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Anti-Trump Former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh Announces Potential Primary Challenge

It is an effort doomed to abject failure, of course, but this pairing is interesting for its dynamics.



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Former GOP congressman Joe Walsh turned on a dime, going from Trump supporter to Trump hater, and now he wants to launch a primary challenge to the president for the GOP nomination for president for 2020.

Walsh, who once claimed to be the “Tea Party candidate” for Congress, was encouraged to this deal by failed magazine publisher and similarly virulent Trump hater, Bill Kristol.

It is an effort doomed to abject failure, of course, but this pairing is interesting for its dynamics.

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First, we have Bill Kristol who has already announced at least three other failed efforts to face Trump down with opponents. Kristol once floated National Review writer David French — a soft conservative never-Trumper — and also encouraged former Mass. Gov. Bill Weld to take on Trump. Neither had any traction at all. But he also spearheaded the total joke that was Evan McMullin’s disastrous campaign in 2016.

Touted as the perfect Trump killer, McMullin was only able to even get on the ballot in eleven states. And of those states, Utah was the sole state in which he had any support at all. His campaign was a total failure to move the dial against Trump despite his arm waving and desperate bids for press coverage.

But, while Kristol is already known as a rabid never-Trumper, his new buddy Joe Walsh has come a bit late to the no-Trump party.

Indeed, Walsh supported Trump until recently when he suddenly decided that Trump was not suited to be president.

For some, Walsh’s history of eyebrow raising tweets is enough to cast him into the ashcan of history. Human Events writer Will Chamberlain, for instance, wrote a piece on August 22 ripping Walsh on that very topic.

Says Chamberlain:

Joe Walsh’s Twitter history is replete with crass, racist, and bigoted tweets.

In 2014 Walsh tweeted about a seeming double-standard, complaining that he was not allowed to use the n-word in polite company — while using the n-word. In 2016, Walsh tweeted — after 5 police officers were slain in Dallas — that “real America” was “coming after” the “black lives matter punks” and that they should “watch out.” And as recently as February 2018, fourteen months after Trump was elected, Walsh tweeted about his belief that former President Obama was, in fact, a stealth Muslim.

Muslims and African-Americans weren’t the only regular targets of Walsh’s ire. Walsh once described the LGBT community as “constitutional terrorists,” and appears to have the same longing to use homophobic slurs as he does the n-word.

Chamberlain also went on to slap Walsh around for his child support payment troubles and claims by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that Walsh was a corrupt Congressman.

But there are other concerns, here, than off-color tweets and child support issues.

Walsh is currently a radio host for Chicago’s WIND radio, and for the last few months he has been claiming that his ideals and opinions have never changed. He is as conservative now as he has always been, he says in show promos. It is just today’s Trumpian climate that has changed, he exclaims. On the radio promos he has said that today’s definition of Republican has become if you a a Trump supporter or you aren’t. But he hasn’t changed, he again insists. Only the political climate has.

This sounds good, huh? But is it true? Has the Republican Party left Joe Walsh because it is a Trump party and Walsh has principles?

Maybe not so much.

First of all, Joe Walsh has always seemed to be a very needy candidate. He has run for office in Illinois time after time and lost every time but that one time in 2008 when he went to Congress for a single two-year term.

By “needy” I mean that he seems to really need to be an elected official. For instance, he has shopped himself around in half a dozen districts over the years trying to gain a foothold. In fact, after he was turned out of Congress, he even floated the idea of running against another Republican (Rep. Randy Hultgren) in a different district from the one he lost. He ultimately decided not to do it, but the fact that he was even contemplating the idea of tossing out a fellow Republican for no gain to the party was telling about his priorities.

He is also quite an ideological chameleon. Back in the late 1990s, for instance, when he was trying to get a campaign together in Illinois Walsh claimed to be a pro-abortion but pro-business Republican. He even called himself a “social liberal.” He lost that bid for office. But fast forward to 2008, and he was suddenly a tough conservative “tea party” candidate even though right up to the time he claimed the Tea Party title he had never attended a single Tea Party event in his life. Also he was suddenly anti-abortion and socially conservative.

On top of that, in 1996 he was a strict anti-gunner that supported the 1994 assault weapons ban. By contrast, in in 2008 he was suddenly a big NRA supporter and strong Second Amendment guy.

Now, to his credit, for his two years in Congress he essentially maintained his stance as a Tea Party guy. He danced with the party what brung him. But once he lost his re-election campaign and then went on the radio, his supporters began to see his slow turn back to his 1990s liberalism.

Then came Walsh’s efforts to gain radio syndication. To win that battle, Walsh started to “distinguish” himself from other conservative talk show hosts with a slow turn against Donald Trump. It almost seems that he looked at the radio market and noticed that there were few reputed conservatives who were not high on Trump. So, he began angling for that niche.

Now that niche has aimed him right into the arms of loser Bill Kristol. Such a pair.

What will be the outcome of all this? Well, if he does make that primary run he will fail. But, maybe he’ll end up winning himself a TV gig on CNN or MSNBC… and maybe that is his goal all along?

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Jordan Shreds Democrats’ Impeachment Witness: ‘What You Heard Did Not Happen’

Rep. Jim Jordan: And you’re their star witness.



Jordan Shreds Democrats’ Impeachment Witness: ‘What You Heard Did Not Happen’

Jim Jordan shredded the Democrats’ impeachment witness Ambassador William Taylor: ‘What you heard did not happen.’

Today in a nutshell: Ambassador William Taylor wasn’t on the call. He’s never spoken with Mulvaney. He’s never met the president. And he’s their star witness. “I’ve seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this.” -Jim Jordan


Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) ripped Democrats’ impeachment witness Ambassador William Taylor on Wednesday as he deconstructed the narrative the Democratic Party has promoted surrounding President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

During one exchange, Jordan highlighted Taylor’s limited knowledge of the events about which he was testifying:

Jordan: You didn’t listen in on President Trump and Zelensky’s call?

Taylor: I did not.

Jordan: You’ve never talked with Chief of Staff Mulvaney?

Taylor: I never did.

Jordan: You’ve never met the president?

Taylor: That’s correct.

Jordan: You had three meetings again with Zelenksy and it didn’t come up … and President Zelensky never made an announcement. … and you’re their star witness.

“In those 55 days that aid is delayed, you met with President Zelensky three times,” Jordan said. “The first one was on July 26, the day after the famous call now between President Trump and President Zelensky.” More

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Prominent Anti-Trump Voice George Conway Tapped by MSNBC to Kick Off Impeachment Coverage

As if this weren’t already enough of a circus.



The predictable nature of the mainstream media is on full display this week as public impeachment hearings promise to further divide our nation down party lines.

The Democrats, hellbent on somehow reversing the results of the 2016 election, are practically gloating at the moment.  They see this media circus as their ticket to a nation not under the watchful eye of President Trump, hoping to steer the American public ever further to the left.

The media is little more than a catalyst for this hyperbolic hullabaloo, and they aren’t even hiding it anymore.  On MSNBC, one of the most consistently anti-Trump networks, they’ve even gone as far as to tap George Conway, husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and frequent critic of the President, to kick off the marathon coverage.

Attorney George Conway, the husband of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, kicked off MSNBC’s live coverage of the impeachment of President Donald Trump with a devastating takedown of Republicans, saying he is “horrified and appalled” by the way the GOP has handled this.

MSNBC scored quite the coup with the provocative Conway, and he did not disappoint.

Co-anchor Nicolle Wallace asked Conway to explain what it is that Trump did that was impeachable, and Conway explained a president’s duty to “faithfully execute the laws.

“When you take on that duty… you are promising to take that awesome power that’s being thrust upon you and use it for the nation’s benefit, and not for your own benefit,” Conway said, and added “And the problem with Donald Trump is he always sees himself first. Trump is all about Trump.”

He went on to say “that’s what this is all about, he’s using, he was using the power of the presidency at its most unchecked area, foreign affairs, to advance his own personal interests as opposed to the country.”

For many, the entire impeachment process is nothing more than a show, given that the Senate Majority Leader has already vehemently declared that a swift acquittal is in the offing for President Trump.  This means that the Democrats will be soaking up whatever spotlight that they can during these public hearings in hopes of exploiting this constitutionally sacred process as some sort of 24/7 anti-Trump campaign ad for 2020.


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Rep. Mark Meadows Again Blasts Impeachment ‘Sham’ as Public Hearings Begin

Given just how contentious the proceedings have been so far, it would seem that Meadows has hit the nail on the head.



Today is undoubtedly a historic day for the United States of America, as public hearings regarding a possible impeachment of President Trump have begun on Capitol Hill.

This is the very first time that such proceedings have been broadcast into the homes of We The People, further adding to the uniqueness of these events.

Of course, not everyone on Capitol Hill is clamoring for these impeachment hearings to get off the ground, as Republicans continue to decry the process for its previous secrecy, as well as for its cart before the horse logic.

Many Republicans, like House Rep. Mark Meadows, are letting their voices be heard and emphatically denouncing the entire process.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Sandra Smith, Meadows said that Democrats want to “make sure that the rules are twisted to their favor.”

“We’re going to see that. We’re going to see their two star witnesses today. Neither one of them [has] ever talked to the president of the United States. And so, it’s interesting how the American people are going to be able to judge this based on secondhand or thirdhand information,” he said.

“As much as my Democratic colleagues will want to push it out, they are not going to be able to present the case to the American people in a compelling way,” he argued.

“When the facts come out, we will find that this is an empty bucket full of lots of innuendos but real no facts that would suggest that impeachment is warranted,” added Meadows.

He would go on…

Meadows argued that if the hearings were about a “fair process” they would have been “handled totally differently” and that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has been conducting a “sham process for the last six weeks.”

Given just how contentious the proceedings have been so far, it would seem that Meadows has hit the nail on the head.

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John Bolton Drops Wild Accusation Against Trump During Private Speech

We may have just received a small preview of what Bolton’s possible impeachment testimony will look like.



There has been a great deal of speculation regarding former national security adviser John Bolton and exactly where he stands in regard to President Trump’s looming impeachment.

Bolton was fired from the White House after numerous rumors emerged intimating that he and President Trump were not seeing eye to eye on foreign policy – particularly in the Middle East.  The long-serving Bolton has long been considered a war hawk of sorts, pushing for military action early and often when situations in the region sour.

Now, with the impeachment scandal singularly focused on the matter involving Ukraine, Bolton’s experiences in the White House are under the proverbial microscope, with a great many in the West Wing wondering just what Bolton will say if or when he testifies.

We may have gotten a small preview during a recent speech he gave.

Former national security adviser John Bolton derided President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law during a private speech last week and suggested his former boss’ approach to U.S. policy on Turkey is motivated by personal or financial interests, several people who were present for the remarks told NBC News.

According to six people who were there, Bolton also questioned the merits of Trump applying his business acumen to foreign policy, saying such issues can’t be approached like the win-or-lose edict that drives real estate deals: When one deal doesn’t work, you move on to the next.

The description was part of a broader portrait Bolton outlined of a president who lacks an understanding of the interconnected nature of relationships in foreign policy and the need for consistency, these people said.

Bolton has not yet been scheduled to testify, with the possibility of a court order to do so still hovering in the ether.


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Timing of Joe Biden’s 2014 Ukraine Trip Renews Concerns Over Corruption and Nepotism

The mainstream media can shout “debunked conspiracy theory” until they’re blue in the face, but it won’t change the facts of the situation.



There is a very distinct reason why the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff doesn’t want to preside over a deep dig into the matter of the Bidens’ business in Ukraine; namely, that the disclosure of the facts in the case would completely eviscerate the Democrats’ impeachment narrative.

As of right now, the Democratic angle on impeachment is that President Trump’s insistence on investigating corruption within Ukraine was somehow inappropriate or uncouth, and based on the Commander in Chief’s desire to drum up damaging dirt on Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election.

For this narrative to be effective, Joe Biden will need to come out of this investigation unscathed and squeaky clean.  Otherwise, the President’s concerns would then be completed warranted, thus eradicating the plausible deniability the the Democrats are hiding behind.

That’s why Adam Schiff has attempted to forbid the GOP from calling Hunter Biden, son of Joe, as a witness in the UkraineGate impeachment inquiry.

In the mainstream media, the canned line about the Joe-Hunter-Ukraine connection being a “debunked conspiracy theory” is just that:  A canned line.  A soundbite meant to detract from the President’s defense.

But here are the facts:

Nepotism?  Check.

Continued use of hard drugs?  Check.

Then, just a month after this meeting…

As we can clearly see, the “debunked conspiracy theory” regarding Hunter Biden riding nepotism into his cushy Burisma gig is anything but debunked, regardless of the mainstream media’s incessant repetition of that talking point.

Furthermore, it would be highly detrimental to the Democrats for this information to become widespread, as it then vindicates the President’s concerns over American political involvement in Ukrainian corruption.

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Republicans Sink Their Claws into Impeachment with Plans to Subpoena Hunter Biden

Adam Schiff’s ‘make it up as you go along’ rules could put a kibosh on these plans, however.



For much of its infancy, the impeachment of Donald Trump was something that the Republican Party was just not that into, and understandably.  From their prospective, and the perspective of a great deal of the American people, this entire ruse was nothing more than an attempt to reverse the 2016 election simply because the Democrats lost.

Even some of the nation’s most senior leaders are calling shenanigans on the entire process, with Senator Lindsey Graham even going so far as to call it “BS”, and admit that he’s just written the whole thing off as a stunt.

But other Republicans are seeing an opportunity in impeachment – one that would allow them to bring to light the controversy that got this ball rolling in the first place:  Whether or not Vice President Joe Biden’s position in the White House led to his son Hunter’s sweetheart business deals in Ukraine.

House Republicans plan to call Hunter Biden, the Ukraine whistleblower and a range of other witnesses to testify in the upcoming public Trump impeachment hearings, according to a witness list obtained exclusively by Fox News.

It is unclear, at this point, how many of the Republicans’ proposed witnesses will be approved by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the Democrats, because the newly-approved resolution governing the impeachment inquiry give the approval power to the chairman and the members of the majority.

And that’s not all:

Republicans also plan to call the younger Biden’s former long-time business partner, Devon Archer, who also sat on the board of Burisma. Republicans claim Archer can help the public to understand “the nature and extent of Ukraine’s pervasive corruption information that bears directly on President Trump’s longstanding and deeply-held skepticism of the country.”

Fox News has also learned that Republicans plan to call the whistleblower—whose identity remains anonymous—to testify publicly as part of the inquiry. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in September the whistleblower would appear before Congress “very soon,” but in recent weeks has suggested that testimony is unnecessary.

Schiff has also installed rules regarding the witnesses to be brought forth in the case, releasing a number of questions that those on the stand would need to have reasonable knowledge of before being allowed to appear.  These questions have limited the scope of the witnesses to essentially just the July 25th phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky – something that Hunter Biden may not have.


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Non-Doctor Anthony Scaramucci Comments on President’s Mental Health

We, again, have an anti-Trump voice pretending to diagnose the President on cable television.



As we move ever closer to Donald Trump’s inevitable reelection, the attacks being leveled at him by his political opponents have grown ever more bizarre.

For instance, the left is currently embroiled in an impeachment process that is certain to fail in the Senate.  Their hope is not to actually removed the President from office, since they simply don’t have the votes for it, but instead to conjure up enough negative news coverage regarding Donald Trump to put a dent in his 2020 plans.  This abuse of the process will likely go down in history as one of the most egregious acts of partisan politicking of the modern day.

Outside the walls of the Capitol, however, the insults and insinuations don’t end with impeachment.  Increasingly, we find anti-Trump voices turning to speculative hyperbole to cast doubt on The Donald.

Such is the case with former White House staffer Anthony Scaramucci.

On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci discussed a new book by an anonymous administration official that is critical of President Donald Trump’s leadership.

Scaramucci said, “Some of it is hyperbolic, but some of it is also prima facie. Go to the president clippings today on the South Lawn. It’s not stable. It’s not normal. It’s not even inside of a bell curve of what people would describe as real mental health. He’s having a hard time putting sentences together. He’s repeating himself. He’s lost a lot of the sharpness he had in ’15 and ’16.”

For the record, Anthony Scaramucci is neither a psychiatrist nor a psychologist.

The former Trump insider would go on to label the President’s behavior as “incompetent” as well, making certain that there was no doubt about where he stands on the subject.

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