Say What is the segment of Liberty Nation Radio where we unveil some of the most wacky, astonishing and damnable things uttered by politicians and the chattering class. Here is the latest episode:
Tim Donner: Another Donald Trump nominee bit the dust this week. Admiral Ronny Jackson, White House doctor under the last three presidents, had been nominated by Trump to head the Veteran’s Affairs Department. But he withdrew his name after being subjected to all manner of allegations in the media, including that he dispensed prescription drugs like candy and was drunk on the job when he was traveling with President Obama…even though Democrat Senator, Jon Tester who advanced the allegations admitted, incredibly, that these charges hadn’t even been fully verified.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT): Our vetting is not through yet, we still have more information to gather. But, if this turns out to be solidly factual, then we’ve got a big, big problem with Admiral Jackson.
Tim Donner: Typical D.C. swamp behavior. If this turns out to be solidly factual, then we’ve got a problem with this guy. Knife the guy through the heart first; figure out if it was justified later, after you’ve ruined the guy’s reputation. And you wonder why the best people don’t want to have anything to do with politics.
Meanwhile, disgraced former FBI Director, James Comey carries on with his desperately seeking credibility book tour, but he ran into a meat grinder in an interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN this week, discussing his leaks. Foremost among them, a memo which led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in a way which brings to mind the famous Bill Clinton statement, depends what the meaning of is, is.
Anderson Cooper: You did leak memos. Is it okay for somebody at the FBI to leak something, an internal document, even if it’s not classified? Isn’t that leaking?
James Comey: I didn’t leak memos, I asked a friend to communicate the substance of one unclassified memo to the media, and it was really important. I was a private citizen, I was not an FBI employee at that time.
Anderson Cooper: But it was an internal document, it was a document you had written while you were FBI Director. That is a leak. If you tell somebody, don’t give them the document but tell them what’s in the document, that’s still a leak, no?
James Comey: I think of a leak as an unauthorized disclosure of classified information-
Anderson Cooper: Really? That’s it? When the President said he was eager to find leakers, and would like to nail one to the door as a message, shouldn’t you be nailed to the door then? Aren’t you a leaker? You gave up a document that was released to the New York Times. Information from that document released to the New York Times. I guess I’m surprised that you only think leaks are when something is classified.
Tim Donner: Depends what the meaning of leak is. It’s called double-talk, which is I guess, why God gave us two sides of our mouth. And James Comey has made double-talk an art form.
And speaking of speaking out of both sides of his mouth, French President Emmanuel Macron visited D.C. this week. He was all friendly with President Trump, spoke much about the common bonds that unite his country and ours. But he then made a speech to a joint session of Congress, and sounded like the true globalist he is, decrying protectionism and nationalism, and climate change.
Pres. Macron: The United States is the one who invented this multilateralism. You are the one now who has to help to preserve and reinvent it, if you ask me. I do not share the fascination for new strong powers, the abandonment of freedom, and the illusion of nationalism. Some people think that securing current industries and their jobs is more urgent than transforming our economies to meet the global challenge of climate change, if we work and live destroying the planet, sacrificing the future of our children…
Tim Donner: The illusion of nationalism, climate change. Well, Macron certainly knows how to play both sides of the street. Clever guy.
Meanwhile, in their haste to make sure everybody knows, no matter what Special Counsel Robert Mueller finds or does not find, that Donald Trump is guilty of conspiring with Russia to rig the 2016 election, the Democratic National Committee has filed suit against Trump, and the GOP National Committee, and Russia, and anyone else they can think of. And DNC Chairman, Tom Perez says, there’s no doubt about a conspiracy.
Tom Perez: A year ago when I came to the DNC, it was clear to me that we’d been hacked, and we’d been hacked by the Russians. It was less clear to me a year ago, whether there was a conspiracy between the Russians and the Trump campaign. It has become abundantly clear to me, that there is that conspiracy. I feel that we have ample evidence to demonstrate in a civil proceeding what we’re doing. And we have a different burden of proof, it’s a lower burden of proof in a civil case.
Tim Donner: Ah, there’s the key. A lower burden of proof. But the bigger key here is that the DNC has evidently concluded that condemning President Trump and now suing him, is by itself enough for them to win control of Congress in November. They apparently believe anything resembling a positive agenda is unnecessary. Republicans did hold a seat in the House in a special election in Arizona this week for what it’s worth.
Meanwhile, Facebook was in the crosshairs on a couple of fronts this week, after Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Capitol Hill recently and did a mea culpa on the mining of data by a firm hired by the Trump campaign, tripping all over himself to apologize for the breach. Alexander Kogan of Cambridge Analytica, the company which mined the data for Trump, went on CNBC and said what his company did was hardly unprecedented.
Alexander Kogan: I really believe we were doing something super normal, and never expected anything to go wrong. It was just business as usual. This is such a normal thing to do back then, and now Facebook’s saying hey, rogue actor, but in reality I think, the truth is we’ve tens of thousands of other apps. We did the same thing, probably a much bigger scale than me. Nearly every user on Facebook has been collected many times over by many companies. Facebook does not know where that data is, and they have no real way to figure it out. Working with Facebook is about like working a building where you see half the employees bring in their dog. So I bring in my dog, my dog pees in the wrong place, and now management is coming to me and saying, how could you bring in your dog? We have a clear no pet policy.
Tim Donner: Indeed. No one in the establishment media seems to be pointing out that, the Barack Obama 2012 re-election campaign did exactly the same thing as Cambridge Analytica and was applauded for it.
But Facebook took a real beating in a hearing on Capitol Hill this week, from the inimitable duo of black women who are among Donald Trump’s most passionate supporters. Diamond and Silk, who were shut down, de-monetized by Facebook for being a danger to the community.
Diamond: Facebook says they’re all free speech. And shame on the ones that don’t even see that we have been censored. Yet, when the Black Lives Matter people complain about it oh, everybody is up in arms. Let me just say this here, if the shoe was on the other foot and Mark Zuckerberg was a Conservative, and we were Liberals. Oh, all fists and all chains would’ve broke loose.
Silk: We’d be called All type of racist.
Tim Donner: Proving once again, that as much as the left claims to value diversity, when it comes to black people who dare to leave the Democrat plantation, race is always trumped by ideology.