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Pence in Jerusalem

Gary Bauer · Jan. 24, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence delivered a powerful address yesterday at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. Dozens of world leaders gathered together at Yad Vashem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I strongly encourage you to a take a few moments to watch the vice president’s address.

As the vice president noted in his remarks, it was just three years after liberation of Auschwitz that the world recognized the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland. After witnessing the worst genocide in the history of the world, the Nazi attempt to wipe out the seed of Abraham, the world witnessed the fulfillment of God’s promise as the Jews were restored to their homeland. 

My friend Dr. James Dobson has often told the story of his father listening to the radio in May 1948 and saying to him, “Jimmy, the Gospel prophesies have just been fulfilled!” It surely was as it is written in Ezekiel 37: “My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.”

Sadly, yet another study has found that our general knowledge of the Holocaust is lacking. For example, only 45% of those surveyed knew that six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. More than one million Jews were killed at Auschwitz. More than 200,000 were children. 

Unfortunately, the ancient evil of anti-Semitism is once again on the rise. It takes root in every political philosophy, every cultural movement, and in every nation. 

That’s why at a special Capitol Hill hearing on anti-Semitism held recently by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I made the point that anti-Semitism was too dangerous to be used merely as a political cudgel. All of us must confront it wherever we find it.

If anti-Semites are claiming to be conservatives, then conservatives must reject them. If progressives are embracing anti-Semitic narratives, then progressives must reject them. 

If an imam at a local mosque is preaching Jew-hatred, then decent Muslims attending that mosque should be the first to reject it. If your pastor says that all the blessings in the Bible have been transferred to Christians, then you should confront him for his flawed theology.

In the same way, I was pleased to see that Vice President Pence urged world leaders to confront the Islamic Republic of Iran. During his address yesterday, Pence denounced the ayatollah’s regime as “the leading state purveyor of anti-Semitism, the one government in the world that denies the Holocaust as a matter of state policy and threatens to wipe Israel off the map.”

Trump Makes History

Today, President Donald Trump will make history when he becomes the first president to address the March for Life in person. When I served in the White House, President Ronald Reagan addressed the March for Life remotely, and I was proud to have had a hand in drafting his remarks. 

In the past, we have seen Republican presidential candidates who claimed to be pro-life, but they were much more comfortable making the case for lower marginal tax rates than the sanctity of life. That has changed with the Trump/Pence team. 

This president wants to fight on this issue. Remember this exchange between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the final 2016 debate? And this president is continuing to lead on this issue.

  • He cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

  • He reinstated Reagan's Mexico City Policy.

  • He’s fighting the United Nation's efforts to promote abortion.

  • He’s appointed nearly 200 constitutionalist judges, including two Supreme Court justices.

  • He’s fighting progressive attempts to resurrect the pro-abortion Equal Rights Amendment.

  • And Wednesday, the Justice Department filed a brief supporting Ohio’s law protecting unborn children with Down syndrome.

The Schiff Show

Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager, took to the Senate floor and spoke and spoke and spoke and spoke. He talked for several hours. 

But as Rep. Mark Meadows put it, “We quit counting after 12 different false statements made by Adam Schiff.” This is a key point to keep in mind because the left has repeatedly lied about the president. 

For example, when local residents in Charlottesville, Virginia, attempted to rally in support of maintaining historical Civil War monuments, some really bad people showed up to exploit the rally. They staged a torch-light parade and chanted anti-Semitic slogans.

Referring to the debate over historical moments, the president said there were good people on both sides of that issue, and he specifically stated that he was not talking about the neo-Nazis. 

But leading Democrats like Joe Biden and every mainstream media outlet omitted Trump’s condemnation of neo-Nazis and presented his quote as if he called the neo-Nazis “very fine people.” That's a disgusting lie. Yet this is being told to minority communities and deepening divisions in our country.

When Trump joked at a campaign rally about Russian hackers finding Hillary’s missing 30,000 emails, everyone in the crowd laughed because they knew it was a joke. But the left and its media allies continue to insist that Trump was literally asking Vladimir Putin to hack into the DNC and interfere in our election. Schiff repeated that lie on the Senate floor Wednesday. 

During an interview about the Russia investigation, Trump once suggested that he might fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He said that Article II of the Constitution gives him the authority “to do whatever I want” when it comes to the personnel who work for the executive branch. Democrats have taken that statement out of context and twisted it to suggest that Trump believes he’s a dictator. 

Of course, the president doesn’t think he’s a dictator. In fact, he has been obstructed by unelected judges more than any president in history.

Here’s the bottom line: Adam Schiff repeatedly insisted that Trump colluded with Russia, that the evidence was “in plain sight.” He insisted that the FBI acted properly when it spied on the Trump campaign. He lied about not having contact with the so-called “whistleblower." 

Why would senators or the American people believe anything Adam Schiff says?

The Schiff Bowl vs. the Super Bowl

Initial ratings suggest that 11 million people tuned in to watch the first day of the Senate’s impeachment proceedings. That’s down by nearly three million from the opening day of the House impeachment hearings. 

In comparison, about 98 million people watched the Super Bowl last year. 

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