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June 24, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is still getting flak for her misinformed comparison of US detention centers for illegal entrants to Nazi concentration camps (and to all the hair-splitters trying to defend her, her invocation of the phrase “never again” in her original post made it clear that she was indeed making reference to the Holocaust).  But she’s doubling down and insisting it’s her critics who should apologize.

I’m beginning to wonder if she’s just doing this to get invitations for free travel.  So far, I’ve invited her to accompany me the next time I visit one of the actual concentration camps or the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and a leader of our border guards invited her to come tour a detention center to see what they’re really like and the nightmare the guards are dealing with thanks to the Democrats’ policies that are encouraging mass illegal immigration. 

And now, a third invitation: Polish Parliament member Dominik Tarczy?ski was so distressed by her cavalier conflating of protecting our borders with the mass incarceration and murder of millions of Jews to score “political points with enflamed rhetoric” that he wrote a letter formally inviting her to come tour Auschwitz.  Having been there myself on more than one occasion, I can assure you that it would take a heart of stone or a brain of concrete not to grasp the enormity of the tragedy and horror that took place there. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ocasio-cortez-deflects-concentration-camps-says-republican-apologize/

Tarczy?ski wrote, “I wish to extend the olive branch of education to you, Congresswoman, and would be delighted if you would accept my offer to come to Poland and study the concentration camps here for real, so that you can see firsthand how different it is from your immigration processing centers on the U.S. border.”  He noted that Poland was where “Adolf Hitler set up the worst chain of concentration camps the world has ever seen.”

I like the idea of the “olive branch of education.”  It reminds me of the small tree branch my mother would have made me fetch to "educate" me if I’d ever said something that offensive.  I sincerely hope she takes MP Tarczy?ski up on his kind and generous offer.  I’m sure it would be a very educational trip for AOC.  In fact, his letter should alone should be very educational for her, since he mentions that the Nazis were “the National Socialist German Workers Party of Germany.”  Doesn’t that sound “progressive”?   

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While AOC is comparing our efforts to keep up with the tsunami of illegal immigrants to the Nazis, Karol Markowitz of the New York Post has noticed something about all those Democrats running for President: they may not go as far as AOC, but they’re all blasting President Trump for his “cruel,” “callous” and “inhumane” border policies (even those that are exactly the same as Obama’s) – and yet none of them will tell us what they would do to fix the problem.

https://nypost.com/2019/06/23/democrats-refuse-to-say-what-america-should-do-about-border-crisis/

They claim they don’t want “open borders” (which at least some of them obviously do – even though “open borders” is a euphemism for “the end of the United States as a sovereign nation.”)  As far as I know, only back-of-the-pack contender John Hickenlooper has actually called for giving 10-year-plus visas and a pathway to citizenship to every one of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the US.

https://freebeacon.com/politics/hickenlooper-give-illegal-immigrants-10-year-visas-immediately/

As California is proving every day, the combination of open borders and lots of citizenship-level privileges creates a magnet for illegal immigration.  That’s so obvious that many Californians see and reject it, while most Americans east of California recognize it as the suicidal insanity it is.  Most of the Dems’ Presidential hopefuls aren’t politically suicidal enough to admit that’s what they want.  So what do they say instead?

As Markowitz points out, they declare that they want “comprehensive immigration reform.”  And that means…? 

Well, they’ll get back to you on that after the election.  “Comprehensive immigration reform” is like “common sense gun laws.”  It means they’ll apply the same failed, anti-American nostrums that punish law-abiding citizens while making the real problems worse, but under a vague new name that makes it sound more reasonable.    

Ms Markowitz rightly notes that the Democrats’ big problem is their unthinking “Resistance” stance.  They have to oppose whatever Trump says or does, even when he says things that are unquestionably true (“there’s an illegal immigration crisis at the border”) and wants to do things they once supported (she points out that under Obama, the US spent $2.3 billion building and maintaining 654 miles of Southern border barriers, with Speaker Nancy “Border walls are immoral” Pelosi’s support; and that while Trump “cruelly” deported over 256,000 people last year, Obama deported over 409,000 in 2012 alone.)   

So far, the media have let the Democrats slide on the “You attack Trump a lot for how he’s dealing with this problem, but what would YOU do about it?” question.  That’s because they like attacks on Trump (they think it’s their job, too.)  So chances are that question won’t be asked in the upcoming reality shows masquerading as debates. 

But the voters who attend town halls and other candidate events shouldn’t let them off the hook. If a candidate slams how Trump is dealing with overwhelming illegal immigration but refuses to say specifically what he or she would do differently, then assume that answer means “I have no answer, I just really want to be President.”

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What could possibly make CNN, CBS, ABC, C-SPAN and Fox News join together in solidarity and protest?  The South Carolina Democratic Party’s decision that none of those news networks will even be allowed to cover this week’s Democratic Presidential debate, which will be hosted by the famously nonpartisan and objective MSNBC, which also apparently will be the only outlet allowed to cover it.  The other networks called this “the antithesis of openness.”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jun/23/inside-the-beltway-first-democratic-debate-akin-to/

Maybe MSNBC insisted on it in hopes that a monopoly will boost its ratings (average of 1.66 million viewers in prime time, down 19% from last year.) 

You can read more at the link about this attempt either to resuscitate MSNBC or keep Americans from seeing this slow motion train wreck.  Also, catch the article above it that contains the sage observation that the Democratic debates will be the biggest gathering of liberals since Woodstock.  Except to listen to their proposals, you’d assume that the liberals at the debates were taking more LSD than the ones at Woodstock. 

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  • Sue Burris

    06/25/2019 04:48 PM

    Mike,
    Trump cannot accept immorality by endorsing Gay Pride. He will lose the election. His supporters will not tolerate his intentions of "decriminalizing homosexuality,"
    If he dumps Pence for Haley, Trump will lose the election.

  • Li Yu Chang

    06/25/2019 11:02 AM

    Instead of Democratic candidates wasting time on promises of free college tuition, free insurance, and free citizenship to everyone that crosses the free border, the winning candidate will be the one that first declares that having enough money is a right, so Treasury will send a printing press and paper to every household so that when you need it, just print it. They will probably also claim that it would be a stimulus to the economy.

  • Daniel Burke

    06/25/2019 09:06 AM

    Democratic presidential candidates have "no answer" to what they would do to solve the border crisis because to them it is NOT a crisis. They are staunch Open Borders Globalist who desire to BRING AMERICA TO ITS KNEES and turn us into a European State.

  • Li Yu Chang

    06/25/2019 08:28 AM

    Why waste time giving away free college, free insurance, free citizenship through free borders when the candidate to win the Democratic nomination for President will be the one that first offers that Treasury will provide a printing press and paper for $20 bills to every household in America. If you need money you deserve it, it is your right, so just print some. They probably will claim that it will stimulate the economy too.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/25/2019 08:06 AM

    Maybe just maybe people are starting to wise up that the outlets of opinion is waning the constant activist menu they serve is being treated with a no thank you we have had enough of the false reporting of facts and real issues. Just like Congress's approval rating being at the bottom so is the reporting of these opinion outlets like a open bottle of soda after a day or 2 it goes flat that is where Congress and the media are today flat and sinking people do not trust or believe in them they have become worthless.

  • Rebecca Holstine

    06/25/2019 01:11 AM

    So this woman author has written a book, and wants to sell some copies. President Trump is just now rolling out his re-election. And she didn't think her accusing him of sexual assault would get much attention. Is she joking or just another nut? Actually the Democrats have done this for years. To any man they wanted to defeat. And dirty trick! I was raised a Democrat, but by the time I was old enough to vote, at the age of 21, I had learned the Democrats were vicious, nasty and dirty. So, I have never voted for one and never will. I do not think this woman is going to hurt our President, we are wise to these women. If he had gone after all of the ones that have accused him, he wouldn't have had time to court and marry 3 of them, and build his business empire. That is my opinion and I'm sticking with it.

  • Ralph Smith

    06/25/2019 12:09 AM

    Wow! Mike, you have knocked it outta the park with this one. You stitched all the liberals failings together amazingly well. And, the liberal knitting nannies should take note??.

  • john C hashagen

    06/24/2019 09:46 PM

    You are right when saying that the questions should be asked of each of the Democratic runners " What would you do about it". Immigration reform has been the most talked about and do nothing slogan of the left now for years, when the questioned presidential hopeful answers we need total immigration reform he/she/ needs to be asked what are you going to do lay it out. They will promptly change the subject to blame Trump for all that has happened, when some of them have been there for over thirty years and have done nothing.

  • Joyce weigel

    06/24/2019 08:53 PM

    I hope AOC doesn't accept your invitation to Jerusalem on your trip next
    Feb. 2021 because my husband and I will be with you on it and I don't know
    how I would be able to stand her on it.

  • Carl Smith

    06/24/2019 08:51 PM

    Go ahead and call The NBC outlet what it really is Lysergic acid diethylamide on Steroids aka MSLSD.I hope your not holding your breath waiting on the so called journalist to move out of the Wine Cellar ( where notes for tomorrows talking points are distributed) long enough to recognize they are digging thier own graves. They all need to revisit Forrest Gump--You just can't Fix Stupid.

  • Arthur Windsor

    06/24/2019 07:54 PM

    RE: E. Jean Carroll - Either she is after "public attention" for her new book or democrats are involved, and , of course, she is a Trump hater. The democrat party has used character assassination for years. One of their favorite ploys is making FALSE accusations of sexual misconduct then finding (buying?) "witnesses or victims" who will swear to it. It even has a name: "Borking" - democrats pulled it on Bork, Thomas, Moore, Herman Cain, Kavanaugh, many others and now this is their second attempt at Trump!
    Maybe Jewish leaders in Biblical times were democrats!?
    Jewish leaders accused Stephen of blasphemy and set up false witnesses so they could stone him to death. They made false charges against Jesus and had lying witnesses confirm it, so they could have Jesus crucified. -- YEP, DEMOCRATS!

  • Nelda White

    06/24/2019 07:21 PM

    Nancy says border walls are immoral. In the bible it speaks of the border walls and fences that God had His countries build. What is her opinion on that?

  • william fuhrer

    06/24/2019 07:05 PM

    Why don't you get Carbonaro on your program he can show the voters and AOC and Bernie that MONEY does grow on trees

  • Robert W. Gholston

    06/24/2019 07:01 PM

    So nice my other comments have come to naught, I'll try this avenue.
    Could you correct the spelling of my first name; Robeet? I've never met anyone who uses that moniker. Either your staff misspelled "Robert" (typo?), or I inadvertently hit "e" instead of "r". Either way, after trying, occasionally, to elicit a response, without luck, to this problem, maybe I should unsubscribe, wait a bit, and then rejoin, paying scrupulous attention to my typing on this minuscule keyboard.
    I'm weary of seeing "Robeet" instead of Robert. Do you know anyone that spells their name that way?
    R-O-B-E-R-T

  • Peggy S Nelson

    06/24/2019 06:54 PM

    AOC need to be educated on just about everything, the problem is she doesn't seem to realize she needs educated. Good review. Any info on why Pelosi seems to be over medicated or maybe needs to be medicated?

  • Pat FitzGerald

    06/24/2019 06:17 PM

    I think the point is that the Dems are terrified that President Trump really is going to “drain the swamp” and they are going down if they don’t stop him.

  • Toni DeFronzo

    06/24/2019 06:10 PM

    You, sir, are a very kind man. You can deliver the facts, with a dose of humor, that is very much needed. AOC is as dumb as a rock and so very annoying! I only listened to her one time and was done!

    On the other hand, your daughter is a breath of fresh air! She is smart, eloquent and engaging. We enjoyed her appearance on your program.

  • Evangeline Hopkins

    06/24/2019 05:44 PM

    I refuse to read anything about AOC and I wish everyone else would ignore her too. Please don't ever write anything about her. it is beneath you.

  • Stephen Russell

    06/24/2019 05:44 PM

    Dems attack President BUT offer NO solutions or ideas & they wonder why they get poor ratings etc.
    Losing for 2020