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CNN Calls Trump a Racist for Controversial Tweet, then CNN Contributor Does the Exact Same Thing

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Whenever Trump does something that the left proclaims is an affront to civility, you can probably just count the minutes until the left does the exact same thing in an effort to “clapback.”

Take, for instance, Anna Navarro. Navarro is one of a multitude of leftists who found Trump’s comments racist, xenophobic, and whatever accusation you want to throw at it.

In her moment of self-righteousness, Navarro decided then that now was the time to turn it around on Republicans because, somehow, using the same arguments that Trump use except on Republicans somehow makes Trump’s “racist” comments okay now.

“If we’re going to start sending people back. I don’t know. You know, listen, Ted Cruz was born in Canada. Marco Rubio’s parents were born in Cuba,” said Navarro during a segment on CNN. “Melania Trump was born where? Slovenia. How about her parents who are here through family immigration?”

As I expressed in an earlier article on Monday, Trump’s tweet had it’s issues, but it wasn’t racist. Also, contrary to Navarro’s rant here, Trump also made it clear that he wasn’t sending these women back to these countries permanently, as if that’s where they belong. He said that they should go there, solve the problems in those countries, then come back here. The point, while mired in unnecessary verbiage, can be easily gleaned. Trump is saying that if they hate this country so much, then how about they spend time in countries that actually do have the problems these women claim they do.

It’s likely that most of the left hasn’t even actually read Trump’s tweet, or at least have and did some mental gymnastics in order to arrive at the conclusion that it is about race and not appreciating America.

Regardless, Navarro is 110 percent certain that Trump is advocating that these women be sent back to the countries of their origin and, in order to own the cons, turned it around and promoted the idea that other leaders with foreign backgrounds should be deported too.

Let me point out the obvious here, just in case some of my left-leaning readers are missing it. Trump didn’t advocate for sending these women back to a country permanently, just to fix the problems that these countries have. Navarro did.

Not that it matters anyway. Melania, Rubio, and Cruz aren’t complaining about how horrible the United States is. They don’t need to be sent anywhere to see how horrible things are in order to appreciate what’s going on here in America.

Despite that fact, Rubio is actually willing to go to Venezuela in order to flex on the despotic socialistic leaders a bit because he understands how good things can be here in America, and even threatened the leaders at their own border not to stop humanitarian aid from reaching the people. Is Omar doing that in Somalia? Probably not, because women aren’t exactly respected there.

Was Trump’s tweet bad? It definitely has it’s issues. Was it racist? No, it wasn’t. Navarro, without knowing it, played herself here by turning a perceived racist meaning in Trump’s tweet and essentially advocating the very thing she just classified as racist.

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Ted Cruz Flattens Beto O’Rourke (Again) After the Failed Senate Candidate Went on Anti-American Rant

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As Red State‘s Bonchie wrote Wednesday, 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D) went for broke during a recent campaign stop in Tennessee, trashing his own country in a room full of refugees and immigrants. The comments came off as anti-American to conservatives and Republicans alike, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) weighed in on Thursday on the issue, slamming his former Senate opponent.

To recap, here’s what O’Rourke told the audience, via The Hill:

During a roundtable event hosted by a local organization that works with immigrants, the presidential candidate pointed to his home state’s history in the Confederacy while arguing that the legacy of racism persists in U.S. institutions.

“I know this from my home state, Texas, places that formed the Confederacy, that this country was founded on white supremacy,” he said, according to the Tennessean. “And every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.”

He made the remarks in response to a question about how he would tackle white supremacy if elected president.

Watch video of his remarks below:

Just a week after giving a much-needed history lesson to former QB-turned-social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick on abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass, Cruz once again used history to flatten another expression of anti-American sentiment:

Cruz is right, of course. The hard left “traffics” in anti-American hate more often than not, and unfortunately Democrats like O’Rourke are trying to mainstream it for political advantage.

As I wrote today at Legal Insurrection:

What’s become increasingly popular over the years in elite Democratic circles is the notion that to be considered sufficiently woke, you must believe that America and its foundations are fundamentally flawed. You also must have the unwavering desire to change them fundamentally.

The key to that message being successful for Democrats is in framing it in such a way as to make voters believe that big government’s encroachment into their lives and wallets is the way things should have always been from the start. This is one reason why Barack Obama was elected.

It worked for Obama, but it won’t work for Beto, because too many Democrats view him as a “privileged” candidate who has led a mostly charmed life and who doesn’t have much to offer in the crowded, diverse field of candidates.

It also won’t work with any Republicans he’d like to win over, because you won’t find many Republicans who will buy into the anti-Americanism that Beto is selling (unless your name is Ana Nararro).

Nevertheless, he took his campaign to new lows this week in a desperate attempt to revive some of that old Beto magic from 2018. Unfortunately for him, it’s too late. His time to shine in the political spotlight has long passed.

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Trump: ‘I F***ing Love This Job!’; Prize Takeaways From Interviews With 300 Republican Leaders In New Book

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Politico’s Tim Alberta has written a new book entitled “On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.” Although the book is scheduled to be released next Tuesday, the Washington Post has received a copy. The author interviewed over 300 Republican leaders including Trump himself. The majority of this group were at the very least “skeptical” when candidate Donald Trump first came on the scene. Some even hated him and worked to undermine him. Over time, however, the President has won many of them over.

The book tells the story of Trump’s executive assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, who burst into tears the night Trump won the presidency. Working as an aide for the RNC at the time, she told Alberta she was “inconsolable.” That’s why her colleagues found it so amusing she was chosen to become Trump’s executive assistant. Times have changed. Trump calls Westerhout “my beautiful beauty.” She is fiercely loyal to him and told the author she would do almost anything for him.

No one thought Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) could ever patch things up after the Republican primary. Recall that Trump’s nickname for Cruz was “Lyin’ Ted.” Alberta writes, “[Cruz] told confidantes there was ‘no way in hell’ he was prepared to subjugate himself to Trump in front of tens of millions of viewers. ‘History isn’t kind to the man who holds Mussolini’s jacket,’ Cruz told friends in 2016.”

But, there was Trump at a large rally supporting Cruz in his tight race against Beto O’Rourke in 2018.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) appears on Fox News frequently and has become one of Trump’s greatest supporters. In June 2016, Jordan told Alberta he “wishes the Republican-controlled Congress could have done things differently to avoid creating this environment that was conducive to someone like Donald Trump becoming the nominee.”

Alberta spoke to Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). Alberta wrote that Ryan wanted to abandon Trump after the “Hollywood Access” tape was released, but nevertheless he reluctantly endorsed Trump and worked to enact his agenda.

Ryan told Alberta that Trump upbraided him because the 2018 spending bill failed to provide border wall funding, but said “he would sign it if Ryan were to give him time to build suspense on Twitter. Ryan agreed and then publicly sang the president’s praises after the meeting.”

I’ve always believed that Paul Ryan did what he had to do, but nothing extra. In my eyes, if Ryan hadn’t announced his retirement and instead had worked to bolster Republicans, we might have seen less carnage in the midterms. And, if ever there was a time to put border wall funding into a spending bill, it would have been when the Republicans held both the House and the Senate majorities. It doesn’t seem to me that Ryan fought for Trump. He just wanted out.

Alberta wrote that Ryan saw his retirement from Congress as an “escape hatch” from Trump. Accordingly to the book, Ryan said:

I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right. Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government … I wanted to scold him all the time.”

We helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time.”

We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.

We’ve gotten so numbed by it all. Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.

Alberta reported that on one occasion, in a pre-dawn tweet, Trump accused the Obama administration of tapping his phone during the election season. Early one morning, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus called Ryan, waking him up, and said, “Paul, what the hell is going on? What the hell is he talking about?” This caused Ryan to break into “maniacal, punch-drunk laughter.”

The Hill contacted Ryan’s office to verify and a spokesperson said, “those are the words of the author, not the former representative.”

For his part, Alberta quoted Trump as saying that “Ryan is a f***ing boy scout.”

There was one person who was not a fan then or now. And that would be Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI), who declared his independence from the Republican party on the Fourth of July. Amash told Alberta:

These guys have all convinced themselves that to be successful and keep their jobs, they need to stand by Trump. But Trump won’t stand with them as soon as he doesn’t need them. He’s not loyal. They’re very loyal to Trump, but the second he thinks it’s to his advantage to throw someone under the bus, he’ll be happy to do it.

According to the book, in 2016, Trump was asked by campaign chairman Paul Manafort why he would not appoint then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as attorney general. He answered, “Because that guy would prosecute my own kids and not think twice about it.”

Asked why he thinks he won the presidency, Trump answered, “Nobody gave them hope. I gave them hope.”

Following a raucous 2018 rally, the author wrote that Trump screamed into the night: “I f—ing love this job!”

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Ted Cruz Destroys Argument of NYC Councilman Who Said He Shouldn’t Be Clarifying Frederick Douglass

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As I wrote last Friday, New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay took issue with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after the Senator gave former NFL QB-turned-social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick a brief history lesson on the words of abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass.

As it turns out, New York City Councilman Justin Brannan (D) had something to say about Cruz’s history lesson, too. We’ll get to that in just a minute.

To recap, on July 4th Kaepernick quoted a portion of Douglass’s July 5, 1852 speech about Independence Day:

Sen. Cruz saw the Douglass quote and who posted it, and decided to add some much-needed context. After noting the quote Kaepernick used didn’t give an complete picture of Douglass’s views on America, Cruz spent one tweet providing some background on the speech, and then sent several tweets quoting directly from the speech. He concluded by encouraging everyone to read the full speech in context.

Gay, who is a Kaepernick fan, tweeted to Cruz the next day by saying “Frederick Douglass is an American hero, and his name has no business in your mouth.” But once Cruz clapped back, Gay backed down a bit and they made their peace.

In the middle of all of this, Brannan gave his .02 worth in response to Gay’s original tweet:

Cruz saw Brannan’s swipe, and was not having it:

Boom.

Brannan responded back by telling Sen. Cruz that if he was such an expert on Douglass and his views on slavery, he would support a reparations bill introduced by 2020 presidential candidate and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) back in April:

Here’s a better idea: Brannan and his fellow Democrats should take NFL legend Burgess Owens’s advice and pay out the reparations themselves. As Owens said at the House reparations hearing last month:

“I do believe in restitution,” he continued. “Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40% of our black babies, 20 million of them.”

“State of California, 75 percent of our black boys can’t pass a standard reading and writing test. A Democratic state. So yes, let’s pay restitution. How about a Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race and those — after we learn our history — who decide to stay there, they should pay also.”

Brannan later retweeted comments from David Lobl, a former special assistant to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D):

Except that’s exactly what Cruz did.

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Ted Cruz Drops a Truth Bomb on NYT Editorial Writer Who Insulted Him for Quoting Douglass to Kaepernick

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As I wrote this morning, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took time out of holiday festivities on Thursday to provide some additional context for a provocative tweet sent out out by former NFL QB-turned-social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick.

To recap, Kaepernick quoted a portion of abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass’s July 5, 1852 speech about Independence Day. Just reading the singular quote alone, someone who hadn’t read the full speech or who otherwise didn’t understand Douglass’s legacy would get the impression that he didn’t like his country very much:

Sen. Cruz saw the Douglass quote and who posted it, and decided to add some much-needed context:

After noting the quote Kaepernick used was taken out of context, Cruz spent one tweet providing some background on the speech and when it was given, and then sent several tweets quoting directly from the speech. He concluded by encouraging everyone to read the full speech in context.

Cruz providing additional information and direct quotes for Twitter users to digest when considering Douglass’s words did not sit well at all with New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, who wrote a sneering note to the Senator in response:

Cruz fired back not long after, and I could swear I heard a “boom!” somewhere off in the distance:

Why specifically did Gay take off after Cruz over his series of tweets? Not just because she’s a fan of Douglass’s, but also because she digs Kaepernick – which she made clear in this photo she tweeted out July 4th, about 25 minutes after Kaepernick’s post:

That explains quite a bit.

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Ted Cruz Schools Colin Kaepernick After He Tries to Shade Independence Day Festivities

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“All I’m looking forward to on July 4th is a lecture from Colin Kaepernick on why we shouldn’t celebrate it,” said no one ever.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the former NFL quarterback-turned-social justice warrior did on Thursday in a tweet he posted quoting abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass:

Outside of retweets, Kaepernick hadn’t posted anything to his Twitter account since May 20th.

Kaepernick was a key factor in Nike’s recent decision not to sell Betsy Ross flag-themed shoes, which Democratic politicians like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and California Gov. Gavin Newsom praised.

Historians and extremist group experts noted at the time that, contra to Kaepernick’s historical ignorance, the Betsy Ross flag is not a symbol of slavery, racism, and oppression.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) saw the Douglass quote and who posted it, and hopped on to Twitter in the middle of Independence Day festivities to add some much-needed context:

Cruz ended his Twitter thread by encouraging everyone to read the full speech in context:

National Review‘s Charles C.W. Cooke added a few tweets of his own quoting Douglass’s speech, and concluded by asking an important question of Kaepernick that he is unlikely to respond to:

I think the answer is clear.

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Cruz vs Wheeler over Antifa

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The debate over the beatdown of photojournalist Andy Ngo (among others) in Portland at the hands of Antifa is showing no signs of cooling down. While the lack of police presence and response remains of great concern, most of the focus now seems to be on Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. (Who is, conveniently enough, also the Police Commissioner.) Now another Ted, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, has been jumping into the debate. Earlier this week Cruz called for a federal investigation into Wheeler’s office along with the police to see how things went so wrong on Saturday.

That prompted Wheeler to attempt to defend himself on social media. It quickly escalated into an all-out fight on Twitter, which the Washington Times is referring to as The Battle of the Teds.

After Sen. Ted Cruz accused Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler of ordering police to permit attacks on citizens, the liberal Oregonian pushed back, insisting Tuesday that “I did no such thing.”

“Dear @TedCruz,” tweeted Mr. Wheeler. “At least get your facts straight. I ordered no such thing.”

He referred to the Texas Republican’s call Sunday for federal law enforcement to “investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists.”

Mr. Wheeler argued that the money for a federal investigation would be better spent elsewhere.

Wheeler’s initial response comes off as rather weak tea. He makes a flat denial of ordering the police to “stand down” but offers no other details or corroborating proof.

Cruz, for his part, fires back with some facts, but they apply more to the past than Saturday’s situation. Still, as he is clearly pointing out, there does seem to be a pattern to Wheeler’s actions.

What might a federal investigation (or at least some FOIA requests from the media) turn up from Portland’s mayor’s office and police department? Cruz is referring to the debacle last October when the police were once again missing in action as both Antifa and Black Lives Matter blocked and diverted traffic and caused other disruptions. One video of attempted assaults on motorists clearly shows some police hanging back a block or two away where they could clearly see what was going on.

The events on Saturday were somewhat reminiscent of that. It was common knowledge that the Proud Boys were in town, and it quickly became equally obvious that Antifa was forming up their goon squad. How was there not a massive police presence mustered at that point? Wheeler says he is “appalled” by the violence and is going to “investigate.” But how much investigation does that question require? Once again… Ted Wheeler is the Police Commissioner in addition to being the Mayor.

Even if there wasn’t a specific “stand down” order issued, at a bare minimum, somebody failed to anticipate the obvious potential for more Antifa violence and dispatch the cops in force. Who was responsible for making that call? If it wasn’t the Police Commissioner (Ted Wheeler), then somebody else in the chain of command is responsible. Let’s hear from that person, preferably under oath.

If Ted Wheeler can’t keep citizens in his city safe, including journalists, he should step down. If this wasn’t his responsibility he needs to identify who messed up and take the appropriate action. And if this was some sort of “stand down” situation yet again, we need to know that as well.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Tries to One-Up Ted Cruz on the Antifa Issue, Fails Miserably

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As Red State‘s Sarah Lee wrote yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on the feds Sunday to “investigate & bring legal action against” Portland, OR Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) in the aftermath of this past weekend’s violent attack on independent journalist Andy Ngo.

Cruz alleges that “for political reasons, [Wheeler] ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists” and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Seemingly oblivious to Cruz’s call for legal action against him, Wheeler logged on to the Twitter machine Monday afternoon to give himself credit for seemingly being on top of the situation, and pledging that “those who have committed violence” will be “held accountable.”

Later, once Wheeler got wind of Cruz’s demand for an investigation, the embattled Mayor attempted to one-up the Texas Senator by asserting that he did not order any officers to stand down:

As of this writing, Wheeler’s tweet has been severely ratioed, but that ratio is nothing compared to the blistering response he received from Sen. Cruz:

Wheeler can deny he ordered a stand down all he wants, but Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner issued a statement in the aftermath of Saturday’s violence that would seem to back up Cruz’s version of events (bolded emphasis added):

It doesn’t matter if our citizens are democrats or republicans; no one should be attacked in the streets of our city. Good leadership means taking the reins and stepping forward to let people know when there is wrongdoing. The law is applicable no matter which side you’re on.

Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence? If this violence had been directed at Antifa, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation. This is a perfect example of Portland politics at work and why our great City is now under fire in the national news.

The Mayor, our Police Commissioner, is not allowed to use the rank and file officers of the Portland Police Bureau as a shield to deflect Portland’s negative press nationwide. As we have said before and will continue to say: Police officers work to uphold the Constitution, including the right to free speech. It’s our job to ensure that our community can peacefully protest without fear of violence but right now our hands are tied.

It’s time for our Mayor to do two things: tell both ANTIFA and Proud Boys that our City will not accept violence in our City and remove the handcuffs from our officers and let them stop the violence through strong and swift enforcement action. Enough is enough.

Ngo, who was severely injured in the attack and hospitalized, said on CNN today that there have been “many other [similar] incidents that have happened since 2016 and the policing has remained the same, which is a policy of not engaging with militant protestors.”

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Ted Cruz: It’s time for the DOJ to investigate Portland’s mayor for letting Antifa run wild

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It’s a cinch that Trump will be tweeting about this soon, maybe even before this post goes live, in light of this weekend’s vicious attack on journalist Andy Ngo. How could he resist? Mainstream Democrats are reluctant to offend progressives by denouncing “anti-fascists” and Trump would love to showcase that squeamishness in the context of a violent assault on a bystander who did nothing more than show up to report. He’ll find a way to make Pelosi and Schumer choke on this.

Trump ordering a DOJ investigation of Portland’s Democratic mayor over the incident might go too far, letting Dems argue that the president is meddling in the Justice Department’s work for partisan political reasons. But there’s no reason why Cruz can’t exhort the department to get cracking.

Ambassador Ric Grenell is nudging them as well:

As Jake Tapper rightly noted, the attack on Ngo wasn’t the first time Antifa droogs had assaulted a journalist — although I’m unclear as to why so much mental energy was expended on social media this weekend debating whether Ngo is a “journalist” or not. It was inevitable, I guess, with moral cretinism like this floating around…

…but in the end it doesn’t matter. Ngo was a law-abiding bystander with the same right as any journalist to be there. His defenders are emphasizing his credentials as a reporter because, I think, doing so highlights the fact that he was performing a public good and underscores how far Antifa is willing to go to duck accountability by the press. He wasn’t just watching for his own amusement or edification. He was gathering information about who these degenerates are and how they operate to alert the public. But in the end, the moral question was simple: Was he entitled to be where he was? And was he provoking anyone? If the answers are yes and no, respectively — and they are — then his purpose for being there is irrelevant.

I hope he sues everyone. The droogs, the cops, the garbage mayor. Probably won’t win a suit against those last two but the bad publicity from it might shame them at least into not letting Antifa operate like some sort of Weimar-era street enforcers.

Question for legal eagles, then: What sort of action might the feds conceivably take here? Some righties want Antifa declared a domestic terror organization but I don’t know that any legal consequences would flow from that if it were to happen. (DHS has already taken to referring to the group in terms of domestic terror, remember.) It’s possible, I guess, that the DOJ could pursue action against Portland PD and the mayor a la the consent decrees sometimes entered into when local police departments demonstrate a pattern of violating citizens’ rights. But (a) Jeff Sessions limited the use of consent decrees shortly before stepping down as AG, and (b) the complaint here isn’t that Portland PD and the mayor are violating people’s rights so much as that they’re looking the other way at third-party assaults. Can there be a consent decree for failure to stop crime aggressively enough? Seems shaky.

So far just three people have been arrested for Saturday’s melee. Free advice for POTUS: Call on Congress and/or state legislatures to pass laws enhancing criminal penalties for those who commit assault while wearing a mask. Those laws have been used in the past against the KKK so they have a noble political pedigree. There was an effort to pass such a law at the federal level last year but, at last check, it had gone nowhere. Revive it now and dare Pelosi to oppose it. Make her show her cards.

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Ted Cruz On Dem Debates: The Clown Car Is Broken, There’s No Brake And It Only Steers To The Left

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How bad were this week’s Democratic debates? Well…if you like socialism, pandering and hearing 20 candidates bash President Trump whenever they possibly can, they were fine.

By most accounts, however, they were a dumpster fire. With the exception of Bernie Sanders who is and always has been a Democratic Socialist and has never presented himself as anything else, hypocrisy was on full display. The other candidates, many of whom were once considered moderate Democrats, spent their time trying to out-liberalize each other. We watched as they abandoned long-held political beliefs in their pursuit of power.

Game show host Pat Sajak offered the best assessment of widely panned debates. He tweeted, “This could be worse. It could be a dinner party and I could be there.”

MSNBC’s professional Trump critic Joe Scarborough thought they were so bad, he apologized to his viewers saying his only hope is that people were not watching. He said the candidates were criticizing each other instead of focusing their ire on President Trump. He explained:

So they’re lined up in trench warfare, ready to get out of the trenches and charge Donald Trump. Instead, they all turn their guns on each other and shoot each other, and everybody is yelling at each other all night.

If you’re an American and this is your introduction to these candidates and the Democratic Party, and all you see are 12 people yelling at each other, trying to interrupt each other, insulting each other, you’re like, ‘You know what. I thought Donald Trump was a clown show. I’m changing the channel.’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who I’ve come to like a lot over the last few years, appeared on “Hannity ” last night to weigh in on the debates. (Relevant segment begins at 11:30 in the video below.)

Look the debate last night…the clown car is broken. There’s no brakes and it only steers to the left. It was scary to see the Democrats, every one of them, falling all over one another to get further and further and further left. You saw them embrace late term abortion, you saw them embrace 70 per cent tax rates, you saw them embrace socialism.

Cruz and Hannity discussed how most of the candidates took swipes at the Trump economy when, in fact, the economy is strong. Kamala Harris said the only Americans who are thriving in this economy are those who own stocks. She attributes the record low unemployment rate to people are working two or three jobs. That is just not true.

Cruz brought up a recent tweet from comedian Bill Maher which he himself retweeted. As liberal, disrespectful and obnoxious as he often is, he frequently surprises with his honest commentary.

All in all, the 2020 Democratic presidential debates showed Americans what the Democratic Party has become. And it was disturbing.

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