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A Recycled Smear Campaign

Gary Bauer · Oct. 8, 2019

Sunday marked the anniversary of the Senate vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh as a justice of the Supreme Court. The left still hasn’t gotten over that loss. There were protests at the Supreme Court Sunday.

I was thinking about how terrible the Kavanaugh confirmation process was. It was clear then that the left’s strategy was to produce one accuser after another. And then it hit me: The left is recycling its strategy in the Ukraine hoax.

As you may recall, Brett Kavanaugh breezed through his confirmation hearing, answering all the left’s questions without breaking a sweat. They just couldn’t trip him up.

President Trump fully cooperated in the Russia investigation. Robert Mueller couldn’t find evidence of collusion. The left failed to trip Trump up.

Then, all of a sudden, a senator says she has in her possession a letter from a “whistleblower” — a woman claiming Kavanaugh did something terrible.

Fast-forward to today. The president was rising in the polls and headed to the UN to deliver a historic speech on religious liberty. All of a sudden, a member of Congress says there’s a complaint from a Deep State operative, an intelligence community “whistleblower,” that could take the president down.

Kavanaugh’s friends and supporters were indignant. “How dare you! He’s never done anything like this,” they said.  "No anonymous smears. The accuser must testify,“ they insisted. The left replied, "Well, we’re talking to her. She’s afraid for her life.”

Fast-forward to now. The president and his supporters demand to know who the Deep State leaker is. “Well, he’s afraid for his life. He must remain anonymous,” the left says.

Eventually, Christine Blasey Ford did testify. She had no evidence and no corroboration, and there were inconsistencies in her story. But wait… another accuser has come forward! And another! The left insists there’s a disturbing pattern about Kavanaugh’s behavior.

Back to Trump. The CIA leaker’s complaint turns out to be based on hearsay, and there are inconsistencies in the complaint. The transcript proves the central premise of the complaint is false.

So what happened this weekend? Another so-called “whistleblower” came forward, and this one supposedly has firsthand experience of the president’s phone call. I guarantee you, my friends, there will be additional “whistleblowers,” just like Kavanaugh’s accusers.

In both battles, the real target is the Republican Party. In the Kavanaugh controversy, the left believed that if it could turn the heat up high enough, it could peel off three or four GOP senators. Women are supposed to be believed in all cases, right? They got Murkowski and almost got Flake and Collins.

In case of the Ukraine call hoax, they’ve got Romney, Collins, and maybe Sasse. The left is also trying to confuse the public and convince them that there is something wrong with this president. Intelligence agents are good people who we’re supposed to believe protect us, right?

Of course, there’s another obvious link: The courts. The left can’t stand Trump’s success in restoring balance to the federal courts, and it can’t stand the fact that every day he remains in office is another day that he could nominate another justice of the caliber of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

The Cover-Up Continues

Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, refuses to release the 10 hours of testimony from Kurt Volker, the former envoy to Ukraine. As we reported last week, Volker’s testimony supports President Trump and undermines the complaint filed by a disgruntled Deep State operative.

Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is so confident that he is daring Rep. Schiff to release Volker’s testimony.

Yet all weekend long, all we got from the media was breathless reporting of a second “whistleblower,” supposedly with direct knowledge of the president’s phone call.

This is absurd! We already have direct knowledge of the call. We have the transcript. The president voluntarily released it.

This is like someone saying, “I have direct knowledge of the score of the Washington Redskins/New England Patriots game!” I should hope so — we all watched it Sunday. How can this be news?

Meanwhile, it is being reported that the Deep State operative who filed the complaint is a registered Democrat who “had a prior working relationship with a prominent Democratic politician.” And we know that the law firm representing him has deep ties to far-left activists.

Warren’s Truth Troubles

Sen. Elizabeth Warren seems to have trouble telling the truth. Everyone is familiar with her claim of indigenous heritage. But now we’re learning of yet another bogus claim.

In telling her biography, Warren has suggested multiple times that she was the victim of sex discrimination. She claims that she was fired from a special education teaching position because she was pregnant. She said this last week in Nevada and during her closing statement in last month’s Democrat debate.

But in a 2008 interview, Warren tells a very different story. She acknowledges not having all the necessary credits for the job, so she went back to graduate school. Warren said:

I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, “I don’t think this is going to work out for me.” I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years…

There’s nothing in this 11-year-old interview that remotely suggests she was fired. But Warren seems so eager to claim the mantle of victimhood, whether as a Native American or a fired pregnant woman.

And here’s another example that has fallen through the memory hole: Warren has also claimed to have been the victim of sexual harassment, claiming that an older male colleague once “lunged at her” in his office and then chased her around his desk.

But in telling this story, she neglected to mention that the man had polio, which limited his mobility, and that she later spoke at his funeral!

Craven Appeasement

Friday night, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressed his support for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Morey tweeted, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” Within hours, the roof caved in on him.

The Chinese consulate in Houston expressed its “strong dissatisfaction.” The team’s owner rebuffed Morey, making it clear that Morey did not speak for the team. The NBA issued a statement calling Morey’s tweet “deeply offensive” and “regrettable.” And yesterday, Morey was tweeting his apologies.

Morey did the right thing, but the NBA is scrambling because of its big investment in China. Just the latest example of how trade with China has changed us more than it has changed China.

Better Late Than Never

Last week, news broke that four people were stabbed to death inside the Paris police headquarters. Initially, French authorities treated the attack as just a workplace dispute involving a disgruntled employee who had been reprimanded by his supervisor.

It took them a while, but French authorities have finally acknowledged what we all knew days ago — Michael Harpon was a radicalized Muslim. The alleged “workplace dispute” involved his refusal to work with women.

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