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Meghan McCain Attacks Matt Gaetz and House Republicans for Storming the Impeachment Hearing: ‘Get the Hell Out of Congress’

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[Screenshot from The View, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKfSUQ8eCWg]

 

On Thursday’s The View, Meghan McCain shot down Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, for what she deemed “political stunts.”

The panel was discussing Matt and other House Republicans storming Wednesday’s closed-door impeachment hearing with Laura Cooper of the DOD.

Abby Huntsman thought it was pitiful:

“I don’t belong in this time in history on television in politics because everything has become a spectacle. Everything is, ‘How can I make this about myself?’ I do wonder if that would have happened yesterday, if cable news didn’t exist, if the President wasn’t watching them. … Everything is political, but at the end of the day, if you are one of their constituents, doesn’t this frustrate you? There’s no substance here.”

Meghan also pointed to the Dems’ 2016 goofy gun control sit-in, explaining, “I hate political stunts across the board in general. We elect people in order to serve in Congress.”

As for the storming of the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, were they right to do so?



Here’s how Matt defended the move to Tucker Carlson, as covered Thursday by RedState’s cool Elizabeth Vaughn:

“We had the audacity to want to know what in the world was going on behind closed doors where Democrats have engaged in a strategy of secret interviews, selective leaks, theatrical weird performances of transcripts that never happened and then lies about whistleblowers. It’s reasonable to suggest that we would want more transparency on behalf of the people that we represent.”

“[T]here are no rules, Tucker. If we had rules, Nancy Pelosi would have put this to a vote and established rules like what happened for President Clinton, like what happened for President Nixon. The Democrats want to preserve the most operational flexibility, so if they’re going to have a world with no rules, we gotta stop thinking that we can use the Marquis of Queensbury rules of engagement when we’re fighting against an angry pack of rabid hyenas. And that’s what we’re facing. And I think the President is right. As Republicans, we need to be tougher in exposing this for the kangaroo court that it is.”

Matt’s for it, Tucker seems to think it’s okay, and Elizabeth likes it.

Meghan? Not so much.

Here’s where she let Gaetz have it:

“We elect you to get your freaking job done, one way or the other. And when you are sitting on a sit-in for 26 hours or doing what Republicans did yesterday — Matt Gaetz, when did you become a TV star or want to be a TV star? You want to do that? Get the hell out of Congress! Get a TV job.”



Meghan, of course, would be none too shook up if Trump were impeached.

She had this to say about the Commander-in-Chief back in March:

“He spends his weekend obsessing over wonderful, great men because he knows it, and I know it, and all of you know it: He will never be a great man.”

“My father was his kryptonite in life and his kryptonite in death.”

“And I just thought, ‘Your life is spent on weekends not with your family, not with your friends, but obsessing, obsessing, over great men you could never live up to.’ That tells you everything you needed to know about his pathetic life.”

Yeah. I don’t think she’d storm a paper bag to find out what’s going on.

What were your thoughts of the spectacle? Was that people taking care of business, or politicians in poor form? Or a little bit of both? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Meghan McCain Slams Dem Debate Performance and Comes Up With the Perfect Job for Beto

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[Screenshot from TheDC Shorts, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa4egrsrRRw]

 

On Wednesday’s episode of The View, Meghan McCain gave quite the negative review of 2020 Democratic candidates’ performance during Tuesday’s debate.

And one of those was good ol’ Elizabeth Warren, who — to the blonde fireball — didn’t do a good ‘ol job:

“I have many things to say. I was live-tweeting it because there’s only so much time in these segments. I will say — I thought Warren did a terrible job, and she was on her heels all night. And it showed just how horrible she actually is.”

Meghan also managed to call co-host Sunny Hostin a far-leftist (a characterization which which she disagreed), in response to her comment, “Did we watch the same debate?”

“I’m watching it as a Republican, and you’re saying that as a far left progressive. Mayor Pete came out swinging really hard, and I thought it was quite impressive.”

Is Meghan still a Republican? Her family’d decided back in April to endorse Biden (here).


GOP’er Abby Huntsman was impressed by Pete, too:

“I give mayor Pete, and Amy Klobuchar kudos. Mayor Pete, who I have liked from the beginning, but last night was his best performance yet. Biden also, but he delivers what Biden is saying I think so much better.”

Meghan’s comments on everyone’s favorite hunting rifle thief — Beto O’Rourke — were completely dismissive, but also, she had a really good idea.

As I covered Tuesday, Beto recently announced he’ll be exiting the political realm for good if he doesn’t snag the nomination (here).

That might not be a bad idea, since he’s seemed bent on saying things that make him wholly unelectable.

And when your campaign looks like this…

And holy heck, this:

…you might wanna broaden your options.

Therefore…Meghan with the win:

“I don’t know what Beto was doing other than running for MSNBC host. Coming up, I’m sure he’ll get a good hour.”

Perfecto!

-ALEX

 

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Lindsey Graham Got Prank Called and Inadvertently Admitted Some Hard Truths About the Turkish-Kurdish Situation

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You wouldn’t think a Senator would fall for a prank phone call and completely undercut his public pronouncements in the process, but it’s 2019 and all that.

We are the midst of an extremely tense situation in Northern Syria, where the United States pulled about 50 advisors out of the area in the face of a Turkish incursion across the border. Nuance on the topic has become off limits for most on the right. My sympathies generally lie with the Kurds, even the YPG more so than Turkey, but this is not nearly as easy as just “supporting our allies,” as we’ll discuss in a moment.

First though, let’s lay out what happened with Graham. The same Russian pranksters who convinced Rep. Adam Schiff they had naked pictures of Donald Trump managed to pull one over on the South Carolina Senator. This comes courtesy of Fusion mouthpiece Natasha Bertrand.

First, let’s notice something. It’s likely that the only reason Bertrand has this “scoop,” which could only be passed along by Russian sources, is because Fusion GPS has been feeding her Russian misinformation for years. This was likely done to Graham to embarrass him and the Russians have plenty of reasons to want to do that. Even though that’s not the meat of this story, it is interesting to note just how much of a direct line the Russians have to Fusion GPS and their chosen reporters (Bertrand and Dilanian being the most prominent).

Now, back to the details. Graham has been raging on Twitter and publicly the past few days about Trump pulling out of Northern Syria. He’s proclaimed the evils of it and the coming re-rise of ISIS. He’s said we are leaving the Kurds to die. Yet, on this call, he took a decidedly different tone.

Namely, he admitted that it’s complicated. Very, very complicated.

But Graham also expressed sympathy for Turkey’s “Kurdish problem” and described the Kurds as a “threat.” Those private comments appear to contradict his public statements this week, in which he criticized Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria because it’s “wrong to abandon the Kurds, who have been strong allies against” the Islamic State.

“Your YPG Kurdish problem is a big problem,” Graham told the pranksters. He was referring to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, a group that began fighting ISIS as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces in 2015—with support from the U.S.—but is considered a terrorist group by Turkey because of its push to establish an autonomous state for the Kurds on the Turkish-Syrian border.

“I told President Trump that Obama made a huge mistake in relying on the YPG Kurds,” Graham continued. “Everything I worried about has come true, and now we have to make sure Turkey is protected from this threat in Syria. I’m sympathetic to the YPG problem, and so is the president, quite frankly.”

That’s a direct contradiction of Graham’s public condemnations, and one that admits some hard realities on the ground.

Let me say this first though. I’ve refrained from writing about the situation in Syria to this point for a very specific reason. There’s way, way too much emotionalism being bandied about right now to have an intelligent conversation with most people on the right. If you even begin to inject that the Kurds are not a monolithic group, that they actually include different factions, and that the regional conflicts that predate the Syrian civil war make this a very tenuous situation, you get accused of endorsing “genocide” and “slaughter.”

In reality, there is no evidence of those things happening. Turkey agreed to a safe zone last year encompassing parts of the Syrian border. At this point, that’s what they’ve begun to form by pushing across. Could they cross a red line and start wiping out the Kurdish groups in Northern Syria? I certainly wouldn’t put it past Erdogan. He’s a terrible person. But not taking all factors into account helps no one.

Take this from Meghan McCain for example.

While Rand Paul’s tweet is stupidly simplistic, McCain’s response is know-nothing gobbledygook.

What does McCain know about the YPG or PKK? Does she know they are designated terrorist entities that have been at war with Turkey for decades? Does she know they are allies in a separatist movement within Turkey and have carried out suicide attacks? Does she realize that engaging a NATO ally in order to protect them would set off a massive international crisis and possibly destroy the most important alliance in history? Does she care that we have 5,000 troops inside Turkey and over 60 nuclear warheads at risk? Does McCain think we should leave 50 troops as human shields in the face of a Turkish operation that was moving forward regardless? Turkey doesn’t even have to mean to kill Americans for Americans to die in that situation. It’d have been incredibly dangerous for those soldiers.

McCain hasn’t spent one second in her several rants on the issue actually articulating the complexities and pitfalls of the situation in order to actually form a salient argument. Instead she’s spent her timing spouting righteous platitudes that ignore the realities we are dealing with.

In Graham’s prank phone call, we actually see him admit the issues at hand. The YPG are a real problem and Turkey does have legitimate reasons to push back on them. The group’s goal is to form a Marxist state made up of Turkish and Syrian land. As you can imagine, that raises the temperature in the area among all involved. Further, it must be said that the Kurds in Iraq are not the same as those in Northern Syria. The former are our traditional allies, the latter are not. Iraqi Kurds see the YPG as extremists (and objectively, they are).

The United States, due to the failures of the past administration, has been put in an impossible situation. Graham appears to know this but hasn’t had the guts to say it publicly. He simply got caught with this prank call.

With Turkey saying they were coming across the border, there were no good options here. The fact that we are dealing with the YPG makes the matter extremely difficult navigate. We were placed in the middle of two historically warring groups. One is a NATO ally and is vitally strategic for our national security. The other did help us defeat ISIS in Northern Syria. This all paints a dangerous shade of gray and the President made the decision to not continue to play chicken with Turkey. Even if you think it’s the wrong move, the certainty with which some have been shouting crosses into the ridiculous.

With all that said, what Turkey doesn’t have is a legitimate reason to do is wipe out the Kurds. Setting up a border zone is one thing, specifically targeting civilians is another. If that happens, the President will be forced to act and he has said he will. If he doesn’t, he will bear the consequences of that, as he should. The best course of action here is to negotiate some kind of settlement. That will mean Turkish compliance but it will also mean a stop to the actions of the YPG within Turkey.

What doesn’t help anyone in this discussion is generalized hysteria without any admission of just how incredibly volatile and complicated this situation is.

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Meghan McCain Puts Dems on Notice: ‘Laugh All You Want,’ but Trey Gowdy Joining the Trump Team Is ‘Bad News for Democrats’

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On The View, fiery Meghan McCain had a message for Democrats: It may be funny to you now, but it won’t in the end.

She was referring to the White House’s decision to bulk up its impeachment defense team with the addition of Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy.

Upon hearing the announcement, some on social media had posted video of former prosecutor Trey previously ripping the Obama administration over withholding subpoenaed documents in the Benghazi investigation.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg played the clip Wednesday, to the audience’s delight.

In the video, Trey insists:

“The notion that you can withhold information and documents from Congress, no matter whether you’re the party in power or not in power is wrong. Respect for the rule of law must mean something irrespective of the vicissitudes of political cycles.”

Joy cheered, “We agree!”


But Meghan didn’t get it. She championed Gowdy:

“I think I’m confused why everyone’s laughing, because my take on it is that they’ve been having closed hearings. And don’t we want as [much] transparency as possible? And you can laugh all you want about Trey Gowdy, but he’s one of the great congressmen.”

Meghan is a bucket of attitude, and sometimes she gets poured:

“He’s a brilliant orator, he’s someone I’ve respected for years. You can laugh all you want, but the fact that he’s joining Trump’s team is good news for Trump and bad news for Democrats.”

“I don’t know if it’s bad news for Democrats,” Whoopi volleyed, “but everyone is laughing at…the hypocrisy…”

Sunni Hostin picked up, “Because he’s supporting the White House’s position that they’re not going to provide documents, they’re not going to testify.”

Meghan — who, as you well know, is no fan of the President — struck back:

“But Democrats also aren’t bringing things into the light of day. I want to see the congressional testimonies. Which, by the way, it is unprecedented that there is no confidential information that has been told in these hearings with (U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine) Kurt Volker. I believe the American public — I think it should be live on TV, and we should all hear what they have to say. Because it seems like Democrats don’t want me to know what they’re saying.”

Whoopi brought it back to Trump:

“Let’s not forget…what this is all about. This is about the President being on a phone call and, perhaps, breaking the law. … Let’s not forget that. So all of this pushback of ‘We’re not going to cooperate…doesn’t change the fact that potentially, you broke the law. … It does not change the fact that every other American on this planet, if they are given a subpoena, you gotta show up.”

The audience exploded.

Meghan’s no stranger to telling her more liberal cohorts to laugh it up now, but a frowny face is comin’. Just weeks ago, during a discussion about the possibility of impeachment, McCain dared Dems to unleash the you-know-what:

“I will say, Sunny has been a big proponent throughout…the entire time…we’ve been talking about it on the show of impeachment. I will say — okay, let me finish: Unleash the Kraken! If you’re not going to listen to Nancy Pelosi about the political implications of this, just impeach him then, and see what happens politically.”

She also bolstered that argument with a little bit of history:

“What happened with Clinton in the ‘90s ended up hurting Republicans, and I think historians said it too. Just impeach him, then. Because, quite frankly, I’m sick of hearing everybody b*tch about it.”

And now here we are.

Meghan believes the lack of disclosure is telling:

“People who are in the text messages — Giuliani and Kurt Volker — I would like to see what they have to say behind closed doors. And that is still being kept in private, which makes me think maybe it wasn’t as damning as Democrats are saying right now.”

Meghan got in one last good one for Trey:

“And by the way, if I was in a fox hole, I want Trey Gowdy with me.”

If a trial to oust Trump moves forward, a fox hole is right. But, as I wrote here, the process won’t lead to Democratic victory. If Dems think 2016 was a $#@*storm, impeachment mania will unleash the Crappin’.

-ALEX

 

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Meghan McCain Dares the Democrats to Impeach: ‘Unleash the Kraken!’

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[Screenshot from TheDC Shorts, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAhPzY_JUEg]

 

On Tuesday’s The View, very anti-Trump Meghan McCain — who, along with her family, has officially endorsed Joe Biden for a 2020 takeover — dared the Dems to go ahead with impeachment.

Talk of the “I” word has surged recently, but it’s a song that seems to have been playing from the very beginning on Trump’s presidency. They may have turned down the volume at times, but that record’s broken.

Can somebody just unplug the thing?

Even the news has been trying to oust the guy — in July of 2018, I wrote the article “CNN Asks: Are We (Finally) Ready For Impeachment?

Part of me believes they’ll still be looking to the process long after Trump’s tenure. Perhaps in 2027, President Stormy Daniels will retroactively find a way.

But as for the efforts of the moment, Meghan offered a warning.

She ain’t thinkin’ it’ll go well:

“I will say, [co-host Sunny Hostin] has been a proponent throughout the entire time we’ve been talking about it on the show of impeachment. I will say — okay, let me finish. Unleash the kraken! If you’re not going to listen to Nancy Pelosi about the political implications of this, just impeach him then, and see what happens politically.”


Some believe the 1998 impeachment of Bill Clinton hurt the Republicans more than the Commander-in-Chief, and Meghan can easily see history repeating itself:

“What happened with Clinton in the ‘90s ended up hurting Republicans and I think historians said it too. Just impeach him, then. Because quite frankly, I’m sick of hearing everybody b*tch about it.”

Yep. She’s a woman sick of it (piece of advice: Never mess with a woman who’s sick of it):

“I’m sick of hearing the infighting with Democrats, clearly progressives are running the party.Again, if he has, in fact, as Abby said, extorted —”

Joy interrupted. She assured the Dems are cool, Daddy-O:

“Don’t worry about the Democrats. The Democrats are going to get it together.”

“Are you sure about that?” McCain returned.

“Yes.”

Meghan laughed:

“On election night, I want that clip right up here.”

-ALEX

 

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Authors of Kavanaugh hit piece backtrack after blaming editors for key omission: ‘We’re a team at the NY Times’

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There must have been some heated calls from the NY Times to the authors of a new book about Brett Kavanaugh last night. At least that’s what I imagine happened to generate this sudden change of heart this morning.

As Ed noted this morning, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, told Lawrence O’Donnell Monday night show that the omission of a key detail from their NY Times opinion piece wasn’t their fault. They had included the fact that a woman who allegedly encountered Kavanaugh naked at a drunken party told friends she had no memory of the incident, but the Times’ editors removed that key detail from the story.

As Ed pointed out this morning, that explanation doesn’t make a lot of sense given that authors have the final say about what makes it into print under their names. It sounded as if they were throwing the Times under the bus to save themselves.

Today, the Pogrebin and Kelly appeared on the View and were asked by Meghan McCain how this “vital fact” got left out.

“Thank you so much for the question and we’re eager to clear the air on this,” Kate Kelly said. She continued, “First of all, there was no desire to withhold important information from our readers. We have all of it in the book and the essay is an adaptation of the book that of course, we had to edit for length and clarity.

“During the editing process, there was an oversight and this key detail, about the fact that the woman herself has told friends she doesn’t remember it and has not wanted to talk about it, got cut. And it was an oversight and the Times adjusted it and we’re very sorry that it happened.”

Notice that Kelly says “we” had to edit and that the key detail “got cut” without assigning any specific blame.

“You also sort of threw the NY Times opinion board under the bus a little bit saying that they chose to omit it.” McCain pointed out. She added, “I’ve written opinion pieces in the NY Times. In my experience, I get the final say on what runs…So where was the disconnect there?”

“Well, we’re a team at the NY Times,” Kelly claimed. “We have processes in place. We wrote this. It was edited. There was back and forth as there always is. It’s kind of a team effort, frankly, to make sure everyone is comfortable with the final product and there was just an oversight here,” she added.

Co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in: “But you are the authors of the book, did you just miss it?”

“We first had it in the piece,” Robin Pogrebin said. She continued, “And so it’s about an editing process which is iterative. It has a lot of different drafts.” Pogrebin then repeated the claim that the sentence was removed when removing the alleged victim’s name from the piece but said, “In removing her name to kind of protect her and make sure we weren’t sending people to her door, we also took out the fact that she didn’t remember it.”

Hostin asked the obvious question: “Did you read it right before it went to print?”

“You know, I, we thought we had,” Porgrebin replied. She added, “And as soon as we realized this we corrected it and they wrote an editor’s note and they restored it.”

Mollie Hemingway, who has co-written her own book about the Kavanaugh confirmation, points out this is another change from what the authors claimed last night on MSNBC:

The video is below but it’s worth noting that the authors also apologized today on the View for another embarrassing mistake. It turns out they wrote a badly worded tweet which the Times later deleted and apologized for:

The Times was forced to apologize after a tweet from the @nytopinion account about the essay, stated: “Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place.”

The Times was forced to apologized over the tweet, which was about a separate sexual misconduct allegation involving Kavanaugh, calling it “clearly inappropriate and offensive.”

Pogrebin told “The View” that the tweet was not worded well and that it was an attempt to make a larger point around sexual misconduct.

“It was a misworded tweet, but what happens at the Times is the reporters are asked to draft tweets and we’re also asked to draft headlines. They don’t always get used, sent out, they often don’t.”

So, to sum this up, mistakes were made but we’re all a team at the NY Times!

Honestly, I would pay the full list price of the book for a recording of the angry calls these two must have gotten from the Times last night. If only they would do a deep dive on that topic.

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Beto O’Rourke: Meghan McCain “giving permission” for violence

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Beto O’Rourke is flailing about on the campaign trail in the race for the 2020 Democrat nomination. He has nothing to lose at this point. In what world, though, did he think it was a good idea to pick a fight with Meghan McCain over gun ownership? Robert Francis is way out of his league.

The new season of ABC’s The View began this week and right away Meghan McCain came under fire, so to speak, during a discussion about gun violence and mass shootings. The topic led to the inevitable back and forth on gun control. Meghan McCain was on her own. Fortunately, she’s up to the task. Abby Huntsman, by the way, sounded like the liberal hosts on the subject. When the gun-grabbing part of the discussion began, McCain said in no uncertain terms that she isn’t giving up her guns. Huntsman jumped on board with the liberal women who were blaming Republicans for not acting on gun control. McCain, an NRA member, spent time on her break from the show in Wyoming, shooting, among other activities. She specifically pointed to Beto’s mandatory gun buyback program proposal as a non-starter for her.

Moments later, McCain weighed in as the “chick on the panel that spent most of her break shooting.”

Stating that there need to be more reporters in mainstream media on the “gun beat” because there are a lot of people on TV “talking about guns that clearly have never shot a gun,” McCain complained about Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s proposal for a mandatory gun buyback.

“I will say this is a ground-level issue for me,” she added. “If you’re going to be a gun-grabber, you don’t get my vote, period. We got to have a different conversation.”

“I’m not living without guns, it’s just that simple.”

McCain used her trip to Wyoming to point out that people there, like in other gun-friendly areas of the country, would not willingly give up their guns. She went on to say it could lead to violence. Beto responded to Meghan’s remarks as he waited his turn during CNN’s 7 hours of climate change programming. He said her mentioning violence could be mistaken for her “giving permission” for violence.

“I just I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful,” the former congressman told The Daily Beast prior to joining a Wednesday marathon climate town hall on CNN. “It becomes self-fulfilling; you have people on TV who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying, ‘You know this is this is going to happen.’”

O’Rourke brought up McCain’s name unprompted after “The View” host had said, earlier this week, that an attempt by the government to compel AR-15 owners to sell back their weapons would prompt “a lot of violence.”

“When someone says, “If you do this, then this will happen,” O’Rourke said, “almost as though that’s a natural response or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen. When I think the response should be, ‘We’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered in their schools, at work, at a Walmart, in a synagogue, in a church, at a concert. There is violence right now and it is horrifying and it is terrifying and it is terrorizing.’…. We should be worried about that kind of violence right now.”

This is the problem with gun-grabbing alarmists. They believe their own propaganda and when a reasonable person pushes back and stands up for Second Amendment rights, the alarmist has to go even more extreme in rhetoric. That is what Beto did. Instead of understanding that law-abiding gun owners are quite passionate about not willingly surrendering their firearms, he accused Meghan of inciting violence.

Mandatory gun buybacks for 20 million guns isn’t a doable solution anyway. The government isn’t entitled to buy something back from a consumer that the government never owned in the first place. That doesn’t make any more sense than what the liberal women were saying on the show – that Americans have too many guns. How many are too many? Why should anyone be limited to the purchase of only one gun? The mass shooter in Lubbock used one rifle to kill and injure all those people.

New laws won’t stop evil acts if a bad guy is determined enough to go through with acts of death and destruction. There may be loopholes that can be closed or tweaks to the background checks, I don’t know. I don’t claim to be a gun law expert. Piling on feel-good legislation just to “do something” isn’t the answer, though.

Ms. McCain gave the perfect response to Beto’s crazy accusation against her. She scores extra points for the Texas reference.

Beto O’Rourke is no match for Meghan McCain.

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Beto Falsely Accuses Meghan McCain of Encouraging Gun Violence After She Criticized His Gun Confiscation Plan

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks at the Iowa Federation of Labor convention, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Yesterday, I wrote about “View” co-host Meghan McCain’s comments on 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s gun confiscation plan.

To recap, McCain told her fellow co-hosts Tuesday during a discussion of O’Rourke’s plan that she was not going to give up her guns, and that his call to forcibly confiscate weapons would lead to violence:

“This is a ground-level issue for me,” she said, targeting 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s mandatory buyback plan. “If you’re going to be a gun-grabber, you don’t get my vote, period. We got to have a different conversation.”

Longtime host Joy Behar brought up the federal assault weapons ban in 1994 under former President Bill Clinton. “If you keeping rooting for Republicans, you’re going to get nothing done.”

“The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far,” McCain said. “I was just in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”

“But they lived without them for many years during the ban,” Behar replied.

“I’m not living without guns,” McCain responded. “It’s just that simple!”

McCain’s reality-based comments upset a lot of The Usual SuspectsWestlake Legal Group 2122 Beto Falsely Accuses Meghan McCain of Encouraging Gun Violence After She Criticized His Gun Confiscation Plan The View Social Media republicans Politics North Carolina Meghan McCain Media mass shootings Guns gun rights gun control Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post elections democrats Culture crime Campaigns Beto O'Rourke beto Allow Media Exception 2A 2020 Elections 2020   , including failed presidential candidate and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who lied about McCain’s position by saying she “threatened violence.”

Failing presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke responded to McCain’s remarks about his plan by doing what liberals like he, Swalwell and others typically do when they have no legitimate response to fight back with: Accuse their critics of incitement. Here’s what he told the Daily Beast:

“I just I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful,” the former congressman told The Daily Beast prior to joining a Wednesday marathon climate town hall on CNN. “It becomes self-fulfilling; you have people on TV who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying, ‘You know this is this is going to happen.’”

O’Rourke brought up McCain’s name unprompted after “The View” host had said, earlier this week, that an attempt by the government to compel AR-15 owners to sell back their weapons would prompt “a lot of violence.”

“When someone says, “If you do this, then this will happen,” O’Rourke said, “almost as though that’s a natural response or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen.

Twitter users were not having his nonsense and gave him a much-needed reality check:

McCain herself responded to Beto’s false accusations:

Charles C.W. Cooke spells it out for O’Rourke and the anti-Meghan McCain social media mobs

There are just two types of people engaging in this debate: People who know that Meghan McCain is correct, and people who are pretending that they do not know that Meghan McCain is correct. It doesn’t not especially matter what your politics are, or what you think of private gun ownership in the United States. It does not matter, either, whether you want Meghan McCain to be right or you want her to be wrong. If you have read any American history at all, you know that, as a matter of dull, neutral fact, McCain is correct.

Second Amendment activist Stephen Gutowski made the same point in the immediate aftermath of her comments as the condemnations from leftists were rolling in Tuesday:

Beto O’Rourke and other demagoguing leftists are entitled to their own opinions, but they are most certainly not entitled to their own facts.

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Video: 2A Defender Meghan McCain Warns About What Will Happen If Gun Confiscation Starts, Gets Bashed by Haters

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The ladies of ABC’s “The View” were back from summer break on Tuesday and it didn’t take long for the fireworks to start as a discussion of mass shootings and gun rights got underway.

CBS News reports on what co-host Meghan McCain said in response to her colleagues’ suggestions that gun confiscation programs like the one 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke proposed were the way to go:

During the show, co-host Whoopi Goldberg pointed out the suspect in the shooting was able to purchase his assault-style rifle through a “loophole.” As co-host Sunny Hostin pinned blame on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s lack of action on any assault weapons legislation, McCain chimed in the debate as “the chick on the panel that spent most of her break shooting.”

“This is a ground-level issue for me,” she said, targeting 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s mandatory buyback plan. “If you’re going to be a gun-grabber, you don’t get my vote, period. We got to have a different conversation.”

Longtime host Joy Behar brought up the federal assault weapons ban in 1994 under former President Bill Clinton. “If you keeping rooting for Republicans, you’re going to get nothing done.”

“The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far,” McCain said. “I was just in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”

“But they lived without them for many years during the ban,” Behar replied.

“I’m not living without guns,” McCain responded. “It’s just that simple!”

Watch the segment below:

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She didn’t “threaten violence.” She predicted there would be violence. Big difference. Even though Swalwell has proven to be a miserable failure when it comes to debating female Second Amendment supporters in the past, he should at least try to get the basic facts right in the future.

Disgraced attorney and fraud Michael Avenatti commented on McCain’s remarks as well in a desperate attempt to deflect from his serious shortcomings:

Some even called for McCain’s removal from the show over her remarks.

But as 2nd Amendment activist Stephen Gutowski notes, liberals have a serious problem with the truth – because McCain wasn’t wrong:

Tucker Carlson made a similar argument to McCain’s on his program Tuesday night, noting that there was no such thing as a “gun buyback”:

“Now you will hear propagandists, and you often do hear propagandists, describe that as a ‘gun buyback.’ But that’s nonsense, of course,” Mr. Carlson said. “Americans didn’t buy their guns from the government in the first place. They’re not buying them back. This is gun confiscation. It’s nothing but that.”

“So, this is — what you’re calling for is civil war. What you’re calling for is an incitement to violence. It’s something – I wouldn’t want to live here when that happened, would you?” Mr. Carlson said later in the segment.

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“He’s going to confiscate firearms from tens of millions of law-abiding Americans whether it works or not, and he doesn’t care what you think about it,” Mr. Carlson said.

In response to all of this, here was the garbage take from the far left moonbats at Media Matters, an organization that exists purely to destroy Fox News and conservative media so only liberal viewpoints are allowed:

Conservative pundits floating violent reprisals as a response to gun safety legislation are echoing far-right extremist and militia rhetoric

It’s always fascinating to me watching unhinged liberals who have called for “revolutions” when they lose elections, who threaten to violently “take to the streets” in response to legislation they don’t like, who urge supporters to “get in the faces” of Republicans because Orange Man Bad, defend violent Antifa thugs, and who were perfectly content with the militant tactics of Occupy Wall Street as a way of forcing comformity complain when conservatives talk about what might happen in response if the government starts forcibly taking away guns that they legally own.

Do they even listen to themselves?

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Harris: I’m not in favor of decriminalizing illegal immigration, I just won’t treat it like a crime!

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“Let me just be very clear,” Kamala Harris tells Meghan McCain right before she does the exact opposite. It’s rare to see an experienced politician contradict him/herself in the same appearance, but Harris manages to do almost within the same breath. When McCain declares that Harris is for decriminalization, Harris objects, saying “I am not in favor of decriminalizing.” In the very next sentence, Harris then says “we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented and cross borders as criminals.”

If that’s Harris’ idea of “very clear,” it explains a lot about her campaign:

I had to transcribe this word salad to see if it made any more sense as text. Nope!

MCCAIN: You’re for decriminalizing border crossings, one of things people were [inaudible] at the debate. Do you agree with AOC that we should get rid of DHS altogether?

HARRIS: That’s not correct. I’m not in favor of decriminalizing, or not having consequence for — we have to keep — let me just be very clear. We have to have a secure border, but I am in favor of saying we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented and cross borders as criminals. That’s correct. That is correct. And what we’ve got to do is we cannot have any more policy like we have under this current president, that is about inhumane conduct, that is about putting babies in cages, that is about separating children from their parents. And we have got to have policies that is about passing comprehensive immigration reform with the pathway toward citizenship, shutting down these private detention facilities —

MCCAIN: Clarify this for me, though, because I find it confusing.

HARRIS: Yes, yes.

MCCAIN: I believe that if someone crosses over the border illegally, it’s illegal. And you would decriminalize it.

HARRIS: I would not make it a crime punishable by jail. It should be a civil enforcement issue, but not a criminal enforcement issue.

MCCAIN: Okay.

HARRIS: There should be — you know, you gotta play by the rules, but we can’t treat people like criminals.

“We can’t treat people like criminals”? What exactly did Harris do as California’s Attorney General, anyway? She didn’t have that trouble when it came to parents of truant students, for example. In 2011, Harris explicitly threatened parents with the “full force and consequences of the law” after the state legislature made truancy a crime in the state’s penal code.

There is no coherent position in here except that Harris lacks intestinal fortitude to pick a position and stick with it. If she’s not going to enforce the criminal statute against border crossings, then she’s for decriminalization. Harris just doesn’t want to get stuck on that position, so she denies favoring decriminalization while insisting that a President Harris won’t treat border crossers as criminals. That’s as clear as oatmeal stout.

It’s beyond comprehension what Harris means by “civil enforcement” in this context, too. Does she propose issuing tickets and collecting fines? That’s hardly a deterrent — it’s a massive incentive to pay a fee and never have to worry about deportation. What happens if they don’t pay the fines? Would it be too much to treat them as criminals at that point? We certainly do that with Americans in other contexts.

Meghan’s amused “ooooookay” at the end is an understandable if understated reaction to Harris’ desperate pinballing between pandering to progressives and protecting her standing on law and order. Kudos to McCain for not requiring some dramamine by the end of Harris’ explanation.

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