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Gary Bauer / November 22, 2022

Twitter Votes & Trump’s Truth

Elon Musk asked Twitter users to vote on whether Donald Trump should be allowed back. Trump vowed to stick with Truth Social.

You’ve probably heard that Elon Musk asked Twitter users to vote on whether Donald Trump should be allowed back on the social media platform. Trump initially won the vote 52% to 48%. But I doubt we can rely on those totals. I’m sure the mail-in tweets are yet to be counted. (That was a joke.)

On a more serious note, Trump vowed to stick with his own special platform, Truth Social. But when Musk reinstated Trump’s account, you could once again read the former president’s tweets from January 6, 2021.

Trump repeatedly urged the crowd not to engage in violence, writing: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”

And this: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”

Yet, when Twitter took down Trump’s account on January 6th, it prevented those tweets from being seen. And then the left built the whole January 6th show trial around the absurd lie that Trump encouraged the mob and caused an “insurrection.”

Garland’s “Special” Counsel

Friday afternoon, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he was appointing a special counsel to investigate and potentially prosecute former President Trump. Never mind that Donald Trump has been investigated nonstop for the past five years by the FBI, by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and by multiple congressional committees, including the January 6th Committee.

Within minutes of Garland’s announcement, the media talking heads were universally praising the selection of Jack Smith. Fox News and other outlets noted that Smith is currently prosecuting war criminals in the Hague, as if to suggest that Donald Trump is a “war criminal.”

The truth of the matter is that Smith is a political hack. In 2014, the House Oversight Committee concluded that he arranged a key meeting between infamous IRS official Lois Lerner and the Department of Justice that led to the targeting of conservative organizations during the Obama/Biden Administration.

When Smith ran the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, he prosecuted then-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who was a rising star in the Republican Party, under federal bribery and corruption charges. A jury convicted McDonnell on 11 charges.

Two years later, a unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court overturned the convictions. But McDonnell’s political future had been completely trashed.

Mission accomplished.

Dump TikTok Now!

This weekend, Senators Tom Cotton (R-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) were on Sunday talk shows. They both had the same message: Get your children off TikTok.

Warner actually said something that must have been very difficult for him. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Warner said, “Well, I think Donald Trump was right. TikTok is an enormous threat.”

You’ll recall that Trump took steps to ban TikTok from the country. He was roundly attacked for the move. And, of course, Joe Biden repealed Trump’s order.

But both Senators Cotton and Warner made it absolutely clear that TikTok is the largest surveillance program in history. Communist China is monitoring our children and collecting voluminous information about them.

“All of that data that your child is inputting and receiving is being stored somewhere in Beijing,” Sen. Warner said.

Sen. Cotton warned, “It’s not just the contents you upload to TikTok but all the data on your phone and other apps, all your personal information, even facial imagery, even where your eyes are looking on your phone.”

TikTok is collecting everything on your child’s phone … everything. Their contacts, their health records and financial information — all of it is being swept up by Chinese communist and stored in data centers controlled by the greatest enemy of the United States.

By the way, an article was published last week asking if TikTok, a communist Chinese app, tilted the midterm elections against the GOP. It notes that “TikTok’s algorithm decides what each user will see next,” and it warns that more and more young Americans are getting their news from TikTok, with 40% of them even preferring it as a search engine over Google.

You may not be able to do anything about your adult children, but you can take a stand as a parent and not allow your teenagers to get on TikTok!

McCarthy Makes His Move

Speaking at a major Jewish conference this weekend, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy reiterated his promise to remove Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee because of her repeated anti-Semitic outbursts.

In addition, he has also promised to remove Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from House Intelligence Committees.

McCarthy wants Schiff off the committee because he repeatedly abused his position on the sensitive committee to smear Donald Trump and to lie to the American people about “evidence of Russian collusion” when there was no such evidence.

Swalwell should have been kicked off the Intelligence Committee years ago when it was first discovered that he was compromised by a communist Chinese agent. But Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff protected their fellow Californian.

McCarthy seems determined to restore integrity to the House Intelligence Committee. Good for him, and I hope he sticks to his promise.

Nancy Pelosi set the standard of deciding which members get to sit on various committees, so I don’t want to hear any GOP “moderates” suggesting that McCarthy’s move is a bad start.

By the way, McCarthy is also promising to create a special committee to investigate communist China’s influence peddling schemes and massive espionage efforts in the United States, something that is long overdue.

The Maricopa Mess

The Arizona attorney general’s office is demanding answers from Maricopa County regarding its disastrous conduct of the November 8th elections. The assistant attorney general is demanding answers regarding three specific irregularities before the county certifies the results of the election.

While I am glad state officials are asking questions, there should be more outrage from GOP officials in Washington, D.C. Maricopa County’s incompetence cost us a Senate seat and denied Kari Lake, a rising female conservative star, the governorship.

We know Mitch McConnell didn’t fund Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters because Masters wouldn’t kiss McConnell’s ring and refused to endorse him as Senate leader.

I strongly suspect that similar motivations are keeping national Republicans from asking more questions about Arizona. They don’t want Kari Lake, a strong America First populist, to be a leader in the GOP.

Another Biden Record

Joe Biden has set a lot of records as president — record inflation, record illegal immigration, record drug overdoses, record COVID deaths.

He set another record this weekend when he quietly observed his 80th birthday. He’s not just the oldest president in American history, he’s the first 80 year-old president we’ve ever had. And Biden may go down in history as making 80 the new 95!

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