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: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team wins the World Cup and uses the opportunity to step on the flag, launch a political agenda that might turn captain Megan Rapinoe into the next America-hating Colin Kaepernick, and denounce President Trump. Rapinoe dropped the F-bomb about visiting the White House and then went on CNN and said she is, what else, a victim of Trump’s America.
Megan Rapinoe: I’m not going to the f—— White House. No. I’m not going to the White House ever … I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we’ve worked so hard to build, and the things that we fight for, and the way that we live our life. I don’t think that we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration.
Anderson Cooper: What is your message to the president?
Megan Rapinoe: I would say that, “Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me. You’re excluding people that look like me. You’re excluding people of color.”
Tim: There is living proof that we can never get away from politics as long as the left ties everything they don’t like to the evil Donald Trump, even as they should be radiating joy like they likely never will again.
The word of the day on Capitol Hill these days is “catfight.” The cadre of radical leftists led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who was never much taken with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to begin with, took its public condemnation of the House Speaker to a new level this week, saying Pelosi trying to quiet the self-immolating ramblings of A-O-C and her cohorts with a presidential election on the horizon amounts to racism.
In an interview, Pelosi said contemptuously that A-O-C and her group are stuck in a Twitter world and have few supporters. A-O-C fired back that her group is being singled out because they are women of color, an explosive charge within the party of diversity and inclusion. A-O-C later tweeted that moderate Democrats were the equivalent of segregationist senators in the 1940s. Then A-O-C was asked to explain, and Pelosi was not amused.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: It’s singling out four individuals, and knowing the media environment that we’re operating in, knowing the amount of death threats that we get, knowing the amount of concentration of attention, I think it’s just worth asking, “Why?”
Nancy Pelosi: At the request of my members, an offensive Tweet that came out of the one of the member’s offices that referenced our Blue Dogs and our New Dems essentially as segregationist, our members took offense at that. I addressed that. How they’re interpreting and carrying it to another place is up to them, but I’m not going to be discussing it any further.
Tim: So this Democratic Party, already in the grips of a presidential campaign dominated by leftist ideas that will never fly in a presidential election, are now at war with each other. Let me tell you, neither side is likely to back down. Pelosi won’t, and A-O-C and her cohorts all represent safe, almost one-party districts and care a lot more about stoking revolution than loyalty to the Democratic Party leadership. But Pelosi didn’t stop at taking on AO-C and company. She also put the worst possible face on President Trump’s attempt to do something that’s been done for most all of American history: put a citizenship question in next year’s census.
Nancy Pelosi: This is about keeping, you know, make America, you know his hat, make America white again. They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted.
Tim: Right, and those people are called “citizens.” Trump finally decided on an executive order to use existing citizenship data for multiple agencies because the left’s challenges to putting the question on the census form would have tied things up in court for who knows how long and prevented the completion of the census forms in time for the process to begin.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden remains atop the presidential primary race for the Democrats despite repeated gaffes and a feckless performance in the first round of debates. This week he said something else likely to cause trouble for him down the line, this time in stating his foreign policy goals.
Joe Biden: Extend our presence around the globe, magnify our impact, while sharing the burden of leadership with our partners. I respect no borders and cannot be contained by any walls.
Tim: The former vice president says he respects no borders, so he’s now on record for open borders … after he said he wants a greater American presence around the globe, meaning more troops. Is he even paying attention to the political landscape?
You know the presidency is not the only thing at stake in 2020. More than 500 seats are up in the House and Senate, and control of the upper and lower chambers, which is now divided. The early focus on the Senate side is Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). His race is a preview of the down and dirty yet to come between conservatives and progressives as the Senate majority leader seeks a seventh term and is being challenged by a new darling on the left, Amy McGrath, who released an ad taking dead aim at McConnell as largely responsible for the mess in Washington.
Amy McGrath (in campaign ad): Everything that’s wrong in Washington had to start someplace. Well, it started with this man who was elected a lifetime ago, and who has bit by bit, year by year, turned Washington into something we all despise, where dysfunction and chaos are political weapons, a place where ideals go to die.
Tim: So McGrath says, predictably, that old Mitch is the ultimate Swamp creature, while McConnell’s counter-ad uses McGrath’s own utterances to predictably tag her as just another liberal.
Amy McGrath (in McConnell ad): I am further left. I’m more progressive than anybody today in the state of Kentucky … And I think the wall is stupid. I mean I really do. It’s a waste of money … This is what we need in this country. They’re here. They’re not going anywhere. Let’s bring them in … Yes, I would support a move toward universal health care … I also want to go to Congress to be a voice, a voice for progressive values … Then, of course, the results of the election, and that morning I woke up, the only feeling I can describe that’s getting close to it, was the feeling I had after 911.
Tim: These, my friends, are the type of ads that will start bombarding our psyches in the months ahead.
We close with the lament of one Michelle Obama. The former first lady did an interview with the fawning, star-struck Gayle King of CBS, and, despite the praise lavished on Mrs. Obama from the time she and her husband entered the White House, she portrayed herself as, of course, a victim.
Michelle Obama: Now I’m Michelle Obama, and beloved, but for a minute there I was an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband, who was somebody to be feared. Because that was part of the political game, was that as I got more popular and started being more of an asset to my husband, it was interesting that that’s when people of all sides, and I stop to say, “People from all sides, Democrats and Republicans,” tried to take me out by the knees … I knew that I wouldn’t get the benefit of the doubt. I wouldn’t get the benefit of being treated as the gracious, honored first lady.
Tim: Another grievance from the left, from a woman who was adored by the media, heralded all over popular culture, all over magazine covers, while one of the most impressive first ladies in history by almost any measure, Melania Trump, is all but ignored. Nevertheless, Michelle Obama sees herself as a victim.
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