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Colbert and Clinton Obsess Over Trump on Late Show, Chant “Lock Him Up” and Talk About Hitting Him in the Mouth

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It was a night of “lock him up” chants and relentless “orange man bad” sentiment on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night as both Hillary and Chelsea Clinton appeared on the show.

The Clinton women are releasing a book called “The Book of Gutsy Women,” but before they could begin talking about it, Colbert was already lining up other important topics, such as how bad orange man actually is with all this Ukraine stuff. Clinton was ready to go with the Trump-bashing.

“So, here we are, and we have started an impeachment inquiry, which will look at the evidence, and I think that’s exactly what should be done,” Clinton said. “I believe strongly that this particular incident has had such a huge impact because we’ve known for a long time that he was a corrupt businessman who cheated people, and we’ve known that he and his campaign asked for aid from Russia. We’ve known that. But to see him in the Office of the President, putting his own personal and political interests ahead of the national security of our country, just pierced through whatever confusion or denial people had. And at that point, Speaker Pelosi rightly said this is something we have to investigate. And that’s what’s going on.”

Just a quick reminder, while Trump is no perfect angel, he’s been found innocent when it came to working with Russia, and the position of the left about the phone call to a Ukrainian president has been summed up best by Sen. Lindsey Graham when he called it “insane.”

Colbert made the wild claim that, while he was never a fan of impeachment and would rather rely on the ballot box, Trump is making the ballot box no good. Clinton agreed, saying the founders put impeachment in the rules for people like Trump.

Oddly enough — and no one can fathom why — neither Joe or Hunter Biden’s involvement in this entire affair was brought up. Colbert did, however, ask Chelsea how it feels to have Trump so obsessed with attacking her mother, and asking if she wanted to “slap his mouth.”

Chelsea said she does feel the need to protect her because of what she’s seen at Trump’s rallies.

The interview goes on like this for some time, with Colbert bringing up one leftist media talking about after another. If they had wheeled out a punching bag with Trump’s face on it, it would have saved a lot of time.

For some people who think Trump is obsessed with Clinton, they sure seem obsessed with Trump.

Interestingly enough, having Clinton on put Colbert ahead of the other two late-night hosts in terms of ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon’s numbers combined equaled out to Colbert’s ratings:

In late night, an appearance by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton gave CBS’ Late Show With Stephen Colbert its highest-ever overnight ratings for a Monday show. It drew a 3.2 household rating in metered markets, equaling the combined ratings for Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.7) and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (1.5).

Clinton’s sudden boost in eyes may have a lot to do with rumors floating around that she may announce her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic primary for a second shot at Trump.

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Republicans Whine About Being Tired of Defending Trump, and It’s Exactly How They Got Trump

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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The inability of some Republicans to learn even the simplest of lessons baffles me at times. It’s how you get guys like Bill Kristol and George Will thinking we are going to suddenly revert back to the party of Mitt Romney after 2020. Ridiculous hopes like that are based on multi-faceted misunderstandings of the GOP electorate and just how  we got Donald Trump as president in the first place.

Take this hot take I’ve been seeing. Here’s an example of it, although Erick is far from the only person to share this sentiment lately.

And that’s how you got Trump.

Think about the misreading going on here by whatever Republicans are being cited, and you can rest assured there are plenty of them in the Senate.

What really happened in 2016? We saw a supposed “stacked” field of candidates for the nomination, yet a loud mouthed, brash anti-establishment figure took the gold. That wasn’t by accident. It wasn’t because Morning Joe gave him free air time. It wasn’t because Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio split the vote (polling consistently showed Trump beating either one head to head). Those are excuses you hear from people who want to continue not admitting the failures of the Republican party going back decades.

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq took their toll and probably were one of the biggest factors in the anti-establishment backlash. But there were other things that stuck in voters’ minds. Bush refusing to defend himself from the onslaught of media destruction played a role. John McCain collapsing into apology over simply using Barack Obama’s middle name and then throwing Sarah Palin under the bus (even though she was obviously a positive for his failing campaign at the time). It continued in 2012 with things like Romney standing there stupefied after a debate moderator lied to embarrass him and his inability to fight back at all from the avalanche of gotchas following his call out of Russia to Obama. Even after 2012, there was a distinct impression that Republicans were only willing to put up a fight in the minority.

But look, it’s not just personality or strategic issues. It’s policy as well. The inability to do anything to secure the border was a major schism that still exists today, with the same conservative talking heads still insisting that unfettered immigration is the way to go. We had two terms of George W. Bush and accomplished nearly nothing for conservatism.

Now, I’m sure some are reading the above points and they’ve got their list handy to rebut some of this but who cares? Perception among the voters is reality and the perception is that Republicans are weak.

So how does being “tired” of defending Trump do anything but reinforce that perception? And what kind of delusion must one suffer from to think it would all stop if Trump is gone?

Currently, we are fighting an almost wholly ginned up scandal, where Trump did nothing illegal and arguably nothing improper. I’ve got no problem with a president speaking candidly with a foreign leader about looking into possible corruption. But in the era of Trump, everyone wants to change the rules. See the latest nonsensical freak out over Trump simply asking Australia to cooperate with Barr’s ongoing investigation.

If it wasn’t Trump, it’d be Pence or it’d be Cruz. It’d be whoever was the Republican President at the time. Bush had articles of impeachment pressed against him and was called Hilter non-stop, and that was while he was being completely submissive to the media and not pushing back at all. They aren’t going stop just because Trump is gone and if Republicans quit on him based on what we have so far in this “impeachment inquiry,” they will simply get more of Trump, whether it’s Trump himself or the next person to channel his energy.

I’d end with this message to those Republicans in Washington – Grow a spine. You have a kush job making good money and notoriety. All you have to do is be willing to not fold in the face of adversity and voters will reward you. You aren’t having to go out and dig ditches or work a cash register. You aren’t living paycheck to paycheck. Your life simply isn’t that hard. Enough of the complaining and whining about having to actually defend your ideology and party. It’s ridiculous, and if you aren’t up to the task, go find something else to do.

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Warren Embraces AOC’s Radical ‘Just Society’ Plan: ‘Big Structural Change’ Including Welfare For Illegal Aliens

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Socialist hero Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) isn’t running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

But some of her ideas are.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is running, has endorsed Ocasio-Cortez’s new “Just Society” plan, calling it “just the type of bold, comprehensive thinking we’ll need” to make “big, structural change.”

Sounds a bit like “fundamental transformation,” doesn’t it? “Big, structural change” seems to be Warren’s tag line. She says it about everything, while behind the scenes reportedly getting the aid of failed candidate, Hillary Clinton, the establishment candidate of 2016, perhaps the furthest thing from ‘big structural change” that one might find.

But let’s check out this plan that Warren is embracing. Because yes, it would be “big, structural change.”

Just not the kind Americans would want.

What are they calling for in this “Just Society” plan? A festival of socialism.

Here’s AOC introducing the plan, in her best imitation of FDR’s “Fireside Chat” pose to appear presidential, even with an old-fashioned mic.

The idea behind the bills is that they’re supposed to “eradicate poverty.” But have you ever noticed that, historically, the Democrats’ ideas for eradicating poverty tend to put as many people as possible on the government dole?

Plus, poverty is at historic lows, including in New York City, where Ocasio-Cortez’s home district is. In fact, poverty is so low under President Donald Trump, AOC has to actually jack the numbers by changing the poverty line, making the poverty line $38,000/year without even considering benefits. That’s the benefit of Trump’s supercharging the economy and letting capitalism operate more.

Among other things, the “Just Society” plan calls for nationwide rent control as well as making sure welfare is available for illegal aliens and ex-convicts.

As Brad Polumbo at the Washington Examiner explains:

Price controls just restrict the supply of housing, because they discourage developers from building more housing by lowering potential profits. This, in the long-run, will send rents soaring in non-rent-controlled areas. Meanwhile, property owners who do face rent restrictions may convert their apartments to condos or otherwise stop renting them, rather than rent out their property at artificially low prices.

And what does number six mean?

In classic Green New Deal style, though, the most radical part of the Just Society package is the resolution it includes. Ocasio-Cortez’s plan would have the United States sign on to an international accord that states all people “have the right to work, fair and just conditions of work, social security, an adequate standard of living, including adequate food, clothing, housing, and healthcare.”

While that might sound nice in the abstract, it’s a vision of positive rights — the right to something rather than freedom from — that inevitably involves massive amounts of socialism.

How are we going to pay for the festival of socialism? They don’t say. How are you doing to deal with the unintended consequences of this, such as the greater housing shortage that this would cause and the greater number of illegal aliens coming in to get welfare that you’re guaranteeing them? They don’t say but you know it means you’ll be paying for it.

It’s a recipe for government takeover, killing the economy and making more Americans poor and dependent.

Joe Biden has been suffering a lot of hits in media and justifiably so. But his difficulty has allowed Warren to slowly creep up in the polls.

Embracing this crazy idea may make Warren more palatable to the far left.

But it’s a killer come the general election, if she was to get the nomination.

Republicans need to keep talking and revealing how radical and destructive to Americans this and Warren are.

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VA Police Officer Suspended After Turning Illegal Alien Over To ICE: Police Chief Says Officer Had ‘Lapse in Judgement’

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Following a September 21st traffic accident in Alexandria, VA, a police officer discovered one of the drivers did not have a state driver’s license. He ran a check with the Virginia DMV which showed this individual had “failed to appear for a deportation hearing. The officer verified the warrant and alerted officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). An ICE agent was close by and arrived at the scene. The officer cited the driver for not having a driver’s license and turned him over to the federal agent.”

It turns out that in 2007, Fairfax County had enacted a policy which “prohibits officers from confirming a person’s immigration status and detaining them solely based on civil violations of immigration law.”

After spending three hours in police custody, the driver was released and issued an ankle monitor.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said, “This is an unfortunate issue where the officer was confused. We have trained on this issue a lot. This is the first time we’ve had a lapse in judgment, and the officer is being punished.”

Roessler added, “Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE.”

Roessler posted a statement about this incident on the Fairfax County Police Department website. He describes the situation and displayed the county’s policy.

Since 2007, the FCPD General Order 601-Arrest procedures (VIII c. 5. e.) is very clear on this matter:

If the response reads “OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATIVE WARRANT OF REMOVAL” and the individual is not in custody or being taken into custody for any other violation of law, officers shall not confirm the hit through LESC and shall not take the individual into custody based solely upon the IVF hit. The majority of such administrative warrants represent civil violations of immigration law.

In addition, training at our Academy, as clearly outlined in lesson plans, as well as in-service training reinforces to our personnel that we do not enforce nor detain for administrative warrants and we have no authority to enforce federal law. We have also been working closely with community members and advocates to review our General Orders in this regard.

As a matter of full transparency to our community – our police officer violated our longstanding policy and deprived a person of their freedom, which is unacceptable. We have been informed by ICE that the driver was released after three hours and issued an ankle monitor. When I learned of this event, I directed an immediate internal investigation to look at all factors in this matter to ensure that all are held accountable for this violation. Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE. This matter damages our reputation and the longstanding policy that I have stated many times that our officers shall not act as immigration agents. The officer involved in this event has been relieved of all law enforcement duties pending the outcome of this investigation. It is my duty to enforce our FCPD – and Fairfax County – policies and hold all accountable for their actions.

Forget purple. Virginia has already turned blue.

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“Joker” Director Todd Phillips Smacks Social Justice Warriors and Their PC Culture

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If you enjoyed movies like The Hangover or the raunchy Road Trip, then you have Director Todd Phillips to thank for that. Phillips was responsible for more comedy movies in the past than you’d think, especially given his recent outing as director of the brooding controversial hit, Joker with Joaquin Phoenix.

Phillips won’t touch comedy anymore, however, and it’s not because he’s necessarily moved on from the genre to take on more serious projects. It’s because making comedy movies has become too dangerous thanks to social justice warriors and their “woke culture” that have essentially made telling a joke a dangerous affair.

Phillips made that very clear in the November issue of Vanity Fair:

Phillips had found it increasingly difficult, he says, to make comedies in the new “woke” Hollywood, and his brand of irreverent bro humor has lost favor.

“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” he says. “There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore—I’ll tell you why, because all the f***ing funny guys are like, ‘F**k this shit, because I don’t want to offend you.’ It’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter. You just can’t do it, right? So you just go, ‘I’m out.’ I’m out, and you know what? With all my comedies—I think that what comedies in general all have in common—is they’re irreverent. So I go, ‘How do I do something irreverent, but f**k comedy? Oh I know, let’s take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this.’ And so that’s really where that came from.”

This denunciation of “woke” culture has already angered the social justice crowd. Journalist Rob Tennenbaum has already called Phillips a “jackass,” and became upset over his use of the word “guys.”

Phillips isn’t the only one who has taken issue with SJWs and their “woke” culture. Jerry Seinfeld himself has voiced similar opinions, and Dave Chappell’s recent comedy special more or less proved it. Comedy is dangerous nowadays.

We’ve gotten obsessed with creating sacred cows and making light of the wrong subject can end your career thanks to the outrage mobs. With Chappell’s success, there’s hope that this reign of tyranny is coming to an end. Bill Burr’s comedy special, which practically asks SJWs to be outraged, is evidence toward this.

Joker definitely isn’t a comedy, but it’s had its fair share of SJW outrage regardless. The hard-left has penned pieces about its fear that the movie will inspire “incel violence,” or violence from involuntarily celibate men. Some theaters have even amped up police presence just in case.

No matter what, you can’t escape an SJW’s tantrums. We might as well do what we do with all children when they throw tantrums and ignore them.

 

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Kira Davis:Why Is the Standard of ‘Gender Equality’ Set to the Male Ideal?

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I recently rewatched a trailer for Captain Marvel and I was struck by how heavily it focused on the protagonist’s emotions. The entire things was a smashcut of character after character telling our heroine to keep her emotions in check, don’t get emotional, emotions are your enemy, etc. etc. Complimenting the lectures were shots of Carol Danvers looking annoyed, stern, sterile. In the end, it is Carol’s strength and not her emotions that save the Marvel universe. I imagine Captain Marvel was one of the least enjoyed films in the recent Marvel spate because in the end, despite all of the talk of “emotions” and how women process them the audience was subjected to two hours of Brie Larson being tough, being mad, and hardly being emotional at all. Just like a male superhero.

It got me thinking about how we throw around the term “gender equality” and what it really means. According to modern feminism and Hollywood culture, the goal of “gender equality” is for men and women to be equal by all measures…to be the same. It’s a measurement instead of a quality. I was struck by how when we are asked to take women more seriously in society in culture and entertainment, we’re told the way to do that is to view them the same way we view men.

Think about the number of “girl power” commercials, shows and films you’ve seen in the last few years. In every single one our heroine is staring sternly into the camera or at her nemesis. Arms folded, brows furled…she’s playing soccer, she’s fixing cars, she’s throwing a football with the neighborhood boys. She’s not doing girl stuff…ewww, gross. No, she can do anything boys can do. Our action heroines are kicking ass and taking names. They’re sterile, emotionless…they burp, they slam shots, they save all the men around them all the time everywhere (see the new series Stumptown starring the smoldering Colbie Smulders for more of that). She can do anything boys can do!

Modern feminism screams “girls can do anything boys can do” and doesn’t once stop to wonder why it’s the boys we’re supposed to be emulating. I love to see an action heroine who saves the day because she is emotional, because she is intuitive, because she is nurturing, feminine, whatever other qualities we define as traditional feminine. I get that girls play soccer. Are there any left who play with dolls and baby carriages?

Why is it that the the measure of “equality” is calibrated to the male standard?

Modern feminism has confused the idea of being equal with being equally valued. We should be valued in society as much as any man, but we should never seek to erase our feminine power in pursuit of being like men. We’ll never out-man a man, and why should we want to? There is power in all of the feminine qualities modern feminist culture has told us to ignore. We are only equal to men when we are different from men. All the tools we have for navigating this man’s world lie in who we are as women. It is foolish to negate that.

Modern feminism has ruined the privilege of being a woman.

I discussed this in more detail on the latest episode of Just Listen to Yourself. I also talk about what women are owed (or aren’t owed) in the workplace and how we can use the power of our femininity to empower us in our careers and our interactions.

JLTY is available pretty much anywhere you find podcasts, and if you do honor me with a listen I hope you’ll consider going the extra mile and honoring me with a good rating and review on iTunes. Enjoy!

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Newly Obtained Documents Shred the Media’s False Narrative on Ukrainian Interference in 2016 Election

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Last week, The Hill’s John Solomon reported he had obtained 450 pages of new documents related to former Vice President Joe Biden’s Ukraine story and Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Solomon is a long-time investigative journalist with an extensive network of connections inside the Washington intelligence community. Clearly, it will take time to pour through such a vast quantity of material. Accordingly, Solomon will be presenting several documents at a time. Last night, he appeared on “Hannity” to share the first two, both of which discredit the false narratives being peddled by the left. Solomon reports:

There is a media narrative that is false…MSNBC’s Katy Tur and many others over the weekend said there is no evidence that the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington was ever asked to help the Democratic National Committee. In fact, on NBC News, Katy Tur called that claim Russian propaganda. Now, you showed the Politico article.

I have a statement from the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, on the record, from their sitting ambassador in Washington, that in fact, Alexandra Chalupa, the DNC contractor, came to the Ukrainian Embassy in spring 2016 and asked for help in finding dirt on Donald Trump in hopes of staging a Congressional hearing to hurt Donald Trump in the fall election of 2016. That is the Ukraine Embassy’s on the record statement.

In addition, they state that Miss Chalupa also asked for the Ukraine president to visit the United States and spend time with an investigative reporter trying to turn up dirt on Donald Trump and Paul Manafort.

What did the Embassy do? They said they recognized this request for what it was – an improper effort to influence the election and they refused to cooperate with Miss Chalupa. That’s a very important confirmation of something that the rest of the media is calling a tin foil hat conspiracy. It’s on the record. It’s in Politico. It’s in the Embassy’s own words.

The second document Solomon presents is the deposition of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. He is the prosecutor whom Biden demanded be fired in March 2016. Biden famously threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to the country unless Shokin was fired in the next six hours. Shokin had been investigating Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, at the time and was planning to interview Hunter Biden about his business dealings with the company as part of his probe. For obvious reasons, Biden insists he called for Shokin’s firing because he was corrupt. Solomon explains:

Mr. Shokin says in his sworn deposition, under the penalty of perjury, under oath, that in fact, he was fired because he refused to stand down in the Burisma investigation. That is the only reason he was fired. He was told that by Ukraine’s President [Petro Poroshenko].

That is a complete contradiction of everything Joe Biden has said.

Solomon will appear again on “Hannity” tonight to “go through 8-10 of the biggest lies and show people the proof moment by moment, step by step.” I will post on this new information tomorrow morning.

Note: The Politico article Solomon refers to is an in-depth, investigative piece written by Kenneth Vogel and David Stern in January 2017. It is a well-researched overview of Ukraine’s interference in our election. It covers the role of Alexandra Chalupa whose name you will likely hear frequently as this story unfolds. It is entitled, “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire.” Here is the link.

Watch the video. (Relevant segment starts at 11:55.)

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Federal Funds ALWAYS Have Strings Attached

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Foreign Aid isn’t the only instance of Federal funds having strings attached. As I noted previously, one of the reasons we give monetary and other forms of aid to other countries, is so that we can establish a “string” to pull on should we need to exert some influence on their behavior.

However, our Foreign Policy isn’t the only arena in which the Federal government uses this technique. Closer to home, Federally funded, stand alone, state and local programs , along with joint, Federal-State programs, are all subject to Federal strings. This is how the Federal government gets around state sovereignty issues. For now at least, there are still some things the Federal government may not force states to do. These funds give the Feds leverage to “encourage” cooperation, often resulting in severe degradation of state sovereignty and sometimes civil rights.

Once a state or locality has been the recipient of Federal dollars for any length of time, it grows dependent upon those dollars. Government entities become so dependent, they often “bet on the come,” by including Federal funds in their forward budget projections. If for some reason those funds are withheld, budgetary havoc ensues. The Federal government and its legions of unelected bureaucrats know this. Every dollar that the state or local government gets back (The Feds can’t give what they first don’t take away) from the Feds, comes with specified and implied constraints.

The specified constraints aren’t usually the problem. For example, Federal highways built and maintained with joint State-Federal dollars must meet certain specifications…materials, construction methods and the like. These are clearly related to quality and hopefully lead to best results on any given project.

However, some Federal strings have little relation to the project being funded and are solely about Federal control. Some examples regarding Federal Highway Funds were enforcement of the national 55 MPH speed limit, national motorcycle helmet law and raising the drinking age to 21.

Some other examples hit closer to home and have led to some egregious civil rights violations and the destruction of lives. Title IX U.S. Code involves equal treatment of women in Education. During the Obama administration, his Department of Education rewrote Federal guidance regarding the handling of ”sexual assault” cases. These new regs came with thinly veiled threats to withhold federal funding from Universities and Public School districts for failure to comply with these new regulations.

As has been determined by numerous court cases, these new regulations turned presumption of innocence on its head. Male students could be charged and “convicted” in a School run process outside the criminal justice system, without being able to see the evidence against them or in many cases, unable to confront their accusers. Several students have been later proven in civil court to have been wrongly “convicted” and expelled…but not before their reputations were ruined—all to exert Federal control and promote a leftist agenda. This is dangerous to our Republic.

Where do conservative, liberty loving states and locales go next? The answer is simple, but tough. The best way to put some limits on this form of Federal control, is to limit dependence on Federal funding. Every Federal dollar comes with strings attached. Some visible, most hidden. It’s tough, but in the long run, states and localities that run their own tight budgetary ship, will be rewarded. Such states will of course attract highly motivated, skilled workers. Just make sure they don’t bring their Blue State attitudes with them.

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Maxine Waters Hits Next-Level Lunacy With Unhinged Comment Against Trump

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has a reputation for unhinged comments.

But she let loose with one today, that even for her, is next-level lunacy.

Waters attacked President Donald Trump’s comments about the Ukraine whistleblower. Trump had criticized the whistleblower and said that in the “old days” spies were treated “a little differently than we do now.”

That didn’t sit well with Waters.

Later in the day, Waters doubled down on the crazy talk.

Trump of course never said that the whistleblower should be killed.

But this tirade might backfire on her, as it’s clear that’s she’s prejudged any issue of impeachment, is unable to render a clear (and sane) decision if there actually was a vote and she would have to recuse herself.

So did Democrats say, “Maxine, be a little more controlled” or pull back so we don’t overplay our hand?

Nope. Have they ever?

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) defended her “passion” when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked if this was the attitude that a lawmaker should have.

As it turns out, Waters has had a past issue with the concept of solitary confinement for prisoners, as the Free Beacon notes. So she wouldn’t be in favor of it for criminals. But she’d make an exception because that’s just how much she hates Trump and wants to get back at him.

It’s also a 180 from her criticism of Trump supporters for calling for Hillary Clinton to be locked up. Waters even claimed in a 2017 interview that the chant was somehow “developed” with the help of the Kremlin and Putin, according to the Free Beacon.

Waters doesn’t just want Trump impeached, she wants to impeach Attorney General William Barr and Vice President Mike Pence as well. It’s not clear what she thinks the justification would be, but who needs justification or facts if the Democrats get the control they want?

Waters infamously encouraged people to harass Trump officials, to get up in their faces wherever you found them and “push back on them.”

Speaking of mob boss language:

The only way that she keeps being returned to Congress is because she’s from California.

But even they have to realize what an embarrassment she is at this point.

Unfortunately, even with all the ethics question in her own past and knowing her issues, California voters are likely to return her to office in the future.

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Federal Judge Lays the Smack Down On California Over Law Denying Trump Ballot Access

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Here’s a bit of an update to a story I covered a few weeks back.

After California passed a law effectively keeping President Trump off their state ballot unless he released his tax returns, the Trump campaign sued. The law was a loser from the start and the judge quickly put a hold on it going into effect.

Now, he’s released his written decision and it’s an absolutely beat down for California’s unconstitutional garbage.

On four different counts, the judge found the law to be unconstitutional. This was like an NFL team playing a high school team, i.e. just a total massacre. I can’t link to every line of the above article but I’ll post the summaries below.

Earlier, I noted the court suggested that California’s statute was preempted by the Ethics in Government Act. The court did make that finding. But the court also found it unconstitutional on three other bases.

First, the statute runs afoul of the Elections Clause, meaning California lacked the power to add this rule as a condition of ballot access…

Second, the court concluded it burdened the associational interests of candidates, voters, and political parties under the First Amendment…

Third, the court held that it violated the Equal Protection Clause by “distinguishing among constitutionally eligible candidates.”

If you’d like the full legal breakdown, be sure to click the link above and check it out. The author obviously knows his stuff and had this called from the beginning.

It was painfully obvious that California was going to run afoul of the constitution here. The idea that a state can arbitrarily decide to deny a citizen the right to vote for their candidate of choice is a horrible precedent to try to set. It was also sure to backfire, so perhaps California should be thanking this judge? Had this been upheld, Republican states could have put their own barriers up.

In the end though, it’s better this was shot down. We don’t need states kicking people off the ballot because they won’t play ball with whatever political delusion the party in power has at the time. People should be able to for who they want as long as they meet the constitutional requirements. Releasing tax returns, school records, medical reports, etc. are voluntary and it’s up to voters to decide how much that matters, not partisan legislators.

What’s so ironic in all this is that Democrats were cheering this on, even as they melt down over things like voter ID laws. Ask people to do something easy to prevent fraud and they set their hair on fire. Try to kick a candidate off the ballot completely, disenfranchising million, though? Well, they are all for that.

No doubt California will appeal. I’m not even sure the 9th Circuit is stupid enough to give them the green light here though.

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