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Should Trump Be Indicted? Intelligence Squared Debates

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 16:27
Via Intelligence Squared -- After a series of prime-time hearings from the January 6th Committee and hundreds of charges against individuals who participated in the events of that day, the Department of Justice faces a complex political and legal question: Should it charge Donald Trump with federal crimes? Those calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to act argue that no person is above the law and that the Committee's investigations have unearthed more than enough evidence to bring a variety of charges against the former president. But still others warn that indicting a former president - who has signaled interest in returning to the campaign trail in 2024- and who enjoys considerable support in the Republican party will even further fraction the nation's political divisions. Would indicting President Trump set a dangerous precedent and deepen political hostility in the run-up to a major presidential election? Or would failing to indict him prove even worse? Yes: Barbara Comstock, Former Congresswoman & Attorney Barbara Comstock is an attorney and former Republican congresswoman from Virginia. Prior to elected office, Comstock served in senior rules at the Department of Justice, was chief counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and served as outside counsel on numerous high-profile government investigations. She regularly appears on network and cable news shows such as "Meet the Press," "Fox News Sunday," CNN's "State of the Union and is currently a senior advisor for Baker Donelson in Washington, D.C. No: Tom Ginsburg, International Law Scholar & Author, How to Save a Constitutional Democracy Tom Ginsburg is a law professor at the University of Chicago and a scholar of international and comparative law. He is the author of several books on constitutional democracy and the rule of law, including most recently How to Save a Constitutional Democracy, which he co-authored with Aziz Huq. Before teaching, he served as a legal adviser at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and he continues to work with numerous international development agencies and foreign governments on legal and constitutional reform.

Sen. Ron Johnson: "Covid Cartel" And Biden Administration Spread More Disinformation Than Anyone

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 16:23
SEN. RON JOHNSON: It is also extraordinary that this administration is so opaque. Let's face it. The Biden administration and the federal health agencies haven't been honest or transparent. They are certainly engaged in quashing free speech as opposed to protecting it. That really ought to be the job of the United States president. They are always concerned about misinformation. They have probably spread more misinformation about Covid than anyone else. President Biden in July of [2021] said it's the pandemic of the unvaxxed. If you get vaccinated you won't get infected and you won't be hospitalized or transmit or die. I knew at that time it was a lie and it has been proven to be a lie now. But he spread it and the media never calls him on it. I am glad this judge is forcing transparency. The American people deserve the truth on Covid. HARRIS FAULKNER, FOX NEWS: How is it that this administration cooked up a disinformation council? Remember that? They were going to put that together and the people involved in it were caught in all sorts of avenues of having spread disinformation. But this would fall under the category of manipulation. I mean, to not tell the American people what was going on in a pandemic, that's more than a fairytale. That feels criminal or something like it. JOHNSON: Certainly unconstitutional. Of course, you have the "Trusted News Network" that is all part of the work of the Covid Cartel, the Biden administration, the federal health agencies, big pharma, and mainstream media, and the big tech social media giants. These are the people that suppressed and sabotaged early treatment. I believe that probably cost hundreds of thousands of Americans their lives because we didn't robustly explore early treatment. Thave been spreading misinformation. But they can't afford to be proven wrong at this point in time but the problem, Harris, is they have the power to make it very difficult to prove them wrong. Again, I applaud this judge's ruling. Maybe it will bring a little more transparency into the process here. Shine the sunlight of day on what the government has been doing and how it's been trampling on our rights.

Watch Live: President Biden Touts New Updated Covid Vaccine

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 15:59
President Biden is scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon about the newest batch of Covid-19 vaccines updated for the hottest new variants.

Full Replay: WH Press Briefing With Karine Jean-Pierre

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 15:54
The White House press briefing on September 8, 2022 will be held around 12:30 p.m.

Fetterman and Oz Will Debate, Hillary Clinton Says She Won't Run Again for President, But What About Michelle Obama?

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 14:57
On today's RealClearPolitics Takeaway, RCP co-founder and president Tom Bevan and Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon discuss the latest developments in the Pennsylvania senate race and Hillary Clinton's announcement that she will not seek the presidency. Is she sending a message to Joe Biden?

Herschel Walker Ad: Warnock Believes America Is A Bad Country Full Of Racist People, I Believe We're A Great Country

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 14:23
Republican Senate candidate in Georgia Herschel Walker's new campaign ad focuses on Democrats' comments on race in the United States.

NRSC Chairman Sen. Rick Scott: I Stand By My Method, "We're Defining The Democrats"

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 14:15
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) of the NRSC weighs in on the current state of campaigns before this year's midterm elections on 'The Story:' MARTHA MACCALLUM: So, President Biden now going to great pains to say that he is not saying that all Republicans are MAGA Republicans or a danger to our democracy. Some of the media seem to agree, though, that that general line of attack that he has been using is a winning campaign strategy. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Joe Biden is on the right side of history. JOY BEHAR, CO-HOST, "THE VIEW": This MAGA crowd is so sensitive. JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST: If semi-fascist isn't the right term for it, what is the right term for it? UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I think semi-fascist works. I think authoritarian works. CHAI KOMANDURI, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Joe Biden has made a strategic decision to put Donald Trump on the ballot. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So it's no longer Republicans versus Democrats. It's Americans versus MAGA. (END VIDEO CLIP) MACCALLUM: Let's bring in Florida Senator Rick Scott, head of the Republican Senatorial Committee, in charge of helping the GOP take back the Senate. Senator Scott, good to have you with us today. So, President Biden has been trying to emphasize that he's not talking about all Republicans or calling all Republicans semi-fascists. What do you think about that? SEN. RICK SCOTT (R-FL): Well, first off, I hope he campaigns all across the country, especially I want him in all those swing states, and give that raving lunatic speech that he gave. And, by the way, that backdrop was -- backdrop was perfect. Ought to keep the red lights. And then what he ought to do, get rid of the -- our Marines and move them into maybe the armed IRS agents, because he just signed the bill to get another 87,000 IRS agents. Nobody wants to -- have you noticed they can't -- Democrats don't want to campaign with Biden? They don't go to his campaign events, want to be seen with him. And they don't want to take any pictures with him. And they're trying to get as far away from him as they can. So I think he ought to keep doing it. It's going to help us win more elections. MACCALLUM: So, one interesting aspect was written about by Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post. And he points out that -- he says: "President Biden failed to mention that, in state after state, Democrats are working to boost them as well," meaning these so-called MAGA candidates. "How can he tell us with a straight face that they're a threat to our personal rights when his party -- his party is spending tens of millions to help them win in primaries?" What do you say to that? SCOTT: Well, of course. I mean, they know they can't win on their policies. So they're going to try to play in our -- if they try -- are going to play in our primaries. They did it in Colorado. It didn't work. They're doing it in New Hampshire right now. Citizens are smart. They're going to pick the best person for what they believe in at the time. So -- but, by the way, Biden's numbers in all the swing states, his approval number is under 40 percent. That's why these Democrats, they're not going to be with him. They know how bad his policies are, the inflation, Critical -- what he's done with our schools with Critical Race Theory. It's -- but, I mean, the gas prices, open border, Afghanistan withdrawal, I mean, nobody wants to be around this guy, other than people he's paying to work for him in the White House. MACCALLUM: So, let me ask you a little bit about your position at the NRSC. There was a piece in The New York Times, and here's the headline: "How a Record Cash Haul Vanished For Senate Republicans." It says: "By the end of July, the Republican -- National Republican Senatorial Committee had collected a record $181.5 million, but had already spent 95 percent of it." Then it goes to August, where you have just $23 million left. That is less than half of what the Democratic Senatorial Committee has ahead of the really intense stage of this whole race that we're now heading into. How did that happen? How -- where did all that money go? SCOTT: Well, we did the right thing. We spent early. I mean, here's the problem with campaigns. If you wait until the last month, I mean, there's too much static, there's too much noise out there. So what we did, as soon as our candidates got through their primaries, we started helping them. We put up ads with them to talk about what they believed in. And we started early on. We started defining the Democrats. That's put us in a position right now that we not only can keep our 50 Republican seats, but we also can pick up probably as many -- it doesn't mean we will get that many -- but we got six competitive seats where the Democrats, they're -- all the Democrats in our competitive seats are underwater. They're under 50 percent on their fav/unfav. MACCALLUM: But, Senator, you see a lot of these races that are tightening up in Florida, in Ohio. And these candidates are in need of money at this point. SCOTT: And we're going... MACCALLUM: So, some of them are pointing fingers at your leadership and saying that it's not working. What do you say to them? SCOTT: Well, let's look at -- let's look at the numbers. We -- we're going to keep our -- we're going to keep our hardest races to keep. Ron Johnson is going to win. We have invested with him. (CROSSTALK) MACCALLUM: He's behind by about five points right now, right? SCOTT: Yes. So, Ron Johnson's either tied or up a little bit or down barely. I mean, we -- if you look at -- ask these candidates that we have invested in if they think we should have invested early. Absolutely. They needed the money. They got through tough primaries, some of them did. They needed the resources. And we did it at the right time, because what we don't want to do is, remember what happened in Georgia, all right? And everybody thought the run-offs would be real easy. Warnock didn't get defined in the general election. And he was able to get -- win a Senate seat because he wasn't defined early, because people thought it was going to be easy to win Georgia. We did -- are not going to let this happen. We're defining the Democrats. We're helping our Republicans who went through tough primaries. And they're now doing really well. We're in -- competitive. MACCALLUM: All right, so you stand by your method? SCOTT: Absolutely. MACCALLUM: And you believe that you are going to add seats and take the majority in the Senate? SCOTT: Great candidates. Biden's agenda is bad. We're going to win. MACCALLUM: All right, Senator Scott, we will look forward to talking with you throughout this whole process. We will see if you're right. Thank you very much, sir.

Michael Cohen: Donald Trump Is Going To Be Indicted Relatively Soon

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 13:53
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said on 'The ReidOut' that former President Donald Trump will be indicted for crimes related to the mishandling of classified documents soon: "He's gotten away with so much already from obstruction of justice, witness tampering, tax fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, misrepresentations. He's gotten away with a litany of things and however, and this makes me scratch my head. The taking of classified documents, I mean, nuclear top secret documents should no longer be a Republican versus a Democratic issue, and I listened to all of the pundits on television whether, you know, it's this station, CNN, FOX, listen to them all. This is an American issue, and I don't understand what we're doing. It's not a question of whether the law is being applied equally to all. It is not, for God's sake, the DOJ, they are tip toeing around Donald as if he was the king, right, the supreme leader or a monarch and, again, he's not, so like what you said before it's the adage that no one is above the law holds true then Donald should have been indicted already and facing consequences, but I'll tell what I do think is going to happen. I do think there's going to be an indictment and relatively soon. I believe there will also be congressional hearings with Donald in the hot seat where, you know, either he'll come in willingly, which I don't think he will or via subpoena. I mean, the real questions that they have to be asking right now is, you know, where are the documents that were in the empty top secret files that were found at Mar-a-Lago? I mean, that's really the big question, and who did Donald give them to or show them to. Like you also said, and I've been saying it since day number one, Joy. Donald is a clear and present danger for the national security and safety of this country. And if this doesn't prove it, I'm not sure anything will. So I agree with you, but I don't agree with you that he won't be held accountable for this. This is too big at this point in time."

Sen. Rand Paul: There Is A Burden On The FBI To Prove To The American People That They Are Not Partisan Actors

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 13:39
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) highlighted his concerns over the FBI partisanship on 'Jesse Waters:' "But I think the whole problem we have right now is that there's a burden upon the FBI to prove to the American public that they are not partisan. This goes back to 2016 when they used a foreign intelligence warrant to go after Donald Trump and his campaign. A foreign intelligence warrant which should be used on foreigners in a secret court was used to go after a major presidential, you know, candidate. Now we have two weeks ago or in the last week, an FBI agent has been let go because he was hiding evidence that hunter, you know, Hunter Biden's laptop was legitimate. So, I think there is a burden on the FBI. Whether it's this. Whether it's guns or anything else to prove to us that they are not acting in a political way. And I have had this conversation with Christopher Wray before. He doesn't seem to be troubled at all by using a foreign intelligence warrant on an American, that's why he just doesn't simply get it."

AZ Dem Gov Nominee Katie Hobbs: Kari Lake Made Arizona "The Butt Of National Jokes"

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 13:22
Arizona Secretary of State and Arizona's Democratic gubernatorial nominee Katie Hobbs discusses schools, climate and abortion. CHUCK TODD: Why not go one on one? I want to get this process out of the way. I understand her experience doing this. Look, I get that. But sometimes those are the breaks, why not debate her one on one? KATIE HOBBS: Look, there is nothing I would like more than a substantive debate on the issues and an opportunity to contrast the robust policy positions that my campaign has put out versus Kari Lake's lack of any position on anything or plans or solutions. And we are still talking to the debate organizers about how to make that work. But Kari Lake is a spectacle. And she made a spectacle during the GOP primary debate. And they so far haven't proposed a format that's going to change that. And it put Arizona as the butt of national jokes and I don't want to participate in that.

Tucker Carlson: John Fetterman Is Incapable Of Representing Pennsylvania In The Senate

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 13:06
Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticizes Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's policies on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight:' TUCKER CARLSON: There are an awful lot of forgotten little towns in this country and Braddock, Pennsylvania, is definitely one of them. It's only 11 miles outside Pittsburgh, but Braddock is basically empty at this point. Only 1,700 people live there - that's down from a population of more than 18,000 during the Second World War. Braddock is now so underpopulated that you can buy a four-bedroom home there with a two-car garage right in the middle of town for $3,000. Don't believe it? Check it out yourself on Realtor.com. So, you know the story: For decades, the biggest employer in Braddock was manufacturing something called the Edgar Thomson Steelworks. In fact, Andrew Carnegie built it there along with his first stone public library, which still stands. For generations, Braddock, Pennsylvania, was a real place and then inevitably the steel plant closed and the usual disasters arrived - unemployment, hopelessness, drugs. People left by the thousands, but one man saw an opportunity in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Not an opportunity for the town, but an opportunity for himself. That man's name was John Fetterman. Fetterman was 35 years old and had never in his life had a real job. Fetterman was not from Braddock, hardly. He grew up in an affluent neighborhood four hours away. Fetterman had spent his adult life going to school - first to business school, then to Harvard for a so-called Masters of Public Policy, which for the uninitiated, is an utterly meaningless document that you pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to get in order to tell people that you went to Harvard. But in Fetterman's case, it wasn't expensive at all. It was free. His dad paid for it and paid for everything else. As the Philadelphia Inquirer put it, "For a long stretch, lasting well into his 40s, deep into middle-age, Fetterman's main source of income came from his parents. They gave him and his family $54,000 in 2015 alone." In other words, John Fetterman was a classic trustafarian, a flaky, middle-aged man looking for a purpose in life and in Braddock, Pennsylvania, he found one. In 2005, a year after arriving in Braddock, Fetterman announced he was running for mayor and amazingly, boldly, given that he was a professional student living off his rich family, John Fetterman decided to run as a blue-collar populist - but the media asked no questions. They loved it. In John Fetterman, the media saw themselves. He was just like them. So, Fetterman narrowly won the race and then the campaign to boost John Fetterman's career began in earnest. The Guardian newspaper described John Fetterman as the "coolest mayor" in the country. The New York Times told its readers, who didn't know any better, that John Fetterman had "turned the busted town of Braddock, PA, into a national symbol of hope, hard work and authentic blue jeans." How inspiring. Fetterman thought it was. He went on a national tour to brag about how he was single-handedly saving this benighted mill town in western Pennsylvania. He gave a TED talk - of course, he did - about how he was running Braddock using the lessons that he learned at Harvard. In 2011, he went - of course he did - to the Aspen Ideas Festival to further brag. Here's what he said: "We created the first art gallery in the four-town region with artists' studios. We did public art installations. And I don't know if you consider it art exactly, but I consider growing organic vegetables in the shadow of a steel mill an art, and that has attracted homesteading." It's so perfect: homesteading, organic vegetables, art installations and also, again, inevitably a heaping dose of climate theology, all imported from Harvard. Fetterman imposed on a town with no jobs, carbon caps on Braddock, Pennsylvania, and he claimed these carbon caps would somehow - he never explained how - bring more manufacturing jobs back. He called this initiative "Carbon Caps = Hard Hats." So expensive, unreliable energy will mean more manufacturing jobs and yet somehow no one laughed at him, so John Fetterman kept going. In a 2009 advertisement for himself he promised that "with a smart, economically viable carbon cap policy in place, communities like Braddock can begin to build its manufacturing and middle-class back up. This whole notion that we can continue to operate as we have been and ignore climate change is ludicrous." They loved it at the Aspen Institute and to be fair, John Fetterman did not ignore climate change. He talked about climate change endlessly. He made climate change the centerpiece of his administration in Braddock, Pennsylvania. As for actually running the town or improving the town of Braddock, he was not interested, not even a little bit interested, and that's provable. As mayor, according to public records obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Fetterman missed more than a third of the borough's monthly meetings. He was off at the Aspen Institute. In his entire tenure as the mayor of Braddock, John Fetterman cast a single vote at a city council meeting and it was a meaningless one. It was a procedural vote for borough president. So, what happened next? This is always our favorite part of the story. What were the results? How did Braddock, Pennsylvania, fare under the leadership of John Fetterman? That's really the only question that matters and again, we want to be as fair and objective as we can be. So, we're going to tell you that under his tenure as mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, the seas did not rise. That is true. Braddock is still on dry land. Of course, it's very far from the ocean, but it's still dry. So, his climate policy worked. He can be proud of that. Unfortunately, everything else fell apart in Braddock. People kept fleeing. Braddock's population is currently at its lowest level ever recorded. The median income in Braddock, Pennsylvania, is $14,000 a year. More than a third of households in Braddock live below the poverty line. Braddock, by the way, has one of the highest crime rates in the state of Pennsylvania. In 2018, shortly after Fetterman left office, Braddock's per capita murder rate was higher than it is in some of the most dangerous countries in the world. Honduras and Belize are safer than Braddock, Pennsylvania. So, that's a failure and in a functioning system, a record like this would have disqualified John Fetterman from ever running for anything again. He failed demonstrably as a leader. It had a higher murder rate than Honduras and the lowest population ever recorded. Sorry, climate change didn't improve the town. In a fair system, a system that cared about achievement, a meritocratic system, John Fetterman would be leaving politics on the express train and moving on to something like interpretive dance. Try that. Maybe get his dad to pay for ski lessons and move to Aspen or something, but we don't have a functioning meritocracy, much less a functioning political system. We have a very broken one. So, John Fetterman set his sights even higher. Having wrecked Braddock, he became lieutenant governor and now he plans to run for the United States Senate. What's he going to do if he gets there? Well, his idea is to make the entire state of Pennsylvania and the entire country much more like Braddock with much higher crime rates, and we're not making that up. Here he is, John Fetterman, in 2020 as lieutenant governor, fantasizing about giving amnesty to thousands of violent criminals, including murderers. JASON FLOM, ACTIVIST: If you had a magic wand and you could wave it and fix one thing, what would it be? JOHN FETTERMAN: Life without parole in Pennsylvania. We could save billions in revenue long-term. We could save thousands of lives and not make anyone less safe and also expunge as many permanent records of people that have been living their best lives and have been paying well beyond where they should have for a charge that they caught, you know, 10, 15, 20 years ago. In huge parts of Pennsylvania, which is a big state, real state, filled with really nice people, and it was an economic powerhouse for more than 100 years - in huge parts of that state, there are no jobs. There is poverty. There is hopelessness and there are huge numbers of drug ODs. That state has been devastated by opioids, by fentanyl, but John Fetterman, if he had one wish, if he could make one change in the state of Pennsylvania, he'd let the murderers out. Right. That's what he cares about. So, in Pennsylvania, typically if you commit murder, you get life in prison, as you should. You're not allowed to kill people, but Fetterman would change that. He'd like you out of jail as quickly as possible. Talk about a rich kid concern, by the way. No actual populist or actual working-class person talks like this, worries about punishing murderers too much. Maybe if you achieve the first 115 things on your to-do list, you'd worry about, "Are the murderers serving too much time in prison?" That'd be after you got people jobs, after you convinced their children to stay in the state where they were born, after you fixed the fact that thousands are dying of drug ODs. Only rich kids think like that, and by the way, only rich kids wear hoodies to political events. "I'm a working man and wearing a hoodie." No working man actually wears a hoodie to a political event. All your stupid little fake tattoos. It's a costume, of course. Duh. It's not real, but John Fetterman, inspired by his time at Harvard and the Aspen Institute, would like to free a third of the prison population in Pennsylvania, and that's just for starters. FETTERMAN: I was on a panel with Secretary Wetzel earlier before the pandemic hit, and he said something remarkable that I agree with. He said we could reduce our prison population by a third and not make anyone less safe in Pennsylvania, and that's a profound statement. It's not a profound statement. It's absurd. It's ridiculous. "It's a profound statement." Where do you learn to talk like this? "It's a profound statement," says the hoodie guy. You're an idiot. You've never had a job and you wrecked the town that you ran. You didn't even show up at council meetings. What? "Climate change, let the murderers out. We'll have a much safer society when we let the incorrigibly violent roam among us." Right. This is the guy who made Braddock, Pennsylvania, more dangerous than Honduras and of course, the point is not simply to wreck what he inherited, what we all inherited. It's to change the state forever for his own political benefit. The point is to flood the state of Pennsylvania with brand-new voters, all of them loyal to the Democratic Party. More voter fraud, please. Fetterman has been in lockstep with the leaders of his party on that question from the very beginning and that's why he would like to get rid of all barriers to voter fraud, including and especially voter ID as soon as possible. FETTERMAN: In my own state, they are going to pass, attempt to pass, a constitutional amendment making sure that universal voting ID for every time you vote, not just when you sign up to vote, but every time you vote, because they understand that at any given time, there's tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who typically are on the poorer side and are people of color that are less likely to have their ID at any one given time. So, poor people don't have IDs? Really? Because everyone who lives in our society over the age of 18 has a government issued ID because you can't live here, otherwise and you can't collect any government benefits without one. You can't do anything without one. So, that's a lie. He's affirmatively abetting voter fraud. Now we should tell you that the clips we just played were John Fetterman speaking before he had, and we say this with no glee, but instead with deep sympathy, a massive stroke. His campaign says the stroke occurred shortly before he won the Democratic state primary in May. Whenever it happened or whatever caused it, the stroke has been profound. It has rendered Fetterman unable to speak coherently and again, we're not being mean. We say this with sympathy, but it's true because it's not just about John Fetterman and how he's feeling, it's about the country he hopes to control if elected to the United States Senate, and so it's bad. It's really bad. Here he was campaigning recently in Pittsburgh, for example. FETTERMAN: Just earlier today, I was so proud to march with you in downtown Pittsburgh. Labor Day. Happy Labor Day. Send me to Washington, D.C., to send, so I can work with Sen. Casey and I can champion the union way of life, in Jersey, excuse me, in D.C. Thank you. Thank you very much and it's an honor. I live eight minutes away from here and when I leave tonight, I got three miles away, Dr. Oz in his mansion in New Jersey. You've got a friend and you have an ally. Send me to Washington, D.C. You know, it's not even worth making fun of. It's sad, but when cognition goes, when the ability to think clearly disappears, and in his case, it obviously has, what's left? The talking points, that's all that remains and that's all he has. The talking points. "The union way of life." This is a kid who lived off his parents until he was in his mid-40s. What? He's never been in a union. What are you even talking about, you fraud? So, not surprisingly, Fetterman has refused up until today to schedule a debate with his opponent, Dr. Oz. Just hours ago, he announced he's willing to debate, but no details are forthcoming, sometime in mid-October, of course, when the early voting has already been well in progress. It's starting now, by the way, the early voting in Pennsylvania. So, if you delay the debate 'til right before the election, it's irrelevant because people have already voted. Only Democrats seem to understand this. He doesn't even talk to the media at this point because he can't. In some cases, here's one, his staffers won't even let him answer questions that he has posed. MAN OFF-CAMERA: Hey, John. Are you afraid to debate Dr. Oz? Are you afraid to debate Dr. Oz? Are you going to debate him? He's offered five debates. Are you going to debate him? His hoodie and his fraudulent tattoos. I mean, honestly, this is like the barista in Brooklyn dressing like a lumberjack. Oh, please go back to Oberlin, you fake. So, there's a huge problem here. The guy can't talk, OK? And even CNN has acknowledged that. John Fetterman, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, cannot speak. CNN REPORTER: Members of the United Steelworkers Tuesday, Fetterman was on message, but often halting in his speech and occasionally dropped words mid-sentence. FETTERMAN: Being anti-union is anti-American. What is wrong with demanding for an easy, safe kind of their income, a path to a safe place for them to win? Or, excuse me, to work? CNN REPORTER: Fetterman declined to answer questions from CNN and other reporters at the event. So, we could go on and on and play more tape, but it's just too awful and nobody wants to watch that. We don't want to play it for you. We just want to make the point. This guy is completely impaired. That's not some kind of Republican talking point. It's completely real. So, think about what that means. The Democratic Party has not replaced him. This has been going on since he got the nomination, but he's still in the race. That is shocking and it's insulting, not simply to voters in Pennsylvania, but to the rest of us who, if this guy is elected, will have to live under his rule, but the Democratic Party prefers it that way. They did it with Biden. They're trying it again with Fetterman. Run a wax dummy for office. People who can't form complete sentences apparently seem less threatening to voters. "How much damage can he really do? He can't even talk." Apparently, that's what they think and of course, people like Fetterman and Biden are much easier to control. So, on the one occasion Fetterman has actually been asked directly about this, "Wait a second. You're cognitively impaired," how did he respond? As a victim, of course. If you've got a problem with a brain-damaged senator, you're a bigot. Watch this. FETTERMAN: Can you even imagine that if you had a doctor that was mocking your illness and ridiculing that? Well, here we are. Here we are right now. I would like to think that Dr. Oz has really lost his way if you're going to make fun of somebody that had a stroke. "Oh, making fun of people. How dare you do that! He's disabled. Shut up. Accept it. How dare you acknowledge the obvious? You have no right." This is all about John Fetterman's personal journey, so you're not allowed to ask, "How will this affect me if that guy, who can't think clearly, is elected to the United States Senate?" That's impolite. They do this on so many issues and they're doing it with him and it works. Most people just shut up. It's considered completely out-of-bounds to mention the fact that John Fetterman is completely incapable of representing Pennsylvania in the United States Senate and as we said, that fact (and it is a fact) is fine with the people who run the Democratic Party. They just want the power, but the rest of us should be very worried by this. If they can get this guy elected statewide in this nation's fifth-largest state, this guy, an incompetent husk with incredibly stupid and totally provably destructive ideas, a man with no record of achievement at all, a man with a long list of documented failures, a man who, by the way, cannot even think clearly - if they can do that, they can do literally anything.

S.C. Dem Senate Nominee Krystle Matthews: You've Got To Treat White People Like Shit, That's The Only Way They'll Respect You

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 02:32
Krystle Matthews, the South Carolina Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, was caught on mic in a Project Veritas video: "My district is slightly Republican, and it's heavily white. I'm no stranger to white people, I'm from a mostly white town. And let me tell you one thing. You oughta know who you're dealing with, like -- you gotta treat them like shit, like I mean that's the only way they'll respect you."

Doocy to KJP: Does Biden Think MAGA Republicans Are More Of a Threat To The Country Than Unvetted Afghan Refugees?

Thu, 09/08/2022 - 02:20
FOX News correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if President Biden believes MAGA Republicans pose more of a threat to the country than Afghanistan refugees that were improperly vetted or not vetted at all by the Department of Homeland Security or anyone that has been deemed a threat. The press secretary did not answer. PETER DOOCY, FOX NEWS: Thank you, Karine. As refugees were being evacuated from Afghanistan into the US last year, why weren't they all being thoroughly vetted? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: So are you talking about--what are you referring to? QUESTION: Well, so as the White House was managing the Afghanistan withdrawal last year, we were told no one is coming into the United States of America who has not been through a thorough screening and background check process. But now, there's this DHS inspector general, who says CBP admitted or paroled evacuees who were not fully vetted into the United States. That is not good. That is different than what you guys said. So how did this happen? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: No, it's not different than what we have said. That very report, it did not take into account the key steps in that rigorous, you heard from us, rigorous and multilayered screening and vetting process the US government took before at risk Afghans were permitted to come to the US. Again, I would refer you to the DHS comments on this. It did not take into full account of what the other agencies are involved in making sure that this multilayered process and screening process it. It is a multi-agency effort, and it did not, this particular report did not include that. QUESTION: Ok. So in the last week or so, we've heard the President calling elected Republicans a threat to the country. Does he think MAGA Republicans are more of a threat to the country than people DHS says may pose a risk to national security and the safety of local communities? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Again, DHS has disputed this report. And it said it didn't take into account the key steps that we have taken as a US government, the rigorous, multilayered screening and vetting process that we take as a government, that was not part of the report. Again, this report is not accurate. I know that our team has spoken to your team about this, and the DHS has provided a comment saying just that. So again, I refer you to DHS. Go ahead.

WH's Dr. Jha: God Gave Us Two Arms, One For The Flu Shot And One For "The COVID Shot"

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 23:47
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha: "The good news is you can get both your flu shot and COVID shot at the same time. It's actually a good idea. I really believe this is why God gave us two arms, one for the flu shot and the other one for the COVID shot."

Hillary Clinton: Biden Did A "Very Important Service To The Country" By Giving "Strong And Necessary Speech"

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 21:49
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday's broadcast of ABC's 'The View' called President Joe Biden's address to the nation last week denouncing MAGA Republicans a "strong and necessary speech." "I think he did a very important service to the country in giving the speech that he gave because too many people are not yet aware of how fragile our democracy is," Clinton said. "I'm not going to second guess the language he used because there has been so much that has gone beyond what I would have dreamed of. Starting with January 6th, but so many threats of violence and concerns that people are expressing about the country coming apart and all of that." "I think he did a real service and I personally thought it was a strong and necessary speech and I would not have second-guessed any of the language," Clinton said. "The final thing I would say is, you know, fascism is a very big word. I know that. But so is socialism and the Republicans call every Democrat who want people to have healthcare a socialist." "I think we do need to be careful with our language but I think the problem is if you go through the hallmarks of authoritarian regimes you see too many characteristics unfortunately on our Republican side," she said. "My most fervent hope is that Republicans themselves will begin to reject all of that, verbally, vocally, in their voting, to kind of reconstitute the Republican party to what it used to be and not the part of Trump which I think is very dangerous to the country." More from the interview:

Biden at Obama Portrait Unveiling: "One Of The Most Consequential Presidents In Our History"

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 20:28
President Joe Biden on Wednesday talked about the "gift of the Obama presidency" at the unveiling of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama's official White House portraits. In countless hours over countless meetings under intense pressure, we always knew Barack Obama. We always knew what you'd, what you thought was right, even if it was going to cost you politically. You know, we trusted him, all of you in this room. We believed in him, and we counted on him. And I still do. And I still do. [Applause] And folks, [Applause] Mr. President, that's why the country elected you twice, and it's why you'll be considered one of the most consequential presidents in our history, along with one of the most consequential first ladies. You know, Michelle, he knows, we all know he couldn't have done it without you. [Applause] I know I couldn't. [Applause] In fact, during our -- we had lunch once a week, every week come hell or high water, and everybody wondered all the important things we talked about. Probably 40 percent of the time we talked about family. We most talked about our girls and my grandchildren and my children. You embody dignity beyond measure, Michelle, and together you And Barack made history. You both generated hope for millions of people who were left behind for so long, and it matters. You both did it with such grace and such class. You know, you dreamed big and secured lasting wins for the American people, helping lift their burden with -- with the blessing of hope. I -- it's so underestimated, the notion of just having hope. This is a gift of the Obama presidency to the country and to history. It's a gift I felt personally. And as we used to say in the Senate, Mr. President, excuse a point of personal privilege, you were always there. I remember -- I remember how you were with me when my -- when our son was passing, and I remember the eulogy you gave on his behalf.

Phil Wegmann To White House: When Will President Biden Do A Real Sit-Down Interview?

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 20:26
RCP's Phil Wegmann asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during Wednesday's briefing why the president has not engaged with reporters for a real interview in over 200 days. "The president still hasn't done a sit-down interview in over 200 days. Is he dodging us? Is there a reason why?" Wegmann asked. "Absolutely not," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. "The president loves talking to you all. He takes your questions all the time. He took Peter [Doocy]'s question last Friday. I'm sure Peter was excited by that."

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell: "No Comment" On FBI Trump Investigation

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 20:16
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declined during a press conference Wednesday to comment on the investigation about the former president's handling of classified documents.

Schumer: "I Hope There Will Be 10 Republicans" Who Vote To Codify Gay Marriage Law

Wed, 09/07/2022 - 20:07
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer predicts that there will be a vote to officially make gay marriage legal ahead of the 2022 election and says he hopes ten GOP senators will join the Democrats to pass the bill.

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