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: In a busy week in the world of politics – there’s something new – we saw another one of those obscure district court judges rule that President Trump cannot stop people from entering the country when they’re breaking the law. Trump ruffled feathers by essentially exonerating Saudi Arabia in the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi for the sake of the American economy, and the stock market took a nose-dive. We’ll get to all of that, but we’ll start with the non-concession concession by defeated Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who leveled serious charges of racist voter suppression against her victorious opponent, Brian Kemp.
Stacey Abrams: Citizens tried to exercise their constitutional rights and were still denied the ability to elect their leaders. Under the watch of the now former secretary of state, democracy failed Georgia. I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election. But to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in the state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling. So let’s be clear, this is not a speech of concession.
Tim: And so, confidence in the electoral process and on the fairness of voting will take another hit. Amid polls showing that the constant accusations of Russian meddling in 2016 put forward by the Democrats, and, of course, the appointment of a special counsel to investigate it, some 40% of voters believe Russia tampered with the votes in 2016. And again, some 40% do not have confidence their votes will be counted fairly.
But that story was quickly overshadowed by another one of those obscure district court judges looking for his 15 minutes of fame. Judge Jon S. Tigar, no relation to the character in Winnie the Pooh, I presume, from (where else?) San Francisco, issued a nationwide restraining order barring enforcement of the policy President Trump announced on Nov. 8, limiting asylum seekers to legal checkpoints. So what is customs and border enforcement supposed to do now when the caravan arrives? CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said on Fox News that this heavily male caravan represents a genuine threat.
Kevin McAleenan: This is a different kind of caravan. This is a very large group. It’s cohesive. It’s primarily adult males. We’ve seen them cross two international borders, by force, already. They’ve assaulted law enforcement professionals, both in Guatemala and Mexico. We’ve seen them be willing to use very aggressive tactics, and so we’ve got to be prepared for that. The worst case contingency would be thousands of people trying to force their way through vehicle lanes at a port of entry, unlawfully, into the U.S. And that’s what we’re prepared to stop.
Tim: Already, the folks in the Mexican border town of Tijuana have made clear that the caravaners are not welcome there. But just as that story got heated up, Trump raised a ruckus by saying, despite plentiful evidence and reason to believe that the Saudi royal family was involved in, or even masterminded, the murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi, the president is not making any sudden moves against them.
President Trump: It’s America first to me; it’s all about America first. We’re not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars in orders and let Russia, China, and everybody else have them. Saudi Arabia, if we broke with them, I think your oil prices would go through the roof. I’ve kept them down. They’re buying hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of things from this country. If I say, we don’t want to take your business, if I say, we’re going to cut it off, they will get the equipment, military equipment, and other things, from Russia and China. I’m not going to destroy the world economy, and I’m not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia.
Our relationship with Saudi Arabia is, and always has been, about money…
Tim: So Trump, once again, is saying what every other politician thought but never stated. And he’s getting hammered for it by high-minded politicians in both parties who say we have to stand up for American principles. As if our relationship with Saudi Arabia is based on any kind of principle to begin with. We get cheap oil from them, and they’re a relatively stable pro-American regime in a region full of corrupt authoritarian regimes, including theirs. Our relationship with Saudi Arabia is, and always has been, about money, plain and simple. And it exists, not because of but in spite of the ruling House of Saud.
Now, just as the Trump Saudi Arabia story was breaking, the stock market tanked, dropping almost a thousand points early in the week, largely due to a plunge in tech stocks. The new term is the FAANG stocks, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google. But Trump’s chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said to hold the panic.
Larry Kudlow: The economy, the basic economy, has reawakened, and it’s going to stay there. I’m reading some of the weirdest stuff, how recession is around the corner. Nonsense. My personal view, our administration’s view, recession is so far in the distance I can’t see it.
Tim: We can only hope.
We close with another statement demonstrating how the left has moved on from condemning Trump to condemning the 62 million people who voted for him. The latest on CNN from once respectable liberal Kirsten Powers aimed at white women:
Kirsten Powers: They’ll say, well, I’m not racist. I just voted for him because I didn’t like Hillary Clinton. And I just want to say that that’s not … that doesn’t make you not racist, it actually makes you racist.
Tim: So the, what, 25 million or so white women who voted for Trump are not just deplorable and irredeemable but outright racist? That word used to mean something, but it has now been used so often by the left as to be rendered meaningless. And it says little about Trump and everything about leftists who continue to treat Trump as if he is an illegitimate president, tearing the world apart, when in actuality he’s tearing their world apart.