Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 30, 2019


“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

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The Demos’ Baltimore Race-Bait Strategy

In 2016, Donald Trump won the presidency by winning the margins, that narrow group of voters who can tip a state into the win column. Trump was able to grab the historically consistent Democrat Rust Belt by winning with blue-collar workers snubbed by coastal Democrats. With the 2020 election just over 17 months away, Trump is actively and aggressively attempting to once again winnow away at the margins. That’s really what this latest hubbub over Trump’s calling out Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and the deplorable conditions of Baltimore is all about. The overreaction of Democrats and the Leftmedia to his factually accurate statements on Democrat-run Baltimore has provided Trump with exactly the kind of political freakout he wants. As we noted yesterday, the more Trump is able to poke Democrats, the more they expose themselves as irrational extremists.

Trump has eagerly gone where few Republicans have ever dared to go, unflinchingly calling out the failures of Democrats no matter what their race. Clearly, Trump refuses to bow to the Left’s nonsensical redefinition of racism — that only white people can truly be racist. And when the Democrats’ only criticism is to label Trump a racist in the face of evidence that demonstrates the exact opposite (Trump’s work on criminal-justice reform and support for Israel, to name just a couple), the bigger question emerges: Why?

Democrats vigorously wave the race card because they are clearly fearful that Trump may be making inroads with black voters; enough to win the margins. In 2016, Trump won 8% of the black vote to Hillary Clinton’s 88%. If Trump is able to substantially increase his percentage of the black vote, then he will have won that particular margin, and most likely the election. Democrats know this, which is why they are desperately trying to convince everyone that Trump’s “real” motivation behind criticism directed toward an individual who is a racial minority is an expression of racism, not policy disagreements. Democrats and the Leftmedia are hoping this race-hustling strategy will work to deceive enough people and blacks in particular to vote against Trump. It’s a one-trick pony that Democrats have been riding for a long time. But this time, a Republican is hitting back hard.

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Pelosi’s Impeachment Pivot

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemingly has been walking an impeachment tightrope for months. On the one hand, many Democrats have been trying to impeach President Donald Trump since before he even took office. On the other, numerous Democrats won districts in 2018 that Trump won in 2016, and they’d rather not explain an impeachment vote to their constituents. So, Pelosi’s objective is simple: Keep Trump on the ropes with incessant investigations to placate the base, but always stay just short of impeachment so as not to endanger “moderates.”

“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi insisted in March. “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

But after the debacle of Robert Mueller’s testimony last week, she may be changing her tune. She denied the allegation that she’s trying to “run out the clock” on impeachment, saying a decision on pursuing it will be made in a “timely fashion.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who led the first hearing with Mueller, has been at the forefront of the impeachment push. And he says the time is near, because such an inquiry is already “in effect” and “articles of impeachment are under consideration as part of the Committee’s investigation, although no final determination has been made.”

Over the weekend, NBC News reported, “More than 100 House Democrats have called for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump to begin. The threshold was crossed just days after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill about his investigation into Russian election interference.”

“He has done many impeachable offenses,” Nadler argues. “He’s violated the law six ways from Sunday. But that’s not the question. The question is, can we develop enough evidence to put before the American people? We have broken the logjam.”

Yelling louder doesn’t equal evidence, but by all means, we hope Democrats keep their focus in all the wrong places.

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ASYLUM CLAMPDOWN: “Being part of a family that’s harassed by a gang isn’t enough on its own to qualify for asylum, Attorney General William P. Barr ruled Monday, in the latest effort by the administration to put a cap on the expanding universe of asylum claims. Mr. Barr overturned a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals, which had ruled that being part of a targeted family could qualify as a distinct social group, which is a key element of valid asylum claims.” (The Washington Times)

NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS: “The Trump administration on Monday issued new sanctions against a North Korean official who the United States accuses of aiding Pyongyang’s illicit nuclear weapons and ballistic missile research programs. The latest disclosures indicate that a senior North Korean official sought to import and export sensitive materials through Vietnam, a matter that is rankling U.S. diplomats working to push North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un back to the negotiating table.” (The Washington Free Beacon)

VETOS SUSTAINED: “The Senate on Monday failed to override President Trump’s vetoes of resolutions blocking his arms deal with Saudi Arabia, marking the latest setback for critics of Riyadh. Senators voted 45-40, 45-39 and 46-41 on the override attempts, falling well short of the two-thirds majority needed to nix Trump’s veto.” (The Hill)

PARDONS: “President Donald Trump granted full pardons Monday to five individuals previously involved in offenses like transporting marijuana and drug-trafficking. The president decided John Richard Bubala, Roy Wayne McKeever, Rodney Takumi, Michael Tedesco and Chalmer Lee Williams were worthy of Executive Grants of Clemency after ‘a careful review of the files’ of each individual, according to an official statement from the Office of the Press Secretary.” (The Daily Caller)

9/11 VICTIM FUND SIGNED: “President Trump welcomed 9/11 first responders to the White House Monday morning, as he signed a bill that will ensure continued funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The bill ensures that first responders suffering from illnesses such as lung disease and cancer as a result of their experiences helping at the sites of the 2001 terror attacks will continue to receive government aid.” (Fox News)

RACE BAIT: “The executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) resigned Monday after Democratic lawmakers and DCCC staffers lashed out publicly at the organization’s leadership over their failure to prioritize racial diversity.” (National Review)

HEALTH-CARE TRANSPARENCY: “The Trump administration wants to force hospitals to disclose to patients how much they charge for all supplies, tests and procedures. A new proposal released Monday aims to make it easier for patients to shop around for the best price by forcing hospitals to disclose what are often secret rates negotiated with insurance companies. Under the policy, hospitals would be required to post online all charges for all items and services provided by the hospital beginning Jan. 1, 2020.” (The Hill)

CREDIT-CARD BREACH: “Capital One … announced Monday that a hacker had accessed about 100 million credit card applications, and investigators say thousands of Social Security and bank account numbers were also taken. The FBI has arrested a Seattle area woman, Paige A. Thompson, on a charge of computer fraud and abuse, according to court records.” (The Washington Post)

MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZED: “New York governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a law that decriminalizes the recreational use of marijuana in the state but stops short of legalizing the drug. … Under the new law, possession of under two ounces of marijuana will be a misdemeanor punished by a fine. In addition, individuals convicted of certain marijuana-related charges in the past will see those convictions expunged from their records.” (National Review)

EQUAL PAY — AND THEN SOME: “Facing mounting public pressure in a fight over equitable pay, U.S. Soccer said the World Cup champion women’s national team has been paid more than the men’s team. According to a letter released Monday by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, the federation paid out $34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to the women between 2010 and 2018 as opposed to $26.4 million paid to the men. The total does not include the value of benefits received only by the women, like health care.” (Associated Press)

POLICY: The Fed is courting disaster by leaving interest rates too low (New York Post)

POLICY: Lack of funding is not what ails American schools (National Review)

HUMOR: Rep. Omar and husband to divorce, agree to see other siblings (Genesius Times)

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Rich Lowry: “Russian interference is a legitimate cause of outrage. The left’s emotional investment in it, though, is clearly as much anti-Trump as it is anti-Putin. There’s a good chance that the party’s newfound hawkishness on Russia washes out as soon as Trump departs the national stage. The one man we can expect to be consistent on the question is, as it happens, Mitch McConnell. As he pointed out in a peppery defense of his record on the Senate floor, he’s been a Russian hawk going back to the Reagan administration, and has continued to call out Putin since 2016. He doesn’t need lessons from anyone about how to be cleareyed about Russia, let alone how to be patriotic.”


Troll master: “No matter how much Trump lowers the bar, the Democrats limbo right under it.” —Frank J. Fleming

Wishful thinking: “Maybe after [Ilhan Omar has] visited Somalia for a while she might come back and appreciate America more.” —Sen. Rand Paul

Lacking self-awareness: “Our president has a hate agenda. He doesn’t have a policy agenda.” —Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Braying Jenny: “I truly believe the state of Israel is — it exists, correct? But understand, does it exist in the detriment of inequality for the Palestinian people, the detriment of not moving forward in a peaceful resolution? We’re never going to have peace, I truly believe, if separate but equal is the way they want to go.” —Rashida Tlaib

Non Compos Mentis: “Elijah [Cummings] is the black man. [Trump is] calling the black man the racist. I mean, I don’t think people understand that particularly. It’s outrageous and stupid to call a black person a racist.” —Joy Behar

Non sequitur: “It’s not about not liking the president. It’s about loving democracy. It’s about loving our country. It’s about making a difference for generations yet unborn.” —Rep. Elijah Cummings of the Abortion Party

Race bait: “He attacks everybody. I know Donald Trump. He’s not mature enough to take criticism. … He’s like a child. But he has a particular venom for blacks and people of color.” —Al Sharpton

Braying Jenny II: “Look, there are African American men in this [picture with Donald Trump]! How much did he pay them to be ‘blackground’?” —Bette Midler in a since-deleted social-media post

And last… “With the President’s tweets, he has the Democrats defending crime ridden Baltimore and Al Sharpton on top of them wanting to give illegal aliens healthcare while taking it away from American citizens. It’s amazing.” —Erick Erickson

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