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Today is the day. The ball gets rolling on this Trump impeachment sham that has engulfed the nation for the better part of this year. The Democrats have been planning this since day one of the Trump presidency. Yet, in 2018, the Democrats retook the House and this whole circus began to come together. Democrats couldn’t use Russian collusion as their main salvo because ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report torpedoed it. The hearings further damaged the collusion narrative which was a media-manufactured myth that was peddled for more than two years. Democrats clung to this conspiracy theory like grim death despite numerous bombshells being gutted due to lack of evidence. To this day, there is zero evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. They’re now using this July phone call Trump has with the Ukrainians where he supposedly threatened to withhold military aid unless an investigation into Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma, an energy company, was launched. Biden’s job there is suspect and the presidential campaign of his father, Joe Biden, has so far been unable to get this story out of the news cycle.

ted to impeach, the articles have finally been transmitted after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat on them for a few weeks (wasn’t this an urgent matter?), and their impeachment managers have been selected. It was a cause for celebration on the Left. At noon, the managers will read aloud the articles in the Senate. At 2 pm, Chief Justice John Roberts will walk over to swear-in all the members of the Senate. The trial begins on Tuesday, according to Fox News’ Chad Pergram. Senate Republicans have declared they can proceed in this trial without witnesses, a Democratic demand, and have the votes to shoot them down. Democrats want only four, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton. If that’s the case, then Democrats have to accept any GOP witnesses, which should include Hunter and Joe Biden, the latter of which said he would not testify even if compelled by a subpoena. Isn’t that obstruction of Congress? One of the two charges against Trump that is not only utterly laughable but reeks of partisanship. It’s why this impeachment push is not popular with those who aren’t Democrats.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram tweeted out the docket for today:

Trump’s legal team is reportedly aiming to block witnesses through invoking good ole’ executive privilege as well. They noted that a former top-level White House official detailing a conversation with the president about national security or foreign policy matter would be “extraordinary,” according to The Washington Post. As with anything, keep your eye out on this. It could change knowing the press corps inability to cover this White House accurately. The publication noted that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, and deputy White House counsel Pat Philbin will be key players in the president’s defense (via WaPo) [emphasis mine]:

White House lawyers are trying to engineer the fastest impeachment trial in American history, aiming to have President Trump acquitted by the Senate without witnesses and after just a few days of proceedings, according to senior administration officials.

[…]

“I think it’s extraordinarily unlikely that we’d be going beyond two weeks,” said a senior administration official, who briefed reporters Wednesday on the condition of anonymity. “We think that this case is overwhelming for the president, and the Senate’s not going to be having any need to be taking that amount of time on this.”

President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial in 1868 lasted 11 weeks. President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999 lasted more than a month.

The trial, which begins Thursday in the Senate, will be the Trump legal team’s first official attempt to substantively defend the president against charges that he abused his power by politicizing the U.S. relationship with Ukraine and obstructed Congress by blocking lawmakers’ attempt to investigate him.

[…]

White House aides are also gaming out how to manage Trump during the trial, which they expect him to watch and possibly tweet about while it is underway, as he did during the House impeachment hearings, according to the officials. Trump allies plan to have several surrogates on television defending the president during the trial. Republican House members, many of whom jockeyed for official roles on the defense team for the Senate trial, will instead fan out across television networks to ensure that the president’s message gets out and that Trump feels he is receiving a robust defense, the officials said.

[…]

A senior administration official briefing reporters said that House Democrats’ case lacked evidence of wrongdoing by Trump, but the official refused to address new documentary evidence that Democrats say further implicates the president.

The official indicated that Trump is likely block efforts by Democrats to further build their case through new witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton. Allowing testimony from a former presidential aide about his discussions with Trump on foreign policy would be “extraordinary,” said the official, who added that he did not think the Senate should hear from any witnesses. Another official said the White House was prepared to exert executive privilege if the Senate subpoenas Bolton, who has said he is willing to testify under subpoena about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Yeah, there’s a reason why no one who is serious should take this so-called new evidence seriously.

This show is about to get rolling. Democrats have reduced the benchmark to impeach because they’re entitled children who think they’re entitled to win every election. In the meantime, no one cares about this impeachment push, its support numbers are now underwater nationally, Trump’s approval ratings have increased, and swing-state voters are decidedly sour on this whole kangaroo court move by Democrats. Trump is more popular than Democrats think and with a booming economy at his back with no signs of slowing up, that doesn’t bode well for their weak 2020 field either.

(H/T Ed Morrissey/Hot Air)

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: How Trump’s Legal Team Will Try to Execute the Fastest Impeachment Trial in American History

The Senate Republican playbook should be put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on mute and get this trial started. Pelosi and the Democrats have no say in the matter. They don’t. And by withholding the articles of impeachment against President Trump because they know it faces certain death in the Republican Senate creates a new constitutional crisis of its own. This isn’t about a fair trial. As Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel noted, a trial would only further degrade their position in the polls on this impeachment push. It was never popular from the start, and now it’s underwater nationally. It’s especially not popular in the key swing states that Democrats have to win in 2020. I think Democrats know this is a fiasco, the smart ones at least, but they made a 2018 promise to the base to impeach the president. They have to keep it. Strassel noted that Pelosi isn’t a scrub when it comes to political strategy; she can hang in there with McConnell. But the goal of this whole circus is to keep the idea of impeachment alive. It’s “rolling impeachment,” as Strassel noted. And it’s cancerous to constitutional order, but also the Senate GOP could enable it if they think the end goal is to nab a fair trial (via WSJ):

Republicans dismiss Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to transmit the impeachment articles to the Senate as a weak stunt. They do so at the peril of both the Constitution and President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may be a master tactician, but Mrs. Pelosi is no slouch.

[…]

How would it benefit Democrats for the Senate to conduct an efficient and solemn proceeding? The House inquiry was a farce, riddled with procedural gamesmanship and shifting definitions of “high crimes.” A serious Senate trial would only further highlight the weakness of the House case. It would also require Democratic presidential contenders including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar to abandon the stump and return to Washington for most of January, on the eve of the crucial Iowa caucuses—or else shirk their senatorial duty.

Mrs. Pelosi has understood from the start that the inevitable outcome was acquittal. There won’t be 20 Republican votes to remove Mr. Trump from office. So why hasten the president’s vindication? If the goal of this exercise all along was to damage Mr. Trump’s prospects for re-election, why wouldn’t Democrats want to hold an unconsummated impeachment over his head for as long as politically possible?

Think of it as “rolling” impeachment. Every day the Senate doesn’t hold a trial, Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are free to argue that the process is rigged. They are already claiming that the Senate’s Republican “jurors” have abandoned impartiality, are actively working with Mr. Trump to cover up his crimes, and are afraid to hold a trial.

This bears no relation to reality and is the height of cheek given the House circus. But it’s fodder for the press corps and it may resonate with some voters. More important, it puts daily pressure on Senate Republican moderates to break with Mr. McConnell.

[…]

And as long as the Senate doesn’t hold a trial, Democrats can add additional “crimes” to their case against the president. House lawyers this week argued in federal court that former White House counsel Don McGahn must be forced to testify to the House. They told the court the House may “recommend new articles of impeachment” if Mr. McGahn’s testimony included evidence that the president obstructed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

How long will this charade go on? As long as Democrats can get away with it.

Now, as impeachment has dominated the news, the more unpopular it has become. If anything, Trump’s approval rating has increased and pushed the battleground states further out of reach. Now, Strassel noted the pressure on moderate GOP senators. There was a bite; Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)—who said she was “disturbed” by McConnell’s actions regarding handling this impeachment fiasco. Yet, she doesn’t hold 20 markers. Still, Democrats going all-in on this whole push damaging his re-election chances. It’s too late now. In the meantime, this unpopular push that’s seen as nakedly partisan and not in the name of the rule of law and institutional integrity, coupled with the looney left-wing 2020 agenda Democrats are putting out there—is only giving Trump a second term. As annoying as this whole circus is, on face value, it could be positive for Trump since the case is super weak. It all depends on whether the Senate Republicans want to deliver the headshot to this mess.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: WSJ Columnist Details What the Democrats Are Really Doing with This Impeachment Holdup Game

San Francisco is a liberal cesspool. And people are just pooping all over the place. They’re shameless. The city has a poop patrol. It reportedly has opened more public restrooms, but the city is still covered in feces and used needles. And people are still pooping everywhere. You saw that when a man strolled into a Safeway in Nancy Pelosi’s congressional district and casually defecated in the aisle. So, we have the feces police and all of these public initiatives to keep the city clean. The city spent $94 million this year, roughly a little over a quarter of a million a day, to keep the streets clean. Residents are still waiting to see their money’s worth—and Safeway poop man trashed any narrative that progress was being made (via SF Chronicle):

Between street sweeping crews, staffed portable toilets and sidewalk steamers, San Francisco spent $94 million — or about $257,534 a day this year — trying to keep the city clean. And while progress has been made, the effort remains a losing battle.

The years of trench warfare between cleanup crews and bad actors was laid out clearly in two images Monday.

The first image was of Mayor London Breed flanked by city, civic and tourist industry leaders standing together in front of the giant Christmas tree at Union Square. The intent was to reassure tourists that the city is taking seriously concerns about its squalid streets and people behaving badly.

[…]

Here’s a pic of a man on drugs taking a poo in aisle 10 of the (Marina) Safeway, Sunday morning in #SF. Why is this okay?” tweeted Deborah Kan.

He “had plenty of time to find the toilet paper aisle, but not the actual bathroom,” Matt Estrada added in a second tweet.

The publication added that software titan Oracle, which had held its annual convention in San Francisco for nearly two decades, decided to host its event in Las Vegas because the city is absolute trash. It’s not just the serial poopers or drug users. It’s the hordes of homeless people that not only dot San Francisco but major urban areas along the west coast. You get what you pay for when you vote for Democrats to run things.

Flashback:

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: Holy Crap: San Francisco Spent $94 Million Trying to Keep Its Streets Clean

We all know Sen. Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist. He’s peddling the same tired 2016 talking points. ‘Socialists of the world’ unite is the war cry. And being that Sanders wants to pretty much destroy the country with his agenda, he found a nice ally in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who decided to endorse him over the weekend; AOC’s Green New Deal is also a recipe for economic catastrophe. We’ve long said that progressives and far-leftists hate the U.S. Constitution. It has mechanisms that prevent their agenda from being fully implemented. So, it shouldn’t be shocking that when you analyze Sanders’ economic agenda, not only are the ideas bad—they could be illegal. InsideSources spoke with a couple of economics professors who admit that they’re very much in-line with what Democrats have proposed in the past and even they said the Sanders plan is trash and unconstitutional (via InsideSources):

The notable points in his plan include:

All publicly-traded companies, and private companies with at least $100 million in revenue, must be at least 20 percent owned by their employees;

45 percent of the board of directors at these companies must be directly elected by the company’s workers;

A ban on stock buybacks;

Companies that lay off workers to move operations overseas must share some of the “gains” with the laid-off American workers;

Company boards will be required to maintain representation from “historically marginalized groups” (like women, LGBTQ individuals, African-Americans and others) and submit reports on the racial and sexual orientation makeup of their boards and employees to the federal government;

A ban on mandatory arbitration and non-compete clauses;

And the elimination of offshore tax havens and a corporate tax rate hike from 21 to 35 percent.

According to the Sanders campaign estimates, under his plan Amazon would have paid $3.8 billion in taxes last year.

Ralph Sonenshine, assistant professor of economics at American University, thinks Sanders’ plan will “create a lot of inefficiencies and black markets where companies try to get around [his policies].”

“As somebody that supports a lot of Democratic agenda items, most of this would not be one of them,” he told InsideSources. “I don’t believe in forcing corporations to do certain things, like banning stock buybacks, I think that’s not good at all.”

Sonenshine thinks Sanders could fix a lot of the economic inequalities he discusses with existing reform ideas that both progressives, neoliberals and conservatives agree on, like campaign finance reform, or minimum wage laws, which progressives and neoliberals (but not conservatives) generally agree on.

[…]

Conservatives and progressives alike often talk about closing tax loopholes to ensure a fairer, more just tax system. Sonenshine and Lawrence White, a professor of economics at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business who describes himself as “markets-oriented,” approve of eliminating offshore tax havens and raising the corporate tax rate a little bit — not quite to 35 percent, but maybe around 25 percent, they said.

“As far as profit-sharing arrangements, I think that’s a mistake,” White said. “I know it works in Germany, I’m less convinced it would work here. We had experiments with worker shareholding arrangements, one of the major airlines had this 15 or 20 years ago. It didn’t work very well.

The publication noted that Sanders probably knows that, but he’s okay with it because he wants a left-wing revolution. As does AOC and the rest of their ilk. They already can’t stand the way we elect our president, so why should we be surprised that they’re promoting policies that would continue to undermine the vision of our Founding Fathers.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: Economic Professor Breaks Down Bernie Sanders’ Economic Agenda

Tim will have more on Project Veritas latest video where staffers of CNN are seen complaining about how the network has become and left-wing cesspool. Okay—maybe that’s a stretch, but they’re not happy with the liberal tilt the network has taken. It is one of the most prolific and visible anti-Trump networks out there. We all know this, but PV was able to get an insider to speak with CNN employees who confirmed our suspicions about the network. They’re liberal. They hate Trump. And President Jeff Zucker personally intervenes during interviews with members of the Trump administration in the hopes of catching them tripping up live on air. The Trump impeachment circus is front and center, and all of this just adds credence to the chant “CNN sucks.” And if that’s not indicative of how the liberal media has become in the Trump era, PV’s CNN insider, Cary Poarch, caught what they all probably feel about the president during his investigation. Gerald Sisnette, Field Production Supervisor at CNN, said he hoped Trump dies soon (via Project Veritas):

According to CNN insider Cary Poarch, “I want to chase the facts, like the motto that CNN put out earlier this year, ‘the facts first,’ that’s what I want the news to be. That’s what it should be. That’s what it used to be.” It appears a number of CNN staffers agree:

Patrick Davis, Manager of Field Operations at CNN: “…I hate seeing what we were and what we could be and what we’ve become. It’s just awful…I mean, we could be so much better than what we are…And the buck stops with him (Zucker).”

[…]

Scott Garber, Senior Field Engineer at CNN: “We used to cover news. We used to go out and do stories…But Trump is more important.”

Adia Jacobs, CNN Technical Operations Supervisor: “When Zucker took over it wasn’t until Trump that we ended up being all Trump all the time.”

Nick Neville, CNN Media Coordinator: “He (Zucker) basically said f**k all the other stories.”

Mike Brevna, Floor Manager at CNN:“It’s the Trump Network, dog. It’s like everything is all Trump…they not even thinking about anybody else. They sold themselves to the devil.”

Gerald Sisnette, Field Production Supervisor at CNN: “This is a story that’s not gonna go away…The only way this will go away is when he (Trump) dies. Hopefully soon.”

Will the network return to a sense of normalcy? It’s hard to say. Donald Trump has broken the minds of liberal America, maybe irreparably. As for the integrity of the network, that’s long dead. They’ve screwed up so many times in covering this White House. They can’t report him feeding koi fish with the Japanese prime minister accurately, they got played with the ‘Trump knew about his son’s meeting with the Russians’ story, and they totally flopped on the Wikileaks piece, where they alleged Trump and his inner circle got a decryption key for the trove of emails from John Podesta, then-chair of the Clinton campaign, and the DNC—only to end up correcting the ‘bombshell’ because the documents were already made public. This key was sent via emailed from a donor. If they merely just looked at the time stamp of the email and when Wikileaks published the DNC emails—this could’ve been avoided. It was simple. They didn’t do it because they’re at full froth in trying to get this president. With every failed attempt, it only reminds Trump voters to turn out next year. It’s an in-kind contribution to the 2020 re-elect. So, thank you. And to that staffer, sorry—Donald Trump isn’t going to die soon. He has one more election to win—and at this point, he will win it handily.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: CNN: I Hope Trump Dies Soon

House Democrats began their impeachment push formally based on some whistleblower report that alleged President Trump tried to shakedown Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July. Trump supposedly threatened to withhold military aid unless Zelensky opened a corruption probe against Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden. The whistleblower is reportedly a CIA agent, a registered Democrat, and worked with a 2020 Democratic candidate. There is also a third citation indicating political bias that was not revealed. That portion was redacted. But the report is second-hand sourced and riddled with errors because this person didn’t listen in on the call. The Trump White House also released the transcript, which totally debunked the quid pro quo aspect of this circus.

The complaint wasn’t released to members of Congress prior to them announcing a formal impeachment inquiry. Yeah, no one read the complaint, so that’s all you need to know about Democratic intentions in this matter. This is an attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election, using a biased intelligence operative who had worked with Joe Biden during the Obama presidency. Yeah, that was revealed today by The Washington Examiner:

The 2020 Democratic candidate with whom the CIA whistleblower had a “professional” tie is Joe Biden, according to intelligence officers and former White House officials.

Lawyers for the whistleblower said he had worked only “in the executive branch.” The Washington Examiner has established that he is a career CIA analyst who was detailed to the National Security Council at the White House and has since left. On Sept. 26, the New York Times reported that he was a CIA officer. On Oct. 4, the newspaper added that he “was detailed to the National Security Council at one point.”

Michael Atkinson, the Intelligence Community’s inspector general, told members of Congress that the whistleblower had a “professional tie” to a 2020 Democratic candidate. He had written earlier that while the whistleblower’s complaint was credible, he had shown “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate.”

A retired CIA officer told the Washington Examiner: “From everything we know about the whistleblower and his work in the executive branch then, there is absolutely no doubt he would have been working with Biden when he was vice president.”

As an experienced CIA official on the NSC with the deep knowledge of Ukraine that he demonstrated in his complaint, it is probable that the whistleblower briefed Biden and likely that he accompanied him on Air Force Two during at least one of the six visits the 2020 candidate made to the country.

And we also learned today that both Joe and Hunter Biden were paid by Burisma Group, the Ukrainian energy company at the center of all the questions concerning their working relationship with the former vice president and his son. Hunter was on the board being paid tens of thousands of dollars a month, despite having zero experience in the energy sector. The allegation is that he was there selling access and the Biden campaign has yet to fully address this working relationship. The former vice president insists that he never discussed overseas work with Hunter. That’s never going to hold up. There’s that picture of the former VP and Hunter golfing with Ukrainian energy executives; they never discussed overseas work. Who are you kidding? And now with Biden revealed to have been paid $900,000 for his lobbying efforts on behalf of Burisma, this Ukraine tie will remain a topic of discussion.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: BREAKING: Whistleblower Worked With Joe Biden At The Obama White House

President Donald Trump is now getting deeper into the House Democrats’ impeachment game. It’s not a fight he wants. In fact, no one with cognitive function wants this, but the Democratic Party has become infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome, so here we are; this plan has been in the works since 2016. They tried to get him on Russian collusion. They couldn’t. The investigation by ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller also torpedoed that whole circus and debunked the Steele dossier, compiled by an ex-MI6 spook Christopher Steele, which was the basis for the whole collusion charade. This was an opposition research project funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrats, by the way. So, they waited and now this whistleblower, who is reportedly a CIA agent, comes forward with a second-hand account that Trump threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless they opened a corruption probe against Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, in July.

The White House released the transcript which debunked all of the juicy allegations. There was no quid pro quo. In fact, it appears as if the Ukrainians only found out about a U.S. foreign aid review a month after the call. Trump insists that other European nations should also contribute to the aid package.

So, the latest impeachment push is based on evidence even shoddier than the Russian collusion myth. And what’s more, is that the Hunter Biden probe might have already begun months before Trump’s phone call. John Solomon has more (via Fox News) [emphasis mine]:

A newly unearthed document shows that Ukrainian officials had opened a new probe into the firm linked to Hunter Biden months before President Trump’s phone call with that country’s leader, Fox News contributor John Solomon reported late Tuesday.

Solomon said Tuesday on “Hannity” that the U.S. government knew Ukraine was planning to look again into activities at Burisma Holdings, an energy company that employed then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son as a member of its board of directors, early this year. The report is noteworthy because President Trump has been accused by Democrats of threatening in July to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine unless its new president pursued an investigation into the company and the younger Biden’s role there.

“The U.S. government had open-source intelligence and was aware as early as February of 2019 that the Ukrainian government was planning to reopen the Burisma investigation,” he claimed. “This is long before the president ever imagined having a call with President Zelensky,” he added, noting Petro Poroshenko was still Ukraine’s president at that time.

[…]

Solomon said the information he obtained, including documents shown on “Hannity” Tuesday, was omitted from a U.S. intelligence community whistleblower’s complaint lodged against Trump last month.

Solomon said that NABU — an FBI-like anti-corruption agency in Ukraine — requested the probe into Burisma and owner Mykola Zlochevsky be reopened earlier this year. The investigation then went forward, Solomon said. The new probe later resulted in a “Notice of Suspicion” being filed, alleging the existence of “illicit funds” running through the firm, Solomon also claimed.

Hunter was with Burisma, being paid tens of thousands of dollars a month despite having zero experience in the energy sector. The whistleblower report is riddled with errors and this person did not listen in on the call. This person was also cited for being politically biased against the president, being a registered Democrat and working for a 2020 Democratic candidate. The complaint wasn’t even released to Congress before the impeachment inquiry began. Yeah, no one read it before the Left pulled the trigger, so you know they’re taking this seriously.

And now this…we’ll just have to see what happens. As of now, the Trump White House has rightfully told House Democrats to shove it, refusing to cooperate in their kangaroo court that is politically motivated and intended to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

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UPDATE: Ed, our friend at Hot Air, disputes the noteworthiness of the Solomon report, noting that everything he said has been known for many moons ago. So, the timeline hasn’t changed:

The problem for this explanation, and for Trump in the Zelensky call, is that we already know Poroshenko had moved to reopen the Burisma probe. It wasn’t a secret at all; the New York Times reported it in May, two months after the [Petro]Poroshenko government [the previous government before Zelensky] had given it the green light and two months before the call with Zelensky. The circumstances of that decision appeared a little suspect to the NYT at the time

[…]

In other words, this new document doesn’t actually shift the factual timeline at all. Everyone knew by May that the previous Ukrainian administration had been prepared to reinvestigate Burisma and (perhaps) by extension the Bidens. And then everyone knew at the same time that Zelensky was changing prosecutorial priorities, and that the Burisma probe might get dumped once again. The omission of the February/March intel on the Poroshenko government’s actions from the whistleblower complaint doesn’t matter because (a) it had been mooted by the Ukrainian election and (b) everyone already knew it. The incentive for Trump to get Zelensky to continue the Burisma probe still existed at the time of the call, and perhaps was stronger than in March when Poroshenko had already acquiesced to Trump.

That doesn’t mean that Trump demanded a quid pro quo from Zelensky, and the transcript of the call doesn’t support that contention anyway.

So, maybe the timeline hasn’t changed, but it still doesn’t negate the fact that this is still a witch hunt. Even without the Poroshenko-Zelensky angle, the Ukrainians reportedly still didn’t know that the aid package being under review until a month after. That alone is a kill shot; you cannot have quid pro quo without…the quid factor. And the Biden allegation is still lingering in the air because it does seem like an odd position, particularly with his fee, which former Ukranian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says should be looked into as a way to cross the “t”s and dot the “t”s on a legal front.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: No Quid: Ukraine Reportedly Opened Probe Into Hunter Biden Position Months Before Trump Phone Call

The anti-Trump media was disappointed last night. They were hoping that Democrat Dan McCready could clinch the ninth congressional district in North Carolina over Republican Dan Bishop. President Trump held a rally on Monday before Election Day to gin up support. It worked. Bishop won. Yet, the media was ready to peddle the “Trump is going to get pummeled 400-plus days before the 2020 election because of a congressional race loss” narrative. You all know that. It looks like they’re going to have to tuck that away. The race is a re-do from the 2018 election cycle; there were legitimate concerns of voter fraud. Now, this chapter is closed. The Republicans won but leave it to The New York Times to find a way to bash Trump. Here’s their headline: “With Trump Hungry for Credit, Advisers Brag About North Carolina Win.”

President Trump’s top advisers claimed credit Wednesday for a Republican’s narrow victory in a special House election in North Carolina the night before, even as Democratic and Republican officials alike said Dan Bishop’s two-point win in a district Mr. Trump easily carried only underscored how the widening urban-rural divide is complicating 2020 for both parties.

Brad Parscale, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, told reporters on a conference call that the president’s Monday night rally in Fayetteville, N.C., was pivotal to Mr. Bishop’s success in energizing Election Day voters after the Democrats mobilized many of their supporters to cast early ballots.

“There’s no question that he is the congressman-elect this morning because of the personal efforts of President Trump,” Mr. Parscale said of Mr. Bishop.

Mr. Parscale’s victory lap was conducted on behalf of a president who privately grumbled to several aides on Tuesday that he was not getting the credit he deserved for delivering a Republican victory in the closely watched special election.

And it came with a dose of ribbing for Democrats, who believed their nominee, Dan McCready, a Marine veteran, could eke out a win in a district Mr. Trump carried by 12 percentage points in 2016. Bill Stepien, one of Mr. Trump’s top political advisers, sarcastically congratulated Democrats for a “moral victory” before saying his party would gladly take the “actual victory.”

Here’s the problem. Even Democrats understand that Trump played a role in getting his guy over the top. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s what you do as the leader of your party. You help down-ticket candidates (via Fox News):

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairwoman Cheri Bustos acknowledged that the president contributed to Bishop’s win, writing in a statement, “We fell an inch short tonight, but it took more than $6 million in outside Republican spending and a last-minute Trump rally” to seal Democratic candidate Dan McCready’s fate in the 9th District.

McCready’s campaign spent approximately $4.7 million on the race, while Bishop’s spent only $1.9 million. Outside spending primarily from national party committees helped Bishop to the tune of $5.8 million, though, compared to McCready’s roughly $1.4 million.

The clean sweep heartened the president, who has long emphasized the national implications at stake. Trump unloaded on McCready in the fiery rally on Monday night, telling attendees that “to stop the far-left, you must vote in tomorrow’s special election.”

That effort, Trump said late Tuesday, had clearly paid dividends.

The Democratic National Committee is debt-ridden. The Trump campaign and the Republicans are flushed with cash. And it looks like, to no one’s surprise, that they’re creating a monster voter turnout machine, especially for rural voters who have become reliably Republican (via The Hill):

New Day” anchor John Berman later asked Bash why “Democrats have shown no signs of being able to break through in those rural areas” where Trump and Republicans perform exceptionally well.

“It tells us that the unbelievably huge war chest that the Trump campaign and the RNC have been building while the Democrats fight among themselves is going to be used, and already is starting to be used, to get every single one of those rural voters out,” Bash explained. “The president is the president because people came out to vote in places in the rural areas of North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan who hadn’t voted in some time. And if they did vote, probably they voted for a Democrat before.

“The machine that they’re building to identify those voters, get them out, is going to be enormous,” she added.

Trump, who beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by 12 points in the district in 2016, held a rally in Fayetteville, N.C. on Tuesday night in an effort to push Bishop over the finish line.

The Democrats have a presidential debate tomorrow. They’re still going to claw at one another, maybe they’ll bash Obama again. Meanwhile, the Trump team is already running a general election campaign and will easily define whoever is the 2020 nominee. The Democrats’ 2020 agenda is extreme, left-wing, and unpopular. Even on health care, an issue where Democrats are viewed as more trustworthy, liberals risk losing that advantage over this Medicare for All nonsense that will torch hundreds of millions of private health care plans. Private health insurance has to go for this initiative to work. And that’s not going to bode over well. Oh, and we haven’t even rehashed their tax, regulations, green energy, and gun confiscation proposals. Four words that can describe this agenda: job-killing and illegal.

Author: Matt Vespa

Source: Town Hall: CNN Anchor: Trump Is Building An Enormous Voter Turnout Machine

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