October 22, 2019

Socialism’s Bloody History Shows Millennials Should Think Twice Before Supporting It

Socialism demands that we place blind trust in whoever takes the power to distribute society’s goods and services. History shows those who have this power abuse it in horrific ways–every time.

Socialism has murdered over 200 million of its own citizens in the last century to maintain its power over its people

Nikolai Bukharin was executed by shooting in Moscow on March 15, 1938. He had been revered as a giant of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, as one who even worked side by side with Vladimir Lenin himself. Alas, Bukharin’s Marxist chickens had come home to roost by the time he was shot like a dog during Josef Stalin’s reign of terror. His execution marked the pinnacle of Stalin’s show trials of high-level officials.

You see, Bukharin invested in building a political system that inevitably puts the reins of power into the hands of just a few strongmen who end up calling all the shots. It’s a system in which suspicion and the smell of treason tend to hang in the air.

Socialism, by the way, is just such a system. This is the case whether you call it by any other name, whether communism, utopianism, or collectivism. Oh, go ahead and slap some lipstick on that pig and call it “democratic” socialism or “progressivism” or “communitarianism.”

Lenin and his gang all started out calling themselves socialists. Social democrats, to be exact. So the fact remains: the path of socialism is ultimately paved with coercion, censorship, and, yes, terror. Does stating this make me an alarmist? No. It makes me a realist.

Socialism Is a Bait-and-Switch Scheme

Socialism and communism both involve ceding to the state control over the distribution of goods and services for the masses. This involves giving up individual rights, and giving the state a good measure of control over our personal lives. This road always leads to tyranny, no matter what you pave it with, and no matter what you name it. Socialism requires a power clique—or, as Lenin put it, an elite ‘vanguard’—in order to pretend to function.

Socialism requires a power clique—or, as Lenin put it, an elite ‘vanguard’—in order to pretend to function.

Socialism requires a power clique—or, as Lenin put it, an elite “vanguard”—in order to pretend to function. This means going heavy on executive power and rubber-stamp light on the legislative. Socialism demands that we place blind trust in whoever takes the reins of power to distribute society’s goods and services. This tiny elite, by the way, typically enjoys enormous privileges and a much higher standard of living than the hoi polloi, simply by being a part of the elite “nomenklatura.”

Sure, this oligarchy claims to distribute in the name of “equality.” That’s typically the cover story. The historical fact is that the vanguard, the power clique, eventually takes control of everything that’s produced—medicine, education, housing, food, transportation, etc. Its members then bureaucratically ration out—as they see fit—the means of human survival. In the end, you’ve basically got an elite corps of mobsters with the power to decide which folks are more equal than others.

Socialism also has a way of producing bloated bureaucracies that in turn produce ever greater scarcity. Along the way, this produces ever more corruption and cronyism. Censorship puts down deep roots because dissent cannot be tolerated or the system would collapse. Those are all prime ingredients for a closed society and surveillance state. Yet everybody is supposed to lay back and enjoy it.

Millennials for Bernie Sanders, Be Careful What You Wish For

So why should we meditate on the gruesome anniversary of Bukharin’s execution 78 years after the fact? Because Stalin’s purges and the reign of terror he invoked throughout Soviet society are actually pretty natural outgrowths of a system that puts too much power in the hands of too few people. That’s why. The current professed yearning for socialism—a system so conducive to corruption, cronyism, censorship, and coercion—just keeps rearing its ugly head.

The current professed yearning for socialism—a system so conducive to corruption, cronyism, censorship, and coercion—just keeps rearing its ugly head.

Yet the current professed yearning for socialism—a system so conducive to corruption, cronyism, censorship, and coercion—just keeps rearing its ugly head. One case in point is the open support for Stalin himself in today’s Russia. On March 5, the anniversary of Stalin’s death, a group of communists led a brazen procession to his grave to pay homage to this man who is responsible for the deaths of untold millions during his reign of terror in the Soviet Union.

We are also witnessing a new trendiness for all things socialist and communist among college youth. They sport T-shirts featuring the image of nauseatingly murderous tyrants like Che Guevara. Thanks to the popularity of the avuncular Bernie Sanders, coupled with an astonishing ignorance of history, millennials have fast become trusty mouthpieces for socialism. This is ironic, because socialism has a way of redistributing power away from the “99 percent” and puts it into the hands of the few central planners—a teensy fraction of 1 percent—at the top.

Then what? Well, too often the answer is in the title of this recent article written by libertarian Matt Kibbe: “Socialism Kills.” R.J. Rummel chronicled and documented the killing habits of socialist regimes in his work “Death by Government.” There’s an indisputable correlation between big government and terror that keeps turning up throughout history. That’s because big government is really Borg government. It just can’t get enough of itself.

We’d better get acquainted with it if we’d like to avoid it, no?

Nikolai Bukharin’s Wretched Ides of March

Bukharin’s execution, as well as all of the wild show trials with forced confessions and executions of so many high-level Soviet leaders, caused shock and disillusionment among several prominent communists in the West. (One of them, Arthur Koestler, reflected on the impact of the show trials in his novel “Darkness at Noon.”) In that last letter, he requested poison to drink rather than a bullet to the head.

Bukharin wrote more than 30 letters to Stalin while in prison, none of which were answered. But his last letter is particularly poignant. It’s an utter mess of emotions and contradictions: wailing self-pity, confession to crimes, pleas for his innocence, Stockholm Syndrome, total despair, and hope against hope. He referred to Stalin by his revolutionary nickname “Koba,” in an attempt to hearken back to their old Bolshevik days of being comrades-in-arms.

But Bukharin knew he was finished. In that last letter, he requested poison to drink rather than a bullet to the head. (According to one report, he was made to watch the executions of 16 other defendants, then shot last.) He requested to see his wife and infant son. (Obviously, not granted or answered. His wife was sent to a gulag prison camp.)

He even requested to be exiled to America, where he promised to wage Stalin’s war against by-then-enemy-of-the-people Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Red Army. (This seems a pathetic Hail Mary pass.) He also expressed regret for pal-ing around with Lev Kamenev, another high-ranking Bolshevik Stalin had purged earlier.

Here’s how Bukharin’s letter to Stalin ends:

In me you have lost one of your most capable generals, one who is genuinely devoted to you. But that is all past. It is bitter to reflect on all this. But I am preparing myself mentally to depart from this vale of tears, and there is nothing in me toward all of you, toward the party and the cause, but a great and boundless love. I am doing everything that is humanly possible and impossible.

I have crossed all the t’s and dotted all the i’s in spite of a headache and with tears in my eyes. My conscience is clear before you now, Koba. I ask you one final time for your forgiveness (only in your heart, not otherwise.) For that reason I embrace you in my mind.

One Soviet scholar in particular, Stephen Cohen, has defended Bukharin as courageous, and as one who never truly confessed but engaged in a war of words—in an Aesopian language—during his spoken defense at the trial itself. Be that as it may, Bukharin’s letter displays the full human wreckage that lay at the end of the road of socialism.

A fascinating postscript here is that Cohen came into possession of the last letter Bukharin wrote from prison to his young wife Anna Larina. Cohen actually delivered it into her hands in 1992, 54 years later.

Socialism Separates People and Causes Great Human Misery

Bukharin’s letter to Anna displays in stark clarity what a socialist system ultimately does to the most intimate of human relationships. Once socialism is entrenched, it is tailor-made to separate human beings and stand in the way of intimacy. Indeed, its general premise is that the good of the collective trumps the good of the individual, which means it is actually invested in wreaking havoc on family relationships and loyalties.

Below is an excerpt from Bukharin’s letter to Anna Larina. It’s loaded with pathos, suffering, loneliness, and all manner of contradictions. It’s a testament to the fact that in the end, we only want familial closeness with real, flesh and blood people. Not “communitarian” efficiency. Yet, at the same time, Bukharin extols the very system, socialism, that would destroy these relationships for him and for everyone:

My sweet Anushka! My Darling!

I write to you on the eve of the trial, and I write to you with a definite purpose, which I emphasize three times over: No matter what you read, no matter what you hear, no matter how horrible these things might be, no matter what might be said to me nor what I might say – endure everything courageously and calmly. Prepare the family. Help all of them. I fear for you and the others, but most of all for you. Don’t feel malice about anything. Remember that the great cause of the USSR lives on and this is the most important thing. Personal fates are transitory and wretched by comparison. A great ordeal awaits you. I beg you my dearest, muster all your strength, tighten all the strings of your heart, but don’t allow them to break.

Do not talk carelessly with anybody about anything. . . .

There you have it. Bukharin feels compelled to say that the great Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is “the most important thing.” And be careful, oh, so very careful, what you say to anybody. Political correctness on steroids. That’s socialism in a nutshell for you.

No doubt the stated intentions are oh-so-pure and oh-so-good, like “liberte, egalite, fraternite.” It’s the sort of compassion Flannery O’Connor wrote of when she noted that “tenderness leads to the gas chamber.” That’s because, at the end of the day, socialism is a manipulative machine of human cruelty powered only by a blind greed for power. It forces people to finely mince their words, or remain silent.

Of course it operates under the fig leaf of “equality.” Because how else can it seal the deal?

Socialism Is a Well-Trod Path to Absolute Power

Somehow, a lot of folks missed the memo that a system without checks and balances on political power is conducive to creating power-mongers, and even monsters. Lord Acton famously stated: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” A system without checks and balances on political power is conducive to creating power-mongers, and even monsters.

A system without checks and balances on political power is conducive to creating power-mongers, and even monsters.

Lord Acton’s warning is oft quoted, but little noted, despite the fact that history proves it correct time and bloody time again. Witness Nazi Germany, Mao’s China, Kim Jong Un’s North Korea, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and myriad other examples. Lord Acton’s statement has even been laboratory-tested, and you can check that out in this Leadership Quarterly article.

Bukharin’s Bolshevik comrades had held him in the highest esteem. He was a prominent leader of the Russian revolution and party theorist who worked side by side with Lenin himself, the firebrand who overthrew czarist Russia and entrenched communism there. Lenin even dubbed Bukharin “the golden boy of the revolution.”

But Bukharin basically had two killers, as did all of the other cronies in the government’s power clique. One, of course, was the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. The other killer was the ideology of socialism that Bukharin put into place—a system of unchecked power that grows monsters like Stalin.

We need to remember that, when soft socialism with its siren song of “equality” is left to its own devices, it takes ever more rigid forms. The political hubris of “progressives” who know better than you and me—and with such utter certainty—always leads to central control, corruption, cronyism, censorship, and abject conformity.

The more than 100 million victims of communism shows just how slippery a slope socialism is. Any person of goodwill who is familiar with the history and realities of socialism would do everything possible to avoid going down that minefield of a road.

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20 Hate Crime Hoaxes in the Age of Trump

Jussie Smollett is far from an isolated case

Jussie Smollett’s arrest in connection to what Chicago cops believe is a hate crime hoax the “Empire” actor orchestrated upon himself included what’s become a glaringly common denominator in similar capers: Apparent hatred for President Donald Trump and his supporters. Woman from Hawaii turned a $453 investment into $42,643 by doing this

Smollett told police he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack last month by masked men who yelled “MAGA country” — a reference to Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” No video of the alleged attack has been found, and Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct Wednesday evening for filing a false police report.

Image source: Chicago Police Department

You may have noticed that hate crime hoaxes — many which reference Trump or Trump supporters— have been frequently popping up ever since the Republican billionaire defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in November 2016. Independent journalist and Quillette editor Andy Ngo has been compiling a list on Twitter, but TheBlaze has been on the case as well — so here’s a little list for your hate crime hoax reading pleasure.

Buckle Up, Buttercup

1. A black man was accused of spray-painting graffiti — “Trump Rules” and “Black Bitch” — on a car in Philadelphia just hours after Trump’s election.

2. The day after Trump was elected, an 18-year-old student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette claimed to have been robbed by two white men of her wallet and her hijab — a head scarf often worn by Muslim women. But she made up the entire thing.

3. Also the day after Trump’s election, a student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio said three white boys wearing Trump shirts threw rocks at her and called her racial slurs, but cops told WTVG-TV she made it all up — possibly over frustration with friends and family who were Trump supporters.

4. A University of Michigan student falsely claimed that on Nov. 11, 2016 — just days after Trump’s election — a white man in Ann Arbor threatened to burn her if she didn’t remove her hijab.

5. Another UM student claimed a white man cut her face with a safety pin in Ann Arbor on Nov. 15, 2016; she was charged and pleaded guilty to making a false police report.

6. Days after Trump’s election, a 20-year-old man admitted he lied when he told Malden, Massachusetts, police he was harassed by two white men proclaiming it’s “Trump country now,” the Boston Herald reported.

7. About a week after Trump’s election, two students at Williams College in Massachusetts “vandalized Griffin Hall to bring attention to the potential impact of the presidential election on campus,” the Williams Record reported. The students poured a red wood-stain substance resembling blood down the main stairwell of and wrote “AMKKK KILL” in the stairwell, the paper said.

8. In November 2016, the president of North Park University in Chicago told WMAQ-TV that hateful “Trump” notes and emails allegedly sent to a student were “fabricated,” and that the woman who claimed they were aimed toward her was no longer enrolled at the school.

9. In December 2016, police arrested 18-year-old Yasmin Seweid, a Muslim woman, for filing the false report after she claimed she was verbally attacked on a New York City subway by three drunk white men who mentioned Trump and demanded she remove her hijab.

Yasmin SeweidImage source: YouTube screenshot

10. A gay choir director admitted to spray-painting “Heil Trump” on the walls of his Indiana Episcopal church just after the 2016 election.

11. A Wisconsin college student claimed in January 2017 his door and wall next to it “had been spray painted with a bias symbol and phrases related to his religion and ethnicity.” He then confessed to making up the whole thing.

12. Police arrested a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina, in April 2017 for planning a hate crime at an immigrant-operated store in which a window was broken, a flaming object was thrown through the door, and a note was left behind that blamed the fire on white Trump supporters.

13. A racist note that prompted the student body of Lutheran St. Olaf College in Minnesota to hold a massive protest that shut down classes for a day in May 2017 was revealed to be hoax, school officials said.

14. Racist messages were discovered in September 2017 against several minority candidates at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, but the incident was revealed to be another hoax.

15. A reported “hate crime” near Kansas State University in November 2017 — in which a black man’s car was covered in racist graffiti and prompted action by the FBI — turned out to be a hoax, as the car’s owner admitted he was responsible for the graffiti.

16. Also at Kansas State — one year later — campus police concluded a racist note left on a dorm door was placed there by the student who reported it.

17. Last April, authorities concluded a 13-year-old Virginia girl falsely reported that a black man grabbed her arm, displayed a small knife, called her a “terrorist,” pulled off her headscarf, and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

18. A black woman on Long Island, New York, told police last September she found a hateful note on her car and discovered her tire was slashed after a group of teens yelled “Trump 2016!” at her — but authorities told WNBC-TV she made up the story.

19. Just last November, officials at Drake University in Iowa said four of five racist notes found in residence halls were hoaxes, the Des Moines Register reported.

20. Last December, a black student was charged with writing racist graffiti — including a swastika and a Ku Klux Klan reference — in a dormitory at Goucher College in Baltimore.

‘People want to be a victim’

Adding additional context to the hate hoax phenomenon was Mediaite writer and podcast host John Ziegler who joined Glenn Beck on Monday to discuss the latest developments in Jussie Smollett’s alleged assault case.

“I hope that we don’t just look at this as the left wants us to, as an isolated incident or that it’s somehow unique,” Ziegler told Beck. “This is an epidemic. Especially in the realm of hate-crime situations. We now live in a world where being the right kind of victim is the American dream. People want to be a victim. You get adulation, you get attention, you get money in certain situations … being the right kind of victim is the American dream today.”

Check out the clip:

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TRUMP: America Will Never Be a Socialist Country

“America Will Never Be A Socialist Country”; “We Were Born Free And We Will Stay Free”

President Trump said the United States will never become a socialist country in his 2019 State of the Union address.

“We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair,” Trump said Tuesday night.

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” the president said. “America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”

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“Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” Trump declared.

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The Expansion of Socialism

One hundred years ago most people of the world were laborers. Hard working people naturally looked for ways to rise above their humble circumstances, and in America that meant innovating and giving extra effort. Not all nations afforded their working classes the opportunities preserved to Americans by the U.S. Constitution.

Revolutions

In 1776 Americans declared their independence from the tyranny of the British Crown. In 1917 the Russian peasants and working classes revolted against the government of Tsar Nicholas II, led by Vladimir Lenin and a group of revolutionaries called the Bolsheviks. In the 1920s the Chinese Red Army led the revolution and marched across China killing anyone who had an education or who owned more than 1 acre of land. NAZIs came to power in Germany and marched across Europe.

The Difference

Americans enjoyed the liberties guarantied by their Constitution, and they were free to apply themselves, and work harder or smarter than their competition, and earn more than their parents had ever dreamed. The free-trade economy catapulted America from a backwater British colony to a world power in mere decades. Russia and China invoked socialism, which is government control of production and distribution. This form of government promises “fairness” among all of its citizens, asserting that none will rise above others (presumably at the expense of others). Socialism comes in various forms: Democratic Socialism, Communism and Fascism (where socialist government officials control the economy through corporations).

Socialism Has Murdered 100 Million

Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il have ordered the extermination of millions of their citizens, totaling around 100,000,000 in the 20th Century. Why? Because socialism is about power and control. It is anti-liberty. When power to redistribute wealth is given to government, it must exercise that power to force its citizens to live under its edicts. Because socialism guaranties equal receipt of goods and services, regardless of effort or risk, socialist economies always stall from lack of innovation. They wither and die—without exception.

Socialism Today

Venezuela is the latest victim of socialism. What was an oil-wealthy growing economy just 10 years ago has become another victim on the ash heap of socialism. To quote a Venezuelan woman featured on a CNN report the other day, “This socialist utopia has left nearly all stomachs hungry.” Indeed, in a nation rich in oil those who can scrape together a box of rapidly devaluing currency must wait in gasoline lines from 3 days and nights to fill their tanks. This is the natural course of socialism.

Before Venezuela it was Cuba, and the USSR, and Communist China. Each of these nations enslaved their working people and plunged them into poverty, while elites who ran the government lived lavishly. It was only as each country began to allow capitalism to take root and expand that the economies grew and the people began to thrive.

Socialist economies produce shortages of every consumer item, including food. Bread lines like this are common daily experiences in socialist nations.

What About Democratic Socialism in Scandinavia and Europe?

We have heard American socialists point to socialism “successes” in Europe as they espouse such economic schemes for the U.S. They tell us that countries like Denmark and Sweden enjoy a high standard of living while guaranteeing equality among their citizens. To a lesser extent, other European nations have moved sharply left toward socialism.

Here is the reality. Scandinavian countries are small, with homogenous populations. Because they are defended by America’s military, they spend very little on defense, and divert that money to social welfare programs. They are in “voluntary agreement” socially that none will rise above the rest, and agree to high tax rates to support this philosophy. Unfortunately, the era of being defended by America is abruptly ending, and President Trump is demanding that Europe increase defense spending (rendering him quite unpopular in Europe). Also, millions of Muslims have moved into Europe and overwhelmed the social welfare systems, crashing them and draining their semi-capitalistic economies.

Democratic-socialism only survives when it is it supported by the economic engine of capitalism. As UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher observed, however, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Indeed, when democratic socialism has drained the resources of the capitalist engine, it leaves its people waiting in long lines for scarce food and other resources—many of which will not arrive in time.

Why Do Democrats Love Socialism?

Socialism is about power and control. It is a bait-and-switch fraud scheme. It promises “fairness.” It promises forced equality. It promises something for nothing. The reality of socialism is that it transfers the wealth and power of The People to the government, with the promise of “We will now provide for all of your needs.” The people are lured into giving up their property and personal choices under this scheme. They surrender their healthcare system to this form of government, with such false promises as “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” President’s weekly address, June 6, 2009: “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.” As always happens, this is a lie told by the socialist government to trick the citizens into surrendering their wealth and power. This is followed by higher taxes, higher national debt, and a proliferation of government regulation.

Socialism Devalues God and Human Life

We note that anywhere that socialism has been imposed, human life and family relationships are diminished tremendously, as is the worship of our Creator. The surrender of power to the government necessitates that nothing else compete with the state’s supremacy. An iron fist rules a socialist society, and anything that threatens the state’s authority is eliminated. Because individualism is nurtured by the family social structure and a belief in divine parentage, socialism breaks down the family structure wherever possible and eliminates God from public and private life. In socialist nations like China and the USSR, we saw atheism replace faith, and the government deciding who you could marry and how many children you could have. Human life is devalued as the state replaces deity, and concepts like abortion and Eugenics supplant love of fellow humans.

All of this is dependent on government’s ability to control every aspect of our lives, of course, so socialism controls the flow of information eliminates the ability of the citizens to protect themselves from the government through the confiscation of firearms.

Does Any of This Sound Familiar?

Of course, since the Bolshevik Revolution socialists have seen America’s individual liberty and economic success as the greatest threat to the myth of socialism, and therefore, the transfer of all wealth and power to a small group of elites. This is why socialists have focused on penetrating the American media and educational systems over the past 100 years, completely overtaking them in the past two decades. Now, our children are bombarded daily in classrooms with a steady diet of socialism, as are we with every news and entertainment program on television.

An entire political party has been overtaken by socialists, and they have become so embedded that they are now emboldened to the point of speaking openly about their socialist platform. They promise “equality” and “fairness,” asserting that someone else will pay for the benefits they are promising. Of course, even the mathematically-challenged Democrats know in their heart-of-hearts that nothing they promise is true. It is all smoke and mirrors. It is all a lie, as it has always been. There is no universal healthcare, and there is no guarantied salary or college education. Even if money grew on trees, there aren’t enough leaves on trees in America to pay for the promises being made by Democrats. They add up to hundreds of trillions of dollars. Plus, as they were imposed, our economy would crash and there would be no money for even the basics—and we would soon be just like every other people that ever embraced socialism: impoverished and enslaved.

The American Democrat Party has been taken over by far left socialists, who employ socialist propaganda techniques developed in previous national takeovers. Indeed, Democratic Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid have made tens of millions of dollars while in office, while their constituents fall deeper into poverty.

Socialism is a Ponzi Scheme

Socialism is a farce. It is a fraud. It is the political equivalent of Big Foot. Every policy of the left is packaged to appear to give something to someone to make his life more “fair,” but in reality, it is nothing more than a scheme to transfer more power or wealth from the citizens to the ruling class. Every issue in politics and society fits within this rubric. Gun control has nothing to do with saving lives. Indeed, the places where gun control is strongest, where Democrats reign, gun violence is exponentially worse. Welfare spending does not eliminate poverty. Abortion does not improve women’s health. Taxation and regulation do not enrich the poor. Government healthcare does not increase health levels. It is all a fraud. A hoax. It is directly out of the playbook of socialism—promise what the people like to hear, in exchange for their wealth and power. Once you have taken their wealth and power, rule over them with an iron fist. This is the sum total of socialism.

Americans enjoy the highest degree of individual liberty and wealth in human history. It can’t be taken from us by force. Only fraud and deceit can convince us to surrender our superior way of life in exchange for the enslavement and poverty of socialism. The siren’s song sounds sweet, and promises such lovely things—but it is a lie, and our very existence is in jeopardy because of the encroachment of socialism in our nation. We must reject it and root it out. It is cancer. It is deadly. We must attack it with the force it deserves.

By James Thompson. James is a political commentator and professional ghostwriter.


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Walls Work

Democrats know it, but they want President Trump to fail.

Of all the Democrats’ arguments against a southern border wall, the shadiest is that it would not work.

According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), President Donald J. Trump is “forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall.” As he joined Pelosi in rebutting the president’s January 8 Oval Office address, Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer of New York decried Trump’s “ineffective, unnecessary border wall.” Schumer added: “We can secure our border without an expensive, ineffective wall.”

In fact, walls work. Love them or hate them, their effectiveness is indisputable.

• “Part of our area is covered with some fencing on our east side. That accounts for about 6 percent of our traffic,” Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz told journalists during President Trump’s January 10 visit to Rio Grande Valley, Texas. “Where we have no fencing, over 90 percent of our traffic occurs in those areas.” A day earlier, Ortiz added, 450 people were apprehended in the unfenced sector, including 133 from such non-Latin nations as India, Pakistan, and Romania.

• Some 560,000 illegals were caught astride San Diego and Tijuana in Fiscal Year 1992, when a border wall was installed there. By FY 2017, the Border Patrol says it snared 26,086 — down 95.3 percent.

• A barrier between the Tucson, Ariz., sector and Nogales, Mexico, was erected in 2000. That year’s 616,346 arrests plunged to 38,657 in FY 2017 — down 93.7 percent.

• A fence installed at the border between Yuma, Arizona, and Los Algondones, Mexico brought apprehensions from 138,438 in FY 2005 to 12,847 in FY 2017 — down 90.7 percent.

“Crime has significantly decreased in the Yuma area,” then–acting homeland security secretary Elaine Duke wrote in USA Today in August 2017, “and smugglers now look for other less difficult areas of the border to cross — often areas without fencing.”

• A 150-mile barrier between Israel and southern Egypt cut the number of illegal-alien entrants from 17,000 in 2011 to 43 in 2013, after the fence’s completion, Israel’s Ministry of the Interior states — down 99.7 percent.

This wall “has stopped all illegal immigration,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasts. But Esteban Flores of Harvard International Review argues that “other measures enacted by the Israeli government have also been of immense importance.” He explains: “Israel has passed two laws targeting immigrants — one prohibiting immigrants from transferring money out of the country and another forcing employers to deposit 20 percent of an immigrant employee’s salary into a bank account which can only be withdrawn upon exit of the country.”

Flores unwittingly reinforces President Trump’s argument that a wall is necessary, though not sufficient, to boost border security and hinder illegal immigration. Other protections include sensors, more Border Patrol agents, extra detention space, additional immigration judges, E-Verify (to confirm employees’ legal status), and harsher penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens.

• Bulgaria erected a barrier on its Turkish perimeter in 2013. That year’s 11,000 illegal crossings dropped to 4,000 in 2014 — down 63.6 percent.

• Just as British Gibraltar dangles from Spain’s underside, Spanish Ceuta and Melilla surf atop Morocco. Multiple fences and barriers there sliced 2014’s 2,100 arrests at the Spanish-territorial/Moroccan frontier to 2015’s 100 — down 95.2 percent.

The strongest proof that walls work is that Democrats once loved them.

Former and current senators Joe Biden, Tom Carper, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Debbie Stabenow, and Ron Wyden were among the 26 Democrats who voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006. It authorized 700 miles of double fence. All 54 Senate Democrats voted unanimously in June 2013 for $46 billion in border security, including 350 miles of new steel fence.

“Between 2005 and 2015, polls show that nearly half of Democrats continued to support building a border barrier of some kind,” Cato Institute scholar Emily Ekins wrote in The Federalist. “However, things changed in 2015 when Donald Trump announced his bid for the presidency,” she continued. “Democratic support shifted more swiftly starting in the fall of 2015 onward. Now only about 12 percent of Democrats support a border wall or fence.”

Meanwhile, Republicans consistently have endorsed a wall, Ekins reported: 73 percent in October 2015; 71 percent today.

Courtesy of the Cato Institute

So, Trump Derangement Syndrome actually causes Democrats’ borderphobia.

Indeed, and amazingly, Ekins elaborated, “Reuter/Ipsos found that simply telling Democrats Trump supports a policy turns them against it — even universal health care.” Normally, regarding health care, 68 percent of Democrats think “government should take care of everybody, and the government should pay for it.” However, when told that Trump believes this, Ekins wrote, “only 47 percent supported government guaranteed health care — a 21-point drop.” She concluded: “Thus, even on an issue as central to the Democratic policy agenda as government-guaranteed universal health subsidies, Trump can turn Democrats against it. So, certainly he can turn them against a border wall, too.” 17

Walls work, and Democrats know it. But they want this president to fail. So, Democrats battle effective border protection so they can “resist Trump” — national security be damned. The Democratic party truly is America’s arsenal of hypocrisy.

Michael Malarkey furnished research for this opinion piece.

Deroy Murdock — Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.


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The Problem With Socialism

One hundred years ago most people of the world were laborers. Hard working people naturally looked for ways to rise above their humble circumstances, and in America that meant innovating and giving extra effort. Not all nations afforded their working classes the opportunities preserved to Americans by the U.S. Constitution.

Revolutions

In 1776 Americans declared their independence from the tyranny of the British Crown. In 1917 the Russian peasants and working classes revolted against the government of Tsar Nicholas II, led by Vladimir Lenin and a group of revolutionaries called the Bolsheviks. In the 1920s the Chinese Red Army led the revolution and marched across China killing anyone who had an education or who owned more than 1 acre of land. NAZIs came to power in Germany and marched across Europe.

The Difference

Americans enjoyed the liberties guarantied by their Constitution, and they were free to apply themselves, and work harder or smarter than their competition, and earn more than their parents had ever dreamed. The free-trade economy catapulted America from a backwater British colony to a world power in mere decades. Russia and China invoked socialism, which is government control of production and distribution. This form of government promises “fairness” among all of its citizens, asserting that none will rise above others (presumably at the expense of others). Socialism comes in various forms: Democratic Socialism, Communism and Fascism (where socialist government officials control the economy through corporations).

Socialism Has Murdered 100 Million

Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il have ordered the extermination of millions of their citizens, totaling around 100,000,000 in the 20th Century. Why? Because socialism is about power and control. It is anti-liberty. When power to redistribute wealth is given to government, it must exercise that power to force its citizens to live under its edicts. Because socialism guaranties equal receipt of goods and services, regardless of effort or risk, socialist economies always stall from lack of innovation. They wither and die—without exception.

Socialism Today

Venezuela is the latest victim of socialism. What was an oil-wealthy growing economy just 10 years ago has become another victim on the ash heap of socialism. To quote a Venezuelan woman featured on a CNN report the other day, “This socialist utopia has left nearly all stomachs hungry.” Indeed, in a nation rich in oil those who can scrape together a box of rapidly devaluing currency must wait in gasoline lines from 3 days and nights to fill their tanks. This is the natural course of socialism.

Before Venezuela it was Cuba, and the USSR, and Communist China. Each of these nations enslaved their working people and plunged them into poverty, while elites who ran the government lived lavishly. It was only as each country began to allow capitalism to take root and expand that the economies grew and the people began to thrive.

Socialist economies produce shortages of every consumer item, including food. Bread lines like this are common daily experiences in socialist nations.

What About Democratic Socialism in Scandinavia and Europe?

We have heard American socialists point to socialism “successes” in Europe as they espouse such economic schemes for the U.S. They tell us that countries like Denmark and Sweden enjoy a high standard of living while guaranteeing equality among their citizens. To a lesser extent, other European nations have moved sharply left toward socialism.

Here is the reality. Scandinavian countries are small, with homogenous populations. Because they are defended by America’s military, they spend very little on defense, and divert that money to social welfare programs. They are in “voluntary agreement” socially that none will rise above the rest, and agree to high tax rates to support this philosophy. Unfortunately, the era of being defended by America is abruptly ending, and President Trump is demanding that Europe increase defense spending (rendering him quite unpopular in Europe). Also, millions of Muslims have moved into Europe and overwhelmed the social welfare systems, crashing them and draining their semi-capitalistic economies.

Democratic-socialism only survives when it is it supported by the economic engine of capitalism. As UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher observed, however, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Indeed, when democratic socialism has drained the resources of the capitalist engine, it leaves its people waiting in long lines for scarce food and other resources—many of which will not arrive in time.

Why Do Democrats Love Socialism?

Socialism is about power and control. It is a bait-and-switch fraud scheme. It promises “fairness.” It promises forced equality. It promises something for nothing. The reality of socialism is that it transfers the wealth and power of The People to the government, with the promise of “We will now provide for all of your needs.” The people are lured into giving up their property and personal choices under this scheme. They surrender their healthcare system to this form of government, with such false promises as “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” President’s weekly address, June 6, 2009: “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.” As always happens, this is a lie told by the socialist government to trick the citizens into surrendering their wealth and power. This is followed by higher taxes, higher national debt, and a proliferation of government regulation.

Socialism Devalues God and Human Life

We note that anywhere that socialism has been imposed, human life and family relationships are diminished tremendously, as is the worship of our Creator. The surrender of power to the government necessitates that nothing else compete with the state’s supremacy. An iron fist rules a socialist society, and anything that threatens the state’s authority is eliminated. Because individualism is nurtured by the family social structure and a belief in divine parentage, socialism breaks down the family structure wherever possible and eliminates God from public and private life. In socialist nations like China and the USSR, we saw atheism replace faith, and the government deciding who you could marry and how many children you could have. Human life is devalued as the state replaces deity, and concepts like abortion and Eugenics supplant love of fellow humans.

All of this is dependent on government’s ability to control every aspect of our lives, of course, so socialism controls the flow of information eliminates the ability of the citizens to protect themselves from the government through the confiscation of firearms.

Does Any of This Sound Familiar?

Of course, since the Bolshevik Revolution socialists have seen America’s individual liberty and economic success as the greatest threat to the myth of socialism, and therefore, the transfer of all wealth and power to a small group of elites. This is why socialists have focused on penetrating the American media and educational systems over the past 100 years, completely overtaking them in the past two decades. Now, our children are bombarded daily in classrooms with a steady diet of socialism, as are we with every news and entertainment program on television.

An entire political party has been overtaken by socialists, and they have become so embedded that they are now emboldened to the point of speaking openly about their socialist platform. They promise “equality” and “fairness,” asserting that someone else will pay for the benefits they are promising. Of course, even the mathematically-challenged Democrats know in their heart-of-hearts that nothing they promise is true. It is all smoke and mirrors. It is all a lie, as it has always been. There is no universal healthcare, and there is no guarantied salary or college education. Even if money grew on trees, there aren’t enough leaves on trees in America to pay for the promises being made by Democrats. They add up to hundreds of trillions of dollars. Plus, as they were imposed, our economy would crash and there would be no money for even the basics—and we would soon be just like every other people that ever embraced socialism: impoverished and enslaved.

The American Democrat Party has been taken over by far left socialists, who employ socialist propaganda techniques developed in previous national takeovers. Indeed, Democratic Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid have made tens of millions of dollars while in office, while their constituents fall deeper into poverty.

Socialism is a Ponzi Scheme

Socialism is a farce. It is a fraud. It is the political equivalent of Big Foot. Every policy of the left is packaged to appear to give something to someone to make his life more “fair,” but in reality, it is nothing more than a scheme to transfer more power or wealth from the citizens to the ruling class. Every issue in politics and society fits within this rubric. Gun control has nothing to do with saving lives. Indeed, the places where gun control is strongest, where Democrats reign, gun violence is exponentially worse. Welfare spending does not eliminate poverty. Abortion does not improve women’s health. Taxation and regulation do not enrich the poor. Government healthcare does not increase health levels. It is all a fraud. A hoax. It is directly out of the playbook of socialism—promise what the people like to hear, in exchange for their wealth and power. Once you have taken their wealth and power, rule over them with an iron fist. This is the sum total of socialism.

Americans enjoy the highest degree of individual liberty and wealth in human history. It can’t be taken from us by force. Only fraud and deceit can convince us to surrender our superior way of life in exchange for the enslavement and poverty of socialism. The siren’s song sounds sweet, and promises such lovely things—but it is a lie, and our very existence is in jeopardy because of the encroachment of socialism in our nation. We must reject it and root it out. It is cancer. It is deadly. We must attack it with the force it deserves.

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Texas Finds 95,000 Non-citizens on Voter Rolls; 58,000 Have Voted

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday that the state has discovered 95,000 non-citizens on the voter rolls going back to 1996, 58,000 of whom have voted in at least one Texas election  — an announcement likely to raise fresh concerns about the prospect of voter fraud.

Texas has some of the toughest voter ID laws in the nation and has been one of the main battlegrounds in the Republican-led fight against alleged voter fraud. The office, in a statement, said that 33 people were prosecuted for voter fraud last year, and 97 were prosecuted between 2005-17. There are 16 million people in Texas registered to vote.

“Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice,” Paxton said in a statement.

The New York Times reported that the findings were a result of of an 11-month investigation into records at the Texas Department of Public Safety. Gov. Greg Abbott praised the findings and hinted at future legislation to crack down on voter fraud.

“I support prosecution where appropriate. The State will work on legislation to safeguard against these illegal practices,” Abbott tweeted.

The revelation is likely to have national consequences and stir debate and the role of voter fraud. President Trump created a commission in 2017 to investigate allegations of voter fraud in the 2016 election. But it was eventually dismantled by Trump after the group faced lawsuits, opposition from states and in-fighting among its members.

Trump said at the time that Democrats refused to hand over data “because they know that many people are voting illegally.” Democrats have dismissed claims of voter fraud and accused Republicans of trying to disenfranchise minority voters with tight voter ID laws.

NC fraud probe could prompt new primary, general elections

Dallas state Rep. Rafael Anchia told The Associated Press that “because we have consistently seen Texas politicians conjure the specter of voter fraud as pretext to suppress legitimate votes, we are naturally skeptical.”

Paxton’s office noted that there have been a number of convictions of voter fraud in the state in recent years, including a charge against a non-citizen this month for illegal voting in Navarro County.

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Supreme Court Upholds Pentagon Limit On Transgender Military Service

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Pentagon to restrict military service for transgender individuals while the Trump administration’s policy is litigated in the lower courts.

The ruling reversed the orders implemented by lower courts, which had prevented the Pentagon from proceeding with the plan.

The decision came after the Justice Department requested that the Supreme Court bypass the lower courts and decide the issue—a request the high court rejected on Tuesday, instead directing the case to work its way through the appeals and lower courts.

The Department of Defense had barred military service by transgender people until former President Barack Obama’s administration began to allow transgender people already in the military to serve openly. The Obama administration also moved to set an official date for transgender people to be able to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces.

But early in his presidency, President Trump sought to restrict service to those who do not seek to undergo gender transitions — after initially announcing a ban.

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court sided with the Trump administration, ruling that it was wrong to block the Pentagon from implementing plans to block the service of transgender individuals. The appeals court ruling said the military’s plan appears to rely on the “considered professional judgment” of “appropriate military officials.” It noted that the plan “appears to permit some transgender individuals to serve in the military.”

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Ginsburg’s Imminent Departure from Supreme Court

This week marked the first time Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed oral arguments since the associate justice joined the Supreme Court in 1993.

The 85-year-old, who is recovering from recent cancer surgery, has repeatedly said in the past that she would retire from the nation’s highest court only when she can no longer “do the job full steam.”

The court’s public sessions are set to resume Monday. No date has been set yet for when Ginsburg will return to the bench, a court spokesperson said.

Ginsburg underwent lung surgery last month to remove cancerous growths, and is continuing to recover. After weeks out of public view, she was spotted Wednesday morning leaving her Washington, D.C., apartment, TMZ reported.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has cancerous growths removed from lung

But Ginsburg’s recent absence has stirred speculation on whether she was considering retiring, given her previous comments on the topic.

The justice, dubbed “the Notorious RBG” by supporters, has said at least since 2013 that she would continue to serve on the court as long as she can, as pointed out by the Washington Examiner. Supreme Court appointments are for life, though many justices over the years have chosen to retire at some point.

“As long as I can do the job full steam, and that, at my age, is not predictable,” Ginsburg told the New York Times in 2013.

Three years later she told NPR that she would “retire when it’s time. And when is it time? When I can’t do the job full steam.”

“I will retire when it’s time. And when is it time? When I can’t do the job full steam.”— Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As recently as last year she repeated that she would remain on the court as long as she can be fully engaged.

“As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here,” she said during an event at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington.

“I said I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam,” she said last month at the premiere of a movie about her early career.

But Ginsburg’s absence from the court and participation from home is also not unprecedented. The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist also worked from home and even authored several opinions while undergoing cancer treatment from 2004-05.

Ginsburg also has already hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, suggesting possible retirement isn’t being planned.

By Lukas Mikelionis |The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Blasted for ‘Out of Touch’ Year-end Post after Scandal-plagued 2018

After a year plagued by privacy scandals, hate speech controversies, the viral spread of disinformation and the public airing of his company’s internal communication, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his year-end note to focus on the positive ー drawing the scorn of critics who blasted the billionaire as “tone deaf” and “out of touch.”

As he looked back on a year that saw his company’s stock price drop and scores of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle calling for new, strict privacy regulations in the wake of Cambridge Analytica, Zuckerberg spent a chunk of his note boasting that 2 billion people now use one of Facebook’s services and the tech giant has empowered countless small businesses.

“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made,” he wrote in the letter, which notes that Facebook now employs 30,000 people who focus on safety, but does not dwell on the specifics of any particular challenge or scandal.

Zuckerberg wrote that Facebook is a “very different company” than it was two years ago and has “fundamentally altered [its] DNA” to prioritize the prevention of harm. He also wrote that he learned a lot in the last year, but a range of critics took issue with the tone of his note.

“When read as a whole, the post simply confirms one thing about Facebook. No change has affected (or is designed to affect) the leading cause of Facebook’s problems ー the business model,” wrote Paul Armstrong, a tech adviser, in Forbes. “Without this, Facebook is doomed to become irrelevant to other platforms or become extremely dangerous and be broken up.”

Armstrong’s advice to Facebook for 2019 includes banning all political advertising, “atomic bombing” Facebook’s algorithm-driven Newsfeed and verifying all “news sources” on the network.

Mark Zuckerberg “is a bit out of touch with people’s perception,” Mark Douglas, CEO of digital advertising platform SteelHouse, told Cheddar. “It’s going to be a rocky year, that’s clear.”

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc. attends the Viva Tech start-up and technology gathering at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc. attends the Viva Tech start-up and technology gathering at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris. (Getty Images)

“They are the least trusted company in tech. They are going to have to rebuild the trust with the users or they are going to lose those users,” Douglas explained.

Although Facebook has continued to see its monthly active users increase globally, the company is confronting flat growth in parts of North America and decreased growth in Europe. Besides that fact that it was harnessed by Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, Facebook confronted a series of false rumors on WhatsApp, which it also owns, that led to more than 20 people being lynched in India.

Cesar Sayoc, who stands accused of sending 13 pipe bombs through the mail to a range of prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump, trafficked in conspiracy theories, white supremacy and anti-Semitism on his Facebook profile. And the Menlo Park, Calif. company stands accused of furthering “ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar, where the military has targeted the country’s mostly Muslim Rohingya minority group with severe violence.

A number of critics called on Zuckerberg to step down or take a break from leading the company.

Leslie Miley, former CTO of the Obama Foundation, said the 34-year-old Silicon Valley executive should “resign and find a pursuit that will teach him humility and help him find his moral compass.”

The executive director of Color of Change, a racial advocacy group that has tangled with Facebook over its treatment of minorities, told the Guardian that Zuckerberg “desperately needs to begin implementing systemic solutions, in a way that is transparent, rebuilds the public trust and provides a safer platform for all people.”

The head of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights organization, told the Guardian that Zuckerberg should find a new job in 2019, while TechCrunch called the CEO’s letter “tone deaf.”

Some other critics were not as harsh.

“It means personally committing to a Facebook that doesn’t accidentally make decisions that aid violent regimes, white supremacists and other bad actors,” Dia Kayyali, program manager at Witness, told the Guardian. “Above all, it means simply being honest about Facebook’s largely detrimental role in global society. That would be the biggest challenge of all”

Facebook has managed to make enemies on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill, with Democrats calling for more regulation and some Republicans claiming the network is biased against them, and it faces FTC and FBI probes.

“2019 is not starting out better, that’s for sure,” Douglas said.

Christopher Carbone covers technology and science for Fox News Digital. Tips or story leads: christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow @christocarbone.

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Why Dems Fight Against a Border WALL

A nation without borders is not a country—it is an open territory. If a nation fails to delineate its sovereign boundaries, and enforce its borders, it becomes impossible for that nation to care for its citizens or defend them from outside aggression.

So why are democrats dead set against establishing a solid border in the form of an impenetrable WALL?

First and foremost, most democrats benefit from an influx of illegal migrants who are uneducated and unskilled. These people are dependent on the welfare state—the power base of the Democratic Party. Democrats thrive on the existence of a permanent underclass, and count on the votes of all those who depend on government handouts. Indeed, those who receive government benefits in one form or another vote almost exclusively democrat.

But don’t democrats say they support border security? No. They say they prefer secondary support systems—electronic surveillance, drones, monitors, etc.

Aren’t these forms of border monitoring just as effective as a WALL? No!

Here’s why. Think about our current immigration system. It is a mess, and as soon as an illegal crosses the border, he or she is taken into custody, and in many cases is eventually released into the country after promising to show up in court to determine the proper immigration status. Almost no one shows up to the hearing. They are lost into the crowd of millions of illegal aliens living in our country.

A WALL stops that process. With a WALL at the border, no one and nothing gets through. Illegals don’t get through. Victims of human trafficking don’t get through. Drugs don’t get through. Terrorists don’t get through.

That is exactly why democrats are fighting the WALL so vehemently. They know that only a WALL will stop those foreign invaders who weaken America and render it easy for political takeover. That is their endgame—so it benefits them. If democrats were truly representing the American people, as is the president, there would be no question—the border WALL would be built and illegal crossings would end.

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It’s THANKSGIVING DAY, not Turkey Day

For many generations Americans have rightly paused on Thanksgiving Day to give thanks to a generous God, who is our Heavenly Father. America was founded on principles of Judeo-Christian ethics, and a shared faith in a personal God, who caringly watches over the affairs of humanity with a concerned eye (while leaving us to exercise free will).

As socialists have struggled to wrestle our personal liberties from us, one of their main tools has been to secularize our society. Indeed, the ACLU, Democratic Party and similar leftist organizations have led the fight to remove any mention of God or His Son, Jesus Christ, from the public’s vernacular.

As a result of this attempt to make God and Christ politically incorrect in our nation, we have recently been greeted with “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” and with “Happy Turkey Day” instead of “Happy Thanksgiving Day.”

We can see why the left would seek to take Christ out of Christmas, but why the shift from Thanksgiving Day to Turkey Day? Because “Thanksgiving” implies there is a reason to be thankful, and someone to whom we should give thanks–and that’s God.

I for one am careful to wish everyone I meet, at the store, at work, or in other public places, a hearty Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. As a child of our Heavenly Father, I would much rather offend an anti-American, than offend God.

Happy Thanksgiving Day America, and may God bless us.

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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs after a fall at her office Wednesday evening, the court said in a news release.

Ginsburg, 85, later experienced discomfort and was admitted to George Washington University Hospital “for observation and treatment.”

Tests showed the justice fractured three ribs on her left side. The justice broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

The justice, who studied at Harvard Law School, was nominated to the highest court in the land by former President Bill Clinton. She was the president’s first Supreme Court appointment.

Ginsburg is the court’s oldest member and there has been much speculation on her retirement. She is one of the four liberal justices that sits on the bench.

Ginsburg has became a liberal icon and has appeared on late night television shows including the “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert where she showed him her workout routine.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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Jeff Sessions Resigns as Attorney General; Matthew Whitaker Steps In

Jeff Sessions, once one of President Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers before infuriating Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation, has resigned as attorney general at the request of the president.

“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in the Wednesday letter to Trump.

The president tweeted that Matthew Whitaker, who currently serves as chief of staff to Sessions, will become the acting attorney general.

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well,” he said.

Trump added: “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”

Sources told Fox News that Trump did not call Sessions, but rather White House Chief of Staff John Kelly  informed him of the president’s request for him to resign. Sessions is expected to leave the Justice Department by the end of the day and Whitaker is expected to be sworn in Wednesday.

In his resignation letter, Sessions said was “honored to serve” as attorney general and said his Justice Department “restored and upheld the rule of law – a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard.”

Sessions’ departure from the Justice Department is not unexpected, as the president has signaled changes to his administration after the midterms. But no one faced more rumors of an imminent dismissal than Sessions.

For more than a year, Trump has repeatedly lambasted Sessions over his recusal, saying he wouldn’t have installed Sessions as the country’s top law enforcement officer had he known his attorney general would recuse himself from the Russia probe.

In September, Trump said of his strained relationship with Sessions, “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad.”

Shortly after taking office, Sessions removed himself from the Russia investigation in March of 2017, citing his involvement as a high-profile surrogate and adviser to Trump’s campaign.

 

The investigation into the Russian government’s attempted meddling in the election has hung over the president since he took office. Trump and his aides have denied any collusion with the Russians.

Sources told Fox News Whitaker will now be overseeing the Russia investigation. However, Justice Department ethics officials have not yet determined whether Whitaker will be able to hold that responsibility, or whether he may also eventually have to recuse himself from the investigation.

It’s unclear if Special Counsel Robert Mueller was informed before the announcement.

In March 2017, Sessions announced his plans to recuse himself after reports surfaced detailing undisclosed conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign. Sessions has said he was acting in his capacity as a Republican senator from Alabama.

At the time of his recusal, Sessions said he met with the “relevant senior career department officials” to discuss the issue.

“Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States,” Sessions said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then took control of the investigation and decided to appoint Mueller to take over the probe.

Trump’s falling out with Sessions was remarkable, considering the pivotal and trusted role the Alabama Republican played for Trump during the campaign.

Sessions — who bonded with Trump over their populist views on trade and immigration — became the first sitting senator to endorse Trump in February 2016 when he announced his support of the New York businessman’s then-underdog campaign.

The endorsement was seen as a blow to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump’s conservative rival in the Republican race whose path to victory included a strong performance in Southern states. Trump won Alabama.

Sessions went on to become one of Trump’s most outspoken and prominent surrogates during the campaign. A number of Sessions’ top staffers – including Rick Dearborn and Stephen Miller – took senior White House roles. When other Republicans abandoned Trump after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape just days before the general election, Sessions stood by Trump.

After Trump won the White House, Sessions, who faced no opposition in his 2014 re-election to the Senate, gave up a safe seat to become Trump’s attorney general.

During his confirmation hearing, Sessions denied accusations from Democrats that he had made racially insensitive statements in the past. Though most Democrats voted against their former colleague, his confirmation was seen as redemption for Sessions, whose nomination for a 1986 federal judgeship was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time.

As attorney general, Sessions cracked down on illegal immigration, vowing to enforce federal law.

Sessions’ former Senate colleagues on Wednesday praised him for his service.

“As our country’s top law enforcement official, he has been integral in fighting the opioid epidemic, keeping violent criminals off our streets, and supporting victims,” Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn said in a statement. “Those who know him understand his commitment to the rule of law, and his deep and abiding concern for our country.”

But Sessions also had his critics.

“Jeff Sessions was the worst attorney general in modern American history,” American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony D. Romero said.

 

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President Trump’s Closing Argument: Vote Republican and Continue the Jobs Boom

OP ED by President Donald J. Trump.

For many Americans, the Great Recession brought dark days we will never forget – and never want to repeat. It wasn’t long ago that economists told us sluggish growth and flat wages were here to stay.

Pundits talked about a “jobless recovery.” And politicians promised hope and change but never delivered.

But now, thanks to Republican leadership, the United States has the best economy in the history of our country – and hope has finally returned to cities and towns across America.

Since I was elected, we have created 4.5 million new jobs. In the last month alone, we added another 250,000 jobs, and nearly a half-million Americans returned to the workforce. We have added nearly 500,000 manufacturing jobs to our economy – jobs that many self-proclaimed experts said would never return.

The unemployment rate just fell to the lowest level in nearly 50 years. More Americans are working today than ever before. And wages are now rising at the fastest rate in a decade.

Today, if you want a job, you can get a job. If you want a better job, you can get a better job. African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans have the best job prospects in history. The employment outlook for women is the best in more than 65 years.

Students graduating from high school and college are entering the workforce with an abundance of opportunities.

These things didn’t happen by accident. They happened because Republicans are putting American workers and families first.

To reclaim America’s competitive edge, Republicans passed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history. In addition to saving the average family $2,000 per year, our tax cuts kicked off a growth boom as businesses expanded and hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign profits flooded back into our country.

By doubling the child tax credit, providing a $500 tax credit for non-child dependents, and lowering tax rates, Republicans delivered the tax relief that working families need and deserve.

Republicans have waged the largest regulatory reduction campaign in our history – eliminating unnecessary regulation after unnecessary regulation that killed jobs and drove businesses overseas.

We have unleashed American energy resources. We ended ObamaCare’s punitive individual mandate and created new, affordable health-care options with lower premiums for families and businesses. And we are fixing broken trade deals and cracking down on foreign trading abuses that have, for decades, plundered America’s wealth.

Democrats adamantly, aggressively and hysterically opposed every one of these policies.

The top Democrat in Congress even predicted our tax cuts would lead to “Armageddon.” But here we are, two years later, and America has never been more prosperous or more optimistic.

Now America faces a critical choice: whether to build on the extraordinary prosperity that Republican policies have delivered for our nation – or whether to allow Democrats to take control and take a giant wrecking ball to your economy and your future.

If House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., take control of Congress, they will drag America back into the economic abyss we struggled so hard to climb out of.

The Democrats have promised to raise taxes, restore job-killing regulations, restrict American energy production, and impose socialism through a government takeover of your health care that would bankrupt our country with a $32 trillion price tag.

Put simply, the Democrats will pursue economic policies that are the exact opposite of the successful policies that Republicans have implemented. Democratic economic policies will drive our factories overseas, destroy the American health-care system, and obliterate American jobs, American wages and American wealth.

We have already tried the Democratic way – and it produced the worst so-called economic recovery on record. Why would we ever go back?

Instead, I am asking you to vote for a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and Republican governors so we can continue the incredible economic success that families across the nation are now enjoying.

America’s red-hot economy is the envy of the world, and it is only getting stronger every day. A strong jobs economy helps working Americans lift up the people they love: children, parents, friends, and neighbors.

A strong jobs economy also means that our government can protect the American people with the strongest military in the world, protect Medicare and Social Security for our great seniors, protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, and protect our borders.

With your vote for Republican candidates, we can keep our economy growing and our nation on the right track.

With your vote, we will keep lifting millions of our citizens from welfare to work, dependence to independence, and poverty to prosperity. And together, we will build a future of safety, security, prosperity, and freedom for all our citizens.

 

Donald J. Trump is president of the United States.

 

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Trump Executive Order to End Illegal Birthright Citizenship

President Trump said in a newly released interview he plans to sign an executive order ending so-called “birthright citizenship” for babies of non-citizens born on U.S. soil — a move that would mark a major overhaul of immigration policy and trigger an almost-certain legal battle.

Birthright citizenship allows any baby born on U.S. soil to automatically be a U.S. citizen.

The policy, which stems from a disputed but long-recognized interpretation of the 14th Amendment, has given rise to what Trump considers abuse of the immigration system. Trump told “Axios on HBO” that the U.S. is the only country in the world “where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits.”

Despite Trump’s claim, the U.S. is not the only nation to have birthright citizenship, but the policy is rare outside of the Americas. Trump called birthright citizenship “ridiculous” and said that “it has to end.”

Under current policy, anyone born in the U.S. – regardless of whether they are delivered by a non-citizen or undocumented immigrant – is considered a citizen. The interpretation has been blamed for so-called ‘birth tourism’ and chain migration.

The 14th Amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Trump, should he pursue the executive order, would face court challenges, and it remains unclear whether he could prevail. Many legal scholars would argue such a change requires a constitutional amendment. But some conservatives argue the existing amendment holds room for interpretation.

Michael Anton, a former national security adviser for Trump, pointed out in July that “there’s a clause in the middle of the amendment that people ignore or they misinterpret – subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”

“What they are saying is, if you are born on U.S. soil subject to the jurisdiction of the United States – meaning you’re the child of citizens or the child of legal immigrants, then you are entitled to citizenship,” Anton told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in July. “If you are here illegally, if you owe allegiance to a foreign nation, if you’re the citizen of a foreign country, that clause does not apply to you.”

The interview was released after Trump told Fox News that Central American migrants who are approaching the U.S.-Mexico border in caravans are “wasting their time” and vowed, “they are not coming in.”

Trump spoke to “The Ingraham Angle” hours after the Pentagon announced it would deploy some 5,200 troops to the southern border in what the commander of U.S. Northern Command described as an effort to “harden the southern border” by stiffening defenses at and near legal entry points.

“When they are captured, we don’t let them out,” Trump told host Laura Ingraham. “We’re not letting them out … We’re not catching, we’re not releasing … We’re not letting them into this country.”

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judge James C. Ho, who was appointed by Trump, has argued that it would be “unconstitutional” to change how the 14th amendment was written and that the line subject to debate applies to the legal obligation of all foreigners and immigrants to follow U.S. law, Axios reported.

 

/Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473./Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report

 

 

 

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Freed American Pastor Brunson Meets Trump, Given Hero’s Welcome in Oval Office

Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson met and prayed with President Trump in the Oval Office Saturday, thanking him for having “really fought for us” — a day after his release from house arrest in Turkey.

Brunson, from North Carolina, arrived in the U.S. earlier Saturday after stopping in Germany on Friday. Brunson was imprisoned in October 2016 due to his alleged ties to an outlawed group as part of a crackdown on a failed coup in Turkey against President Recep Erdogan’s government. A Turkish judge on Friday ordered him freed from house arrest on Friday after sentencing him to time served on terror and treason charges.

Brunson thanked Trump in the Oval Office, saying “you really fought for us, unusually so, from the time you took office.” He also thanked members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who had worked for his release. In a dramatic moment, Brunson knelt down and prayed with the President — asking God for “supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him.”

In his remarks, Trump said it was a “great honor” to have Brunson in the White House and thanked a number of lawmakers and members of the Cabinet for their assistance in securing Bunson’s release.

“If ever there was a bipartisan effort, this was it,” he said. A number of senators, as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, were in attendance in the Oval Office.

Brunson said he and his wife looked forward to spending time with children and praying to see what God wants next from him.

Trump, who had thanked Turkish President Erdogan “for his help” earlier in the day, expressed hope that Brunson’s release would mark the start of better relations between the two countries. Trump said on Twitter that while there was “great appreciation” and a hope of good relations between the U.S. and Turkey, but there was “no deal” made for Brunson’s return.

“There was NO DEAL made with Turkey for the release and return of Pastor Andrew Brunson. I don’t make deals for hostages,” he tweeted. “There was, however, great appreciation on behalf of the United States, which will lead to good, perhaps great, relations between the United States & Turkey!”

The Trump administration advocated persistently for Brunson’s release, leading to an intense economic showdown between the two NATO allies. In August, the U.S. slapped sanctions on an array of Turkish officials and on some goods, sending Turkish currency into freefall.

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Laura Ingraham: Democrats Unleash Fury on Kanye for Daring to Think for Himself

It was an amazing moment in the Oval Office Thursday when pop culture icon, rapper extraordinaire Kanye West, met with President Trump before the cameras and unleashed a 10-minute monologue in which he explained his love of all things MAGA.

“You know, people expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat,” West said. “You know, they tried to scare me to not wear this (red MAGA) hat, my own friends. But this hat, it gives me power in a way.

“It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like superman,” he continued. “Like what I need “Saturday Night Live” to improve on or what I need the liberals to improve on is, if he don’t look good, we don’t look good. This is our president… He has to be the freshest, the flyest…”

Sometimes unlikely figures emerge in American history to play important roles, illuminating important truths. And Kanye West in his own eccentric way, has exposed the intolerance of the left. Their denunciations of his White House appearance were immediate and withering.

“When it comes to the issue of Kanye West bringing black people to President Trump, that’s a misnomer,” said one personality on CNN. “He certainly doesn’t speak to the diversity or to the broad experiences of 40 million black people.”

And on MSNBC one anchor remarked “That was an assault on our White House.”

An assault on our White House? Sure, West used some coarse language that he shouldn’t have, but in other settings, liberals would have called that “authentic.” The would have said he was being his “true self, speaking his own truth.” If you’re truly concerned about assaults or improprieties in the White House, how about what went on between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?  Or the Clintons’ close relationship with Harvey Weinstein?

Kanye West is hardly a political philosopher, and I’ve always believed that entertainers should first entertain and keep their politics separate from their art. But I cannot remember any artist on the left who was treated with the same vitriol and hatred as West has been subjected to since he announced his support for the president.

When Katy Perry or Miley Cyrus were headlining Hillary Clinton rallies, running through dorms to register voters, I don’t remember anyone at MSNBC or CNN criticizing them for lacking policy experience. And what about when Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with the probing policy maven, Mary J. Blige, who serenaded the presidetial candidate with a song that went like this: “It ain’t no secret, no secret my friend, you can get killed just for living in your American skin.”

That was like an old coffee commercial from the 70’s. And remember, Obama was the biggest celebrity hound of them all. His cringe-worthy celebrity crushes were mutual. Remember when Barack and Michelle serenaded Usher in the White House? No one cried “impropriety” or “assault on the White House” then.

And how about Beyonce and Jay-Z? They were in and out of the Obama White House more frequently than the Secret Service. That was all perfectly acceptable. No policy concerns then. But when it was announced that Kanye West would be holding a meeting with Trump at the White House, all hell broke loose.

“So Kanye is going to let the president use him again,” said CNN’s Don Lemon.  A commentator on that network remarked, “He is the token Negro of the Trump administration…Black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft.”  Another said “Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read.”

West is being subjected to the attacks that await any black conservative who dares to break ranks with the Democratic monolith. Liberals treat these entertainers like pawns who are not allowed to deviate from the leftist groupthink at all. God protect any Hispanic, gay or black who  goes his or her own way politically.

Remember the scorn that singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte heaped on Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell for working for George W. Bush? “Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell served Bush because they believe as he does,” Belafonte said. “They embrace his ideology. They embrace his imperial appetite. They are lackeys and tools of that. And my reference to them as the failed house slaves, meant that they were not the masters of their own destiny, although they had the choice to be and didn’t.”

House slaves – that was really nice. More than 30 years ago, a prominent figure in the Reagan administration argued that black Americans should cast off liberalism for conservative solutions, and summed up how the GOP had lost so much ground saying, “Democrats smugly assume blacks are monolithic and will by force of circumstances always huddle to the left of the political spectrum. The political right watches this herd mentality and action, concedes that blacks are monolithic, picks up a few dissidents, and wistfully shrugs at the seemingly unbreakable hold of the liberal left on black Americans.”

That official’s name was Clarence Thomas, then chair of the Equal Opportunity Commission. Individuals such as the brilliant conservative economist Thomas Sowell were courageous because, as Thomas noted, “they refused to give into the cult mentality and childless obedience that hypnotized black Americans into mindless political trance.”

I’m not going to say that rapper Kanye West is Thomas Sewell or Clarence Thomas.  But I will say that unless he is doing a giant punking of America, he has guts and gusto. Just because he dares to think for himself, to think differently, in his outspoken, over-the-top manner, he is pilloried by the politically correct performers in politics and journalism and of course in the entertainment industry. He represents a danger to the left because of his huge cultural influence. And moments like this, they are absolutely intolerable and frightening to liberals.

So next time you hear liberal pundits writing Kanye West off as a crazy, slavery-denying lunatic, remember this: They have to smear West for fear that black Americans will follow him into the arms of President Donald Trump. And what are the Democrats going to do then?

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Kavanaugh Confirmed to Supreme Court by Senate: What Happens Next?

Brett Kavanaugh, who has been embroiled in controversy over decades-old sexual assault allegations, was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate Saturday in a 50-48 vote.

Trump officially tapped Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court pick on July 9 – less than two weeks after Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the bench. Since then, several women, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.

After an FBI investigation into the allegations, Trump continued to voice support for Kavanaugh. On Saturday, he congratulated Kavanaugh on his approval in a tweet and said he would sign his commission of appointment later the same day.

From how the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing works to the actual vote, read on for a look at how the confirmation process works.

The hearing

Once the president announces his nomination to the Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing for the nominee to provide testimony and answer questions. This hearing can take multiple days.

After the hearing, the committee will vote, and it typically recommends the nominee to the full Senate for a vote. The committee can give a favorable or unfavorable recommendation – or none at all.

In 1991, Justice Clarence Thomas was sent to the Senate for a vote without a recommendation – favorable or not – from the Judiciary Committee. Robert Bork was sent to the full floor with an unfavorable recommendation in 1987; the full Senate ultimately did not confirm him.

The vote

For the Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed, he or she needs to receive a simple majority of 51 votes.

But this wasn’t always the case.

Senate Republicans deployed the so-called “nuclear option” in 2017 to ensure Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the nation’s highest court. This changed the rules, allowing a nominee to be confirmed with only 51 votes instead of 60.

Currently, there are 51 Republican senators and 49 Democrats (which includes two independents who caucus with Senate Democrats).

If there is a tie on the Senate floor, the vice president would break it, and he would be more than likely vote for Trump’s nominee.

President signs off

The final step in the confirmation process involves approval from the president.

Once the Supreme Court nominee is confirmed by the Senate, the president must issue a written commission to his nominee. Afterward, the nominee needs to be sworn in – taking two oaths of office – before assuming his official position on the nation’s highest court.

 

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Trump: Dems Piling on Kavanaugh Have Issues of Their Own

President Trump on Monday sought to turn the tables on Senate Democrats acting “holier-than-thou” over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking and behavior in school, saying many of them “are not angels” themselves.

“I watched the senators on the Democrat side and I thought it was a disgrace,” Trump said of last week’s hearing with Kavanaugh over allegations of sexual assault. “And partially because I know them. I know them too well. And you know what? They are not angels.”

Taking questions in the Rose Garden during a press conference on the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, the president cryptically referenced one senator “on the other side who is pretty aggressive.”

“I’ve seen that person in very bad situations,” Trump said. “Okay? I have seen that person in very, very bad situations. Somewhat compromising.”

Pressed by a reporter, the president wouldn’t clarify to whom he was referring.

“I think I will save it for a book like everybody else,” Trump said.

But Trump did fire back at several specific Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee who aggressively questioned Kavanaugh over the allegations, which the nominee denies.

He took aim at Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who battled accusations during his 2010 Senate race that he falsely claimed to have served in the Vietnam War.

Trump added: “And now he’s up there talking like he’s holier-than-thou.”

Trump also singled out New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who once wrote a newspaper column admitting to groping a friend without her consent in high school. Trump on Monday referred to those “statements” about what Booker “was doing” in school.

“Take a look at Cory Booker,” Trump said, adding, “And now he is talking about Judge Kavanaugh?”

Booker’s office recently pushed back on criticism over that column, noting it was meant to condemn a culture that encourages young men to take advantage of women.

The president also criticized Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, for sitting on the allegations against Kavanaugh for months before turning them over to the FBI. He then speculated that Feinstein “leaked” the allegations to the media – something the Democrat has repeatedly denied.

“She probably leaked it. But, you know, who am I to say? But she probably leaked it, based on her very bad body language the other day,” he said.

Monday’s Rose Garden press conference was tense at times, as the president repeatedly shot down reporters who tried to ask about Kavanaugh while he was still discussing the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

“She’s shocked that I picked on her,” Trump said of one reporter. “She’s like in a state of shock.”

Eventually, Trump moved on from his comments on trade, opening up the floodgates for questions on Kavanaugh.

The president, asked about the FBI supplemental probe ordered last week into Kavanaugh’s behavior, said he wants the FBI to do a “very comprehensive investigation” but “with that being said, I’d like it to go quickly.”

The president also said he’s fine with the FBI interviewing all of Kavanaugh’s accusers, including Julie Swetnick, who is represented by Democratic attorney Michael Avenatti. Swetnick’s claim – that Kavanaugh was present for “gang rapes” and rape “trains” in the 1980s – has faced skepticism from some on Capitol Hill. During Thursday’s hearing, Kavanaugh called the “Swetnick thing” a “joke” and a “farce.”

Meanwhile, a senior Senate GOP source told Fox News they were told the Kavanaugh FBI probe could be completed by Tuesday. The GOP leadership is hoping the FBI report will push Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska — all seen as swing votes — to vote yes on the nomination.

In a light-hearted moment, the president referenced his own teetotaler practices, and said, “I’m not a drinker. I can honestly say I’ve never had a beer in my life. Okay? It’s one of my only good traits.”

He added, “Can you imagine if I had? What a mess I would be? I would be the world’s worst. But I never drink.”

He also drew laughter when he said many people in Washington could have skeletons in their closet – except his vice president.

“Except for Mike Pence, by the way,” Trump said. “If we find one on him, that will be the greatest shock of all time.”

 

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

 

 

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Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Misconduct in Interview: ‘I know I’m telling the truth’ and ‘I was a Virgin During High School and College’

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied accusations of sexual misconduct that have threatened to derail his confirmation in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Monday.

“What I know is the truth, and the truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,” Kavanaugh told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.

The full interview with Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, is set to air at 7 p.m. ET on “The Story”.

California professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of covering her mouth and trying to remove her clothing at a party in the early 1980s, when both were in high school. Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

In the interview, Kavanaugh emphatically denied Ford’s claim against him, telling McCallum that he was a virgin through high school and for “many years after.”

“I was never at any such party,” Kavanaugh said. “The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party. A woman who was present, another woman who was present who was Dr. Ford’s lifelong friend has said she doesn’t know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life.”

Kavanaugh added that he was “not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place but what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone.”

Kavanaugh also told MacCallum that he would not withdraw his name from consideration over the allegations.

“I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I’m telling the truth,” the judge said. “I know my lifelong record and I’m not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people.”

Kavanaugh also addressed a New Yorker report published Sunday night in which classmate Deborah Ramirez said he exposed himself to her while they were students at Yale.

The couple also discussed how their two daughters are dealing with the accusations against their father.

KAVANAUGH FIGHTS BACK AGAINST ‘SMEARS, PURE AND SIMPLE’

Top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have slammed what they described as a “smear campaign” orchestrated in part by Democrats. Meantime, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has asked for the Kavanaugh nomination to be halted while the FBI investigates the allegations.

This is a developing story; check back tonight for the full interview. Fox News’ Martha MacCallum contributed to this report.

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