Tuesday, January 15, 2019

'Catastrophic Defeat': Parliament Rejects Theresa May's Brexit Plan


By Cortney O'Brien | Townhall


The UK Parliament has again rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan. It went down in flames by a vote of 432 to 202. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the vote was a "catastrophic defeat" for the government.

After the overwhelming rejection of May's plan, Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence, which will be debated in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

May planned to hold a vote on her Brexit deal in December, but postponed it after it was clear she did not have the support. She did win a vote of no confidence at that time, however.

Should May survive another vote, she will be pressured to return to Brussels for renegotiations.

The European Union responded to today's vote with "regret."

Tuesday's vote was the largest defeat in the House of Commons in modern history.

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IN OTHER NEWS

Tantrums: Democrats Are Refusing to End the Shutdown by Boycotting Meetings at the White House

By Katie Pavlich | Townhall


President Trump hosted border security meeting at the White House Tuesday afternoon.

In an effort to make progress on the government shutdown, Trump invited Republican and Democrat lawmakers to attend with ideas. Not a single Democrat showed up. Their leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, were also missing. 

“As Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi refuse to negotiate, President Donald J. Trump and his team are working hard to find solutions to solve the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border and reopen the government. The President has a proposal on the table that includes additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released in a statement.

The statement continued: "Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend. The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government.  It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal.” 

Here's a list of House Republicans who attended:

1. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)
2. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
3. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
4. Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
5. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
6. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)
7. Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX)
8. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
9. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA)

On Tuesday morning, President Trump went after Pelosi and Schumer on Twitter. He also warned of another caravan headed to the U.S. from Honduras.

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Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?

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A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras. Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!

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Polls are now showing that people are beginning to understand the Humanitarian Crisis and Crime at the Border. Numbers are going up fast, over 50%. Democrats will soon be known as the Party of Crime. Ridiculous that they don’t want Border Security!

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Trump hosted a phone meeting with local community leaders on border security later in the afternoon.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

30 Democrats in Puerto Rico with 109 lobbyists for weekend despite shutdown


By Paul Bedard  | The Washington Examiner


Some 30 Democratic lawmakers left the government shutdown behind Friday on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico for a winter retreat with 109 lobbyists and corporate executives during which they planned to see the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” and attend three parties including one with the show’s cast.

Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC winter retreat in San Juan planned to meet with key officials to discuss the cleanup after Hurricane Maria at a roundtable Saturday.

But the weekend is packed with free time for the members and their families on the trip.

“We are excited for you to join us for CHC BOLD PAC’s 2019 Winter Retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Each year, this retreat serves as a way for our CHC BOLD PAC Members and friends in the D.C. community to come together to escape the cold and discuss our shared priorities for a stronger and more prosperous country,” said a memo on the trip.

Some 109 lobbyists and corporate executives are named in the memo, a rate of 3.6 lobbyists for every member. They include those from several big K Street firms, R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association. 

The event is taking place in a seaside resort where rooms go for $429 a night. Food is being provided. 

BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, chartered a 737 for members, their families, and chiefs of staff to attend the weekend. The memo said the weather will be a balmy 80 degrees. The dress code is "resort casual."

A spokesman would not identify the members, but Secrets obtained a list that included several congressional leaders. On the list was Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but an official in her office said that she did not make the trip.

Neither did Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan, a spokeswoman said Saturday.

“This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!” said the planning memo.

The trip represented the largest congressional delegation to Puerto Rico since the September 2017 hurricane and members were to spend part of their time focused on that issue, according to the schedule.

In addition, their chartered jet carried 250 pounds of donated medical supplies.
But the junket comes at an awkward time, on the day 800,000 federal workers did not receive their first paycheck of the shutdown, with many worried about basic living expenses like food.

Bold PAC Chair Rep. Tony Cardenas said in a statement: "House Democrats voted to open the government multiple times; sadly, Senate Republicans and President Trump are continuing to put partisan politics ahead of our country, forcing the government to remain shut down. 

As our Bold PAC members make their way to Puerto Rico for this important weekend — the largest contingency of House Democrats to visit Puerto Rico where they'll be hearing from Commonwealth and local elected officials about the ongoing recovery efforts — we will be closely monitoring the situation in Washington. If there is any progress by Senate Republicans or the White House to reopen the federal government, then we will act accordingly."

He added: “This gathering was planned months before Trump decided to shut down the federal government for his unnecessary and costly border wall. The purpose of hosting Bold PAC’s retreat in Puerto Rico is to see and hear from the more than 3.5 million American citizens who have been working tirelessly to rebuild their lives on the Island after Hurricane Maria. This remains a national priority, and it is necessary for us to be there and honor our fellow American children, seniors, veterans, men and women." 

The members paid for Hamilton tickets on their own. The party with the cast is sponsored by Latino Victory, a Democratic political action committee.

They are scheduled to see the show Sunday and return home at 4:45 p.m. Monday.

Cristobal J. Alex, the president of Latino Victory, tweeted that the gathering will focus on the island’s recovery. “We’re on the ground in #PuertoRico prepping for this major gathering. The island is still reeling for Trump’s failures. There are displaced in need. We need Congress to act. @latinovictoryus,” he tweeted.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Why Rosenstein’s departure will help restore the rule of law at the Justice Department




Reports Wednesday by Fox News and others that rogue Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to resign in several weeks – soon after William Barr is confirmed by the Senate as our nation’s next attorney general – mean that the Justice Department is headed for badly needed reforms.


Under the failed leadership of fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein, the department has been operating more like the Department of Injustice in its handling of the out-of-control and ever-expanding Russia probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and overseen by Rosenstein. And that’s only one example of Rosenstein’s misconduct.

Rosenstein has been the de facto attorney general almost since the outset of the Trump administration. Throughout his tenure, Rosenstein manipulated and supplanted the feckless Sessions, who served as attorney general in name only.

At the helm, Rosenstein engineered and presided over signal abuses at the Justice Department, transforming the rule of law into the rule of lawlessness.
Rosenstein championed abusive double standards of enforcement and ignored wrongdoing in his own department and the FBI. Under his leadership, justice took a back seat to petty partisanship at the Justice Department.

More egregiously, Rosenstein was an active participant in one of dirtiest tricks perpetrated in modern politics – targeting the president of the United States without legal cause or evidence.

In May of 2017, Rosenstein volunteered to craft a memorandum to President Trump citing all the justified reasons that then-FBI Director James Comey should be fired for usurping the power of the attorney general and violating Justice Department and FBI rules with impunity.

When the president adopted the recommendation and sacked Comey, Rosenstein’s memo became public. Furious that Democrats were blaming him for Comey’s firing, Rosenstein reportedly sought retribution by proposing to secretly record the president in an attempt to gain some damaging information about him.

According to The New York Times, Rosenstein suggested that he and others wear hidden devices to record their conversations with President Trump and discussed recruiting Cabinet members to remove Trump in the spring of 2017 under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment.

The 25h Amendment says the vice president and a majority of Cabinet members can declare the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” and remove him. It was adopted in 1967 to deal with a president incapacitated as a result of a health crisis – like a stroke or serious wounds received in an assassination attempt.

The amendment was never designed to allow what would amount to a palace coup.

Later, three top FBI officials confirmed various elements of Rosenstein’s efforts to remove Trump from office and overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election. Rosenstein has consistently resisted requests by Congress to question him about his actions.

But that’s not all. When Comey filched presidential memos and leaked parts of them to the media for the sole purpose of triggering a special counsel to investigate President Trump, Rosenstein eagerly capitulated by appointing Comey’s long-time ally, colleague and friend, Robert Mueller, to become the special counsel.


Rosenstein acted in clear defiance of regulations governing the appointment of a special counsel when he appointed Mueller to investigate Russia’s interference in our 2016 president election and unproven allegations that the Trump presidential campaign may have worked with Russia.

I discuss this in detail in my book “The Russia Hoax.”  But in a nutshell, there are three key reasons that explain why Rosenstein acted improperly and without justification to create the special counsel position filled by Mueller.
First, since Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation, there was no conflict of interest. A special counsel can only be created when such a conflict exists.

Second, at the time Mueller was appointed to lead the Russia investigation, it was a counterintelligence probe – not a criminal investigation. There is no provision in the law to appoint special counsels to investigate counterintelligence matters.

Third, when Mueller was appointed there was no evidence of a suspected crime, as required in order to appoint a special counsel.

As an experienced federal prosecutor, Rosenstein should have known he had no grounds to appoint a special counsel. But that didn’t stop him from giving Mueller extremely broad authority to investigate matters that are not necessarily even criminal.

Clearly, the authorization order creating the special counsel position was defective, inasmuch as it did not set forth the prescribed “specific factual statement” of a defined crime.

On top of all this, Mueller ignored his own conflicts of interest in accepting the special counsel position. He then assembled a team of partisans as his staff, some of whom had direct and compromising ties to Trump’s election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

And if all this wasn’t enough the invalidate Mueller’s appointment and his investigation, there’s still more.


Having authored the memo advocating the termination of Comey, Rosenstein became a “fact witness” in any potential, albeit specious, obstruction of justice case against President Trump. Indeed, he was interviewed as such by the special counsel.

Yet, unbelievably, Rosenstein continued to preside over the very case in which he is a witness. This violates federal regulations and the Code of Professional Responsibility that dictates the conduct of lawyers. It also violates plain commonsense.

Think of it this way: If Rosenstein lied in his testimony before the special counsel, only he would be empowered to decide whether to prosecute himself. This is a ludicrous and unjust scenario and an absolutely blatant conflict of interest.

In order to avoid such conflicts, prosecutors are required to disqualify themselves from involvement in any case in which they are a witness. But Rosenstein ignored that requirement and refused to disqualify himself.

In addition, Rosenstein refused to produce numerous documents lawfully subpoenaed by Congress. His obstruction was compounded by the very nature and content of the records sought. Some of them dealt with Rosenstein’s own suspected misconduct.

Rosenstein affixed his signature to the final Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application to spy on a Trump campaign associate, reportedly without sufficient or verified evidence and in defiance of the rules governing such secret court orders.

Evidence was concealed and the judges were deceived. Yet, Rosenstein has continued to resist the surrender of these documents. What exactly is he hiding? 

The departure of Rosenstein from the Justice Department is long overdue. He surely knew his days were numbered since the moment William Barr was nominated by the president.

Having served once before as attorney general, Barr has a distinguished record as an excellent lawyer who cares deeply about the rule of law and its equal enforcement. Under that standard, Rosenstein would have lasted in his job about an hour, or maybe less.

Rosenstein badly damaged the reputation of the Justice Department with his disgraceful conduct. Barr is expected to move swiftly to rectify the destruction wrought by the deputy attorney general and by Sessions.

Once Barr becomes attorney general, politically motivated decision-making will be banished. Corrupt tactics will be halted. Restoring the integrity and credibility of the Justice Department – once a great law enforcement institution – will not happen overnight, but it will be Barr’s enduring challenge in the months ahead.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Democrats' 'Green Raw Deal' Will Deliver Only Socialism And Misery


Editorial | Investor’s Business Daily

That the main political force behind this fiscally insane plan is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the just-elected, extreme-far-left New York congresswoman, shows just how foolish it is. 

Green New Deal: Democrats will try to flex their new-found electoral muscle in Congress by pushing for what has been described as the "largest expansion of government in decades." It's called the Green New Deal, and it promises to be a major economic disaster if it ever becomes American law.

Those who think the Green New Deal is just a political ploy or a Democratic Party marketing gimmick for hipster millennials are in bad need of a wakeup call. The Democrats' plans will deliver soaring federal spending, a near doubling of U.S. taxes, declining standards of living, and even more debt on top of the already-massive $21 trillion we've piled up.

As The Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch reports, "More than 40 Democratic lawmakers support the 'Green New Deal' as part of a broad plan to fight global warming and bring about what they see as 'economic, social and racial justice.' " No doubt, more will sign on in the coming weeks.

The scary thing is, the public, which knows next to nothing about the details of this plan, like it. A poll conducted by Yale's Program on Climate Communication and George Mason University's Center foo Climate Change Communication this month shows that 92% of Democrats and 64% of Republicans backed the plan.

But calling it a Green New Deal is really misnomer. It's really a starter package for turning our mostly free-market economy socialist. And no, that's not hyperbole.

Socialism has destroyed Venezuela, as well as other countries, including Cuba and North Korea.

Green New Deal = Socialism

The GND starts with moving the energy grid to 100% renewable energy, something that will take highly efficient fossil fuels and replace them with highly inefficient "renewables" at a cost of about $5.2 trillion over 20 years. But that's not all. Not by a long shot.

The plan also wants job guarantees for those who lose their jobs due to the Green New Deal. That will be a lot of people. No estimate on that, but its cost too could go into the trillions.

But those who push this plan also seek a guaranteed minimum income and universal health care. Although those have nothing to do with "green" anything, it merely reveals that the real goal isn't "green" at all — it's socialism.

It turns out some have already researched the issue and made estimates of the costs.

The Mercatus Center last July looked at socialist Sen. and Venezuela admirer Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan, which the Democratic Party seems on its way to supporting. It would cost just under $33 trillion over a decade, in addition to what we already pay for health care. The sums involved are staggering.

An Enormous Price Tag

Meanwhile, hedge fund manager and guru Ray Dalio estimates that a guaranteed minimum income of just $12,000 a year would cost $3.8 trillion.
So let's do the basic math. Those two programs alone would cost $7.1 trillion a year. That compares with total federal spending in 2018 of $4.2 trillion.

That means at current levels spending would have to increase by 170%. So would taxes, by the way.

We wonder, are all those people who think a Green New Deal is a really nifty idea understand that?

Speaking of taxes, one of the favorite ways to fund this green socialist scheme is through a national carbon tax, which Democrats have already introduced in Congress. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that a $25 per ton carbon tax would be a $1.1 trillion per year tax increase. "The carbon tax bill is a massive and continually ratcheting national energy tax," reported the nonpartisan Americans for Tax Reform.

Not only would it be economically destabilizing and create massive inefficiencies in our economy, costing us hundreds of billions in output a year, but it also would expand the federal government's reach into every private pocket book and every American business. We'd be Greece, without the charming ancient ruins.

That the main political force behind this fiscally insane plan is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the just-elected, extreme-far-left New York congresswoman, shows just how foolish it is. She hasn't served a single day in Congress, and yet desperate Democrats have lined up to follow her lead. It only shows how utterly bereft of common-sense the party has become. Once the party of the middle-class and working Americans, it is now a party of academic elites, faux revolutionaries and billionaires. It's completely out of touch with real people and the real economy.

A 'Green Raw Deal'

We repeat: Don't be fooled. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the environment, and everything to do with socialism. Ocasio-Cortaz says the Green New Deal is about "social and racial justice." No it isn't. It's a Green Raw Deal that will impoverish millions, destroy businesses and jobs, and end individual rights as we now know them.

Simply put, the socialism at the heart of this "new deal" amounts to centralized control of the economy and the people who work in it. For the record, countries that adopt socialist policies have a knack for suddenly finding themselves in an unexpected run of "bad luck" that lasts decades. Venezuela, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Cuba all come to mind.

Sure, we know it will go nowhere in the GOP-dominated Senate. But what about after 2020? Americans better think long and hard before taking this hard left turn. It's a road that leads to nowhere.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Border Crisis: The Democrats never planned to negotiate in good faith



President Trump and Congress need to hear from the American people that we support the president. It’s time to expose the truth about how the Democrats have never planned to negotiate in good faith. Below are details.
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Shutdown Negotiations


·       Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership have been exposed, they never planned on negotiating in good faith.

·       The President asked Pelosi and Schumer if they would follow through on wall funding after the government was reopened, and Pelosi said no.

·       From the beginning, the President has said border security, including a physical barrier, is a requirement.

·       Democrats are not in favor of border security—if they were, they’d listen to our law enforcement professionals and give them the resources and funding they need to do their job and keep the American people safe.

·       Kicking the can down the road on the false promise of “considering” wall funding isn’t a serious negotiation.

·       Democrats need to stop playing political games.

·       It is past time for Pelosi and the Democratic leadership to negotiate with President Trump to provide border security, with funding for a wall, and reopen the government.
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HIGHLIGHTS GOP Leadership Remarks on the Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis


President Trump is calling on Democrats to join Republicans to help address the humanitarian crisis on our Southern border.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The United States must not incentivize or enable these evil crimes. Instead, we should do everything we can to fight them and that's what we're doing. I call on Congress to send me a funding bill to secure the border, build the barrier, and help end this horrific assault on innocent life.”

Democrats continue to ignore the border crisis in the name of politics.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The only reason they're against it is because I won the Presidency and they think they can try and hurt us going into the presidency, but that's not going to happen. We don't give up. Because we're doing, we're doing the right thing for our country.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Look, we can all play games. But a wall is a necessity. All of the other things, the sensors and the drones, it's all wonderful to have and works well but only if you have the wall. If you don't have the wall, it doesn't matter. A drone isn't stopping a thousand people from running through.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Today, in this brief meeting, we heard once again that Democratic leaders are unwilling to even negotiate to resolve this partial government shutdown or address the crisis at our southern border. They demanded once again that before any negotiations could begin, that we would have to agree to reopen the government.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “I know there's going to be millions of Americans, hundreds of thousands of federal workers, that are as disappointed as we are that the Democrats are unwilling to engage in good faith negotiations. But the American people know we face a serious humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.”

SEN. JOHN THUNE: “We were going to sit down and Democrats were going to negotiate in good faith and we were going to come up with a resolution. And they obviously had not moved an inch. They have accused the President of not being willing to negotiate… but the President is more than willing to negotiate.”

REP. STEVE SCALISE: “The families missing paychecks this week, it's not fair to them to jokingly say you're going to offer only a dollar to solve this problem when you haven't given any serious credible counter-offer. The President's laid out many different options.”

President Trump and Republican leadership are committed to addressing the border crisis.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “But the Republicans want border security, they want national security, they want to have a steel barrier or a wall of concrete, they don't care. But I’ll use any term they want. We need a barrier to stop human traffickers and the drug trade and stop the big problems that come including gangs.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “This President, our entire Administration working with these Republican leaders, is going to continue to drive forward to bring about the kind of reforms that well see the safety and security of the American people.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “What the President made clear he's going to stand firm to priorities to build a wall, a steel barrier on the southern border, add additional personnel, resources, and additional reforms to stem the crisis that we face on our southern border.”

REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY: “And as I’ve said before, I will work with anyone that wants to move America forward, wants to secure our border. This is the goal that everybody in that room, every Democrat said in the room they're for border security.”

REP. MCCARTHY: “You ask me what American believes border security does not have some form of a barrier. It’s only the democrats sitting in that room have I ever found, and the way they have displayed and the behavior is embarrassing to me. I want to solve this problem.”

Walls have been used for centuries because they are effective.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “So we got to get the politics out of this and go back to common sense. You know, they say it's a medieval solution, a wall. That's true. It's medieval because it worked then and it works even better now.”

DHS SECRETARY KIRSTJEN NIELSEN: “This is a crisis, it is a humanitarian crisis, it is a security crisis. And the reality is that walls work. Everywhere we have put up a wall illegal immigration has been reduced 90 to 95%. You want to stop the smuggling between ports of entry, you need a wall. Stop the human misery, you need a wall.”

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

History Repeats Itself: “The Mis-Education of the Negro”



A page out of history is being played out today for black Americans who are trapped on the Democratic Party's economic plantation. 

See the book by Carter G. Woodson published in 1933 with the title “The Mis-Education of the Negro” available on Amazon.

Woodson, a Harvard graduate who was born in 1875 and died in 1950, was a historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study African-American history.

The synopsis posted on Amazon contains the following information.

The thesis of Dr. Woodson's book is that blacks of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. 

This conditioning, he claims, causes blacks to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part. He challenges his readers to become autodidacts and to "do for themselves", regardless of what they were taught:

History shows that it does not matter who is in power... those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.

Here is a another quote from the book:

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.”

TRUMP KILLS IT


By JOHN HINDERAKER| Powerline


President Trump started a little slowly, but picked up steam and finished very, very strong. He holds a winning hand: there is indeed a crisis at the Southern border. Illegal immigration is a huge problem. 

It is the number one reason why Trump is president, and the issue is stronger today than it was two years ago.

Trump’s closing was very strong, talking about Americans who have been murdered and otherwise brutalized by illegal immigrants. Democrats are utterly unconcerned about this fundamental security issue, just as they are unconcerned about drugs and MS-13.

The Democrats’ response was delivered by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

They came off poorly, I thought. First, they looked ridiculous:


Schumer and Pelosi totally missed the mark, talking not about the border crisis, but about the partial “shutdown” which hardly anyone cares about. They came across as petty and partisan.

Our country is being invaded, as President Trump and most Americans understand. It is far past time to defend ourselves. President Trump wins this one, hands down.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

President’s big border wall speech to nation From Tuesday night



 Tuesday, January 8, 2019
President Trump, amidst a partial government shutdown, addresses the nation on the need for a border wall.