October 16, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
UPDATE ON THE BIDEN STORY AND EFFORTS TO STOP IT
"Joe Biden still has not been forced to explain why he fired Ukraine’s top prosecutor at precisely the moment his son was being paid to get him to fire Ukraine’s top prosecutor.”
That was Tucker Carlson on his Thursday show, which aired live before Biden’s televised town hall was over. Sure enough, that observation was still true afterward, because Biden wasn’t asked ONE QUESTION about this. And no wonder; anyone invested in a Biden win 2-1/2 weeks from now must know how damaging the story would be if it got the attention it deserves.
Biden also has never said whether or not he personally benefited from son Hunter’s foreign business dealings. He still insists he’s never talked with his son about them, not once. But according to one of the more telling emails on what is almost certainly Hunter’s discarded laptop, “Pop” benefited quite a lot. “I love you all,” it reads. “But I don’t receive any respect and thats fine I guess – works for you apparently. I Hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years. It’s really hard. But don’t worry unlike Pop I won’t make you give me half your salary.”
What? Joe Biden was pocketing half of what Hunter made?
No doubt Hunter wouldn’t have made the big bucks without his father’s last name, and he has acknowledged as much. So in a way, it might seem fitting that his father would take a generous cut. That is, if his father weren’t VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Rudy Giuliani describes this as “a racketeering case.”
Tucker went on to talk about Thursday's update in the NEW YORK POST (don’t look for it on Twitter, as they’ve deemed the whole story “unsafe”), which explores Hunter’s dealings in China. Here, we’re talking about tens of millions of dollars, even hundreds of millions and more. Another email on the laptop reads, “At the moment, there’s a provisional agreement the equity will be distributed as follows: Ten held by Hunter for the big guy...” The “big guy” surely was Joe Biden. So, can this money destined for him be traced back to the CCP?
According to Miranda Devine, a columnist for the NY POST, one deal with a Chinese energy company netted Hunter Biden $10 million a year for “introductions alone.”
He was also on a $1 million retainer from another company for “legal services.” Devine poses the question that, since the gravy train continued when Biden was no longer Vice President, what exactly were the Chinese paying for? I assume she’s wondering what we all are: were they anticipating the day when Biden would be running for President and likely becoming Commander-in-Chief in, say, January of 2021? They clearly want him to win.
This brings to mind the Clinton Global Foundation, whose billions in donations dried up soon after Hillary lost in 2016.
Ironically, by blocking a story that involves the the CCP, Twitter and Facebook are acting JUST LIKE the CCP. (Really, who needs Russia to “meddle” in our elections when we have Twitter and FB to do it?) And now Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are using Big Tech’s rejection of the Biden story as evidence that it’s not true. They’re saying it’s “debunked” when it’s not at all.
As Tucker pointed out, Twitter and FB aren’t claiming it's a hoax but are simply cutting off communication about it. I hope it’s not getting tiresome for me to bring up George Orwell, but these people really are acting like the Ministry Of Truth. They want censorship if it works in their favor. And they don’t mean just to shut down some obscure blog, though that would be wrong as well, but even to censor major publications to silence a story they don't want. Likewise, they’ll pass along an easily-debunked lie if the lie is what they DO want. They’ve crossed a big red line.
This should scare the pants off you.
According to Ms. Devine, the Biden campaign is backing off its original response, which was that his official calendar had no record of his meeting with the Burisma official who’d emailed Hunter a thank-you for their meeting. Now they’re saying they “would not rule out the possibility” of a meeting, but it would’ve just been “informal” and “cursory.” Okay, but the official had referred to “spending some time” with the Vice President. How much time?
She concluded by saying, “Maybe he will answer it tonight when he does a town hall. I doubt whether he’ll be asked any really tough questions, though.” (Wow, she must be psychic!)
Fortunately, outside the mainstream, there’s still some real journalism going on, such as this update from THE EPOCH TIMES.
Yesterday, I expressed curiosity about the “backstory” of the abandoned MacBook Pro, notably how it came to be subpoenaed by the FBI –- where it seems to have been deep-sixed around the time of the Trump impeachment (hmm). Seems I was not alone.
Giuliani says he received a copy of the hard drive three weeks ago from his attorney, Robert Costello, who got it from John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of a computer repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware. (Isaac had had the laptop for 90 days and was unable to contact the owner.) Steve Bannon negotiated a deal and passed it to the NY POST, which also did its own authentication. This deal allowed Giuliani to later disclose the material to other media as he is now doing. (This begs the question: Can Twitter shut them ALL down?)
What I’m most curious about is the FBI subpoena --- what was that about? Mac Isaac gave Costello a copy of what he said was the subpoena, dated Dec. 9, 2019, used to seize the laptop. (Fortunately, he copied the hard drive before he turned it over.) Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday that he wants the FBI to "come clean." What were they doing with this? Why did they sit on it?
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware declined to confirm the authenticity of the subpoena. As in the old song, “They didn’t say yes, they didn’t say no.”
There are some inconsistencies with Mac Isaacs as a witness; the EPOCH TIMES piece mentions these. Still, they have little to do with whether or not this laptop is the real deal or a hoax. These emails are either real or they’re not, regardless of Mac Isaac’s motivations or the fact that Giuliani is Trump’s attorney. It’s understandable that Giuliani and other Trump advocates are working overtime to get the truth out, because “journalists” have utterly failed to do their job and don’t even care if Biden and his family are corrupt.
DARN THOSE OPEN MICS
Darn Those Open Mics: New York Gov. Andrew “Party of Science” Cuomo was caught on a microphone admitting that his “Close everything” coronavirus policy wasn’t the best thing to do, but it was “fear-driven.”
A GOOD READ
I know it can be disheartening to keep hearing how Joe Biden is ahead in the polls by double digits (which is the point of those polls, by the way: to dishearten you.) How can that be, when his aides call a lid on the day before “Good Morning America” is over; when he does emerge from his basement, he babbles more baffling word salad than Prof. Irvin Corey (Google him, kids); and when his campaign events draw fewer people than a kale salad food truck in Memphis?
I’ve long warned people not to believe the polls-for-public-consumption (the campaigns have far more accurate insider polls), which tend to be structured not so much to reflect the results of the race as to influence them. So to keep your spirits up, read this article by Keven McCullough with the misleading title, “Signs That Trump Isn’t Going to Win on Nov. 3rd.” They’re actually signs that he’s going to do more than win, he’s going to score a crushing landslide. In fact, the notoriously unreliable polls are the only indication that Biden is leading.
This is great to read, but don’t let it make you complacent. Trump needs every vote to overcome all the Democrats’ dark money, in-kind contributions from the media and social media, and seething Trump hatred ginned up by years of daily lies and slander. He’ll need a win lopsided enough to convince the other side that its long-planned fraud, protests and lawsuits will be futile. So tell every Trump backer you know that their vote is vital, and drive them to the polls if they need a ride.
TRUMP MEETS THE DEMOCRAT PRESS
Anyone who felt cheated by not getting a second Presidential debate has no more reason to complain after last night’s dueling townhalls. On NBC, President Trump debated an aggressive representative of the Democratic Party (NBC’s Savannah Guthrie), while on ABC, Joe Biden got a metaphorical shoulder rub and a cup of hot cocoa along with his puffball questions from former Democratic campaign operative George Stephanopoulos.
For you masochists who actually want to watch them in full, here’s the Trump townhall:
Put the two together, and you pretty much had what would’ve been the second Presidential debate. If you don’t believe me, note that the originally-scheduled moderator, Steve Scully, is a former Biden intern who was caught tweeting to Trump critic Anthony Scaramucci for tips on how to deal with Trump. He claimed his Twitter account had been hacked, but has now admitted lying and been suspended by C-SPAN, although I’m sure this will lead to a more lucrative job at CNN or MSNBC.
Also from that story: “Worth noting: Scully is not being placed on leave for the political bias that some might have claimed he had based off of the tweet, but for using poor judgement and lying.” Naturally. If our current TV news channels put employees on leave for political bias, their studios would be emptier than New York bars under Andrew Cuomo.
Getting back to the townhalls/dueling debates, the biggest news to come out of them was that Stephanopoulos managed to go for a full 90 minutes without asking a single question about the two biggest stories of the day: the blockbuster New York Post report about Joe's son Hunter’s alleged lucrative influence peddling to foreign governments and Twitter and Facebook’s Orwellian attempts to shut down any mention of it. It’s as if ABC’s top house Democratic operative looked at the massive in-kind contribution to elect Biden from the social media giants and said, “Hold muh Chardonnay!” Believe it or not, this was an actual question: “If you lose, what will that say to you about where America is today?” I do hope he won't be too disappointed in us!
There was also a little news made when Biden said he’s “not been a fan of Court-packing,” but “it depends on how this (the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation) turns out.” So can we assume that if Barrett is confirmed, he will okay packing the Court? Surprise, surprise!
Despite an atmosphere so cozy/comfy that one commentator said it was like watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Biden was given far more commercial breaks than Trump and he still seemed to fade in the last half hour. I did enjoy his suggestion that we teach cops to deescalate confrontations with criminals by shooting them in the leg instead of shooting to kill. That hearkens back to his solution for dealing with prowlers: firing a shotgun off your balcony.
Joe also raised skepticism from the right and left with his comments about transgenderism.
Those on the right pointed out that he’d said Presidents who rule by executive orders are dictators, but then he said he’d just change the law and revoke Trump’s executive orders on this subject by executive order. But Trump's executive orders simply reversed the real changes in the law that were made by Obama, who really did rule via executive order. Those on the left were offended by his comment about an 8- or 10-year-old who “decides they want to be transgender” (that sounds dangerously close to the newly-offensive phrase “sexual preference.”) And I don’t think anyone on either side believed his story about seeing two men kissing in broad daylight in Wilmington, Delaware, over 60 years ago.
Meanwhile, Trump had to keep shouting over Guthrie for nearly half an hour at a stretch, despite having just come from hosting a two-hour campaign rally. As Guthrie kept rudely interrupting and arguing with him, I actually started to wish he’d channel Kamala Harris and tell her, “I’m speaking! I’m speaking!...”
As usual in these events, the questions for Trump mostly skipped over his Administration’s very successful policies to focus on MSNBC addicts’ obsessions, like claiming that there’s no evidence of voter fraud (I know she works in news, but does she ever read it?)…
…and demanding that Trump denounce Q-anon, which I bet most viewers never even heard of. Guthrie’s attitude perfectly summed up the media’s mindless harping on the same fake narratives when she ONCE AGAIN claimed Trump had never clearly denounced white supremacist groups (I recently linked to a video showing him doing that over 20 times.) His irritation with this never-ending garbage narrative that he and his supporters are racists was obvious. Here’s how that went:
Guthrie: You were asked point blank to denounce white supremacy. In the moment, you didn’t. You asked some follow up questions. “Who, specifically?” A couple of days later, on a different show-
Trump: Oh, you always do this.
Guthrie: … you denounced white supremacy.
Trump: No, you always do this.
Guthrie: My question to you is-
Trump: You’ve done this to me, and everybody-
Guthrie: … why does it seem like-
Trump: I denounce white supremacy. Okay?
Guthrie: You did, two days later.
Trump: I’ve denounced white supremacy, for years, but you always do it. You always start off with the question. You didn’t ask Joe Biden, whether or not he denounces Antifa. I watched him on the same basic show with Lester Holt, and he was asking questions like Biden was a child.
Guthrie: Well, so this is a little bit of a dodge.
Trump: So, are you ready? Are you… Wait. Are you listening? I denounce white supremacy.
Trump: What’s your next question?
Guthrie: Do you feel, it feels sometimes you’re hesitant to do so, like you wait a beat?...
So by my count, she admitted he denounced white supremacy, then he said he denounced white supremacy, then he said he’d denounced white supremacy for years, then he said again, “Are you listening? I denounce white supremacy…What’s your next question?” And her next question was why are you hesitant to denounce white supremacy.
If she were a CD player, I’d take her to the repair shop because I’d think there was a disc stuck on repeat inside her.
There were other missed opportunities for Trump that had nothing to do with the inane, biased and insubstantial questions from his debate opponent. Sorry: the “moderator.” For instance, I wish he’d had a better answer ready when he was asked how he would replace Obamacare. He could have mentioned everything he’s already done to lower drug prices. Or talked about how relatively few people don’t have coverage from employers, Medicare, Medicaid or other programs that cover preexisting conditions, and that the best approach, as I argued back when Obamacare was first being shoved down our throats, was a targeted program to help those who need help, not a government takeover of the entire health care system that's working well for most people.
He also missed the chance to explain to the questioner the difference between the Barrett and Merrick Garland nominations: Obama was a lame duck President with a Senate controlled by the other Party. Trump is just finishing his first term with a Senate controlled by the same Party.
Trump also could’ve had a better answer ready for the “why don’t we raise taxes on corporations and make them pay their fair share” question. He missed a good opening to explain why Biden’s tax hikes would drive jobs overseas. Corporations don’t pay taxes, they collect them. Taxes are a cost of doing business, and those are passed along to consumers (that’s all of us.) If the cost of doing business in America gets too high, companies will move someplace where they’re lower and take their jobs (and their tax payments) with them. That’s the history of Biden’s tax policies in a nutshell.
It’s doubtful that either show (neither one was really a townhall, for different reasons) will sway many voters based on what was said. NBC focused on DNC talking points and ABC avoided the real issues. If they do have any effect, I hope it will be that the radical contrast between how the two men were treated, along with the frightening attempt at censoring half the nation by Facebook and Twitter, will so enrage fair-minded Americans who hate rigged contests that they will turn out in force and vote not to reward such behavior.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY