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This afternoon, I wrote this post, which I titled “Is Schiff intentionally tipping the impeachment scales?” Hint: The answer is yes, Schiff is tipping the impeachment scales to guarantee impeachment. That’s the good news for Schiff and Pelosi. The bad news for Schiff and Pelosi is that Schiff is tipping the impeachment scales to guarantee impeachment.

This tactic is starting to cause an anti-Democrat backlash, thanks in large part to House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Lee Zeldin, (R-NY). This past Sunday, Rep. Zeldin appeared on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 New York” with John Catsimatidis. During the interview, Rep. Zeldin said this:

Something that I find outrageous is the cherry-picked leaks, the withholding of key facts and the lying about other claims that’s misleading the American public. Why are we sitting inside of Adam Schiff’s bunker turning in our cell phones before we come in and being told that nothing here can be told to the American public?

Tonight, Zeldin appeared on Martha McCallum’s show. Here’s that interview:

During tonight’s interview, Rep. Zeldin raised a great question after mentioning that Adam Schiff threw Matt Gaetz out of the hearing. Rep. Zeldin asked “what rule is governing any of this process? What rule of the House is governing this impeachment inquiry?” That’s a pair of rhetorical questions. A 4th-grader would understand that this is a Schiff-for-brains, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants Special rule. Whatever rule helps Democrats the most at the moment will be deployed. Whether it’s been used before or whether it’s precedent-setting isn’t relevant. Whatever the Democrats need in the situation is what the rules appear to be.

For now, the process doesn’t matter from a legal standpoint. That won’t last forever. Even Democrats are bright enough to know that these procedures will be challenged in the courts. While Ms. Pelosi is right that there isn’t a set way to impeach a president, she’s foolish if she thinks that several constitutional principles aren’t essential.

For instance, if Ms. Pelosi thinks that having agreed upon a set of rules isn’t important, then she doesn’t understand the importance of due process. Without due process, the Democrats’ witch hunt is a highly-publicized kangaroo court. That won’t fly in court. Further, ignoring the past precedent of letting the president’s counsel sit in on witness testimony can’t be ignored. The impeachment and conviction of a president is a somber event that shouldn’t be acted upon capriciously. It’s wonderfully ironic that Pelosi’s words would get thrown back in her face would be delightful to Republicans.

Watching the entire Zeldin interview is well worth it. Pay special attention to the crosstalk about the 4 Pinocchios part of the interview. I found it quite enjoyable.

Heading into President Trump’s Minneapolis rally, DFL Chairman Ken Martin predictably issued a statement criticizing President Trump’s divisiveness. After the event, DFL Chair Martin issued another statement that served as an I-told-you-so bookend to his previous statement. In the after-rally statement, DFL Chair Martin criticized President Trump for attacking the Somali refugees living in Minneapolis. Imagine my surprise when I read this Washington Post article that criticizes President Trump for attacking Minneapolis’s Somali population.

It didn’t happen. That’s just how it was written. Allyson Chiu wrote “The president soon widened his attack to target Somali refugees in Minnesota, a group that includes Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in the East African country. He promised rally attendees, who booed loudly at the mention of the state’s Somali residents, that he would ‘give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration controls. As you know, for many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers.’ Trump said as some in the crowd jeered, adding, ‘You should be able to decide what is best for your own cities and for your own neighborhoods, and that’s what you have the right to do right now, and believe me, no other president would be doing that.'”

Apparently, the DFL thinks that parents having a say in what’s best for their cities and neighborhoods is hateful. Similarly, the Washington Post thinks that people that don’t want their property taxes increasing each year are hateful. I live in St. Cloud, which is Ground Zero in this fight. My property taxes have gone up since the first Somali arrivals. Meanwhile, AP classes went from 9 programs at Tech to 2 in a 4-year period. The money for the AP programs was shifted to English immersion classes. As this happened, people left St. Cloud for the Sartell and Sauk Rapids-Rice school districts so their kids can get a better education.

I’d love hearing DFL Chair Martin explain why it’s hateful for parents to want the best education for their children. I’d love hearing the Washington Post explain why it’s wrong for parents to want their property taxes stable and low.

Then again, the point isn’t that these things are wrong. These spinmeisters’ goal is to spread the message that President Trump hates minorities. Ken Martin understands that the DFL will get crucified if the subject is the economy. Martin knows that President Trump’s economic policies are working for most people. This Marist Poll provides President Trump good news:

Nearly two in three Americans (65%), including 62% of independents, say the economy is actually working well for them personally. Republicans (93%) overwhelmingly have this opinion while Democrats divide. 46% of Democrats think the economy is benefitting them, and 50% do not.

If Democrats don’t convince voters that President Trump’s policies are hurting them, then Democrats will get their butts kicked in November, 2020.

People understand that it’s ok for communities to determine when a flood of refugees is too many to support. This isn’t hateful. It’s common sense. This is what hatred looks like:

It’s impossible to say that the anarchists/rioters aren’t haters. They certainly are. It isn’t just anarchists that displayed their hate:

On a Livestream of the violent protest by Star Tribune reporter Andy Mannix, a sitting Democrat State Representative Aisha Gomez (DFL-Minneapolis) was spotted participating. Due to the violence by the masked leftwing protesters Minneapolis Police was occasionally forced to deploy chemical irritants to subdue and disperse people committing assaults. Rep. Aisha Gomez bragged on twitter that she was able to use her position as a state rep to instruct the Mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey to have the police stand down.

Here’s that tweet:


That’s proof that the DFL actively participated in getting people fired up for violence. That’s also proof that the DFL actively ensured lawlessness. The MSM, including the Washington Post, insists that President Trump is a hater but says nothing about the DFL’s ginning up of hatred amongst rioters.

Friday night, I got TakeAction Minnesota’s weekly newsletter. The top item in TAM’s newsletter, predictably, was President Trump’s Thursday night rally. TAM wrote “Well, it’s Friday, and it’s been quite the week. Last night, President Trump visited Minneapolis. And, as expected, he used his platform to spread hate and division. Much of it was directed it toward our Somali friends and neighbors.”

Of course, that was only part of this DFL front group’s dishonest update. It continued, saying “But that’s not the entire story. Last night, tens of thousands of Minnesotans, including many of you, came together in the cold rain to affirm what we know: every person has inherent worth and dignity. No matter where they came from or what faith they practice. And no matter what President Trump says. Right now, we’re faced with a choice: Either we stand together with unbreakable solidarity across race, class, gender and geography, and rise up to meet the challenges we face. Or we allow hatred and cruelty to rule the day.”

Speaking of hatred and cruelty, here’s what the rioters did while the rally was just ending:

Then there’s this:


It’s a safe bet that the rioters weren’t Trump supporters. I’d estimate the chances of the rioters being Democrats and Antifa to be north of 90%. If TakeAction Minnesota wants to talk about hatred and cruelty, they’d better look in the mirror first. TakeAction Minnesota is famous for pushing the envelope when it comes to on-the-ground activism. I wrote about TAM’s threats and intimidation in this post. TakeAction Minnesota went to Jason Lewis’s home:

But my neighbors saw 20, 25 people, nobody knows the real count, outside. Their daughters were home alone, got scared, called their dad. He called the police, which, by the way, in the suburb I live in, it’s a violation of a city ordinance to what, not to mention trespassing.

Rule #1 — Whatever the DFL accuses Republicans of doing is exactly what the DFL is doing. Rule #2 — Never forget Rule #1.

Check out this wrap-up of Thursday night’s violence. Spread these videos far and wide. Without visual proof, people won’t believe that the DFL has gotten this violent.

President Trump’s marathon political rally ran the gamut of emotions tonight. The word from the MSM was that it was a vitriolic speech. The MSM rightly noted that President Trump reserved his harshest words for Ilhan Omar, Joe and Hunter Biden.

I can’t dispute that this 102-minute speech was filled with red meat for the partisans, of which I’m one. Of Omar, President Trump asked “How the hell did that happen?” I’m sure lots of people wonder what they did that they deserve that. Of Democrat leadership, President Trump called them “Chuck and Nancy”, sarcastically adding that they’re “2 beauties.” Isn’t that a fact.

At one point, President Trump brought Officer Robert Kroll up onto the stage, to the enthusiastic approval of the audience. Later, Lt. Kroll appeared on Shannon Bream’s Fox News @ Night program:

Let’s be clear about this. The Trump campaign is going all-in with Minnesota. They came close with a shoestring budget. This time, Campaign Manager Brad Parscale announced that Republicans will spend tons of money to flip Minnesota:

The Trump/RNC team already have 20 paid staff in Minnesota. Parscale anticipates a full-time paid staff of almost 100 by the time the parties’ national conventions happen. Based on what I saw at last night’s Trump rally, Minnesota Republicans have never been this excited and motivated. Minnesota Republicans want to flip Minnesota this time. I think that’s definitely possible. President Trump also hit the hot-button issue of the Somali Refugee Resettlement issue:

“For many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers. I promised you that as president I would give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration control. And I’ve done that,” Trump said, touting a reduction of refugee settlement by 85% since taking office and his “travel ban” on certain Muslim-majority countries.

This isn’t just about keeping a campaign promise, which is a significant accomplishment. It’s about imposing accountability on the State Department and organizations that use the program as a cash cow. It also refutes the things that St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis told Councilman Jeff Johnson. This proves that Councilman Johnson is right.

Predictably, the haters, aka anarchists, aka #BlackLivesMatter and Antifa, were out causing trouble:

Despite their antics, the rally was a huge success. All of the estimates I heard last night put the combined crowd at almost 50,000 people. The campaign announced that they got almost 100,000 requests for tickets to last night’s rally.

DFL Chairman Ken Martin put out this dishonest statement after the rally:

“Tonight Donald Trump’s rally was all about Donald Trump , just like his Presidency. No talk about policy, no talk about his vision for America, no talk about what he would do to improve the lives of Americans. Just a bunch of attacks, deflection, and stroking the egos of the blindly-loyal Republican elected officials and candidates who have clearly put their oath to Trump ahead of the oath they took to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America. To paraphrase the late great Molly Ivins: Trump’s speech tonight was much better in the original German.

Despite Chairman Martin’s dishonesty, President Trump talked about the progress being made building the wall, the improvements already made in the refugee resettlement program, bringing troops home from the Middle East, cutting regulations that have produced the energy boom and providing veterans health care choice. Other than those substantive improvements, Chairman Martin is right.

Democrats are hell-bent on impeaching President Trump, even if it means ignoring what the key witness said. This morning in Ukraine, President Zelenskiy told the AP “We didn’t speak about this. There was no blackmail.” Further, in responding “to questions from The Associated Press, Zelenskiy said he only learned after their July 25 phone call that the U.S. had blocked hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.”

I’m predicting right now that this exculpatory information won’t matter to Schiff and Pelosi. This won’t break their stride. As Newt Gingrich writes in this article, “This coup attempt, which is exactly what it is, has nothing to do with evidence or any single accusation. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said when asked what she would do if the whistleblower accusation involving Ukraine collapsed, ‘We have many other, shall we say, candidates for impeachable offense in terms of the Constitution of the United States, but this one is the most understandable by the public.'”

Pelosi and Schiff aren’t interested in releasing the testimony transcripts because those transcripts will show that the Democrats’ impeachment attempt is a purely partisan activity. Democrats have started with this coup attempt literally the morning after Election Day, 2016:

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, a left-wing group announced emergency protests against Donald Trump in six cities that day. Within 24 hours of Trump being declared president, left-wing activists were gathering in Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, New York City, San Francisco, and Albuquerque. As the organizers at Act Now to Stop and End Racism (ANSWER) announced:

In a shock result, Donald Trump has been elected president – but the people can rise up and defeat his bigoted, extreme right-wing agenda! The ANSWER Coalition is mobilizing across the country to organize and take part in emergency actions.

Democrats don’t just hate President Trump. Democrats hate him so thoroughly that they’re willing to throw the rules of evidence aside if that’s what’s required to get rid of President Trump. This isn’t a goal with Democrats. It’s an obsession with Democrats.

This video was shot on Nov. 9, 2016, the night of Trump’s election. That means that Democrats have literally been trying to impeach President Trump since he got elected. For Democrats, this isn’t about just removing President Trump from office. For Democrats, it’s about telling President Trump’s supporters that they made a major mistake and that they’d better repent immediately.

Anyone that thinks that the so-called whistleblower isn’t a Deep State operative hasn’t read this article. The article starts by saying “CBS News has learned the full contents of what appears to be a memo written by the whistleblower one day after President Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July. The memo, dated July 26, is based on a conversation the whistleblower had with an unnamed White House official who listened to the call.”

Those opening words instill legitimacy, thanks in large part to a pair of unnamed people talking about a classified call. Why wouldn’t the people immediately trust the ensuing document? Speaking of the document, it starts like this:

The president’s call with Zelensky was held on the morning of July 25. The whistleblower wrote the memo the next day after speaking with the official in the afternoon. The whistleblower wrote that he or she spoke with the White House official for “a few minutes,” and summarized their conversation.

According to the memo, the White House official described the contents of the call as “crazy,” “frightening” and “completely lacking in substance related to national security.” The whistleblower said the official was “visibly shaken by what had transpired and seemed keen to inform a trusted colleague within the U.S. national security apparatus about the call.”

Apparently, we’re supposed to believe that an unnamed White House official was frightened to the point of spilling their guts to the unnamed Deep State snitch. We’re being asked to trust the people who insisted that they have proof that was “more than circumstantial” W-A-A-Y back in March of 2017. That’s the proof that we still haven’t seen. Sign me up. I’ll trust Shiffty Schiff. Later in the document:

The official described the call as “crazy,” “frightening” and “completely lacking in substance related to national security.” The official asserted that the President used the call to persuade Ukrainian authorities to investigate his political rivals, chiefly former Vice President Biden and his son, Hunter. The official stated that there was already a conversation underway with White House lawyers about how to handle the discussion because, in the official’s view, the President had clearly committed a criminal act by urging a foreign power to investigate a U.S. person for the purposes of advancing his own reelection bid in 2020.

I’ve read the transcript of the phone call. There’s nothing in that transcript that I’d call crazy or frightening. What I’d find frightening, though, is a snitch whose identity is being protected by corrupt politicians like Adam Schiff.

The point that needs to be made constantly is that this snitch/whistleblower/Democrat operative can’t be trusted. This document doesn’t match up with the transcript whatsoever. Since it isn’t difficult to find out who did the transcription but it’s virtually impossible to find out who these snitches are, it isn’t difficult to decide that Deep State snitches shouldn’t be trusted.

I recall 2010 like it was yesterday. Marty Seifert was running for governor. His stump speech had a great line in it. Seifert said “On our side, we have an embarrassment of riches. The Democrats just have embarrassments.” Fast forward to today. President Trump has restored the economy. The energy sector is the most robust it’s been since President Reagan stopped Jimmy Carter’s green-capping program.

Meanwhile, the city of Minneapolis is getting more violent. People are leaving. Despite all that, Mayor Frey insists that “we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors.” Right. Mayor Frey welcomes illegal aliens into Minneapolis, hates police officers and hates President Trump but he governs with integrity?

The last I looked, the Minneapolis mayor’s oath of office includes something about upholding the Constitution of the United States. Sanctuary cities violate the Constitution. So much for governing with integrity. Also, letting low-level crimes go unpunished isn’t governing with integrity.

Minneapolis police officers are benefiting from President Trump’s visit:

Jacob Frey isn’t benefiting from President Trump’s visit. He’s becoming a national embarrassment instead of just being a local embarrassment. Rather than staying silent, Frey had to open his mouth and verify that he’s an idiot, proving again that it’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

President Trump’s speech reportedly will focus on law enforcement. If that’s true, he’ll win over lots of suburban voters. If that happens, President Trump’s chances of flipping Minnesota will increase.

Thus far, all the ‘testimony’ taken by the House Intel Committee has been taken behind closed doors. Thus far, Schiff’s Democrats have leaked Chairman-approved portions of the testimony. Thus far, Chairman Schiff has refused to publish the full transcript of any of the testifiers’ testimony.

By contrast, President Trump released the transcript of his call with Ukraine President Zelenskyy. By contrast, President Trump released all 9 pages of the informant’s complaint. By contrast, President Trump released the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion.

To summarize, President Trump has specialized in transparency while Democrats have specialized in leaking and secrecy. That’s before talking about the Democrats’ attempts to hide the identity of the whistleblower. Speaker Pelosi has frequently talked about protecting the Constitution from President Trump, which is a joke. The Constitution requires that a defendant be allowed to confront his accuser. This isn’t a suggestion. This isn’t proper etiquette. It’s required.

Schiff’s Democrats don’t want that to happen, perhaps because the Democrats’ faux whistleblower is compromised:

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson told lawmakers last week that the whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump and Ukraine has set off an impeachment inquiry previously had “some type of professional relationship” with one of the 2020 Democratic candidates, the Washington Examiner first reported and Axios’ Jonathan Swan has confirmed.

This isn’t a little detail. By itself, it demolishes the Democrats’ faux whistleblower. Let’s put it this way. If Trey Gowdy or John Ratcliffe cross-examined this political operative in public, that operative’s reputation would be nonexistent within 10 minutes. This faux impeachment inquiry would be on life support at best.

Perhaps that explains why Schiff’s Democrats have been so secretive. If the Democrats’ witnesses have been that pathetic, I wouldn’t want their witnesses’ testimony made public either. Then again, if that’s what I had to work with, I’d end the inquiry before I got embarrassed in public.

It’s time for Democrats to admit that they don’t have any evidence that President Trump has done anything worthy of impeachment. Their whistleblower/political operative isn’t credible. The transcript of the Trump-Zelenskyy phone call is a major nothingburger. The Mueller report was a much-anticipated dud.

To the Democrats: the first call to impeach Trump came the day after he was elected. There was another call for his impeachment in December, 2016. There have been calls for President Trump’s impeachment virtually every month since then. Give it up. President Trump has been under investigation his entire presidency. Thus far, the best investigators in the US haven’t found anything.

Perhaps, you should take that as a hint that there’s nothing there.

Everyone knows that President Trump and Vice President Pence, aka Team Fun, are coming to Minnesota this Thursday. Good for them. They’re going all in to flip Minnesota. DFL Gov. Tim Walz sounds worried that President Trump will flip Minnesota. While Ed still thinks it’s a longshot, I still think it’s possible. I think it’s possible because, frankly, the Democrat presidential candidates are pretty mediocre. If there was a positive-sounding moderate voice that didn’t listen to the AOC + 3 crowd, I think Minnesota would be offlimits. Democrats don’t have a candidate that fits that description.

That being said, they’re sending out tons of fundraising emails:

John,
I’m sure you’re aware that President Trump is holding a campaign rally in Minnesota this Thursday, but I wanted to make sure you saw the breaking news that they’re tripling down.

Karen Pence and Lara Trump will now be coming to hold a campaign event on Wednesday, and Vice President Pence will be coming to hold a separate rally on Thursday. For both Trump and Pence, this will be the second time they’ve visited Minnesota this year. They’re going all-in on flipping Minnesota red, and they think they can do it with a message of fear and division.

But we know better. Minnesotans resoundingly rejected their scare tactics up and down the ballot in 2018, and as long as we can hold our own against the avalanche of far-right-wing money headed our way, we will again in 2020. So, with all eyes on Minnesota this week, we need to send a clear message. We’re setting a goal of 500 individual donors by Thursday night and we’re counting on you to hit it.

Most of Gov. Walz’s fundraising email is right but he got one thing wrong. Unfortunately, the thing that Walz got wrong is the biggest thing he got wrong. Lara Trump and Karen Pence don’t think that they’ll flip Minnesota from blue-to-red “with a message of fear and division.” If Minnesota flips, it’ll be because the economy is helping all population groups. The economy is helping minorities like never before. President Trump signed prison reform, which is already helping minority communities. The energy industry is incredible, with the US as the world’s energy superpower.

This looks like fun.

The Democrats, on the other hand, are the dividers. Democrats are the people pushing a divisive faux impeachment drive. Democrats retook the US House by promising the people that they’d fix health care. The Democrats haven’t fixed the problems they promised they’d fix. 33 Democrats joined the Problem Solvers Caucus. Thus far, those Democrats haven’t fixed anything.

When we had unified Republican government, they focused on making life better for the people. Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which helped the economy take off like it never did during the Obama administration. They used the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Obama administration’s anti-energy regulations.

To be fair, there’s more to accomplish, like fixing immigration and asylum walls and building the wall between the US and Mexico. We still have to fix health care after the Democrats screwed it up with Obamacare. If you want a stagnant economy and rationed health care, including no private health care, vote Democrat. If you want a strong economy, vote Republican. If you want minorities prospering like never before, vote Republican. If you want your constitutional rights protected, vote Republican.

If you want Congress to waste time on a divisive faux impeachment inquiry, vote Democrat.

It’s utterly annoying to listen to Democrats like Juan Williams and Ken Martin insist that the middle class is getting shafted while ‘the rich’ keep getting richer. There’s a simple antidote for that situation. It’s a rarely-found commodity, at least in Washington, DC. It’s called “the truth.” In this instance, the truth is found in Steve Moore’s article.

In that article, Moore wrote “The latest Census Bureau Current Population Survey data now show that middle-class incomes, after adjusting for inflation, have surged by $5,003 since Donald Trump became president in January 2017. Median household income has now reached $65,976 – an all-time high and up more than 8 percent in 2019 dollars under the Trump presidency.”

Next, Moore wrote “These numbers contrast sharply with the 16 years prior to Trump’s presidency. In the eight years that George W. Bush was president, median income barely showed any gain, up just $401 thanks to the deep recession of 2008. In the seven and a half years that Barack Obama was president, and not including the end of the recession, which Obama inherited, incomes inched up by $1,043 (June 2009 – January 2019). This means that in the 16 years before the Trump presidency, incomes rose by about $1,500 while in less than three years middle incomes have risen three times faster.” This chart shows the same statistics:

This is interesting:

The contrast is even sharper when measured on a monthly basis. The monthly rise in incomes under Bush was $4. That number was $11 under Obama and $161 under Trump.

That’s quite a difference. Then there’s this:

These surges in income, especially in the last several months, have occurred at exactly the time when many liberal economists and media talking heads were shouting “recession.” In reality middle-class families were enjoying a near-unprecedented income windfall and “the gains in income levels in recent months,” Sentier reports, “have been accelerating.”

While it would be fantastic if Nancy Pelosi stopped being a hyper-partisan foot-dragger on USMCA, I realize there’s a better chance of me hitting a lottery jackpot than Pelosi losing her partisan streak. The truth is that the economy is solid, though not fantastic. The truth is that the Democrats’ economic policies are wrote, partially because Democrats hate job creators.