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WATCH: Trump Unloads on Democrats’ Attempts to Oust Him in Post-Acquittal Speech

On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump gave public remarks about his Senate impeachment acquittal.

The crowd cheered enthusiastically upon his entrance, and the president thanked them for their cheers.

“We’ve all been through a lot together,” he said. “It’s been an unfair situation.”

Trump recalled how the Democrats have been out to get him from the beginning, saying “the witch hunt began” the day he came down the escalator, “and it never really stopped.”

“It was evil it was corrupt it was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars,” the president said. “It was a disgrace.”

Trump specifically called out James Comey, saying that had he not fired him, he might not be standing there now.

“Dirty cop,” Trump said of Comey.

“We went through hell, unfairly. We did nothing wrong,” he said, before holding up a copy of the Washington Post featuring the headline “Trump Acquitted.”

“This is what the end result is,” Trump said of impeachment, before joking that he might frame it because it’s the only positive headline the Washington Post has ever given him.

“We first went through Russia, Russia, Russia,” Trump said of the Democrats’ witch hunt. “It was all bulls**t.”

No one was immune from Trump’s crosshairs. He blasted the “corrupt politician” Adam Schiff for making up his own fictional version of his phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky.

“Adam Schiff is a vicious, horrible person,” Trump said, before adding, “Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person.”

“I doubt she prays at all,” Trump said, a reference to remarks Pelosi made earlier in the day after the National Prayer Breakfast, where she claimed she prays for President Trump.

This story is developing.

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MIC DROP: Trump Blasts ‘Dishonest and Corrupt’ Democrats, Romney at National Prayer Breakfast

At the 2020 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning, President Donald Trump made a unique entrance when he lifted up copies of USA Today and The Washington Post featuring headlines touting his acquittal on their front pages. His gesture was met with applause from the crowd.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was just feet away from Trump at the time.

Trump wasn’t finished making his point, either. Early in his remarks, he called out those responsible for impeaching him. “As everyone knows, my family, our great country, and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people. They have done everything possible to destroy us and by so doing very badly hurt our nation. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.”

Trump also took a thinly veiled shot at Mitt Romney. “I don’t like people who use faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” he said, in reference to Mitt Romney citing his own Mormon faith for his decision to vote to convict Trump on charges of abuse of power.

“So many people have been hurt, and we can’t let that go on,” Trump added.

Liberals are already outraged about Trump’s comments, and have expressed that outrage on Twitter. I don’t think they’ve been this triggered since Dr. Ben Carson trashed Obama and his policies during the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast—which ultimately resulted in Carson being audited by Obama’s IRS in retaliation.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis

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Hey Democrats — Cocaine Mitch Is Judging You

Rip This Up

This week that seems to be lasting a month got a jolt on Wednesday when Mitch McConnell brought the impeachment circus to an end. While it seemed that the Republican case was weakened by Mitt Romney’s rather predictable defection, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made sure that everybody knew what was what.

With almost blinding speed, McConnell filled the Senate schedule with confirmation votes for more judges. It was a brutal and most effective gesture, letting Nancy “Rip the Transcript” Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats know that their stunt had fallen flat.

As we’ve noted here in the Briefing, this has been a very, very good week for President Trump and the Republican party. McConnell’s move on Wednesday made it a positively brilliant one.

The Democrats have been using the full power of their sway over the mainstream media to try and destroy the president via this impeachment sham. Mitch McConnell let them bring the ball into his court, stole it, then leapt over them with a tomahawk dunk.

I’ve been saying for some time now that President Trump’s greatest achievement is giving some backbone to the previously weak GOP. Mitch McConnell is an absolute political beast now. He is playing the game better than Lyndon Johnson did, which is saying a lot.

Obviously, the greatest byproduct of this newfound spine is the re-shaping of the judiciary. Any Democratic victory in the near future will be mitigated by Trump’s overwhelming influence on our courts.

Their only way around that will be complete anarchy, and that will be a very new discussion.

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Manhunt Underway After Driver Runs Over 12 Israeli Soldiers in Jerusalem

Illinois Bill Will Make It Harder For Poor To Buy Guns

YES. Indiana Senate Passes Teacher Gun Training Program

Jonathan Turley To Nancy The Ripper: Apologize Or Resign

Hopefully a passage of recall laws in Utah. Romney To Fox News: I Know There’ll Be “Extraordinary” Consequences For My Vote

This should work out swimmingly. UK Police Prepare For Release Of 40 Convicted Terrorists Over The Next Year

“It’s the economy, stupid.” Meanwhile: Americans’ Optimism About Personal Finances Surges To All-Time High In New Gallup Poll

Remember That the Democrats Sat While You Were Celebrated Last Night

Mitch McConnell: ‘This Was Not So Much About President Trump, But Taking the Senate’

Remembering a Legend: The Great Kirk Douglas Leaves Us at 103, But He Leaves Us With a Lot

So there’s that…Mike Bloomberg makes the case that he’s been an American even longer than Joe Biden

Amazing: Impeachment protesters try to scream at senators through electrical conduit tunnel

Math is always hard for Democrats. Results Continue to Come in From the Iowa Caucuses But the Math Doesn’t Seem to Add Up

Schlichter: Three Glorious Days of Democrat Agony

Elizabeth Warren: You Know, There’s a Really Good Reason I Plummeted in Iowa

The Senate Moved to Acquit Trump. Now McConnell Is Opening Up About Pelosi’s ‘Political Instincts.’

Acquitted Forever: Impeachment Diary Final Installment

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I love real country music. Sue me.

Nancy Pelosi is face-down in a box of whatever she can find right now.

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Iowa Democratic Party Admits Error in Delayed Caucuses Results

Everyone in the world has moved on from the Iowa caucuses counting fiasco, concentrating attention on the Holy of Holies, the New Hampshire Primary still a week away. So perhaps we left the Democrats to lick their wounds too soon.

Today, the Democrats released another slew of results from the caucuses on Monday night that shows South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg winning more votes than Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with 85 percent of precincts counted. That’s a surprise, of course, as Sanders and Biden — who is currently safely in 4th place — were thought to be the frontrunners prior to the vote. Both Buttigieg and Sanders will apparently get 11 delegates to the convention.

Maybe. Following the release of the results today, the Iowa Democratic Party was forced to admit that those results were in error.

The tweet included no mention of any specifics, but the Des Moines Register pointed to one possible explanation.

But in the batch of results released Wednesday afternoon, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick suddenly had earned 21 state delegate equivalents even though he had spent very little time campaigning in Iowa. The party’s website said 1,677 people supported him on the first alignment and 1,768 people did so in the final alignment.

Patrick was not shown as having received any delegates in the data released earlier Wednesday, when the tally showed 75% of precincts’ results reported.

In Des Moines’ 55th precinct caucus, which was held in the lobby of Capital Square a downtown office building and is also home to the Des Moines Register, the party’s results showed Patrick earning the support of 191 people in the first alignment and 218 in the final alignment. Those numbers actually belonged to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The Chairman of the Blackhawk County Democratic Party, Chris Swartz, was nearly beside himself.

The numbers reported today also showed support for Tom Steyer that actually belonged to Elizabeth Warren. “And no support was tallied for Yang or “uncommitted,” though there were some supporters in the room,” reports the Register.

The Polk County Democratic Chairman Sean Bagniewski also pointed out some errors.

Wednesday afternoon Sean Bagniewski, the Polk County Democratic Party chair, said on Twitter that local Democrats were aware that some of the results the state party had reported for the state’s most populous [county] “were incorrect.” He said the Polk County precinct chairs and party officials were helping the state party get them corrected.

There has to be a point when all results are invalidated and new caucuses should be scheduled. If I were an Iowa voter, I wouldn’t trust the results one bit. I’d be angry, embarrassed, and astonished that in a technologically-advanced age, a political party could screw things up so badly.

Democrats can’t do anything right.

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Kevin McCarthy Rips Up Impeachment: ‘Acquitted for Life’

GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy had an epic response to Trump’s acquittal in the Senate Wednesday on both impeachment charges. In a video posted on Twitter, McCarthy held a copy of the two articles of impeachment.

“Acquitted for life,” he said, and promptly ripped up the articles of impeachment.

Nancy Pelosi often repeated the mantra that President Trump has been “impeached for life” regardless of the outcome of the Senate trial, which she always knew would not end in conviction and removal.

“This president is impeached for life regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnell,” she said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” last month. “There is nothing the Senate can do to ever erase that.”

And there’s nothing the House can do to ever erase Trump’s acquittal.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis

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Iran’s Khamenei Calls for Jihad in Response to Trump Peace Plan

On Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei responded to President Donald Trump’s Israel-Palestine peace plan by calling on “all Muslim nations & the world of Islam” to engage in a jihad against “the Zionist enemy & the U.S.” President Trump and Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled the “Deal of the Century,” a two-state plan for peace between Israel and Palestine, on January 28. Palestinian leaders immediately rejected the plan and cut off ties with the U.S. and Israel.

Khamenei’s declaration of war echoes his previous diatribes against Israel and the U.S., but it may take the tensions to another level.

The Iranian leader argued that the peace plan “is indicative of the U.S.’ [viciousness] and manipulation. They have come to negotiate with the [Zionists] over what belongs to the Palestinians! Palestine belongs to the Palestinians. Who are you to make a decision on it?!”

He advocated jihad as the “remedy” for the situation.

“What’s the remedy? It is bold [resistance] by the Palestinian nation & groups in order to force out the Zionist enemy & the U.S. through [Jihad]. All Muslim nations & the world of Islam must support them too,” Khamenei declared.

“The Palestinian armed organizations will stand & continue to resist. Fortunately, this resistance in W Asia is not limited to [Palestine] & encompasses a vast area, & will grow daily. [Iran] considers it its duty to support Palestinians & will help them in any way it can,” Khamenei added.

He put forward his own proposal, expelling the “invaders.”

“A fundamental solution to the Palestinian issue is the [Iran Proposal]: Conduct a poll of all Palestinians in the world, including Muslims, Christians & Jews —not immigrants who settled in the occupied lands— to choose a govt. That govt decide on immigrants & people like Netanyahu,” Khamenei said.

A government established by radical jihadist terror would likely condemn Netanyahu to death. Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, does not have the best interests of the Palestinians at heart. Trump and Netanyahu are willing to work toward a peaceful solution to the Palestinian crisis, and Khamenei has attempted to use this as a pretext for holy war.

Liberal media outlets should remember this when they complain about Trump’s supposed aggression toward Iran. Many rushed to blame the president for worsening relations after the death of Quds Force leader Quasem Soleimani, but even that attack came after the storming of a U.S. embassy by Iran-backed militias, likely directed by Soleimani or his terrorist followers.

Trump’s plan is far from perfect, but Khamenei’s response only underscores how dangerous Iran’s mullahs really are.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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Rush Limbaugh Is a Legend Who Deserved That Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump awarded Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his 2020 State of the Union Address. This is the highest award the president can give an American civilian. It’s a unilateral power the president wields. Presidents have bestowed it upon actors, directors, philanthropists, and other leaders over the years. President Barack Obama holds the record for awarding the highest number of Presidential Medals of Freedom, handing out 114 of them during his 8-year presidency.

Medals of Freedom usually signal some principle or purpose the president awarding it wishes to convey. The Medal is both an award and a message. In bestowing it on Rush Limbaugh, President Trump thanked Rush for his role in the 2016 election, as Rush made it acceptable for many skeptical conservatives to support Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump was also honoring Rush’s unparalleled career in media, and also honoring free speech itself.

To understand that third point, we have to go back a few decades to look at what the American media landscape was like before Rush. Before there was social media, before your mom forwarded you political chain emails, before blogs and viral videos, there was Rush. Maha Rushie. The purveyor of politics from behind the Golden EIB Microphone. Many demanded Rush give equal time to liberals on his national radio show, but as Rush always pointed out, “I am equal time.”

Rush Limbaugh wasn’t always the titan of talk radio and his success was never inevitable. He was by his own account a poor student throughout his grade school years and he never finished college. He was bored by the routine of it all and from a young age, he wanted to work in radio. His parents bought him a little gizmo that let him “broadcast” a show to radios within a small area, and they would listen to him play DJ. Radio was one thing Rush took to enthusiastically.

Fast forward through the years and one or two firings, including once getting fired for saying “therefore” on the air, and Rush Limbaugh gets an opportunity in radio just as everything is about to change. In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission repealed the long-standing Fairness Doctrine. The Fairness Doctrine, adopted in 1949, was one of our more Orwellian regulations. It prevented much political free speech from being broadcast on our airwaves nationwide by requiring that any political broadcast must present “both sides” to a given issue. That’s a recipe for some staid, boring broadcasting. The FCC held much more power over broadcast licensing in those years than it does now, thanks in no small part to the Fairness Doctrine. Its power to grant and revoke licenses was nearly unchallengeable. Opponents of the doctrine long argued that it chilled free speech. It was certainly not enforced on the major TV newscasts of the day, of which there were only three, and all three had a liberal bent to one degree or another. The nightly news plus the major newspapers held nearly unchallenged power to shape narratives nationwide. The “fairness” was always less than met the eye.

Relentless Rush Limbaugh landed a gig at KFBK AM radio in Sacramento, Calif., in 1987. AM radio was nearly dead in those days. FM — with its clearer sound quality — became the preferred spectrum space for music-based radio, and it became radio’s dominant force. Satellite radio and audio streaming were more than a decade in the future. There was no such thing as talk radio the way we understand it today, due to the Fairness Doctrine. No Rush. No Sean. No Savage. No Laura. No Tammy. So AM radio stations were struggling to stay in business and they could offer no content model that suited its spectrum better than music suited FM.

The FCC repeals the Fairness Doctrine just as Rush is getting his start, in 1987, on the one station in Sacramento. Rush can do what he was born to do — create a show based solely on the spoken word, addressing the political and cultural issues that interested him.

And the rest, as they say, is history. When you pair a master to his medium, you get magic.

In 1988 Rush signed with EFM Media Management, which syndicated him nationally from his first flagship station, WABC in New York. There literally was nothing like Rush on the air then. Though Ronald Reagan had won two presidential terms, and his vice president succeeded him for one term, conservatives had no single voice broadcasting nationally every day. I remember well the very first time I ever saw or heard Rush. It was on ABC’s “Nightline” with Ted Koppell. Rush was a guest, and I was stunned to see a conservative going toe to toe with Koppell on national TV. It was a revelation. Here was someone with a national platform who was not in any political office, but who articulated so well the things I believed. And he was young. And funny! Koppell clearly respected him for his knowledge and his wit, while disagreeing with Rush’s point of view. Rush’s moment to become a movement had arrived.

I’ve since worked at a radio station that aired Rush’s show, and produced Laura Ingraham’s radio show in Washington. I owe him a debt, and the fact is, all of us in any form of conservative media owe him a debt. He was the first, the trailblazer, the one who was in the right place at the right time with the right skillset and ambition to bring conservative ideas and principles to a national audience. He took the risks and he succeeded. He owned a craft and perfected it. As an entertainer and political thinker, whether you love him or despise him, Rush Limbaugh is a genius. In succeeding, Rush single-handedly created a new industry — talk radio — and saved an existing industry — AM radio. Every single person who works in AM news, talk, and sports radio today owes Rush Limbaugh. Beyond radio, every business in America that advertises on a thriving AM talk radio station owes Rush because he saved AM from obscurity and probably even extinction. Conservatives across the fruited plain owe Rush, too. He has often been our gladiator, taking on presidents and UN secretaries general and left-wing actors turned political dilettantes on our behalf and taking the blame when was politically convenient, such as when President Clinton shamelessly blamed Rush for the Oklahoma City bombing. Especially when the Republicans were out of power, Rush has been the leader of conservative energy and opinion. He has been indispensable and irreplaceable.

But there is more to Rush’s success than business and revenues and even politics, and it’s fundamentally American. More than anything else, Rush Limbaugh is a champion of free speech for its own sake. His show is not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s fine. Millions agree with him, and millions don’t. That’s also fine. That’s what the First Amendment was put in place to protect: the right to speak our minds without fearing government sanction. America is, as we often say and sometimes mean, a free country. Rush saw his moment and his opportunity in creating talk radio as we know it and made freedom of speech his lifelong passion and his calling. He seized his day. He worked incredibly hard. He has been handsomely rewarded, and he deserves every penny of it. In granting Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Trump honored the fundamental right of every American to freely express his or her opinions. That’s no small thing in the age of cancel culture. It’s almost as revolutionary now as it was when the Founders wrote the First Amendment.

The moment we have come to now, with Rush’s announcement that he has advanced-stage lung cancer, was inevitable. Not the illness, but the fact that someday Rush would leave the airwaves for good. Partially losing his hearing several years ago didn’t stop him. Hopefully, he will defeat cancer too. Hopefully, he will remain on the air for many years to come.

I’ve never met Rush, but if I ever get the opportunity to, I’ll make sure to say one thing to him:

Thank you.

Bryan Preston is the author of Hubble’s Revelations: The Amazing Time Machine and Its Most Important Discoveries. He’s a writer, producer, author, Texan, veteran, and conservative strategist. 

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Democrats Are Depressed After Trump’s Impeachment Acquittal

In the aftermath of Trump’s overwhelming acquittal by the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, Democrats in Congress are feeling dejected, according to a report from Fox News.

“We all knew how this was going,” a senior House Democratic source told Fox News. “But everyone’s depressed.”

The chaos in Iowa following the caucuses also contributed to the malaise being felt by the party.

Another Democratic source told Fox News that they believed that impeachment “went as well as it could go.”

Many Democrats didn’t even want to go through with impeachment, “but Democratic leaders felt they had to get in front of the impeachment movement and embrace it – or they may have been steamrolled by the progressive wing of the party.”

Ya think?

The only defection Democrats got was from Mitt Romney, and only on one charge: abuse of power. Romney has since been rebuked by many in the GOP, including President Trump.

It’s hard to understand why Democrats would be depressed over an outcome they’ve known from the beginning was inevitable. But perhaps they realize they were forced to fight a losing battle, and they know that in doing so they’ll probably lose the war: the 2020 election. President Trump has had one of the best weeks ever, with his highest poll numbers ever recorded, the Democrats in disarray after the debacle in Iowa, and an epic State of the Union speech that 82 percent of Independent voters approved of.

Democrats still plan to continue an endless stream of investigations, but their somber mood suggests that they know they won’t find what they’re hoping to.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis

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ASU Lunatic Shouts Death Threats Against Republicans

While I think “red flag laws” are unconstitutional, maybe we could have a “red flag alert” system where people like you and me just broadcast lunatics acting deranged and the local police use it as probable cause to investigate them for potential threats to society. Like this dude, for instance, who is screaming about murdering all Republicans at the Young Republican table on ASU campus.

This video makes me sad for a few reasons. For one, humanity is in a steep decline when there are people out there who think it’s okay to do this in public. Secondly, I went to ASU (albeit for one party-plentiful year) and when I was there, the entire campus was run by the Young Republicans. It was lovely. There was one lefty who wrote for the student newspaper and every week there would be four or five editorials telling him where he went wrong the week before. It was a beautiful thing.

It was also a time when Republicans and Democrats debated civilly and went for drinks after. There was a Democrat law professor there who debated me on the college radio station once after a particularly scintillating editorial I wrote (mocking the editor) and he and I became good friends. Neither of us agreed with the other about affirmative action, which was the topic, but he found me fun and charming and I found him interesting and intelligent. He wrote to me for a long time after that, because people were NORMAL then. We did not scream obscenities and death threats at each other. Instead, we laid out our best arguments, poked holes in our opponents’ arguments, and then called it a day and hung out like friends and countrymen.

This current climate we are in, where at any moment some unhinged mental patient who should be immediately committed could just verbally assault you (or physically assault you) for handing out political flyers or wearing the wrong hat, is not a climate in which I want to reside. Please, someone…lock him/xim/xer up.

Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo,” and host of The Fringe podcast. Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter

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Trump Destroys Mitt Romney on Twitter After He Voted to Convict

Donald Trump is not one for subtlety, that’s for sure. A few hours after Mitt’s announcement that he would vote to convict Trump on one impeachment charge, Trump posted the following video on Twitter, accusing Romney of “posing as a Republican” who wanted to “infiltrate” Trump’s administration as Secretary of State, whose cover as a Democrat asset has now been blown:

This video appears to be an expanded version of a video Trump posted back in September, after Romney called for more information regarding the infamous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky.

Trump also announced that he will make a public statement at noon on Thursday “to discuss our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!”

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis