Tuesday, June 14, 2022

2000 Mules By Dinesh D'Souza

D’Souza’s ‘2000 Mules’ Sends ‘Fact-Checkers’ In Panic Mode By Chanel Rion

Source: https://www.oann.com/dsouzas-2000-mules-sends-fact-checkers-in-panic-mode/

May 10, 2022

True the Vote and Dinesh D’Souza corroborate allegations of voter fraud with concrete data in their film “2000 Mules.” One America’s Chief White House Correspondent Chanel Rion has more from Washington.

‘2000 Mules’ Offers Bold Claims About The 2020 Election By Daniel Baldwin

Source: https://www.oann.com/2000-mules-offers-bold-claims-about-the-2020-election/

May 10, 2022

The new film “2000 Mules”, directed by conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, offers a closer examination of the 2020 Election. Buoyed by True the Vote’s research, D’Souza posits that 2000 mules, people who collect and return mail-in ballots, were paid to stuff dropboxes across five primary swing states.

True the Vote, a nonprofit organization based in Texas, offers up evidence based on combining $2 million worth of anonymized cell phone geolocation data with four million minutes of government surveillance video obtained via a public records request. The group drew a virtual boundary around dropboxes and nongovernment organizations in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Georgia. Doing so helped True the Vote identify unique cell phones that repeatedly visited dropbox locations and NGOs ahead of the 2020 Election.

True the Vote founder Catherine Englebrecht and election intelligence investigator Gregg Phillips walk D’Souza through their findings during the film. If a cellphone “pinged” near a dropbox more than 10 times and an NGO more than five times from Oct. 1 to Election Day, True the Vote classified the cellphone owner as a mule.

Based on this classification, the group asserted 380,000 fraudulent votes were cast in the 2020 Election. True the Vote’s data claims illegal ballot trafficking materially swung Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania all for President Joe Biden. Without these votes, True the Vote claims former President Donald Trump would have claimed 279 electoral votes.

However, fact checkers have pointed out that the film only offers evidence of payment from one unidentified whistleblower in Arizona. Critics say “2000 Mules” lacks any substantial evidence for illegal payments occurring in the other four states. Additionally, Politifact argues geospatial data from cell phones does not offer the precision necessary to confirm that a person submitted a ballot to a dropbox. The fact-checking website asserts this data only shows that a person came within a short distance of the dropbox. The Department of Homeland Security has called the 2020 Election “the most secure in American history.”

Fox News Is Headed For Disaster: Dinesh D'Souza just exposed the treachery of the corporate media "conservatives" By Emerald Robinson

Source: https://emeralddb3.substack.com/p/fox-news-is-headed-for-disaster?s=r&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

May 10, 2022

Fox News has been on a collision course with its own audience since the stolen 2020 election — and you can almost feel the impact coming. The network has made so many dumb bets lately that it’s like watching a busload of trailer park residents get offloaded to play the nickel slots in Reno. All you can do is shake your head as you think: I know they’re all going bankrupt, and they’re already bankrupt. It’s been perfectly obvious for years now that Rupert Murdoch and his feckless sons turned against President Trump and actually helped Joe Biden — which is not just unforgivable. It’s unsustainable.

Why? Because it requires the silence of other prominent conservatives, and the short term memories of GOP voters, to allow Fox News to continue pretending that it’s a conservative news network. Guess what: GOP voters have not forgotten about Fox News calling Arizona early — and prominent conservatives are no longer interested in ignoring Fox’s treachery.

Case in point: Dinesh D’Souza dropped several bombshells on Twitter recently that illustrate that Fox News has nowhere left to hide.

This sort of thing would be unthinkable just a few years ago. D’Souza’s tweet virtually guarantees that he will never appear on any Fox News program again. He will be black-listed — a common practice at Fox (just ask Rudy Giuliani and Marjorie Taylor Greene and Peter Navarro). Dinesh knew all of this and did it anyway — and that should tell you something. (He even tagged a Fox producer on Tucker’s team to name and shame him.) Fox has lost its monopoly power on the Right, and it’s no longer immune from criticism by the conservative community.

That hasn’t stopped Fox News from trying to cut D’Souza out of his own documentary in order to present the work as its own. Just watch this explosive video.

Fox News might as well be Helen Keller right now: it can’t see or hear anything about the stolen election. So it cannot allow Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary “2000 Mules” to be mentioned on their shows because Fox News told its audience for the last 18 months that election fraud was a myth pushed by conspiracy theorists.

You do remember that, don’t you?

The real reason that “2000 Mules” is being ignored by the conservative corporate media and the liberal corporate media is because it’s true. The stolen 2020 election was the largest political interference operation ever conducted in America. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s charity spent more than $400 million to create a private election system in swing states — and he was hardly alone. It took massive coordination from both political parties and the corporate media and federal law enforcement and left-wing NGO’s to thwart the will of the American people in 2020.

The problem for both political parties and the corporate media and federal law enforcement and left-wing NGO’s is that they pulled it off but they got caught doing it. The fraud was much too pervasive and public to be kept secret. That’s why “2000 Mules” is creating such an awkward moment at Fox News. Our corrupt institutions have no idea what to do next. They can't admit to the fraud — but they also can't dismiss the evidence. (They tried for the last 18 months and it didn’t work.) They have to pretend now that nothing is happening and they have to keep pretending until 2024.

It’s one thing for the FBI to gaslight the American people. (That’s their specialty.) It’s a whole different matter for Fox News to spit in the face of its own audience for the next three years and call it rain. Fox executives are not going to allow Trump’s rallies to be aired on their channel; they’re not going to apologize for pushing Biden’s vaccine mandates; and they’re not going to allow election fraud to be discussed.

Add it all together: it’s a losing hand.

Fox News can bully GOP politicians and conservative influencers into silence because it threaten to blacklist them — but social media now makes that sort of “top down” control irrelevant. It’s easy to shut down Lou Dobbs — he’s under contract. How do you shut down Catturd? Or Rising Serpent? There’s too many people to bully now.

And the truth can break out from anywhere — even from the comments section of a tweet from an anonymous account.

Fox News doesn’t want to cover election fraud because the GOP establishment doesn’t want to find election fraud when it involves cheating to defeat Donald Trump. Fox News is the voice of the GOP establishment. (That’s why Rupert Murdoch has secret meetings with Bill Barr rather than Trump at his home during the Trump Administration.) Fox News is the voice of Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham and Mike Pence and Bill Barr and a bunch of other unpopular politicians who want rid of President Trump permanently.

In other words, Fox News is the voice of the uniparty regime in Washington.

That regime doesn’t have any GOP voters left. Look at McConnell’s poll numbers. Look at Pence’s poll numbers. Trump just endorsed a bunch of primary candidates and they just swept through the GOP establishment’s picks like Hunter Biden at a strip club. The GOP establishment has the voting machines, but it doesn’t have any voters.

Fox News is not on the side of the GOP voters — but they do rely on them. So they’re caught, and everybody knows it. That’s why Fox wants to strong-arm conservative influencers like D’Souza into letting it appropriate his content on voter fraud — they need to pretend to care for the sake of the audience. Just watch D’Souza’s podcast video again, and listen to what he tells you: Fox News knows that they “can crucify him” and so he has to “stay on the reservation” or he will be banned. Tucker’s executive producer (D’Souza claims) responded to D’Souza’s declining their strong-arm “offer” by telling D’Souza that “he was finished” and that Fox would “teach him a lesson.”

That’s a threat that had teeth before 2020. Now it just sounds like hollow threats from gutless people. The world has changed. The people who are going to get taught a lesson in the next few years are at Fox News.

Politickle By F.R. Duplantier

Source: https://politickles.com/blog/your-weekly-politickle-2000-mules/

May 16, 2022

2000 MULES
They were paid to deliver the votes,
So to change the results of the totes,
Stuffing box after box
Over multiple blocks,
Thus creating the Joe Biden bloats.

The election was just as we thought, it
Was tainted by mountains of fraud, it
Was stolen from Trump
On behalf of a chump,
And that’s just a single state’s audit.

When we went to the auditorium
To demand an audit from all of them,
Public servants said no
’Cause they knew it would show
There should be a total recall of them.

If the number of voters is x
And the number who do vote half x,
I’m afraid I can’t see
How it ever could be
That the total votes cast is 2x.

(to the tune of “Copacabana)

The vote was stolen
It wasn’t chosen
With ballots gathered from the air
And addresses from nowhere

They were McCain-ites
And dirty low-lifes
And while they tried to distort
Even still they came up short

They cleared the crowded floor
And they worked behind closed doors
They were dumb and they had no other
Chance to add some votes

Maricopa, Arizona
A virus that’s worse than Corona
Corruption and treason
Were always in season
Maricopa, they broke the law.

“We’ve got lots of explaining to do,
As the scandal’s far worse than we knew.
This was no accident,
This stage-managed event:
What we have on our hands is a coup!”

It was late, Donald Trump way ahead,
So I called it a night, went to bed;
While I slept, an odd “glitch”
And improbable switch
Made Joe Biden the winner instead!

“I admit I’m a little distraught
That your friends and mine finally got caught,”
I said in palaver
With a fellow cadaver,
“But we voted more times than I thought.”

What polls tell us is probably wrong,
As we’ll find out before very long:
They can’t measure the grace
That’s inspiring this race
And making the patriots strong.

As a voter, I used to rejoice
At the franchise that gave me a voice,
But the system’s now fixed
And my own vote is nixed
By a fraudulent balloter’s choice.

“An illegal, a felon, a tot,
A nonresident, even a bot:
They should all get to vote
And be part of the tote,
Whether living or human or not.”

“Immigration concerns are what spur us,
Opposition will never deter us,
And the line of the souls
Heading out to the polls
Stretches all the way down to Honduras.”

When a voter votes multiple times
And is “punished” for multiple crimes
With a sentence commuted,
Are not others recruited
Likewise to vote multiple times?

Though his body will surely decay,
A dead Democrat’s ballot may stay:
He moves in with the moles,
But remains on the rolls
And continues to vote anyway.

“We’ll be summoned from slumberous state
To endorse the biennial slate;
Then it’s back to the grave,
Where we’ll try to behave
‘Til another electoral date!”

The polls open and who comes in?
Mary Poppins and Mickey Finn,
Then Betty Boop
And Alley Oop,
Sherlock Holmes and Gunga Din!

To ensure that the balloting may
Proceed in an orderly way:
On Tuesday, please note,
All Republicans vote –
And all Democrats on the next day.

“Our Party is poised to prevail
With this new registration by mail:
All corpses and cats
Are staunch Democrats,
So our candidates simply can’t fail!”

If free markets are something you dread,
Our Constitution is over your head,
And American history
To you is a mystery,
On election day, please, stay in bed!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Exclusive — Rick Scott on 11-Point Plan with 128 Promises from Republicans: ‘We Win Elections by Having Plans’ By Matthew Boyle

Source: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/02/22/rick-scott-11-point-plan-republicans-win-elections-plans/

22 Feb 2022

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) on Tuesday morning released an 11-point broad vision for Republicans if and when they retake control in Washington, complete with 128 specific policy promises to voters.

The plan from Scott represents possibly the clearest overarching view any Republican has offered ahead of the 2022 midterm elections on the party’s vision for the future and has clear endorsements upon its release from top party leaders. It also signals a clear shift in the GOP towards culture war issues that motivate voters and a serious effort to confront and address the litany of problems facing American society today. The plan, which Scott and his team previewed for Breitbart News ahead of its public release, is published here and is available for the public to see at the website RescueAmerica.com, which Scott launched to roll out the proposal.

Scott, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), released the plan in his personal capacity from his own campaign — and told Breitbart News in a lengthy interview on Monday evening previewing its release that he views it as a clear-eyed attempt to steer the country back from the brink.

11-Point Plan to Rescue Ame… by Breitbart News

“Here’s why I’m doing it. I’m a business guy. In business, what I’ve always done is I figure out my business plan, and then I worked my plan — that’s what I’ve always done, and I’ve always had success,” Scott told Breitbart News. “I did the same thing when I ran in 2010 for governor. I wrote my plan. I worked my plan. Then I implemented it when I became governor, and we turned around the state of Florida. I am the same way — I have a plan at the NRSC. I have a plan for my job as a U.S. senator, and this is my plan for how we’re going to turn around the country. I think our country is in deep trouble. I think we’re not going to turn it around if we don’t have a plan to do it. It’s what I believe in, and I think it’s what Republicans if we talk about things that people would like Republicans to talk about it. We’ll see, and people will give me different ideas about what they believe in, but it’s got to be what people believe in. I believe we win elections by having plans.”

Several of the specific policy proposals in the plan take key culture war issues like immigration, election integrity, big tech, transgenderism, education, leftist racial insanity, and the rising crime wave sweeping the nation head-on in ways Republicans have not previously as a party. For instance, regarding efforts by many of the left to normalize transgenderism among children, the Scott plan specifically states that Republicans will deliver on this: “No doctor will be allowed to perform irreversible surgical or gender-altering procedures on any minor child. Once they become adults, they can do what they wish.”

Or regarding immigration, Scott’s plan explicitly rules out any mass amnesty proposal or bigger “comprehensive” immigration reform pitch until lawlessness on the border is halted completely: “We will oppose all ‘comprehensive’ immigration reform measures until we stop the lawlessness on our border, and our border is secured.” That view is very different than the GOP of just a few years ago, which as recently as 2013 — in the wake of now-former President Barack Obama’s reelection — widely embraced efforts for amnesty as the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill passed the U.S. Senate nine years ago with 14 Republican votes. It is worth noting only five of those Republicans are left, and at least two, probably three, of them would never vote for that bill again.

The plan also calls to finish former President Donald Trump’s border wall and even says that Republicans will seek to rename the wall after Trump. “He’s done more to focus on border security than any president I know of,” Scott said of why he wants to name the border wall after Trump.

He said he had not spoken to the former president about it yet, but “I’ve got a call into him.”

The plan is titled “An 11 Point Plan to Rescue America: What Americans Must Do to Save This Country,” and the entirety of it spans more than 60 pages. The second page of the document has a quote from Scott saying why he is doing this: “Americans deserve to know what we will do given the chance to govern.”

The document opens with a letter from Scott explaining the stakes and how the “militant left” controls Washington, the media, Hollywood, academia, and many companies while “redefining America and silencing their opponents.”

“Roaring inflation, the dangerous mismanagement of our border, the disastrous escalation of spending and debt, the shamefully inept withdrawal from Afghanistan, the use of public schools for left-wing indoctrination, and the incredible lawlessness on our streets… Americans are angry, and rightfully so,” Scott writes in the letter opening the document. “As a result, the American people are very likely to put Republicans in control of the Senate and House in 2022. But then, what? If Republicans return to Washington’s business as usual, if we have no bigger plan than to be a speed bump on the road to America’s collapse, we don’t deserve to govern. We must resolve to aim higher than the Republican Congresses that came before us. Americans deserve to know what we will do.”

The next page shows the U.S. Constitution burning with the headline “The Hour is Late for America” before listing out several bullet points demonstrating what is wrong in the country under Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration and complete Democrat control in Congress. After that, the plan to “Rescue America” opens with several pages explaining the 11 broad overarching points — then the later pages go into granular detail on each point.

Scott’s decision to release such a plan does run counter to Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell’s publicly stated view that Republicans should not, in his opinion, lay out broad promises to the public.

“That is a very good question,” McConnell recently told NBC News when asked what Republicans would do if they win back the majority. “And I’ll let you know when we take it back. … This midterm election will be a report card on the performance of this entire Democratic government: the president, the House and the Senate.”

McConnell has made similar points in other interviews and commentary, arguing that 2022 should be all about bashing Democrats and not what Republicans will do when they get there. But many top Republicans have disagreed with McConnell on this point. His counterpart on the House side, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, told Breitbart News in December in a broad video special interview published in early January that he does not agree with McConnell.

“I have a different view. I don’t think majorities are given, I think they are earned,” McCarthy said back then. “I think you also should be very truthful to the American public about what would you do with that majority. It’s not just being in the majority for the sake of being in the majority. You’re being in the majority to make America better.”

Scott, in rolling out this plan, told Breitbart News in his interview Monday afternoon that he does not see much daylight between himself and McConnell on this matter.

“I think Mitch McConnell is right about how this election will be mostly about Biden’s failures, and I talked to Mitch about how I’m doing this and he said he thinks it’s right that campaigns that have agendas to win, and I hope people will look at this and see if some of this will fit for some of their individual races,” Scott said.

Asked more about that matter and how McCarthy has laid out his plan in his Breitbart News interview, Scott said he does not see disagreement between him and McConnell on this point.

In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), speaks to reporters briefly following a closed-door meeting where the Republican Conference held leadership elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

“Kevin is going to put out a plan — I think McConnell is right in that a lot of this election will be about the failure of Biden,” Scott said. “That’s what this midterm is, a referendum on the president. But I do believe that it’s important to talk to people about what you’re doing and then do it. I think it’s important that Republicans do that, and I talked to McConnell. He doesn’t disagree that the campaigns that need to are going to have what they’re for. So I don’t think there’s disagreement.”

Scott’s plan also has some heavy GOP firepower on board from the outset too. Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement provided to Breitbart News that she wholeheartedly backs the plan.

“Joe Biden and Democrats have made life more expensive and less safe for families across America,” McDaniel said. “Republicans like Senator Rick Scott have real solutions to put us back on track. From lowering costs and creating jobs, to supporting police and securing the border, Republicans are offering a clear plan to protect and reinvigorate the America we know and love.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the architect of the 1994 House GOP takeover with the Contract with America, in a statement provided to Breitbart News also endorsed Scott’s vision for the GOP while comparing it to that historic plan he released decades ago.

“Rick Scott’s Rescue America Plan is a very important contribution toward a positive, problem-solving Republican Party,” Gingrich said. “Like the Contract with America, it will help win the election and also, even more importantly, serve as a blueprint for the new Republican majority to focus on solving problems and creating a dramatically better American future. It is a very important step toward getting America back on track toward a more prosperous, freer and safer future.”

Scott also told Breitbart News that “we’ll see” when asked if he expects many GOP senators and candidates to endorse his vision for the party and the country.

“These are things I’m going to talk about. I’m sure everybody is going to talk about different things, but my goal when we get the majority is let’s do something,” Scott said. “Let’s actually accomplish something, and I’m a business guy, so this is what I do. I write plans. I enact plans. This is how I actually get success. That’s what I want to get done for this country. This is a country where there’s no place for me to move. I’ve lived in eight states to try to find the best place. I think I live in the best place right now, which is Florida, but I want to fix this country.”

Scott added too that some might not like that he is laying it out there this clearly, but he is doing it anyway because he thinks the country needs it.

“Some people are going to hate that I’m pushing to have a conversation on these things, but it’s the right thing to do,” Scott said. “If you’re going to get anywhere, you got to have a plan to do it.”

The number-one point out of the 11 broad points in the plan is “Education,” a huge focus of the party after Virginia GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in November 2021.

In it, Scott’s plan backs school choice wholeheartedly — but then also takes the GOP a step further in leaning into protecting parents and children from the clutches of the left.

“Kids in public schools will say the Pledge of Allegiance, stand for the National Anthem, and honor the American Flag. We must foster national unity,” Scott’s plan says.

It adds in a later point, “No child will be taught they are inherently racist because of the color of their skin, or that some Americans are oppressors and others are oppressed.”

Scott told Breitbart News that the reason he put education first in the document is that it is the single most important thing society can provide American youths to have an opportunity for success in life.

“The things that impact a family the most are three things: self-sufficiency, that could be a job or that could be inflation or how things cost too much or things like that,” Scott said in his interview. “So that first thing is financial. The next thing is their kids’ educations, whether you’re talking about critical race theory or you’re talking about school choice — all those things — what every family wants is their kid to have a shot at the dream because they know that’s the dream. Education is the way out of poverty. I lived it. I grew up in public housing with a single mom, and education is how I was able to figure it out. Then, the third thing is going to be, do you feel safe? That could be the police, that could be a strong military, that could be fighting drugs, that could be securing the border, but I think it all sort of comes down to those things. When I grew up, we said the Pledge of Allegiance every day. We saluted the flag. We didn’t trash our forefathers. We didn’t have enough school choice, but I think parents — rich parents get to choose their kids’ schools — all parents ought to get to choose their kids’ schools.”

Point two in the 11-point document pushes for “Color Blind Equality” and has specific policy recommendations like banning checkboxes on federal government forms for people to identify their race. A different form of the “Ban the Box” campaign — something that ex-cons have used to try to remove such boxes identifying criminal history reporting requirements from job applications — Scott’s plan aims to remove racial reporting requirements from federal forms.

“Government will not ask American citizens to disclose their race, ethnicity, or skin color on any government form,” Scott’s plan says, adding that “no government policy can be based on race or ethnicity.”

“Our military will engage in ZERO diversity training, teachings on critical race theory, or any woke ideological indoctrination that divides our troops. Our fighting force must be completely united and completely colorblind,” Scott’s plan continues, adding that anyone in military leadership who does prioritize race over national security will be relieved of their command.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference being held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The plan would also bar colleges and universities from using race and ethnicity as a factor in determining admissions, and any that do not comply would lose federal funding and their tax-exempt statuses.

Point three in the Scott plan focuses on “Safety/Crime” and calls for stopping Democrat efforts to defund police. Among other specific policy recommendations in this part, the plan says Republicans will “support mandatory strict minimum sentences for all assaults involving serious injury to law enforcement officers.”

“We will demand a nationwide crackdown on theft and violent crime by imposing stiffer penalties so we can restore law and order to our city streets,” a later point adds.

Scott told Breitbart News that it is very simple how to end the crime wave: “Enforce the law.”

“First off, the police are the good guys and the criminals are the bad guys,” Scott said. “You need to teach our kids how to respect the police. We’ve got to fund law enforcement and then we need to prosecute people for their crimes and if you have a prosecutor who’s unwilling to prosecute or enforce the law, you fire them. I did this when I was governor. I had state attorneys that got elected with a plan to not enforce the law and so I took away their cases. That’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to start standing up for what we believe in.”

Point four in the plan is immigration. Here, there are many interesting points that Republicans are now openly embracing as a party in addition to the aforementioned pledge of explicitly opposing comprehensive immigration legislation until the border is secured. In addition to explicitly stating that the border must be secured and that Americans are reasonable to expect border controls to stop illegal immigration, the plan explicitly states that nobody has a “right” to come to America. This means Republicans are beginning to think through who should be allowed into America legally and why they should be allowed in.

“Many potential immigrants love America,” the plan states. “Those who don’t will not be allowed to come here. This is our country, and no one has a ‘right’ to come to America.”

The plan also targets immigrants using welfare upon entering the country, banning it for at least seven years upon entrance. “Immigrants will not be eligible to collect unemployment benefits or welfare for the first 7 years after arriving in the US,” the plan states, also adding: “We will stop incentivizing people to come to America to receive government benefits. We have plenty of welfare recipients – we need productive citizens instead.”

“I think we need to stop the problem first,” Scott said of the hard-core vision he is laying out for the party on immigration. “I’m from an immigration state. We like immigration — legal immigration. But right now, who’s getting hurt? Who’s getting hurt when people come here illegally? It’s people who are in the system trying to figure out how to become legal citizens. The easy thing now is to just come across our southern border — take a flight to Mexico City, or take a flight somewhere close to the southern border, take an Uber and then walk across the border. That’s not the way you fix immigration. You exacerbate the problem. I think we’ve got to finish the wall, we’ve got to have border security, and then we start tackling immigration. It will not be easy to fix immigration, but the first thing we ought to say to ourselves is we want people to come to our country who believe in our country and believe in capitalism and that are exceptional and want to be independent.”

The fifth point of Scott’s plan focuses on “Economy/Growth,” and also has some bold provisions for Republicans.

“Socialism will be treated as a foreign combatant which aims to destroy our prosperity and freedom,” reads the first proposal under this point, that also calls for, among other things, eliminating non-essential government employees, implementing a line-item veto at the federal level, and banning pay for members of Congress if they fail to pass a budget.

Point six in Scott’s plan focuses on “Government Reform/Debt” and, like the others, has some big proposals for the GOP including a call to ban any former elected officials from serving as lobbyists altogether, enacting 12-year term limits for Congress, moving most federal agencies out of Washington, DC, and sunsetting all federal legislation every five years forcing Congress to pass everything again if it is worth keeping. The sixth point also includes several provisions to begin tackling America’s runaway national debt, including forcing the government to make payments now, including by selling off excess government buildings, land, and assets to do so.

“If you think about it, when I grew up, we didn’t have $30 trillion worth of debt,” Scott told Breitbart News. “In my schools, they didn’t teach that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were evil racists. We didn’t trash our country. We were taught that you had to listen to our elders and you had to listen to law enforcement and you didn’t want to ever violate the law and it wasn’t — the law probably wasn’t as bad as my mom was. My mom would have been just livid if I ever did something wrong. The country is in trouble — $30 trillion worth of debt. I don’t know if you followed, but I blocked the postal reform bill. Do you know what the postal reform bill did? It did nothing to increase revenues, nothing to reduce costs, it did nothing to create efficiencies, but it took liabilities off the balance sheet of the postal service and put them onto the balance sheet of Medicare, and people act like we did something.”

In Washington, Scott said, politicians regularly act like they are actually doing something when whatever proposal they are considering does not do what they say it does. He pointed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s “anti-China bill” that passed the Senate last year as an example as it does nothing to combat China — and just spends hundreds of billions more dollars on wasteful projects.

“That’s what they do — I’ve been up there three years,” Scott said. “They had a ‘China bill.’ They put a nice title on it. But it doesn’t do anything to counteract China — it wastes $250 billion.”

Point seven of Scott’s plan zones in on election integrity, and in it, he calls for a national voter ID plan and for banning ballot harvesting everywhere. It also calls for banning unmanned or unmonitored ballot drop boxes in public areas, and for barring public financing of campaigns — as well as making it illegal to count ballots that arrive after election day.

“Ballots can only be submitted to a polling location by a voter or the post office. No ballots that show up after election day will be counted, ever,” the plan continues.

The eighth point in Scott’s plan encourages “Family” policies, and in it, Scott calls for a system that encourages marriage and discourages abortion. In this section, Scott calls for strict penalties for “deadbeat dads” who avoid child support payments: “We will make it impossible for deadbeat dads to avoid paying child support – beginning with paternity. They will either pay up or go to jail, with no other options.”

The next point, the ninth in Scott’s plan, is titled “Gender, Life, Science,” and further fleshes out anti-abortion views and combats transgenderism’s harmful effects on society.

“Abortion kills human children. To deny that is to deny science,” the plan states, adding, “Whether you believe in God or not, as a civilized people who accept science, we must protect babies, born and unborn, from all acts of violence.”

It also says, “All government policies will favor having more babies adopted, not aborted.” When it comes to transgenderism, Scott’s plan also states clearly that, scientifically, there are only two genders.

“Humans are born male and female, there are two genders, and to deny that is to deny science,” Scott’s plan states, adding that his plan will ban government forms from having any questions of Americans about “gender identity” or “sexual preference.”

Also, in addition to the aforementioned ban on medical procedures on children that would alter a child’s gender, Scott’s plan includes a clear vision on protecting women’s sports from biological men. “We will protect women’s sports by banning biological males from competing. It is hugely unfair and would erase many of the gains women have made in athletics over the last 50 years,” Scott’s plan states.

“You’ve got to treat kids as kids,” Scott told Breitbart News when asked about these provisions. “Men shouldn’t be taking over women’s sports. I think it’s wrong what’s going on in this country right now — we’re going to kill women’s sports. They’re going to stop winning, just look at the NCAA championship swimming. I do believe we ought to be careful about these gender-altering procedures on a child. I think we’ve got to do everything we can to take care of unborn babies. I’m pro-life. This is science. Democrats all want to use science when it’s to their benefit. We know that abortion takes a human life, so I think we got to do everything we can to protect babies.”

Section 10 of Scott’s plan focuses on “Religious Liberty/Big Tech,” and also has some clearer-than-before-seen views for Republicans on these issues. His plan for instance states that platforms that act like publishers — like Facebook or Twitter — will be treated like publishers under the law.

“They should not be using our personal information without our consent — not some 15-page document, but we need a way where they can’t use our personal information. That was never the intent,” Scott told Breitbart News. “They are to be treated like a publisher, which they are. If they’re going to act like a publisher, they’re going to be treated like a publisher. If they want to censor free speech, which is what they’re doing, they ought to be subject to legal action. They’re book burners, that’s what they are. There’s no difference between censoring people and their content than burning books. That’s exactly what they’re doing — they’re burning books.”

The 11th and final point in the document is titled “America First” and states, “We are Americans, not globalists” — perhaps one of the strongest party statements against the failures of the past to explicitly reject “globalists.”

(Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)

Here, Scott has some of his most aggressive policy proposals, including banning foreign aid to any countries that regularly oppose the United States at the United Nations, cutting U.S. dues payments to the U.N. “or any international organization that undermines the national interests of the USA,” and a push to formally end all imports from Communist China “until a new regime honors basic human rights and freedoms.”

It also makes several policy proclamations about the use of America’s military. “Our military will not be used as a peace-keeping force, it exists to protect us by intimidating or killing our enemies,” Scott’s plan states, adding, “Nation-building does not work, we will not waste our treasure or troops doing it.”

Asked about these points, Scott told Breitbart News that while they appear last in the document, they are certainly not least — and perhaps are the most important.

“I don’t think we think we can do anything for anyone else — like you can’t take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself first,” Scott said. “So the first thing we have to say to ourselves is if we’re not physically strong, if we’re not militarily strong, if we’re not culturally strong, we’re going to have a very difficult time helping anyone else. We don’t do anything that’s not good for this country. We don’t do things that are bad for jobs in this country — and we don’t waste our resources. China is a despicable government. They steal everything. They lie every day. They will say whatever it takes to do anything, then they don’t comply with anything. They have not complied with the latest trade agreement — the WTO — and you shouldn’t be doing business with a country that has slave labor and puts people in prison just because of their religion. We shouldn’t do it. We shouldn’t have the Olympics there, and we need to start calling this out. We need to stop buying their stuff. We’ve got to decouple ourselves from them. It’s pretty simple. We don’t go buy a bunch of stuff from Iran or North Korea — we shouldn’t be buying it from them. All we’re doing is helping them from it.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Spies who lie: 51 ‘intelligence’ experts refuse to apologize for discrediting true Hunter Biden story By Post Editorial Board

Source: https://nypost.com/2022/03/18/intelligence-experts-refuse-to-apologize-for-smearing-hunter-biden-story/

March 18, 2022

They are the supposed nonpartisan group of top spies looking out for the best interest of the nation.

But the 51 former “intelligence” officials who cast doubt on The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop stories in a public letter really were just desperate to get Joe Biden elected president. And more than a year later, even after their Deep State sabotage has been shown again and again to be a lie, they refuse to own up to how they undermined an election.

The officials, including CNN pundit and professional fabricator James Clapper — a man who was nearly charged for perjury for lying to Congress — signed a letter saying that the laptop “has the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper claimed The Post’s Hunter Biden exposé was a “a Russian information operation.”
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

What proof did they have? By their own admission, none. “We do not know if the emails . . . are genuine or not,” the letter said. They’re just “suspicious.” Why? Because they hurt Biden’s campaign, that’s evidence enough.

Keep in mind this was written Oct. 19, 2020, five days after The Post published its first story. Neither Joe Biden nor Hunter Biden had denied the story, they simply deflected questions. Didn’t these security experts think that if this was disinformation, the Biden campaign would have yelled to the heavens that the story was false?

Meanwhile, though the letter was advertised as being signed by people who worked “for presidents of both political parties,” a majority of the officials were Democrats.

Politico picked up the letter and ran the false headline “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say.” That headline is still online today, even though the letter clearly says they don’t know if it’s Russian disinformation.

That headline was tweeted out by legions of Democrats, including current White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, as proof that it was all a con. That tweet also is still up despite being proven false.

Thus pure speculation by a group of biased officials became gospel among the media. This was “fake news,” and could be safely ignored.

Keep in mind that Twitter already had banned The New York Post a few days before. The rationale was that this was “hacked materials,” even though it wasn’t — and Twitter had no evidence to think it was. A Facebook official, meanwhile, said it wasn’t going to allow the sharing of The Post’s story until it was “fact checked” by a third party — a check that never happened.

Thus, Big Tech, former government officials, and the media conspired together to bury a story.

No, not just bury — create a false narrative that flipped the script to make Joe Biden the victim of a conspiracy.

51 former “intelligence” officials, Big Tech and the liberal media are all guilty of attempting to silence The Post’s Hunter Biden story.

In short, they peddled online disinformation to sway an election.

No one actually proved The Post’s reporting was wrong. Media outlets showed up at the doorstep of the computer repairman who had gotten the laptop, and he confirmed it. People who exchanged e-mails with Hunter Biden attested to their accuracy in the days and weeks that followed.

Only after the election was safely over did Hunter tacitly admit the laptop was his. Last year, a Politico reporter confirmed that the laptop’s materials were real. And now, the coup de grace: The Times said it’s “authenticated” material from the laptop.

There have been no consequences. Twitter and Facebook still censor information based on political bias, and Congress takes no action. Many of the letter signers continue to be used as “experts” by the media. Clapper, for instance, spent years on CNN calling Donald Trump a “Russian asset,” a lie invented and fed by political operatives of Hillary Clinton. He’s still there. Guess accuracy is not a condition of employment.

The Post’s Hunter Biden story was long verified before the New York Times “authenticated” the scoop.
The Post’s Hunter Biden story was long verified before the New York Times “authenticated” the scoop.
NY Post Illustration

Do the officials who tried to flip the 2020 election feel any regret for their actions? The Post reached out to those who signed the letter. Most would not answer the question. A few doubled-down, including Clapper. No remorse. No shame. And no apologies:

Mike Hayden, former CIA director, now analyst for CNN: Didn’t respond.

Jim Clapper, former director of national intelligence, now CNN pundit: “Yes, I stand by the statement made AT THE TIME, and would call attention to its 5th paragraph. I think sounding such a cautionary note AT THE TIME was appropriate.”

Leon Panetta, former CIA director and defense secretary, now runs a public policy institute at California State University: Declined comment.

John Brennan, former CIA director, now analyst for NBC and MSNBC: Didn’t respond.

Thomas Fingar, former National Intelligence Council chair, now teaches at Stanford University: Didn’t respond.

Rick Ledgett, former National Security Agency deputy director, now a director at M&T Bank: Didn’t respond.

John McLaughlin, former CIA acting director, now teaches at Johns Hopkins University: Didn’t respond.

Former CIA director John Brennan has not commented on The Post’s Hunter Biden story.
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Michael Morell, former CIA acting director, now at George Mason University: Didn’t respond.

Mike Vickers, former defense undersecretary for intelligence, now on board of BAE Systems: Didn’t respond.

Doug Wise, former Defense Intelligence Agency deputy director, teaches at University of New Mexico: Didn’t respond.

Nick Rasmussen, former National Counterterrorism Center director, now executive director, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism: Didn’t respond.

Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden has reaped millions from Russian and Chinese business, all while Joe Biden was Vice President.

Russ Travers, former National Counterterrorism Center acting director: “The letter explicitly stated that we didn’t know if the emails were genuine, but that we were concerned about Russian disinformation efforts. I spent 25 years as a Soviet/Russian analyst. Given the context of what the Russians were doing at the time (and continue to do — Ukraine being just the latest example), I considered the cautionary warning to be prudent.”

Andy Liepman, former National Counterterrorism Center deputy director: “As far as I know I do [stand by the statement] but I’m kind of busy right now.”

John Moseman, former CIA chief of staff: Didn’t respond.

Larry Pfeiffer, former CIA chief of staff, now senior advisor to The Chertoff Group:
Didn’t respond.

Jeremy Bash, former CIA chief of staff, now analyst for NBC and MSNBC: Didn’t respond.

Rodney Snyder, former CIA chief of staff: Didn’t respond.

Glenn Gerstell, former National Security Agency general counsel: Didn’t respond.

David Priess, former CIA analyst and manager: “Thank you for reaching out. I have no further comment at this time.”

Pam Purcilly, former CIA deputy director of analysis: Didn’t respond.

Marc Polymeropoulos, former CIA senior operations officer: Didn’t respond.

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta declined to discuss the revelations of The Post’s Hunter Biden story.
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Chris Savos, former CIA senior operations officer: Didn’t respond.

John Tullius, former CIA senior intelligence officer: Didn’t respond.

David A. Vanell, former CIA senior operations officer: Didn’t respond.

Kristin Wood, former CIA senior intelligence officer, now non-resident fellow, Harvard: Didn’t respond.

David Buckley, former CIA inspector general: Didn’t respond.

Nada Bakos, former CIA analyst and targeting officer, now senior fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute: Didn’t respond.

Patty Brandmaier, former CIA senior intelligence officer: Didn’t respond.

James B. Bruce, former CIA senior intelligence office: Didn’t respond.

David Cariens, former CIA intelligence analyst: Didn’t respond.

Janice Cariens, former CIA operational support officer: Didn’t respond.

Paul Kolbe, former CIA senior operations officer: Didn’t respond.

Peter Corsell, former CIA analyst: Didn’t respond.

Brett Davis, former CIA senior intelligence officer: Didn’t respond.

Roger Zane George, former national intelligence officer: Didn’t respond.

Steven L. Hall, former CIA senior intelligence officer: Didn’t respond.

Kent Harrington, former national intelligence officer: Didn’t respond.

Don Hepburn, former national security executive, now president of Boanerges Solutions LLC: “My position has not changed any. I believe the Russians made a huge effort to alter the course of the election . . . The Russians are masters of blending truth and fiction and making something feel incredibly real when it’s not. Nothing I have seen really changes my opinion. I can’t tell you what part is real and what part is fake, but the thesis still stands for me, that it was a media influence hit job.”

Timothy D. Kilbourn, former dean of CIA’s Kent School of Intelligence Analysis: Didn’t respond.

Ron Marks, former CIA officer: Didn’t respond.

Jonna Hiestand Mendez, former CIA technical operations officer, now on board of the International Spy Museum: “I don’t have any comment. I would need a little more information.”

Emile Nakhleh, former director of CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program, now at University of New Mexico: “I have not seen any information since then that would alter the decision behind signing the letter. That’s all I can go into. The whole issue was highly politicized and I don’t want to deal with that. I still stand by that letter.”

Gerald A. O’Shea, former CIA senior operations officer: Didn’t respond.

Nick Shapiro, former CIA deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to the director: Didn’t respond.

John Sipher, former CIA senior operations officer: Declined to comment.

Stephen Slick, former National Security Council senior director for intelligence programs:
Didn’t respond.

Cynthia Strand, former CIA deputy assistant director for global issues: Didn’t respond.

Greg Tarbell, former CIA deputy executive director: Didn’t respond.

David Terry, former National Intelligence Collection Board chairman: Couldn’t be reached.

Greg Treverton, former National Intelligence Council chair, now senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies: “I’ll pass. I haven’t followed the case recently.”

Winston Wiley, former CIA director of analysis: Couldn’t be reached.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

What Happened To Hannity? The popular Fox News host has some explaining to do to his audience. By Emerald Robinson

Source: https://emeralddb3.substack.com/p/what-happened-to-hannity?s=r&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

Feb 23, 2022

Allow me to introduce a painful subject that’s difficult to discuss in conservative circles but long overdue: what has happened to Sean Hannity?

Now I’m not talking about the fact that Hannity seems to have done the exact same TV show for the last two years on autopilot. This seems so obvious that it’s hardly a controversial opinion. Even his ardent admirers can admit that most nights sound like they were pre-taped in 2019. What’s changed really? The scripts are exactly the same but the eyes look sad.

Let’s call this the “vape pen” phase of the Hannity show.

I’m also not talking about why Hannity keeps putting the GOP establishment’s court jester Lindsey Graham on the air to say absurd things like “I’m gonna get to the bottom of Russiagate.” Why Hannity keeps giving air time to Republican grifters like Senator Graham is a matter for Hannity and his audience to argue over — or perhaps Hannity and his shrink. Does he still believe Graham’s dumb lies? Or does he simply not care?

That’s another essay entirely.

Nor am I talking about Hannity spending 2019 and 2020 telling the American public that “indictments were coming soon” over the Russia Hoax and then staying mum when the outcome that he had personally vouched for actually turned out to be a hoax itself. This would have ended the career of any other anchor — but not Hannity. He just kept going like one of those speedboats that hits the shore and flips in mid-air and then lands like nothing happened in a James Bond movie.

Why was Hannity so cocksure that Bill Barr and his DOJ minions were going to indict the Russia Hoax plotters? Was it perhaps because DOJ “sources” called influential anchors like Hannity every other day to assure them that justice would be served — in other words, intentionally misled people like Hannity in order to delay justice until after the 2020 election when Biden would be installed? It sure looks that way. Hannity was not the only one deceived, of course, but he was the most prominent one deceived and his audience deserves an explanation.

At least Fox’s feisty Maria Bartiromo had the courage to call up Bill Barr and scream at him over the phone. (Well done, Maria!) The legendary Fox anchor Lou Dobbs took it one step further and castigated Bill Barr on his Fox show — so you don’t have to wonder why Fox news executives (with pronouns in their bios now!) canceled Dobbs’ show two months later.

What did Hannity say about getting played this way so publicly?


Hannity’s Texting Problem

This particular essay will only deal with Sean Hannity’s texts to various White House officials after the 2020 election. These texts have been released by the Democrats’ January 6th Committee and they will surprise and confuse Republican voters across America. What do these texts tell us that’s so disturbing? The first thing they tell us is that Sean Hannity was basically in charge of the White House Press Office during the last days of the Trump Administration.

Let’s take a step back for a moment and ask: should we treat these texts as authentic? Obviously, I don’t trust anything the Democrats do or say or “release” as a rule. However, Hannity has not publicly stated that his texts were altered or presented out of context to my knowledge. If that were the case, wouldn’t you scream to the skies about it? (His attorney did release a note saying: “We are evaluating the letter from the committee. We remain very concerned about the constitutional implications especially as it relates to the First Amendment. We will respond as appropriate.”) His silence on the subject of the authenticity of these texts seems significant.

The texts themselves are going to be extremely difficult to explain to Hannity’s viewers too. He apparently texted White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on January 7th to say that it was time to give up on fighting the stolen election. (Here’s the entire letter from the January 6th Committee to Ivanka Trump if you want to read it.) No, I’m not kidding. Hannity was telling White House officials in private the exact opposite of what he was telling his TV audience in public:

“1- No more stolen election talk”

“2- Yes, impeachment and the 25th amendment are real and many people will quit...”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reportedly responded to this message with: “Love that. Thank you. That is the playbook. I will help reinforce….”

So let’s summarize: Sean Hannity was telling the White House Press Secretary what to do. And what was he telling her? He was telling her to surrender. It was time to pack it in and give up. Does that sound right to you? Hannity, who is all blood and thunder on his show, was acting as the ringleader of the “Trump should quit” brigade on January 7th.

Does this surprise you? It should. It certainly shocked me.

Hannity also texted McEnany that it was “key” to keep President Trump away from certain people, writing, “No more crazy people.” McEnany responded to this text by saying: “Yes, 100%.”

Who were these “crazy people” who Hannity considered such a problem? One can only assume that he was referring to the prominent group of lawyers and military leaders who were still contesting the stolen election at Trump’s behest: people like Sidney Powell, Rudy Guiliani, and General Michael Flynn who were invited to discuss post-election strategy by President Trump at the White House in December. (These people were all blacklisted, at various times, from appearing on Fox News too.)

And that’s the main point: President Trump himself wanted to contest the fraudulent election results and Hannity did not. Was it really necessary for Hannity to intervene and contact White House officials to contradict President Trump with his own staff? Does that sound like something Sean Hannity should be doing?

Let’s add another layer of intrigue to this surreal situation: Hannity’s employer Fox News had been caught red-handed by the American public calling the 2020 election results early for Joe Biden in Arizona two months earlier. Their ratings had tanked dramatically: half of their audience disappeared almost overnight. There was widespread panic inside Fox News as its employees realized they had just played Russian Roulette with their credibility and lost. It was in this charged atmosphere that Hannity started texting Trump’s staff to convince them that “stolen election talk” had to be silenced.

Hannity’s texts were explicit on this score: “Guys, we have a clear path to land the plane in 9 days. He can’t mention the election again. Ever. I did not have a good call with him today. And worse, I’m not sure what is left to do or say, and I don’t like not knowing if it’s truly understood. Ideas?” This is Sean Hannity himself admitting that President Trump did not agree with Hannity’s assessment of the election and that Hannity was persuading Trump’s own staff to break with him essentially.

Why was Hannity telling President Trump that he could “never mention the election again” privately while he was hollering about election fraud on his Fox show every night? It looks like Hannity was pandering to his audience on TV while, simultaneously and privately, he was dismissing “stolen election talk” to important White House officials.

Why was Hannity undermining President Trump so much when it counted in January? The obvious question that must be asked: was this merely Sean Hannity’s personal opinion sent out unsolicited to White House officials who didn’t answer to him — or was Hannity using his influence to help Fox News bring about their desired election result by persuading Trump’s own staff to concede defeat to Joe Biden? That would be truly diabolical — but it cannot be dismissed out of hand. For one thing: we have Hannity’s texts.

How does Hannity know that President Trump will “lose the entire White House counsels office” if he continues to insist that election fraud was real? We know the answer because of this tweet to Mark Meadows a few days later. Hannity informs White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that VP Mike Pence’s office is already pressuring Trump’s White House attorneys to quit in protest if Trump continues to litigate the results of the 2020 election.

How would Hannity know this — unless he was in contact with Pence himself? Why would Hannity feel the need to carry water for the treacherous Pence Team at all? The answer seems to be: Hannity is texting Meadows to pile pressure on President Trump to concede the stolen election to Joe Biden.

The blockbuster conclusion one draws after reading these texts is that Hannity was playing politics at the highest levels of the GOP during the Trump Administration (in contact with Pence, Meadows, and McEnany after personal calls with Trump himself!) and dispensing bad advice all the way. This advice was in direct contradiction to his public persona and the opinions expressed on his show. That’s the most charitable explanation. That’s the best-case scenario.

The worst-case scenario is hard to contemplate — but would better explain these hypocritical texts, the frequent guest spots afforded to frauds like Lindsey Graham, the child-like trust in Bill Barr, the soft spot for Mike Pence, and much more. Is he merely posing as a MAGA supporter while his heart actually belongs to the GOP establishment? One thing is certain: no one is going to hold Hannity accountable for these mistakes. He’s simply too powerful in the world of conservative media. Hannity is the only one who has to answer to Hannity. How much is he personally responsible for undermining President Trump’s fight against a fraudulent election in those final days?

That sad look in his eyes — and that “checked out” demeanor you see most nights on his show during the Biden Regime — might just be the pangs of conscience at his starring role.

The America First Movement has a Sean Hannity Problem By Revolver

Source: https://www.revolver.news/2022/03/america-first-sean-hannity-problem/

March 20, 2022

In 2016, Donald Trump showed that a Republican candidate can run, and win, without swearing fealty to the permanent war party. He ran on a platform of “America First,” and since that moment almost all Republican politicians and commentators have at least paid lip service to the idea.

Yet now, all of that is being thrown aside for the sake of Ukraine.

In 2019, would-be America First Senator Josh Hawley delivered a speech about “Rethinking America’s Foreign Policy Consensus,” condemning “endless wars” and “metastasizing commitments” to far-off countries, and demanding a new narrower focus on keeping America and Americans safe and prosperous.

And then Ukraine came along, and Hawley suddenly looked like any other Republican from 2006.

It is one thing to see the Democrats eagerly join the CIA, State Department, and Pentagon in demanding the escalation of U.S. involvement in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. That alignment makes perfect sense politically—why wouldn’t the left align with the same national security state that embraces all of its values, and which has repurposed itself to target the left’s domestic political enemies on the right?

Seeing lawmakers on the right take the same stance, though, is both puzzling and pathetic. The relationship between the national security state and most GOP lawmakers and pundits increasingly resembles the relationship between an abusive husband and his battered spouse. Like a wife who believes her husband still loves her even as he sends her to the hospital, the same lawmakers and Fox News figures who claim to have embraced the Trump realignment are yet again letting themselves get played by a Regime that hates them.

Sure, it’s not nice when the Regime drinks too much and suddenly labels us all domestic terrorists, but patriotism requires that we unthinkingly serve this same regime when it wants to endanger American lives for another misadventure thousands of miles from our shores.

After all, freedom isn’t free!

When Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke before the U.S. Congress Wednesday morning, Republicans fêted him with a standing ovation before his remarks and then another ovation afterwards.

In his speech, Zelensky pleaded for a no-fly zone, fighter jet shipments to Ukraine, and even more punitive sanctions on Russia. It was a plea for a dramatic escalation in the conflict towards World War 3. And Republicans gave him two standing ovations in a row. With the world on the edge of nuclear holocaust, Republicans cheered on a leader who says that World War 3 has already started.

After Zelensky’s speech, saccharine Republicans took to the airwaves to demand that President Biden ship fighter jets into Ukraine, despite the dangers of such a provocation:

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Zelensky had made a strong case for what Biden should do. ​

“I think there’s a bipartisan movement right here, provide them the ​MiGs, provide them the ​planes where they can create ​no-fly zone, providee the armaments that they need to continue to fight a war that they did not create,” McCarthy said.

Anti-Trump Michael McCaul was particularly hysterical in his rhetoric:

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was moved by video Zelensky showed during his speech that highlighted the atrocities Russia is carrying out in Ukraine against women and children.

“We need to help Ukraine, give them everything they need to fight this war, and the video we saw was very reminiscent of Nazi Germany. … And history will judge us,” he said. “What did you do? What did you do when the bombing started? When the maternity hospitals were bombed and the pregnant women were taken out — blood, children, what did you do?”

“This is not a time for partisan rhetoric; this is a time to unify the nation behind Ukraine against one of the most evil forces we have seen since my father’s war — and that’s World War II, Adolf Hitler​,” he added. [New York Post]

If this feels familiar to you, it’s because we’ve seen this movie before. It’s a tired old flick about Republicans, especially “America First” pretenders, reverting back to the same old war script. Remember back in 2002? George W. Bush said war with Iraq was a “last resort.” Baloney. Republicans should have learned from that scam, and maybe the base of voters did when they elected Donald Trump as the Republican nominee in 2016. But the Republican establishment, including supposed MAGA and America First stalwarts, are still beating the same old war drums. With their every word and action, conservative “leaders” have embraced the new priority of Ukraine First, no matter the risk of World War 3. And thus far, Sean Hannity has been one of the worst offenders.

Hannity has tied himself into knots trashing President Biden over rising oil prices while also advocating for the drastic escalation of sending fighter jets to Ukraine.

On his radio program, Hannity has concocted wild ideas like assassinating Putin or bombing Russian convoys while saying we didn’t:

For those confused by what they are witnessing, here is a simple explanation: Fox News, Sean Hannity, and the GOP are reverting back to the leading roles they played in the run-up to the Iraq War.

Of course, we don’t want to just bag on Hannity, who is likeable enough. But the whole history of the Iraq War really leaves us no choice.

Back in 2003, 90 percent of Republicans supported the decision to invade Iraq and violently topple Saddam Hussein’s government. But “supported” undersells the intensity of the Iraq moment. Out of 272 Republicans in Congress, only seven voted against authorizing the invasion. For three years, House Republicans renamed French fries to “freedom fries” and French toast to “freedom toast” in the House cafeteria. Fox News hyped the war relentlessly during the leadup, and its hosts defended nearly every facet of it for long afterward. Pat Buchanan, Scott McConnell, and Taki Theodoracopulos founded The American Conservative in 2002 precisely because every other institution on the right, from the White House to Fox to National Review, was marching towards war in lockstep with the military-industrial complex. Even in 2008, with WMDs still yet to be found and the Iraq insurgency roiling on, 73 percent still stood by the invasion.

American conservatives got bamboozled badly on Iraq, but nobody got bamboozled more than Hannity. In the months leading up to the invasion, Hannity bought every claim, every allegation, and every lie that was used to sell the war. Months before the Iraq invasion, in November 2002, Hannity was already chomping at the bit for Saddam’s destruction. Why? To get rid of those dastardly WMDs, of course:

“He’s had 11 years to play his cat-and-mouse game, and, frankly, one of the people unhappy with Tuesday’s elections, I have no doubt, is Saddam Hussein. He would have, I’m sure, preferred appeasement liberals to have been elected and to be in charge, and it probably would have helped his cause. … Where do we go from here in terms of Iraq in real terms? I don’t believe he’s going to allow unfettered access. I don’t think you believe that. So it’s really just a matter of time. The first indication we have that he is not abiding by this agreement — don’t we have to be ready to act immediately?

On December 9, 2002, Hannity told Fox News viewers that Saddam’s Iraq was full of camps training terrorists plotting new 9/11s:

In northern Iraq today, this very day, al Qaeda is operating camps there, and they are attacking the Kurds in the north, and this has been well-documented and well chronicled. Now, if you’re going to go after al Qaeda in every aspect, and obviously they have the support of Saddam, or we’re not.

Even years afterwards, Hannity couldn’t accept he’d been sold a load of hokum by Beltway warmongers. In 2016, Hannity still clung to his theory that the WMDs were real, and sneakily smuggled off to Syria just before the U.S. invasion.

Thanks to Republican credulity, the Pied Piper of the Globalist American Empire took all of America off to war, and the result was calamity. The “weapons of mass destruction” that justified invasion did not exist. Perhaps to avoid admitting such a humiliating blunder, the Bush Administration switched to an agenda of “democracy-building.” 140,000 U.S. troops settled in for a long occupation whose final cost exceeded $2 trillion. More than 4,400 of those troops did not return.

America has made plenty of blunders as a global superpower, but the Iraq War was the worst. It was entirely optional, easily avoidable, strategically worthless, hideously wasteful, and far too often, morally compromising.

As bad as a mistake as Iraq was, in the moment it can be understood. The 9/11 attacks were a profound shock to the national psyche, and for years the nation remained paranoid that deadly enemies were everywhere and 9/11 would just be the prelude to future, much deadlier attacks. Not only that, but the national security state had not spent 20 years lying about Afghanistan then, and had not declared war on American conservatives as a class, so the need to distrust them was not quite as obvious.

Falling for the Iraq War the first time may be excused. What cannot be excused is falling for the Deep State’s fanatical war rhetoric again, as it tries to drag the nation into World War 3. Yet incredibly, inexcusably, that is exactly what is happening across the board, and it’s not just Hannity, either.

On Fox and Friends just the other day, Dan Crenshaw said that critics of further escalation were doing the work of Vladimir Putin.

Last week, Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana appeared on Fox to complain to bellow that bah gawd, America must give the man his planes.

In a baffling display of television rhetoric, Kennedy repeatedly referenced The Godfather, moaned that Biden is not a “wartime consigliere” (a consigliere is an adviser; why would we want the President to be an adviser?), and quipped that Vice President Kamala Harris resembles “Fredo,” the weakling older brother of Michael Corleone.

Kennedy’s “get the man his planes!” zeal would be welcome if he felt like applying it in advocacy of domestic victims of political aggression, like the January 6 political prisoners. But despite sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which provides oversight of the DOJ, Kennedy has shown no interest in possible provocateurs at the Capitol like Ray Epps, no interest in the months of abuse inflicted on prisoners, and no concern about the vast nationwide manhunt launched by the FBI in retaliation for the Capitol protest. When the one-year anniversary of the incident rolled around, Kennedy’s sounded more like a Democrat than a conservative Republican:

Without order, there can be no justice. The violence at the U.S. Capitol one year ago is as despicable and shameful now as it was then. Those Washington rioters should continue to answer for their crimes without exception, as should everyone who has committed violence as part of mobs or political riots.

Not to mention, the above clip featuring Senator Kennedy provides a disturbing example in how dramatically Fox News personalities have slid back into their Bush-era roles as hyperventilating cheerleaders for war and mayhem. For instance, these are chyrons that appear at the bottom of the screen during Kennedy’s appearance:

  • “Putin’s Forces Unleash Atrocities on Ukrainians”
  • “Sen. Graham Slams Biden Admin on Fighter Jet Fiasco”
  • “Day 15 of Russia’s Brutal Invasion of Ukraine”

Later, after Kennedy’s segment ended, Fox pivoted to hearings in the U.S. Senate. The network fawned over Sen. Tom Cotton’s denunciations of President Biden’s “weak” response with the chyron “Cotton Asks Why Jets To Ukraine Is Escalatory” (the implication, of course, is that it’s not). After Cotton’s testimony ended, host Harris Faulkner, nominally a neutral “news” anchor, nearly lost her composure as she gushed with enthusiasm for more conflict:

“I’m glad we got to hear some of that, because that was some truth-telling right there, and Senator Cotton was really going after it. What is the difference, he said, between giving them weapons that can shoot stuff down and giving them the planes that they’re asking for. What an incredible moment. And when she came back with ‘a challenging place to manage right now.’ Who talks like that? Just say what it is: The President doesn’t know what to do, and he seems to be afraid of Putin.”

Nobody is under any illusions that Fox News is a rigidly neutral news network, but even accounting for that, Faulkner’s uncontrolled gushing pro-war agitation is disturbing. By the way, this same Harris Faulkner, moved to tears on behalf of Ukraine, also once barred Newt Gingrich from mentioning George Soros in relation to his funding the election of far-left DAs in American cities.

(And speaking of Soros, just like Zelensky, the globalist Hungarian billionaire has also taken the position that World War III has already begun, so what’s the harm in sending Ukraine fighter jets, or seeking regime change in Russia?)

Perhaps more disturbingly, Harris’ rhetoric is unexceptional on the Fox News network. Almost all of Fox has taken the same attitude. Non-TV watchers might think based on the calls to arrest Tucker Carlson that Fox News has staked out an anti-intervention position. But in fact, Tucker is a severe outlier on his own network, along with perhaps Jesse Watters.

Over the weekend, the “great one” Mark Levin bizarrely acted like he was in a brave minority for supporting more conflict with Russia, and raved that “American-Firsters” (sic) were the “Putin wing” of the Republican Party.

On March 4, Fox’s “America Reports” gave the stage to former Mike Pence advisor Gen. Keith Kellogg (also a former VP at Cubic Defense Applications), who laid out a ridiculous strategy claiming that the U.S. could intervene and start shooting down Russian jets, as long as they called it a United Nations no-fly zone instead of a NATO one.

Recently, police recovered the body of Russian model Gretta Vedler, stuffed into a suitcase. Vedler disappeared more than a year ago, and her boyfriend has admitted to the gruesome crime. Yet here is how Fox chose to present the story on Twitter for credulous skimmers:

Other than a handful of holdouts, Fox News’ message has become relentless: Escalate, escalate, escalate!

Sadly, the message seems to be getting through. A recent Pew poll found that Republicans are even more eager to support Ukraine than Democrats. Perhaps one could say they’ve fallen into the Hannity Trap.

In a recent vote, just a handful of GOP representatives dared to oppose the national security state on Russia escalation, and they just happened to mostly be the precious few representatives who have spoken up for the aforementioned January 6 defendants that GOP Senator Kennedy excoriated last year.

Perhaps that’s more than just a mere coincidence. To avoid falling into the Hannity Trap, one needs to have both the willingness, courage, intelligence, and financial independence to question security state narratives. Of course, there are other possible explanations for why so many so-called conservatives and Republicans find themselves in the Hannity Trap:

  • Political cynicism: Sundown Joe Biden is an easy punching bag for scoring cheap hits.
  • “Owning the libs”: Conservatives are more easily interested in a short-term attack on the left than they are on finding the best policy for America, regardless of what Democrats are doing.
  • Americans don’t read much history, so even elected Republicans have learned no lessons from history except that Hitler = bad, and mean foreign leaders = Hitler.
  • Right-of-center people just innately like the military and like seeing it used. Hooah.

For Republicans, projecting toughness on Ukraine or any other foreign question is a coping mechanism to demonstrate phony strength and hide (from voters, and perhaps from themselves) how impotent and weak they have been against a genuine existential threat: The non-stop cultural assault on the American people.

When the stakes are Ukrainian sovereignty, Republicans are firm, united, and even fanatical. When the stakes are the gradual, explicit transformation of their own voters into fifth-class citizens, unity and enthusiasm evaporate.

In 2022 America, it is far easier for Republicans to demand World War 3 than it is for them to demand that their voters not be replaced from abroad, targeted with race hate propaganda in schools, or be herded off to prison for attending the wrong protest.

For the right, war is a permanent crutch, a way to ignore real issues (the issues where they are losing) and live in a comforting fantasy world of easy moral clarity and absolute American dominance. Demanding escalation in Eastern Europe is a way for Republicans to feel tough when they have totally lost control of their own country. In this darkly ironic fashion, Republicans actually do have something in common with the Ukrainians they wish to save: they are both patriotic to a country that they have no control over in the first place.

Until they liberate themselves from The Hannity Trap, the compulsion to snap back in line behind the military-industrial-globalism complex whenever it actually matters, the Republican Party, Fox News, and other bastions of American “conservatism” will never be capable or worthy of Making America Great Again.