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RealClearPolitics: More Primary Results, New National and State Polls, New EPA Rules on Electric Cars

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 23:30
On Wednesday's edition of the RealClearPolitics radio show (Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m. EDT on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. Channel 124), Andrew Walworth, Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon, and RCP president and co-founder Tom Bevan discuss Tuesday night's set of primary results and some newly released national and state polls. They also talk about the politics behind new EPA rules on electric vehicles and the recently popular question, "Should Justice Sotomayor Retire?" Next, Carl speaks with former USA Today White House correspondent Richard Benedetto about Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer calling for the resignation of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Finally, Andrew Walworth talks with Emily Jashinsky, culture editor for "The Federalist" and co-host of the "Breaking Points" podcast.

Biden on Trump: "This Guy Despises Latinos, I Understand Latino Values"

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 23:24
President Joe Biden said former President Donald Trump "despises Latinos" in an interview with Univision's El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Biden is visiting the battleground states of Nevada and Arizona this week in an effort to shore up support from the crucial demographic. "I mean, this guy despises Latinos," Biden told Spanish-language broadcaster Univision in an interview broadcast Tuesday. "I understand Latino values." "We just celebrated St. Patrick's Day," Biden continued. "I hope you're not offended by my saying this, but you know, the thing about the Irish who came here, they're about family, they're about faith, they're about decency, and that's exactly what the Latino community is all about."

Biden to Latino Voters: "Kamala And I Desperately Need Your Help"

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 23:11
President Biden at a campaign event at the El Portal Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona for Latino voters: "I need you. I need you badly. I need the help. Kamala and I desperately need your help. Because, look, there are only 6 or 7 states that are going to determine the outcome of this election. They are toss-up states, this is one of them."

Biden to Latinos: "This Election Is Not A Referendum On Me, It's An Election Between Me And A Guy Named Trump"

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 23:10
President Biden at a campaign event at the El Portal Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona told Latino voters "I need you badly." Biden said this campaign is not a referendum but an election between him and "a guy named Trump" that believes immigrants are "poisoning the blood of our country." "I need you," Biden said. "I need you badly. I need the help. Kamala and I desperately need your help. Because, look, there are only 6 or 7 states that are going to determine the outcome of this election. They are toss-up states, this is one of them... This election is not a referendum on me, it's an election between me and a guy named Trump. And this is a guy, the way he talks about the Latino community is, well, in 2016 [2015] he called Latinos criminals, drug dealers, and rapists when he came down that escalator. Now he says immigrants are poisoning the blood of our country. What the hell is he talking about?

Biden: Growth Is Strong, Wages Are Up More Than Prices & Inflation Is Down Dramatically

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 23:00
President Joe Biden on Wednesday touted the CHIPS Act in a speech at an Intel plant and claimed 300,000 new jobs were created in Arizona under his watch. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Since I took office America has had the strongest growth of any major economy in the world, nearly 15 million new jobs, the longest stretch of unemployment under 4 percent in 50 years. Growth is strong, wages are up more than prices, inflation is down dramatically. -- more to do. I get it. We have more to do. But no question, our plan of delivering for the American people is working now. And since I came to office here in Arizona, because of your investment in an American Agenda, we've deployed and developed nearly $8 billion in federal funds to upgrade infrastructure and clean energy. Right here in Arizona, we've created 300,000 new jobs. Let me say that again. In Arizona, 300,000 new jobs, because I was finally able to beat big pharmaceutical companies, because Medicare -- I've been trying for years -- but Medicare now has the power to negotiate lower prescription drug costs for seniors, including 1.4 million seniors right here in Arizona.

Trump on National Abortion Ban: People Are Agreeing On 15 Weeks, It Will Be "Something That's Very Reasonable"

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 22:48
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday's broadcast of 'Sid & Friends In The Morning' on WABC-AM: "The number of weeks now, people are agreeing on 15. And I'm thinking in terms of that. And it'll come out to something that's very reasonable"

.@tylerskendall reports on new data from the Guttmacher Institute that shows the abortion rate reaching its highest level in a decade.

In a WABC radio interview Tuesday, Donald Trump suggested that he would support a 15-week abortion ban with exceptions

- Bloomberg TV (@BloombergTV) March 20, 2024

Sen. Tillis Receives Threat: "If You Ban TikTok, I Will Find You And Shoot You," "That's My Only Entertainment"

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 22:30
From the office of Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC): This is a voicemail my office received last night. TikTok's misinformation campaign is pushing people to call their members of Congress, and callers like this who communicate threats against elected officials could be committing a federal crime. The Communist-Chinese aligned company is proving just how dangerous their current ownership is. Great work, TikTok. "Listen, if you ban TikTok, I will find you and shoot you," the caller said while laughing. "That's people's job and that's my only entertainment. And, people make money off there too, you know. I'm trying to get rich like that. Anyway, I'll shoot you, and find you, and cut you into pieces. Bye."

This is a voicemail my office received last night. TikTok's misinformation campaign is pushing people to call their members of Congress, and callers like this who communicate threats against elected officials could be committing a federal crime. The Communist-Chinese aligned…

- Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) March 20, 2024

The View's Sunny Hostin: "I Can't Wait To See The Chains On Trump Tower"

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 20:27
'The View' co-host Sunny Hostin on Wednesday expressed her joy that Trump Tower may be chained up: "There is no way that anybody is going to loan money to him and I can't wait to see the chains on Trump Tower, actually, on Fifth Avenue. I'm actually kind of excited."

Turley: Our Legal System Has Merged With Politics In A Sick Form Of Entertainment And People Are Thrilled

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 20:04
GWU law professor and FOX News contributor Jonathan Turley on Tuesday's 'Hannity' said there are so many ways that the judge in former President Donald Trump's New York case to achieve the purposes of the bond other than demanding the defendant produce $464 million in order to appeal the judgment. "I think this is being used by James as a form of punishment and I think it's been used by the judge in the same way by coming up with this big number, knowing that his assets are in real estate," Turley told Hannity. "There's lots of ways that you could fulfill the purpose of the rule. The purpose of the rule is to make sure that defendants don't empty their accounts, flee the jurisdiction, avoid payment." "His assets are fixed," Turley continued. "You can -- you can get agreements that he can't transfer the value. He can't leverage these buildings. You can accept the $100 million offer he made in addition to those collateral guarantees. There's lots of ways to do this, but there's not a will because people are enjoying this." "When you watch the news, people are thrilled, and that has merged our legal system not just with politics but a rather sick form of entertainment," he said. HANNITY: Kevin O'Leary is dead on accurate, or as Jonathan Turley put it, we are witnessing mob justice. Look at this. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) JONATHAN TURLEY, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Basically his position is, in order to get any other judge to look at what I've done to you, you've got to come up with basically a half a billion dollars just to appeal. It's like a judge saying I'm going to take your house away, but you can appeal my decision. You just have to sell your house in order to do it. It doesn't -- many people look at this as a type of almost mob justice and as, you know, the attorney general ran on bagging Trump. She's now pledging to seize his property, just because he can't come up with this bond. At some point, the courts have got to step in and say, look, this is just simply enough. (END VIDEO CLIP) HANNITY: All right. So the question is where do we go from here? What precedent does this set moving forward? All right. Joining us now with more is law professor and FOX News contributor, Jonathan Turley. I don't think you could have said this any better and this is mob justice. What really boggles the mind here is you have an A.G. that ran on a platform to go after one man, Donald Trump, one family, the Trump family, one organization, the Trump Organization, well, that campaign promise has been fulfilled. Then you have something that is fairly unprecedented. You -- you don't have a victim in this case, you actually had -- this case became about valuations and what the Trump Organization put down as valuations. But they also had in every contractor a disclaimer that said don't go by our valuations, you have a fiduciary responsibility to determine that yourself and there's no bank or insurance company that is going to lend or insure hundreds of millions of dollars without doing their proper due diligence. That is their responsibility. And lastly, I would say is, if we're going to talk about phony evaluations, I have shown on this show, empty lots, two acres on the ocean in Palm Beach for sale for a whopping $200 million. Mar-a-Lago's 22 acres. It has the ocean side. It has the intercoastal side. It has over 58 bedrooms, other prop -- other -- other properties or cottages on the facility. It's got a two clubs associated with it. It is in great shape. It's a historic property. It's worth closer to a billion. It's a far more egregious evaluation error, if you will, than anything they even claimed Trump did. How did that get to stand, Jonathan? TURLEY: Well, that's the problem is that many of us believe that much of this cannot stand. But first, he's got to get in front of another judge. And the problem with the bond is that it's being used as a punitive device. I mean, James is constantly threatening to take over these properties like she's going to put a lock on Trump Tower, and it's thrilling to many people in New York. But for many of us outside New York, you look at this and you look, well, come on. I mean, you know, you have a judge that comes up with a number that none of us can understand. And because he did that, Trump would have to sell off property in order to get someone to say that you were excessive. You know, he could have come up with a billion dollars, made it impossible to find a bond. Instead, he went with a half a billion, which is almost nearly as impossible. The fact is that Trump's business is largely in real estate state. That's not good if you have to float a bond because they want cash. And it's just the nature of his business. Now, the judge could have recognized that. There's no -- the funny thing about being in real estate is those buildings aren't going anywhere. All you have to do is guarantee that he's not going to leverage his interest in that property, which you can do with another device, but they're fixed assets. So the judge could have said, you know, we're going to try to come up with another way of doing this so that my award is not a barrier to appeal. He refused, and, of course, James is refusing to take any modest steps out of concern for due process. So it's up to the New York judiciary and the New York Bar to show the rest of the country that there still is due process here. You don't have to like Trump to not like what's happening in this case. HANNITY: Couldn't they simply put a lien on some of the properties that he owns or even if there's a mortgage on it, whatever, equity is in that -- in that property? That certainly would be one way to handle it if they if they really needed to go down that road. But apparently, the Trump people went to nine different people looking for a bond, there's not a company in the world that they were able to find that would -- would be able to give a half a billion dollar bond. It just doesn't exist. TURLEY: Well, that's why I think this is being used by James as a form of punishment and I think it's been used by the judge in the same way by coming up with this big number, knowing that his assets are in real estate. There's lots of ways that you could fulfill the purpose of the rule. The purpose of the rule is to make sure that defendants don't empty their accounts, flee the jurisdiction, avoid payment. His assets are fixed. You can -- you can get agreements that he can't transfer the value. He can't leverage these buildings. You can accept the $100 million offer he made in addition to those collateral guarantees. There's lots of ways to do this, but there's not a will because people are enjoying this. When you watch the news, people are thrilled, and that has merged our legal system not just with politics but a rather sick form of entertainment. HANNITY: Yeah, and I'll tell you, everybody better pay very close attention because if this could happen to Donald Trump, it can happen to others as well. Democrats, you know, worry, oh, Donald Trump will abuse power, this is an abuse of power. It's unfolding right in front of our eyes. Jonathan Turley, thank you. We appreciate your time and analysis.

Sen. Tim Scott: If You Want Lady Justice Wearing A Blindfold, You Must Vote For Donald Trump

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 19:59
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) reacted to former President Trump's legal battles highlighting the "two-tiered legal system" on Wednesday's broadcast of 'Hannity' on FOX News. HANNITY: Joining us now is South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. Senator, let's get your reaction to all -- all these developments today. You know, the system is so obviously fair. There's no victims here. Okay, they had a disclaimer in every contract, not one person that they did business with complained. Everyone was paid back with interest on time. Then, the worst valuation of all came from the judge himself and he was steadfast. SEN. TIM SCOTT (R-SC): Yeah. HANNITY: I -- right now, you can go online and find a two-acre property, ocean front property in Palm Beach, just an empty lot, two acres, $200 million. You're going to tell me that 22 acres is $18 million. By the way, I'll find the money tomorrow, I don't know how, but I'll find the money. I'll buy that property. I'll pay twice that amount. SCOTT: Twenty-two acres in Palm Beach is worth a billion dollars without the buildings, without the name, with -- without identifying the actual value of the property all you need to know is if the liberal elite will weaponize the United States justice system against a former president. Every single one of your millions of millions of viewers need to know we could be next. This is egregious. This is disgusting, but this is the plot and the plan of the radical left. Hear me clearly -- President Donald Trump represents the working class of America. He represents the victim who understands clearly the only thing standing between the liberal elite and the everyday American is former President Donald Trump. That's why we have to all lean in on this election and make sure that the results are indisputable, clear, crystal clear, we must elect Donald Trump. Not only will we better off with Donald Trump, but if you want to eliminate chaos and return to law and order, which means that Lady Justice wears a blindfold, you must vote for Donald Trump. If you want to make sure that kids in the poorest neighborhoods in this country are afforded a great education and not the teachers unions making decisions for adults and not kids, you must vote for Donald Trump. If you want to make sure that every single American has a chance to live their American dream, Donald Trump is our only choice. HANNITY: Let me ask you -- SCOTT: And finally, Sean -- HANNITY: Yeah, go ahead. SCOTT: -- if you are disgusted by this, if you're disgusted by this two- tiered legal system, if you're disgusted by the actions in New York or this attorney general, you must have your voice heard loud and clear. And that happens on Election Day. They are absolutely petrified -- HANNITY: So -- SCOTT: -- that Donald Trump is bringing a coalition of working Americans. HANNITY: They're going to lie about issues like a bloodbath, even though they've used the words and there's been more violent rhetoric about Donald Trump from coming out of their mouths and we played a lot of that last night. They're going to dem -- they have said they will lie about abortion, Republicans better be prepared for these arguments. They will say democracy is in peril, the very people that unilaterally would allow elected officials to make a decision to kick somebody off the ballot, talk about democracy and peril. They will demagogue -- they will call Republicans racist. Ironically, coming from the guy that was partners with a former Klansman to stop integration of schools and public and public busing, didn't want those schools to become racial jungles. So that is their technique. They can't -- they can't run on are you better off. How do Republicans fight back? This is the predictable attack. This is what we're going to hear for the next 230 days. Your advice to the Republicans? SCOTT: One thousand percent. Hey, we have to be seen and heard, go where you're not invited, make sure that we campaign in every single community in this country. President Donald Trump has a 50-state strategy. We need to make sure that every Republican, every patriot, every parent who believes that they should have a voice in the education of their kids, we must stand with President Donald Trump. By doing so, our neighbors, our friends, our relatives will join this movement. We need momentum. We have the right candidate. This is our time to stand up for what America is today, not this utopian American dream that is our nightmare. They want socialism. We believe in free markets. We must fight for the America that we have today and make sure that our kids benefit from it. So get in the race. Get in the fight, and let's win this because this is not about Donald Trump. This is about your kids and your grandkids. We win. They lose. Let's make it happen. HANNITY: Let's make it happen. I don't think we can survive. Elon Musk said, I don't think we survive four more years of this. All right. Senator, thank you.

Watch: President Biden Touts CHIPS Act Funding For Intel Microchip Factory In Arizona

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 19:15
President Biden is in Chandler, Arizona, on Wednesday to tout an $8.5 billion investment into four new microchip factories in four states, one of which will be at Intel's Ocotillo campus in Arizona.

Kellyanne Conway: Trump Will Have "Monster Gains" Among Hispanic Voters, Should Pick A Person Of Color As VP

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 18:45
Former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway appeared hopeful that Donald Trump will win a much larger percentage of the Hispanic vote, Wednesday afternoon on FNC's "Outnumbered." KELLYANNE CONWAY: Look, every way you look at it, Hispanics have so many reasons to dump Biden-Harris. The main one is the border. How cynical of an entire Democratic Party to believe that in the nine years since Donald Trump elevated into the international consciousness his view on illegal immigration, "Build the wall, be fair to the people here, America first," nine years later, the Democrats still think that attacking Donald Trump on the border is going to get them Hispanic vote. Hispanics are also upset that they are hostile to religion, that they masked up their kids and kept them home for the better part of two school years. The economic upward mobility that is being lost to them. So I think that Donald Trump's going to have monster gains among Hispanics, and I think it's part of why he should pick a person of color as his VP.

Maher to Biden: Embrace Your Age, Just Admit "I'm Bad With Names And I Walk Like A Toddler With A Full Diaper"

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 22:24
HBO host Bill Maher delivered a monologue on Friday advising President Biden to embrace all the "too old to be president" slams against him. BILL MAHER: If Democrats want to win the next presidential election, they need to find a way to make the Biden age issue work for them. Because you know what's really getting old about Joe Biden? Complaining about his age. Yes, we're all worried that Joe is not as quick as he used to be, but when did we start insisting that our presidents be smart like these assholes? (Pictured: Donald Trump, George W. Bush) Instead of trying to refute all the 'too old to be president' slams, Joe must embrace them. Stop with the 'I'm sharper than ever.' Nobody's buying that. Don't try to deny the age thing, lean into it. Lean in, lean in like you're eating soup. And just admit it! Say 'Yes, I'm bad with names and I walk like a toddler with full diaper, but I believe in democracy.' Because Joe's problem is not a new one for Democrats, not the age thing specifically but the idea of letting the opposition intimidate you into being defensive about who you really are. That we've seen before. John Kerry pretending to be a duck hunter. Hillary carrying hot sauce in her purse. Be yourself! And Joe, yourself is old. That's who you are. You're old... You're so old you once fell down the stairs at the Underground Railroad. You're so you're so old your bad kid with a drug problem is 54. Time to take all your ads off Twitter and put them on CBS. Tell America I feel your joint pain. Let them love you as a relatable figure in a way only you can. You think you're the only old geezer who ever called LL Cool J, LL J Cool J?... My friends when I first came here as a senator, Washington welcomed me with open arms. Not the place, the guy. And that is a virtue. You don't want a young person in charge of our defense. We need a president who can stand up to Russia and say to its current president, Mr. Gorbachev, get off my lawn.

Capehart on Border: Trump Gave Biden The "Perfect" Opportunity To Say "I'm Trying"

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 22:15
New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart join Geoff Bennett to discuss the week in politics, including President Biden's and Donald Trump's visits to the southern border. GEOFF BENNETT, PBS NEWSHOUR: So both President Biden and former President Donald Trump visited the southern border yesterday, as the 2024 presidential campaign ramps up over this issue that has really confounded administrations of both parties. That's immigration. Jonathan, how are Democrats aiming to boost their standing among voters, who increasingly say that immigration is their top issue in this election? JONATHAN CAPEHART, WASHINGTON POST: By pointing out the fact that the president, the sitting president of the United States, in conjunction with the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, along with one of the most conservative members of the Senate - oh, my gosh, I can't believe I'm spacing on this - Lankford. BENNETT: Lankford of Oklahoma, yes. CAPEHART: Senator Lankford from Oklahoma - that they sat down and hammered out a deal after the president went before the nation and said, everything is on the table. I'm willing to negotiate. They negotiated. They came up with a bill that bits and pieces of it were leaking out that was so bad, from the president's base perspective, that they were raising hell about, if this becomes law, this is going to set immigration policy back for a long time. But the president thought, we need to do something. They come up with the bill. And what happened? Donald Trump made a phone call, or put out some social media post and said, don't do it. Republicans refused to take yes for an answer and gave the president, gave President Biden the perfect thing to go before the nation and say, I'm trying. I was part of this deal. They - I gave them basically everything they wanted, and they still said no. Those people are not serious. And I think, if he hammers that message time and time again, I think it will break through.

Laura Ingraham: The "Get The Load Off Fani Saga"

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 21:44
'The Ingraham Angle' host Laura Ingraham dives into Special Counsel Jack Smith's efforts at 'keeping Trump in a courtroom' during the 2024 election campaign. LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS HOST: Good evening, everyone. I'm Laura Ingraham. This is THE INGRAHAM ANGLE. Thanks as always for joining us. The fears of women across the country are heightened this week after 22-year-old Laken Riley was murdered, while she was on a morning run. Tonight, two of the world's leading self-defense experts from the legendary Brazilian jujitsu Gracie family will be here to teach you how to defend yourself. Plus, famed LA Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey wants to help lead a California turnaround. He wants to take down Adam Schiff, boy, could really get in the Hall of Fame for that. That's of course right before Tuesday's primary in California and it'll be right here on the Angle. But first, Jack gets smacked. That's the focus of tonight's Angle. It's been a wild week in lawfare land. The Get Trump Express may be headed for a derailment. First, the Supreme Court announced it was taking the Trump appeal on presidential immunity at the end of April. And you wouldn't know this. But guess what? Those who claim that these cases will protect the legitimacy of elections, the legitimacy of institutions are now attacking the legitimacy of the High Court for its decision. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) JASON JOHNSON, POLITICS PROFESSOR: It's absolute partisan. This is garbage. This is an absolute disgusting abuse of power. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They're putting nine weeks of days, and they are burning them for Donald Trump in Donald Trump's interest so as to protect Donald Trump from the possibility of being held to account. Everyone needs to understand that is what they are doing. RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC HOST: This is BS. You are doing this as a dilatory tactic to help your political, your political friend, your partisan patron. That's disturbing about the future legitimacy of the court. (END VIDEO CLIP) INGRAHAM: Rachel's rule, when the court doesn't go our way, I mean, in her way, it's illegitimate. They're flailing. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA): Once again, Donald Trump trying to run out the clock. We have to hope and pray that voters reject him when they have a chance to vote this November, so that if the Justice Department and justice has not been served, that it will be served after the election. (END VIDEO CLIP) INGRAHAM: Adam still mad that that Mueller report didn't go his way. And that is kept getting worse for the democracy defenders. At a morning hearing in the classified docs case against President Trump, Federal Judge Aileen Cannon signaled that Jack Smith suggested July, a trial date would be a no go, because the trial timeframe for all the motion work that has to be done would be far too compressed. That totally makes sense. Of course, Trump's lawyers want this travesty to be postponed until after the election. Or I have an idea, how about holding off until and unless Joe Biden is brought up on charges for his own concealment of government records. All right, meanwhile, not a good idea to keep digging when you're already sinking. But that's what Smith's office did when his associate intimated that the judge wasn't moving quickly enough to which she tersely replied, I can assure you that in this building, there's a good deal of judicial work going on. Now, our reporters David Spunt and Jake Gibson are reporting that if they had to choose a date for the Federal appeal, Trump's legal team said, they could do August 12 to avoid running right up into the election. Of course, if a trial takes, let's say, six weeks, which is what they're projecting, keeping Trump in a courtroom. Now that's the ultimate in election interference, isn't it? But clearly, this guy just doesn't care. He's willing to dispense with the DOJ manual that highly discourages bringing cases against candidates that would impact the election because of the timing. It's a so-called 60-day rule, even though it doesn't mention 60 days. Of course, Smith's office says that they're in compliance. But really, they're willing to skirt the recommendations because after all, there's always a Trump exemption. Now, regardless of when the trial starts, Trump's legal team has played this smartly so far. And Judge Cannon's concern about the unfairness of a rushed schedule. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SHAN WU, DEFENSE ATTORNEY AND FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: When you look at that calendar, I mean, you can really see what the judge was referring to, which is, if Jack Smith tries to find a path for the federal cases, it's a very narrow path. Everything has to go exactly right. There can't be any winds that blow them off course. (END VIDEO CLIP) INGRAHAM: Now keep this in mind, Smith brought the indictments last year, but Judge Cannon and Chutkan control their own calendars. The DOJ manual doesn't cover in their scheduling final decisions at all. And Merrick Garland will become, I think, pressured to push these trials off until after the election, if it turns out they're rolling over into the campaign. But how twisted this all is, they wage a multi-front campaign of lawfare against a leading presidential candidate interfering with the election, because again, they alleged he interfered in the 2020 election. Now Americans are seeing this for what it is, which is why Trump's numbers remain strong through this multi-layered legal charade. He's still up over Biden by six points and that's the Angle. Now, it's not just the timing of the federal trials that's up in the air. They may be taking the load off Fani permanently, as in removing Fani Willis from the case she brought in Fulton County against Trump for election interference. Closing arguments took place today and lawyers for the Trump co-defendants, well, I think they trounced. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) RICHARD RICE, ATTORNEY FOR ROBERT CHEELEY: Ms. Willis is telling everyone in that church and everyone that's going to hear that in media afterwards that these defendants are guilty. The uncontroverted evidence shows that Mr. Wade lavishly spent on Ms. Willis, the uncontroverted evidence shows that the money that he was spending on Ms. Willis came from this contract. There is a direct financial benefit that Ms. Willis received from this. I believe we've shown an actual conflict. HARRY MACDOUGAL, ATTORNEY FOR JEFFREY CLARK: That conflict is not just financial, it can be any conflict that impairs your independent professional judgment that's really embedded in the prosecutors of to act impartially. That's the original sin from which all of the other problems flow. There is no boyfriend exception. Think of the message that would be sent if they were not disqualified. If this is tolerated, we will get more of it. This office is a global laughingstock because of their conducts. (END VIDEO CLIP) INGRAHAM: That's an understatement. I love there's no boyfriend exception line. That could have been my favorite. All right, of course, the state of Georgia rejected the idea that Fani Willis's conduct with Mr. Wade or her church tirade amounted to any ethical breach. They even dismissed the idea that 12,000, I saw this 12,000 who has that much to say of texts and calls between her and Mr. Wade was in any way significant and indicating the depth of their relationship. The judge said that he would try to have a decision about the disqualification issue within two weeks. Joining me now is Sol Wisenberg, former Deputy Independent Counsel, Fox News Contributor, and Mike Davis, Founder and President of the Article III Project and former law clerk for Justice Gorsuch. Sol, let's start with this, get the load off Fani saga. Is Fani falling? Oh, the puns are so bad tonight. I'm sorry. They're just -- it's Friday. You know.

David Brooks: Biden Needs To Stop The Asylum Process "Until We Can Digest All The People" Already In The System

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 21:27
On Friday's edition of PBS NewsHour, 'New York Times' columnist David Brooks called on President Biden to stop migration at the border for a period "until we can digest all the people already in the system." "Biden has to do the thing which I think the British have done, which is to say, we're going to stop this violent process until we can digest all the people who have - already in the system. And that will at least try to impose some order, because, if there's just chaos, it's going to be just bad news for Biden." In the U.K., immigrants have to earn more to get a work visa and meet a certain threshold. The laws also make it more difficult to bring family members to the U.K. GEOFF BENNETT, PBS NEWSHOUR: And part of what Jonathan just described was on full display at the border yesterday. President Biden invited President Trump to call on Republicans to support this bipartisan border deal. And then former President Trump accused Joe Biden of having what he called a Joe Biden invasion. That's the way he referred to the migrant crisis. I mean, it's fairly clear how they're trying to play the politics here. DAVID BROOKS, NEW YORK TIMES: Well, it's obviously Trump's strongest point. I mean, it's only 28 percent of Americans support Joe Biden's immigration policy. They prefer Trump's policy over Biden's policy by like infinite percent. And so Trump has the country on his side when it comes to this border. And the simple fact is, the Democrats have been sort of out of touch on this issue. In 2016, you had large numbers of candidates in a Democratic primary raise their hand and say they were for decriminalizing the border. That was - compared to where America is, that's far off. Second, the Biden policies just haven't worked. This - our asylum system was created after World War II to help those with extreme persecution. That was a long time ago. Right now, there are like 40 million people in the world who are facing that kind of persecution. We can't take all those people. And we can't have a policy that prioritizes the people who are breaking law, rather than people who are applying through the asylum system according to law. So, to me, the issue right now is not necessarily immigration. It's chaos. And so Biden has to do the thing which I think the British have done, which is to say, we're going to stop this violent process until we can digest all the people who have - already in the system. And that will at least try to impose some order, because, if there's just chaos, it's going to be just bad news for Biden.

Erik Prince on Ukraine: "An Ugly Peace Is Better Than Whatever Their Idea Of An Ideal War Is"

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 20:34
Blackwater founder Erik Prince in an interview on Patrick Bet-David's podcast called for Ukraine to come to an "ugly peace" to save the country's future demographically. ERIK PRINCE: We need to bring that war to a close because all Ukraine is doing right now is destroying itself demographically. They're chewing up the next generation of manpower that they really can't replace right now. They don't have enough manpower. The Western defense base is pathetic. And you're not going to out-conventional war the Russian bear. An ugly peace is better than whatever their idea of an ideal war is. Freeze the lines... Let them keep Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk. It's not the American taxpayer's obligation to spend another hundred billion in Ukraine when there's been significant corruption and really nothing to show for it. Watch more: Watch the full interview:

Hugh Hewitt: Every Day They Spend Talking About Illegal Immigration Is A Good Day For Donald Trump

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 03:07
Radio host Hugh Hewitt declared this a "very good week for Donald Trump" during a panel discussion on FNC's "Special Report" Friday with Breb Baier, Sandra Smith, and Matthew Continetti. HUGH HEWITT: Very good week for Donald Trump. In fact, he is polling better at this point in the 2024 race than he did in 2020 or 2016. The Real Clear Politics average has him 2 points over the current president. And I think every day they spend talking about anything about immigration is a good day for Donald Trump because the numbers don't lie. People see what they see. 8 to 10 million people have crossed that border under Joe Biden -- far, far more than under President Trump. And so I think any day they talk about immigration is a good day for Donald Trump.

The Dueling Texas Photo-Op, Biden's Polling Numbers, And Hunter Biden Transcripts

Sat, 03/02/2024 - 01:36
Listen to Friday's edition of the new RealClearPolitics show on SiriusXM (Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m. EST on P.O.T.U.S. Channel 124) hosted by Andrew Walworth with co-hosts Tom Bevan and Carl Cannon. Guests include Nick Tolano, the executive director of political reform group Unite America, and Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona on Joe Biden's polling numbers.