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December 12, 2019 |

Word is that Sen. Lindsey Graham is thinking of dispensing with the House Democrats’ nonsensical “impeachment” articles against President Trump by having a speedy trial or a quick vote to toss them into the garbage where they belong and move on.  The thinking is that this has become an embarrassing distraction and dragged on long enough in the House, so there’s no point in prolonging it in the Senate and letting it turn into a “spectacle.”

I can understand the reasoning (although if they want to avoid a spectacle, that ship has sailed), but I have to side more with Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks.  He’s written a letter to Graham, urging him to reconsider.  Excerpt:

“It is urgent we fight fire with fire and tell them enough is enough.  House Republicans have done all they can to push back and expose their motives to the American people, soon it will be at your doorstep…We need to take our time and figure out exactly how Congress found itself in the current situation: poised to impeach a president on a completely partisan vote with no evidence and flimsy charges just before his re-election bid."

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/11/jim-banks-lindsey-graham-impeachment-082385

The Senate should also consider the fact with much of our current media having degenerated into a propaganda arm of the DNC, if the Senate doesn’t haul this out into the sunlight, many Americans will likely never learn the truth.  Thanks to dishonest reporting and commentary, polls show that far too many Americans are still convinced that Trump did something so wrong it merits removal from the White House, but just like the House Democrats who wrote the “Articles of Impeachment,” they can’t put their finger on exactly what that was.

With a “news” media so desperate to preserve a false narrative that they’ll trumpet “vindication of the FBI” as the only takeaway of the blistering Horowitz report, then literally cut away at strategic moments of his Senate testimony to keep their viewers from learning that’s not true, somebody has to do their job for them (and hey, my staff and I are only a handful of people.)  

Besides, think of President Trump’s position: he’s been accused of high crimes and misdemeanors warranting removal from office on literally zero hard evidence.  He wants a trial to expose the real abusers of power and to clear his name. Besides, not exposing this for what it is and making the schemers face consequences will allow it to stand as precedent and be repeated again and again (some Democrats are already talking about impeaching Trump again if he's reelected.) And Senate Republicans think it’s enough just to dismiss the charges with no comment? 

I can’t help thinking of Reagan Labor Secretary Ray Donovan, who was hit with larceny and fraud charges by a Bronx grand jury, and savaged by the media.  After he and the other defendants were acquitted, he famously asked, "Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?"

Besides, no matter how worthy of becoming trash can liner those “Articles of Impeachment” might be, if the Senate just tosses them without a thorough public airing of how they came to be, you know what the “news” narrative will be: “Trump saved by GOP Senate Cover-up!”

They’ll still try to spin and hide and lie about whatever comes out of a Senate trial with sworn testimony and cross-examination of people like Adam Schiff, but it will be much harder to bury it.  If they’re going to be partisan shills instead of journalists, at least force them to work at it. 

 

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Correcting “fake news” has become a large part of my job over the past year years, but I have to hand it to the media: even with their unenviable track record for misinforming Americans, Wednesday was a red letter day for “fake news.”  

I’ve written elsewhere about CNN and MSNBC cutting away from IG Michael Horowitz’s Senate hearing whenever Democrats stopped talking and their “Vindication!” false narrative started being exposed (at one point, CNN decided that it was more important to cover a New York Yankees contract.)  But surprisingly, there was another example that ranked just as low on the journalistic integrity scale.

Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order requiring colleges and universities to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitic discrimination or lose federal funds.  Somehow the New York Times misreported the story to suggest that Trump was not only being anti-Semitic, he was doing what Hitler did.  Follow me on this…

Times reporter Erica Green set off a firestorm on Twitter by misreporting that Trump planned to redefine Judaism as a race or nationality.  This sparked the usual Internet flurry of “Trump is Hitler” posts. 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/trump-protects-jews-therefore-he-must-be-hitler/

But that’s not what the order does.  As George Mason University legal Prof. David Bernstein explains at the link below, it merely extends to Jews protection under “Title VI's prohibition on race and national-origin discrimination to the extent that such discrimination is based not on hostility to Jews as a religion, but to Jews as an ethnic group with perceived common characteristics.” This is also not a radical change, it’s just codifying a policy that was already a guidance point under both Bush II and Obama and that originated in a bill written by Democrats.   

https://reason.com/2019/12/11/the-new-york-times-continues-to-misreport-the-trump-executive-order-on-antisemitism/

Even after being called out for their reprehensible misreporting, the Times still tried to push its “anti-Semitic Trump Administration” narrative with a hit piece on Ken Marcus, head of the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, who helped write the order.

As Prof. Bernstein notes, “Either Ms. Green didn't bother to inquire about the history of the relevant Title VI controversy, which makes her incompetent, or she did, and it makes her dishonest.” I say, why argue over “either/or” when all reasonable people can agree that it’s both?

At this link, Jason Greenblatt, who describes himself as “an observant Jew who worked for Donald Trump for 23 years,” explains why he believes Trump is one of the greatest friends Israel and the Jewish people have ever had.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/jason-greenblatt-trump-order-to-fight-anti-semitism-at-colleges-shows-he-strongly-supports-jews-and-israel

How could the alleged “paper of record” look at someone like that (who, not incidentally, has a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren) as he signs an order in a moving and inspiring ceremony to strengthen protection of Jews against hate crimes, and somehow see “Hitler 2.0”? Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit probably put his finger on it when he said, “If you start from the axiom that Trump is Hitler, every fact becomes evidence that Trump is Hitler. Of course, only an idiot would start with that axiom, but idiots abound.”

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Accidentally Self-Revealing Quote of the Day!  From Rep. Jerrold Nadler, explaining why the Dems are plowing ahead with impeachment charges just months before an election:  "We cannot rely on an election to solve our problems when the President threatens the very integrity of that election."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dems-plow-ahead-with-impeachment-articles-as-initial-vote-looms

Translation: “Democracy is too important to be trusted to the stupid voters!”

More to follow later this evening as we unpack all of the news of the day...

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  • Jon Higley

    12/13/2019 11:31 PM

    After being dragged through three years of the Democrats/media falsehoods, the law abiding citizens of this country are frustrated that there is clearly a two-tiered system of justice. If a full Senate trial is not conducted once it arrives there, many will be strongly tempted to abandon any faith or admiration for our nation's law enforcement agency. We want to hear testimony, under oath, before the Senate from those who've clearly been exposed as players in a scheme to conduct a silent coup of our duly elected president. With all due respect to Senator Graham, this travesty of justice must not be swept under the rug simply because the nation is tired of it all.

  • james peace

    12/13/2019 07:12 PM

    Let the Senate expose ALL of the ROT. Lindsey is wearing sheep's clothing!! He is not what he appears to be. DANGER!!!!!

  • Michael

    12/13/2019 07:06 PM

    Definitely need a full trial. A speedy trial will never expose the lying & scheming Democrats & Rino's. Truth to its fullest needs to be given to the American people & for the swamp to try to be drained. A speedy trial & calling no witnesses will backfire on the Republicans & I hope they consider the big picture & stand up & expose the Democrats - a criminal Enterprise that started with the Clinton's & only got worse with Obama & all the crooks & czar's that he implanted to try to take down our Nation. Time to expose them with a full trial !!!

  • Brenda Easterling

    12/13/2019 01:19 PM

    You are so right, “Idiots abound” in the country and especially in the democratic Party. I am not a college graduate, but even I can see the stupidity of the leaders in the democratic party. I will not honor them with capital letters. They don’t deserve that recognition.
    Horowitz’s report was truly shocking. I think that Congress should go forward with all guns blazing and show the democrats just how stupid they are. Polosy, Shift, Nadler and the rest of them who pushed for this impeachment should be prosecuted for what they have done!!!!!!!

  • Patrick Green

    12/13/2019 12:03 PM

    I think a trail that afforded the dems all the chances that they took away in the house would be best. Rep. can show the world how much more better they are . Kill them with kindness.

  • Alan Baughman

    12/13/2019 10:49 AM

    I would say stop this impeachment the minute it hits the Senate floor toss it out. Then start subpoenaing Schiff, Pelosi and others for lying, abuse of power, and just about everything they have accused the president of. This should also be conducted in public hearings so the people see what they have done. This is nothing but a coup and those involved must be punished to the fullest so this never happens again to any president.

  • PAULA HARRIS

    12/13/2019 10:09 AM

    With the actions of Sen. Graham, I sometimes wonder who and what he stands for. There are times when I think of him as a traitor. Why wouldn't he want to let President Trump have his day in court? Why wouldn't he want President Trump be allowed to have "due Process" just like any other American? Even the worst of criminals get their day in court!

    I truly feel that this kangaroo impeachment hearing is not about the presidential elections but about the congressional elections. There is too much at stake for the democrats. The GOP could have quite the majority and this has the democrats running scared. If the democrats secure both levels of Congress, then they have President Trump's hands tied behind his back and it is a win for them. If you think the President had trouble getting his programs thru now, just imagine 2020!

    If America is to keep its Republic, the voters for liberty and rights as a citizen need to get out and vote. 2020 is way too important. I do NOT want to see us become a Venezuela.

  • William Jakovac

    12/13/2019 09:05 AM

    President Trump has to have a full trial. He has been treated, actually mistreated, by House Democrats and media, with less rights than an illegal alien. If this can be done to our President, ordinary citizens wouldn’t have a chance.

    As Barney Fife always said,”We have to nip it in the bud!”

  • debbie bailey

    12/13/2019 09:04 AM

    Totally agree. If Democrats aren’t held accountable, they will keep at this! And we are sick of seeing them get away with crimes that would put any of us in prison forever if we had done this! —a bad child will keep misbehaving if not corrected.

  • Richard A. Sims

    12/13/2019 08:56 AM

    I think that President Trump's idea that dragging this hearing/investigation out as long as possible may have some merit.
    First, it'll keep all the "lightweight" candidates off the campaign trail and possibly reduce their polling to negative numbers.
    Second, a trial (as long as possible) may have the questionable effect of destroying the democrat party in total. This could possibly clear the way for another party with any other title than democrat or socialist. The recent news from Finland doesn't help the socialist party.
    Third, the "big money" democrats ( Bloomberg and Steyer (SP?) will possibly be reduced to fighting a multi-faceted war with Pelosi and company, Republicans and the lightweights left over from the kangaroo court. I'm not too worried about Bloomberg. He's spending incredible amounts of money on his campaign for very little ROI. Might get some traction with the voters in time, but I doubt it.
    Steyer is a different animal. He could be a real threat, even though he's new to the game. He's scary. A billionaire lefty from the left coast.
    Thank you for allowing me to vent here and for your valuable opinions.

  • Don Chenault

    12/13/2019 07:22 AM

    view from a Trump supporter in FLY OVER COUNTRY... senate can hold trial for all year 2020 and the corrupt dimm/communist media will lie and spin every witness favoring Trump as having been bribed or paid off by russians.. schumer will stand in front of every camera and deny any truth that helps Trump. The only way Americans will know truth is to watch every minute for themselves and know any witness for dimms will be lying and spinning truth... any vote finding Trump innocent will not be accepted as valid by the dimm/communist party and their political wing media (including some at fox)

  • Wayne Hilchen

    12/13/2019 06:58 AM

    There should be a Senate trial to vindicate the president and expose the misdeeds that abounded. Otherwise, the perpetrators will just continue as one legislator warned of another impeachment of the president.

  • paula k smith

    12/13/2019 06:54 AM

    I have been so disgusted by all this impeachment garbage. I have become anti Dem in the process.
    I see in my President, a man who loves his nation, who has kept campaign promises and is standing in the face of such hatred and discrimination like no public figure has ever seen. I see a man who is not a slick politician but a flawed human being who is placed in office and being used of God in mighty ways. I see a man who has a past (who doesn't?) but I see a man determined to do his best for the American people. That is why he was elected despite all predictions. I will vote for him again. I pray for him, the vice president and their families and all their advisors and I pray that Godly men will surround President Trump as a support team. I pray that together as leadership, they continue to pray and seek God for the healing of our nation. God will use President Trump to make America great again, for our good and for His Great Glory! Thank you, Mr. Huckabee, for your continuing to bring us the truth and insights into the attacks by the slime in the swamp. I am saddened by the hatred and viciousness of the left. They are the ones promoting hatred and division in our nation. Can you imagine if they used all that passion to support the president instead of oppose him? What victories we could have! Trump in 2020!

  • Richard Leedy

    12/13/2019 05:57 AM

    Definitely do NOT have a speedy dismissal in the Senate. First, that will give the Democrats a great talking point that the Media will echo for months - "The Republicans just whitewashed the whole impeachment process"! Second, you want the Democrat Senators that are up for re-election to have to go on record as supporting this flimsy excuse for impeachment.

  • don laflamme

    12/13/2019 01:12 AM

    Impeachment doesn't just roll uphill; my belief is that the Senate should move to impeach Schiff as a separate public legal act rather than try to force him to show up for Trump's. Abuse of Congressional/Oversight power must have consequences. Exemption from punishment for any position paid with taxpayer money is ridiculous.

  • Granny Anne

    12/12/2019 10:40 PM

    I'm seriously thinking that there is no whistleblower. Shift has lied and made up stories so much and refuses to disclose the identity of the whistleblower. Maybe he is boxed into a corner because it is all a made up lie to confuse the issue even more. He needs to go to the bottom of the swamp and get flushed out.

  • Gary Stilwell

    12/12/2019 08:53 PM

    I would have to agree with Mr. Banks' assessment that the Senate needs to put this thing to bed with a resounding slap. I do admire Sen. Graham's fervent loyalty and attention to detail that needs to be exposed to all Americans, but the Senate making a "rubber Stamp" vote without the damning evidence being vetted will back-fire on them--it will "look" like they are voting purely political--just the same thing they accuse the Dems of doing---this whole thrust makes it appear that Trump was right about "draining the Swamp" --the swamp is inhabited by BOTH parties--and you wonder why the man fires his own advisors when they don't measure up??????

  • Maris K Hodges

    12/12/2019 07:59 PM

    We need to voice our opinion on this. I do not want all of this thrown in the trash! Everything needs to be known about Shifty Schiff and all the other numskulls. Who do we contact?

  • Robin Rebhan

    12/12/2019 07:53 PM

    I say go for it! I have a whole list that I would like to see on the witness ( witless ) stand. It will be interesting to see what the " Bureaucratic Socialist Press " covers and reports or doesn't.

  • Terry Nixon

    12/12/2019 07:27 PM

    Rep. Jim Banks is 100% correct. We have to let this spectacle play out to the end and blow-up in the face of the Democrats so the voters can see for themselves what a farce it really was. It is a shame the Democrats cannot help themselves out of this whole pit, but they just keep digging a deeper hole. The public needs to see this for what it really is.

  • Lawrence Foster

    12/12/2019 07:17 PM

    Governor Mike,

    I must be getting slow in my old age, because I just realized something I should have seen weeks ago.

    Ninety percent or more of the democrat motivation for impeachment is to try and protect Joe Biden. If Biden goes down (and I am betting bill Barr has him in his sights), the entire Obama administration, along with the Clinton Cartel and their pay for play scheme will come down too.
    the dems will do their usual- try to blame low-level actors, and hope they will be good soldiers and take the fall. But since Obama is out of office, their is no incentive for the low level actors to take a fall for him, and the rats will begin to abandon the SS Obama-Clinton. I'm hoping for a front row seat as the ship starts to slide beneath the waves.

  • Antonio Fernandez

    12/12/2019 06:49 PM


    I completely agree with you that President Trump deserves a trial to bring the truth about what the Democrats have done for the past three years. The Democrats know that the Senate can just vote to end impeachment but, that will be publicize as a victory. I just called Senator Graham office to express that I agree with a trial and I encourage all of your followers to do the same.

  • Patty Helms

    12/12/2019 06:49 PM

    1) I definitely want the Senate to have witness testimonies. Call Zolensky too!
    2) Can Biden, Schiff, Vindmen, etc plead the fifth amendment of they are called to testify?
    3) I don't think the corrupt media will carry any of the Senate hearings!

  • carolyn dupre

    12/12/2019 06:47 PM

    I agree that the senate has to bring this to a full trial which is open and thorough for all to see. Don’t dismiss it!!’

  • Mary Anne Berry

    12/12/2019 06:47 PM

    I agree the Senate needs to hold a trial! The media will definitely claim a coverup.