Victor Davis Hanson On ‘The Case for Trump’

Historian-author-pundit Victor Davis Hanson, author of The Case for Trump, opened the Freedom Center’s annual West Coast Retreat at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes (April 5-7, 2019) with a wide-ranging and stirring keynote address.

Check out the video and transcript below to gain several important insights that you probably haven’t heard or thought of.


Thank you very much. I was listening to The Judge last night, Jeanine, and it is strange times.  I was on a flight the other day coming back from a speech, and a guy tapped me, and he said, “Did you write this book?” and he pulled it from under the seat.  And I said, “Yeah.”  And he said, “Could you sign it?” And then he came over and he went like this, and then he put it back under the seat.  And he said, “It’s like wearing a MAGA hat, that cover.”

So I was listening to her go through all of the things, and then sometimes I’m at work and so the Stanford Studio, our Hoover Studio, shuts down, so I went to do a Fox show and I got a call from the Fox producer who said, “They won’t let you on unless you write out in advance in an outline of everything you’re going to say.”  So, I called him up, and I said, “I just heard two professors go on a rant on MSNBC with the Stanford logo from the studio about why Trump is treason and should be impeached,” and they backed down, and they said, “Okay, we won’t do it.” Next time, they do the same thing.

So there’s a climate we’re in right now that’s so insidious everywhere that we have a climate of fear that this popular culture has created, and it sounds like deterrence. They want to call you so many names.  But then, if you back off a little bit, then that’s a victory for them, and that’s why I thought that her final call to arms was well taken.  What I’d like to do is just ask the series of questions for about 25 minutes and open up for questions.  How did this guy get elected, and I mean by that, how was he nominated?  How did he get elected?  How did he do pretty well for the first 2 years?  Why do two groups of people hate him, the left of course, but as I learned from a reaction to this book, the Never Right hate him even more, the Never Trump Right, and then what’s the prognosis to the degree that anybody knows for 2020.

One thing we forget about the 2016 Republican primary field is it wasn’t like this Democratic field that we’re seeing with a lot of really crazy people.  We were told these were the All-Stars.  It wasn’t like the 2012 field.  We wanted a governor.  There was supposedly Chris Christie and Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal.  If you wanted an up-and-coming Senator, there was Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz.  If you wanted a successful outsider, it wasn’t Donald Trump.  It was Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson.  So we had this wonderful selection, and we nominated somebody for the first time in the history of the United States as a major nominee and then was elected that had neither political or military experience.  Well, what was his point?  We misinterpret sometimes and think well, he was a populist or a nationalist or a Jacksonian.  But if you actually look at what he said, the doctrine was 80 percent Republican orthodox.  And by that, I mean he wanted tax reform and reduction.  He got that.  He wanted to beef up the defense budget as most Republicans.  He did that.  He wanted to restore deterrence.  He did that.  He wanted to restore our traditional relationship with Israel.  That was pretty much a standard Republican position.  He wanted more energy production.  He wanted strict constructionist judges.  All of them wanted that.  So what distinguished him?  And there were two or three things, but one is, he tweaked that traditional Republican message in about three or four areas.

The first was he said that it wasn’t foreordained that China would take over the world in 2050.  Insidiously, we had accepted that China’s become this population, or this supposed superior brand of communist-capitalism, that it would bully the allies of Asia, form a sort of a Greater Asia, co-prosperity similar in the way Japan did, and we had to get used to it.  Trump said that not only were they not foreordained, but they were successful because of asymmetries in trade.  Whether that’s true or not doesn’t matter.  That was the message.  And a couple times, if you go through what he said, it was very simplistic, but there was a logic to it.  A billion people had a GDP, depending on how we measured of 8 to 10 or $11 trillion, 330 million had a GDP of 21 trillion.  So, one American, if you say we’re all workers, was producing almost 2 ½ times the good and services of his Chinese counterpart.  If you look at ratings of universities in the world, research universities, Times Education Supplement, University of Tokyo, of the top 20, about 17 are American.  Five of them are in California.  I think there’s one or two in China.  If you look at agricultural production, oil production, military expenditures, it’s just preponderantly in America’s favor.  Maybe the long-term trajectory was considered not so rosy, but he said that this was not foreordained.

He also said you didn’t have a country if you had an open border, and that immigration had to be measured.  We get a million entries a year for legal immigrants and diverse rather than 70 percent coming from south of the border.  Meritocratic is 85 percent of illegal immigrants do not have a high school diploma.  And legal, that seems self-evident.  It wasn’t at the time.  Remember, Jeb Bush said that illegal immigration was an act of love.  Most people in the Republican Party just didn’t want to discuss that.

The third thing that was quite different was he said if you’re going to be involved in an optional military engagement, you have to translate a tactical victory on the ground into a strategic advantage.  So, it didn’t really matter how well we did during the surge.  I was a big supporter of the surge, but if you don’t pacify Iraq, or you don’t secure it, whatever the reason is.  The same thing with Afghanistan.  The same thing with Libya.  And so it was a punitive bomb the sh-t  of out ISIS but do not waste precious resources when you’ve got a huge debt when the real rival might be China in the long term.  Why are you fighting in the streets of Kabul when you can’t get a strategic advantage in the region?  That was new for a Republican, and of course, being Trump, he said all sorts of other things that were gratuitously cruel to Bush but not necessarily inaccurate about the Iraq intervention, and he fudged about his own support.  He had supported it, then he said he didn’t, but that’s Trump.

The Republicans had fallen in this trap of confusing cause and effect.  Somebody takes Oxycoton, and therefore, is not eligible to work in a factory.  No, it’s the other way around.  A job’s left, and then somebody took it.  It’s not to excuse that behavior, but what he was saying is that energy is pretty cheap in America.  The workforce is not that bad, simply located area.  There should be a reason why a welder from Bakersfield or somebody in Youngstown or somebody in York, Pennsylvania should benefit from globalization.  Not the idea that any muscular labor that can be Xeroxed will be, and it’s your fault that you didn’t learn coding or head to the fracking fields of Dakota.  That was sort of what a colleague in National Review of mine wrote.  That message, but here was the brilliant part, it was geared toward the Electoral College of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, where the election was really going to be held.  Texas was not going to go blue in 2016.  It’s not going to go blue in 2020.  We in California are not going to go red.  That’s where the election, and that appeal to that, and I don’t know to this day why those 16 other candidates didn’t grasp that basic fact, but they didn’t.  And in fact, the people who were advising them, Bill Crystal, Max Boot, a lot of people I won’t mention that I work with at National Review.  If you go back – and I quoted them in the book – you go back to what they said, they even went to the point that these people were not just deplorable or irredeemable or clingers but should be swapped out and illegal immigration was good because you were getting really robust young people.  There’s a certain logic to it.  But the idea that you write off a whole section of the population and you can do so because it’s politically correct, and this came from the conservative Right both during but especially after the election, shows you where the Republican establishment mindset was.

How did he beat them?  He got the nomination.  How did he beat Hillary Clinton?  Think of the odds against him.  He was outspent 2½ to 1.  He was the first Republican that I can think of, maybe Barry Goldwater was slightly that way, where the Republican establishment was pretty much against him.  And by that, I mean, the major organs of expression National Review, Commentary, Weekly Standard were against him.  The Washington, New York Intellectual Group was against him.  People like Mitch McConnell in the Senate and Paul Ryan to the extent that they could be candid were lukewarm, and, privately, they were against him, and yet he beat Hillary Clinton.  Part of it was that Hillary Clinton, we always say, she was a lousy candidate.  We don’t fully appreciate how lousy she was.

If you go into West Virginia, not that she was going to carry it, but you say coal is dead, and they’re going to be put out of work, and Donald Trump goes in and says he loves big beautiful coal, that’s a difference.  Or if you go down to the South and say, “I’m so tired” and you fake that accent, then you go up to New England, and you fake a New England accent, and you wear the clothes of the region flannel here, straw hat there, and you’re running against a guy who wears this red tie and suit and a Queen’s accent whether he’s in Tulare, California or whether he’s in Florida, wherever he, is he’s authentic.  He’s also empathetic.  If you’re telling people that you’ve got to go build solar panels in Appalachia, and he’s going around and using the first person possessive – our farmers, our workers, our vets – that a difference.  And that was the disconnect.  They never understood that a billionaire from Manhattan with a Queen’s accent could connect better with average people than Hillary Clinton, the so-called progressive party of the people.

The other thing is that there was a great – this was brought home.  I think I mentioned in a lecture.  I won’t mention the names, but there was a very prominent person at the Hoover Institution.  I was sitting at a table, and he was giving me a lecture about how awful the Trump campaign was – this was right before the election – and how he didn’t have any analytics, and they were going to fail.  And Peter Till was sitting, and he was getting very angry with this, and he said, “He’s got great analytics because his analytics is not fifty states.  He won’t be in Arizona and Georgia, as Hillary will be next week, trying to get a landslide that’s not going to happen, wasting her efforts why Trump, as the proverbial fox, will be in her hen house eating the chickens of the Midwest.  And he said, “How do you know this?”  He said, “Because I designed the analytics for him.”  And so there was a perception that Trump had a bunch of buffoons, and he did have Amoroso and Scaramucci, but even those people were not as buffoonish as everybody thought.  But he had some very sophisticated people working for him, and he was underrated.

The other thing that made him very successful besides this message, I mentioned that he was empathetic in a certain way.  But the Republican base, whatever we call it, the Tea Party, the Reagan Democrat, the old parole voter, 6 to 8 million of them had not voted, either had not voted or had not voted for John McCain or Mitt Romney.  And if they all were to come out, 90 percent 85 percent, there was a chance they could flip these states by very tiny margins – 70, 80, 90,000 votes.  But to get them out you require not just this message that we talked about that he tweaked, but you had to have a different idea.  The worst thing a candidate can do, I think you all agree, is to saw off the limb of their own supporters that go out on a limb to support them.  By that I mean all of us were so angry at Reverend Wright, anti-Semitic, racist, anti-American.  And we wrote that.  We said that.  And then when John McCain says, “I’m not going to mention Reverend Wright.  I wouldn’t do that.” That’s telling his supporters, “I’m better than you are” even though you’re going out and taking the hit for him.  Or when Mitt Romney didn’t grab that mic from Candy Crawley, and you’re attacking Candy Crawley for being an improper moderator, you feel like an idiot.  But what Trump was telling to these people is, “Go out.  Be another Lee Atwater.  Do whatever you have to do to win.  I’m sick and tired of losing nobly.  No more Marcus of Queensbury rule.”

So, I remember when we had the Access Hollywood tape, somebody from a prominent magazine called me and said we’re going to vote tomorrow to withdraw support.  I said, “That was an old video.  But the point is, you have no idea.”  They said, “Well, he’ll be crushed.  I said, “Trump?  He’ll be happy about this.  He will be enthused.  He will have a good debate.”  I said, “They will have every possible woman in Bill Clinton’s history lined up in the front row.”  And they did because I said, “This is an invitation to fight back.”  So, there was a sense that they wanted not just a different message, but they wanted a messenger that would not embarrass their own base.

So then he got elected.  And I overuse that image of Shane or the Magnificent Seven, or High Noon, or Dirty Harry, or Curtis Lamay or George Patton, but in literature and history, there is this archetype of somebody that’s not part of the system and yet has – I guess we would call them skill sets, imagination, real value – and is brought in to solve an existential problem.  In our case, we hadn’t had 3 percent GDP.  We really were locked in this Middle East mindset where the Palestinians were still called refugees unlike the Volga Germans or the 13 million that walked back to Germany from the Sudetenland or East Prussia.  They’re no longer refugees.  But we just couldn’t – the Iran deal was sacrosanct.

All of these things we thought were wrong but we couldn’t do it.  And so we brought this person in and because he was free of any obligations, he was able to just do things.  Get out of the Iran deal, get out of Paris Accord.  Just the other day, recognize the Golan Heights.  Decertify UN via American funds to the Palestinians, move the embassy to Jerusalem, green light Keystone, open federal lands for, etc., etc.  And in the process, as you know, of all of these careers or a Patton or a Lamay or the movie Dirty Harry or Shane, the more that they can stand up and solve a problem, the more that people get uneasy with them.  So the more that Trump got the economy going, the more we had the luxury of concentrating or focusing on his tweets.  So we all had this impression that wow, the economy’s doing pretty well.  Wow, jobs were 3.8 the other day.  It just came out.  More job people were hired than we thought, middle class. But why did he have to go after George Conway, of all people? I really didn’t like it that he went after the ghost of John McCain.  But we wouldn’t be saying that if we were in an existential crisis, but we’re not.  So that’s sort of the Sophocles in paradox.  When these people come in, they start to get results and those very results allow us the luxury of regretting that we were ever so base and crude to allow him to come in.

I’ve done a lot of interviews, because one of the things the book sellers like you do is regional talk shows.  And other things like that.  And a lot of people say: Wwhy would you want to write a book about him?  And these are even conservatives who will say why would you do that?  You were writing about World War II.  That was good.  But the idea is you don’t want to come out and endorse Donald Trump because it’s a reflection on all of your education and your sobriety or your sense of judiciousness.  But we just come out and say we needed a Shane to come in and clean things up.  And then all tragic heroes don’t end well.  So, as I said, I don’t think Donald Trump will be invited to a funeral of post-presidents.  It’s not going to happen.  The next president’s not going to call him up and say you’re a wise man now.  Got any advice?  It’s not going to happen.  And he could just as easily get back to the World Wrestling Foundation, get back in the ring after he’s president.  As he said, “I’m not unpresidential.”  I’m quoting him direct.  “I’m new Presidential.”

So we have this ambiguity, but it’s really an ambiguity that reflects as much on our character as his.  If you think things are going well, and, by past president, he hasn’t done anything more outrageous.  People say, well, that’s a low bar.  And I said no.  It’s a very low bar because if you look at what JFK did, by that I mean Anna Roosevelt was arranging affairs with Lucy Mercer for FDR — his own daughter.  And I just got in a big argument with him.  He said, well, how could you, a Ph.D.?  I said, especially a Ph.D.  But he said how could a Ph.D. support Donald Trump given what he does?  I’m just playing a thought process. I said I didn’t like it when he exposed himself to the Cabinet.  I didn’t like the idea that he deflowered a virgin. I didn’t like that he asked one of his own aides to fellate one of his own staffers in the pool. I thought it was terrible he was having some kind of bizarre sex right off the … See? See? I said everything I just mentioned applied to Bill Clinton, JFK, and FDR.  And, more importantly, we don’t know because the world is tragic.  It’s not melodramatic.  The two best sterling characters we had as President were Jimmy Carter, I think, and Gerry Ford.  No better people.  But if you look at that period between 1974 and 1980, it’s not an argument that good character means bad leadership.  It’s just an argument that every once in a while they’re not synonymous, and we should remember that.

Why do people hate him so much?  The left, I think, two or three reasons.  The first is the utter shock.  I went back and looked at the New York Times the day before the election, and it was three series of analytics they were quoting, not just polls but analytics, based on surveys of who was going to vote and what the percentage of each – and one said 2 percent chance of winning, 7 percent, 12.  Nate Silver, 3 days before, said he has a 27 percent chance of winning, and they just got furious at him.  How dare you say that?  He doesn’t have 27.  That’s going to encourage people.  So there was this sense of utter shock that this person won and he won the way he did, and it interrupted 16 years, 16 years of an Obama-Clinton regnum.  So they were thinking two to three Supreme Court judges, thinking right.  They were thinking that what is now the New Green Deal would sort have been fast tracked.  I think we would’ve seen a real effort to institutionalize reparations.

I think this new agenda that almost makes infanticide permissible – I shouldn’t say almost.  It does.  Abortion would’ve been institutionalized.  I think we would be talking about a wealth tax, 70 to 90 percent income tax on the top rates.  I think there would have been an effort to abolish or do something with Ice.  This border that we see, I think, would be permanently open.  I think there would’ve been some type of massive cancellation of student debt.  I think, had they won the House and Senate and the presidency – I don’t know if they could’ve pulled it off given the nature of the constitutional amendment process, but there would’ve been an effort to change the composition of the Court and, also, abolish the Electoral College and allow 16 year olds to vote along with felons.  In other words, efforts to institutionalize that 16 years into a 30, 40‑year period, and I think they might have been successful.  And so they hated him because he stopped that.  And not only did he stop it, but he almost, being Donald Trump, I think he’s used it three times.  I’m using my pen and phone – remember that phrase from Obama? – as an executive order to undo a lot of these things, to deregulate, to open up federal lands for gas production.  He did things that deliberately irritated them.

The second thing was, and this applies a little bit to the Never Trumper.  If he succeeded without any of these references, even though he went to Tufts and he had a good education, but if he succeeded without consulting the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Bank, calling up the Hoover Institution, then that, by nature, might be a referendum on people who did that as a requisite for good governments or a prognosticator of a good Presidency.  In other words, if you didn’t go to Yale Law School like Clinton or Harvard Law School like Barack Obama but you had a more impressive economic record, not that the two are necessarily equivalent, but it might suggest to a lot of people, maybe we, in this country, got to get away from this idea that Yale, Harvard, Stanford means something rather than just a cattle brand.  And one thing about Trump, he is prescient, as we saw from the admission scandal.  A lot of people look at these universities just, as their child, as some kind of steer who will be branded and put in the right herd in the right pasture but not necessarily worrying too much whether they get educated or not.  But it’s a referendum on the status quo, and I think that worried a lot of people.

And then there’s a sense, especially in the progressive side, that you can have style over substance, and you can see that with Joe Biden.  If Joe Biden says that FDR should’ve gotten television in 1929 and addressed the nation about the Great Depression, and he said it as Joe Biden, then nobody’s dare said to him there was no TV, commercially, available, and FDR was not President or put you all back in change or Barack Obama’s the first clean African-American candidate, as if Barbara Jordan, brilliant candidate.  But there was the idea that the way you say it and who you say it and what you say.  If you say take a gun to a knife fight or get in their faces or you people from Philadelphia like a brawl or Trayvon is like the son that I never had or punish our enemy.  If you can say that in a particular style and a particular way of saying it, it’s okay.  But if you say the same things with a Queen’s accent or a Sarah Palin accident, then it’s a window into a dark soul.  And he did that.  And I thought, you know what?  This is confirmation that the deplorable, the irredeemables, the wrong people.

There was a great article in American Greatness by a Hoover scholar, Jeremy Carl, and they looked at tribal affinities by race and class.  I don’t know if you saw it, but it was quite revealing, that every group, birds of a feather flock together.  African-Americans seem to have an innate trust more of African-Americans, Hispanics,other Hispanics, Asians of Asians, and white people of a certain class more but the least of all, 52 percent, as I recall.  But the one group that did not trust its own tribe and had a dislike for, were wealthy, white, liberal people.  Maybe that would be noble as Socratic citizens of the word, but what it told me is that type of person has something psychologically very angry at itself, its tradition, and its emblemized by Donald Trump.  His way of talking, how he made his money, the people who like him, to them, it all conjures up certain violations of their sense of self.  And their sense of self is: I have become a progressive.  I have taken out identity insurance.  And because, in the abstract, I care and feel, I don’t want a wall on the southern border.  Therefore, I can have a wall around my Mark Zuckerberg estate.  I really do want to stop transfers of water because I care about the smell, but not Hetch Hetchy that brings me a shower every morning in Palo Alto.  I really do like the idea of the public schools. I do not like teachers unions. But I have to at least put my kids in Castelay or Sacred Heart or the Mendel school.  So, for them, that particular subset that really hates Trump, it’s the idea that this guy just comes in, and all of their pretensions or all of their disconnects, he challenges.  And then he doesn’t just challenge it.  He points out how hypocritical they are.  He does that all the time.  If you look at his tweets, that’s one constant theme.  You have walls.  Why can’t the nation have walls?  If you don’t want Betty Boss to do something, then put your kid in a public school.  That’s a very scary thing to do for a lot of people.

This is even more perplexing because, if you look at all of the things that Trump has done and you go to that place, the Bulwark, and see what people are writing or see what Max Boot or David Frum or Bill Kristol or George Will are writing, almost all of the issues that they’ve spent their life advancing are now been either suspect or rejected because of Trumps’ fingerprints are on them.  Think of that.  This messenger has polluted my message to the extent that I no longer want that message to succeed.  I want him to fail and, with it, the Republican Party.  And then, like some mystical phoenix, they’re going to ask me to come and, again, in sober and judicious terms, rebuild the party in my image.  That’s what it’s all about.

But why that hatred?  And I think part of it is most of the people who were involved in the Never Trump were in some ways invested in particular campaigns, especially the Rubio campaign, some … the Cruz.  And they really did feel that they would be the wise men, as they usually are.  They would be asked to come into the White House.  They would be on the talk shows.  They would be the people who were advising.  And this Trump guy – I think Eliot Cohen, a Never Trumper, summed it up best when he wrote op‑ed, said I went in and offered my expertise, and they not only didn’t take it, they made fun of me.  This is a person who wrote almost every day how awful Trump was.  I had another person call me, and he said you know any of these people?  I said not particularly.  Maybe.  And he said can you believe what they did?  I said what?  I offered my services to the State Department, and they have a special office in the White House that examines every tweet and Facebook posting.  And I said duh.  I said there was just an op‑ed on September 5, 2018.  The guy said that I’m part of the resistance trying to destroy the Trump administration from within.  And he said yeah.  This was during the primary, and he’s this way.  And I said so why would you want to work for him?  Well, because he needs me.  And that attitude of entitlement, I think, something about Trump and the people he brought in said we don’t just not want you people, at least some of them, but we don’t like you.  And that was a tit for tat.  They started it, and Trump, unlike most Republicans, was not magnanimous.  He thought that their hostility should not be repaid with magnanimity.  He thought it should be repaid with even greater scorn.  And that’s typical of him. If you look at his tweets, take the worst, stupid things he’s been in with John McCain or the Pakistani Gold Star family or whoever it is.  He usually gets hit first, and then, as some coiled Cobra, he strikes back.  But he never really starts it.  But once somebody starts it, then he goes back, and that appeals to a particular American.  It’s very American, and that bothers the Never Trump even more.  They felt, given my position and wisdom and education and experience, I have the right to make fun of this outside buffoon, and I would never imagine that he would question me, and he did.  And so they’re looking at him now, and I think they’re afraid that they’ve become useful idiots.  By that I mean their currency, their funding, their residence, now, is based on we, as Republicans, can tell the world that he’s not of us, and we hate him, and he’s going to destroy the country, but we’re afraid that once he’s gone, the people who fund us and welcome us might consider us no longer useful, and then where do they go?

I don’t think the establishment is going to come back after Trump, whether he’s gone in 2020 or 2024, and say okay.  Let’s get to work and start listening to us again because, remember, since 1988, the Republican Party had not won 51 percent of the popular vote.  It lost five out of the last six popular votes.  It’s not that Trump won the popular vote, but they got killed in the Electoral College, except for that 2000 election.  So this is a time, at the state and local level, just in the Obama administration alone, they picked up over 1,100 seats, so there was something wrong on the national ticket that these architects of orthodoxy had not addressed, and we know what it was.  They had a message, and they had messengers that did not appeal to these people in these key swing states of the Midwest and Florida and places.

What are his chances in 2020?  Well, as historians, we just have to ask ourselves what happens to an incumbent President?  They usually win, about 75 percent, 80 percent of the time.  And when they don’t, whether it’s George H. W. Bush or Jimmy Carter or their second term implodes, it’s usually one of three things.  A sudden economic downturn can happen with Trump.  I just talked to a lot of economists at Hoover.  Most of them are Never Trump.  They think that we’re in trouble.  I don’t think we’ll see a recession before the election.  An unpopular war in Iraq or Vietnam, I don’t think that’s in the cards.  Or a scandal, a Watergate scandal or something of that nature.  I don’t think the Mueller thing is going to pan out.  In fact, I know it’s not.

So then how is he doing on other metrics?  At this time, in their beginning of their third year, Barack Obama and Clinton had come up a little bit, and they went from 43 to 45 percent in the Gallup.  We didn’t have a real clear politics.  That’s pretty much where Trump is.  Trump lost 39, I guess it’s now 40, seats in the House.  Clinton lost 53.  Obama lost 62.  Clinton lost 8 senators.  Obama lost 6 in their midterms.  Trump picked up 2.  Clinton pretty much got 49 percent, thanks to the second running of Perot, but he did defeat Bob Dole handedly.  And Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney handedly.  So, in some sense, Trump’s reelection chances, the history of it, is pretty good.  It’s his to lose.

Everybody thinks that Trump is running in a popularity contest.  Presidential candidates are between good ones and better or bad ones and worse.  We saw that in 2016 with Hillary Clinton.  People, in that party, did not understand that when she got up on the podium and started shrieking in that squeaky – that just turned people off.  Or that sense of entitlement about the emails or that array of people around her, they didn’t understand that her negatives were just as high as Trump but even, perhaps, higher because they were underreported.  And so, this time around, the Democratic Party, as I said, has this menu, and we saw with Al Sharpton – remember, Al Sharpton came into national prominence for inciting a riot that led to a death for anti-Semitic, homophobic, and racist slur, and now he is some kind of adjudicator on reparations, of all things.  And these candidates are going to this racist and begging him for their endorsement.  And they think that’s going to play out in the general election, and they think the infanticide’s going to play out, and they think the wealth tax is going to play out and the open borders, all these issues I just mentioned.  But the problem with all of them is, if you look at their polling, and there has been polling, on every single one of them, they don’t approach 51 percent.  So then the question is, if they actually get tagged with this, it’s going to be very hard for a guy like Joe Biden to run in a primary and not have to endorse some of those, whether in the debates or the convention.

So then the question is they don’t have a winning message, and Trump, this time around, is not just the Manhattan controversial developer.  He’ll have a 4‑year record, and it will be pretty good.

So then the question is the candidates themselves, can they overturn the message?  But the problem here is that white privilege, white privilege, white privilege, white privilege, identity politics, identity politics, identity politics.  And by the logic of the Democratic Party, it’s time for white males to step aside.  They’ve had their turn.  And the inclusivity party will now put Stacey Abrams, who’s never been elected to anything, as Vice President, maybe, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren.  All of them are identified, whether favorably or not, with identity politics and ethnic heritages.  And so the question is, when you look at the polls, the three leaders are Biden, Beto, and Bernie.  And so that’s a contradiction.  And we saw with Hillary Clinton that her formula for success was that I’m going to inherit all the upside of Barack Obama.  I’m going to inherit record minority turnout so that I’m going to get so many votes in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia it’ll wipe out western Pennsylvania, so many in Ann Arbor and Detroit, it’ll wipe out southern Michigan, so many in Milwaukee, etc., etc.  But what turned out is she inherited the downside from Obama, turning off the white working class, and none of the upside, not that record participation.  And so, if they nominate any of those three people, they won’t get – and even if they nominate a Kamala Harris or Cory Booker, I don’t think they will get the ethnic or racial residents that Obama did, partly because there’s no longer a novelty factor involved.

And so, to sum up, we get into 2020.  It reminds me of what Talleyrand said of the Bourbons, they have forgotten nothing, and they’ve learned nothing in 4 years.  And they still believe that 2016 was a fluke.  They still read each other’s op‑eds.  They still think the polls are absolutely accurate, and they still think that, just maybe, when we sued for the Voting Rights Act, the voting machines right after the election, that would have worked.  Just maybe we could talk those electors into not following their constitutional responsibilities.  Remember that?  And they will not vote for what the states voted for.  Just maybe we can get that emoluments clause of the Constitution and get him out.  Just 200 House members sued.  Just maybe we can evoke the 25th Amendment and declare him unfit.  Just maybe we can revive the dossier and get the Mueller investigation.  Just maybe we can sue him on his taxes.  Just maybe Barr misinterpreted the Mueller report, and there’s going to be bombshell.  The walls will close in.  The noose will be tightening again.  And all of this is in lieu of what?  Of having a message that resonates with 51 percent of the people and candidates that don’t appear as if they’re crazy.  And with that, I’ll take questions.  Thank you.

Moderator: We have time for a couple questions.  Anybody have a question?  Any questions?

Audience member: Um, my question is about McCain.  It’s my understanding that Trump is angry at him for things that go back to the 2016 election. And I’m not sure what McCain did to cause that anger.  Could you explain that?

Hanson: If you were Donald Trump, I think his writ would be about four or five things.  He would say that in 2008 McCain, as Romney did in 2012, went up to Trump Tower and asked for his endorsement, and Trump provided it, even though he may or may not have preferred McCain.  And then you would argue that after the dossier failed, even though it was leaked to Michael Isikoff and David Corn and Julia Joff and others and they wrote articles during the election and it failed to stop the Trump campaign, there was an effort, then, to destroy the transition.  And then, in December, John McCain took that dossier, gave it to his aide, Kramer, who went over to Britain to talk to Christopher Steele.  Then he seeded that in the State Department and seeded it with maybe some of the intelligence.  And John McCain was hoping, then, that would develop enough hysteria — he hoped right.  Or then, if we talk to Donald Trump, he said John McCain ran in his latest primary on one plank, and that was to repeal Obamacare.  And then, even though he was ill, he made a special trip to go in and be the tie-breaking vote against something he’d campaigned on just to spite Donald Trump.  Or then you would say that, in a very petty way, Trump mentioned, I allowed the funeral.  Well, he should have done that anyway.  But the point he was trying to make was the John McCain funeral turned into something like the Paul Wellstone funeral.  I hadn’t seen anything like it since Paul Wellstone.  By that I mean, if you look at what Meghan McCain said, her eulogy was basically an attack on Donald Trump.  And even Barack Obama and George Bush, in coded language, attacked the President of the United States at a day of mourning, and these are supposed to be people better than Trump.  So if you add all of those up, he had some grounds to be angry. Don’t say anything about the dead unless it’s good.  That was sort of the canon of Western civilization.  So when he came out and attacked McCain after his death, we were shocked about that.  I guess we have one more.

Moderator: We have time for one more question.

Audience member: How do you feel about the way Trump is handling the whole immigration thing, the Mexican border and everything?  What is your opinion about how he’s handling it and if he’s doing everything he can?

Hanson: Well, I mean, there’s two questions.  Why is the border – especially as the weather warms up, what we’re seeing now is going to be nothing because these caravans are really going to come in May, June, and July.  So he missed an opportunity to really put Congress, when he had both the House and Senate – I don’t know if Paul Ryan would have cooperated, but, my God, they could have built a wall.  I doubt Paul Ryan would have done it.  But the point I’m making is what more is he supposed to do when he doesn’t have a majority of pro‑wall senators, even in his own party?  So he has a narrow majority in the Senate.  But, as you saw from that emergency vote, they weren’t with him.  He lost the House.  The courts are against him.  And I know that Ann Coulter and all these other people are furious at him, but what is he supposed to do now, other than threaten Mexico with tariffs or threaten Mexico with closing the border?  And people are coming because they feel that there are forces in the United States, liberal, judicial, political, whatever they are, that will nullify federal law and that they will get across the border before Trump is reelected and might win back the House and Senate.  They are told that.  If you’re going to come to the United States, now come.  And why are they doing this?  Because the Democratic Party, as we just said, doesn’t feel that its message is persuasive to 51 percent of the electorate.  So it either thinks that it has to let 16 year olds vote, change the electorate by ex‑felons in key states, 16 year olds or illegal aliens, and second and third generation will change and flip California, flip Nevada, flip New Mexico, flip, maybe, Arizona and Texas.  Or change the system.  Change the Electoral College.  But, again, these are efforts to deal with a reality that’s not palatable to them.  Political reality right now is going to fundamentally change America in the way they want it, and so they have to change us.

Audience member: When you say close the border, though, how do you close the border?

Hanson: Yeah.  So he’s trying to do e‑verify.  He’s got people in his own party that are not on board on that.  To close a border, you’d have to do about five things.  You would have to tell sanctuary cities that they were confederate nullificationists and they were not going to get federal funds.  Or you would have to say somebody who’s interested in nullifying federal gun law in Utah can go ahead and buy a handgun.  You can just take it home the day he buys it.  Or somebody in Arizona that wants to plow over a field where an EPA endangered species lizard is, go ahead and do it.  You nullified federal law.  It doesn’t exist.  He’s tried to do that.  He’s tried to sue and say if you have a sanctuary city, you’re not going to get police and highway funds.  He’s been overturned.  So he can’t do anything about sanctuaries.  It’s ridiculous.  He should have, I think, immediately just take Homeland Security, DOD, EPA and say transfer monies and start building the first day he was president because we know that the wall, while it won’t keep out all – it will free up resources.  But if you just think of it rationally and think, if you were president, what would be the 10 or 12 things you would try to do to discourage this, I think he’s done them all.

Audience member: But why now?  You said about closing the borders.  Right now..  What is do we see happening years from now?

Hanson: Well, he said that because he’s headed into an election, and the economists are telling him he’s not going to get 2.9 or 3. annualized GDP growth and that the government shutdown may – I don’t know whether it did or not, but it may have hurt him by 2 or 3 points.  And if he shuts down this multi-billion-dollar daily trade, that he’s going to suffer a little economic hit, or at least enough that his enemies will say he destroyed the economy.  And so that’s why.  But it’s very hard to – unless you have a wall, unless you have a system that punishes the employer, unless you have a system that says you can deport somebody who’s here illegally, and especially who’s committed a crime – we don’t have any of that.  And he keeps thinking that he can do it, but he doesn’t have a party behind him in the Senate.  He doesn’t even have the party majority in the House anymore.  And even when he did, they weren’t behind him.  And he doesn’t have support from the courts.  And I get very tired.  I wrote a book about it, and when we did do better, we had people like Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, even Barack Obama, saying you have to close the border.  And they were doing that because, even as late as 2007 and 8, the Democratic Party was so scared of the working union electorate, and they thought that cheap wages would hurt working class Americans.  They though minority communities were impacted adversely through their social services.  They felt that crime came in.  So they were pretty tough on the border.  In fact, I could make an argument that by 2002 they were becoming tougher than Republican Wall Street Journal establishmentarians that wanted cheap labor.  Remember, it was Cesar Chavez’ group that went down in the ’80s and patrolled the border to stop illegal aliens coming in and depressing farm wages.

Thank you.

April Political Article Reference List

April 21, 2019

Supreme Court Mulls Citizenship Question for Census

The Heroes of the Mueller Report

Things the Media Ignored in the Mueller Report

The Slimy Group Therapy for the Trump Haters

Too many school teachers hate capitalism – and are vowing to get rid of Trump in 2020

The US Gives Millions To Central American Nations To Deter Illegal Immigration, Yet Doesn’t Keep Track Of Results

Why the Easter Sunday terrorist attack on Sri Lanka was so evil

April 20, 2019

Forget Trump, Here Are Five Solid Reasons Why Obama Should Have Been Impeached

Guess What The Ninth Circuit Had To Say About Sanctuary Cities

We were warned: Leftists making dystopian fiction into reality

Slimy Group Therapy for the Trump Haters

What Trump is actually guilty of

The Week in Pictures: Mueller Encore Edition

April 19, 2019

Sharyl Attkisson: Intel insiders feared Trump would expose them

The Mueller Report Vindicates Bill Barr

The FBI had doubts about top Trump dossier source before Carter Page FISA warrant renewals

This Reporter Had The Perfect Words To Describe The Liberal Media’s Russian Collusion Hysteria

Appeasement in the Academy

Trump Admin Cracks Down on Public Housing Aid for Illegal Immigrants

Mueller’s Despicable Parthian Shot – No one’s calling the lowly Robert Mueller a boy scout now

The Ideological Roots of Modern Socialists

Victor Davis Hanson Presents ‘The Case for Trump’

Sorry, Democrats, but Your Stars Are Socialists

Shep Smith, Boy Reporter

Post-Mueller report, Democrats to dig deeper into Trump finances with three investigations

Administration stymied again by federal courts over sanctuary city policies

7 Ways The Mueller Report Exposed The Media’s ‘Bombshell’ Fake News Stories

Bill the DNC for the Mueller Report Cost

Another line they cut into: Illegals get free public housing as impoverished Americans wait

High School Students Assigned to Tabulate “Privilege” Based on Race, Gender, Sexuality, Religion

April 18, 2019

Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them

Google Leftists Panic About Leaks, Threaten Employment of Colleagues

Ben Carson To Kick Illegal Immigrants Out Of HUD Housing, Will Give Aid To Poor Americans Instead

Rush Limbaugh says Mueller report should read: ‘Trump Attempted To Obstruct Our Coup’

Tom Steyer’s Itching, Scratching Need to Impeach Trump

Mueller Passed The Prosecutorial Buck, Preferring To Slime Trump On Obstruction Rather Than Indict

Mueller Madness: Some Takeaways – AG Barr’s summary stands

Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them

AG Bill Barr: “NO EVIDENCE of Trump Campaign Collusion with Russia or Obstruction”

Barr: No material in Mueller report was redacted based on White House executive privilege

Larry Elder Delivers Keynote Address at Freedom Center Retreat – This Brought Tears To My Eyes

Mueller Report: Democrats Bash Barr To Keep The Hype Alive

Dan Scavino Compares Democrat Nadler in 1998 versus Democrat Nadler in 2019

21 Questions for Bernie Sanders – I Like #21 The Best

It’s time to end the 501(c)(3) cover for the Left

The Politics of Notre Dame

Which Is the Real Party of Fear?

Jihad Against Churches

If Entrepreneurs ‘Didn’t Build That,’ Who Did?

Austin, Texas ‘School Climate Survey’ Tells Students ‘Gender Is How A Person Feels’

April 17, 2019

50% drop in abortion traffic follows the movie ‘Unplanned’

Adam Schiff: The Media’s Pin-Up Doll

New DOJ Report: 60,000 criminal illegal aliens are in federal custody at a staggering cost

67% of Republican Voters Think Arrival of Massive Numbers of Illegal Immigrants and Refugees is Harmful — Only 16% of GOP Leaders Agree

What To Expect From Democrats When Mueller’s Report Drops Thursday

Democrats sought to deny US workers secret ballot they now demand for Mexican unions

The Questions Medicare for All Supporters Must Answer

Health Care: The Real Problem

The decline and fall of the White House Correspondents’ dinner

April 16, 2019

How the Cohen-Prague Story Helped Expose the Collusion Hoax

‘Code of silence’ obscures surge of church attacks in France

Yeah, Voters Say Obama And His Top Aides Knew About Alleged FBI Plot To Spy On Trump Campaign

Can Democrats Hide Their Radicalism Until After the 2020 Election?

The Democrats’ about-face on open borders and open arms

Newspapers Encouraging Locals To Flee To The US, Illegal Migrants Claim

Arizona city overwhelmed by migrants declares state of emergency

Everyone Is Missing the Biggest Questions With Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 Downplay

The Progressive Revolution: From Democratic to Liberal to Progressive to Socialist

Medicare for All Means Private Insurance for None

At Fox Town Hall, Bernie Sanders Still Can’t Explain How He’s Paying For ‘Medicare For All’

The Progressive Road Map

No, Joe Scarborough, Spying On Trump Wasn’t Done ‘By The Book’

What will it take for journalists and other Democrats to tell the truth to the public?

U.S. Departure From Middle East Linkage – A policy that was never a practical solution for peace

WSJ: Measles Cases Continue to Soar, Stirring Concern Over Long-Term Effects

Washington Post covers up relevant information to make Israel look bad

April 15, 2019

Candace Owens Has Shown Us the Way

Probe launched into John Kerry’s “Shadow Diplomacy” Iran talks

The tax cut that keeps on giving

Chris Wallace Tries Cornering Sarah Sanders… She Makes Him Instantly Regret It

Trump Issues Fiery Response After DOJ Announces Public Release Date for Mueller Report

Fusion GPS Admitted in 2010 They Created Reports For President Obama

Five reasons why campaign cash is rolling in for Trump and even Goldman Sachs is forecasting victory

What We Should Expect From This Weeks Release Of The Full Mueller Report

Senator Graham to introduce long-overdue asylum reform bill

The Real Leaders Of The Democrats Want To Shut You Up

Trump Calls Democrats’ Bluff On Illegal Immigrants

April 14, 2019

Are There Any Limits to Illegal Immigration?

Tucker Carlson’s epic take-down on Democrat hypocrisy on sending illegals to sanctuary cities

Sanctuary Cities Should Welcome Illegals, Unless Liberals Are LyingThrough Their Teeth

Trump’s Rebel Alliance Attacks the Left’s Death Star

Jerry Nadler, D-NY, attacked Attorney General Barr over his use of the word ‘spying’

Speaking Of “False”

Releasing Jussie Smollett was the least of Cook County state’s attorney  Kim Foxx’s sins

April 13, 2019

Homeless surge at San Fransisco airport: Police contacts triple, and officials want BART to step in

Worse than Watergate

Ex-Clinton Official Leads ‘Dark Money’ Effort to Get Brett Kavanaugh Fired From Teaching Job

Trump trolls the Democrats to highlight their hypocrisy

Hackers Post Personal Info of Thousands of Federal Agents, Police Officers

Why Trump drives the D.C. Establishment nuts

Remember Murietta? Dumping unvetted migrants into the cities of political foes was done by Obama first

The Week in Pictures: Tactile Nukes Edition

April 12, 2019

The Anti–Bill Barr Smear Campaign

The Day Of Reckoning Is At Hand

Attorney General Barr Brings Accountability

When will this nightmare end?

Meet ‘Surveillance Capitalism,’ Our Terrifying New Economic Order

Why ‘Tax the Rich’ Demands Are So Unreasonable

Sicko, Southern Border-Style

Tucker Carlson: Assange’s real sin was preventing Hillary Clinton from becoming president

Uncle Sam’s Brand New Credit Card

April 11, 2019

Bill Barr Just Let Us Know the Hunters Are About to Become the Hunted

Devin Nunes Sends Criminal Referrals to Attorney General Barr Alleging ‘Potential Violations’ in Russia Probe

Jim Jordan Upends Democrats’ ‘Fear Mongering’ Over the Census “Citizen Question” in Fiery New Report

Trump Eyeing One of Mexico’s Biggest Sources of Outside Cash in Move Sure To Terrify The Mexican Government

YouTube Hides PragerU Video of Candace Owens’ Testimony in ‘Restricted Mode’

New study refutes climate-change alarm

The Absolute Importance Of Parameters

“Spying Did Occur”

3 Muslim Terror Plots Targeted US Synagogues in 3 Months

Here’s Your ‘Something’: The New York Post Takes Ilhan Omar To The Woodshed Over Her 9/11 Terror Attack Remarks

The Latest Stats Reveal The Border Crisis Is Getting Worse

Kenneth Starr thought Hillary Clinton prompted Vince Foster’s suicide — but he left it out of his final report

Campus Radicalism Spirals Out of Control

The Google Blacklisting of The American Spectator

US weekly jobless claims drop to the lowest level since 1969

President Trump Should Never Publicly Release His Tax Returns

California Has Become America’s Cannibal State

Sharpton, Reparations, and the Democrats

Poll: 58% of Voters Approve Trump Economy Ahead of 2020

Anarchy is Swallowing Up the Social Order

All but one Democrat in the House co-sponsors a bill to allow males to compete on female athletic teams

Julian Assange Arrested by British Police at Ecuadorian Embassy, US Charge Unveiled

April 10, 2019

The Attempted Coup Against Trump

Stefan Halper: The Cambridge “Don” the FBI sent to spy on Trump

Rush Limbaugh: Barr’s ‘spying’ probe is ‘monumental’

Affordable Housing Is Not The Key to Ending The Homeless Crisis

The Fraying Edges Of Universal Health Care

Victor Davis Hanson on Reparations: Democrats ‘Afraid Trump Is Making Inroads’ with Blacks

A Man For This Season

AG Barr will investigate origins of counterintelligence operations against Trump campaign

Bait and smuggle: Mexican cartels divert border cops with migrant surges and ferry drugs where the coast is clear

Mueller’s Report Is a Rerun from the Nixon Era

White House Considers Restricting Remittances to Mexico to Stop Illegal Migration

Candace Owens Nukes Nadler’s ‘Hate Crime’ Hearing

Candace Owens Blasts Dems For Splicing Her Video To Fit Their Despicable Narrative

Why The Media Is At War With Saudi Arabia

Candace Owens: The anti-Ocasio-Cortez

Few Surprises in Israel Election Results — and Uncannily Like America’s 2016 Election Night

Why Democrats Are Messing with Voting Rights

The Alger Hiss Democrats in Congress

April 9, 2019

William Barr Is the Democrats’ Worst Nightmare

Scientists Prove Man-Made Global Warming Is a Hoax

Activist judge rules to let all un-vetted migrant asylum seekers in

Socialism or Communism: Call It What You Will

Trump Designates the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Why The Media Won’t Drop The Southern Poverty Law Center Despite Its Obvious Corruption

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll – Trump at 53%

The Top 10 Anti-Vaccine Falsehoods And The Truth About Each

April 8, 2019

FBI documents show ‘cover-up’ of Hillary’s email server

Same People Behind Iraq War Lies Pushed Russian Collusion

Trump Administration Officials Targeted in Corporate Blacklist by Leftist Groups

Money in the Toilet – The Billion Dollar Cost of Public Bathrooms In Very Progressive States

Raw, stinky, Progressive B.S. needs a reckoning

Was Nellie Ohr’s Research Used In FISA Applications To Surveil The Trump Campaign?

Democrats Feed on Voter Fears

The Reparations Shakedown

Social Justice Prosecutors In Action

Why amnesty ISN’T the answer

Why Sweden’s UPS Won’t Go

Amid Border Chaos, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns

This Is Nielsen’s Resignation Letter to Trump

The Case for Trump and a Look at 2020

As Israel Goes to the Polls Tomorrow

April 7, 2019

Catholic Cardinal Slams Mass Migration As ‘New Form of Slavery’

All Of The Progressive Plotters

CONFIRMED… DNC WAS IN ON IT! Hillary Campaign Mgr. Pushed Fake Russia Story at DNC Convention – SAME DAY FBI Launched Trump-Russia Investigation!

Devin Nunes locked and loaded: 8 criminal referrals ready, including 3 targeting ‘conspiracy’ and ‘global leaks’

Democrats and Reparations: A few questions

Calvinball Is the Only Game Democrats Play

The Tea Party is back!

Trump The Madman Somehow Tricked A Bunch Of Democrats Into Defending MS-13 Thugs (Again)

As Israel Goes to the Polls Next Tuesday

April 6, 2019

The Establishment War on the Intellectual Dark Web

Investigation into ‘dossier’ snares another Obama alum

Trump Threatens Financial Penalties on Mexico for Illegal Drugs, Migration

Are Democrats Pushing Sharia Law?

April 5, 2019

The Russian collusion hoax meets unbelievable end

What the Electoral College Saves Us From

Poll: 67% Of Likely Voters Say Illegal Immigration Is A Serious Problem, Most Believe Democrats Don’t Want To Stop It

Trump wakes up the elites: China is foe, not friend

Court Ruling Implies That Barr Must Redact Grand-Jury Info from Mueller Report

Over Parent Objections, Public School Teaches 6-Year-Olds About ‘Transgender Ravens’ And Gender Fluidity

General Michael Flynn may be the key to uncovering and prosecuting the Deep State attempted coup on Trump

McConnell Wins Again: Senate Reforms Confirmation Rules, Thwarting Unprecedented Democratic Obstruction

America Created 196,000 Jobs in March, Beating Expectations for 170,000

In Less Than 24 Hours, House Democrats Unveil Three Efforts Targeting Trump

Buried lede: So now we have caravans loading up with migrants from Sri Lanka, Congo, Haiti…????

A surefire way to stop Pelosi from getting ahold of Trump’s tax returns

The Top Ten Evilest People of All-Time

April 4, 2019

Rush Limbaugh: Why was Mueller investigation launched?

Barr defends how he is handling Mueller’s Russia report

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is Generating An Economic Resurgence in Communities Across America

Team Mueller and the Predictable “Leak Campaign” – But The Much Bigger Issue is the 40 FBI Agents & Other Personnel

DOJ Slams Accusations Attorney General Barr is Mishandling the Release of Mueller’s Report

Mueller’s Chevauchée: Burn Everyone and Everything Trump Loves

How an African-American Grandmother Enraged 1,000 Google Lefties

The Supreme Court’s Absurd Death-Penalty Debate

April 3, 2019

Democrats Have Vastly More to Fear from Full Mueller Report than GOP

Waiting for Huber: whatever happened to the investigation into FBI abuse of power?

Joe Biden ‘Steered $1.8 Billion’ to Ukraine While His Son Bagged ‘Sweetheart Deal’ from Their Government

The Democrats Brazenly Know They Have Been Demanding Forbidden Disclosures and Unrealistic Deadlines

Nadler blasted for forcing Attorney General to ‘break the law’

If Mexico Won’t Lift a Finger, President Trump Should Lower the Boom

Pompeo dissed: Anti-Trump media forces group to pull his ‘Freedom Award’

Mainstream Media, ‘Russiagate,’ and Texas No-Limit Hold’Em

Socialism: The elite and the rubes

Justice Gorsuch Made The Right Call On This 8th Amendment Case

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slapped With Another FEC Complaint

The Polls Are Tight, but Netanyahu Is Still Likely to Secure Another Term

‘Creepy Joe’ Biden Ad Hits The Press, And It’s A Doozy

Only School Choice Can Set Families Free From Transgender-Obsessed Public Schools

Nancy Pelosi’s perv problem

Kamala’s new bill would allow DACA holders paid jobs in Congress

Ratings for CNN and MSNBC continuing to crash, as viewers migrate to Fox News prime time

Behind and beyond the Mueller Investigation

Senate GOP Fails to End Democratic Delays on Trump Nominees; Nuclear Option Next for McConnell?

House Judiciary Democrats authorize subpoenas for Mueller report

April 2, 2019

Securing southern border is Trump’s obligation

A deep look at the Deep State

The Media Failed On Collusion Because They Wanted Trump To Be A Traitor

The real prime target of Trump’s threat to close the border

Virtuous Progressives Can Never Be Guilty

Mitch McConnell: Due to Endless Democratic Obstruction, It’s Time to Fast-Track Trump Nominees

Democrat Ilhan Omar Under Investigation for Using Her Campaign Funds to Pay for Divorce from her Brother

The Wise Purpose of the Electoral College

Where were the protests during Obama’s years?

Trump reshapes long-liberal 9th Circuit, as Republican-appointed judges gain seats on court

Why do the least-bright people rise to the top?

Is Creepy Old Uncle Joe Toast? – Fondling and kissing women may be the former veep’s undoing

April 1, 2019

James Clapper: Obama responsible for Russia-collusion probe

Forget Russiagate, the whole FISA court system needs to be overhauled

Social Justice Is at Odds with American Ideas of Justice

Hold Hillary Accountable for The RussiaGate Hoax

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Tells CNN Obama Ordered the Trump-Russia Spying Operation

Democrats, the Media, and THE BIG LIE

Voters Agree With Trump on The Russia Probe

The case of Carter Page

General Flynn has been grievously wronged, and Defense Department archives may have the evidence

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Pew Research: Nearly 20% of world’s migrant population lives in the US

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Larry Elder’s Keynote Address at Freedom Center Retreat

Talk show superstar and bestselling author Larry Elder, “The Sage of South Central,” spoke on race, reparations, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and more at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s West Coast Retreat, held at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes on April 5-7, 2019.

This guy is amazing. He talks for approximately 45-minutes, apparently without a script or discernible notes. His story about an 8-hour talk he had with his father at age 25 is very revealing and brought tears to my eyes.

When you have some spare time, I suggest you watch the video below as I am sure you will be time well spent.


Thank you so much for having me back.  David, I think it’s my second or third time.  So apparently, I didn’t screw it up too badly.  And I really do appreciate it.

I have been on radio 25 years.  My career was almost strangled in the grave.  And but for David Horowitz, I might not be standing here.

The cliff notes story about what happened is I got hired on KABC.  And of course, the first few weeks I was there, I was called an Uncle Tom, a bootlicking Uncle Tom, a foot-shuffling, bootlicking Uncle Tom; bug-eyed, foot-shuffling, bootlicking Uncle Tom; Oreo, as in brown on the outside, white on the inside; coconut, same concept; the Antichrist.  And then I was called the name you really call a black person when you really want to cut him.  I was called Republican.


A man could only take so much.

So there was a group called the Talking Drum Community Forum.  I later on found out it was no more than four or five people, all writing letters to all of my sponsors saying Larry Elder is a racist, anti-black, the most hateful guy on radio.  Many of my sponsors were national.  One of them was United, for example.  They’re based in Chicago, so they didn’t hear the show.  I was just local in those days.

And so little by little, advertisers began dropping my show.  We lost millions of dollars, and my show was on the brink of being canceled.

David calls: “What can I do?”  I said, “David, I don’t know that you can do anything.  The bunch of idiots writing letters to my clients, saying lies about what I say on the air.”  The clients aren’t here.  In those days, you didn’t have the internet, the social media, so they couldn’t check to verify it.  And the average advertiser does not want to get caught between the fire hydrant and the dog.  And so they all left.  David said, “What if we raise some money, put some commercials on TV, increase your ratings?  Then they couldn’t possibly fire you when your ratings are ascending.”  So David proceeded to do that.

We ran a number of commercials.  I forget how much money you raised, David.  It was almost a couple hundred thousand dollars.  300,000?  300,000.  And put a bunch of ads, very clever ads, on television, and my ratings skyrocketed.

Eventually, the boycott broke and they went away.  But for what David did, I doubt that I would’ve survived.  David, again, thank you very much for that.


Who would’ve thought, in the year 2019 — just, what, a few years after the departure of the first black President, who got elected in 2008, reelected in 2012, despite a tepid recovery and unpopular Obamacare — who would’ve thought we’d be having a serious discussion, at least on the Left, of reparations?  Who would’ve thought that?  Are you kidding me?  You’ve got to be kidding.  Reparations.

There are a few problems.  There are no living slaves.  There are no living slave owners.  That’s the biggest problem.  Reparations is a scheme to extract money from people who were never slave owners and give it to people who were never slaves.


What about the role that Africa played in the slave trade?  Without the capture and enslavement of blacks, and the selling of these slaves by black chieftains, African chieftains, the slave trade never could have occurred.

What about the Muslim role in the slave trade?  The Muslim slave trade in Africa preceded the European slave trade by hundreds of years, continued well after.  And more slaves were taken out of Africa by Arab slavers and transported to the Middle East and to South America and to the Caribbean than were slaves taken out of Africa and sent to North America by European slavers.  So how are you going to factor that in?

And of course, if you know anything at all about the history of slavery, slavery, unfortunately, has been all part of human history from the very beginning.  Caucasians enslave Caucasians, Africans enslave Africans, Asians enslave Asians, Native Americans enslave Native Americans.  We go on and on and on.  But for the West’s revulsion, ultimately, against slavery, we might still have it.  So how do you factor that in?  How do you do that?

What about Kamala Harris?  Kamala Harris’s mother is from India.  Her father is from Jamaica.  Her father concedes that he and his family owned slaves.  How does that work?

What about Barack Obama?  Barack Obama’s father is from Kenya.  There’s no evidence that his family directly owned slaves.  But what is now Kenya was directly involved, intimately involved, in the slave trade.  And his mother, there’s no question that her family owned slaves on his mom’s side.  So how does that work?  Does Obama pay more than other blacks for reparations?

What about all the people who are working class and middle class who are black?  The premise behind reparations apparently is, but for slavery, but for Jim Crow, you wouldn’t have the kind of poverty that you have in the black community.  Blacks are about 20 percent poor.  Whites are about 8.7 percent poor.  How did white people get poor, given the white privilege that they were supposed to benefit by, the trust fund that every white person gets?  So are the white people who are poor exempted from having to pay any of the reparations?

What about the fact that my colleague in Salem, Michael Medved, once said only about five percent of whites have any sort of generational connection to slavery?  So the other 95 percent who had nothing to do with it also pay?  What about all the people who came over to the country after slavery was over?  It’s insane.

And Obama even opposed reparations when he was asked about it.  He gave some long, lofty answer about, I understand why people want it.  But he also said that it would be divisive, politically untenable.  And he’s right.  It is divisive and politically untenable.  Only about 26 percent of people right now support reparations.

Who would’ve thought?  Reparations?

The Trump derangement syndrome is part of the push for this.  But the other real part is, now that you have — in 2020, you’ve got Cory Booker who’s running, who’s black; Kamala Harris who’s running, who’s black; others who are running who are not white.  So if you’re going to get that 95 percent black vote, without which the Democrats cannot win, how are you going to distinguish yourself from the other people?  I know, we’ll offer them reparations.

And so now you have Bernie Sanders suggesting that he’s interested in doing that.  You have Beto O’Rourke suggesting he’s interested in doing that.  A few days ago at a campaign stop, a black man said to him, “Why should I as a black man vote for you when you don’t support reparations?”  And Beto O’Rourke gave this long answer about how poorly off blacks are, unequal, differences in net worth and all that.  But he never said, I’m in favor of reparations.  Two days later, he came out in favor of a commission to study the issue of reparations, which he didn’t say to that black man then.

He got hammered.  He knew he had to distinguish himself from the other Democrats.  And now he’s come around to this notion of reparations.  Are you kidding me?

My father was born in 1915.  The man that — his name is Ta-Nehisi Coates, wrote an article called “The Case for Reparations.”  Came out in 2014.  It probably is the most important piece ever written about reparations.  And a lot of politicians have referred to it.  He starts his piece out by talking about a man who was born in 1923 and the series of things that happened to that man.  He was in the military.  The GI bill discriminated against him, the New Deal discriminated, and all these bad things that happened to this gentleman who was born in 1923.

My father was born in 1915.  My father was born in Athens, Georgia.  He does not know his biological father.  I didn’t find that out until I was 25 years old.  We sat down, and we talked for eight hours.  We had a big fight when I was 15 years old; we didn’t speak for almost 10 years.

So now I’m 25 years old, sitting down with my dad.  I was going to call him an SOB.  I figured he’d call me an ungrateful son, we’d have a 10-minute conversation.  At least we’d clear the air.  We sat there for eight hours.  He said — when I complained about how he used to whip us, he said, “Let me tell you about how I grew up.  Your last name, Elder?”  I said, “Yeah?”  He said, “That’s not the name of my biological father.”  I’m 25 years old.  I said, “Who’s your biological father?”  “I don’t know.  Never met him.”

His mother was illiterate.  Had a series of boyfriends, each one more irresponsible than the one before.  My dad said Elder was the man in his life the longest, which is why he took his name.  And he was an alcoholic who was physically abusive to his mom, “and physically abusive to me when I would intervene.

“He was a drunk.  And when he would come home from work, when he did work, he would give my mother the paycheck,” my dad said.  “And then, come Wednesday, he’d want the money.  And she would refuse to give it to him, because she knew he would drink it, and he would beat the crap out of her and get the money.”  My dad intervened; he beat the crap out of him.  That was Elder.

And my dad said, “When I was 13 years old,” he came home and started quarreling with his mom’s then-boyfriend.  Elder was long gone.  His mother sided with the boyfriend, threw my father out of the house at the age of 13, never to return.  You’re talking about a black boy, Jim Crow South, Athens, Georgia, at the beginning of the Great Depression.  I defy you to find very many people who had a hand dealt like that.

And I said, “Dad, what did you do?”  He said, “I went down the road.  I took any job I could get.  Ultimately, I became a Pullman porter on the trains.”  They were the largest private employer of those days.  And my dad went all around the country — very unusual for a black boy — and he came to LA on a stop.  And unlike the other stops in the South, he didn’t have to get cans of tuna or crackers, because you could go into a restaurant and actually get served.  So my dad thought, hey, maybe someday I’ll relocate to California, I don’t know.

Pearl Harbor.  My dad joined the marines.  He was a Montford Point marine.  They were the first black marines.  For some reason, people know about the Tuskegee Airmen, but they don’t know about the Montford Point Marines.  There were 20,000 of them at Camp Lejeune, near where Camp Lejeune is right now.  And my dad was sent to Guam during World War II, where he became a master cook.

And when the war was over, my dad went back to Chattanooga, where he had met and married my mom.  And he wanted to get a job as a short-order cook.  He went to restaurant to restaurant to restaurant.  And he was told, “I’m sorry, we don’t hire niggers.”

My dad went to an unemployment office.  The lady said, “You went through the wrong door.”  My dad goes out to the hall, sees “Colored Only,” goes through that door, to the very same lady who sent him out.  My dad said, “This is B.S.,” to my mom.  “I’m going to LA.  I’m going to get me a job as a cook, and I’ll send for you.”

He comes out here.  He walks around LA for two or three days, restaurant to restaurant to restaurant.  And they tell him, “You have no references.”  My father said, “I cooked for the military.  What do you mean, I have no references?”  “You have no references.”  My dad even offered to work for free for two weeks.  “Just give me a reference.”  They wouldn’t do that.  They treated him the same way in LA as he was treated in Chattanooga; they were just a little more polite about it.

My dad went to an unemployment office, this time just one door.  Lady said, “We have nothing.”  My dad said, “I’ll be sitting in this chair when you open, I’ll be sitting in the chair when you leave.  When you find something, I’ll take it.”  She calls him up after a day and a half.  She says, “I have something.  I don’t know that you’ll want it.”  My dad said, “Of course I want it.  What is it?”  She says, “It’s a job at a company called Nabisco Breads.  You’ll be cleaning toilets.”  My dad did that for 10 years.

Took a second job at another bread company called Barbara Ann Bread, also full time, cleaning toilets.  He cooked for a family on the weekend to make additional money.  And he went to night school two or three nights a week in order to get his GED.  The man never slept, which was why he was cranky all the time.

And as we spoke, my father got bigger and bigger and bigger, and I got smaller and smaller and smaller.  And finally, I’m crying.  And I said, “Dad, I am just so sorry I judged you so harshly.”  My father said, “Don’t be.  You didn’t know.  But I want you to follow the advice I’ve always given you and your brothers: hard work wins.

“You get out of life what you put into it.  And Larry, you cannot control the outcome.  But you are 100 percent in control of the effort.  And before you complain about what somebody did to you or said to you, go to the nearest mirror, look at it and say, ‘How could I have changed the outcome?’

“And finally, no matter how good you are, how moral you are, how ethical you are, bad things are going to happen.  How you respond to those bad things will tell your mother and me whether or not we raised a man.”

My father is not alive any longer.  If he were here, and he heard this movement for reparations, he would tear his hair out.  The idea that somebody owes you something who did nothing to you would just be unfathomable to him.  It’s about what we’re going to do now.

All of us hit the lottery: we were born here.  All of us did.  You hit the lottery a second time if you had parents who stayed together, worked together and tried to inculcate the right kinds of values in your head.  And I had that.  It’s a foundation we should be building upon.

What the Left has done has destroyed the [nuclear] intact family, to a greater degree than even slavery did.  Right now, a black kid — 70 percent of black kids right now are born outside of wedlock.  During slavery, a slave was more likely than today to be born under a roof with his biological mother and biological father.  When you’re talking about reparations, how do you factor in the damage done by the welfare state?  How do you factor that in?

The election of Donald Trump in 2016, in my opinion, was divine intervention.  It was a miracle.  He is almost God-sent.  My colleague, Dennis Prager, says that a thrice-married man whose relationship probably overlapped each other is now the President of the United States.  It shows you God has a sense of humor.


I remember when Trump descended the escalator in Trump Tower, and he gave a speech.  And I watched it.  I was by myself.  And I said, “Boy, that’s pretty un-presidential.  This is going to be one of the shortest presidential campaigns you’ve ever seen.”

The next day, I went to a place in LA called Sunland.  Sunland is primarily a white, blue-collar city.  I had some business there.  And I went to a restaurant called Coco’s, which is like a Denny’s.  I had a nice, greasy breakfast, sat at the bar.  Guy comes up to me.  “Are you Larry Elder?  What are you doing here?”  I said, “I have some business here.”  He said, “Did you see that guy that last?”  I said, “You mean, Trump?”  I said, “Yeah.”  He said, “What did you think?”  I said, “What did you think?”  He said, “He spoke for me.”  And he walked away.  That’s interesting.

Five minutes later, another guy comes up.  “You Larry Elder?”  Same exchange.  “Did you see Trump?”  “Yeah.”  “What’d you think?”  “What did you think?”  “I tell you what, about time somebody stood up for us.”

Over the course of the next 45 minutes, I would say 12 people came up to me.  Not all of them were white — one was Hispanic, one was Asian — and said the same thing.  This guy is connecting the way, he said, nobody else has connected in a long time.

I went on the air the next night.  And I said, “This guy is going to become the nominee for the Republican Party.  He’s going to become the next President of the United States.  And we ought to get behind him.”

And I campaigned with him and for him.  And I remember campaigning with him in a church in Cleveland.  And he stood up, and he talked about the importance of choice in school.  I went to a school called Crenshaw High School.  If you saw the movie “Boyz n the Hood,” that’s my school.  Ice-T went there.  And the reason he chose that school is because it, by that time, was called a Crip school, which means gangs run that school.  He wanted to go to a Crip school.

So President Trump talked about the importance of getting a good education and how parents should be empowered to say, I don’t want to send my kid to an underperforming government school.  The school where I went to school — right now, according to a front-page article in the LA Times about three years ago, only three percent of kids can do math at grade level.  Three percent, not a typo.  Three percent.

What responsible parent would send his or her child to a school that is a Crip school where only three percent of the kids can do math at grade level?  And the answer is nobody would.  But if you don’t have any money, you don’t have any choice.  So the lady across the street, down the street, within the geographical area that Crenshaw covers, has to send their kid to that school whether they like it or not.  This is an absolute assault on the future of a child.

There are think tanks on the left and think tanks on the right.  The Brookings Institution is on the left; Heritage on the right.  They both said the same thing about how one gets to the middle class: finish high school, presumably one where, when you graduate, you can actually read, write and compute at grade level.  Finish high school.  Number two, don’t have a kid before you’re 20.  And number three, get married first.  You follow that formula, you will not be poor.  It didn’t say, unless you are a descendant of slaves.  It didn’t say, unless you were a victim of Jim Crow.  Both think tanks said do this; you will not be poor.  What is stopping anybody from doing that, other than an assumption that they’re out to get you, they’re out to hold you back?

So these people, especially these white liberals, they’re not doing you any favor by telling you you’re a victim, by telling you you’re oppressed.  It’s a lie.  All you have to do is invest in yourself.  What is stopping you from doing two good, hard hours of homework every night?  What’s stopping you?  No one’s stopping you, other than a defeatist attitude, an attitude that it won’t do any good, because those guys are out to get me.

So the Left is not doing black people a favor.  They think they are.  I guess they think they are.  But they’re not.

President Trump has been called a racist.  Guy called my show: “Larry, you’re always defending this racist in the White House.”  “We didn’t start out very well, sir.  Let’s go back.  You tell me the biggest thing that Donald Trump has ever said or done that makes him a racist.”  Guy paused for 10 seconds.  He hadn’t thought about it, obviously.  He said, “Well, Donald Trump, uh, uh, discriminated against people when he was renting apartments.”  I said, “You’re talking about the 1975 consent decree that he entered into, where he admitted no guilt.”  He was 26, 27 years old, running his dad’s business.  And the government said that you were not renting to blacks and browns.  In fact, they had rented to blacks and browns.  His father did not want to rent to certain people that were eligible for Section 8 housing.  That’s what the alleged discrimination was.

So Trump entered into a consent decree that lasted for two years.  Now, I don’t know what the statute of limitations is for that, but that was 44 years ago?  But you want to play that game?  How about the year before?  He said, “What happened the year before?”  “Oh, you didn’t know about this?”

1974, a young lawyer, newly minted from Harvard, was running for office.  His name is Chuck Schumer.  There’s a neighborhood in New York, Flatbush neighborhood.  And there were two buildings full of black people in the neighborhood that was largely an ethnic neighborhood.  The other people in the neighborhood wanted the blacks out.  And a young man named Jay Homnick attended a political rally, political meeting — he was 13 years old — with his father, to meet this new guy, Chuck Schumer.

And Chuck Schumer heard all the complaints and said, Here’s what I’ll do.  You guys vote for me.  When I get into office, I will have a plan to refurbish those two buildings.  The black tenants would have to relocate.  But they’ll get right of first refusal.  By law, they have to get that.  But we’ll refurbish them so nicely, they won’t be able to afford them.  Voila, they’ll be gone.

Chuck Schumer got elected and put that plan into motion.  It didn’t work.  Because, surprise, surprise, the black people were able to raise enough money to move back into the apartments, and they moved back into them.

Now, the young man who called and told me this, Jay Homnick, said, “The blacks weren’t causing any trouble.  It wasn’t like they were disruptive or beating anybody up.  In fact, we all played basketball together.  So they weren’t a problem.  It’s just these people in the neighborhood — and I’m sad to say,” he said, “my father — who were racists, who wanted them out.”

I’ve mentioned this story on my show for the last 25 years.  I’ve written columns about it.  I’ve interviewed Jay Homnick on my program.  To this day, I’ve never heard a single reporter ask Chuck Schumer about this.  Never.  Can you imagine if a 1974 Donald Trump proposed that kind of scheme and could verify it?  There were a number of people at the meetings.  Not difficult to find it out.  They don’t care.  They couldn’t care less.

It’s just amazing how the double standards are.  And poor Joe Biden.  I mean, Joe Biden has always been handsy.  Everybody knows that.  And you know what he wants to say.  He wants to say, okay, I get it, I shouldn’t have been that intimate.  But my goodness.  2016, the entire election year, not a single reporter asked Hillary about the allegation made by Juanita Broderick that Juanita Broderick was raped.  And two weeks after the alleged rape, Hillary verbally intimidated her to let her know she’d better keep her mouth shut, or else.  How do you get on me for kissing somebody in the back of the head, and not ask Hillary one question about whether or not she verbally intimidated an alleged rape survivor?  How do you do that?

And the answer is this double standard that we’re up against: Hollywood, academia and media.  And they are united against us.  Of the top 20 sources of the media, 18 of them lean to the left; only two go to the right: Washington Times and the Fox News Report by Brett Baier.  That’s it.

My friend, Tim Groseclose, who wrote a book called “Left Turn,” says that if the media were truly fair and balanced, if people really got their media information from a balanced set of sources, the average voter would vote the way — the average state, rather, would vote the way Texas votes, which is about eight to 10 points in favor of Republican.  This is the first book that ever tried to quantify what you and I would call the damage — others would call the effect — of media bias.  And this is what we’re up against at every single election.

And Donald Trump, despite all of this, despite nearly 90 percent of the news on ABC, NBC and CBS, his popularity has actually ticked up since the Mueller report came out.  It’s now at about 51 percent on Rasmussen.  And from what I can tell, his support among blacks is probably twice as much, if not three times as much, as he got when he ran in 2016.

So despite all of this, this guy is still standing strong.  The economy is rocking and rolling.  Generally speaking, with an economy this good, he should float to reelection.  But he’s not.  He’s not because of the media bias.

I’ll give you another example of this kind of economic media bias.  In October 1992, George Herbert Walker Bush is running for reelection against Bill Clinton.  Investor’s Business Daily took a look at major newspapers, their front-page economic news stories, business stories.  Ninety percent of the stories of the front pages of major newspapers having to do with the economy, 90 percent of the stories were negative.  Even though we were in the 16th consecutive month of positive economic growth, the majority of people thought we were in a recession.  We weren’t even close to being in a recession.

The next month, after you-know-who wins the election, only 14 percent of the news of economics and business on these front pages of these newspapers were negative.  Just 14 percent.  All of a sudden, the very same data was being interpreted very differently, because this guy had just won the election.  He hadn’t even taken office yet.  He hadn’t implemented a single policy.  But all of a sudden now, the very same newspapers were covering the very same news in a much more optimistic way.  This is the kind of nonsense that we have to deal with every single day.

And someone said there’s a passion gap.  And there is.  I’ve interviewed Dick Cheney.  I interviewed Donald Rumsfeld.  I asked them both this question: What’s your biggest regret?  And they said, when people started saying “Bush lied, people died” in opposition to the Iraq war, we didn’t fight back.  Because we just knew people were not that stupid, not that gullible.  They both said the same thing to me.  We wish we had fought back.  Because we underestimated how that would resonate and how many people would actually believe that we lied us into the war.  Can you believe that?

We had, at the time, 16 defense agencies.  All 16 said, at the highest level of certainty, that Saddam Hussein had stockpiles.  The only difference was how close he was to getting a nuclear weapon.  But all 16 said, at the highest level of certainty, that he had stockpiles of WMD.

Bill Clinton retained the same CIA director, George Tenet, who worked under — George Bush, rather, retained the same CIA director, George Tenet as had worked under Bill Clinton.  And Tenet gave him the same intel that the assertion that there were WMDs in Iraq was “a slam-dunk.”

So you rely on the intelligence community.  And, fast-forward, you’re called a liar.  Donald Trump dismisses the intelligence community’s notion that but for Russia he might not have been elected.  And he’s considered to be anti-intelligence community.  It’s just incredible double standard.

The New York Times talks about how many lies President Trump has made since he’s been in office.  It was 8,000 a few months ago; now they say it’s 10,000.  Do you really care that he exaggerated the size of his inaugural?  I mean, do these things really matter?

His predecessor, Barack Obama, lied about virtually every major decision that he made.  And these are decisions that were transformational.  Let’s just take a few of them.

Obamacare.  I don’t just mean the big lie, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor; if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.  I’m not just talking about that.  I’m talking about the other ones.  It’s going to bend the cost curve down.  The average family would save $2,500 a year.  Neither of which happened.  Premiums doubled, copays doubled, deductibles went up.  None of the things he said happened were going to happen.  Because the intention was, all along, for us to take one big stride toward single payer.  That was their goal.  Why does Obama get immune from criticism about all the promises he made on Obamacare?

The Iran deal that put Iran on a path to getting a nuclear bomb.  Ben Rhodes was his Deputy National Security Advisor.  And after the Iran deal was done, he had an interview with the New York Times and bragged about the fact that, well, we sold this based upon a narrative.  And the narrative is that there’s some hardliner ayatollahs and some moderate ayatollahs.  If you want to give strength to the moderate ayatollahs, you need to do this deal.  Ha ha ha, he said to the New York Times, there’s no such thing as a moderate ayatollah.  He said, and the average reporter — and the reason we were able to get away with this is the average reporting covering foreign policy “is 27 years old, and they literally know nothing.”  Look it up.  Are you kidding me?  He’s bragging about it.

The withdrawal of all the troops out of Iraq.  Now, it was a campaign promise.  Don’t get me wrong.  He fulfilled a campaign promise.  But he did so against the unanimous advice of his national security team.  Hillary, who was his Secretary of State, said leave between 5,000 and 10,000 troops.  The National Security advisor: leave between 5,000 and 10,000 troops.  Our U.S. ambassador to Iraq said we need to leave a stay-behind force.  The Joint Chief said we need to leave a stay-behind force.  His entire National Security team told him to leave a stay-behind force.  He ignored it, pulled all the troops out.  In comes ISIS.  ISIS metastasized.  And little by little, we sent back, guess what, 5,000 troops.

Why aren’t the media pounding on him for creating a vacuum that allowed ISIS to come in and fester, causing hundreds of thousands of lives to be lost, no doubt?  Because they’re all in bed with him.  They agree with everything that he’s done.  They took no issue with anything that he’s done.

Only about seven percent of reporters, according to the Pew Research Center, describe themselves as Republicans.  Ninety-three percent call themselves something other than that.  This is what we are fighting against all the time.

So it’s all up to us to stay strong, to get involved, to stay involved, to send money to candidates that we want, to support websites that we want, to support programs like [Jaime’s].  Otherwise, we’re going to lose this battle.

Because they are minting people like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.  The woman has a degree in economics from BU.  Are you kidding me?  She supports a $15 minimum wage.  Do you know what restaurant closed in New York because of $15 minimum wage?  The one where she used to work.


Called the Coffee Shop, Union Square.  The co-owner said, the reason we’re shutting it down is because we went to a $15 minimum wage.  Hello?  And she now wants to impose that for the rest of the country.  This is absolutely insane.

The New Green Deal?  Are you kidding me?  We’re going to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels within a certain period of time, no matter the cost?  And the people that will be disproportionately paying more for energy, of course, will be poor people, the people that the Left claim that they care about.

This is what we’re up against.  Unless we stand strong and fight back, we are in serious, serious trouble.  I think it will be more difficult for Trump to get reelected than for Trump to have gotten elected, as difficult as that was.  Because they’re ready this time.  He sneaked up on them before.  They underestimated him.  They’re not going to do that this time.

And in Florida — I’m sure you heard about this — I think this is probably the most important thing that happened in 2016.  Not the gubernatorial races everybody was paying attention to, or the Senate races.  It’s that in Florida, they passed a referendum to allow 1.5 million convicted felons who previously could not vote to vote.  That may be a good thing from a libertarian standpoint.  Bad thing — I’m not talking about.  We’re talking about the reality.  The reality is, the likelihood is, that the lion’s share of them are not going to be Republicans.  Trump won Florida by 100,000 votes.  There are now 1.5 million people eligible to vote who were not eligible before.  What percentage will actually vote?  Don’t know.  What percentage will vote Republican?  Don’t know.  But my feeling is, but for the assertion or the assumption that most of them are going to vote Democrat, you wouldn’t find the Democrats in Florida pushing for the referendum.

Why do you suppose they want free college?  If you are a humanities major, the more time you spend in college, the more likely you’re going to come out leftwing.  If it were the opposite, if the more college you had the more likely it is you were going to come out Republican, do you think they’d be talking about free college tuition?  I don’t think so.  Which is why they want the borders porous.  Eventually, there’ll be pressure to legalize the illegal aliens, to get them a pathway to citizenship.  And the lion’s share of them will vote for the Democratic Party.

There’s a union official named Eliseo Medina.  And you can Google his name, and you can see it.  Shortly after Obama got elected, he gave a speech where he talked about comprehensive immigration reform.  If we can get that through, he said, we’ll have a governing progressive coalition for the long haul.  Because at least two out of three will vote for us.  That’s why they don’t care about the borders being porous.  If the likelihood is where people are coming in, and ultimately they become American citizens, and ultimately they become voters which vote Republican, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

I want to end by saying this.  Despite all the stuff that’s going on, all of our challenges, this is the greatest country that’s ever been created.  You can go from nothing to something faster in America than anywhere else in all of human history.  All you have to do is apply yourself.  You can’t control the results, but you can control the effort.  And this what we got to be telling people all the time.  My mother and my father always taught me never to allow anybody to make you feel inferior.  If you allow someone to make you feel inferior, it is on you.

We read a poem when I was in class, written by Countee Cullen.  I’d done that the last time I was here, was asked to do it again.  And it went like this:

While riding through Old Baltimore, so small and full of glee, I saw a young Baltimorean keep a-looking straight at me.  Now I was young and very small, and he was no whit bigger.  And so I smiled, but he poked out his tongue and called me “nigger.”  I saw the whole of Baltimore from May until September; of all the things that happened there, that’s all that I remember.

The class was furious.  Teacher was furious.  I was furious.  The teacher talked about this being a permanent stain on his psyche, he’ll always think of himself as a second-class citizen and so forth.  I knew my mother was going to have a different attitude, but I didn’t quite know what.  So I went home that day.  She’s in the kitchen, stirring a big pot of greens; I’ll never forget it.  I said, “Mom, we read a poem in class by a guy named Countee Cullen.  And I want to get your reaction to it.”  She said, “Go ahead.”  I said, “Goes like this: While riding through Old Baltimore, so small and full of glee, I saw a young Baltimorean keep a-looking straight at me.  Now I was young and very small, and he was no whit bigger.  And so I smiled, but he poked out his tongue and called me ‘nigger.’  I saw the whole of Baltimore from May until September; of all the things that happened there, that’s all that I remember.”  She took the spoon out of the pot, rapped it on the side of the pot, turned to me.  And she said, “Larry, what a shame he let something like that spoil his vacation.  How many wings do you want?”



Let me just end with this kind of amusing story.  I found it amusing.  I’m at a gas station a few years ago.  And I had just pulled up.  I had a black, new Thunderbird one of my clients loaned me.  I was wearing a nice suit one of my clients had tailored for me.  I get out.  I put my credit card in to get a full tank of premium gas.  The next bay over, a 1968 Dodge Polara with a busted muffler pulls up.  Two people get out.  Pale skin, out-of-state license plate, southern state.  I won’t say the state.  Together, the two of them might’ve had 10, 12 teeth.


Together.  I could tell they were related, father and son, because of their resemblance.  They got $5 of regular, and they rumble out.  And as they’re rumbling away, I said to myself, wow, just think.  Those two dudes owe me reparations.  Is this a great country, or what?


Thank you so much for having me.  God bless you, David.  God bless the David Horowitz Center.


Unidentified Participant:  We have time for a question or two.  Do we have any questions from the audience?

Larry Elder: Good, we solved everything.

Unidentified Participant:  Oh, we got one right here.

Unidentified Audience Member: I don’t know what you will say to this.  But when Obama brought the FBI into the White House, why did the Republicans let that happen?  It had never been done before in the history of the United States.

Larry Elder:  It hadn’t.  For the same reason that Republicans often get rolled over: they didn’t see it coming.

You know, when Obama got elected, I think a lot of people elected him because they thought that this whole issue of race and racism would be put to bed at that point.  In my opinion, Obama made things worse when he said the Cambridge Police acted stupidly.  You remember that incident?  Skip Gates, his friend from Harvard, had been on vacation.  Came home, forgot his door key.  So he and the cab driver broke into his house.  A neighbor saw this, didn’t recognize Gates, called 911.  Don’t you want neighbors like that?  Car comes up, very politely asked Mr. Gates to come out of the home and identify himself.  And instead of doing that, he was offended by the question and said something like, I’ll come out if yo’ mama tells me to come out.

And instead of — and this is when Obama had a perfect chance to say, this is my friend, Skip Gates.  But Skip, you’re a professor from Harvard, a tenured professor from Harvard.  You ought to be setting a role model.  And when blacks are stopped by the cops, a lot of times it’s this macho thing.  And instead of following instructions and avoiding any possible bad outcome, you made it worse.  You escalated it.  It was childish what you said.  This cop was simply doing his job.  And for you to have this kind of attitude, and therefore convey to other people that when the police ask them questions, they too should have a chip on their shoulder, makes things worse.  Instead, what did he do?  The Cambridge Police “acted stupidly.”

Ferguson.  Obama was giving a speech before the United Nations.  And he said, and now we have our own problems here with a place called Ferguson.  Well, as you know, Michael Brown did not have his hands up, did not say don’t shoot.  His friend, Dorian Johnson, lied.  In comes the DOJ, they do this big study on the Ferguson Police Department.  And they call it institutionally racist.  Why?  Well, Ferguson is 57 percent black, but 85 percent of the traffic stops are of black people, an 18-point gap.  Ergo, racism.

What about the NYPD?  NYPD is mostly people of color now.  Twenty-five percent of the city is black.  Fifty-five percent of the traffic stops are of black people, a 30-point gap.  Why isn’t NYPD even more institutionally racist than the Ferguson PD?  And the answer is you can’t do it by these kinds of stats.  You have to do it by people’s behavior.

And in 2013, the DOJ put out a study done by what’s called the National Institutes for Justice on race and traffic stops.  Seventy-five percent of black motorists admitted that they had committed an offense.  And it turned out, no matter what the offense was, whether it was speeding, driving without a seatbelt, driving with an expired tag; no matter what it was, a black motorist was more likely to commit the offense.  And so the DOJ study concluded that the differences in stoppages had to do with differences in offending.

Similarly, years ago, when Christine Todd Whitman was the governor of New Jersey, she was ordered to do a study.  Because a bunch of black motorists were complaining that they were being disproportionately pulled over by the New Jersey troopers on the turnpike.  She did a study.  Study came back and said, no.  Because of the reflection of the sun, and because many of the stops are at night, cops can’t even tell what race you are.  And it turns out, no matter the speed, a black motorist is more likely to be the speeder.  The faster the speed, the more likely the motorist was to be black.  They could not find any evidence whatsoever of any kind of systemic racism.

Well, she didn’t like the study, said that it was bad methodology.  They hired a new group, do a new study.  Came back with the same conclusions.  I don’t know what you want to do now.

Washington Post a few years ago looked at the thousand people that were killed by the police that year.  Five hundred of them were white, 250 of them were black.  There were more unarmed whites killed than unarmed blacks.  Now, we all know the names of several unarmed blacks who were killed.  Michael Brown was unarmed.  Unarmed does not necessarily mean not dangerous.  Michael Brown’s DNA was found on the officer’s gun, because he’s trying to get the gun.  So just because you’re unarmed doesn’t mean you’re not dangerous.  But fair enough.  Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Baltimore, the [Sander plan] in Texas, the guy that died because of being choked in New York — all these cases.

I gave a speech before the Ohio State Football team.  I was asked to speak before them by Urban Meyer at the time.  When he called, and he asked me to do it, I said, “Coach, you need to know something.”  Said, “What?”  I said, “I went to Michigan.”


The man didn’t say a word for 10 seconds.  But he invited me to speak to his class.  And I spoke to the class, and I mentioned all these stats.  And I said there were 17 unarmed black men killed that year; there were about 25 unarmed white men killed that year.  Name one.  Room was silent, they couldn’t name anybody.  But the ones who were black, we know who they are.  Just because the media cares.  Meanwhile, any given year, recent years, 6,000 blacks were killed by other blacks.  Ninety-five percent of black people who are killed are killed by black people.

Where’s Black Lives Matter?  Let a white cop do something; in comes Black Lives Matter.  This guy that just died, the rapper, got murdered, Nipsey Hussle.  In February, the LA times published a study showing black motorists were disproportionately stopped in South Central.  The mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti, ordered the police to cut down traffic stops, reduce the number of black people that you stop.  February.  March, shootings doubled.  April, they’re on track to double again.  The area where Nipsey Hussle was murdered was an area where police used to have a much heavier presence.  But because of Eric Garcetti, their presence was less.  But for Eric Garcetti, who knows, this guy might still be alive.

This is the damage that is being done by these kinds of lies.  Lies that turn into policy that turn into hurting the very same people that the Left cares about.

Baltimore, there were six officers, as I recall, tried.  Three of them were black.  The mayor of Baltimore at the time was black. Still, the mayor is black.  The City Council is all Democrats, majority black.  The attorney that brought the charges is black.  At the time, the AG of America was black, as was the President.  Black President, black AG, black state attorney, black major.  Most of City Council black, three of the cops black.  The judge that found two of the cops not guilty, black.  And we’re talking about systemic racism, institutional racism, when blacks, at least in Baltimore, are running the institutions?  It’s madness.  Absolute madness.

Unidentified Participant: Thank you so much.

Larry Elder: Okay, thank you.