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Jim Daly: ‘The Hunt’ cancelation is welcome news – murdering political opponents isn’t entertaining or funny

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Responding to overwhelming criticism, Universal Pictures announced Saturday it has canceled the planned September release of the film “The Hunt” about liberals hunting conservative “Deplorables” who fit the description of supporters of President Trump.

In a statement, a Universal Pictures spokesperson said “the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film … we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

The cancelation is a victory for common sense and decency. The film – called “a satirical social thriller” by the studio – sounded thoroughly disgusting.

‘THE HUNT’ CANCELED BY UNIVERSAL FOLLOWING SIGNIFICANT BACKLASH

There is nothing funny about murdering innocent people. It shouldn’t have taken the tragic mass murders in Ohio and Texas last weekend to make that obvious fact even more obvious.

“The Hunt” was supposed to satirize the ongoing culture war between liberal elites and Deplorables – the insulting term Hillary Clinton coined for some supporters of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

A lot of the buzz surrounding the movie stems from a violent and bloody two-and-a-half-minute trailer that was released several days ago.

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Understandably, initial reaction to the trailer centered on the horrific callousness and immorality of hunting and killing people for their ideologically conservative beliefs. It’s quite jarring to see.

The trailer seemed to be tapping into the same sort of anger and sense of disenfranchisement that many believe led to Trump’s populist rise.

There is nothing funny about murdering innocent people. It shouldn’t have taken the tragic mass murders in Ohio and Texas last weekend to make that obvious fact even more obvious.

Imagine the protests if the film had taken a different tack and portrayed Trump supporters hunting down supporters of one of the Democratic presidential candidates. The protests would have been justified.

Since “The Hunt” was supposed to be a satirical piece, allow me to offer a response in a similar vein, although I believe mine is actually rooted in truth.

From my perspective, liberals have been – metaphorically speaking – “hunting” religious conservatives for years. They have been attempting to deconstruct our traditional values, as well as seeking to tear down all the institutions that so many of us hold dear. These include the strength and vibrancy of our faith communities, the integrity of the family, the sanctity of life and fidelity to the United States Constitution.

For nearly a century, liberals have attempted to strike down these foundational principles. Just five days before he was first elected president, Barack Obama announced that he was committed to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Almost 11 years later, Obama’s bold and sweeping vision has been actualized. Traditions thousands of years old have been turned upside down, including the definition of marriage and the recognition of two distinct genders, to name just two sweeping cultural changes of the last decade.

I realize we live in a pluralistic society and we must always treat one another with dignity and respect. But we live in a world where the cultural elites think you’re a bigot if you disagree with them on same-sex marriage, if you believe that gender is a matter of biology and not preference, and if you oppose explicit lessons about human sexuality for very young students.

If you believe children should have the right to read the Bible and pray during their free time in school you’re considered a narrow-minded religious fanatic who hates anyone who disagrees with you.

I have lots of liberal friends, and I don’t actually believe those on the left want to kill those of us on the right, or vice versa. But I do believe many on the so-called “tolerant” left want to see many of our most deeply cherished values – often rooted in our belief in God and the Bible – hunted down and gutted, their bones buried and forgotten.

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In the end, those of us with a religious, conservative worldview welcome a civil, respectful and spirited debate with those on the other side, believing that our principles and values will lead to a flourishing and more prosperous world.

The cancelation of the release of “The Hunt” is a step in the right direction. We must all live and work with those we disagree with and try to understand their point of view. Letting our disagreements escalate into violent attacks on one another is neither acceptable nor entertaining.

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Todd Starnes: Cancelation of ‘The Hunt’ is a victory for gun-toting, Bible-clinging patriots

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I have no doubt that the Hollywood elites hate President Trump and loathe his conservative supporters, who Hillary Clinton dismissively called “the Deplorables.” But the moguls who run the entertainment industry aren’t stupid. They hate empty seats at movie theaters even more.

And that’s why Universal Pictures announced Saturday that it has canceled plans to release “The Hunt,” a grotesque film that depicted elitists hunting and slaughtering supporters of President Trump.

“While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” a company spokesperson told Fox News in a prepared statement.

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‘THE HUNT’ CANCELED BY UNIVERSAL FOLLOWING SIGNIFICANT BACKLASH

The decision came in no small part thanks to the gun-toting, Bible-clinging audience of my nationally syndicated radio program as well as my Fox Nation show, “Starnes Country.”

The Hollywood Reporter obtained an exclusive copy of the screenplay of “The Hunt” and noted that “red state” characters wore trucker hats, cowboy shirts and owned guns. The script also explains that one of the characters was stalked and hunted like prey for being pro-life.

“Did anyone see what our rat—-er-in-chief just did?” one character asks in the script obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Another responds: “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”

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It’s almost as if the screenplay was ripped from the pages of the Democratic Party’s playbook. I would not be terribly surprised if a good many Democratic lawmakers were advisers to “The Hunt.”

President Barack Obama reminded his loyal fan base years ago that politics was something of a blood sport. If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. That’s what he said.

We can remember Hillary Clinton called us “a basketful of Deplorables.” And former Vice President Joe Biden called Trump supporters “virulent people” and “dregs of society” last year.

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And remember how Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., told her supporters to “absolutely harass” Trump administration officials? Or most recently when a “peaceful” protester wished someone would stab Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the heart?

“It’s disgusting,” Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and senior adviser to his reelection campaign, said on <a href=”https://radio.foxnews.com/fox-news-talk/todd-starnes/”>my radio show</a>. “I guess it speaks to how much the left hates Donald Trump.”

I have no doubt that Antifa, democratic socialists, Planned Parenthood and Rep. Waters would be thoroughly entertained by “The Hunt’s” over-the-top carnage. Knee-slapping fun.

However, millions of gun-toting, Bible-clinging Deplorables were clearly not amused at the idea of a movie that satirizes the bloody end of conservatism.

“It’s disgusting,” Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and senior adviser to his reelection campaign, said on my radio show. “I guess it speaks to how much the left hates Donald Trump.”

She also pointed out Hollywood’s hypocrisy and double-standard.

“If it were Trump supporters that were hunting down folks that were Democrat voters or Nancy Pelosi’s base … could you imagine the outrage and the uproar over something like this?” she asked.

Dozens of Deplorables called my nationally syndicated radio program to declare they would not be bullied or intimidated by the leftist mob.

“We’re not afraid of people that are going to threaten our way and life and our children and our families and our homes,” Mark from New Jersey said in a phone call. “The time has come for people to understand that they’ve probably underestimate the loyalty that we have for the president and things he has done that are so positive and that have affected us in a positive way. It’s time to put a foot down.”

I suspect Universal’s bean counters alerted the studio bigwigs that those Deplorables spend a lot of money on super-sized sodas and Milk Duds at the box office. And the last thing they needed was an all-out boycott.

And that’s why Universal Pictures pulled “The Hunt.” It wasn’t out of a sense of human decency. It was about the bottom line.

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The Deplorables demonstrated that we can facilitate change without having to march in the streets or burn down city blocks.

We led the charge on my radio program and on “Starnes Country,” proving that when gun-toting, Bible-clinging patriots stand together we can accomplish great things.

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John Delaney repeatedly questioned over refusal to label Trump a ‘white supremacist’ at Iowa State Fair

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Democratic hopeful Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., faced shouted questions over why he wouldn’t plainly call President Trump a “white supremacist” as some of his fellow 2020 contenders have.

The questions came as Delaney was surrounded by cameras and apparent members of the press after his speech at the Iowa State Fair on Friday. “Why do you stop short of calling him a white supremacist,” Delaney was asked.

The apparent reporter went on to ask what the difference was for Delaney between saying Trump supported white supremacists and using that label to describe him.

“I think it’s a distinction without a difference,” Delaney said, “because enabling white supremacists, as I said earlier, what other conclusion can you come to than he supports it for some reason.”

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Someone in the crowd ordered Delaney to “say the reason.” “I don’t know what the reason is,” Delaney added before someone shouted that Trump was a white supremacist.

“Well, that’s what I’m basically saying,” Delaney responded. Someone shouted back, “so say it!” When Delaney was told to “stop with the semantics,” before facing more scattered shouts from people questioning why he would not call Trump a white supremacist.

After Delaney continued asking what else someone could conclude from Trump’s actions, the grilling ramped up even further.

Delaney’s comments came as several 2020 contenders blasted Trump as a racist and white supremacist, blaming him in part for the political climate that allegedly motivated the shooter in El Paso, Texas. 

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That included former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, who plainly told MSNBC that Trump was a “white supremacist.”

“He is,” O’Rourke responded when asked about that label. “He’s also made that very clear. He’s dehumanized or has sought to dehumanize those who don’t look like or pray like the majority here in this country.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said the same “without hesitation,” according to The New York Times.

Trump, on Monday, explicitly condemned white supremacy and called on the nation as a whole to reject it as well. “Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside — so destructive — and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.  Our future is in our control,” he said during a speech on Monday.

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John Delaney repeatedly questioned over refusal to label Trump a ‘white supremacist’ at Iowa State Fair

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Democratic hopeful Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., faced shouted questions over why he wouldn’t plainly call President Trump a “white supremacist” as some of his fellow 2020 contenders have.

The questions came as Delaney was surrounded by cameras and apparent members of the press after his speech at the Iowa State Fair on Friday. “Why do you stop short of calling him a white supremacist,” Delaney was asked.

The apparent reporter went on to ask what the difference was for Delaney between saying Trump supported white supremacists and using that label to describe him.

“I think it’s a distinction without a difference,” Delaney said, “because enabling white supremacists, as I said earlier, what other conclusion can you come to than he supports it for some reason.”

BETO O’ROURKE CALLS TRUMP ‘WHITE SUPREMACIST,’ SAYS US ‘HAS BEEN RACIST SINCE IT’S BEEN A COUNTRY’

Someone in the crowd ordered Delaney to “say the reason.” “I don’t know what the reason is,” Delaney added before someone shouted that Trump was a white supremacist.

“Well, that’s what I’m basically saying,” Delaney responded. Someone shouted back, “so say it!” When Delaney was told to “stop with the semantics,” before facing more scattered shouts from people questioning why he would not call Trump a white supremacist.

After Delaney continued asking what else someone could conclude from Trump’s actions, the grilling ramped up even further.

Delaney’s comments came as several 2020 contenders blasted Trump as a racist and white supremacist, blaming him in part for the political climate that allegedly motivated the shooter in El Paso, Texas. 

TRUMP CONDEMNS ‘WHITE SUPREMACY,’ CALLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND GUN REFORMS AFTER DOUBLE MASS SHOOTINGS

That included former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, who plainly told MSNBC that Trump was a “white supremacist.”

“He is,” O’Rourke responded when asked about that label. “He’s also made that very clear. He’s dehumanized or has sought to dehumanize those who don’t look like or pray like the majority here in this country.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said the same “without hesitation,” according to The New York Times.

Trump, on Monday, explicitly condemned white supremacy and called on the nation as a whole to reject it as well. “Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside — so destructive — and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.  Our future is in our control,” he said during a speech on Monday.

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Graham: New Bruce Ohr docs show FISA warrant against ex-Trump campaign aide a ‘fraud’

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New documents highlighting top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s contact with ex-British spy Christopher Steele are the latest troubling development for the DOJ in 2016.

That’s the claim from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who said Thursday on “Hannity” that he believes there was deep corruption in the department during that year’s U.S. presidential election.

“Here’s what we’re looking at: Systematic corruption at the highest level of the Department of Justice and the FBI against President Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton,” Graham said.

FBI KEPT USING STEELE DOSSIER FOR FISA APPLICATIONS DESPITE DOCUMENTING EX-SPY’S BIAS, DOCUMENTS SHOW

Host Sean Hannity then asked Graham whether officials “lied purposefully” on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

“The best you could say is that they were incompetent,” Graham responded. “The most likely outcome is that they wanted a result.”

“I think the insurance policy is what we’re seeing here, getting into the Trump campaign,” Graham continued. “The FISA warrant against Carter Page was a fraud, I believe. The counter-intelligence investigation is something we have to look at very closely.”

On Thursday evening, newly released records obtained by Fox News showed the FBI formally documented the bias of Steele shortly after the November 2016 presidential election, yet continued to use his unverified dossier in multiple FISA court warrant application renewals.

The documents, first obtained by Judicial Watch, also reveal that top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr maintained contact with Steele for at least six months after Steele was fired by the FBI for unauthorized media contacts in November 2016.

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The summaries of FBI interviews with Ohr, known as 302s, show that Ohr knew by September 2016 — a month before the initial application to surveil the Trump campaign — that Steele was “desperate” that Donald Trump not be elected president.

A source close to the matter told Fox News “this had the effect of putting a senior DOJ official on notice that a witness/source had an extreme bias” — yet the FISA warrant application went through in October 2016 with multiple renewals.

In his interview with Hannity, Graham claimed if a Republican operative acted in a way similar to Steele, the news would receive wall-to-wall media coverage.

“You could not turn on your television,” he said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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Mark Steyn: ‘The Hunt’ film is ‘the liberal twitterstorm fantasy’ taken to the next level

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The upcoming NBC Universal picture “The Hunt” — depicting elites hunting “deplorables” — is the left’s Twitter fantasy satirized on the big screen, according to Mark Steyn.

The current crop of films are becoming stale, but movies that have connections to contemporary life are welcome, Steyn remarked Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“I get bored by ‘X-Men 37’, in which Cardboard Man battles Franchise Girl up in the sky and rips a hole in the space-time continuum,” he said.

“I actually approve of making films telling stories about the way we live now — we live in an increasingly fractious 50-50 nation.”

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Of the movie, set to be released in September, Steyn claimed it gives off a similar air as the objections to Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross holding a Trump campaign fundraiser.

“It’s the same condescension,” he said.

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“It is actually the liberal Twitterstorm fantasy taken to the next level.

“On Twitter, they just destroy your career, get you fired, close down your restaurant — but this so-called satire actually wants to take it to the next level… take the cold civil war and make it a hot civil war.”

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Regarding the movie itself, “The Hunt” is billed as a satire that follows wealthy thrill-seekers taking a private jet to a five-star resort where they embark on a “deeply rewarding” expedition that involves hunting down and killing designated humans.

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that “Universal is re-evaluating its strategy for the certain-to-be-controversial satire” following the shootings after ESPN reportedly pulled a trailer for the film that had been previously cleared to air on the sports network.

“The violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals,” THR’s Kim Masters and Tatiana Siegel wrote. “It features guns blazing along with other ultra-violent killings as the elites pick off their prey.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Ari Fleischer: De Blasio’s tax plan aimed at rich but will hit working class hard

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Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio’s plan to tax the rich at 70 percent would end up hurting the working class for whom he claims to advocate, according to Ari Fleischer.

At the same time, 2020 hopeful Andrew Yang’s so-called, “Freedom Dividend” of $1,000 per month is an “intriguing” concept, Fleischer claimed Thursday on “Your World.”

“You can’t hurt working-class people more when your policies target those who give you your jobs and they stop you from getting a pay increase,” he said.

“We’ve seen a lot of that during the Obama administration and what did we have? We had low growth and flat wages.”

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On Wednesday, de Blasio — the mayor of New York City — told Fox News’ Sean Hannity he plans to tax those making more than $2 million per year at as much as 70 percent.

De Blasio claimed former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy taxed the wealthy at similar rates.

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In response, Fleischer told host Neil Cavuto that Kennedy later worked toward cutting the tax rate, though the decrease did not go into effect until after President Lyndon Johnson entered the White House following the Massachusetts Democrat’s assassination.

Regarding Yang, Fleischer said he would consider taking a closer look at the $12,000 per year stipend if, in exchange, all welfare programs outside of disability and the like were sunsetted.

“I find the universal income intriguing,” he said.

Earlier this year, Yang claimed in an interview his proposal will encourage citizens to work.

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Yang told TMZ that the plan is necessary to help American workers whose jobs have become automized. When asked if giving the dividend would incentivize workers, he cited the “Alaska Permanent Fund,” which was established in 1976 and pays residents a dividend from the state’s mineral revenue.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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NY Post opinion editor defends ‘ban weapons of war’ cover: ‘Reasonable’ regulation can prevent future tragedy

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An editor with the New York Post defended his newspaper’s decision to place a gun control-related op-ed so prominently on its iconic cover Monday morning.

Sohrab Ahmari said Monday on “The Daily Briefing” he didn’t write the op-ed, “Ban Weapons of War,” but claimed it is an important message for readers in New York City and beyond, in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend — in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

“I didn’t write the editorial, but the editors thought that this issue — we’re like anyone else, we’re people — we have kids, we have family members,” he said.

“And just the thought of them walking into a Walmart for back to school supplies and not coming out because some monster was enraged for what reason, and was able to use these sort of high caliber, rapid-fire, semi-automatic, semi-military-style weapons is disturbing.”

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In the op-ed, the editorial board writes the Founding Fathers presented citizens with the right to bear arms, “during a time of muskets.”

“They did not foresee a time when one 21-year-old could kill 20 people in the span of minutes thanks to poisonous beliefs and an assault weapon,” the piece read.

In his interview, Ahmari said he is heartened by President Trump’s contemplation of potential legislative or executive responses to the tragedies.

“It’s very encouraging to note the president, both in his tweets this morning and in his statement a little bit later, suggested an openness to doing some pragmatic things that are short of anything like grabbing guns — but background checks, reg flag alerts and so forth,” he said.

“Culture can change and people can change with the law.”

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Ahmari also noted the op-ed explained how “assault weapon” is a “cosmetic” term, adding any government action should take into consideration a more nuanced set of factors like magazine size and rapidity of fire.

“Some combination of those that make it possible for someone to kill so many people in such a short amount of time can be reasonably regulated — without getting at handguns or weapons that are used for hunting,” he said.

He also responded to critics on social media who claimed the Post published the op-ed because he is a “liberal” and an “urbanite.”

“As you know, Dana, I’m deeply, deeply conservative, some would say ‘reactionary’,” he told host Dana Perino.

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In the op-ed, the editorial board wrote Trump is in a “position to assuage” fears of Americans in the wake of the shootings.

“On gun control, you are a pragmatic centrist, someone who knows there is a vast majority of Americans who are not to the extreme left or right on this issue. They just want the killings to stop,” the piece stated.

“Yes, we know the president regularly praises the Second Amendment and received the National Rifle Association’s support in the 2016 race.”

“But the Second Amendment leaves ample room for regulating gun rights, just as every other constitutional right has its limits.”

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Soldier describes carrying children to safety from El Paso mall: ‘What I’m supposed to do’

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U.S. Army Specialist Glenn Oakley told Fox News that he tried to get as many children to safety as he could during a mass shooting that left 20 people dead and 26 others injured in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.

While speaking with Fox News anchor Jon Scott, Oakley described how he grabbed four or five young children near a play area at a nearby mall.

“I was putting the babies before myself because I just thought about if I had a child and if I wasn’t around my child, how I would want another man to react if they [saw] my child running around without me around,” he said.

When Scott thanked him for his actions, Oakley responded: “That’s what I’m supposed to do.”

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Oakley was buying a jersey in a sports store and initially heard about the shooting when a “little kid” came in and said that there was an active shooter. The shooting took place in and around a Walmart near the mall.

He initially dismissed the news but said things changed when he heard the gunshots. “I’m in the military and I also have my license to carry … being in the military you just instantly think fast … take cover, get whoever you can,” he said.

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After hearing gunshots, Oakley ran with some people who appeared to be trying to escape. “I’m thinking I’m the only one with the weapon legally so I run with because in case they come across something that would harm them, I could be there to protect them,” he said.

While he was running towards Dillards, he passed the play area and grabbed “as many [children] as possible.”

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Bill Maher: Recession would be ‘worth it’ if Trump doesn’t get re-elected

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HBO host Bill Maher continued hoping for a recession on his show “Overtime” Friday, saying that the economic fallout would be “worth it” if it prevented President Trump from serving another term in office.

Maher reiterated his desire for a recession that would tank Trump’s political prospects before the 2020 election. That prompted business columnist Josh Barro to remind Maher that “recessions are really bad” and that people lost their jobs as a result.

“I know,” Maher responded, “but it’s worth it.” His comments came as Democrats tried to attack the president amid stellar economic metrics.

Barro told Maher that the regular cycle of economics didn’t necessarily guarantee a recession near the 2020 election. “Recessions don’t come because they’re due. Recessions come because there’s some kind of overheating — something goes wrong in the economy,” he said.

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Barro added that while the president faced a problem in the economy slowing down, he didn’t see any signs that a major recession was on its way.

“The economy won’t be as good going into the election next year probably as it has been this year or last year,” he said. When Barro predicted the economy would still experience growth, Maher indicated that would make it “tough” for Democrats to win.

The HBO star also argued that the upcoming election is about “fatigue” as well as “fear” that Trump pushes onto voters, citing the fear of “socialism,” “open borders,” and “getting rid of private health insurance.”

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“All the Democrats have to do to win is to come off less crazy than Trump — and, of course, they’re blowing it!” Maher said. “Coming across as unserious people who are going to take away all your money so migrants from Honduras can go to college for free and get a major in ‘America sucks.’”

Maher added that he doesn’t “really” want Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden to be president, but stressed that the former vice president is the “only candidate” who can beat Trump in Ohio.

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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