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.
Tim Donner: Radical ideas have become mainstream in the Democratic Party, where 16 candidates have now thrown their hats into the presidential ring. The latest to enter the fray is New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who then went on a CNN town hall to spout a dizzying array of leftist cliches followed by a new way to describe illegal immigrants.
Kirsten Gillibrand: I believe that immigration has always been a strength of this country. Our country was largely founded by immigrants and largely built by immigrants. Our diversity has always been our strength. We have a Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor, with that beacon of light and hope, saying, “Send us your tired and your hungry. Send us your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” and that is not what we’re seeing from this president today …. What he has done on the border is inhumane and intolerable. He is separating families, children from parents. Immigration is not a security issue. It is an economic and a humanitarian and a family issue. There is no such thing as an illegal human.
Tim: So, by my count, she used five cliches before getting to the illegal human thing: immigration, always a strength of our country; our country was largely founded by immigrants; our diversity has always been our strength; Statue of Liberty, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free; and Trump is separating families at the border. As far as original thought goes, Gillibrand earns a grade of F. And if she lands even one delegate in the upcoming primaries, consider it a surprise.
And she has a whole lot of competition when it comes to political correctness among the left-wing Democratic presidential hopefuls. Fauxcahontas, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), dropped a couple of beauties this week when she was asked about the hot new issue on the left, reparations for the descendants of slaves.
Elizabeth Warren: America was founded on principles of liberty and freedom — and on the backs of slave labor. This is a stain on America, and we’re not gonna fix that, we’re not gonna change that, until we address it head-on. So I believe it’s time to start the national, full-blown conversation about reparations.
Tim: Well, try to imagine the Democratic debates where every candidate will try to outbid the other on reparations, and none of them will oppose what, until these last few months, was considered a genuinely radical idea. But Fauxcahontas wasn’t done. She also proposed a solution to the Democrats losing two presidential elections this century, despite winning the popular vote, starting with yet another left-wing cliché.
Elizabeth Warren: Every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College and [applause] every vote counts.
Tim: Right. And then all the candidates can ignore those fly-over folks who had the audacity to vote for Trump and campaign only in big metropolitan areas, which is exactly what the framers of the Constitution sought to avoid.
Then there was Spartacus, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who tried to avoid calling himself an out-and-out capitalist by using a really clever turn of phrase that was mocked by leftist Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
Chris Matthews: What’s wrong with being for capitalism?
Cory Booker: I am for capitalism. I’m tired of companies engaging in socialism where they outsource —
where they outsource their cost —
Matthews: Okay, I agree. I know —
Booker: They outsource their cost — on society.
Matthews: — that’s a good rhetorical flourish.
Tim: I have to say, that’s a new one. I am a capitalist, but I’m tired of companies engaging in socialism by outsourcing, or something like that.
Then there was the buffoonery of Joe Biden, who is supposedly set to enter the presidential race anytime now. Here’s a guy whose malaprops have all but defined his political career — you can’t go into a 7-Eleven unless you’ve got a slight Indian accent, asking a guy in a wheelchair to stand up, saying “God rest her soul” of a woman who’s still alive. So it was strikingly appropriate that the former vice president would commit yet another verbal gaffe about his very entrance into the presidential race. He has conspicuously not been an announced candidate, but he slipped and said he is, while jumping on the far left progressive bandwagon, of course.
Joe Biden: I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the United … of anybody who would run. [applause] I didn’t mean ….
Tim: What a group. The Democratic debates, the first less than three months away, will undoubtedly be an exercise in progressive one-upsmanship. Who is the most radical and who hates Trump the most?
After the massacres in two New Zealand mosques recently that killed 50 people and injured scores of others, the fact that the perpetrator mentioned Trump once in his 70-page manifesto was enough for the left to pin the blame for a horror show on the other side of the world on, of course, the 45th president.
Joy Reid (MSNBC): Donald Trump’s derogatory comments about Muslims and his refusal to condemn white supremacy have undermined America’s moral authority when events like what happened in New Zealand take place.
Jim Acosta (CNN): Other tough questions, whether the president is emboldening right-wing extremism with his immigration rhetoric.
Ned Price (NBC): This is a president who has given plenty of rhetorical ammunition, I think, to terrorists like this.
Tim: Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s chief of staff, condemned the condemners, saying the mention of Trump by the madman who pulled off the New Zealand massacre as a symbol of white identity, was not the end of what he said about Trump.
Mick Mulvaney: The next sentence was, what about his policies and as a leader, and he said, “Dear God, no.” I don’t think it’s fair to cast this person as a supporter of Donald Trump any more than it is to look at his sort of eco-terrorist passages in that manifesto and align him with Nancy Pelosi or Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. This was a disturbed individual, an evil person, and to tie him to an American politician of either party probably ignores some of the deeper difficulties that this sort of activity exposes.
Tim: So that was a good answer. But then Mulvaney made a classic mistake in responding to the left’s description of Trump.
Mick Mulvaney: The president is not a white supremacist. I’m not sure how many times we have to say that.
Tim: Now Mulvaney should know by now that you don’t respond to a scurrilous charge by repeating the charge. If I call you a pedophile, you don’t respond by saying, I’m not a pedophile. But Mulvaney’s defensive statement that Trump is not a white supremacist was, of course, the headline.
The president has been more active than ever on Twitter, especially last weekend when he went on a Twitter binge. And one tweet was based on a statement by former independent counsel Ken Starr about one of Trump’s least favorite persons in life and death, John McCain. The senator from Arizona sent an envoy to the U.K. to pick up the infamous scurrilous and discredited Trump dossier that then became the basis for the almost two-year special counsel investigation.
Ken Starr: I really am disappointed that now Sen. McCain, who’s a great man, I knew him, I admire him, I think he was an American hero. But I’m very sorry that he got implicated in this in terms of spreading this really nasty stuff around.
Tim: So Trump took the opportunity to tweet out a nasty-gram about McCain, and McCain’s daughter Meghan sent out her own insulting tweet and then went ballistic as co-host of The View.
Meghan McCain: He spends his weekend obsessing over great men because he knows it, and I know it, and all of you know it, he will never be a great man. And so, [applause] my father was his kryptonite in life, he’s his kryptonite in death.
Tim: Right. So let’s just forget that it was Meghan McCain’s father who first unleashed the fury of the Trump dossier and brought us down a road that has Balkanized the nation. Oh, and let’s just forget that McCain’s single vote killed the repeal of Obamacare hours after he promised to vote in favor. But he’s a real hero.
Now how biased is the establishment media? Well, it’s one thing for conservatives to call out the obvious hatred for Trump in the media, but quite another when the same point is made by a guy who’s a member of the legacy media and has been for decades: longtime host of ABC’s Nightline and a contributor on CBS News, Ted Koppel.
Ted Koppel: I’m terribly concerned that when you talk about The New York Times these days, when you talk about The Washington Post these days, we’re not talking about The New York Times of 50 years ago. We are not talking about The Washington Post of 50 years ago. We’re talking about organizations that I believe have in fact decided, as organizations, that Donald J. Trump is bad for the United States. But the notion that most of us look upon Donald Trump as being an absolute fiasco? He’s not mistaken in that perception, and he’s not mistaken when so many of the liberal media, for example, describe themselves as belonging to the resistance.
Tim: It is likely only because Koppel is 79 years old and in semi-retirement that he has the guts to call out the transparent bias of his compatriots in the establishment media, but rest assured he will be scorned for it.
Finally, we come to the death of late-night comedy, which has degraded to bitter political daggers singularly aimed at Donald Trump on most of these shows, and a remnant of the old days when people watched late-night TV to escape the world and laugh a little. Jay Leno went on The View and said what viewers are undoubtedly thinking.
Joy Behar: You don’t like the idea that the late-night comics are so one-sided, is that true?
Jay Leno: Well, no, it’s not I don’t like the idea. It’s just the fact that all the jokes, it’s kind of the same joke. You’re all kind of doing a different version of the same joke …. To me, I always like to humiliate and degrade both sides equally …. See, I did it when Clinton was horny and Bush was dumb, and it was what we call a simpler time.
Tim: Not anymore. And that goes for Saturday Night Live, another target of Trump’s recent tweets. It was once side-splittingly funny must-see TV but now is just another vessel for leftists in the TV industry to attack Trump. But I will say, there’s one exception, Jimmy Fallon, who continues to be hilarious while making fun of Trump the way a comic should make fun of him, with a light touch leading to laughs instead of applause. After all, there’s a treasure trove of comic material there, even for people who are Trump supporters.