NEWS | Pompeo taps Trump critic to lead Venezuela effort Politics


NEWS | Pompeo taps Trump critic to lead Venezuela effort Politics Describing Elliott Abrams as a “seasoned, principled and tough minded foreign policy veteran,” Pompeo announced that the former deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush will “lead our efforts on Venezuela.” The job, Pompeo announced, will start immediately, as Abrams will accompany the secretary of state on Saturday at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in Venezuela. President Donald Trumps decision Wednesday to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the countrys interim president and declare Maduros embattled regime “illegitimate” has set off a dramatic confrontation within Venezuela and geopolitical jostling outside the country. A surprise pick “Its a global challenge,” Pompeo said at the State Department on Friday. “Elliott will have responsibility for all things related to our efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela,” Pompeo continued. “There are multiple dimensions to how we hope to assist the Venezuelans in achieving democracy there, and he will be responsible for leading that effort.” Abrams, who also served in President Ronald Reagans administration, noted he had left the State Department “30 years ago this week, last time I worked here. So its very nice to be back. This crisis in Venezuela is deep and difficult and dangerous, and I cant wait to get to work on it.” Abrams was a surprise pick, having been job at the State Department under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after the President learned of Abrams scathingly critical remarks about him. Scathing critic of Trump Tillerson tried to convince Trump to make Abrams his deputy because he felt he needed Abrams foreign policy experience, according to multiple sources. Then White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Jared Kushner also strongly supported Abrams and urged Trump to reconsider, the sources said. Abrams penned an opinion piece in May 2016 in The Weekly Standard titled “” after Trump clinched enough support to become the GOPs presumptive nominee. “The party has nominated someone who cannot win and should not be president of the United States,” Abrams wrote in the first line of the article. Despite that critique, Abrams never signed any of the open letters that top GOP foreign policy officials penned opposing Trumps nomination. The criticism went both ways. Trump has lambasted policies advocated by Abrams. While in the White House, Abrams supported the Iraq War, which Trump backed in its early days but soon vigorously opposed particularly on the 2016 campaign trail as a “stupid” decision. And Trump has frequently argued against other views embraced by neoconservatives like Abrams, including that the US has wasted too many resources abroad, particularly in trying to promote democracies in the Middle East. Those criticisms seemed to have been set aside, as Pompeo welcomed Abrams warmly, saying his “passion for the rights and liberties of all peoples makes him a perfect fit and valuable and timely addition” to the State Department team.

Tucker Carlson slams Stacey Abrams for her ‘identity politics’


-Fox News host Tucker Carlson
took aim at Stacey Abrams for her defense of one of
the most controversial ideas in America —
identity politics. She often argues that embracing
identity politics and empowering
marginalized groups is how the nation can grow. Carlson, however,
doesn’t see it that way. The marginalized, she writes,
include “women, Native Americans,
African-Americans, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community.” The dominant are everyone
who’s left. So do the subtraction. That’s only one group. You know exactly who they are,
and so does Stacey Abrams. She says these people,
these unnamed people, are responsible for
the suffering of everyone else, and we need to overthrow them. -His comments come amid
a wave of criticism from President Trump
and the GOP against the rising
Democratic star. Trump said it would be
a mistake for Abrams to run in the 2020
Georgia Senate race on the same day she delivered
the Democratic response to his State
of the Union address. Democratic leaders, in contrast, applauded her response
and urged her to run. -I think Stacey is a rising star
inside of the party. I think she showed
what’s possible in Georgia. We’re looking at
a new swing state. And I think she reflects
the diversity of the country, reflects the diversity
of the party. -Even former Vice President
Joe Biden praised Abrams, adding that she achieved
in her brief speech what Trump failed to do in
over an hour.

Is Donald Trump Trying to Deport Melania? | The Daily Show


While her husband has struggled to get his approval rating
over 40%, Melania has
consistently remained the country’s
most popular Trump. And personally, I love her, too, because we have so much
in common. We’re both immigrants. Neither of us would be here
if it weren’t for Donald Trump. And I’m just gonna
put it out there. We’re both style icons.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s right, Melania.
This bish stole your look. (laughter, applause) Now… Now the reason
I’ve been thinking about Melania lately
is because, in the wake of Trump’s
recent immigration crackdown, I’ve started
to notice something that’s got me really concerned. I think Donald Trump is trying
to deport… Melania. (laughter) No. And you might be asking, “Why would he want
to deport his wife?” I don’t know. I don’t know. But things haven’t exactly
been perfect between them. First of all,
it’s no secret that Melania barely spends
any time at the White House. Secondly, when he tried
to hold her hand in public, she tried to slap it away like a Slovenian
Dikembe Mutombo. You remember that.
And who knows. It may have even created
some tension between them when Trump allegedly
banged a porn star and paid her to be quiet, and then, the whole country
found out about it. Anyway, you know,
normal relationship issues. And I know it sounds crazy. Donald Trump wants
to deport his wife? But… but if you look at all of Trump’s
immigration policies, right, a lot of people think
that he just hate immigrants, but when you put them
all together, you start to notice a pattern. All of his policies seem
to be aimed at his wife. (laughter) For example,
one of the immigration issues Trump complains about most
is people who come to the United States
the wrong way and work in the country
illegally. And everyone always assumes
that because he’s racist, he’s talking about Mexicans. But I don’t think
it’s a coincidence that that same complaint could
apply to his very own wife. WOMAN: New questions
about Melania Trump’s immigration status when
she first came to the U.S. The Associated Press reporting she didn’t have the proper visa
for her modeling work. I came here on visa. I flew to Slovenia
every few months to stamp it and came back. WOMAN: Trump insists she got her
visa stamped every few months. If that’s accurate, it would
mean she had a type of visa, possibly a tourist visa, that needs
to be updated periodically. But that type of visa
does not allow working in the United States. MAN: When this controversy
first bubbled up, the Trump campaign promised that Melania would have a press
conference to clear it all up. WOMAN: That press conference
never happened. That’s right.
Melania’s staff promised that she would hold
a press conference to clear up her questionable
immigration history, and then it never happened. Now, to be fair,
it’s only been three years since that promise
was made, okay? And you guys
don’t even know how hard it is to throw together a press
conference in three years. Like, you-you have
to get a podium, and-and, like,
that’s pretty much it. -But still… but still…
-(laughter) it seems a little convenient… that Trump would bring up
the whole “legal work” thing when he knows his own wife has
a shady visa history. And clearly, when that failed, Donald tried
to switch things up, because then he started
complaining about how, (like Trump): lots of foreigners
are taking advantage of America’s
immigration system… (normal voice): by claiming
that they were special when in fact they were not. Now, again,
people assume Trump was talking about Indian computer
programmers in Silicon Valley, but if you follow the clues, you’ll realize this guy
was actually slamming his wife. The Washington Post reports
that questions linger about how Melania Trump scored
the so-called “Einstein visa” to enter the United States
when she was a model. In 2001, she was granted
a green card in the elite EB1 program. It’s designed
for academic researchers or people in other fields
such as Olympic athletes and Oscar-winning actors. NEWSWOMAN: …granted
to people who demonstrate sustained national
and international acclaim, and it’s usually
in the fields of arts, business
or in academic research. Now, only 3,376 EB1 green cards were issued that year. Five went to people
from Slovenia. Yeah, that’s right.
Melania got a green card through
the Einstein Visa Program, which seems strange– although
I guess if you spend enough time standing next to Donald, anyone
starts to look like Einstein. Well, almost anyone. -And you know…
-(laughter) you know, guys… the more you look at it,
the more it seems like Donald Trump is trying
to deport his wife. Because who can forget one of his biggest
anti-immigration crusades– (like Trump):
chain migration. NEWSMAN: The president wants to
reform the visa lottery system and end so-called
chain migration. Then you have chain migration. -(jeering)
-Chain migration. Chain migration–
you come in, and you bring
your whole damn family… A guy comes in,
and then you have to bring… his aunt, his uncle,
his father, his grandfather, his grandparents. A single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Yes, one of the things
Donald Trump hates most about America’s
immigration policy is that immigrants’ families can
come live with them in the U.S. Now, even though
Donald Trump says that, I want my family
back home watching the show to know that
this is not true, okay? You cannot bring unlimited
relatives to America. -(whooping, applause)
-Do you guys hear me? (speaks foreign language) In fact… the law even says that you guys
can’t crash on my couch, and I’m actually
not even in town that weekend. That’s what the law says…
Uncle Mongmong. Now, it was
really slick for Trump to make it seem like
this thing was about… (like Trump):
uncles and aunts and cousins, (normal voice):
but clearly, there was someone that he was actually aiming at
all along. NEWSWOMAN:
President Trump’s in-laws slipping in and out
of a Manhattan federal building where they took the oath
of U.S. citizenship. Sources tell ABC News
that First Lady Melania Trump sponsored
her Slovenian-born parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, taking advantage
of the same policy President Trump has denigrated
as “chain migration” and vowed to end. That’s right.
Melania Trump helped her parents chain-migrate to the U.S. So that’s what Donald Trump
was trying to stop. He was trying to… trying to
turn his in-laws into outlaws. -(laughter)
-Yeah. Which is super hard-core. And as if this
wasn’t enough evidence that Donald Trump is trying
to deport his wife, then how do you explain
the new policy his administration announced
this week? Huh? They came out saying
that immigrants who receive assistance
from the government may not be allowed to stay
in the United States. Well, guess who lives
in a free house provided by the United States? -(laughter)
-Melania mother-(bleep) Trump! -(cheering)
-Donald… I see what you’re doing, Donald. I see what you’re doing,
and I’m not gonna let it happen. In fact, we’re not gonna let
this thing happen. (cheering) Daily Show fans, join me now. Help me get the word out
by tweeting #dontdeportmelania. Because if this great immigrant
is forced to leave this country, then the United States
can never truly be best.

Scaramucci defends his turn against Trump


JESSE: ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI USED TO BE A HUGE TRUMP FAN. EVEN HAD A SHORT STINT AT THE WHITE HOUSE AS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR. NOW A 180. HE REERVES TO HIM AS INCOMPETENT. IN MENTAL DECLINE, MELTING DOWN, AND SAYS THE GUY IS LOSING IT. JOINING ME NOW, ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI.>>I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAS LET BACK IN THE BUILDING. I ALSO SAID TRUMP-NOBLE LIKE A NUCLEAR MELTDOWN. JESSE: I KNOW YOU ARE JEALOUS OF SEAN SPICER FOR GOING ON DANCING WITH THE STARS *.>>I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DANCE. JESSE: IN THE BEGINNING OF THE PRIMARY, SCOTT WEARING, JEB BUSH, THEN YOU GOT ON THE TRUMP TRAIN. YOU ARE SAYING YOU MAY VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT IN 2020.>>I NEVER SAID I WAS GOING TO VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT. I WAS AT A CHILDREN’S FUNDRAISER WHERE VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN CAME AND ACCEPTED AN AWARD. I DON’T LIKE ANSWERING HYPOTHETICALS. THIS GUYS NO LONGER SUITABLE TO BE PRESIDENT. HE’S ACTING COMPLETELY NUTS. AND HE’S VERY UNSTABLE. LET’S GO OVER THE LAST TWO OR THREE WEEKS. HE’S ATTACKS THE FBI UNMERCIFULLY SINCE HE STARTED. HE’S GOING AFTER JEROME POWELL AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE. HE SAID WHO’S THE WORST ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, PRESIDENT XI AND JEROME POWELL AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. JESSE: I DON’T THINK THAT HE’S BECOME WAYWARD. HE’S ALWAYS PUNCHED BACK HARD.>>I KNOW YOU ARE DEFENDING HIM. JESSE: I’M NOT DEFENDING HIM. I’M WORRIED ABOUT YOU. LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE PRESIDENT A COUPLE MONTHS AGO.>>YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE ZERO TO THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY THE LAST 11 MONTHS. YOU CAN’T SAY THERE WAS SOME LEVEL OF GENIUS IN TERMS OF HIS JUDGMENT. HE WILL LEAVE EVERYTHING ON THE FIELD NO MATTER HOUSE IN THERE WITH HIM. PEOPLE 50 YEARS FROM NOW WILL STUDY WHAT HE’S DOING. THE PRESIDENT IS 100% RIGHT. IT’S THE REASON HE’S GOING TO WIN. HE’S A GENIUS, AND A FEW MONTHS LATER YOU CHANGED COMPLETELY.>>YOU ARE TAKING A LOT OF THINGS OUT OF THE CONTEXT. YOU ARE IN THE PRESS SO BE CAREFUL. JESSE: WE HAVE AN HOUR OF YOUR SOUND BITES PRAISING THE PRESIDENT.>>YES, I PRAISED THE PRESIDENT. I WAS ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO PRAISED THE PRESIDENT. WENT TO WAR FOR HIM, GAVE HIM MONEY, GAVE HIM FAMILY TIME AND ENERGY. HE TURNED ON ME. JESSE: DIDN’T YOU TURN ON HIM FIRST?>>OF COURSE NOT. I WAS ON THE BILL MAHER SHOW. I AM SUPPORTING HIM ON THESE ISSUES. BUT THE RACIST TROPES AGAINST THE CONGRESSWOMEN. HE’S A FASCIST, HE’S GOING AFTER VIDS INDIVIDUALS. THE FIRST ANYTHING FASCIST MANIFESTO IS GOING AFTER PRIVATE CITIZENS USE YOUR POLITICAL POWER. HE ATTACKED MY WIFE ON TWITTER. JESSE: HE’S NOT A FASCIST AND YOU KNOW BETTER THAN THAT. I THINK YOU ARE — I’M NOT IN THE TAKE. I THINK HE’S A GOOD PRESIDENT. I’M A LITTLE WORRIED ABOUT YOU. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ME, BROTHER. JESSE: YOU ARE THE ONE MONTH CHANGED.>>THIS GUY MOVED THE GOAL POST. A FULL-BLOWN CRAZY. JESSE: A WEEK BEFORE YOU TURNED ON THE PRESIDENT YOU SAID LET’S RAISE MANNY FOR THE PRESIDENT. THEN A WEEK LATER –>>THAT’S MORE MISINFORMATION. DON WAS INVAULT TO THE SALT CONFERENCE. HE COULDN’T MAKE IT AS A RESULT OF A SCHEDULING CONFLICT. I TURNED TO HIM AND SAID HALF THE ROOM IS DEMOCRATS, HALF THE ROOM IS REPUBLICANS. IF YOU WANT TO RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR FATHER THAT’S FINE. THAT’S WHAT I SAID. NOW IT’S CONVOLUTED. JESSE: ONE THING — I AM JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED.>>IF YOU ARE 9-12 FOR THE GUY AND NOT 13-12 FOR THE GUY, HE’S GOING TO TURN ON YOU. JESSE: YOU ARE SAYING HE’S GOING TO TURN ON ME?>>WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. JESSE: WE CAN’T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S HAIR. SOMEWHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. JESSE: DO YOU REALIZE YOU ARE GETTING USED BY THE MEDIA, CNN, MSNBC. DO YOU REALIZE WHEN THEY HAVE YOU ON TO BASH THE PRESIDENT. BECAUSE THEY HATES YOU. BUT NOW THEY LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE HITTING THE PRESIDENT.>>DO YOU THINK I CARE WITH OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF ME? WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF ME IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS. I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS GONE CRAZY AND HE’S GETTING CRAZIER AND CRAZIER. I THINK HE’S IN FULL-LONE MENTAL DECLINE.>>NO, I’M TOTALLY THE SAME GUY. JESSE: ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE THE SAME GUY AND YOU ARE NOT GOING HOLLYWOOD? WE HEARD THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SEEN WITH AVENATTI. AND THE REALITY THING ON BRAVO.>>THOSE ARE THE TALKING POINTS. IF YOU WANT TO COMPARE ME TO AVENATTI. THERE IS A LOT OF MISINFORMATION. BUT I LOVE THE FACT YOU INVITED ME ON. I BETTER CAUTION YOU. YOU BETTER NOT SAY ONE SYLLABLE OUT OF JOINT FOR THE MANIAC. IF YOU DO HE WILL TURN ON YOU. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW ENGAGEMENT BUT HE WILL PROBABLY HIT YOUR FIANCE, TOO. JESSE: YOU WROTE THE BOOK WILL HOW MUCH INGENUITY HE HAS AND HOW SMART HE IS.>>YOU KNOW WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP NEVER TWEETED ABOUT THE BOOK? IT’S A VERY BALANCED BOOK. I ALSO WROTE FOR THE PRESS, THE PRESS IS NOT THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. IF THE PRESS IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE? WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT? YOU CHECK OFF ALL THE DEMAGOGUERY. JESSE: NOT YOU MOOCH IS NEVER COMING BACK ON. “WATTERS’ WORLD.” YOU KNOW, WE HAD TO PROP UP ANTHONY’S CHAIR. IF HE STOOD UP — WE LOVE YOU.

Party In Trouble As Millennials Leave The Democratic Party


Democrats are gearing up for this massive
blue wave that is supposed to take place in this year’s midterm elections coming up in
November. And as we’ve mentioned before, most of the
special elections that we have had since Donald Trump took office, either democrats have won,
or, which, this is actually the case for every single special election that’s taken place
since Donald Trump became president, republicans have lost ground. So democrats look at all this, and they see
this as the blue wave. They understand that yeah, it’s coming. But hold up, because a very important new
poll has come out showing that millennials are abandoning the democratic party. In the last two years alone, according to
the latest round of polling, democrats have lost 9% of millennial voters. Their support among millennials is now at
46%. And keep in mind, if they were all to go out
and vote, millennials in the United States would make up the largest voting block in
this country. They do have the power to sway elections one
way or the other, if they show up. And that’s the biggest problem, is getting
them to come out there. But I think given the fact of what we’ve seen
these couple years, the activism, the action, I think getting them to come out and vote
isn’t going to be an issue anymore. But what is going to be an issue is that the
democrats are losing ground with the younger generation. And unfortunately for them, majority of millennials
now believe, falsely, I might add, that republicans are better at handling the economy than democrats. That’s something that has to be righted. Now, I know a lot of people in this millennial
age group were either too young or were not born yet during the times when we had trickle-down
economics in the United States. But even though I’m technically a millennial
by birth, I’m at the very tiptop of that age range, I remembered it, because I studied. I studied political science, I studied economics,
I studied economic policy, and I know what happened in the ’80s. I know what happened in the 2000s to 2008. I saw that. I reported on it. These kids didn’t have that same opportunity. Maybe they picked a different major in college. Maybe they weren’t interested at the time. But nonetheless, for some reason, right now
they think the republicans are more trustworthy on economic issues than the democratic party. That’s a very real problem for democrats right
now. If they can’t win back these millennial voters,
the party is going to die. And that’s not to say that all these millennials
are flocking to republicans. No. Republicans have their own problems with millennials. They don’t like them, either, and that’s where
a little bit of hope comes in. It’s not about republicans or democrats; it’s
about the largest voting block in this country not being satisfied really with either major
political party. And that’s going to open the door for more
parties to gain power, for new parties to form, and to possibly, maybe in the future,
have a government made up of multiple political parties who represent multiple different groups
of people with different beliefs and different feelings. Maybe at that point, if it happens, if millennials
continue to carry this torch of disdain for republicans and democrats, then just maybe
in 10 or 20 years, we might actually have a pretty decent federal government.

Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down Democratic Debate


[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THOSE OF YOU WHO WATCHED THE DEBATE EARLIER TONIGHT HERE ON ABC AND FORGOT TO TURN THE TELEVISION OFF, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU KNOW, TONIGHT WE WATCHED THE THIRD DEMOCRATIC DEBATE, THIS TIME FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS. IT WAS EXCITING, YOU KNOW, WATCH BEING THE CANDIDATE THE TACKLE ISSUES IS AS CLOSE AS WE GET TO FOOTBALL. THEY ALL TRIED TO STAND OUT AND AVOID BEING ELIMINATED UNDER EXTREME TIME PRESSURE IN A TELEVISED EVENT. NOW LET’S PUT 45 SECONDS ON THE CLOCK AND GO. THIS WAS A LARGE CAST OF CHARACTERS. TO HELP VIEWER KEEP TRACK OF WHO WAS WHO, ABC DID SOMETHING SPECIAL. ♪ THE ELECTION IS QUICKLY APPROACHING ♪ ♪ AND WE’VE GOT DECISIONS TO MAKE ♪ ♪ WITH SO MANY PEOPLE TO CHOOSE FROM ♪ ♪ WE DON’T WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE ♪ ♪ WE CAN ONLY SEND ONE TO THE WHITE HOUSE ♪ ♪ AND THE OTHERS WILL HAVE TO GO HOME ♪ ♪ DEMS THE BREAKS ♪ ♪ YEAH, DEMS THE BREAKS ♪ ♪ WHOEVER GOES HOME WILL SAY DEMS THE BREAKS ♪ [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>Jimmy: I WOULDN’T WATCH THAT SHOW. IT IS WEIRD THAT THEY PUT TEN CANDIDATES ON THE STAGE. HERE’S HOW, I’D PUT THE FOUR FRONT RUNNERS AT THE CENTER OF THE STAGE AND LET THE OTHER SIX DANGLE OFF THE STAGE BY THEIR FINGERTIPS. MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG WAS UP WAY PAST HIS BEDTIME. HE ALMOST DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE DEBATE. YOU CAN SEE HE GOT STUCK IN THE CLAW MACHINE AT THE DAVE AND BUSTERS AT THE BAY BROOK MALL, BUT HIS MOTHER WAS ABLE TO FISH HIM OUT. THE MODERATORS TONIGHT WERE GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, DAVID MUIR AND JORGE RAMOS. THEY HIT THE CANDIDATES WITH ALL THE TOUGH QUESTIONS LIKE, IF ELECTED, HOW DO WE KNOW YOU WON’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’ROURKE SPEAK SPANISH DURING THE DEBATE. HE DID. WILL JOE BIDEN CHOKE ON HIS TEETH DURING THE DEBATE. HE ACTUALLY DID. JOE BIDEN DID, HE DID WELL TONIGHT. HE WAS FACING THE RIGHT DIRECTION. HIS PANTS WERE ON. IT WAS, IT WAS A GOOD OUTING FOR HIM. YOU KNOW, THERE WERE THREE WOMEN ON STAGE. IF ANY OF THESE WOMEN ARE ELECTED, IT WOULD BE HISTORIC, AND IF, IF BERNIE OR BIDEN WERE TO WIN, IT WOULD BE PREHISTORIC. BUT BERNIE WAS — [ APPLAUSE ] BECAUSE HE’S SO OLD IS WHAT I’M SAYING. THEIR AGE. BERNIE WAS VERY BERNIE TONIGHT. HE CAME RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE YELLING. HIS VOICE WAS CRAZY. IT SOUNDED LIKE HE SWALLOWED A FROG. HE WAS SCREAMING LOUDER THAN CAM NEWTON AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. HE GAVE A STRONG WARNING TO GIVING AMERICANS AFFORDABLE THROAT LOZENGES.>>IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE ARE SPENDING TWICE AS MUCH PER CAPITA ON HEALTH CARE AS THE CANADIANS OR ANY OTHER MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH.>>Jimmy: HE HAD HIS TURN SIGNAL ON FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF. THAT WAS EMBARRASSING. I FELT BAD FOR HIM. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS WAS THE FIRST DEBATE WHERE JOE BIDEN AND ELIZABETH WARREN WERE ON STAGE TOGETHER. THEY’VE BEEN DESCRIBED AS FRENEMIES. IT’S A WEIRD SITUATION. ELIZABETH WARREN IS THE CANDIDATE MOST DEMOCRATS SAY THEY’D LIKE TO VOTE FOR, BUT THE MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS THINK JOE BIDEN IS THE GUY THE COUNTRY WOULD VOTE FOR. BUT I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T THINK IT’S A GREAT IDEA TO TRY TO GUESS WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT. THAT’S HOW YOU WIND UP EATING AT GOLDEN CORRAL. I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO COME HERE. MOST OF WHAT HAS THE DEMOCRATS WORRIED IS AFTER HILLARY, WILL ANOTHER FEMALE CANDIDATE BE ABLE TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP? WILL IT BE TOO RISKY? I THINK A FEMALE HAS A BETTER CHANCE AGAINST TRUMP, ESPECIALLY IN A DEBATE. WOMEN ARE MUCH BETTER AT HANDLING BABIES THAN MEN. IT’S A BIOLOGICAL FACT. SOME MADE WAVES, MOST NOTABLY, THE BUSINESSMAN, ANDREW YANG. HIS CAMPAIGN MANAGER SAID HE’D BE DOING SOMETHING NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HAS EVER DONE BEFORE, WHICH IS EXCITING TO HEAR, BECAUSE THERE CAN BE SO MANY THINGS. MAYBE HE WAS PLANNING TO EAT A TIDE POD ON CAMERA. OR RIDE IN ON AN OSTRICH. WHO KNOWS. BUT ANDREW YANG DID NONE OF THOSE THINGS. INSTEAD, HE GAVE AWAY CASH.>>I’M GOING TO DO SOMETHING UNPRECEDENTED TONIGHT. MY CAMPAIGN WILL NOW GIVE A FREEDOM DIVIDEND OF $1,000 A MONTH FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR TO TEN AMERICAN FAMILIES. SOMEONE WATCHING THIS AT HOME RIGHT NOW. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT CAN YOU SOLVE YOUR OWN PROBLEMS BETTER THAN ANY POLITICIAN, GO TO YANG2020.COM AND TELL US HOW $1,000 A MONTH WILL HELP YOU DO JUST THAT.>>Jimmy: LIKE A RADIO STATION CONTEST. THIS THOUSAND DOLLAR THURSDAY. THAT MAY BE THE MOST RIDICULOUS PROPOSAL I’VE SEEN ON THIS NETWORK, AND I’VE WATCHED EVERY EPISODE OF THE BACHELORETTE. HE ALSO HAD FUN WHEN HE TOOK THE STAGE TONIGHT.>>ENTREPRENEUR ANDREW YANG. [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: I’D LIKE TO SEE JOE BIDEN DO THAT. SOME OF THE CANDIDATES WENT AFTER JOE BIDEN, LIKE HE WAS SOME KIND OF DEAD BEAT DAD ON THE MAURY POVICH SHOW. JULIAN CASTRO IN PARTICULAR. THERE WAS ONE MOMENT WHEN CASTRO LASHED OUT AT BIDEN FOR FORGETTING SOMETHING, WHICH HE DIDN’T FORGET, BY THE WAY, AND BERNIE APPEARED TO LEAN OVER AND HELP JOE OUT. IT WAS KIND OF ENDEARING. IT MADE ME HOPEFUL FOR A REBOOT OF GRUMPY OLD MEN. B BETO O’ROURKE HAD A BETTER NIGHT. O HE LOOKS LIKE THE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER YOU KNOW HAS WEED IN HIS DESK. HE CALLED DONALD TRUMP A WHITE SUPREMACIST AND ANNOUNCED A PLAN FOR A REPARATIONS BILL AND A NEW MADEA MOVIE BY THE END OF THE YEAR. CORY BOOKER WAS THE ONLY UNMARRIED CANDIDATE IN THE DEBATE. THAT WOULD BE INTERESTING, A SINGLE PRESIDENT. YOU SEE HIM ON TINDER. CAN’T SWIPE RIGHT ON A DEMOCRAT. HAVE TO SWIPE LEFT ON THEM, RIGHT? HE’S DATING ROSARIO DAWSON, THE ACTRESS. BUT EVEN THOUGH THEY LIVE TOGETHER A LOT OF THE TIME, UNTIL THREE DAYS AGO, SHE HADN’T OFFICIALLY ENDORSED HIM, WHICH IS, I MEAN, HOW MANY DISHES MUST THIS GUY LEAVE IN THE SINK? OVERALL, I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD DEBATE. I THOUGHT ABC NEWS DID A GREAT JOB. I DON’T KNOW WHO WON THE DEBATE, BUT WATCHING CANDIDATES DISCUSS THE ISSUES INTELLIGENTLY, USING REAL FACTS, I’D FORGOTTEN WHAT IT WAS LIKE. IT WAS LIKE WALKING OUT OF NORTH KOREA AND INTO A COSTCO. IT WAS THAT SAME. PRESIDENT TRUMP TOLD REPORTERS HE WOULD NOT WATCH THE DEBATE LIVE TONIGHT. SAID HE WAS GOING TO TAPE IT AND WATCH IT LATER AS A RERUN. THIS IS WHAT HE WAS DOING DURING THE DEBATE.>>THE LIGHT BULB. PEOPLE SAID WHAT’S WITH THE LIGHT BULB. I SAID HERE’S THE STORY. I LOOKED AT IT, THE BULB WE’RE FORCED TO USE, NUMBER ONE, MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE LIGHT’S NO GOOD. I ALWAYS LOOK ORANGE.>>Jimmy: YEAH. IT’S THE LIGHT BULB THAT MAKES YOU LOOK ORANGE. NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TAN IN A CAN. [ APPLAUSE ] TRUMP ALSO ENTERTAINED THE GANG OF THE INSTITUTE WITH A ROUTINE ABOUT SLEEPY JOE BIDEN AND PRESIDENT XI. WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SLOW IT DOWN FOR TONIGHT’S EDITION OF DRUNK DONALD TRUMP.>>HE WANTS SLEEPY JOE. CAN YOU IMAGINE THOSE TWO GUYS IN A ROOM? XI, HA, AND HERE’S SLEEPY JOE, WHAT? WHERE AM I? WHERE AM I? JUST SIGN HERE, SLEEPY JOE. JUST SIGN HERE. ♪ ♪ [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: SO, IN BETWEEN HIS STANDUP FIGURES SHALL THE PRESIDENT IS STILL FIGURING OUT WHO’S GOING TO REPLACE HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. THERE WERE REPORTS TODAY THAT HE WAS THINKING ABOUT GIVING THE JOB TO MIKE POMPEO WHO WOULD THEN HAVE TWO JOBS TO BE FIRED FROM IN THREE MONTHS, WHICH WOULD BE UNUSUAL BUT NOT UNPRECEDENTED. THERE WAS ONE OTHER SECRETARY OF STATE WHO ALSO ACTED AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, HENRY KISSINGER, WHICH WOULD MAKE SENSE FOR TRUMP, BECAUSE NOBODY KISSINGER KISSINGER KISSINGERS HIS ASS LIKE MIKE POMPEO. HE MADE IT CLEAR HE HAS MANY OPTIONS TO FILL THIS MOST RECENT HOLE.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT THE JOB. IT’S A GREAT JOB. IT’S GREAT BECAUSE IT’S A LOT OF FUN TO WORK WITH DONALD TRUMP, AND IT’S VERY EASY, ACTUALLY, TO WORK WITH ME. YOU KNOW WHY IT’S EASY? I MAKE ALL THE DECISIONS. THEY DON’T HAVE TO WORK.>>Jimmy: SOUNDS LIKE A TERRIFIC WORKING ENVIRONMENT. HE MAKES ALL THE DECISION, WHETHER THEY BE ORIGINAL RECIPE OR EXTRA CRISPY. OF ALL THE HORRIBLE THINGS HE’S BEEN TRYING TO DO, THERE’S ONE SUBJECT ON WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN CRYSTAL CLEAR, AND THAT IS THIS.>>I’M AN ENVIRONMENTALIST. I WANT CRYSTAL CLEAN WATER. I WANT CRYSTAL CLEAN WATER. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE CRYSTAL CLEAN WATER. CLEAN, BEAUTIFUL, CRYSTAL WATER. CLEAN, CRYSTAL CLEAN WATER. WE WANT CLEAN WATER. CRYSTAL. CLEAN, BEAUTIFUL, CRYSTAL WATER. NICE, BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN WATER.>>Jimmy: SO WHAT DID THEY ANNOUNCE TODAY? THEY’RE ROLLING BACK OBAMA’S CLEAN WATER ACT WHICH LIMITS THE AMOUNT OF CHEMICALS BUSINESSES CAN PUT IN OUR WATER. HOW DOES IT WORK. DID THEY WAKE UP AND SAY WHAT HORRIBLE THING CAN WE DO TODAY? I KNOW, LET’S POISON THE WATER. HE’S ROLLED BACK PROTECTION OF THE WATER, AIR, ENDANGERED SPECIES AND PUBLIC LAND. ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS ROLLING BACK WHAT OBAMA D IID. I’M SURPRISED HE DIDN’T ORDER SASHA AND MALEAH BACK INTO THE WOMB. THE CANDIDATES WERE WARNED BY ABC NEWS AND THE DNC NOT TO USE FOUL LANGUAGE, BECAUSE IF THERE’S ONE THING WE’VE LEARNED, IT’S THAT VOTERS WILL NOT TOLERATE A PRESIDENT WHO USES FOUL LANGUAGE. WITH THAT SAID, IT’S TIME FOR A SPECIAL DEBATE EDITION OF THIS WEEK IN UNNECESSARY CENSORSHIP.>>LAST YEAR, DEMOCRATS [ BLEEP ]ED 40 REPUBLICAN [ BLEEP ]S IN THE HOUSE.>>I’VE MET PEOPLE [ BLEEP ] THEIR DOCTORS. I’VE MET PEOPLE WHO [ BLEEP ] THEIR NURSES, WHO [ BLEEP ] THEIR PHARMACISTS.>>YOU’VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT THE WORKING CLASS ISSUES. THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE A [ BLEEP ] AFTER WORK.>>THIS IS ABOUT HONESTY, BIG [ BLEEP ].>>IN MY DEBATE I WAS CALLED A [ BLEEP ] FROM THE IRON RANGE. WHEN SHE SAID IT, I SAID [ BLEEP ] YOU.>>THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO DO FOR YOU AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [ BLEEP ] YOU.>>I KNOW HOW [ BLEEP ]. AND I KNOW HOW TO WIN. I [ BLEEP ] GIANT [ BLEEP ], AND I BEAT THEM.>>I AM ASIAN. SO I HAVE A LOT OF [ BLEEP ], [ BLEEP ].>>IF YOU WANT TO COMPARE [ BLEEP

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BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR IT. JESSE: HERE WITH SOME REACTION, SOMEONE WHO KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT. THE NEWEST FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR. SARAH SANDERS. WELCOME TO THE FOX NEWS TEAM. NOW, YOU CAN’T CANCEL AT THE LAST MINUTE BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT DEALING WITH LATE-BREAKING DRAMA ON A FRIDAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE.>>THE ONE TIME THAT HAPPENED I DID FIND A GOD REPLACEMENT. HE MAY HAVE BEEN FAR BETTER A GUEST THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THAN MY DAD. JESSE: OUR FATHER IS A GOOD GUEST, BUT NOT AS GOD AS YOU. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS. TWO BIG FAKE NEWS STORY. THEY ARE NEVER CORRECTED OR UPDATED. IS THIS GOING TO GO ON AND ON WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE? NOW YOU ARE AT FOX, YOU CAN BE THE OMBUDSMAN AND EXACT CHECKER AND WE CAN LET THEM KNOW.>>I WISH I COULD SAY THESE MOMENTS ARE SURPRISING. WHILE THEY ARE SAD AND UNFORTUNATE. ER IN NOT SURPRISING AT ALL. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE SEEN DAY IN AND DAY OUT. THERE IS SUCH A RUSH TO FIND THINGS TO ATTACK THIS PRESIDENT FOR TO BLAME THIS PRESIDENT FOR THAT THEY DON’T CARE IF IT’S RIGHT OR NOT IF THEY CAN GET ONE PERSON TO SAY IT HAPPENED, THEY RUN WITH IT. YOU HAVE SHOWN THAT THROUGH ALL OF THESE INSTANCES. THING WITH CNN RUNNING OUT AND PUSHING THIS NARRATIVE THAT THE PRESIDENT PUT OPERATIVES IN DANGER. IT’S JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE MEDIA TRYING TO BLAME PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR THE MISTAKES AND FAILURES OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. WE HAVE SEEN IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND I DON’T THINK THEY ARE GOING THE STOP. I WISH I COULD SAY AT SOME POINT THEY WILL LEARN THEIR LESSON. I THINK THE ON THING THAT MAY TEACH THEM THAT THIS ISN’T GOING TO WORK IS WHEN THEY HAVE TO WATCH DONALD TRUMP GET RE-ELECTED AGAIN AND WHEN AGAIN IN NOVEMBER OF 2020, AND THEY HAVE ANOTHER ROOM FULL OF CRYING INDIVIDUALS THIS COME NOVEMBER. AND I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WILL HELP CHANGE. BUT MAYBE THAT WILL BE THE CATALYST THEY NEED TO START FACT CHECKING SOME OF THE STUFF BEFORE THEY RUN OUT JUST TO HURT THE PRESIDENT. JESSE: THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME CNN HAS DONE THIS. YOU SAD THE SCARAMUCCI FIRE WHICH WAS FAKE. YOU HAD THE COMEY TESTIMONY STORY, THE COHEN TESTIMONY STORY, BOTH WERE FAKE. DON, JR. HAD ADVANCE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WIKILEAKS THAT WAS FAKE. DO YOU THINK THE SOURCES ARE JUST FEEDING THEM FAKE NEWS OR WHAT?>>MY GUESS IS THERE IS A MIX. SOMETIMES THEY THINK THEY HAVE SOMETHING SO THEY RUN WITH IT. OTHER TIMES THEY ARE GETTING FED THE INFORMATION AND THEY ARE NOT DOING THE DUE DILIGENCE. SOME OF THESE THINGS WITH A BASIC GOOGLE SEARCH YOU CAN FIND QUICKLY ARE JUST NOT TRUE. THEY ARE NOT PUTTING THE TIME IN BECAUSE THEY ARE SO EAGER AND EXCITED TO TEAR THIS PRESIDENT DOWN. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A TIME WHEN WE ARE SO HAPPY TO SEE THE PRESIDENT OF OUR OWN COUNTRY. YET THIS MEDIA IS SALIVATING OVER THOSE MOMENTS. I THINK IT’S SAD, IT’S UNFORTUNATE, AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL START TO LEARN SOMETHING BECAUSE THEY ARE HAVING TO RETRACT SO MANY OF THESE STATEMENTS, BUT I DON’T THINK IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. THE ONLY WAY THAT DOES IS WHEN THEY WATCH DONALD TRUMP TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE. JESSE: ONE OF THE OTHER WAYS THE LEFT IS TRYING TO TAKE OUT THE PRESIDENT IS WITH IMPEACHMENT. JERRY NADLER IS THE RINGLEADER OF THAT CIRCUS. WE HAVE SOUND OF HIM IN THE 90s SINGING A DIFFERENT TUNE ABOUT IMPEACHMENT. LISTEN TO THIS.>>IF OUR CON IN THIS MATTER DOES NOT EARN THE CONFIDENCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEN ANY ACTION WE TAKE, ESPECIALLY IF WE SEEK TO OVERTURN THE RESULT OF A FREE ELECTION COULD DIVIDE A NATION FOR YEARS TO COME. JESSE: NADLER IN THE 90s IS SAYING IF IT’S A PARTISAN EXERCISE AND WILL DIVIDE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IT WE SHOULDN’T DO IT.>>THE DEMOCRAT PARTY HAS BECOME THE PARTY OF CONVENIENCE. THEY ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING THEIR POSITIONS TO FIT A CONTRAST TO ATTACK THE PRESIDENT. WE SEE IT ON IMMIGRATION AND THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IT’S ABSURD. YOU CAN’T JUST START TO IMPEACH SOMEBODY BECAUSE YOU ARE AFRAID YOU ARE GOING TO BE BEAT IN AN ELECTION. YOU CAN’T START USING THIS AS A TOOL TO TAKE AWAY THE VOTE OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHICH IS WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO DO THROUGH THIS PROCESS. I DON’T THINK THEY WILL GET AWAY WITH IT, AND I THINK IT WILL LOOK FOOLISH. THE COUNTRY IS FAR TOO SMART TO FALL FOR WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO PULL. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHERE THE DEMOCRATS WILL TRY TO DO SOMETHING AND FAIL. THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING IN CONGRESS. IT WILL GO NOWHERE JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THEY TRIED TO DO. JESSE: YOU MENTIONED THEY ARE DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY CAN’T BEAT THEM. THE PARTY IS GOING SO FAR LEFT, IN FACT EVEN BILL MAHER IS PANICKING ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THE PARTY. HERE IS BILL ON MSNBC SAYING THIS IS A CANCER. WATCH.>>HOW MADDENING IS THAT TO YOU THAT THEY ARE HAVING THIS RACE TO THE FAR LEFT?>>IT’S NOT GOOD IT’S KIND OF A CANCER ON PROGRESSIVISM. YOU HAVE TO STAND UP TO TWITTER. TWITTER ISN’T US. TWITTER ISN’T THE RANK AND FILE DEMOCRAT. IT’S NOT EVEN MOST OF LIBERALS. BUT THEY DON’T DO IT. THIS RACE IS BEGGING FOR SOMEONE TO DO A SISTER SOLE TO DO A SISTER SOME TO DO A SISTER SOLE TO DO A SISTER SOLJA MOMENT. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT TAXING TOO MUCH AND TAKING EYE AWAY THEIR GUNS AND TRANSWOMEN GET ABORTION RIGHTS, I THINK THAT CAME UP IN THE FIRST DEBATE. I DON’T THINK YOU ARE GOING TO WIN HIS ELECTION. JESSE: I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M SAYING THAT. I THINK BILL MAHER IS RIGHT.>>I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY I AGREE WITH BILL MAHER. IT’S TRUE. I WAS WATCHING THE DEBATES AND I COULDN’T BELIEVE THE THINGS COMING OUT OF THE DEMOCRATS’ MOUTHS. I THOUGHT SURELY THIS IS A “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” SKIT. THEY ARE FIGHTING EACH OTHER TO SEE WHO CAN GET FURTHEST TO THE LEFT IT’S TERRIFYING, SOME OF THE IDEA THEY ARE COMING UP WITH. WE HEARD TIME AND TIME AGAIN WE HEARD DEMOCRATS SAY THAT REASON WE HAVE GUNS IN THIS COUNTRY IS BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION. IT’S ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION. THE IDEA THEY WANT TO CHALLENGE EVERY BIT OF THAT. THEY WERE FIGHTING OVER HOW TO GO AROUND THE CONSTITUTION AT ONE POINT AND WHETHER THEY COULD JUST DO EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND SAY WHO CARES ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE TO LISTEN TO SOME OF THE THINGS COMING OUT OF THEIR PLOWTS. — MOUTHS. HOPEFULLY THEY WILL TAKE ADVICE AND LISTEN TO BILL MAHER. IF NOT, IT WILL EVEN SURE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ELECTED FOR FOUR MORE YEARS IN NOVEMBER.

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>>I FRANKLY THINK THAT THAT CLIP WILL BE PLAYED FOR YEARS AT CLIP WILL BE PLAYED FOR YEARS AT SECOND AMENDMENT RALLIES WITH SECOND AMENDMENT RALLIES WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT TRY TO SCARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT TRY TO SCARE PEOPLE BY SAYING DEMOCRATS ARE PEOPLE BY SAYING DEMOCRATS ARE COMING FOR YOUR GUNS. COMING FOR YOUR GUNS.>>AND JOINING ME NOW FROM>>AND JOINING ME NOW FROM HOUSTON IS FORMER CONGRESSMAN, HOUSTON IS FORMER CONGRESSMAN, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, BETO O’ROURKE. CANDIDATE, BETO O’ROURKE. CONGRESSMAN O’ROURKE, WELCOME CONGRESSMAN O’ROURKE, WELCOME BACK TO “MEET THE PRESS,” SIR. BACK TO “MEET THE PRESS,” SIR.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING. LOOK, SENATOR — REPUBLICAN LOOK, SENATOR — REPUBLICAN SENATOR POOTAT TOOMEY, YOU HEARD SENATOR POOTAT TOOMEY, YOU HEARD THE CHRIS COONS COMMENT AT THE THE CHRIS COONS COMMENT AT THE END OF THE PACKAGE. END OF THE PACKAGE. PAT TOOMEY TWEETED THE PAT TOOMEY TWEETED THE FOLLOWING. FOLLOWING. I AGREE WITH CHRIS COONS. I AGREE WITH CHRIS COONS. THIS IS AN AWFUL AND EXTREME THIS IS AN AWFUL AND EXTREME IDEA. IDEA. THANKFULLY THERE’S NOT ENOUGH THANKFULLY THERE’S NOT ENOUGH SUPPORT IN CONGRESS TO DO IT. SUPPORT IN CONGRESS TO DO IT. BUT THIS RHETORIC UNDERMINES AND BUT THIS RHETORIC UNDERMINES AND HURTS BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO MAKE HURTS BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO MAKE PROGRESS ON COMMON SENSE GUN PROGRESS ON COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY EFFORTS, LIKE EXPANDING SAFETY EFFORTS, LIKE EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS. BACKGROUND CHECKS. HE WENT ON THE RECORD, A FEW HE WENT ON THE RECORD, A FEW OTHER DEMOCRATS WENT ON WITH OTHER DEMOCRATS WENT ON WITH BLIND QUOTES. BLIND QUOTES. THERE’S A LOT OF HAND WRINGING THERE’S A LOT OF HAND WRINGING ABOUT WHAT YOU SAID, AGREEING ABOUT WHAT YOU SAID, AGREEING WITH YOUR SENTIMENT BUT WITH YOUR SENTIMENT BUT CONCERNED THAT THE RHETORIC IS CONCERNED THAT THE RHETORIC IS GOING TO ACTUALLY BACKFIRE. GOING TO ACTUALLY BACKFIRE. WHAT DO YOU SAY? WHAT DO YOU SAY?>>I THINK THIS JUST SHOWS YOU>>I THINK THIS JUST SHOWS YOU HOW SCREWED UP THE PRIORITIES IN HOW SCREWED UP THE PRIORITIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ARE. WASHINGTON, D.C., ARE. I THINK WHAT’S TRULY AWFUL IS A I THINK WHAT’S TRULY AWFUL IS A 17-MONTH-OLD BABY SHOT IN THE 17-MONTH-OLD BABY SHOT IN THE FACE WITH AN AR-15, AS HAPPENED FACE WITH AN AR-15, AS HAPPENED IN ODESSA. IN ODESSA. WHAT’S TRULY AWFUL IS 22 PEOPLE WHAT’S TRULY AWFUL IS 22 PEOPLE KILLED IN A WALMART THE SATURDAY KILLED IN A WALMART THE SATURDAY BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS THAT NEXT BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS THAT NEXT MONDAY, BUYING THEIR SCHOOL MONDAY, BUYING THEIR SCHOOL SUPPLIES, INNOCENT OF ANY CRIME SUPPLIES, INNOCENT OF ANY CRIME OR ANY THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY, OR ANY THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY, IN FACT LIVING IN ONE OF THE IN FACT LIVING IN ONE OF THE SAFEST CITIES IN AMERICA, EL SAFEST CITIES IN AMERICA, EL PASO, TEXAS, HUNTED DOWN BY PASO, TEXAS, HUNTED DOWN BY THEIR ETHNICITY WITH A WEAPON THEIR ETHNICITY WITH A WEAPON THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR USE ON A THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR USE ON A BATTLEFIELD. BATTLEFIELD. TALKING TO THOSE DOCTORS AND TALKING TO THOSE DOCTORS AND TRAUMA ROOM SURGEONS WHO TREATED TRAUMA ROOM SURGEONS WHO TREATED THOSE VICTIMS IN EL PASO, THEY THOSE VICTIMS IN EL PASO, THEY SAID THESE ARE WOUNDS OF WAR, SAID THESE ARE WOUNDS OF WAR, THAT HIGH-IMPACT, HIGH-VELOCITY THAT HIGH-IMPACT, HIGH-VELOCITY ROUND, WHEN IT HIT THEIR SYSTEMS ROUND, WHEN IT HIT THEIR SYSTEMS JUST SHREDDED EVERYTHING INSIDE JUST SHREDDED EVERYTHING INSIDE OF THEM. OF THEM. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT. AND I REFUSE TO EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE AND I REFUSE TO EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THE POLITICS OR THE PULLING OR THE POLITICS OR THE PULLING OR THE FEAR OR THE NRA. THE FEAR OR THE NRA. THAT HAS PURCHASED THE THAT HAS PURCHASED THE COMPLICITY AND SILENCE OF COMPLICITY AND SILENCE OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. THIS WEAK RESPONSE TO A REAL THIS WEAK RESPONSE TO A REAL TRAGEDY IN AMERICA, 40,000 GUN TRAGEDY IN AMERICA, 40,000 GUN DEATHS A YEAR, WE’VE GOT TO DO DEATHS A YEAR, WE’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I’M PROPOSING THAT WE DO I’M PROPOSING THAT WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SOMETHING ABOUT IT.>>EXPLAIN HOW — YOUR CHANGE OF>>EXPLAIN HOW — YOUR CHANGE OF HEART. HEART. TO BE A BIT HARSH HERE, WHAT YOU TO BE A BIT HARSH HERE, WHAT YOU JUST SAID ABOUT SORT OF THE JUST SAID ABOUT SORT OF THE WEAKNESS OF WASHINGTON, YOU USED WEAKNESS OF WASHINGTON, YOU USED TO BE ONE OF THOSE MEMBERS OF TO BE ONE OF THOSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO USED TO ADVOCATE CONGRESS WHO USED TO ADVOCATE THIS VERY CAREFUL WORDING ON THIS VERY CAREFUL WORDING ON GUNS. GUNS. WHERE DID YOU GO WRONG? WHERE DID YOU GO WRONG?>>NO, I REJECT THAT, CHUCK.>>NO, I REJECT THAT, CHUCK. SO IN TEXAS, IN EVERY SINGLE ONE SO IN TEXAS, IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE 254 COUNTIES, NO MATTER OF THE 254 COUNTIES, NO MATTER HOW RED OR RURAL OR BIG AND HOW RED OR RURAL OR BIG AND BLUE, I WAS SHOWING UP TALKING BLUE, I WAS SHOWING UP TALKING ABOUT AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IN ABOUT AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IN THAT STATE, A PROUD GUN-OWNING THAT STATE, A PROUD GUN-OWNING STATE, BECAUSE I ALSO KNOW IT’S STATE, BECAUSE I ALSO KNOW IT’S A PROUD RESPONSIBLE GUN-OWNING A PROUD RESPONSIBLE GUN-OWNING STATE. STATE. AND FOLKS SAID THAT IS THE THIRD AND FOLKS SAID THAT IS THE THIRD RAIL OF POLITICS IN TEXAS. RAIL OF POLITICS IN TEXAS. YOU CAN NEVER TALK ABOUT IT. YOU CAN NEVER TALK ABOUT IT. SO I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THESE SO I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THESE ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. BUT YOU’RE RIGHT, ON AUGUST 3rd BUT YOU’RE RIGHT, ON AUGUST 3rd IN EL PASO WITH 22 PEOPLE IN EL PASO WITH 22 PEOPLE KILLED, DOZENS MORE GRIEVOUSLY KILLED, DOZENS MORE GRIEVOUSLY INJURED, I COULD NO LONGER INJURED, I COULD NO LONGER ACCEPT THAT THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH ACCEPT THAT THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH BECAUSE THERE’S STILL MORE THAN BECAUSE THERE’S STILL MORE THAN 10 MILLION ASSAULT WEAPONS, 10 MILLION ASSAULT WEAPONS, WEAPONS OF WAR OUT ON THE WEAPONS OF WAR OUT ON THE STREET. STREET. AND IF WE AGREE THAT THEY’RE AND IF WE AGREE THAT THEY’RE DANGEROUS TO SELL AND WE SHOULD DANGEROUS TO SELL AND WE SHOULD STOP SELLING THEM, THEN WE ALSO STOP SELLING THEM, THEN WE ALSO HAVE TO AGREE THAT THESE ARE HAVE TO AGREE THAT THESE ARE INSTRUMENTS OF TERROR THAT ARE INSTRUMENTS OF TERROR THAT ARE STILL OUT THERE AND HAVE TO BE STILL OUT THERE AND HAVE TO BE BROUGHT BACK HOME OR THEY ARE BROUGHT BACK HOME OR THEY ARE GOING TO BE USED AGAINST US. GOING TO BE USED AGAINST US. AND THAT’S WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN EL AND THAT’S WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN EL PASO, IN MIDLAND, ODESSA, IN PASO, IN MIDLAND, ODESSA, IN SUTHERLAND SPRINGS. SUTHERLAND SPRINGS. THOSE ARE JUST THREE COMMUNITIES THOSE ARE JUST THREE COMMUNITIES IN TEXAS. IN TEXAS.>>YOU HEARD AT ONE TIME, I>>YOU HEARD AT ONE TIME, I BELIEVE, IT WAS VICE PRESIDENT BELIEVE, IT WAS VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN OFFERED UP AND HE SAID BIDEN OFFERED UP AND HE SAID DON’T FORGET THE CONSTITUTION. DON’T FORGET THE CONSTITUTION. SO LET ME ASK IT THIS WAY. SO LET ME ASK IT THIS WAY. WHAT IS YOUR INTERPRETATION OF WHAT IS YOUR INTERPRETATION OF WHAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT ALLOWS WHAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT ALLOWS AND WHAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND WHAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT DOES NOT ALLOW? DOES NOT ALLOW?>>I’LL PUT IT THIS WAY.>>I’LL PUT IT THIS WAY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE’RE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE’RE ABLE TO DO THROUGH THE COMMERCE ABLE TO DO THROUGH THE COMMERCE CLAUSE AND THIS IS SOMETHING CLAUSE AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT PREVENTED FROM — THAT IS NOT PREVENTED FROM — WOULDN’T PREVENT THE UNITED WOULDN’T PREVENT THE UNITED STATES FROM DOING BY THE SECOND STATES FROM DOING BY THE SECOND AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT. SO THIS IS CONSTITUTIONALLY SO THIS IS CONSTITUTIONALLY SOUND. SOUND. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IF THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IF WE CARE ABOUT THE LIVES OF OUR WE CARE ABOUT THE LIVES OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. FELLOW AMERICANS. AND HERE’S SOMETHING I WANT TO AND HERE’S SOMETHING I WANT TO TELL YOU. TELL YOU. GOING TO A GUN SHOW IN CONWAY, GOING TO A GUN SHOW IN CONWAY, ARKANSAS, STOPPING AT A BUC-EES ARKANSAS, STOPPING AT A BUC-EES IN KATY, TEXAS, YESTERDAY, IN KATY, TEXAS, YESTERDAY, LISTENING TO OWNERS OF AR-15s, LISTENING TO OWNERS OF AR-15s, REPUBLICANS, WHO COME UP AND REPUBLICANS, WHO COME UP AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I OWN ONE OF SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I OWN ONE OF THESE GUNS, DON’T NEED IT TO THESE GUNS, DON’T NEED IT TO HUNT, DON’T NEED IT FOR HUNT, DON’T NEED IT FOR SELF-DEFENSE. SELF-DEFENSE. THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND I WOULD GLADLY GIVE IT UP AND I WOULD GLADLY GIVE IT UP BECAUSE I ALSO HAVE KIDS IN BECAUSE I ALSO HAVE KIDS IN SCHOOL AND FEAR FOR THEIR SAFETY SCHOOL AND FEAR FOR THEIR SAFETY OR I HAVE GRANDKIDS AND WANT TO OR I HAVE GRANDKIDS AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THE COUNTRY IS SAFE MAKE SURE THE COUNTRY IS SAFE FOR THEM. FOR THEM. SO NOT ONLY IS THIS SO NOT ONLY IS THIS CONSTITUTIONALLY SOUND THERE’S CONSTITUTIONALLY SOUND THERE’S SUPPORT BEYOND THE DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT BEYOND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO INCLUDE REPUBLICANS, PARTY TO INCLUDE REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS, GUN OWNERS AND INDEPENDENTS, GUN OWNERS AND NON-GUN OWNERS ALIKE TO DO THE NON-GUN OWNERS ALIKE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. RIGHT THING.>>VERY QUICKLY, I AM CURIOUS>>VERY QUICKLY, I AM CURIOUS THAT YOU’VE GOTTEN A LOT MORE THAT YOU’VE GOTTEN A LOT MORE ATTENTION FOR SAYING WHAT YOU ATTENTION FOR SAYING WHAT YOU DID. DID. YOU WERE SUPPORTING MANDATORY YOU WERE SUPPORTING MANDATORY BUYBACKS BEFORE BUT NOW YOU’RE BUYBACKS BEFORE BUT NOW YOU’RE GETTING THIS FOCUS BECAUSE OF GETTING THIS FOCUS BECAUSE OF HOW YOU SAID IT. HOW YOU SAID IT. THERE’S BEEN SOME COVERAGE OF THERE’S BEEN SOME COVERAGE OF YOU RECENTLY GOING, HEY, YOU RECENTLY GOING, HEY, CONGRESSMAN O’ROURKE IS IN HIS CONGRESSMAN O’ROURKE IS IN HIS BLANKET STAGE, YOU KNOW, BLANKET STAGE, YOU KNOW, REFERRING TO THE FACT THAT YOU REFERRING TO THE FACT THAT YOU WILL CURSE OCCASIONALLY ON THE WILL CURSE OCCASIONALLY ON THE STUMP. STUMP. DO YOU FIND IT A BIT FRUSTRATING DO YOU FIND IT A BIT FRUSTRATING THAT IT TAKES SOMETIMES THEE AT THAT IT TAKES SOMETIMES THEE AT RIKCK — THEATRICS TO GET THE RIKCK — THEATRICS TO GET THE ATTENTION OF THE PRESS CORPS AND ATTENTION OF THE PRESS CORPS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC? THE AMERICAN PUBLIC?>>I THINK WHAT PEOPLE WANTING>>I THINK WHAT PEOPLE WANTING US TO DO AND WHAT I’M TRYING TO US TO DO AND WHAT I’M TRYING TO DO IN THIS CAMPAIGN IS JUST TO DO IN THIS CAMPAIGN IS JUST TO SEE THINGS AS CLEARLY AS I SEE THINGS AS CLEARLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN AND SPEAK AS POSSIBLY CAN AND SPEAK AS HONESTLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN HONESTLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN WITHOUT TRIANGULATING OR POLLING WITHOUT TRIANGULATING OR POLLING OR FOCUS GROUP TESTING WHAT THE OR FOCUS GROUP TESTING WHAT THE MESSAGE IS. MESSAGE IS. JUST CALL THIS OUT FOR WHAT IT JUST CALL THIS OUT FOR WHAT IT IS, ABSOLUTELY WRONG AND IS, ABSOLUTELY WRONG AND UNACCEPTABLE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE UNACCEPTABLE THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE KILLED IN THIS WAY IN OUR KILLED IN THIS WAY IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE LIVING IN COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE LIVING IN FEAR IN AMERICA TODAY. FEAR IN AMERICA TODAY. I REJECT THAT FEAR, AND I WANT I REJECT THAT FEAR, AND I WANT TO GO FORWARD WITH A BOLD, TO GO FORWARD WITH A BOLD, AMBITIOUS PROPOSAL TO MAKE SURE AMBITIOUS PROPOSAL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE SAFE IN OUR THAT WE’RE SAFE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, SAFE IN OUR HOMES, COMMUNITIES, SAFE IN OUR HOMES, SAFE IN AMERICA AGAIN. SAFE IN AMERICA AGAIN.>>IS THE DEBATE ABOUT VICE>>IS THE DEBATE ABOUT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE CONCERN PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE CONCERN ABOUT HIS FITNESS TO TAKE THE ABOUT HIS FITNESS TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, A, IS FIGHT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, A, IS IT A LEGITIMATE DEBATE, AND DO IT A LEGITIMATE DEBATE, AND DO YOU HAVE CONCERNS? YOU HAVE CONCERNS?>>OH, NO, I COULD CARE LESS>>OH, NO, I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THAT, TO BE HONEST WITH ABOUT THAT, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. YOU. I WAS LISTENING TO YOUR OPENING I WAS LISTENING TO YOUR OPENING PACKAGE. PACKAGE. WHO THE HELL CARES, RIGHT? WHO THE HELL CARES, RIGHT? YOU’VE GOT TENS OF MILLIONS OF YOU’VE GOT TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO CANNOT SEE A DOCTOR. PEOPLE WHO CANNOT SEE A DOCTOR. IN TEXAS WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW, IN TEXAS WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW, LARGEST PROVIDER OF MENTAL LARGEST PROVIDER OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES IS THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES IS THE COUNTY JAIL SYSTEM. COUNTY JAIL SYSTEM. YOU’VE GOT TEN YEARS LEFT WITHIN YOU’VE GOT TEN YEARS LEFT WITHIN WHICH TO CONFRONT CLIMATE CHANGE WHICH TO CONFRONT CLIMATE CHANGE OR IT IS ALL OVER FOR ALL OF US. OR IT IS ALL OVER FOR ALL OF US. YOU’VE GOT KIDS IN CAGES, YOU’VE GOT KIDS IN CAGES, FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED. SEPARATED. THERE’S SOME REALLY URGENT THERE’S SOME REALLY URGENT ISSUES WE’VE GOT TO BE ISSUES WE’VE GOT TO BE ADDRESSING IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT ADDRESSING IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW. NOW. THE LAST THING I CARE ABOUT IS THE LAST THING I CARE ABOUT IS JOE BIDEN’S AGE OR SOME INNER JOE BIDEN’S AGE OR SOME INNER PARTY FIGHT BETWEEN CANDIDATES PARTY FIGHT BETWEEN CANDIDATES UP ON THE STAGE. UP ON THE STAGE. WE’VE GOT TO BE TALKING ABOUT WE’VE GOT TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE BIG THINGS THAT PEOPLE IN THE BIG THINGS THAT PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY CARE ABOUT. THIS COUNTRY CARE ABOUT.>>VERY QUICKLY, IF YOU WERE>>VERY QUICKLY, IF YOU WERE PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW AND YOU HAD PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW AND YOU HAD A GROWING EPIDEMIC OF PEOPLE A GROWING EPIDEMIC OF PEOPLE VAPING AND POSSIBLY GETTING SEC VAPING AND POSSIBLY GETTING SEC OR DYING FROM IT, WHAT WOULD YOU OR DYING FROM IT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW? BE DOING RIGHT NOW? A TEMPORARY RECALL OF ALL OF A TEMPORARY RECALL OF ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? THESE PRODUCTS? WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?>>I THINK THAT’S A GREAT PLACE>>I THINK THAT’S A GREAT PLACE TO START. TO START. I THINK YOU’RE SEEING A PLAYBOOK I THINK YOU’RE SEEING A PLAYBOOK PIONEERED BY BIG TOBACCO OVER PIONEERED BY BIG TOBACCO OVER THE LAST 50 OR 60 YEARS TRYING THE LAST 50 OR 60 YEARS TRYING TO HOOK KIDS ON SOMETHING THAT TO HOOK KIDS ON SOMETHING THAT WILL ULTIMATELY KILL THEM BEING WILL ULTIMATELY KILL THEM BEING EMPLOYED BY THE VAPING INDUSTRY. EMPLOYED BY THE VAPING INDUSTRY. WE NEED VIGOROUS REGULATION. WE NEED VIGOROUS REGULATION. WE NEED TO TREAT THIS AS A TRUE WE NEED TO TREAT THIS AS A TRUE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND RESPOND PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND RESPOND WITH THE URGENCY THAT IT WITH THE URGENCY THAT IT DEMANDS. DEMANDS. WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE NO ONE IS WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE NO ONE IS ABLE TO BUY THEIR WAY INTO OUR ABLE TO BUY THEIR WAY INTO OUR ECONOMY WITH PAC CHECKS OR ECONOMY WITH PAC CHECKS OR LOBBYISTS TO WRITE THE RULES IN LOBBYISTS TO WRITE THE RULES IN THEIR FAVOR, AS TOBACCO HAS THEIR FAVOR, AS TOBACCO HAS DONE, AS PHARMACEUTICAL DONE, AS PHARMACEUTICAL CORPORATIONS ARE ABLE TO DO, AS CORPORATIONS ARE ABLE TO DO, AS THE NRA HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO. THE NRA HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO. WE’VE GOT TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE WE’VE GOT TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE AND ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS RIGHT

Netanyahu opens up about his history with America


. MARK: WELCOME TO “LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN.” IT’S AN HONOR TO SEE YOU, MR. PRIME MINISTER.>>IS THAT IT? “LIFE, LIBERTY & LEVIN”? MARK: THAT’S IT.>>GLAD TO BE HERE. MARK: EMPHASIS ON THE LEVIN.>>GOT IT. MARK: YOU’VE BEEN HERE SEVERAL DAYS, YOU’RE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SEEMS TO BE VERY UNIQUE, VERY PERSONAL. IS IT UNIQUE AND PERSONAL AND HOW DID IT GET THAT WAY?>>IT IS, AND IT BEGAN THAT WAY. THAT’S THE WAY IT BEGAN, I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT. JUST LIKE THAT. MARK: YOU HAVE SHARED VALUE ANDS BELIEFS AND THAT SORT OF THING?>>I THINK SO, BUT THERE’S ALSO A CERTAIN CHEMISTRY. PRESIDENT LIKES TO CUT THROUGH –>>NOISE.>>I DON’T WANT TO CALL IT NOISE. THERE ARE TWO INITIALS IN ENGLISH, YOU KNOW? HE CUTS RIGHT THROUGH IT. MARK: YES.>>AND IT’S REFRESHING WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SERIOUS THINGS, HE CUTS RIGHT TO THE POINT. AND I APPRECIATE THAT. I ALSO REMEMBER HIM WHEN I WAS AMBASSADOR OF ISRAEL TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND HE WAS A VERY PROMINENT BUSINESSMAN IN NEW YORK AND WE OCCASIONALLY BUMPED IN THE SAME CIRCLES, BUT WE MET YEARS LATER, AND IT’S BEEN A DIRECT AND VERY POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP FROM THE GET-GO. MARK: AS A MATTER OF FACT, WHEN YOU SERVED AT THE EMBASSY HERE, YOU SPENT A LITTLE CHUNK OF YOUR LIFE IN AMERICA. IN FACT, YOU AND I WENT TO THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL, NOT TOGETHER, BUT THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL, CHELDANHAM OUTSIDE OF PHILADELPHIA WHERE. IT D IT START AND WHERE DID IT GO?>>I CAME HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME WHEN I WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD ABOUT A YEAR. DIDN’T KNOW A WORD OF ENGLISH. MY FATHER CAME HERE TO EDIT THE — HE WAS A GREAT PROFESSOR, A GREAT HISTORIAN, BUT THE WAY HE MADE HIS LIVING IS EDITED ENCYCLOPEDIAS. THEY WANTED HIM TO EDIT A GREAT JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA WHICH HE DID FOR A YEAR AND SAID IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH, I DON’T WANT MY NAME ON IT. DURING THE YEAR WE LIVED IN MANHATTAN, I CAME HERE, GOD, DIDN’T KNOW A WORD OF ENGLISH, IT WAS BIZARRE AND DIFFICULT FOR ME. THERE WAS A GIRL THEY PUT NEXT TO ME, THEY CALLED HER JUDY. I REMEMBER JUDY, SHE TAUGHT ME ENGLISH, SHE TOOK OUT A BOOK OF PICTURES THAT HAD A DOG, HIS NAME WAS SPOT. SEE SPOT RUN. RUN SPOT RUN. AND JUDY, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, AND MY DEARLY — MY DEAR MOTHER, THEY’RE THE ONES WHO TAUGHT ME ENGLISH. SO THAT WAS MY FIRST YEAR, 8 TO 9. THEN I CAME BACK HERE FROM THE AGE OF 13 TO THE END OF HIGH SCHOOL AND ACTUALLY, AND THAT’S IT. THEN I WENT BACK TO THE ARMY AND CAME BACK TO STUDY AT M.I.T. MARK: YOU STUDIED AT M.I.T., WHAT DID YOU STUDY?>>FIRST ARCHITECT, AND YOU ARE THEN I WENT TO THE BUSINESS SCHOOL AND GOT BASICALLY AN MBA. MARK: AND YOU TOOK A JOB IN AMERICA FOR A PERIOD OF TIME?>>YEAH, I WENT TO WORK FOR ABOUT A YEAR AT THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP. MARK: IS THAT WHERE YOU MET ROMNEY?>>YEAH, HE WAS AHEAD OF ME, HE WAS STAR MANAGER, ACTUALLY. YOU KNOW THE HORRIBLE THING ABOUT MITT? HE LOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME! HE HASN’T CHANGED AT ALL. MARK: HE HASN’T MOVED.>>NOTHING, HE LOOKED THE SAME, AND IT WAS A VERY GOOD PLACE. TO BE HONEST, I THOUGHT THAT YEAR THEY SPENT THERE, IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FOUNDER OF THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP WAS A REAL GENIUS, HE WAS A VERY ECCENTRIC GENIUS, NAMED BRUCE HENDERSON, AND I REMEMBER I CAME IN ON THE FIRST DAY, NEVER BEEN TO A BUSINESS THING. I SPENT FIVE YEARS IN THE ARMY. I WAS AN OFFICER. I WAS A SOLDIER AND A COMMANDER IN A SPECIAL FORCES UNIT. WENT TO M.I.T., FINISHED MY UNDERGRADUATE, FINISHED MY GRADUATE STUDIES. GOT INTO THE CONSULTING FIRM, AND THE FIRST DAY BRUCE HENDERSON IS, YOU KNOW, VERY IMPOSING FIGURE, MUST HAVE BEEN IN HIS EARLY 70s, A VIRGINIAN, HE TELLS ME, COME INSIDE, SHUT THE DOOR. SIT DOWN. HE SAYS, YOU KNOW, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE HERE VERY LONG, BECAUSE YOU’LL GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY. SO STUDY EVERYTHING CAN YOU HERE BECAUSE ONE DAY IT WILL HELP THE STATE OF ISRAEL. AND I THOUGHT THIS GUY IS BONKERS! WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT? I’M 27 YEARS OLD, AND HE TELLS ME TO PICK UP WHAT I CAN BECAUSE IT WILL HELP THE STATE OF ISRAEL. HE WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT BECAUSE I LEARNED SOMETHING ABOUT HOW ECONOMIES GROW. THEY GROW WITH THE FIRMS. THE FIRMS MAKE THE ECONOMY. YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT PROFITABLE FOR THE FIRMS TO GROW THE ECONOMY. MARK: WHAT DO WE MEAN BY FIRMS?>>COMPANIES. ENTREPRENEURS. MARK: COMPANIES.>>BUSINESS PEOPLE. THAT’S WHAT MAKES THE ECONOMY GROW. THE GUYS WHO PRODUCE THE ADDED VALUE OF THE PRIVATE SECTORS. GUYS WHO CONSUME MOST OF THAT IS THE PUBLIC SECTOR. IN ORDER TO HAVE THE THINGS THAT THE PUBLIC SECTOR NEEDS, LIKE AN AIR FORCE OR ROADS OR THINGS LIKE THAT, OR OTHER THINGS, OKAY, YOU NEED TO HAVE A ROBUST PRIVATE SECTOR. I LEARNED THAT MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE AT THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP. MARK: AND PART OF YOUR CAREER IN THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN IN THE FINANCIAL SIDE.>>YEAH. MARK: WHEN MY FAMILY AND I CAME TO ISRAEL, THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF JERUSALEM AND THE UNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM, I SAW ALL THESE CRANES, I SAW ALL THIS BUILDING GOING ON. I SAW THE SKYSCRAPERS WITH THE NAMES OF AMERICAN TECHNOLOGICAL COMPANIES ON THEM AND SO FORTH. AND YOU APPLIED THOSE POLICIES AS PRIME MINISTER AND SO FORTH IN ISRAEL?>>I AM A GREAT BELIEVER IN FREE MARKETS AND ONE OF MY MISSIONS, TWO MISSIONS WAS TO FREE UP THE ISRAELI MARKET, ISRAELI ECONOMY, SO IT BECOMES A FREE MARKET ECONOMY, TO UNLEASH THE GENIUS EMBEDDED IN OUR PEOPLE, THE SPARKS FLY OUT THE MINUTE YOU OPEN UP THE MARKETPLACE. YOU ALLOW ENTERPRISE, INNOVATION, RISK, TO FAIL OR SUCCEED, AND I DO A LOT OF REFORMS, I DID THAT AS PRIME MINISTER. AND SUBSEQUENTLY AS FINANCE MINISTER AND SUBSEQUENTLY AS PRIME MINISTER AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. WE’RE STILL DOING IT. THE ISRAELI ECONOMY HAS BEEN GROWING UNDER THESE REFORMS CONSISTENTLY AT BETWEEN 4% TO 5% PER YEAR AND THE GDP PER CAPITA WILL PROBABLY CATCH UP WITH JAPAN IN A COUPLE OF YEARS, ISRAEL. MARK: THAT’S A BIG DEAL.>>THAT’S A BIG DEAL. MARK: PARTICULARLY IN TECHNOLOGY, THERE SEEMS TO BE A HUGE GROWTH IN ISRAEL. THE AMOUNT OF TECHNOLOGY THAT HAS DEVELOPED IN YOUR COUNTRY, IT’S A TINY LITTLE COUNTRY, AND YOU SELL IT TO, YOU KNOW, YOU WORK WITH MASSIVE COUNTRIES LIKE INDIA AND SO FORTH. THAT’S OBVIOUSLY PART OF YOUR PLAN, RIGHT?>>IT’S VERY MUCH MY PLAN. IT SAYS — FIRST OF ALL, TECHNOLOGY BY ITSELF DOESN’T DO ANYTHING. YOU KNOW, YOU WANT A COUNTRY THAT HAD GREAT SCIENTISTS, GREAT MATHEMATICIANS, GREAT PHYSICISTS, GREAT METALURE GISTS, IT’S THE SOVIET UNION. IF YOU TAKE ONE OF THE GUYS, SMUGGLED THEM OUT. PUT HIM IN PALO ALTO. HE WAS PRODUCING ADDED VALUE, HE WAS PRODUCING WEALTH. SO TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT FREE MARKETS DOESN’T GO ANYWHERE, ISRAEL HAD THE TECHNOLOGY, BUT DIDN’T HAVE FREE MARKETS. HAD IT TECHNOLOGY BECAUSE THE MILITARY, ESPECIALLY MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, PRODUCED A LOT OF CAPABILITIES, BUT UNLESS YOU OPEN IT UP, SO PEOPLE CAN START THEIR BUSINESSES, THESE INCREDIBLY GIFTED YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO COME OUT OF THE ARMY OR THE MOSSAD, THEY WANT TO START THEIR START-UPS. THEY CAN’T, IF YOU HAVE TO PAY 70% TAX, IT’S NOT GOING TO GO ANYWHERE. THEY’RE GOING TO GO ELSEWHERE. ONE OF THE THINGS I DID THE MINUTE I BECAME PRIME MINISTER AND THEN FINANCE MINISTER WAS ENACT AN ENORMOUS NUMBER OF REFORMS, SEVERAL DOZEN REFORMS, OPENED UP THE ECONOMY, REDUCED TAX RATES, REDUCED SPENDING AND CUT THE BUREAUCRACY. I HAD TO — IT WAS A BIG CHALLENGE, YOU KNOW, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THIS TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, YOU KNOW? I TOOK ABOUT TWO WEEKS TO FORMAT AN ECONOMIC PLAN AND EXPLAIN IT TO THE PUBLIC, AND I SAID THIS, I DESCRIBED MY FIRST DAY IN BASIC TRAINING IN THE PARATROOPS, AND THE COMMANDER LINES US UP IN A BIG FIELD, THE WHOLE COMPANY, AND HE SAYS WE’RE NOW GOING TO TAKE — WE’RE GOING TO DO A SPECIAL RACE. YOU, HE POINTS AT ME, NETANYAHU, YOU PICK UP THE GUY NEXT TO YOU, PUT HIM ON YOUR SHOULDERS. AND THE NEXT GUY, YOU PUT THE GUY NEXT TO YOU ON YOUR SHOULDERS AND SO ON, AND I GOT A FAIRLY BIG GUY ON MY SHOULDERS, ABOUT MY SIZE, AND I COULD BARELY TAKE TWO STEPS FORWARD WHEN HE BLEW THE WHISTLE. THE GUY NEXT TO ME WAS THE SMALLEST GUY IN THE COMPANY AND HE GOT THE BIGGEST GUY ON HIS SHOULDERS. HE COLLAPSED ON THE SPOT. AND THE THIRD GUY WAS A BIG GUY AND HE HAD A RELATIVELY SMALL GUY ON HIS SHOULDERS. HE TOOK OFF LIKE A ROCKET AND WON THE RACE, AND I SAID IN THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD, ALL NATIONAL ECONOMIES ARE PAIRS OF A PUBLIC SECTOR SITTING ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IN OUR CASE, THE PRIVATE SECTOR WAS COLLAPSING UNDER A PUBLIC SECTOR THAT GOT TOO FAT, SO WE HAVE TO PUT THE FAT MAN ON A DIET, AND WE HAVE TO GIVE A LOT OF OXYGEN TO THE THIN MAN BELOW, THAT’S CALLED TAX RELIEF, AND WE HAVE TO CUT ALL THE BARRIERS TO THE COMPETITION. ALL THE REGULATIONS THAT PREVENT THAT GUY FROM RUNNING FORWARD. THIS BECAME KNOWN AS THE FAT MAN-THIN MAN TAXICAB, THEY COULDN’T RECITE, IT THEY STILL COULDN’T RECITE IT. WHAT I DID WAS TRIM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, HELP THE PUBLIC SECTOR, I FIGHT REGULATION WITH MACHETES, ALL THE TIME. MARK: IN ADDITION TO THE ECONOMY, I WATCH THESE VOTES IN THE U.N., I SEE THE PRESIDENT OF GUATEMALA, I SEE THE LEADER OF INDIA, AND WHAT I NOTICE OBSERVING ISRAEL OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES IS YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A BIG PUSH GOING ON WHERE YOU WANT TO TAKE ISRAEL’S CASE ALL OVER THE WORLD, INCLUDING IN OUR HEMISPHERE IN AMERICA, AND ASIA, INDIA AND SO FORTH. HAS THAT BORNE FRUIT?>>CERTAINLY HAS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, HAVING FORMED THE ISRAEL ECONOMY, WE GOT THE PROWESS OF TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE, TECHNOLOGY WITH FREE MARKETS DEFINITELY WORKS, AND WITH THE — THIS AMALGAMATION OF BIG DATA, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND CONNECTIVITY, ISRAEL IS CREATING INDUSTRIES OUT OF THIN AIR, LITERALLY OUT OF THIN AIR, CAR INDUSTRY THAT IS AUTONOMOUS LEADERS, WORLD LEADER DRIVING THE WORLD ECONOMY, CYBER, WE’RE A TINY FRACTION OF 1% AND GET 20%, 20% OF THE WORLD INVESTMENT IN PRIVATE CYBERSECURITY, HUGE. ON THE OTHER SIDE, WE HAVE SECURITY, WE HAVE SUPERB INTELLIGENCE, WE’VE FOILED DOZENS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS OF ISIS, MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACKS INCLUDING THE DOWNING OF AN AIRLINER, YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT THAT WOULD DO. MARK: AND FOR ALL COUNTRIES YOU SHARE THAT INFORMATION?>>NOT ONLY FOR US, WE SHARE IT FOR DOZENS EVER COUNTRIES, PREVENTED DOZENS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS, MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACKS. WHEN YOU TAKE SECURITY INTERESTS AND INTELLIGENCE THAT COUNTRIES HAVE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST TERRORISM, AND THAT’S PRETTY MUCH ALL COUNTRIES AND TAKE THE NEEDS FOR TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, THAT IS DRIVING THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, BOTH OF THEM ARE PRESENT IN ISRAEL, AND SO EVERYBODY WANTS THEM, THAT GIVES MEET THIRD THING, WHICH IS THIS MASSIVE FLOURISHING OF ISRAEL’S DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH JUST ABOUT EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. NOT ALL, BUT WE’RE NOT BIG ON NORTH KOREA, YOU KNOW, NOT TOO

The Republican Party owns all of Trump, not just the parts they like New York Daily News


The Republican Party owns all of Trump, not just the parts they like New York Daily News When we talk about people or a party being on the wrong side of history, it usually requires some hindsight, a position of informed advantage to see clearly missteps that were less clear at the time of events. Not so now, with todays modern Republican Party and its utter cowardice and complacency. We will not need half a century or even a decade to know that the GOP, in accepting, enabling and in many cases defending President Trumps gleeful torching of long cherished American ideals, norms and standards of decency, is on the wrong side of history. And for that, the party will pay dearly. The Faustian bargain made by Republican lawmakers and many Trump voters was never sustainable, nor was it defensible. Early on in Trumps 2016 presidential campaign, Republicans were confronted almost daily with a clear choice: accept Trumps overt appeals to the bigotry and racism festering in the bowels of the nation, or reject it wholly. Far too many chose the former. It was worth it for a good economy, many said earnestly. It was worth it for more jobs, less regulation, conservative judges, a border wall. Whatever the particular chits, the Republican leaders and voters who made these cosmic compacts were only thinking about cashing out, not the consequences of selling out. But thats exactly what they did, every one. And the Great Compartmentalization of Trump is this centurys biggest lie, a lie perpetuated over and over again by Trump apologists and supporters alike. It was the absurd idea that evangelical Christians could separate Trumps immorality from, say, his defense of Israel. It was a belief that fiscal conservatives could separate his economic agenda from his social agenda. It was the comical notion that Republican lawmakers could somehow quarantine the party from Trumps diseased ambitions in exchange for legislation, without realizing his particular virus wasnt a direct contact disease, but an airborne one. And finally, the Great Compartmentalization of Trump was the defiant insistence that these were the things that mattered, and anyone who cared about other things, like honor and decency, were elitists, establishment and cucks. Of course, the people who made these bargains, who tricked themselves into thinking about Trump like a buffet where they could take what they want and leave what they didnt, arbitrarily decided to imbue one group of things — policies, in most cases — with more significance than another group of things, like innate character. But the two categories only ever existed as separate in their own imaginations. There were no compartments, only the totality of Trump and his designs on the nation. Thats why now, as only a few Republican lawmakers have poked their heads out to disavow Trumps despicable, indefensible and un American tirade against four elected, American women of color, it is particularly dumbfounding and disingenuous to suggest we can still compartmentalize this president. And yet. Sen. Joni Ernst admitted his tweets were racist, but asked, Lets focus on policies and we can debate those policies because I personally think the GOP has a stronger platform to talk about. Thats what we should be focusing on. Sen. Rob Portman blithely reminded a CNN host who asked him why Trumps words were wrong that hed originally been booked to discuss immigration. Sen. Pat Toomey condemned the comments about the Democratic congresswomen, but offered, We should defeat their ideas on the merits, not on the basis of their ancestry. Heres the problem: Trumps corrosive agenda to divide America is the policy. Bigotry and otherism are both the ideas and the merits for Trump. The racist rhetoric is the agenda. Pretending they are separate or disconnected was, is and always will be a cop out and a lie. So, Republicans, be advised: No one will look back and think, sure, Trump was a bigot but the party nobly accepted that in order to pass tax legislation. History — very near history — will dissolve the lie and the imaginary compartments and reveal only one thing: Republicans stood for Trump. They stood for all of him.