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Tim Donner: A few things likely slipped your notice over the holidays, and today we will bring you right up to speed. Of course, the biggest item on the agenda, impeachment, is still awaiting the delivery of the articles of impeachment from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). It will happen at some point this coming week, one suspects. And then a Senate trial will ensue, and Trump will be acquitted.
What’s not yet clear beyond that delivery date is who’s going to win the battle on how the trial is conducted — between President Donald Trump, who wants a long-drawn-out trial with tons of witnesses, and McConnell, who wants to get it over with as soon as possible.
One witness Trump would really like to have placed under the klieg lights is Joe Biden. And true to form, when the former vice president was questioned over the holidays about whether he’d comply with a subpoena to testify, likely about his dealings in Ukraine, which resulted in his son Hunter getting paid millions of dollars with no qualifications and the prosecutor investigating his son’s company fired, Biden said he’d defy a subpoena. Asked about it by editors of the Des Moines Register, the most prominent newspaper in Iowa, home of the first Democratic presidential contest, Biden doubled down.
Reporter: Do you stand by your earlier statements that you wouldn’t comply if you were subpoenaed to testify in an impeachment trial before the Senate?
Joe Biden: Correct. And the reason I wouldn’t is because it’s all designed to deal with Trump doing what he’s done his whole life, trying to take the focus off him.
Reporter: Doesn’t that position you as if you’re defying a subpoena, putting yourself above the law?
Joe Biden: But well, look, the grounds for them to call me would be overwhelmingly specious.
Tim: So Biden was clear. He will not honor a subpoena. Well, he was clear, at least until the next day, that is, when he suddenly did what he’s so often done during the campaign: reversed field.
Reporter: Would you comply with the subpoena? Would you show up?
Joe Biden: I would honor whatever the Congress in fact legitimately asked me to do.
Tim: So we are led to believe that Biden will show up under subpoena only if he decides it’s legitimate. One way or another, Trump’s beatdown on Biden for the Ukraine mess has only just begun.
Biden is still somehow leading the Democrats’ presidential race, but the other two frontrunners, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), are full-on socialists who support the Green New Deal and Medicare for all, among other economy-destroying proposals. And Bernie’s most high-profile supporter is none other than Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who said at a Bernie rally over the holidays that America under Trump is akin to Nazi Germany. And then just listen to her agenda.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: It is fascism, what we have, what we’re evolving into as well … What this campaign is about is a radical realignment of our priorities in the United States of America. It’s a movement of anti-racist black liberation activists, of immigration activists, of queer liberation activists …
Tim: You thought Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of America was frightening? That now sounds tame.
But socialists like AOC get big play in the virtue-signaling, Trump-deranged, echo-chamber media, while Trump voters get consistently condemned by the likes of Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press. Listen to what Todd said during a special Meet the Press on fake news and alternative facts with the editors of the two most prominent Trump-deranged publications in the country, New York Times and Washington Post.
Chuck Todd: I want to read you guys a letter to the editor that we found in the Lexington Herald-Leader. It was a fascinating attempt to try to explain why some people support President Trump. Here’s what he says. “Why do good people support Trump? It’s because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairytales. This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good. The more fairytales and lies he tells, the better they feel. Show me a person who believes in Noah’s Ark and I will show you a Trump voter.” Look, this gets at something, Dean, that my executive producer likes to say is, “Hey, voters want to be lied to sometimes. They don’t always love being told hard truths.”
Tim: That not only perfectly depicts the spectacular disconnect between the inside-the-Beltway media — which speak only to themselves, each other, and fellow leftists — and regular workaday Americans, but also how cowardly it is to hide your own beliefs, like Todd did, behind a letter from some unknown person. Corrupt and cowardly. That is the elite media, circa 2020.
Another thing that happened over the holidays was an editorial from the head of the magazine Christianity Today, Mark Galli, who supported the impeachment of Trump. He did that on his way out the door. He’s now retired, and he did it despite the overwhelming support Trump has enjoyed among evangelical Christians. But you will just love this response from the Reverend Al Sharpton.
Al Sharpton: The reason they’re so offended is, it’s exposing all of them, that they would take this shameless conman over the principles that they’re preaching in the holy season, as we celebrate Jesus. They would sell Jesus out if they felt they could get something from it.
Tim: Sharpton calling someone, anyone, a shameless conman is akin to Jussie Smollett attacking someone for making stuff up, or Hillary Clinton condemning someone for being unlikable, or AOC calling someone an extremist.
But as we look to the presidential election, now just ten months away, one of the keenest observers of politics has been, and continues to be, the famous left-wing filmmaker and Sanders supporter Michael Moore, who called Trump’s win in 2016 and now says Trump looks only stronger four years later.
Michael Moore: If the vote were today, I believe he would win the electoral states that he would need, because living out there, I will tell you, his level of support has not gone down one inch. In fact, I think he may be even stronger.
Tim: Trump won narrow upset victories in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, on top of big wins in Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, and Kentucky, completing a sweep of the heartland everywhere but Illinois plus a narrow loss in Minnesota. Democrats cannot win the White House in 2020 without flipping one or more of those states, but instead of trying to win back those voters who abandoned them in 2016 by promising to do better, Dems have demonized the Trump voters and done nothing to change their minds this time around.
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