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Watch Live: White House Press Briefing With John Kirby And Karine Jean-Pierre

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 18:30
NSC spokesman John Kirby and WH press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will brief reporters around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

Gutfeld: Why Doesn't Trump Just Go Places And Force Biden To Debate Him? Shame Him Into Debating

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 16:46
'The Five' co-host Greg Gutfeld on Thursday said former President Donald Trump should show up at places like a supermarket and show how prices have jumped to "shame" President Biden into debating him. GREG GUTFELD: Obviously this has been Trump's signature issue and Joe is there because of Trump. He is always playing catch-up. He is always plagiarizing. He is like a coworker who tries to take credit for someone else's work because he didn't do the job. I think the contrast is very stark here between the capable and the incapable. It is the key difference between these two guys. You can hate Trump all you want but you can't say he is incapable, and you can like Joe all you want and realize he's incapable. He's a nice guy but he can't get the job done. Trump was on this turf years before he was running and it was because it was patriotic and not political, took the rest of these lemmings to catch up. So the only political animal here is Joe, who required a heinous murder to get him on a plane to El Paso [Brownsville], or else he wouldn't have been there! So Trump has been right on the big issues, whether you like him or not, especially immigration, so this is what he has home-field advantage. I think the Dems and the media at large are just deeply offended that they even have to address this, right? To them, Trump's inelegant and honest phrasing on the issue is more offensive than the crimes that are caused by illegal immigration. And this is, you know, this isn't an exaggeration, the amount of attention that is paid to Trump's words, far larger than the intention paid to the rapes and murders. It's like Hamas. They are more outraged by the Israeli response than the initial October 7th massacre. What's interesting here to me is this provides kind of a loose model for a debate. Joe doesn't want to debate Trump on the issues and the media will protect him so why doesn't Trump just go places that forces Joe to debate him? Next time go to a supermarket chain. Show that the prices are 20% up and pressure Joe to show up at a supermarket. Maybe he will. Or go to a street where all of the stores are closed down and the homeless are living on the street. Maybe Joe will acknowledge that. Shame him into actually addressing the issues since he was too scared to debate.

Pelosi: McConnell's Retirement Was Called An "End Of An Era," But I Didn't Get "Proper Attention" When I Stepped Aside

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 16:37
On MSNBC's former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, on Senator Mitch McConnell stepping down from Senate GOP leadership: CHRIS HAYES: I don't even think that's a controversial assessment. Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell has announced that he will be stepping down as Senate majority leader. And I thought of you when I saw that announcement, because your careers have been both parallel and at times intertwined. And I thought, I wonder what Nancy Pelosi thinks about Mitch McConnell's announcement? NANCY PELOSI: Well, I have worked with Mitch for years. We had a similar position in the '90s, as we had a corresponding role as the top Democrat and top Republican House and Senate on the foreign operations of appropriations. So I have known and worked with him for a long time. I have disagreed with him a lot. In fact, he's wrecked us with the court, in terms of women's right to choose and so much else that this rogue court is going down a path of. But we have worked on other issues together. It's interesting to me, though, if I just may say. I, for 20 years, was in leadership, either the leader of the House or the speaker of the House, passed landmark legislation, Affordable Health Care. The list goes on and on, the Rescue package, infrastructure bill, the PACT Act for our veterans, IRA to save our planet... HAYES: Right. PELOSI: ... to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, CHIPS bill just to bring some things that are new -- needed. When I stepped aside, they said, she stepped aside, but she's still here. When he stepped aside, end of an era. It's a guy thing, I know. But I have to just say, for women, we want our proper attention too. So -- and then, in any event, I wish him well in his decision. I worry about his health. I'm sad for his family's loss recently, Elaine losing her sister. And we will just see how it goes, but a very strategic player in the Congress, Mitch McConnell.

Joy Reid: Supreme Court Is Incentivizing Trump To Become President For Life, Who Is Going To Stop Him?

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 16:15
MSNBC host Joy Reid said it's in the hands of the American people to save ourselves from Donald Trump's return to the presidency. "And now Trump's lawyers are going to come before the court and make Ginni Thomas arguments in front of her husband. What the Supreme Court is doing is incentivizing Trump to become like the strongmen he has long admired and remain president for life. The idea being he is untouchable as long as he is the president. Perhaps Trump will ask for some tips from Hungary's authoritarian leader Viktor Orban when he privately visits with next week at Mar-a-Lago. We already know Trump's affinity for the other global dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Un. Who is going to stop Trump from staying in the White House until nature calls him. Congress? Don't make me laugh. There is no longer any checks and balances. That's gone. Trump essentially owns the Supreme Court conservatives who are doing his bidding. In Congress, you have a House Speaker who is in his pocket. With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stepping down, you're going to get a Senator who is even more willing than Mitch to drink the MAGA Kool-Aid. So the courts won't stop him, the Congress won't stop him. That leaves it in the hands of the American people on November 5th."

Trump: Texas Is Now A War Zone

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 15:57
Former President Trump sits down with 'Hannity' in Eagle Pass, Texas, to discuss President Biden's border crisis. SEAN HANNITY: Thousands coming from Afghanistan. Now al Qaeda has training camps up again. Then, you know, over 10,000, 12,000, 14,000 from Russia, and I read recently over 37,000 recently from China. Now, why would they make that long journey to our southern border? And my fear is that we are -- we have in this country, because these illegals are not vetted, I fear that terror cells have set up in this country that will plot, plan, scheme the next 9/11 or worse. I pray to God, as I said, I'm wrong. I don't think I'm wrong, Mr. President. DONALD TRUMP: Well, China, as of today, 29,000 young men, for the most part, in our country for the last three or four months. And there's something going on. Look, there's something going on. Now hopefully we don't have that problem with China. I always had a good relationship with China until the COVID came in. That was a step too far. We took in hundreds of billions of dollars from China. No president took in $0.10, not $0.10. And we -- you know, we still got along with them. But when you look at this, and when you look at other countries, we have a lot coming in from Iran, we have a lot coming in from, you know, places that we are fighting right now. You know, here go the bombs, you don't have to have bombs. We had no war, I was the first one, 78 years, we had no war, other than I defeated ISIS. We knocked out ISIS. We took out the leading terrorists in the world, both of them. Took them out, gone. And now... HANNITY: Baghdadi, Soleimani. TRUMP: Yes. HANNITY: The... TRUMP: Now -- yes. HANNITY: ... leader of al Qaeda in Yemen. TRUMP: ... worst -- al-Baghdadi and Soleimani, the worst in the world, worst in the world. And you look at it and you look at what's going on with our country, I'll tell you, you come to Texas, this is now a war zone. And they view it as a war zone. And Mexico is doing nothing to help us. They are letting the caravans come unimpeded. I mean, they come in by the thousands. You have caravans with 25,000 people in them just walking into our country. So something has to be done. The problem you have is Arizona, you have a governor, a very liberal governor that a lot of people say shouldn't be the governor. And in California, Newsom is doing a terrible job. He's doing -- I mean, other than talking about how wonderful it is, that's about it. You have an outflow of people, as you know better than anybody. I saw your show with him. I said, you know, this guy is talking about California. Millions of people are coming in through California. HANNITY: Free health care. TRUMP: Free health care, free education, free everything. HANNITY: Yes, and you go to jail, they let you out, they don't turn you over to ICE. TRUMP: But not for our veterans. For our veterans, they get nothing. And for people that have been there for a long time and deserve something, citizens, they get nothing. But they get free health care, if you come illegally into our country, you get things. And this is why they are coming. The incentive is so great.

Scarborough: "How Stupid Would You Have To Be" To Vote For Trump? He Can't Complete A Sentence Or Thought

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 13:51
'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski on Friday's broadcast dissected former President Donald Trump's speech at the Eagle Pass, Texas border sector yesterday and conclude you must be stupid to vote for the man because he can't complete a sentence or a thought. (See Biden's speech here.) "Is there one person voting for that guy?" Scarborough said. "How stupid would you have to be? He can't complete a sentence. He can't complete a thought. He talks about Crooked Joe is the blood of countless victims. This is vicious violation." "I just can't," Brzezinski reacted. "Does somebody give him a little paper or something?" Brzezinski asked. "Like, because that's clear he doesn't. He doesn't even think." TRUMP: This governor Newscum from California, isn't that his name, Newscum? What he's done to California is unbelievable. BIDEN: Instead of playing politics with the issue, why don't we just get together and get it done? TRUMP: This is a Joe Biden invasion. Horrible, Crooked Joe is the blood of countless citizen victims. BIDEN: Compromise is part of the process. That's how democracy works, that's how it is supposed to work. TRUMP: We did much better in 2020 than we thought about in 2016. Very bad things happened. BIDEN: We work for the American people, not the Democratic party, the Republican party. we work for the American people. TRUMP: Nobody explained to me how allowing millions of people from places unknown, from countries unknown, who don't speak languages -- we have languages coming into our country with nobody that even speaks those languages. They're truly foreign languages. Nobody speaks them. And they're pouring into our country and bringing with them tremendous problems, includes, including medical problems, as you know. JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: What are we supposed to do with that? MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I just can't SCARBOROUGH: People are actually voting -- BRZEZINSKI: Truly foreign languages. SCARBOROUGH: Is there one person voting for that guy? How stupid would you have to be -- BRZEZINSKI: Not just foreign languages, truly foreign languages. SCARBOROUGH: He can't complete a sentence. He can't complete a thought. He talks about Crooked Joe is the blood of countless victims. This is vicious violation. I mean -- BRZEZINSKI: Does he even, like, think about what he is going to say? SCARBOROUGH: Does he prepare? BRZEZINSKI: Does somebody give him a little paper or something? Like, because that's clear he doesn't. He doesn't even think. SCARBOROUGH: Well, I think -- I really don't know, Willie, maybe you can give us insight on it, but he looks so lost and confused, he jumbles his words. He tries to read a little bit. BRZEZINSKI: He is trying to be nasty. SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, trying to be nasty, but when he does that fifth-grade or really 5-year-old taunt, Newscum, is that his name, Newscum? I mean, talk about losing about 18 miles off your fastball. This guy is pitching 72 miles an hour down the middle of the plate. I mean, it's not good. And, again, I just have to bring it up. he's lying, as he always does, when he talks the border. When he ran and was talking about the border wall, Barack Obama and Joe Biden had illegal border crossings on the southern border at a 50 year low. He's just making this stuff up every day. And then the numbers exploded under him. Then they exploded even higher under Joe Biden. Joe Biden and Senator Lankford, the most conservative Senator probably in the United States Senate and Democrats came together for a bipartisan bill. Listen to this. Joe Biden is saying yesterday, let's put politics aside. Let's come together and pass the toughest border security bill ever. Which, of course, those border security agents that Joe Biden is with right there, their union came out and begged Donald Trump and [Speaker] Mike Johnson to stop playing politics with the safety and the security of Americans! The guy on the left worked with hard-core Republicans and took a position that progressives in his party hate. But he came to the center. He came to compromise with Republicans and actually even went further right than most of his party was comfortable with. And they got a deal. And then the guy on the right said, "Don't pass the toughest security border legislation ever. It might help Joe Biden." I mean, that's where we are right now. Donald Trump has said he wants the crisis to continue unabated for the next year.

Trump on Making Fun Of Biden: Every Once In A While I'll Do Things Out Of Sarcasm, "But Something Is Going On"

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 03:30
Former President Donald Trump talked to FOX News Channel host Sean Hannity in an interview on Thursday at the U.S.-Mexico border. DONALD TRUMP: He couldn't do this interview. He couldn't do an interview where you ask even if you questions. I said this morning, I say it loud and clear, he should take a cognitive test. A president should take a cognitive test. They say that is unconstitutional for whatever reason, that it's unconstitutional. But I took two of them, and I aced both of them I'm very proud to say. Meaning I got it all right. And then Ronny Jackson did one. They're not that easy. They show you the first ones, they are pretty easy. You get into the middle category, then you get to the end questions, there are very few people who could answer those end questions. They're actually very tough. But I think it's important there be some form -- we have this man negotiating nuclear weapons with Putin and with President Xi, and he has no idea what's going on, and he can't find his way off a platform when he's speaking. He has like five stairs and he ends up walking into a wall. And whenever I imitate him, they say Trump had a hard time getting off a platform. Every once in a while I'll do things out of sarcasm because I love sarcasm. But, politically, it never works because they always turn it around on you. But I'll tell you what, it's not an age thing. But something is going on. And we can't take a chance. This is the most dangerous time in the history of the world. We have an incompetent president. Now, I used to treat him -- you know that, I called you and I said you should take it easy on him. I used to call you. HANNITY: That's a true story. You thought I was being too hard on him and that I was making too light of it, you told me. TRUMP: When I got indicted, because nobody thought that was going to happen, including the fake news on the left. They said he'll never be indicted. Like on the January 6th, right up until the end, "He'll never be indicted. You can't indict him on that." I made the beautiful speech that was actually a very nice speech. I said wonderful things on then-Twitter, now Truth, because it's better than anything, in my opinion. But everybody has to go on truth.

Stephen Miller Blows Up On Biden: He Doesn't Have The Fundamental Humanity To Say Laken Riley's Name

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 02:16
Former Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller reacted to President Biden and former President Donald Trump's separate visit to the border on Thursday. STEPHEN MILLER: Yes, and some of those "newcomers," Jesse, are bludgeoning women to death while they're out on a morning jog, or raping children, or plowing dangerously down the road, killing fathers, killing mothers, killing whole families. There is carnage all over the streets of this country carried out by these newcomers. Let's talk about what Joe Biden did, because it's very simple. He came into office and he ordered Border Patrol to release, en masse, millions of illegal immigrants. And for the first time in history to release, en masse, fighting-aged men in their 20s, men in their 30s, by the millions into the country. And he did this, knowing full well, at his age, knowing full well that, in those groups would be predators and rapists and killers. This is a moral crime against the entire nation, and the fact that he doesn't have the fundamental humanity to say the words, to say the name, Laken Riley, because your policies killed her, Joe. Your policies killed her. And to the Senate Democrats that say they're not even going to let there be a trial against Mayorkas? I'm looking at you, Jon Tester (D-MT). I'm looking at you Sherrod Brown (D-OH). You've become accessories to those crimes. You've become accomplices to those heinous, barbaric acts of violence against American citizens. If you will not stand up, hold the trial for Mayorkas, and throw him out of office, the blood of innocent Americans has been shed too long. Do something, damn it. Do something. People are dying, Jesse, and this administration is counting new voters. It makes me sick.

Biden And Trump Make Dueling Border Visits, The Latest Exit Polls, And The Struggle Of Young Political Journalists

Fri, 03/01/2024 - 01:20
Listen to Thursday'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 tonight include columnist for the New York Post Karol Markowicz and Washington political journalist Howard Fineman.

Biden to Trump: "Join Me Or I'll Join You" In Telling Congress To Pass The Border Bill, "We Can Do It Together"

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 23:13
President Biden on Thursday during a visit to the border in Brownsville, Texas said we desperately need more resources to secure the border and called on former President Donald Trump to join him in supporting the bipartisan border bill. "Let's remember who we work for, for God's sake," Biden said. "We work for the American people. Let me end with this. I understand my predecessor is in Eagle Pass today. So here's what I would say to Mr. Trump. Instead of playing politics with the issue, instead of telling members of Congress to block this legislation, join me or I'll join you in telling the Congress to pass this bipartisan border security bill." "We can do it together," Biden continued. "You know and I know it's the toughest, most efficient, most effective border security bill this country has ever seen. So instead of playing politics with the issue, why don't we just get together and get it done. Unless you remember who the heck you work for. We work for the American people, not the Democratic Party, the Republican Party." JOE BIDEN: Again, thank you. As my mother would say, please excuse my back. I apologize. Hello, folks. Good afternoon. Before we start, I'd like to say a few words about the devastating wildfires that are scorching in Texas Panhandle and Northwest Oklahoma. Yesterday, one of the biggest fire events in Texas history, with more than one million, more than one million acres of Texas land burned. From the start, I directed my team to do everything possible to help protect the people in the communities threatened by these fires. In response to specific requests made from the state, we already have more than 500 federal personnel here working on fire suppression. That includes the deployment of 100 federal firefighters and more on the way, as well as dozens of additional fire engines, air tankers, small planes, helicopters to help fight the flames. And FEMA has already guaranteed that Texas and Oklahoma will be reimbursed for the cost of keeping folks safe and we're grateful for the brave first responders risking their lives to save others. And we urge, we urge folks to listen to the warnings from their local officials, listen to them. I've flown over a lot of these wildfires since I've been president. Matter of fact, I've been in a helicopter in the West and the Southwest and Northwest. I've flown over more land burned to the ground, all the vegetation gone, than the entire state of Maryland in square footage. The idea there's no such thing as climate change. I love that, man. I love some of my Neanderthal friends, who still think there's no climate change. Well, my administration is going to keep building on the progress we've made fighting climate crisis and we're going to help folks rebuild themselves in the wake of these disasters and we rebuild to the standards that are up to date standards and building codes and the rest, because a lot--if you fly over these areas that are burned to the ground, you'll see in the midst of 20 homes that are just totally destroyed, one home sitting there because they had the right roof on it. And anyway, since I took office, FEMA has provided Texas alone over $13 billion, $13 billion in three years in disaster relief after fires and winter storms across this state. And when disaster strike, there's no red state or blue state where I come from. There's just communities and families looking for help. So we're standing with everyone, everyone affected by these wildfires. And we're going to continue to help you respond and recover. Now, turning to the purpose of my visit. I want to thank Congressman Gonzales. There you are, pal. I thank you. I thank him for the passport into his district, but he's been a great partner. I also want to thank-- Thank Mayor -- Mayor Cowen for his partnership. I want to thank County Judge Trevino. For over 30 and over 30 local officials who have joined us here today. No one -- no one works harder for a safe secure border than all of you and Secretary Mayorkas has joined us today and he's joined by seven mayors and cities and towns across south Texas, four county judges here from across the state. I told the county judge that I used to be a county official, it's the hardest job in American politics. You know why? They think you can do everything, you don't have the budget. So anyway. And the two leaders from the Texas Legislature, State House Leader Trey here, Trey Martinez Fisher [Ph] and the state Senate Leader, Carl Alvadero [Ph] and look and all the other local officials that are here today, I want to say thanks. Folks, it's real simple. It's time to act. It's long past time to act. I just received a briefing from the Border Patrol at the border as well as immigration and enforcement, asylum officers and they're all doing incredible work under really tough conditions. Really tough conditions. They told me what they -- what you already know and we already know, they desperately need more resources. Say it again, they desperately need more resources, they need more agents, more officers, more judges, more equipment in order to secure our border. Folks, It's time for us to move on this. We can't wait any longer. Folks, in my first day as president, I introduced a bill. I sent to Congress a comprehensive plan to fix the broken immigration system and to secure the border. But no action was taken. Then months ago my team began a serious negotiation and a bipartisan group of Senators, Democrat leading, conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats and that resulted in a compromise bill. It's the toughest set of border security reforms we've ever seen in this country. It's pretty basic. With this deal we could hire 1,500 additional border security agents, 1,500 additional officers -- officers and between ports of entry. For the last four years, staffing has been roughly that, flat, just flat. Agents working overtime, spending long hours, patrolling the border, making major sacrifices and I know it takes a big toll on them and their families. That's why in December I signed a bill finally getting Border Patrol agents what I've been pushed by and reminded by the Congressmen overtime pay they deserve. They're finally getting overtime pay. I mean it's ridiculous it took this long, it was a long past time and I was proud to do it. But we need to do more. It's time to step up. It's time to step up and provide them with significantly more personnel and capability. We also need more immigration judges to help handle the backlog. There are 2 million cases, backlog of 2 million cases. This bipartisan deal would provide funding for 100 more immigration judges immediately and would also establish new efficient and fair process for the government to consider asylum claims for those arriving at our border. Today the process to get a decision on an asylum claim takes five to seven years. Now you all know it down here, but the people around the country don't understand it. It's far too long. You come in, you say -- you say I have a credible fear and we've changed that standard to make it hard. We want to change to make it harder and what happens? We say well, okay, you can come in the country but come back in five to seven years, maybe as many as eight years and you get a hearing from before a judge to determine whether you can stay. This will encourage more people -- this encourages more people to come to the country if they get by the first. They got another five, seven, eight years before they have to do anything because they know they cannot handle the caseloads quickly and they'll be able to stay in this country in the meantime. With new policies in this bill and the addition of 4,300 additional asylum officers, we'll be able to reduce that process to less than six months. That would have a serious deterrent effect on those coming north when -- when the criminal gangs say we'll get you north, what's 8,000 bucks? And they say no, wait, let me get this straight. I'm going to go north, it's going to cost me six, eight and probably more closer to eight, I guess, $8,000 equivalent and I'm going to get there and in six months they may be able to get rid of me? I don't know, man, six months, seven years, two different things. A person is thinking about entering the United States understands the cases to be decided in a few weeks or months instead of five to seven years, they're less likely to come in the first place. They're not going to pay the cartels thousands of dollars to make that journey knowing that they'll be turned around quickly. Look, and we also need more cutting edge inspection machines to detect and stop fentanyl from entering the United States of America. A year ago I stood at the border in El Paso and I watched these machines at work. They were able to detect everything from fentanyl to weapons to people being smuggled in cargo containers. This -- this compromise bill would provide an additional 43 -- $424 million for 100 more of these machines and could save lives in the process. This compromise legislation would also give me as president or any the next president emergency authority to temporarily shut down the border between ports of entry when the numbers of immigrants and migrants -- excuse me, overwhelm the border starting -- straining the Border Patrol's ability to process them. At the same time at our legal ports of entry like here in Brownsville, we're making investments in infrastructure. My bipartisan infrastructure law is going to provide nearly 4 billion new dollars to boost security, to ease waiting times at land and ports of entry like Brownsville. And I want to thank again Congresswoman Gonzalez helped me get that through and get it passed as the law. That you get the money for the -- that's how you got the money for the Gateway Bridge from that fund. Folks, the bipartisan border security deal is a win for the American people and it's a win for the people of Texas and it's fair for those who legitimately have a right to come here to begin with. It's a win for the people of Brownsville and I believe that's why the Border Patrol union endorsed it. I believe that's why the National Chamber of Commerce -- National the Chamber of Commerce endorsed it, not known as a democratic organization with a capital D. Look, and that's why The Wall Street Journal endorsed it as well. This is a truly bipartisan initiative. That's why the bipartisan South Texas Alliance of Cities endorsed it. Folks, I didn't get -- I didn't get everything I wanted in that compromise bipartisan bill, but neither did anybody else. The compromise is part of the process. That's how democracy works. That's how it's supposed to work. Compromise is a very positive step on the critical issue for the country. All of those issues for the country and folks here in Brownsville and all along the border know that. We need to have their backs, your backs. I want the people to understand clearly what happened here. This bill was in the United States Senate and was on its way to being passed. Then it was derailed by rank and file politics -- rank, partisan politics. The US Senate needs to reconsider this bill and those Senators who oppose it, need to set politics aside and pass it on the merits, not on whether it's going to benefit one party or benefit the other party. It's about whether there are benefits to the American people. It's what the American people deserve. The speaker of the House needs to put this bill on the floor because if he put it on the floor unrestricted, it would pass. The majority of Democrats and Republicans in both houses support this legislation until someone came along and said don't do that. It'll benefit the incumbent. That's a hell of a way to do business in America for such a serious problem. We need to act. It's time for the speakers and some of my Republican friends in Congress who are blocking this bill to show a little spine, pass a bipartisan -- bipartisan bill. Remember, bipartisan. Conservative leaders supported this border security bill. Let's remember who we work for, for God's sake. We work for the American people. Let me end with this. I understand my predecessor is in Eagle Pass today. So here's what I would say to Mr. Trump. Instead of playing politics with the issue, instead of telling members of Congress to block this legislation, join me or I'll join you in telling the Congress to pass this bipartisan border security bill. We can do it together. You know and I know it's the toughest, most efficient, most effective border security bill this country has ever seen. So instead of playing politics with the issue, why don't we just get together and get it done. Unless you remember who the heck you work for. We work for the American people, not the Democratic Party, the Republican Party. We work for the American people and let's remember who we are. We're the United States of America. No, I mean, it. Think about this, there's nothing, nothing beyond our capacity, nothing when we work together and of all things we should be working together on is this. We have the formula to get it done. God bless you all. And may God protect our Border Patrol and God protect our troops. Now I'd like to turn this over to Secretary Mayorkas.

CNN's Daniel Dale: Much Of Trump's Border Speech "Was Not True," No Fact-Check For Biden "For An Obvious Reason"

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 22:58
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale on Thursday reported much of what former President Donald Trump said at the border "was not true" and that he doesn't have any fact-checks of President Biden's border speech "for an obvious reason." "The former president said what he wanted to, and much of it was not true," Dale said. So I don't have any fact-checks of President Biden here. But I think that's for an obvious reason." "Remarkable," CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins responded. KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN: We were just talking about former President Trump's remarks on the border. When you listen to what he says and then there's this clear split-screen moment of what is very likely to be a presidential rematch this November. What did you hear in President Biden's remarks? Anything to fact check there? DANIEL DALE, CNN FACT CHECKER: Honestly, no. I mean, especially when I fact-checked President Trump and President Biden is speaking next... but what he did, Kaitlin was stick narrowly to the text of that bipartisan border deal that Trump opposes. He argued that it should be passed, and he criticized its critics. So not only was there a juxtaposition in style with former President Trump speaking off the cuff, President Biden sticking to a script. But in terms of the level of factual accuracy, I mean, it was scripted in an accurate way, the speech we heard from the president. The former president said what he wanted to, and much of it was not true. So I don't have any fact-checks of President Biden here. But I think that's for an obvious reason. COLLINS: Remarkable.

Trump: "This Is A Joe Biden Invasion," Biden Migrant Crime Is "A New Form Of A Vicious Violation To Our Country"

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 22:19
Former President Donald Trump visited the Eagle Pass, Texas border sector on Thursday and said the migrant crisis is a "Joe Biden invasion." Trump declared "Biden migrant crime" to be a "new form of a vicious violation to our country." TRUMP: You saw what happened the other day in Georgia. And the parents are devastated. They are incredible people. But this is a Joe Biden invasion. This is a Biden invasion over the past 3 years. I call him Crooked Joe because he's crooked, he's a terrible president. The worst president our country has ever had. And probably the most incompetent president we've ever had. But it's allowing thousands and thousands of people to come in from China, Iran, Yemen, the Congo, Syria, and a lot of other nations. Many nations that are not very friendly to us. He's transported the entire columns of fighting-aged men and they're all at a certain age. And you look at them, I said they look like warriors to me. Something is going on and it's bad. Now the United States is being overrun by the Biden migrant crime. It's a new form of a vicious violation to our country. It's migrant crime. We call it Biden migrant crime but that's a little bit long. So we'll just leave it. But every time you hear the term migrant crime, you know where that comes from, allowing thousands and thousands and actually millions and millions of people to come, could be 15 million, could be 18 million by the time gets out of office because hopefully the biggest risk we have is 9 months. It's a long time. A lot of bad things going they always say.

Trump: "Joe Biden Will Never Say Laken Riley's Name, But We Will Say It, And We Will Remember It"

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 21:55
Former President Donald Trump on Thursday at the Eagle Pass, Texas border sector addressed the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley by an illegal immigrant: "Joe Biden will never say Laken Riley's name, but we will say it and we will remember. We're not going to forget her. It's just been a horrible story that we've had to live with the last few days. It's hard to believe. And her parents, they just can never be the same. Great people."

Gov. Abbott: Trump Showed He Was Able To Secure The Border, He Will Do It Again When He Is Re-Elected

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 21:47
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott makes remarks at an event with former President Donald Trump at the Eagle Pass, TX border entrance. "President Trump showed that when he was in office, he was able to secure the border. And I know that when he is re-elected as our president, our border will once again be secured."

Texas Gov. Abbott: "All Joe Biden had to do to secure the border was to keep in place what President Trump put in place...instead what Joe Biden did was sign executive orders eliminating all the effective policies that President Trump put in place." pic.twitter.com/ylTFMmEwi8

- MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) February 29, 2024

Karine Jean-Pierre on Laken Riley Murder: Republicans Have Gotten In The Way Of Dealing With A Broken Immigration System

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 21:18
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday on CNN is asked to respond to the murder of Georgia college student Laken Riley by an illegal immigrant. Jean-Pierre added Republicans have gotten in the way of fixing a broken immigration system. JOHN BERMAN, CNN: One of the things that some Americans are focused on are crimes that are allegedly being committed by migrants who are in the country illegally. There was the death of Laken Riley in Georgia. There's been an arrest made there. Republicans are directly blaming President Biden for this. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said, quote, "These deaths are on him." What's the White House response to that? JEAN-PIERRE: So, first of all, I want to offer our condolences to the family of Laken. I mean, this is a horrific, horrific loss for any family. And obviously, any -- if whoever is found guilty we need to make sure that -- make sure that happens. And obviously, we don't want to -- we don't want to see anything happen like that again. But here's the thing. We have done the work to make sure we're dealing with a broken immigration system. The Republicans have gotten in the way. They have gotten in the way. And that's what we continue to see over and over and over again. And so, look, this is a serious -- this is a serious matter. That's why the president is going to the border. The president was at the border a year ago in El Paso, visiting the border back in January 2023. He put a comprehensive -- a comprehensive immigration policy on day one. This really -- the folks who are getting in the way here are Republicans. They are getting in the way and they are doing it because of what Donald Trump is telling them to do for their own -- for his own political gain. And so, this is where we are right now. So the president is going to take it directly to the American people. He's going to hear by -- form folks -- from people who are -- who are directly impacted by what's happening with this broken immigration system. But the president is not going to stop. He's not going to stop because this is not about politics; it's about the American people and what they want to see coming out of this -- out of Washington, D.C.

Sen. Eric Schmitt: Next Senate Republican Leader Needs To Bring Back Regular Order And Empower The Other Members

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 18:26
Missouri Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt speaks with Jon Scott on FBN's "Kudlow" about the future of the Senate Republican caucus concerning the retirement of Mitch McConnell as minority leader. "I want to see someone who is a reform-minded, conservative leader, someone who will lead us to greater prosperity, lead the party in the Senate." "I hope" the Senate can back to regular order, Schmitt said. "That's what people expect of us." "I think we need to have an open process on the Senate floor, it is supposed to be the world's most deliberative body. That's not what we see in Washington now under Chuck Schumer" Schmitt said. "This should not be a situation where four people, two in the House and two in the Senate, are deciding something that's like a stone tablet that no one can amend or change. I think that's the kind of reform I'm looking for." SEN. ERIC SCHMITT: Look at some of [Mitch McConnell's] big wins in the Supreme Court, those are monumental and generational, and I certainly appreciate his service. I'm one of the younger members, newer members, I'm the senator sitting in the back row as he referenced, hoping people know my name and recognize me walking around. Now that he's made that announcement. I'm sure a lot of attention will turn to who will follow him. I was recently elected. I want to see someone who is a reform-minded, conservative leader, someone who will lead us to greater prosperity, lead the party in the Senate. It's an important role and hopefully, we'll be in the majority after November. JON SCOTT: What do you mean by reform-minded, and was Senator McConnell helping in reforming things or of hindrance? SCHMITT: I think there's a few things, there's some of the inside baseball. Look at the way Chuck Schumer runs the floor right now. It's these omnibus monstrosities unveiled at midnight, no time to read them and vote for this or you support a government shutdown, that's a false choice. I think we need to have an open process on the Senate floor, it is supposed to be the world's most deliberative body. That's not what we see in Washington now under Chuck Schumer. We couldn't see an open amendment process, we don't see time to debate the bills. I would like to see that change. That's some of the questions I'll ask about who the leader will be. As a party, we represent working people. We ought to be for energy dominance, ought to be for a secure border, ought to be moving legislation when we get in the majority after November that makes Americans more prosperous. I think that's what people expect. When we get out on the campaign we talk about things, that we actually go do and deliver those things for the American people. I'm sure over the next several months as this kind of unfolds there will be some of the a questions I'll be talking to my colleagues about. JON SCOTT: Some people look at the longer-term senators, not the newbies like you, but Senator Cornyn or Thune, as sharing in something in common with Mitch McConnell, which is they care so much about the Senate as a body that sometimes care less about other things like party unity. They look at someone like Barrasso and think he might be a kind middle guy who shares your vision of reform but also cares a lot about the deliberative body. SCHMITT: I've got a good relationship with all of them, and I full intend, whoever is running -- I don't know if that is an exhaustive list or if any of them actually's a will throw their name in the hat. We're just hours after this announcement, but have important conversations, substantive conversations on what this looks like moving forward. I can tell you that I am struck by the disconnect that happened that's here in Washington in many ways. There are very different conversations we're having in Washington, when you're at home talking to people about the things they care about. So for me I'll be looking for a leader that speaks the for that, that we're a party of the people, that we'll fight for they'll, we'll take on the ridiculous agenda we've seen from Joe Biden and the Democrats and move the country in the right direction. JON SCOTT: Maybe at the very least, just get back to regular order. Something that the Senate was pretty good on for several hundred years, and they kind of lost track of that about 40 years ago. Do you think we can get back to regular order, like coming out with a regular budget? SCHMITT: I hope so. That's what people expect of us. A lot of the tension you see here, there is a bit of a pressure release valve when people from very different states have the chance to go on the Senate floor and say I have an idea, I have an amendment, and you try to build support for that. Right now, rank and file members, Republicans and Democrats, are shut out of that process. This should not be a situation where four people, two people in the House, two people in the Senate, are deciding something that's like a stone tablet that no one can amend or change. I think that's the kind of reform I'm looking for. There are conversations among members, Republicans and Democrats, I think there's a bubbling up that individual members want to be empowered. You might win some. You might lose some. At least you get a shot. That's why I ran for office, to advocate for the people of my state to try to put this country in the best position possible for the people. That's the kind of stuff I think for me will be a big focus.

MSNBC's McQuade: First Amendment Makes U.S. "Vulnerable" To Misinformation

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 16:47
MSNBC legal analyst Barbara McQuade, a University of Michigan law professor and former U.S. attorney, told "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Monday about her new book, "Attack from Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America." RACHEL MADDOW: The question, including the question for Barb, is whether studying it and naming it and explaining how it works helps us fight it. Joining us now is Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney in Michigan, stalwart analyst of all legal things on MSNBC and now author of the new book, "Attack from Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America." Congratulations on this book... Let me ask you the big picture first. The sort of, I think, meta project in your book is explaining how disinformation works, why people use it, what it looks like when they do use it, sort of how to recognize it in the wild. Do you have faith that us learning this stuff, studying it, being able to recognize it, know how it works, is the first step to us no longer being so susceptible to it? BARBAR MCQUADE?l That's the goal. I really want to have a national conversation about truth and our commitment to it. My book is actually very patriotic. I'm appealing to people on our commitment to truth because I think we have seen so much in recent years, this not only con, where people are falling for disinformation, but I think we're also seeing people willingly going along with the con. They are choosing tribe over truth. They care more about the ends justifying the means. So I hope that by dissecting it, explaining it, and educating the public, we can all see disinformation for what it is so that we can begin to push back against it. RACHEL MADDOW: Barb, you write about the United States extensively and with a lot of detail, but you also draw in comparisons from other countries, you talk about other strongman leaders, countries who have transitioned from a mostly democratic form of government to a less democratic form. Do you believe the U.S. is particularly vulnerable to misinformation or that we're kind of unexceptional and it's the same? We're as susceptible to it as every other country? BARBAR MCQUADE: Actually, I think we're more susceptible to it than other countries. That's because some of our greatest strengths can also be our Achilles heel. So, for example, our deep commitment to free speech in our First Amendment. It is a cherished right. It's an important right in a democracy, and nobody wants to get rid of it. But it makes us vulnerable to claims anything we try to do to regulate speech is censorship. The Supreme Court has held that all fundamental rights, including free speech, can be limited as long as there is a compelling governmental interest and the restriction is narrowly tailored to achieve that interest. But I think any time someone tries to do anything that might limit free speech, people claim censorship. Just look at the case the Supreme Court heard today about efforts by the states of Florida and Texas to prevent social media companies from moderating content online. And they call it censorship, that they're trying to silence conservative voices. Of course, social media companies are private actors who are not bound by the First Amendment. So we need to have a conversation and common sense solutions to these things. Instead, we throw out terms like censorship, call each other names and use labels and we all retreat to our opposite sides. We need to be pragmatic and come up with real solutions. It is I think one of the things that makes America particularly vulnerable to disinformation.

Democracy Now: The Life & Death of Aaron Bushnell, U.S. Airman Self-Immolates Protesting U.S. Support for Israel in Gaza

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 16:45
'Democracy Now!' covered Aaron Bushnell and his self-immolation protest against Israel: AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman in New York, with Juan Gonzalez in Chicago. A warning to our audience: This segment contains graphic images and descriptions. On the morning of February 25th, Aaron Bushnell, a 25-year-old active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force, posted on Facebook a link to the video live-streaming service Twitch with a caption that read, quote, Many of us like to ask ourselves, 'What would I do if I was alive during slavery? Or the Jim Crow South? Or apartheid? What would I do if my country was committing genocide?' The answer is, you're doing it. Right now, he wrote. Aaron Bushnell then sent a copy of his will, that he had prepared days before, to a friend. In it, he gave his cat to his neighbor to be cared for. A few hours later, shortly before 1 p.m. local time, Aaron Bushnell walked towards the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., wearing his Air Force uniform. He began the live stream on his phone and spoke as he approached the embassy gates. AARON BUSHNELL: I am an active-duty member of the United States Air Force, and I will no longer be complicit in genocide. I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest, but compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it's not extreme at all. This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal. AMY GOODMAN: Aaron Bushnell then placed his phone on ground, stood in front of the Israeli Embassy gate and doused himself in a liquid, before setting himself on fire. He shouted Free Palestine! several times as he was consumed by the flames. Those were his last words. An officer who arrived on the scene can be seen brandishing a gun and pointing it at Aaron Bushnell as he burns alive and collapses to the ground. Another officer sprays him with a fire extinguisher. As the first officer continues to point his gun at Aaron, the second officer yells, quote, I don't need guns. I need a fire extinguisher. Aaron Bushnell was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead several hours later. His extreme act of protest against Israel's assault on Gaza made headlines around the world. Vigils have been held in his honor in Washington, D.C., here in New York, in San Antonio, Texas, in Portland and elsewhere. Ali Abunimah, the founder of The Electronic Intifada, wrote on social media, quote, Aaron Bushnell gave his life so that America would hear his message: End the genocide. He kept calling 'Free Palestine' through intense, horrifying pain. He gave his life so people in Gaza might live. There's no greater love than that. I feel sadness and awe for this human being, Ali wrote. For more, we're joined by two guests. Ann Wright is a 29-year U.S. Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a colonel and a former U.S. diplomat. In March of 2003, she resigned. She has since worked with the antiwar groups CodePink and Veterans for Peace. She is co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience. Her new essay for Common Dreams is headlined Why Would Anyone Kill Themselves to Stop a War? On Aaron Bushnell and Others. She's joining us from Hawaii. She resigned in 2003 over the War in Iraq. And joining us from Southfield, Michigan, is Levi Pierpont, who was a friend of Aaron Bushnell. They met at basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, in May 2020. Levi went on to become a conscientious objector. We welcome you both to Democracy Now! This is a very difficult segment to do. Levi, we want to begin with you. You were a friend of Aaron. Tell us about him, and then tell us when you learned what had happened. Tell us about how you met, your decision to become a conscientious objector - he stayed in the military - and what you then understand took place this weekend. LEVI PIERPONT: Yes. So, I met Aaron Bushnell in basic training. And from the first day that I met him, I could tell that he was just a really sweet person. I could tell very quickly that he had a strong sense of justice. We became friends. And whenever people in basic training would talk about me or would talk about him, we would stick up for each other. And he always stuck up for me. And I did end up getting out as a conscientious objector. And we spoke throughout that process. And at the time that I began to make headway with the process and it began to near its end - I got out in July of 2023 - he felt like he was already close enough to his own end date that he decided not to take the same path. And I understood that, because the conscientious objector process can take over a year. And so, I knew that he was still in. And then he went to do SkillBridge at Ohio, and that's when I met him in Toledo on January 5th. And that was the first time I had seen him since basic training. And it was, unfortunately, the last time I saw him. And, of course, you know, the other day, I heard what had happened. So, yeah. AMY GOODMAN: And our deepest condolences to you, by the way, Levi. When you heard, did you first hear that a man had self-immolated, and then hear that it was Aaron? LEVI PIERPONT: Yes. So, I had just seen the headlines. I don't think I even clicked one and read anything yet. And yeah, Monday, Monday, a friend of mine reached out to me, and she knew that I had been a conscientious objector, knew that I had been in the Air Force, and knew that just the story in general might be difficult for me. She had no idea that I knew him. And she was the one who ultimately texted me his name. And I just immediately broke down and called her, and I said, That was my friend. I went to basic training with him. And she comforted me. And I just thought about all the conversations we had. I went back to the last text message I got from him. And I just - I just weeped. JUAN GONZALEZ: And, Levi, in those conversations, did you get a sense of why Aaron initially decided to join the military and how his views evolved about the U.S. military? LEVI PIERPONT: Yes. I know when we first talked, we shared similar goals and interests in the military. We wanted to sort of get out of our bubble, to explore the United States, to explore the world, to meet people from other backgrounds. And so, I remember when we both found out where we were stationed, it was kind of ironic. I found out I'd be stationed in Minot Air Force Base, and he found out he was going to be going back to Lackland, where we went to basic training. And so we both felt like maybe we were going to explore a little bit less than we thought, but we were ready for our careers. And I know that over the years, both of us shifted, of course, in our beliefs regarding war, largely because of what we saw in the military, largely because of the things that we learned because we were a part of it. And I know that he and I both were encouraged by people on YouTube that were writing video essays about social justice movements in the United States. JUAN GONZALEZ: I'd like to bring in Ann Wright to the conversation. This issue of self-immolation, we've already had two now in protest of the war in Gaza. But you noted that during the Vietnam War, as many as five Americans self-immolated themselves in protest against the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. I'm wondering if you could talk about that? You wrote about that recently for Common Dreams. ANN WRIGHT: Yes. It's a sad situation, for sure. I mean, our hearts go out to Aaron's family and Aaron's friends. And the same back in - you know, 60 years ago almost now, in 1965, as the U.S. War on Vietnam was starting up, first we had an 82-year-old Quaker woman, Alice Herz, committed suicide by self-immolation, and then followed about six months later by another Quaker, Norman Morrison, from Baltimore, who went to the Pentagon and set himself on fire, little knowing the place that he had picked at the Pentagon was right below where Secretary of Defense McNamara had his office. And apparently, his self-immolation had a strong effect on McNamara, although he didn't stop the war initially, but it did have an effect on him personally and on his family. And then followed by a young man in San - or, first in New York at the U.N. Plaza. So, yes, there were five people that burned themselves to death over a political decision of the United States to go to war. And so, now we have - you know, 60 years later, we have two people in less than three months who have done the same, I would say, courageous act of taking their own lives to bring the attention of the American public and the world to what the United States is complicit in, which is the Israeli genocide and U.S. genocide of the Palestinians in Gaza. AMY GOODMAN: I just wanted to go through a few more of those examples in history, that sent shockwaves through multiple conflicts. You had Thich Quang Duc, a monk who drew attention to the treatment of Vietnamese Buddhists by the government; and then Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, who sparked the Arab Spring when he set himself on fire - this was before Egypt, and that sparked the uprising in Tunisia; Malachi Ritscher, a musician who called for an end to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. A pro-Palestine protester also self-immolated outside the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta in December, but we don't know her name. It hardly got any attention. And there's been a whole debate in the media right now, those who talk about it as - don't even want to talk. I mean, I think as it started, papers like The New York Times didn't even say he said, Free Palestine, and other outlets, as well. But then, as time went on, they did talk about what happened. But the whole issue of going into a debate about mental illness and not wanting to encourage something like this versus you hear someone like Ali Abunimah talking about Aaron's incredible bravery, your thoughts? ANN WRIGHT: Well, it is incredibly brave. And a person - well, there's no evidence at all that Aaron had any sort of mental illness. He was a very conscientious person who saw what the U.S. was doing in his position in the U.S. military. And one might say, you know, he's not the first person to have committed suicide over what the United States has been doing. If you look, 22 veterans a day commit suicide over what they've done in the U.S. military. So, this is - what Aaron did was very, very courageous. I can't imagine taking that step. It was an act of courage, an act of bravery, to call attention to U.S. policies. JUAN GONZALEZ: Levi Pierpont, I wanted to ask you - you grew up as an evangelical Christian. Aaron Bushnell attended Catholic religious services while at basic training. How do you think his religious views informed his beliefs and, ultimately, his action? LEVI PIERPONT: I think, ultimately, by the time that he did what he did, he didn't identify with any particular religion. But I know that for me, even though I'm more agnostic than I grew up, my evangelical roots still influence me. They influence my sense of justice. And they told me since I was a young child that you have to stand up for what you believe in. And I can imagine that it was the same way for Aaron. And so, even though I don't believe that he still believed in the Catholic faith by the time that he died, I know that that upbringing had a profound impact on him, and I'm sure that it influenced his sense of justice. AMY GOODMAN: Levi Pierpont, Aaron was living in San Antonio, where Lackland base is. He was doing a lot of mutual aid work with people who were unsheltered there, very well known in those encampments. What do you want us to remember him by, as you think about him in these last few days, what you're talking about in the vigils and with your friends? LEVI PIERPONT: I want people to remember that his death is not in vain, that he died to spotlight this message. I don't want anybody else to die this way. If he had asked me about this, I would have begged him not to. I would have done anything I could to stop him. But, obviously, we can't get him back. And we have to honor the message that he left. I would have told him that this wasn't necessary to get the message out. I would have told him that there were other ways. But seeing the way that the media responds now, now that this has happened, it's hard not to feel like he was right, that this was exactly what was necessary to get people's attention about the genocide that's happening in Palestine. And so, I just - I want people to remember his message. JUAN GONZALEZ: And, Ann Wright, your sense of how the movement here in this country to stop this genocidal war in Gaza has been building, and what Aaron Bushnell's sacrifice may contribute to that? ANN WRIGHT: Well, it's a huge, huge movement. And the Biden administration must recognize it, as your previous guests said. I mean, the voters are telling them a message. This is a massive, massive movement of youth, of people of all religions, that are saying, by any religious teachings, this killing is wrong. It has to end. And I would say to Levi, you know, we have Veterans for Peace, and we have About Face, veterans organizations that would like to offer you support, because this is tough, really tough. But it's for the people of Gaza, the people of Palestine, that we do this, to stop these horrible, horrible policies that our country has right now. The killing of innocent people for the United States and for Israel, it has to end. And ceasefire now. AMY GOODMAN: Ann, I understand there is a Gaza flotilla being organized. We only have 30 seconds. Can you explain what that is? ANN WRIGHT: Yes. We need to take action. I mean, right now there's lots of talk. There are trucks that are stalled all over northern Egypt. And our Gaza flotilla movement, we are going to be doing something soon. And we will let you all know - pardon me - as soon as we get the plans for challenging again the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. AMY GOODMAN: And do you know, Levi, as we have just 10-15 seconds, would Aaron have described this as suicide? LEVI PIERPONT: No, absolutely not. AMY GOODMAN: Explain. LEVI PIERPONT: It was - he didn't have thoughts of suicide. He had thoughts of justice. That's what this was about. It wasn't about his life. It was about using his life to send a message. AMY GOODMAN: I want to thank you both so much for being with us. Levi Pierpont, dear friend of Aaron Bushnell, he, Levi, is a conscientious objector. And Ann Wright, 20-year U.S. Army vet. I'm Amy Goodman, with Juan Gonzalez. Thanks for joining us.

Megyn Kelly: Fulton County DA Fani Willis Will Be Lucky If She Is Not Brought Up On Felony Charges

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 16:39
On SiriusXM's 'The Megyn Kelly Show,' host Megyn Kelly reveals ALL the texts about the Fani Willis and Nathan Wade relationship revealed between Ashleigh Merchant and Terrance Bradley, the various ways it's clear Bradley knows a tremendous amount about the affair and other details, and more. MEGYN KELLY: We've gotten our hands on the texts [between Ashleigh Merchant and Terrence Bradley], the admissions by Nathan Wade's friend and former lawyer that they did not want you to see…This morning, we'll dissect the mind-blowing hearing in Fulton County that took place Tuesday afternoon and bring you exclusive information about this case. As I told you yesterday, that hearing could blow up one of the four criminal cases against former President Trump. At the heart of it all: A man named Terrence Bradley. He's the one-time law partner, divorce attorney, and friend of special prosecutor Nathan Wade. He did not want to be there yesterday. And he made that abundantly clear... As he obfuscated... and did a whole lot of... not recalling things… It was downright uncomfortable. I believe he lied repeatedly. That's my opinion about his faulty memory. MK: Now if you're reading CNN today... they'll tell you, "A Georgia lawyer who had been billed as a star witness in the effort to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis did not deliver damaging testimony Tuesday on her romantic relationship with prosecutor Nathan Wade." Oh CNN...Dumb or dishonest? Take your pick…So sit back and listen as we do the hard work for them and more importantly for you because when you dig into what was said, what wasn't said, and take a look the evidence, a lot more was revealed than you would've caught on CNN. Key to this story are the texts Mr. Bradley and defense Attorney Ashleigh Merchant exchanged over several months... MK: Texts that prove Terrance Bradley told attorney Merchant... counsel for the defendant Michael Roman... that Fani Willis and Nathan Wade's affair began prior to Willis hiring him to prosecute Trump.... something both Willis and Wade denied under oath. Nathan Wade was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money by Ms. Willis... as he wined and dined her... and took her on lavish vacations around the world. But when Mr. Bradley took the stand... under oath... he seemingly forgot it all!...The man might want to check with the doctor because he's clearly having some early onset dementia. MK: Suddenly he decided all the information he'd provided to Ashleigh Merchant was just... what's the word… speculation…As you just heard... Nathan Wade was in that courtroom yesterday... as his one-time friend and law partner testified. Wade had tried to stop it from happening at all, but the Judge ruled the testimony must go forward and Bradley had to testify about the Wade-Willis romance and what Bradley knew about it. MK: Now I want you to keep all of what you just heard in mind as The Megyn Kelly Show brings you this next bit of information courtesy of our first guest, Phil Holloway…Phil got his hands on some of the actual texts between Ashleigh Merchant and Terrence Bradley and is sharing them with us exclusively. In one exchange about Fani Willis and Nathan Wade's relationship Ashleigh Merchant says: Like... just date, don't hire him. Merchant: "Do you think it started before she hired him?" Terrence writes back: "Absolutely. It started when she left the DA's office and was judge in South Fulton. ...she became a judge in 2019..." Ashleigh thumbs up that one. And Terrence also says: "They met at the Municipal Court CLE conference." Ashleigh responds... "That's what I figured. When he was married." On January 5th – days before her bombshell filing... seeking to disqualify them both from this case against the former president of the United States, Ashleigh Merchant texts Terrence: "Is this accurate? Upon information and belief, Willis and Wade met while both were serving as Magistrate Judges and began a romantic relationship at that time." Terrance responds: "No Municipal Court." Ashleigh says: "Thank you." The two also texted about the legal filing... and Terrence directed her to add him into a footnote about the amount of money he made from the DA's office. Ashleigh responded to him: "I took you out. I can add that back! Good point." Terrence: "Yes add it back." Ashleigh: "Anything else? Anything that isn't accurate?" Terrence: "Looks good." Ashleigh hearts that. Ashleigh then asks him: "How do you think they will respond? I'm trying to anticipate." MK: What's more... the court camera did not appear to pick up something very interesting... but Fox News' did. Terrence Bradley appears to mutter "oh dang" to himself when presented with potentially damning texts about the Willis-Wade relationship timeline. MK: It's also important to note that it appears someone in the Wade-Willis sphere may have gotten to Terrence Bradley before he testified. What else explains the 180…? Perhaps even threatening him if he spilled the beans on what he knows. There have been suggestions that someone may be a man named Gabe Banks. Mr. Banks is reportedly a friend of Nathan Wade. Bradley admits they spoke to one other. And Banks previously told the Judge in this case that he was concerned that Bradley might be "emotional" and violating attorney-client privilege….By the way Gabe Banks' wife is the chief-of-staff to Fani Willis… you can't make it up... MEGYN KELLY: These two lied on the stand and need to be disqualified and potentially disbarred and they will be lucky if they are not brought up on felony charges, which requires a fine and or jail time in Georgia. The Georgia State Senate is going to have its hands full and so is an independent special prosecutor who needs to be brought in to look into these two. We do need a special prosecutor not against Trump, against Willis and wait to figure out whether to previously respected officers of the court took the stand and lied under oath under oath about material facts. That's what will make it perjury. These are material facts…

Ted Cruz: Democrats View Migrants As Future Voters And Are Willing To Accept Murder And Rape As Collateral Damage

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 16:23
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on FOX News 'Jesse Watters Primetime' explained why Democrats and the Biden Administration are not securing the border: TED CRUZ: They support the open borders we have. The 10.6 million immigrants who have crossed under Joe Biden, Democrats and the media to view them as future Democrat voters. If people have to die, if children have to be assaulted and women have to be, they are willing to accept that as collateral damage. The odds of a major terrorist attack in America today are greater than they have been at any point since September 11th, 2001. Tomorrow I am going to be on the border with President Trump, I am going to be on Sean Hannity's show with the president on the border and highlighting this invasion that is happening. Every time I am on the border, when I talk to border control agents they tell me they are concerned about Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists crossing the border, crossing over and trying to commit another mass murder like October 7th.

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