Scorched Earth 2020 | Ep. 468

Democrats are officially impeaching President Trump. We examine the political merits of scorched earth. Then, Buttigieg channels his inner Beto, a NJ Democratic politician defends the murder of Jews, and Gorsuch comes under fire for wishing someone a merry Christmas.

To listen to this episode, subscribe to The Michael Knowles Show on iTunes: are officially impeaching President Trump escalating to unprecedented and historic Heights their three-year crusade to overturn a presidential election and subvert our constitutional order have they finally gone too far as the left threatens to undermine our laws open our borders steal our property destroy our institutions and force taxpayers to fund to the wholesale slaughter of infants the stakes of the 2020 election become clear the left wants a fight we will examine the political merits of scorched earth then Pete Budaj edge channels his inner bado a New Jersey Democrat politician defends the murder of Jews and Supreme Court justice Neel Gorsuch comes under fire for wishing someone a Merry Christmas all that more I'm Michael Knowles and this is the Michael Noel's show [Music] they're doing it impeachment is happening it's officially happening today the Democrats have the votes they will be able to impeach the president this impeachment is a big deal I know it seems like it is and I know it's so ridiculous they've been trying to do it for three years now we've kind of lost interest in it this is a big deal President Trump will be only the third president in American history to be impeached the third out of 45 presidents he will be the first president to be impeached without any reason whatsoever without even the pretense of having committed an impeachable offense the Democrats dropped that there's no bribery charge so it's just about removing a guy that they don't like from office this does not matter politically right now this does not hurt Trump right now Trump will be acquitted just as soon as cocaine Mitch can snap his powdery fingers he will be acquitted that we will forget about this possibly within weeks but historically this really matters historically we are in a position now where the constitutional order the separation of powers might be fundamentally broken historically we might now be in a position where rather than having three co-equal branches of government the president the legislature and the judiciary we may now be in a situation in which the legislature the Congress reigns supreme over the executive and the executive is is basically just serving at the pleasure of the Congress a fundamental perversion of our constitutional order that the problem with impeachment here is not a problem in the here-and-now that's why Democrats think they can get away with this and that it doesn't matter and they can give a little bit of a little bit of red meat to their base what matters here is the historical question president Trump knows that so Trump is speaking out he just sent a letter to members of Congress of course to Nancy Pelosi in the Senate but also a letter to history it's six pages long I we'll give you just the highlights the whole thing is a highlight but I will give you just the the top highlights first I've got to thank our friends over at ring 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unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat lawmakers unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history all true he goes on by proceeding with you're invalid impeachment you are violate your oaths of office you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution and you are declaring open war on American democracy you dare to invoke the founding fathers in pursuit of this election nullification scheme yet you're spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America's Founding and your egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our founders pledged their very lives to build absolutely beautiful absolutely right he goes on this is the money line this is my favorite line of the entire letter you are the ones interfering in America's elections you are the ones subverting America's democracy you are the ones obstructing justice you are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our republic for your own selfish personal political and partisan gain now he backs this up he backs up this claim about Democrats subverting the constitutional order and just trying to get their own political agenda across with no regard for the Constitution he backs this up by citing many examples of Democrats over the past few years simply pledging that they're gonna get this guy out of office regardless of whether he commits an impeachable offense or not here is a quick cut of this that the RNC then put into an advertisement to come out at the same time as the letter this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year in posture he really should be punished that's charlatan and the White House I'm not running for anything except the impeachment of job we cannot accept a second term for donate something if we don't impeach this president he will get reelected [Music] so that's what it's all about and we know that's what it's all about Trump is not trying to convince Democrats not to be utter partisans to the detriment of the country what he's trying to do in this letter is show historians how wrong this whole process was and and that's what you get in his final paragraph he grew that says he says it explicitly I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record 100 years from now when people look back at this affair I want them to understand it and learn from it so that it can never happen to another president again great letter a great letter I think he's right about the historical point I think in a hundred years people will look back on this impeachment as a truly shameful period of American history either when our constitutional order was sort of irreparably sent down this broken path or this path of no return or it will be a moment when we all reflect and say hmm we'd rather preserve our constitutional order than push our own partisan interests but this is a real moment we've never seen something like this before we've seen impeachments too and a process begun for Richard Nixon before he resigned but only to impeachments that the difference here is there's really not even a pretense of having committed an impeachable offense that poses a fundamental risk to the way that our government is structured you might say that history won't look kindly on Trump because of all the terrible awful no-good rotten things he did it's very difficult to figure out how history will look in the heat of the moment because we all have our partisan political passions if you can just kind of cool down your emotions about this I know I'm preaching to the choir here but I know that if the left could cool down their emotions and historians look back on the Trump era what are they going to see they're gonna see a great they're going to see in terms of domestic policy a sort of moderate Republican president they're going to see a guy pulling back on our wars overseas they're going to see a guy getting tough on trade with some of our trading partners or trading adversaries they're gonna see a guy who was impeached without having committed an impeachable offense that is gonna look pretty good for Trump it's gonna look pretty bad for the Democrats I mean even just consider george w bush george w bush who had a fine couple terms in office at the time everyone said he was Hitler he was the worst president American history was an idiot he was a dolt he was evil he was terrible now with the hindsight of ten years people look back on him and say oh yeah he was fine even Democrats look back and say yeah he was fine whatever imagine what history will say about President Trump with this truly unprecedented impeachment I love the letter because it shows you the stakes the left is pushing open borders full on property confiscation taxpayer-funded abortion the redefinition of biological sex literally the redefinition of our own nature and now be complete undermining of our constitutional order when you look at that when you look at the stakes of that and you consider any opposition you might still have to President Trump as a conservative or a centrist or a moderate or a libertarian or any of those those philosophies you've got to ask yourself who cares about the tweets who cares who cares what he said about John McCain who cares what he said about Rosie O'Donnell who cares about any of that nonsense you've got the American left posing a fundamental danger to our constitutional order and you've got a loudmouth reality TV host who's actually been a pretty good president that's not a tough choice for me and I don't think that's a tough choice for a lot of Americans where some people see only risk only threat only danger in this impeachment I got to tell you I see some great opportunity we will get to that opportunity in a second first I got to thank our friends over at honey you know this time of year you got to try to get the best deals because you're buying gifts for everybody it's hard online the prices are fluctuating all 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is history after a few drinks we think that the conservative move from World War two until the fall of the Berlin Wall that that was some pure amazing movement that had no problems with it and it had an affirmative plan and I love Bill Buckley and Ronald Reagan as much as the next guy but that entire conservative movement that persisted for the second half of the twentieth century or more was based on opposition to communism that's all that it was about that's how united the net national security guys and the libertarians and the traditionalist types the religious right to is by saying we oppose communism the libertarians opposed communism because it was collectivistic the social conservatives opposed communism because it was atheistic we all came together even though those groups didn't have a whole lot in common we opposed godless communism we wanted to trigger the International lives and now that that same impulse is is bringing us together the same impulse that gave us fusion ISM and the post-war conservative movement is keeping this Trump era conservative movement together all right the left accidentally has given conservatives a reason to unite nowhere do we see this more clearly than impeachment when they ask us what do you stand for I don't know we stand for not letting men into the little girl's room we stand for not killing a million babies a year we stand for not stealing all of our property we stand for not completely shredding our Constitution that's enough for me all right maybe it doesn't fit beautifully on some manifesto somewhere maybe you can't sum it up in a one-sentence log line but I oppose all of those things I want to conserve our American traditions our American Republic that's what I want to conserve and if the only way that I'm gonna unite all the various groups that have interests here is to oppose the left good enough for me Nancy Pelosi makes a fine villain Nancy Pelosi is a good enough reason for us all to come together if they are gonna throw out a president because they don't like how the election went there they're not willing to play fair and square in an election year no less we're we're what 15 days from an election from entering into an election year now but they can't wait for that because they know if they don't impeach Trump he might very likely get reelected there or still some Republicans who haven't gotten the message I know it's hard to believe that there are still like four never ever ever Trump conservatives out there it's not a big deal these kinds of cranks have always been around there was an op-ed published in the New York Times just yesterday of course it was in The New York Times called we are Republicans and we want Trump defeated this is supposed to be some shocking message even the Republicans are breaking rank with Trump this was written by George Conway Kellyanne Conway's overgrown child I guess she's technically married to him Steve Schmidt he's an old McCain Romney type John Weaver who actually worked with on a presidential campaign a number of years ago but he's also very moderate Republican who's worked for Democrats and Rick Wilson another another squishy Republican so four rhinos basically I mean for Republicans who aren't that kind of Republican for Republicans who never want to be identified as such they write this piece in the New York Times which is the mouthpiece for the left and they say we need the president to be defeated the president and his enablers have replaced conservatism with an empty faith led by a bogus prophet oh the great conservatism capital M with a trademark over the e they've replaced that glorious ideology with pretty much the same thing they replaced the conservative movement that opposed international communism with a conservative movement that opposes leftism more broadly all right whatever it seems about the same to me then they write a bunch of nonsense and they talk about why we're not gonna vote for Trump I mentioned this not to give this terrible op-ed any airtime I mention it because The Times and the left and these never Trump Republicans want to make it seem as though this is unprecedented this is courageous this has never happened before this happens every election I remember back all the way to Barry Goldwater in the 60s you had some squishy fake Republican going on TV for Democrats and saying look I'm a Republican but I could never vote for Barry Goldwater do we have it I think it's a commercial called confession of a Republican I don't know just why they wanted to call this a confession I think they don't feel guilty about being a Republican I've always been a Republican my father is his father was the whole family's Republican family I voted for Dwight Eisenhower the first time I ever voted I voted for Nixon the last time but when we come to Senator Goldwater now it seems to me we're up against a very different kind of a man this man scuse me now maybe I'm wrong a friend of mine has said to me listen just because a man sounds a little irresponsible during a campaign doesn't mean he's going to act irresponsibly you know that theory that the White House makes the man I don't buy that you know what I think makes a president I mean aside from his judgment his experience are the men behind him his his his advisers the cabinet and so many men with strange ideas are working for Goldwater there it is I mean you could replace that guy with George Conway you could replace the word Goldwater with Trump you'd get the exact same commercial this always happens every year there are some squish defectors who like being a conservative or a Republican in theory but they're so afraid of contradicting the prevailing liberal leftist culture and they don't want to lose friends at their parties in Washington DC in New York and LA and they don't actually care about affecting the country all that much they just you know they want to be respectable and they were nice suits and ties and they have fancy glasses and they sit in their chair a certain way and they say I'm a Republican but not that kind of Republican I mean it's interesting to note that this sort of phenomenon in the modern era began with Barry Goldwater because Barry Goldwater was pushed as a conservative candidate explicitly this was right at the beginning of the conservative movement the Bill Buckley National Review post-war conservative movement and you had all these liberal publicans like John Lindsay and Nelson Rockefeller and Dwight Eisenhower and then you finally had some conservatives who stood for a different view what Phyllis Schlafly called a choice not an echo wasn't just Democrat and Democrat Lite but you had Democrat and conservative Republican and that's when the squishes come out and you're seeing the exact same thing here you're seeing Republicans like these guys George Conway Steve Schmidt Republicans nominally who work for squishy Republicans who work for Republican but not that kind of Republican who work for Republicans were no more than democrat light and you get this guy Trump and for some reason Trump in particular really seems to earth them you know what that tells us about Trump it tells us that despite all of the commentary to the contrary despite everything we've heard from the former gatekeepers of the Republican Party and movement conservatism Trump is actually pretty conservative much more conservative than any of the guys who wrote that op-ed much more willing to fight for the things that once at least United the conservative movement then any of the guys who wrote that op-ed we are up against a clear political adversary a lunatic destructive aggressive left all those other conversations are academic okay the the left must be defeated I'm channeling my inner Cato the Elder the Roman Republic politician who said Carthago delenda asked in my opinion carthage must be destroyed the left must be destroyed the left delenda est our opponents oppose everything we stand for now look our opponents are our countrymen I'm not saying we got to hate these guys I'm not saying we should be angry and furious at these guys but I'm saying we must stop them they cannot succeed if they succeed we don't have our country anymore we'll have something else but it's it's not something that I'm here to live in that I'm eager to possess I want to consider of our country our Constitution our dignity of life not killing a million babies a year our own human nature the the very definition of sex itself our property I don't want people to come in and steal my property willy-nilly our separation of powers our federal government I want to conserve that and that's the battle right now and if you're upset because orange man said it mean tweet or he one time made fun of Rosie O'Donnell or John McCain or he I don't know use tariffs as a tool in a trade war and that's too much for you that's the line I will not cross then you should really rethink your priorities if you say well Trump doesn't stand for anything I think he does I think it's pretty clear that he does he's been a very successful president but let's say you didn't I don't care right it is simply enough for if I've got a choice of two candidates one candidate has a completely internally consistent leftist worldview and they want to undermine everything that I want to see in politics and then you've got a candidate who has this kind of hodgepodge of a political ideology and maybe some of it doesn't make sense together but I know that at least he's gonna try to stop the other guy from doing the things the other guy wants to do that's enough for me okay I'm more than happy to take what I can get politics is not the realm of the perfect politics is not some abstract concept where it's just floating in mid-air and we can have philosophical purity and everything works out great and we can't get our hands dirty politics is a real science it is a practical science and it is the art of inclusion as the New Jersey Governor Tom Kane famously said you got to bring a lot of people together Bill Buckley did this incredibly effectively in the post-war conservative movement Ronald Reagan did this incredibly effectively and they didn't whine and complain and moan and say Oh what are we all really stand for why can't we all agree perfectly why can't we have a perfect doctrinaire manifesto of the five bullet points of conservatism that we all 100% agree to why do we have to have Ronald Reagan leading this he's a divorced kind of former liberal who didn't even go to the right schools or work in the right think tanks and he doesn't doesn't even necessarily wear the right tithes he's kind of a Hollywood guy oh how embarrassing for us that's not who we are that's not what we stand for give me a break you know it's it's sort of ironic because all these guys who are coming after Trump and the people who support Trump guys like that in that New York Times op-ed they're saying that we're somehow betraying the conservative movement of Bill Buckley and Ronald Reagan the the opposite is true Buckley Reagan Goldwater those were these are practical guys they did something that many thought was not possible and they did it by bringing people together who didn't exactly agree with each other ideologically but they knew they had a common foe that needed to be defeated that's exactly what we're seeing today and the ones who don't have the stomach for it the ones that don't have thick enough skin for it the ones who don't have the vision for it whine and complain but they are not the heirs to the great successes of conservatives in American history we are and we have to keep pushing that victory just to drive this point home because I think maybe some people think I'm being hyperbolic about it our opponents so oppose what we believe as American conservatives they refuse even to speak English I'm not even just talking about bado I'm talking about Pete Buddha judge pedo pedo Oh Buddha 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arrested Okita carry of telling el primero de su terry appreciators arrested realidad itself yonder what would you do congressman day one a tewara vamos a tratar de personas con el respeto Deena dark a medicine c'mon Manos de amo estoy pasando Presidente de los Estados Unidos Ola Ola back everybody this wasn't just at the debates that this is going on boo de jedge who was ostensibly the moderate guy in the race is jumping on this train - he just tweeted out yesterday El Pueblo UNIDO llaman Sarah ven sido which means the people United will never be defeated as a radical leftist slogan today I'm proud to announce a bold comprehensive plan to dismantle the institutional barriers that have kept Latinos from feeling like they fully belong in their country hey here's one of those barriers not speaking English how about the people speaking English will feel like their home at this country how obviously the pandering is pathetic the pandering is so transparent but probably the number one issue that keeps Latinos from feeling like they're welcome in America is when they speak a different language it's very hard to feel welcome if you don't understand what everyone else in the country is speaking what they're saying and the move from the left to not just to discourage assimilation and discourage learning English which is pretty new Barack Obama told people to learn English when they got to this country and that was ten years ago eleven years ago when it was actually doing it more recently he was doing it as latest 2014-2015 when you've got now Democratic presidential candidates not only discouraging learning English but actually speaking horrible absolutely even decipherable Spanish themselves you have gotten to a level of radicalism that is truly boggling to the mind and it's not just Buddha jej who's doing it it's humor too and it's by the way this problem is not just at the federal level the radical left ISM is at the state and local level a seattle seattle agency to deal with the homeless just use taxpayer money to to sponsor a drag queen strip show at one of its events New Jersey school board member is defend a recent racist attack on Jews there is a lot of radicalism here we'll get to that in a second first listen up I'm going to save you time and money this Christmas season the perfect gift for your loved ones is what you know it's so obvious a daily wired gift membership from now until January 1st all insider plus gift memberships will be 25% off that means that your loved one will get all the fantastic perks plus the majestic important necessary leftist ears tumblr you will get the savings go to daily slash gift to get your 25% off that is daily slash gift to get 25% off 25% off all insider plus gift memberships this Christmas season give them a gift they will thank you for all year long the a wire comm we'll be right back with a lot more it's not just bait oh poor bait oh you remember bait oh I barely do it's not just bait oh it's not just Cory Booker I guess he's technically still in the race probably not for that long it's not just Peabody judge even Chuck Schumer yesterday was tweeting out in Spanish for just no reason at all that's pretty divisive language forms the basis of our politics because politics is just how we all live together and persuade one another to live in society if you don't speak the same language that becomes impossible and and even now Chuck Schumer the Senate Minority Leader is encouraging this sort of division in the country we're not seeing this radicalism only at the federal level down in Seattle Seattle has this horrific homeless crisis going on right now a lot of cities do my own City does la San Francisco obviously New York it's getting worse DC it's getting worse so the crisis of homelessness in Seattle is not getting any better and an agency which has the job of tackling this homeless issue just recently spent taxpayer dollars on a strip show not just any strip show a transgender strip show the transgender performer Beyonce black st. James so this is a guy who now identifies as a woman recently stripped at the all home conference in South Seattle for a group of homeless advocates because that's what they need they don't need food they don't need help from addiction they don't need psychiatric counseling these homeless people you know what's really been keeping them on the streets and keeping them down on their luck they haven't seen enough transsexual strip shows and so the taxpayer money from Seattle is now being spent to give them this important form of entertainment I think it's just what they need to lift their spirits lift their lot in this world and get off the streets right just unfortunately for some reason we actually have video of this we act

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