October 23, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
THE SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Last night, the final Presidential debate took place in Nashville. Here it is in full...
And here’s the entertaining and informative PJ Media live blog commentary on the debate…
There’s no question that Trump won it. Sure, you expect me to say that, but here’s how you know for sure. The leftwing website The Daily Beast ran this damage-controlling headline: “Trump Won the Debate Night. It’s Not Nearly Enough.” I won’t bother annoying you with their CYA excuses for why it doesn’t matter that Trump won the debate. The very fact that a site that exists largely to lie about how Trump screws up everything didn’t feel it was possible even for them to convincingly claim that Biden won should tell you all you need to know about how badly Joe crashed and burned.
Here are my takeaways:
1. I was right that Trump would’ve done better in the first debate if he’d stopped interrupting and just let Joe talk. He did that last night, not entirely by choice, and Joe rambled on incoherently, made unforced errors and outrageously false claims, and melted down on camera toward the end like the witch in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Perhaps the biggest news came near the end when a clearly exhausted Biden was goaded by Trump into admitting he intends to “transition” away from the entire oil industry “because the oil industry pollutes, significantly.” Trump asked if viewers in Texas, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma just heard Biden say he was going to destroy the oil industry.
2. Trump came across as strong, decisive, energized and most importantly, optimistic. He talked about his past accomplishments but also about how bright the future can be. To him, COVID-19 is a problem, but problems are things to deal with and solve, not to hide away from forever and destroy your country over. And we have several promising vaccines nearing approval. In one of his most memorable lines, he warned, “We have to open our country. We’re not going to have a country.”
On the other hand, Biden was relentlessly negative. Everything Americans do now is wrong and must be corrected by a big government program. COVID-19 is a killing machine with no end in sight, he’ll impose lockdowns for however long it takes no matter the consequences, and “We’re about to go into a dark winter, a dark winter, and he has no clear plan. And there’s no prospect that there’s going to be a vaccine available for the majority of the American people before the middle of next year.” He has nothing to offer but fear itself. I predict that that “dark winter” quote will launch a thousand “Game of Thrones” memes featuring Joe Photoshopped into medieval armor.
3. Trump took the position of defending American greatness, and said that the divisions (largely stoked by the left to divide and conquer, I’d add) will be healed by success in which we all will share. Biden seems to see nothing in America but racism, pollution, greed and shame. This is in line with his controversial new ad that claims America has never lived up to its ideals. Apparently, fighting a Revolution for freedom, a civil war to end slavery, two world wars to save the world from aggression and Nazism and a Cold War to stop communist tyranny, passing the Civil Rights Act and electing the first black President were all underwhelming to Joe, but electing him President will finally convince him that we’re good people. Joe is trapped in his own “dark winter” of discontent.
4. Back when there were actual statesmen among the Democrats, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously warned that everyone was entitled to his own opinions, but not his own set of facts. I now understand why today’s Democrats can’t get along or find any common ground with Republicans: they’re living in a parallel universe.
According to Biden, he never said he would end fracking, and he dared Trump to show video of him saying that (Trump has been opening rallies recently with a montage of clips of him saying that, and he posted it to Twitter immediately after the debate.)
In Joe’s Universe, his son Hunter never made a penny from China and was investigated and completely exonerated by the Senate…
He denied that he ever said black youth were “super predators” in pushing his “lock ‘em all up” crime bill that greatly increased black incarceration. To be perfectly accurate, I believe it was Hillary Clinton who used the phrase “super predators.” But here’s video of Joe in 1993, calling them “predators” who were “beyond the pale” and saying he doesn’t care what problems they had that made them that way, we can deal with that when they’re in jail…
Joe stunningly claimed that not a single person lost their private insurance under Obamacare. According to studies, up to 4 million Americans did. My own writer/researchers, Pat and Laura, are freelance contract writers. Their policy was replaced with an ACA-compliant alternative with a $1000 higher deductible (each) and a premium that was $540 a month higher. The reliably liberal Polifact named Obama's "If you like your policy/doctor, you can keep your policy/doctor" as "Lie of the Year."
He also claimed that “there is no evidence that when you raise the minimum wage, businesses go out of business. That is simply not true.” He might ask some of the former small business owners in San Francisco, Seattle or New York City about that. Or ask one of his campaign members, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. As much as she deserves to return to her former job as a bartender, she can’t because that bar went out of business after the $15 minimum wage she championed was enacted.
These are just a few of many examples of Biden making flat denials and claims that anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the past decade knew were patently false, like claiming the child separation policy at the border didn’t start under Obama.
5. Biden now apparently thinks it’s a good marketing strategy to call his health care plan “Bidencare.” I hope it covers mental health care, because he needs it. “Hillarycare” was so unpopular, it cost the Democrats Congress in the 1994 elections. “Obamacare” was so unpopular, it cost the Democrats the House, six Senate seats, six Governorships and 20 state legislative chambers in the 2010 elections. Calling his plan “Bidencare” is like saying, “Would you like to ride on my brand new cruise ship, the Titanic II?”
6. Biden threw Obama under the bus. When Trump pressed Biden on why he never implemented any of his great ideas during 47 years in Washington, including eight years in the White House, Biden’s excuse was that he was Vice President, not President. Biden implied that Trump got prison sentencing reform passed when Obama/Biden couldn’t (even with a solidly Democratic Congress for two years) because Obama was head man, not Joe. Burn!
7. Biden vowed that within his first 100 days in office, he’d send Congress a plan to give a pathway to citizenship to over 11 million illegal immigrants. Coupled with all the free health care and other benefits, that certainly won’t make half the world come streaming across our no-longer-enforced borders.
8. The moderator, Kristen Welker, did a better job than expected. Yes, she did continually interrupt Trump (at times, he seemed to be debating her rather than Biden, but that’s par for the course.) And the topics she chose were, as always, right off the DNC talking points menu, with little mention of issues that are strong for Trump and important to voters, like the economy, peace in the Middle East and preventing foreign wars. And she never would have mentioned the fast-unfolding Biden laptop scandal if Trump hadn’t brought it up first.
But to her credit, once he did bring it up, she didn’t shut it down and even pursued it a bit with Biden, who lamely claimed it was “Russian disinformation” (without evidence! I've been looking forward to a chance to say that!) He then tried to change the subject to Trump’s tax returns and the fact that his company had a bank account in China for a few years that was closed before he ever ran for President. That wouldn’t be analogous to Hunter unless it were still open and getting regular large deposits from the Beijing government.
By clearing the world’s lowest bar of being the fairest debate moderator so far, Welker earned praise from Trump. I’m sure she’ll never be asked out to lunch in DC or New York again.
Speaking of low bars to clear, this was easily the best of the three Presidential debates (I count the two townhalls as debate #2 because combined, they included a DNC operative moderator tossing softballs to Biden and Trump being shouted at by a representative of the Democratic Party, and that adds up to one Presidential debate in my book.)
Perhaps the best one-line summation of the debate – and of the entire 2020 campaign – came from an anonymous user on RedState.com’s comment board, who said, “Trump talked about what he’s done. Biden talked about what he’s going to do.”
Considering Trump did more in 3-1/2 years than Biden’s done in his first half-century in Washington, I think I’ll stick with Trump.
PJ Media ran a story saying that the White House rejected my advice that President Trump stop talking about the Hunter Biden story, which is remote and confusing to most voters, and spend the rest of the time before the election reminding voters about his strongest issues, like who’s best to fix the economy, protect national security, prevent foreign wars and keep our streets safe.
I want to make it clear that I agree the Biden family corruption issue is important and I think it should be talked about. But that’s what Trump has campaign surrogates for. He should be reminding people of all the positive reasons for voting for him, and why, even during a pandemic, 56% of Americans say they’re better off now than four years ago under Obama/Biden.
Job 1 is to get Trump reelected. Then he’ll have four years to investigate the corruption and continue draining the swamp, and nobody wants to see that more than I do. But get reelected first, because if that doesn’t happen and Biden gets in, the corruption will sink back to the bottom of the swamp and it will never surface to see the light of day again.
The latest undercover videos from Project Veritas continue to expose how Google is abusing its power as the dominant search engine to suppress conservative content and promote leftwing candidates.
In this one, an advertising and marketing manager was caught admitting that most members of Google’s laughably misnamed “Trust and Safety Team” are “extreme left” and bragging about how they try to influence elections by censoring conservative news sites from search results, blocking rightwing parties from advertising and offering free advertising credits to Democrats. Or as that should be known, “making an illegal in-kind political donation.”
And in this one, a senior Google executive reveals how they influence YouTube users by creating up to 500 pro-Biden messages and, without the viewer being aware of it, Google’s algorithm uses all the personal data they’ve gathered about you to feed you the messages most likely to persuade you to vote for Biden. Or as that should be known, “brainwashing.”
That person also admitted that it’s very hard for a known Trump supporter to work at Google because even though they can’t fire you for your political beliefs, other workers assume you’re a bad person and put tremendous peer pressure and social pressure on you, making it difficult for you to continue working there.
Or as that should be known, “creating an illegal hostile work environment.”
NO SURPRISE, MITT
This will probably come as no surprise, but Sen. Mitt Romney already voted and while he wouldn’t say who he voted for, he did not vote for President Trump.
This, of course, is after Romney sought and gratefully accepted Trump’s endorsements of both his 2012 presidential bid and his 2018 Senate race. Since then, there’s been bad blood between them, culminating in Romney being the only Republican Senator to vote for one of the bogus articles of impeachment. Romney accused Trump of “an appalling abuse of public trust” and railed that “attempting to corrupt an election to maintain power is about as egregious an assault on the Constitution as can be made.”
Since that impeachment debacle has been shoved down the media’s memory hole so far that the Democrats didn’t even mention it at their convention, I’d like to remind you of what Romney found so appalling as to be an impeachable abuse of power:
Trump was accused of suggesting to the President of Ukraine that somebody ought to look into Hunter Biden’s international business deals. In retrospect, it sounds as if he had far better judgement than the people who voted to impeach him.
No wonder the Democrats would rather not remind you of why they were so desperate to get rid of Trump!
MUST-READ: AGENDA-DRIVEN "JOURNALISTS" SPY TO CONTROL SOCIAL MEDIA
I'll say it again: Who needs Russia to interfere in our elections when we have our own media to do it?
Wednesday evening, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Chris Wray held a sudden press briefing about findings that Russia and Iran –- wait, not China? –- have been interfering on social media to influence American voters.
It seems Russia and Iran have been obtaining information about our voter rolls and sending fake emails pretending to be from groups such as the Proud Boys (which is NOT a white supremacist group), doing things that are nothing to be proud of such as threatening people to vote for Trump or else. They've determined that these were sent to damage Trump, and that makes sense, because why on earth would Iran be trying to help Trump when they hate him maybe even more than the American left does, if that's possible?
Ratcliffe and Wray were on and off the stage quickly without taking questions.
Yes, we need to get to the bottom of the foreign influence we find. But have our intelligence agencies considered the threats to the election right here at home? For example, have they looked into what our own media are doing to try to intimidate and suppress Trump voters?
On Wednesday, Tucker Carlson featured a story about Brandy Zadrozny, an NBC reporter who describes her job as seeking out “personal identifying information” about anonymous online Trump supporters and revealing their identities. She calls it “social media sleuthing...to learn about a subject’s real life –- their family, friends, jobs, personal politics and associations.” As Tucker reported, such information might include “phone records, property records, even their Amazon Wish Lists.” This apparently is her job description.
The must-read story comes from REVOLVER NEWS, which deserves special commendation for being on top of some important stories lately. Darren Beattie of REVOLVER said of Zadrozny, “She’s up to no good.” Here’s how he described her “job”: “...She uses state-of-the-art proprietary technical tools to dig up personal information about anonymous Trump supporters online...She’ll do anything she can to unearth anonymous Trump supporters, basically so she can ruin their lives.”
"It’s disgusting and disgraceful,” he said, “even by modern journalism standards.” (I didn’t know modern journalism had standards.) These people “are not even acting as meaningful journalists [but as] as commissars and neo-Stasi, effectively, in order to crush the rebellion of the American people [associated with the victory of Donald Trump] against their corrupt ruling class.”
Beattie said that Zadrozny uses the term “disinformation” as a pretext to target and shut down Trump supporters. As he explained it, the use of this term “invites the force of our own national security apparatus to silence Trump supporters domestically.”
Again, who needs Russia and Iran to “meddle”?
Beattie sees “broader swaths of our own national security apparatus being repurposed and redeployed domestically to silence, suppress and destroy the energies associated with Donald Trump’s victory in 2016.” That’s not surprising –- they're desperate to avoid a repeat of 2016!
This “journalist” was a major contributor to a doxxing manual for her media colleagues called the VERIFICATION HANDBOOK, telling them how to target Trump supporters and what to do to ruin them. Just one example: she calls the Amazon Wish List “a gold mine for learning about what a person reads, wants, buys.” She’s teaching agenda-driven “journalists” HOW TO SPY ON PEOPLE in ways Big Brother never dreamed. Here’s a telling quote:
"My favorite kind of stories are those that reveal the real people behind influential, anonymous social media accounts. These secret accounts are less reliant on the algorithm, and more carefully crafted to be an escape from public life. They allow someone to keep tabs on and communicate with family and friends apart from their public account, or to communicate the ideas and opinions that for personal or political reasons, they dare not say out loud.”
In other words, you can run, but you can't hide. If this isn't SPYING, I don’t know what is. This is dirty stuff, dangerous territory.
Good news for Zadrozny: there’s plenty of demand and job security for dedicated, highly motivated anti-Trump employees in the media. If she somehow loses this job, she might want to study artificial intelligence and go to work for Facebook in Hate Speech Engineering. They have the same goals.
And since we love research, look at the garbage we dug up that Zadrozny is into. Gosh, we’re hard-core Trump supporters and didn’t even know what “QAnon” is –-Trump didn’t, either –- but she apparently does and explained it in a podcast for (yes) Lawfare. Here it is on the website for the (yes) Brookings Institution. Zadrozny and fellow NBC reporter Ben Collins must have enjoyed going on this so-called “Arbiters of Truth” podcast series on (get ready) “disinformation” on August 6 of this year to talk about what crazy far-right conspiracy theorists we Trump supporters are and how the “disinformation” we post needs to be taken off social media. They say QAnon is becoming “increasingly mainstream” (!) and even that the Trump campaign has been “courting” its followers.
We got through about the first 10 minutes of this idiocy before having to turn it off. Thanks, NBC News, for being such dedicated arbiters of truth! What’s your next Trump-related expose –- the growing white supremacy movement? We don't imagine you work very hard to get social media to take down the REAL disinformation coming from the left, such as their insistence that the Hunter Biden laptop story is most likely a Russian plot, their claim that there's proof the Russians hacked the DNC, and well, just about everything they say about Rudy Giuliani.
Ironically, the REVOLVER site is probably one that agenda-driven NBC News would LOVE to get shut down, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they were doing everything possible to limit its reach. They would, of course, label this reporting “disinformation.” But REVOLVER is doing a great job of revealing what in their words is “the true nature of the presidential election,” and I sure wouldn’t trust NBC News to tell me anything about that.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY