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Dear Mr. President: Mocking Christine Blasey Ford isn’t helping your cause

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A campaign rally may be the place to gather support and get wild cheers from the base, but President Trump needs to stop using it as a venue to discuss Christine Blasey Ford. When he does, his showmanship takes over and the result is a mockery.

It may be good fodder for his fervent fans, but it makes it harder for Senators to get the votes they need to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Moreover, it taints those who end up voting for him, making it harder for them to win their elections during these extremely important midterm elections.

People don’t vote for Supreme Court justices. The President does not need to paint Kavanaugh’s accuser in a negative light at campaign rallies because it cannot have a positive effect on the outcome. Somebody needs to tell him he’s hurting his cause.

Many on Capitol Hill and in leftist mainstream media have gone after his comments, but the most glaring rebuke came from someone who has been in the President’s corner since before he won the GOP nomination.

‘Fox & Friends’ host criticizes Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/409619-fox-friends-host-rips-trump-for-mocking-kavanaugh-accuser“The tactic of the president laying low has been lauded by all sides. Last night he chose to blow it,” Kilmeade said on “Fox & Friends,” adding that the FBI could be concluding its investigation into Kavanaugh as soon as Wednesday.

“I wonder about the wisdom, as much as the crowd loved it, I wonder about the wisdom tactically of him doing that.”

Kilmeade said that there were clear holes in Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, but cautioned the president against going after her publicly.

The President has a right to be skeptical of Ford and her testimony. It’s all starting to seem more and more like the political hit job Kavanaugh described than an actual victim seeking justice. However, being skeptical and handling it in a professional manner is very different from outright mockery of such a delicate subject.

All he has to do is allow the process, as convoluted as it has been, to complete its course. By attacking the alleged victim during a campaign rally, he made Republicans’ jobs that much harder and gave fuel to Democrats for their midterm election campaigns.

Ford’s accusations are seeming less and less credible, which is why the President needs to let the focus be on them and not on his mocking of her. There are times when he doesn’t have to be the center of attention. This is one of them.

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  1. Minnesota Mary

    October 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    While Trump’s comedy act last night in Mississippi was funny, and he had Christine Ford pegged perfectly, he made a mistake in joking about her credibility, especially since just last Friday he was saying that she was credible and courageous. Trump did not help Kavanaugh and should have kept his mouth shut, something he is incapable of doing.

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DeVos: Lack of civics education, competing ideas to blame for rise in approval of socialism

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DeVos Lack of civics education competing ideas to blame for rise in approval of socialism

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was interviewed by The Daily Signal recently. One of the questions they asked regarded the rise of socialism as a popular idea among young people. Could the education be to blame?

According to the Secretary, it is. She said there needs to be better civics education throughout schooling. She also noted that a lack of competing ideas and debates prevents students from hearing more than the perspectives of their teachers, most of whom lean left.

DeVos discussed improving higher education, accreditation, school choice, and parental involvement as ways to fix education, but the question about socialism stood out.

Why Do Millennials Like Socialism? Betsy DeVos Cites Lack of Civics Education

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/16/why-do-millennials-like-socialism-betsy-devos-cites-lack-of-civics-education/DeVos: I think it’s really a combination of things. I think, No. 1, students aren’t getting the kind of foundation in civics and government that I recall getting as a student in K-12 education. And they’re coming then into higher education without the background to even know and understand competing ideas, and then without the ability to discuss and debate them.

I recall visiting a classroom not too long ago where one of teachers was wearing a shirt that said, “Find Your Truth,” suggesting that, of course, truth is a very fungible and mutable thing instead of focusing on the fact that there is objective truth and part of learning is actually pursuing that truth.

So roll it back, there is a very important need for students to know the foundations of our country and the ideas around which our country was formed. And to then have the ability to discuss and debate those ideas freely on their K-12 campuses and on their higher ed campuses.

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Democrats scream foul about factual ad against Bob Menendez

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Democrats scream foul about factual ad against Bob Menendez

The New Jersey Senate race is the second-most watched in the nation next to Beto O’Rourke’s failing bid to unseat Ted Cruz in Texas. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is in big trouble despite being an incumbent in a far-left state.

His federal corruption charges in 2015 should have been enough to force him to resign or to primary him out, but shady political moves by the Democratic Party in New Jersey prevented that from happening. This opened the way for businessman Bob Hugin to do what few Republicans have been able to do in recent years – win a Senate seat in a deep blue state.

An ad posted by the Hugin campaign depicts factual aspects of hypocrisy Senator Menendez has engaged in while in office. There are no wild accusations or manipulations of the truth in the ad. It simply tells the story how it happened, but Democrats are screaming foul. They believe that the nature of the ad in itself is unfair, not because it isn’t factual but because Menendez’ actions and words have been so outrageous that the Democratic Party wants them expunged from the public consciousness.

A hung jury is the only reason Menendez isn’t in jail right now. That’s saying a lot because it indicates a likelihood of guilt but an inability to sway partisan leftists on the jury. That alone should be enough to make everyone in New Jersey question their Senator and the system that kept him on the streets and in his Senate seat.

They can correct that mistake now.

If Menendez wins in New Jersey, it will bring shame to a leftist state that puts party over honesty, accountability, virtue, effectiveness, and common sense. This man needs to be ejected faster than any other in DC. Bob Hugin is the only right answer.

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Project Veritas stings Claire McCaskill, but also exposes a sad truth about American politics

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Project Veritas stings Claire McCaskill but also exposes a sad truth about American politics

Project Veritas, the undercover journalists who bring us a steady flow of videos revealing leftist hypocrisies and scandals, was able to get some good dirt on Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. She’s all in for just about every bit of gun control legislation that can make it to the floor, a stance that won’t sit well in right-leaning Missouri.

But there’s something else revealed in this and past videos by Project Veritas. There are things that certain politicians simply cannot say which promotes the atmosphere of lies and subterfuge that plague our nation’s capital. She’s a “moderate” Democrat when speaking to her constituents, a play that’s necessary in a red state. The same is true for blue state Republicans who can’t come out and say they want to ban abortions or other right-wing priorities because the general sentiment in these states oppose those views.

What we’ve seen is that the youthful, energetic, passionate people who make up the campaign staff and volunteers are often much further to the left than the candidates they support. The same is almost certainly true for Republican campaign staff and volunteers who are likely more conservative than their candidate. What does this really tell us?

Most politicians must cater to the middle while they’re driven by the ideological fringe. This creates a contradiction that cannot be reconciled in today’s two-party political atmosphere.

Is there a solution? Yes. We’ll discuss that after the election. In the meantime, we’ll support the push to keep majorities for Republicans in the House and Senate.

If there’s a red state Democrat that deserves to be moved out of office, it’s Claire McCaskill. The question is whether Missourians will see McCaskill as the centrist she wants them to see or the far-left activists she really is.

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