what she was referring to in “feeling calmed,” for the record, she is totally wrong about the picture she is painting of post-World War Two Palestine. Representative Tlaib said that Jews were given “safe haven” in British Mandate Palestine after the Holocaust. This is simply not true. Arabs who lived in British Mandate Palestine did not welcome Jews who fled to their historic homeland before, during and after the Holocaust. In fact, the local Arab leadership worked to bar the entry of Jews to Mandate-era Palestine.
In a series of recent tweets, President Trump blasted Democrats for saying that the United States has been facing a “constitutional crisis,” calling it “pathetically untrue.”
Trump tweeted, “The Democrats new and pathetically untrue sound bite is that we are in a ‘Constitutional Crisis.’ They and their partner, the Fake News Media, are all told to say this as loud and as often as possible. They are a sad JOKE! We may have the strongest Economy in our history, best employment numbers ever, low taxes & regulations, a rebuilt military & V.A., many great new judges, & so much more. But we have had a giant SCAM perpetrated upon our nation, a Witch Hunt, a Treasonous Hoax. That is the Constitutional Crisis & hopefully guilty people will pay!”
Trump’s scathing tweet came four days after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., declared a “constitutional crisis” after his committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted Russia report and underlying documents.
The next day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she agreed with Nadler’s statement that the U.S. was facing a “constitutional crisis.”
“This administration wants to have a constitutional crisis because they do not respect the oath of office that they take,” Pelosi told reporters during her regularly scheduled news conference last week on Capitol Hill.
The Biggest Hoax in American History
Nadler’s committee voted along partisan lines to hold Barr in contempt on Wednesday and angered the White House by not delaying the vote. At the same time, the president invoked executive privilege — refusing to comply with Congressional subpoenas.
Nadler accused the White House of “stonewalling” the American people and attacking “the essence of our democracy.”
Barr was set to testify before the House panel earlier this month, following his remarks before the Senate, but pulled out after Democrats insisted committee staff, rather than members of Congress, be allowed to ask the questions.
Rather than any kind of “constitutional crisis” President Trump continues to see the Mueller investigation as nothing more than a great big hoax, also tweeting, “Despite two years and millions of dollars spent, the Democrats are acting like crazed lunatics ever since the results of the Mueller Report were made public. But they knew there was NOTHING even before the Report was started. It is all a big Hoax, the biggest in American history!”
In an ongoing slew of vitriolic tweets, the president continued that the only, ’Constitutional Crisis’ is the Democrats refusing to work. Let them start by fixing the mess that their Immigration Laws have caused at the Southern Border.” Which was followed by another tweet in which he defended his stance on trade with China, and said that China would be happy to back a democrat in 2020. “China is DREAMING that Sleepy Joe Biden, or any of the others, gets elected in 2020. They LOVE ripping off America,” Trump tweeted.
The world of sports and the presidency of Donald Trump have collided in yet another example of modern racial divisiveness. I have long held that the VAST majority of Americans are not racists and get along very well in all walks of life. From time to time I feel obligated to quote from the manuscript of a book I am just competing as a backdrop to opining on the most current racially charged event. To wit:
“If we take a fresh look at America, we might just discover that we are not a nation of racists after all, but rather the victims of racial baiting by politicians and the mainstream media. We should keep in mind that billions of times every day … yes, billions … black and white Americans smile and nod to each other as we pass on the streets. We serve each other in restaurants and stores. We work side-by-side in factories and offices. We do favors for each other. We come to each other’s aid. We cheer alongside each other on both sides of every sports arena. We play on the same teams. We chat on social media. We die alongside each other in battle. We become lifelong friends. We adopt each other. We fall in love and marry each other. We laugh together at the same movies and we weep together at shared tragedies.”
Despite my generally positive view of the American people – of all backgrounds — I do recognize a disturbing growing tension being promoted in the name of identity politics with a subtext of political race-baiting. The cause is easily identified. As a political strategy, the Democratic Party is working overtime to convince the black community that Republicans and white folks are racists and that they are the victims of society-wide oppression. In fact, examples of racial hostility pale compared to the overwhelming examples of racial harmony – but that is not the narrative Democrats so callously proffer.
The Democrats’ toxic racial strategy promotes highly publicized examples of divisiveness – as well as the interpreting of benign events as racially charged. Even if racist incidents are miniscule in number and are not representative of the general population as seen in everyday life, they do garner undeserved publicity – which, in turn, convinces folks that the extremist view of racism in America is the norm.
The Democrats false, but pervasive, narratives of pandemic racism – as a divide-to-conquer political strategy — has imposed racism into virtually every aspect of American life. The most recent example comes from Bean City, U.S.A. – Boston. Sadly, it involves a feature of American life that was once –and should be – a respite from the serious issues of the day. Of course, I am referring to sports.
Sports are entertainment. It is composed of games. It is America’s pastime – something we enjoy apart from our more serious concerns of the day. Not so anymore.
The latest manifestation of the everything-is-about-race mentality has to do with the tradition of inviting championship teams to the White House for an Oval Office celebration. These have always been among the least political occasions at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Following tradition, President Trump invited the 2018 World Series winning Boston Red Sox to the White House – along with the coaching staff. The invitation had nothing to do with politics or race. It could have been an example to the nation that there are a lot of things we can share without tiptoeing into the murky waters of politics.
Unfortunately, half the team decided to snub the President. They decided that politics was more important than this nonpartisan occasion. More important than recognition for winning the World Series. More important than the sport of baseball. More important than the young people who love the sport. This had to be yet another occasion when individuals decided to let their political prejudices take dominance over the purpose of the White House gathering.
At last count, all the black members of the team have rejected the invitation and all the white members are going to attend. Coach Alex Cora, of Puerto Rico, will also demur – assumedly over the alleged treatment of his island home by the Trump administration.
This is the kind of shabby action that has resulted from the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement. Nothing related to Trump can be acceptable – nothing. It is a result of a racist policy that has dishonestly pitted all people of color (which includes Hispanics, Asians and anyone with a skin tone darker than a California beach bum) against white America – especially white males with those “toxic genes.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was saddened to see the Red Sox protest break so starkly on racial lines. He wished that at least one of the white players would have joined in the protest to make it more bipartisan. Of course, Joe could have conversely wished that at least one of the black players would have decided to attend the White House ceremony. I suspect that Scarborough would have liked to have had ALL the white players refuse to attend. Ya think?
If they want to have sports be for everyone, then they should respect everyone by not using a social occasion to express political views. The black players who have decided to stay home may believe that their insult is surgically directed at Trump, but, in fact, they are insulting those millions of Americans who are not part of the Resistance Movement. They are corrupting the sport, itself. And they are wrong if they believe that their action draws positive attention to racial issues or wins over new supporters for a civil rights agenda. Au contraire.
They have unnecessarily offended many fair-minded people and further widened the racial divide. They have set back the cause of civil rights by aggravating and misrepresenting the issue.
Red Sox officials assured the country that the difference in viewpoint did not create tension in the locker room. Each side respected the decision of the other. While that sounds like an obligatory public relationship statement, I am dubious. I cannot help but believe that the black players are not disappointed to see their white teammates reject their protest. And I cannot help but believe that the white players do not harbor some resentment for creating a sidebar controversy that diminishes both the event and the team’s achievement.
We have seen the same twisted thinking with the presentation of the Medal of Freedom to a man of color, golfer Tiger Woods – indisputably the greatest living golfer and one of the greatest of all time. But because the medal was presented by Trump, many Democrats and black leaders were appalled. There was chagrin that Woods did not reject the honor. It was the old traitor-to-his-race mentality.
Woods was as worthy of the honor as any past recipient – and more so than some. Had the honor been bestowed by President Obama, the same said critics would have cheered both Obama and Woods for respectively bestowing and accepting of the honor.
It has been more than two years since Trump was elected President of the United States, and yet the hostility to that reality emanating from the left has continued unabated. In fact, it may be getting worse.
I have spent a lifetime in support of civil rights and economic opportunities for minorities – especially the oppressed by long-empowered Democrat political machines in our great urban centers. But I do not admire the politicization of everything. If the black players wanted to make a positive statement about the sport of baseball and the country that invited it, they would be heading to the White House.
So, there ‘tis.
The latest mantra from the political gurus of the radical left is that the release of the long-anticipated report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just the beginning of the efforts by the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement. With the intentions to delve into the matter of criminal collusion and obstruction of justice – and any number of other fishing-expedition investigations currently being teed up by Democrats.
Sadly for the institution of American journalism, the anti-Trump news media is embracing this latest partisan-driven narrative as if it is factual news – just as they so eagerly and as speciously embraced and advanced the false narrative of criminal collusion and obstruction of justice throughout the 23-month Mueller investigation.
The liberal partisans in the Fourth Estate are using what is left of their tattered reputations and declining credibility (according to polls about which they do not report) to double down on the same bogus narrative they dishonestly proffered for more than two years.
Despite the Mueller conclusions that there was no improper (illegal) coordination between President Trump and Russian operatives and insufficient evidence to establish obstruction, the crazed left is continuing to claim that Trump DID criminally collude and most certainly committed the crime of obstruction.
Keep in mind that these are the same folks who promised to – but did not – wait for the conclusion of the Mueller investigation, and promised to – but did not – accept Mueller’s findings.
They opine that any ordinary person would most certainly have been indicted on any one of the points Mueller cited in his Report. If that is true – and we have no reason to believe that it is – God helps save the common person from the scary power of professional prosecutors.
The Resistance Movement media inconsistently argues (nothing new there) that the only reason Mueller did not bring prosecutorial charges against Trump is that it is “a very high bar.” Really? The general view has long been that thanks to the grand jury system, a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich.
New York Congressman Jerry Nadler, the diminutive radical left socialist chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is promising to hold hearings on every aspect of Trump’s political, business and personal life for the next two years. He has already started the process of issuing subpoenas with machine-gun rapidity. Not since emperors presided over the games in the Roman Coliseum has a political figure promised a greater public spectacle for the sole purposes of political gain and self-aggrandizement.
To pick up on President Lincoln’s language, the left-leaning media came very close to fooling all the people some of the time with their prolonged false narratives against Trump and Russia. They continue to fool some of the people all of the time – the so-called Resistance Movement folks and maybe themselves. But thanks to Mueller, they cannot continue to fool all the people all the time. But … that is exactly what they think they can do by re-investigating the same issues – plus whatever else they can conjure up.
The lust for impeachment courses through the veins of the Democratic Party despite the efforts of saner and more pragmatic leaders – including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – to derail the notion because it is likely to backfire. So far that has not stopped the clamor for impeachment and most certainly has not dissuaded people like Nadler from wanting to produce the most prominent political circus since … the Clinton impeachment fiasco.
Democrats obsessed with impeachment may discover that the only “beginning” to be noted at this time is the beginning of the end of their political support among the American people.
So, there ‘tis.
The vast majority of “asylum seekers” are here illegally. That is not the narrative that Democrats and the left-wing propaganda press is pressing. They say that when a person crosses our border – through points of entry or by pole vaulting border walls (where they might exist) – they can LEGALLY request asylum and remain in the United States until their request is adjudicated. That is the meaning of “catch and release.” What is missing is the expeditious vetting process. Given the numbers of border crossers and the loooooong delays between entering and court hearings, there essentially is no vetting.
That means that anyone – with the exception of a relatively few known criminals – who claims to be endangered back home gets admitted. There is no requirement of proof. By the Democrats misrepresentation of the law, most of the 26 million folks who reside in America without official approval are LEGAL – a least by their strained definition.
That is simply not true. First of all, the millions who never showed up for their vetting hearing are automatically ILLEGAL. Second, all those who came here with legal visas – workers, students, visitors – and did not leave are also ILLEGAL. As Democrats like to point out, those overstaying visas comprise a high percentage of the illegals in this country.
So, what about the hundreds of thousands – maybe now millions – claiming asylum?
Based on history and current statistics, most of them are NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ASYLUM. This is the dirty little secret that Democrats and their media friends do not like to discuss or report. Over the longer period, the actual records show that up to 80 percent of those requesting asylum are ineligible. Think about that. Democrats do not care if the folks claiming asylum are even eligible.
Current numbers at the border show that 76 percent of those from Honduras who are seeking asylum are not eligible. That is true of 75 percent coming from Guatemala, 68 percent from El Salvatore and 61 percent from Mexico.
Some of those folks may have been misled into believing that anyone crossing the U.S. border and claiming asylum is automatically accepted. And why not? Democrats and the new media have been pushing that false narrative 24/7.
Many asylum seekers have been coached to make false claims and for another large group their requests are simply fraudulent. Technically, anyone in America today who is not eligible for asylum is an illegal alien.
In a previous public life – before his political lobotomy – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, railed against the very illegal border crossing that he now claims is neither illegal nor a crisis. In an earlier speech ignored by the liberal news media, Schumer blasted the use of the word “undocumented.” He emphatically insisted that we call them … “illegal aliens.”
What is going on at our border is a multifaceted crisis. It is a human crisis because tens of thousands of people are suffering and many dying on the trail to the border, and by crimes against Americans committed by the criminal element who use the caravans as a modern-day Trojan Horse.
It is a political crisis because it has kept our leaders impotently divided on the issue for generations. The failure to recognize the problem and to fix it has a very simple cause. Both Republicans and Democrats in Washington have used immigration as a political weapon – and neither side wants to give up that partisan political weapon for the sake of the country.
President Reagan made a run at it and offered amnesty in return for border security. Congressional Democrats approved of the amnesty but reneged on border security. President Clinton made a feeble run at it but gave up in the face of congressional inaction from his own party. Those were the days when most of the top Democrats paid lip service to border security. Their comments in those days sounded like Trump today.
President Obama promised that immigration reform would be his first priority – but he gave it no priority whatsoever throughout his eight years in office. President Trump is the first President to push hard for border security as the first element of immigration reform – trying to avoid what happened to Reagan — but has been rebuffed by Congress in a shameful display of bipartisan inaction. One can fault Trump for his pugnacious style but one cannot say he is not seriously working on the issue of REAL immigration reform.
The New York Post has hit back hard with a scathing rebuke of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., following her recent comments on the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
The dramatic front page of the Thursday, April 11 edition featured an infamous photo of New York City’s Twin Towers on fire on the day of the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 Americans. The text accompanying the gut-wrenching image read:
“Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 was ‘some people did something.’”
“Here’s your something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”
The bottom of the cover read in small captioning, “Omar outraged the families of 9/11 victims by referring dismissively to the terrorist attacks while speaking to a Muslim lobbying group.”
“Some People Did Something”
The Post was referring to Omar’s recent comments at the Council of American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] fundraiser last month when she called upon other Muslim-Americans to “make people uncomfortable” with their activism. However, another part of the speech surfaced on social media this week in which Omar described the terror attacks perpetrated by Al Qaeda.
“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said at the event.
Her comments prompted a response from Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a former Navy SEAL who lost his right eye after being injured by an IED in Afghanistan.
“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,’” Crenshaw wrote in a tweet. “Unbelievable.”
In an editorial that accompanied the striking cover, The Post stated, “Wow. What a way to describe the heinous surprise attack on America that claimed 3,000 lives. Especially when Omar’s focus was Muslim rights. That made it all the more vital to note that the terrorists acted in the name of Islam — as self-described ‘jihadists’ in a war against America, Israel and the West.”
“To call them merely ‘some people’ is to deny a cancer festering in the world Muslim community,” the editorial said.
The editorial went on to further criticize Omar for saying in her speech that there is an expectation that the Muslim community “needs to hide every time something happens.”
“Again, by ‘something happens,’” the editorial states, “she means (but won’t say) when Muslims commit acts of terror, no one expects Muslims to ‘hide’ after an attack by Islamist terrorists. No group should be blamed for the deeds of a few of its members. But defeating terrorism requires facing the facts of who’s behind it and why.”
The editorial also pointed out that CAIR was formed in 1994, NOT after 9-11 as Omar said, and that they have been listed as “an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to steer US funds to the terror group Hamas.”
Omar, who became the first Somali-American elected to Congress in November, appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday where her 9/11 comments were not addressed. The freshman congresswoman told the host she was still “learning” after she was accused of making an anti-Semitic remark in February.
“The whole process really has been one of growth for me, right,” she said. “I’m learning that everything is not as simple as we might think. As I’ve said to my constituents and my colleagues, when you tell me that you are pained by something I say, I will always listen and I will acknowledge your pain.”
As a Jew and a former New Yorker, all I can say is “Hey Omar – acknowledge this!”
On first blush, I expect most Americans would look at the headline and say, “Are you kidding?” Well … sort of, but not entirely.
I have always had total disdain for the National Enquirer and all those other fake news tabloids that you see at the check-out counter.
They wallow in the underbelly of journalism – if you are even inclined to place them even on the periphery of the profession. I cannot recall ever buying one and they were never seen in my home.
In hyping their upcoming “Headliner” show on the Enquirer with Ari Melber, MSNBC set the tone of the show by alleging that the Enquirer was “weaponized” by Trump to go on an unrelenting attack against his opponents in the Republican primaries and against Hillary Clinton in the General Election.
According to them, the Enquirer made no attempt to be fair and balanced – or even have a smidgeon of news sympathetic to Trump’s opponents.
MSNBC promised to expose what they see as unrelenting one-side reporting of dubious stories that played to Trump’s favor. In a very real sense, MSNBC contends that David Pecker ran his publication as a propaganda vehicle for the Trump campaign.
Did the Enquirer go all in for Trump in the 2016 campaign? Well duh! Just a perusal of the frontpages – and that is as far as I ever got – made the bias perfectly clear. It was an unabashed Trump publication for sure.
As I watched the MSNBC promos for their look at the Enquirer, that symbolic lightbulb in the head lit up. Imagine, I thought, a self-proclaimed journalistic outfit using their platform to support one side of the political partisan divide. Suddenly, the word “hypocrisy” jumped into my mind.
Doesn’t MSNBC use their platform to support only one side of the political partisan divide? It may be fair to say that the NBC News offspring is not as sensationalistic as the Enquirer.
But maybe – just maybe — they are more dangerous because their service as a propaganda vehicle for the progressive faction of the Democratic Party is less obvious to those in their audience.
Sadly, there are a lot of well-intentioned and good people who are taken in by MSNBC reporting. Some of my closest friends are MSNBC-ophiles. As is typical of so many on the left, they refuse to discuss politics – largely because they cannot defend their positions.
It is that old liberalism being faith-based as opposed to fact-based. Many use anger as a defensive exit from intelligent conversations – you know, that civil dialogue we are supposed to have in a free society.
If a person only reads the Enquirer, they would have a limited and distorted view of reality. I would argue that the same is true of people who only get their news and political information from MSNBC. They are as ill-informed as those who follow the Enquirer.
It is not just a matter of opinion. Anyone who cares to take the effort can empirically establish MSNBC’s bias – and to a lesser extent, CNN’s – can see the biases.
Like it or not, FOX News offers more variety in its news and on controversial topics is more like to have legitimate analysts on both sides of an issue.
That is just an evident fact. You can watch MSNBC all day and hardly find anyone who presents counterpoints to their preconceived partisan narratives – with emphasis on anti-Trumpism and constant attacks on the Republican Brand and conservatives.
If you look only at political bias – as opposed to sensationalism – you will find the MSNBC is as one-sided as Enquirer.
They are, as we say, two peas in a pod. The television networks distorted political narratives are only slightly more credible than the Enquirer’s obvious fake stories. The problem is that the Enquirer is widely recognized as a trash publication that prints outrageously fake news, whereas MSNBC purports to be a legitimate news service – which they are not – and a lot of people actually are taken in by their propaganda.
Think of all those reports claiming that there is evidence that Trump is guilty of Russian collusion. Or all those reports about Trump firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. All the times they mischaracterize Trump’s statements – which you would not know if you did not surf the other news outlets.
Both the Enquirer and MSNBC are members-in-good-standing of the propaganda press – spinning their false narratives as factual reporting. No objective consumer of news would ever rely on them as a single source – are even a source at all.
So, there ‘tis.
President Donald J. Trump held his first rally since being exonerated by the Mueller probe to huge cheering crowds in Michigan. The President took the stage before a loud and lively full house at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, where he proceeded to tear into Democrats and the FBI as unintelligent “frauds” who tried desperately to undermine the results of the 2016 election.
“The Democrats have to now decide whether they will continue defrauding the public with ridiculous bullshit partisan investigations, or whether they will apologize to the American people,” Trump said to thunderous applause.
Trump continued to unload on his opponents, “I have a better education than them, I’m smarter than them, I went to the best schools; they didn’t. Much more beautiful house, much more beautiful apartment. Much more beautiful everything. And I’m president and they’re not.”
Addressing counter-protesters outside the arena and leftist progressives in general, Trump asked, “What do you think of their signs, ‘Resist?’ What the hell? Let’s get something done.”
Winners and Losers
Totally in his element among the roars of the adoring crowd, Trump vowed to “close the damn border” unless Mexico halts two new caravans he said have been approaching the United States rapidly. Trump also hit at fraudulent asylum applicants, saying liberal lawyers often have coached them in a “big fat con job” to claim they’ve feared for their lives when they make it to the border.
The economy, Trump said to sustained cheers, “is roaring, the ISIS caliphate is defeated 100 percent, and after three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead. The collusion delusion is over. … The single greatest political hoax in the history of our country. And guess what? We won.”
Trump predicted that the former DOJ and FBI officials who pushed the collusion theory and authorized secret surveillance warrants against members of his campaign — whom he incidentally called “major losers” — would soon have “big problems.”
Trump also characterized the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee as “little pencil-neck Adam Schiff, who has the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen,” and someone who is “not a long-ball hitter.”
Schiff, D-Calif., who fiercely pushed collusion claims despite little evidence of the President’s involvement, has vowed to continue investigating Trump despite Mueller’s findings — even as Republicans have called for his resignation.
Trump’s rally prompted thousands of supporters to line the streets hours beforehand in a festive atmosphere that included vendors selling “Make America Great Again” hats and holding supportive signs.
As the president continued to lambast all of his usual opponents, he made it a point to take a jab at the Fake News noting with great satisfaction that MSNBC and CNN’s ratings “dropped through the floor last night,” while Fox News’ ratings were “through the roof.”
At the end of the rally, Trump remarked, “the Democrats took the people of Michigan for granted. With us, you will never be forgotten again.”