Say What? is the segment of Liberty Nation Radio in which we unveil some of the most wacky, astonishing, and damnable things uttered by politicians and the chattering class.
Tim Donner: First it was the unexpected election of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and the other radical leftists in the Democratic Party in 2018. Then it was A-O-C and her squad of progressive young women defining the radical agenda now becoming a voice in the Democrats’ presidential field. Then it was Democratic Party leader Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), fearing the disastrous new branding of her party, slapping down the squad. Then it was A-O-C and company saying they were singled out by Pelosi as women of color and calling the non-progressives in their party the equivalent of 1940s’ segregationists, and that was all two weeks ago.
This last week, the 45th president, as is his wont, simply couldn’t stay on the sidelines any longer. He weighed in with his own view of A-O-C and her progressive cohorts, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). First came Trump’s tweet, saying the people who hate this country can go back to where they came from — even though three of them were born in the USA — and then Trump laid it on when he was asked about it after a speech.
President Trump: If you’re not happy here, then you can leave. As far as I’m concerned, if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave. That’s what I said in a tweet, which I guess some people think is controversial. A lot of people love it, by the way. If you’re complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave. You can leave right now. Come back if you want, don’t come back, it’s okay, too.
Tim: But if you think that was provocative, listen to GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina drop the C-bomb on Fox News.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): We all know that A-O-C and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel. They hate our own country. They’re calling the guards along our border, the Border Patrol agents, concentration camp guards. They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the Benjamins. They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America. Don’t get down … Aim higher. We don’t need to know anything about them personally. Talk about their policies.
Tim: So, what about their policies? Policies like the Green New Deal, which would certainly bankrupt the country, or Medicare for All, which would probably bankrupt the country. Are they communist? Listen to Pressley, the most radical member of the squad, discuss her extreme views on identity politics.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley: If you are not prepared to come to that table and to represent that voice, don’t come, because we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice. And if you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don’t even show up.
Tim: You are not an individual. You’re a member of a group. If that’s not enough to scare you, that kind of Marxist ideology in the halls of Congress, then look at how much of it is being spewed in the Democrats’ presidential campaign by most all of the candidates. Now think about that kind of Marxist ideology in the White House.
Trump ramped up efforts to deport convicted criminal aliens with raids scheduled to begin several days ago, and right now ground zero in the increasingly bitter battle of revivalists and resisters is on the southern border. Customs and Border Patrol are overrun with asylum seekers and families are being separated as their asylum claims are adjudicated. And it’s hard to be encouraged when we witness the kind of exchanges we heard recently in congressional hearings, like when virtue-signaling leftist Rep. Chuy Gonzalez of Illinois made scurrilous accusations against former ICE director Thomas Homan, who returned fire in spades.
Rep. Chuy Gonzalez: Mr. Homan, do you understand that the consequences of separation of many children will be lifelong trauma? Do you not care? Is it because these children don’t look like children that are around you?
Thomas Homan: Your comments are disgusting. What I’ve been trying to do in my 34 years serving my nation is to save lives. So, for you to sit there and insult my integrity and my love for my country and for children, that’s why this whole thing needs to be fixed.
Tim: And so both sides are dug in on what’s become a deeply personal fight, as it has been on the presidential campaign trail. Former Vice President Joe Biden remains in the lead, almost by default, and this week he burnished his centrist credentials by releasing an ad emphasizing something he said in the first round of debates, that he would defend Obamacare from anyone in either party who wants to repeal it or replace it with a strictly government-run program like Medicare for All.
Joe Biden: I believe we have to protect and build on Obamacare. That’s why I proposed adding a public option to Obamacare as the best way to lower cost and cover everyone. I understand the appeal of Medicare for All, but folks supporting it should be clear that it means getting rid of Obamacare, and I’m not for that. I knew the Republicans would do everything in their power to repeal Obamacare. They still are. But I’m surprised that so many Democrats are running on getting rid of it. The Affordable Care Act was a historic achievement for President Obama, and if I’m elected president, I’m going to do everything in my power to protect it and build on it.
Tim: So, like everything else, Biden looks backward rather than forward, and he continues to appear at least a step slow on the campaign trail. Here’s a compilation of 10 stumbles and bumbles from a single recent speech by the former vice president.
Joe Biden: Donald Trump and the democrogs are … demagogues around the world are learn … are leaning in to these forces over fashion and autocracy. We believe in free speech. That’s why I’ll end the gig rule, the global gag rule … with rents, money. We have to be honest about, excuse me. We’ve neglected the basics by strengthening, by strengthening, by strengthening. Folks, we’re virtually, we’re virtually energy independent. He has, he has, I don’t know how to say it … and partnerships build on cohesion, excuse me, coercion … to take on nontraditional threats, like weaponized corruption … They’ll produce emissions, reduce emissions …
Tim: Who’s on first, what’s on second, I don’t know who’s on third.