End of Day Report

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Commerce & Treasury Picks

The Trump transition team today announced the selections of Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin as Commerce and Treasury secretaries. Both men have extensive business backgrounds and greatly compliment Trump’s commitment to revitalize the American economy.

Ross is well-known for investing in struggling American industries, especially U.S. steel and textile companies. He is keenly aware of the challenges foreign competition creates for U.S. industries, and he has been critical of China’s aggressive trade practices. Ross is widely seen as a champion of American manufacturing, a businessman committed to America’s workers.

Steve Mnuchin is a former Wall Street executive who recently jumped into the movie production business. One of the films he produced was “American Sniper,” which drove the left nuts. The film was banned from some college campuses because it offended some Muslim students.

Like Trump and Ross, Mnuchin is betting big on the American economy. He is promising major tax reform, and he wants to see the U.S. economy growing at 3 to 4 percent a year. That is something Barack Obama’s failed left-wing policies never achieved.

Dinner With Mitt

Donald Trump had dinner with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney last night. Some suggested it was Romney’s second audition for secretary of state. But bringing Romney into the cabinet is proving controversial.

Kellyanne Conway, along with Steve Bannon, really turned Donald Trump’s campaign around. Conway has been very critical of Romney. On CNN Sunday, she said this:

“I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position. It’s just breathtaking in scope and intensity the type of messages I’ve received from all over the country . . . the number of people who feel betrayed to think that Gov. Romney would get the most prominent cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump.”
Speaking on Fox News, former Speaker Newt Gingrich echoed Conway’s concerns, saying that most Trump supporters “will be enormously disappointed if he brought Mitt Romney into any position of authority.” Newt went on to repeat some of the truly nasty things that Romney said about Trump, things he never said about Barack Obama.

Like Conway and Gingrich, I am also hearing a lot of opposition from conservative movement leaders to the notion of Mitt Romney as secretary of state. While few would question Romney’s competence, his loyalty and commitment to Trump’s agenda would be highly suspect.

Already Delivering

Donald Trump has yet to take office and he is already delivering on his promise to save American jobs. Late last night, Trump tweeted, “I will be going to Indiana on Thursday to make a major announcement concerning Carrier A.C. staying in Indianapolis. Great deal for workers!”

Carrier confirmed the news in its own tweet stating, “We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy.”

This is great news for several reasons. Many Carrier workers have devoted years to this company and they were facing the prospect of losing their livelihoods.

But there is also great political symbolism. Donald Trump has an opportunity to make these blue collar voters not just temporary visitors in the GOP, but permanent residents in a new governing coalition.

As I have repeatedly argued, if values voters and blue collar populists can unite, they can keep the left out of power for decades. It won’t be easy. The GOP establishment will resist on many issues. But as McCain and Romney demonstrated, much of the establishment’s message is a losing message.

Free trade, open borders, marginal tax rates and cuts to your mother’s Social Security check really don’t inspire many people. But Reagan/Trump populism can have tremendous appeal.

Speaking Of Appeal. . .

Every time our media and cultural elites berate Donald Trump for saying something “stupid and scary,” it is a good bet that he just said something important, but the left doesn’t get it. Trump instinctively connects with Middle Americans in a way reminiscent of Ronald Reagan.

Trump has the media in fits for tweeting the following: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

He was reacting to a controversy raging at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Radical students lowered the flag to half-staff on November 9th to protest the election results. Then they burned it. Then the college decided that no flags would be flown, essentially banning Old Glory.

Hundreds of people, including many veterans, showed up to protest this nonsense. Even some Democrats are outraged.

But largely without explaining the context, the media began hyperventilating about Trump’s tweet. MSNBC this morning was streaming at the bottom of the screen, “Trump recommends two illegal acts against those who burn the American flag.”

No he wasn’t. Trump merely offered his view about what the law should be. And I guarantee you that in much of the country where people are still proud to be Americans, unlike in the faculty lounges of many colleges, they nodded in agreement with Trump’s sentiments.

This is what the values voter, populist coalition looks like. Faith, family and freedom isn’t just a slogan. It is a way of life for millions of Americans.

Ohio State Jihadist & Israel

Earlier this week, the U.S. suffered another likely “lone wolf” attack by an ISIS-inspired jihadist at Ohio State University. Abdul Razak Ali Artan posted an anti-American rant on social media before attacking his fellow students. Eleven people were seriously injured when Artan rammed his car into a crowd of students and then went on a stabbing spree.

Using vehicles and knives to wage jihad is not a new phenomenon. Israel has been the target of such attacks by Palestinian extremists for over a year, while the Obama Administration and European governments have remained virtually silent or have blamed Israel. American citizens, including Taylor Force and Hallel Yaffa Ariel, were among those killed in the “stabbing intifada.”

Western governments must wake up! Virtually every tactic deployed against Israel soon ends up being used against America and Europe.

The Left-wing Mindset

Here’s a story that is sure to get your blood boiling.

Several conservative media outlets are reporting that an official at Ohio State University posted a Facebook message urging compassion for the jihadist attacker.

The official wrote that Artan “was a Buckeye, a member of our family.” She went on to urge those tempted to “celebrate his death” to instead “Think about the pain he must have been in to feel that his actions were the only solution.”

An OSU spokesman refused to comment on the official’s remarks, saying, “This is clearly not an official university statement.”

It is beyond bizarre that this official couldn’t help feeling concerned by the fact that some co-workers might be angry with the attempted murderer. If we don’t overcome this left-wing nonsense, a lot more people will be in pain.

The left’s idea of compassion isn’t going to stop ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad from inflicting pain. What will stop the pain radical Islam is inflicting across the globe is the same thing that stopped it at Ohio State University — courageous men and women who are willing to do what must be done to stop such evil.

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End Of Day Report

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Dr. Price To HHS

This morning, President-elect Trump announced his selection of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be secretary of Health and Human Services. This is a crucial appointment given that HHS is one of the largest federal departments, with 78,000 employees.

The appointment of Rep. Price, who currently serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee, also sends a strong signal that Trump’s commitment to repeal Obamacare is ironclad.

Before entering public office, Tom Price was a doctor. He understands the practice of medicine far better than government bureaucrats. Price has not only talked about repealing Obamacare, he has proposed legislation to do it.

In a statement announcing the selection of Rep. Price, President-elect Trump said, “Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy. . . He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

The Trump transition team also announced the selection of Elaine Chao as Transportation secretary. Chao served as deputy secretary of Transportation during the first Bush Administration and as secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush.

Are We Learning?

Twenty-four hours after the latest radical Islamic terror attack in America, it is worth asking what lessons, if any, we may be learning about this threat to our country.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the jihadist who attacked students at Ohio State University yesterday, had been ranting against America on social media. He demanded that America stop interfering in Muslim countries. Well, that’s interesting because our “interfering” is limited to fighting against Islamic extremist groups like ISIS and Al-Shabaab, a Somali terror group.

Artan also didn’t like the way people looked at him when he prayed in public. (Devout Muslims are required to pray five times a day.) He felt people would jump to the conclusion that he was a terrorist. Well, if anyone thought that, in view of his actions, they were not jumping to conclusions.

In 2007, Artan and his family moved from Somalia to Pakistan. I can understand why someone might choose to leave Somalia. But Pakistan isn’t exactly the first choice of those yearning for pluralism and freedom. Seven years later, under our refugee program, Artan and his family arrived in the United States, joining 38,000 Somalis in Columbus, Ohio. (Did you know there were 38,000 Somali Muslims in Columbus, Ohio?)

Artan’s atrocities are just the latest in a string of incidents, all of which point to a significant problem with terrorism in the Somali-American community. In February, a Somali national attacked a restaurant in Columbus owned by an Israeli Christian.

In June, three Somalis in Minneapolis were convicted on terrorism charges. The Somali community in Minneapolis is a hotbed of Islamic radicalism, producing at least three suicide bombers.

I could go on, but you get the point. All of which leads to this question: Why do we continue to import hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Third World countries who despise Judeo-Christian civilization and everything America stands for?

President-elect Donald Trump says he wants “extreme vetting” of new refugees. It remains to be seen what that process will look like. Among the many questions we should ask potential immigrants is whether they support mutilating their daughters.

The Left’s Sickness

As I noted above, Abdul Artan came to America in 2014. Fairly quickly he earned a spot at Ohio State University. Was he admitted as part of some affirmative action program? Did he receive preference due to his refugee status?

Artan was recently interviewed by the student newspaper. (How many people can be interviewed in Somalia or Pakistan and speak freely without fear of reprisal?) Artan was clearly consumed with concerns about his treatment as a Muslim.

Where did Artan get the idea that he was being mistreated in America? From the political left and the media, which are constantly telling Muslims that they are victims of America’s oppressive culture.

For example, National Public Radio this morning aired a story about how horrendous yesterday’s attack was . . . for other Muslim students. Less than 24 hours after the latest jihadist attack, NPR thought it was really important for Americans to focus not on the victims, but on the impact of the attack on other Somalian Muslims.

The Muslim student NPR spoke with said he immediately worried about the “snide comments, peering eyes and a feeling of uneasiness” he would experience the day after the attack.

I couldn’t help but wonder whether NPR has ever bothered to interview Jewish students about the “snide comments, peering eyes or feelings of uneasiness” they experience as a result of the growing Muslim and left-wing anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiment on American college campuses.

Artan and his family were brought into America in the name of compassion. In the name of political correctness, we obviously did not do effective vetting. As a result, 11 people have suffered terrible wounds and will bear that trauma for the rest of their lives.

Those worried about safe spaces on campus should apologize to those victims. They lost their safe space on campus yesterday and it wasn’t caused by exposure to conservative ideas.

What is the price the rest of America is supposed to pay in order for us to satisfy left-wing political correctness and corporate demands for greater and greater numbers of people coming into the country from the Islamic world?

While it is easy to attack the left and blame Barack Obama, Republicans in Congress are not blameless. Far too many of them voted for policies and programs that brought large numbers of people from places like Somalia to places like Columbus, Ohio. This foolishness must end.

Reform Our Refugee Policy

If our leaders are committed to bringing in more refugees, let me be the first to remind them that there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of Christians throughout the Middle East and Africa who are persecuted and facing genocide. They live daily in fear of their Muslim neighbors.

Moreover, they often avoid refugee camps because they may be beaten and raped by the Muslims in those camps.

I can see why ideologues on the left tolerate this. But there is no excuse — with a Republican Congress and president — to continue the disgusting refugee policy that gives Christians the back of our hand while letting in a significant number of people who despise our values.

President Obama has claimed that a “religious test” for our refugee policy betrays our values and doesn’t represent who we are. But it is Obama who is not representing our values.

Our refugee policy was intended to protect persecuted religious minorities. It specifically cites “religion” as one of the key considerations. And when it comes to helping persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East and much of Africa, Christians should be first in line.

Stupidity of the Day Award

Before any information was in about yesterday’s attack at Ohio State University, several Democrats quickly jumped to conclusions. For example, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine tweeted his condemnation of “senseless gun violence.”

Unfortunately for Kaine, the facts did not fit the narrative he wanted to promote. Artan turned his car into a weapon and attacked students with a butcher knife.

But a good guy with a gun — a police officer — used his firearm to bring the senseless violence to an end.

End Of Day Report

Monday, November 28, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS: Terror At Ohio State

Abdul Artan drove a car into a crowd of students at Ohio State University this morning. After jumping the curb, he jumped out of the vehicle and started stabbing pedestrians with a butcher knife. Ten victims were transported to area hospitals. Artan was shot and killed by a police officer.

NBC News describes Artan as “an 18-year-old student . . . a Somali refugee who . . . came to the United States in 2014” and who was a legal permanent resident of the United States.

That’s one more radical refugee who slipped through Obama’s screening.

Rust Belt Recount

Election officials in Wisconsin are scrambling today. Late Friday, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed paperwork formally demanding a recount of the November 8th election results. Stein also announced that she raised nearly $6 million for this effort and will demand recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania as well.

The idea that Jill Stein is the one behind this recount is absurd. No recount will change the fact that Stein finished in fourth place, more than three million votes behind the Libertarian Party.

Stein is being used as a battering ram by the left. I strongly suspect that she raised the funds to pay for these recounts with help of Clinton donors. And now that Stein is demanding the recounts, the Clinton campaign is joining the effort.

The media’s ideological amnesia is truly amazing. In the last presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump if he would agree then to accept the results of election. Trump said that he wanted to wait and see. Hillary Clinton said his response was “horrendous.”

What Trump meant was that if there was a disputed result in some state for any imaginable reason, he wasn’t going to preemptively surrender his right to challenge the results, just as Al Gore did, and as Hillary Clinton is doing now.

Well, the election took place. Donald Trump won and Hillary Clinton refused to concede that evening. She conceded the next day, saying, “We must accept this result.” Since then, the left has been doing all the things that it projected onto Trump during the campaign.

Bitter leftists have attacked Trump supporters.

There is a coordinated effort to intimidate members of the Electoral College.

Now the socialist/environmentalist Stein is working to challenge the results, with the full cooperation of the Clinton campaign. All they are accomplishing is stoking anxiety.

And what are the media doing? Instead of pointing this out, the talking heads are critiquing the tone of Donald Trump’s tweets in response to Hillary’s sore loser effort. I have only heard one left-wing show, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” point out the hypocrisy of the Clinton campaign and its media allies.

A Dictator Dies

Cuba’s communist dictator, Fidel Castro, died Friday. His death put America’s incredible political divide on full display. Thousands of Cuban Americans celebrated in the streets in Miami. Many exiles have not forgotten the persecution they and other family members experienced in Castro’s Cuba.

But on the American left, there was great ambivalence. ESPN praised Castro’s sports programs and the Cuban athletes who are now playing in America. What ESPN largely overlooked is that dozens of Cuban athletes defected.

Some commentators reverted to the left’s old standby — that Cuba had Obamacare before there was Obamacare, and that it has a great educational system. Well, first of all, it’s not an educational system but an indoctrination system. Experts also question the statistics about Cuban healthcare.

But even if you accept the left’s arguments, the deal forced on the Cuban people was unacceptable. The cost of free healthcare and education was giving up religious and political rights.

Most telling about the political divide were the reactions of President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama. Trump initially tweeted that Castro was dead. He followed that up with a very Reaganesque statement condemning the “tragedies, deaths and pain” caused by Castro’s regime.

In contrast, Obama was almost sympathetic, even going so far as to “offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family.”

Yesterday, a statement allegedly from Black Lives Matter defended Castro. The group went on to express its gratitude “to Fidel for holding Mama Assata Shakur” and “that he provided a home for Brothers Michael Finney, Ralph Goodwin, and Charles Hill. . .” Shakur, Finney, Goodwin and Hill were all cop killers.

Meanwhile, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick just can’t seem to avoid controversy. He made headlines for wearing a T-shirt featuring Castro’s image at a press conference in which he defended his right to protest our National Anthem. When asked about the Castro shirt, Kaepernick cited Cuba’s healthcare and educational systems.

Yesterday, Kaepernick’s 49ers played the Miami Dolphins in Miami. Needless to say, he did not get a warm welcome from the city’s Cuban population.

On the game’s final play, as Kaepernick was driving for a touchdown, he was taken down by Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso, whose father escaped Castro’s Cuba. Afterwards, Alonso confessed that “there was some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick. . . I did try to hit him.” And Alonso got him good.

Our Inaugural Celebrations

Last week, we sent a few notices inviting friends and supporters who may be coming to the inauguration of President-elect Trump to join us at the Faith, Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball. My public policy organization, American Values, is co-sponsoring the event along with the Family Research Council, the Council for National Policy, the Faith & Freedom Coalition, Let Freedom Ring, Tea Party Patriots and Life Today.

While many readers responded positively, some supporters expressed concerns about the cost and worried that their donations might be paying for it. That is not the case. Those attending the ball are paying for the event. Your donations to American Values are being used to defend the values we cherish.

To be clear, we did not set the prices for this event. Nor are we making money from this event. Every Washington area hotel is demanding such costs. These were the best prices that the sponsoring organizations could negotiate. It is a historic event in a captive market and the laws of supply and demand are in full force.

But there was significant interest among the supporters of various pro-family, pro-life organizations in hosting an inaugural event. So we decided to co-sponsor one with roughly half a dozen organizations joining in.

Some readers responded by accusing me of being an elitist. Our messages last week were certainly not intended to offend anyone. I felt it would be elitist of me not to inform everyone about the ball, potentially excluding people from attending who might be here. Since I have no way of knowing exactly who would be coming to the inauguration, I felt it was best to let everyone know that we and other pro-family organizations were sponsoring an inaugural ball if they wished to attend.

I sincerely hope that our support for this inaugural event will not dampen your support for our work in defense of faith, family and freedom here in the nation’s capital.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Trump’s First 100 Days

Ironically for a 70-year-old populist, Donald Trump brilliantly harnessed the power of social media to get his message out during the presidential campaign. Eschewing big money ad buys and network sit-downs, Trump re-wrote the rules of campaigning by talking directly to the American people.

And he’s showing every indication of continuing to do that sort of direct engagement during his presidency. The latest example is in the form of a short video Trump released yesterday.

In the two-minute video, the president-elect lays out which executive actions he plans to take on his first day in office. Watch it here.

Fake Hate

If you’ve been following the mainstream media (I don’t suggest it) you may have heard about a reported surge in hate crimes since Donald Trump’s rise to prominence, and even in just the two weeks since he won the election.

But a significant share of these purported hate crimes seem to be made up. A female Muslim student in Louisiana reported that she had her hijab pulled from her head and was robbed by men in a truck wearing Trump hats.

Many major media outlets reported the story. It turns out the story was false and the student has been charged with filing a false police report.

In another instance, news of a KKK rally in honor of Trump’s election victory spread quickly across the internet. But of course it turned out to be a lie. The photo of the event happened to be an old photo of people carrying a Gadsden flag.

It’s nothing new that the left is contriving hate incidents. This has been going on for a long time. The University of Virginia has for a couple years been embroiled in a scandal in which a major mainstream publication — Rolling Stone magazine — made up an instance of rape in order to advance their narrative of a rape epidemic on college campuses.

Unfortunately, as the saying goes, a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes. That’s particularly true in today’s world of Twitter and Facebook.

Meanwhile, when the hate is directed at conservatives or Trump supporters, it is usually ignored, such as when a boy wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat was beaten by anti-Trump protestors in Maryland.

We know that many of the disturbances at Trump rallies were initiated by the left because it knew that the media would report on the violence as if Trump was the one encouraging it. A Wikileaks release showed that Democrats sent agitators to Trump rallies to cause trouble.

Totalitarian political movements on the right and left have often engaged in these kind of false flag episodes for centuries. They create violence to advance the narrative that their opponents are stirring up violence and thus should be feared. And the media happily run with it.

End Of Day Report

Monday, November 21, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Attacking Sessions

This weekend saw a ramping up of attacks against Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, whom President-elect Donald Trump has tapped to be attorney general. The substance of those attacks is that Sessions is a neo-Confederate, racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant obstructionist, as one leftwing headline put it.

Of course, none of those adjectives are true. On the idea that Sessions is a racist, our friends at The Weekly Standard have offered a strong rebuttal. Earlier in his career, Sessions desegregated Alabama schools and helped deliver the death penalty to a KKK leader who murdered a black man.

For the left, the problem with Sessions is that he is a committed advocate of Trump’s immigration plan. He believes we must secure our borders, not extend amnesty to illegal immigrants and deport criminal illegal immigrants immediately. These policy ideas have majority support in the public. They are what Trump was elected to do. But to the left, they are beyond the pale.

Liberals will do everything they can to destroy Sessions (and Trump; see next item). And their despicable use of the race card is proof of their deep conviction to do so. In case anyone thought the nastiness ended with the election, it’s only going to get worse now that Trump has won.

Still In Love With Obama

Current and former Obama Administration insiders are planning to do all they can to ensure that the Trump presidency fails. Obama loyalists are meeting to plot their resistance to Trump’s administration.

These were people who were in tears, though for different reasons, both upon the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and the election of Donald Trump two weeks ago. A former White House staffer says Election Night felt like “a nightmare I couldn’t wake up from. I went from hating everybody to hating myself for not really realizing what was happening.”

Their nightmare involves three more conservatives on the Supreme Court to make sure unborn babies are protected from the abortionist’s scalpel. Their nightmare is seeing religious liberty not having to bend to the LGBT movement.

One activist even referred to Obama as “Our Jesus Christ. We’re crazy. . . It’s 10 years later, and we’re still obsessed.” People close to Obama say he is committed to staying in touch with this group in the years ahead.

After a hard-fought election, most people are thinking about the holidays and their families. But these people, some of whom have spent most of their adult lives working for Obama, are strategizing about how to defeat Trump. Their plans include enacting redistricting reform, creating a progressive think tank and combatting climate change.

But as the attacks on Sen. Sessions show, the left isn’t taking any time off or reflecting on what they can do to win over all those Trump Democrats in Middle America. Instead, they’re back on the attack.

Conservatives must be ready. After we re-charge, we must get back into the battle.

More Cop Killings

Four police officers in three cities were shot last night. At least two of the shootings appear to be ambush-style assassination attempts. In one case, the officer was shot twice in the face at point blank range.

This raises the question: Are cops being targeted for assassination? If so, these shootings amount to a plot to take down the people who maintain law and order in our society.

In San Antonio, Police Chief William McManus said the death of a detective during a routine traffic stop was more than a random act. “I feel like we (police) were targeted,” he said. “I think the uniform was the target.”

End Of Day Report

Friday, November 18, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Trump’s First Picks

The Trump Transition team announced its first cabinet picks this morning.

  • Senator Jeff Sessions, a stalwart conservative from Alabama, has been selected to be attorney general.

    Sessions has been a leading critic of Barack Obama’s “pen and phone” governing style and his barrage of executive orders. Trump’s selection of Sen. Sessions is further evidence of his intention to secure the border.

    Jeff Sessions was the first member of the Senate to endorse Donald Trump for president. When many Republicans were abandoning Trump, Sessions stood by him and encouraged him.

    I have known Sen. Sessions for many years. While I will miss his leadership in the Senate, especially on border security issues, Sessions is an incredible choice for attorney general and he will have considerable input in the selection of federal judges. Conservatives could not hope for a stronger advocate at the Department of Justice.

  • Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will serve as National Security Advisor. Flynn may be a registered Democrat, but he understands the threat America faces from radical Islam. CAIR and other groups on the left are fuming over his appointment.
  • Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has been selected to lead the CIA. Pompeo is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and Harvard Law School, and currently serves on the House Intelligence Committee. He is one of the leading critics of the Iranian nuclear deal.

    Obama Encourages Demonstrators

    Speaking at a press conference in Berlin, Germany, yesterday, President Obama addressed the ongoing demonstrations against the election results. Obama said:

    “I’ve been the subject of protests during the course of my eight years. . . So, I would not advise people who feel strongly or who are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn’t advise them to be silent.”
    Why is it always about him?!

    It is outrageous for a sitting president, during a transition of power, to encourage continued protesting. Can you imagine John McCain or Mitt Romney encouraging demonstrations after 2008 or 2012 in which protestors were refusing to accept Obama as president?

    The mob’s favorite slogan is “Not My President.” They aren’t protesting over issues because most of those arrested didn’t bother to register to vote!

    Much to my frustration, I don’t recall George W. Bush ever criticizing Obama publicly. I wish he would have spoken up on various occasions, especially when Obama surrendered our hard-won gains in Iraq and capitulated to Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    That said, former President Bush has a certain set of values he strongly believes in when it comes to how former presidents should conduct themselves. This president has no such constraints. I give Obama a week after he leaves office before he starts stoking controversy.

    Bannon Backfire

    The left’s efforts to destroy Steve Bannon, the former CEO of the influential Breitbart news outlet, are beginning to backfire. As we have told you before, the politics of personal destruction is a favorite weapon of the left. The acolytes of Saul Alinsky pick a target, polarize it and paralyze it. The left has been smearing conservatives since Ronald Reagan.

    In Bannon’s case, the charge was anti-Semitism, and the Anti-Defamation League, which is now lead by a former Obama appointee, led the attack. Thankfully, it failed because it was so obviously false.

  • Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz condemned the attack on Bannon, saying, “I haven’t seen any evidence of personal anti-Semitism on the part of Bannon. . . It is not legitimate to call somebody an anti-Semite because you might disagree with their policies.”
  • Jewish philanthropist Bernie Marcus defended Bannon, calling the attacks against him scandalous. Marcus added, “I have known Steve to be a passionate Zionist and supporter of Israel who felt so strongly about this that he opened a Breitbart office in Israel to ensure that the true pro-Israel story would get out.”
  • I noted that Bannon had been a frequent guest on my radio show, which is dedicated to defending Israel and Judeo-Christian values. We have routinely addressed the topic of anti-Semitism and Bannon was always on the right side with me and my co-host, Tom Rose, the former publisher and CEO of the Jerusalem Post.

    By the way, the man who founded Breitbart — Andrew Breitbart — was a Jew. And would Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Orthodox Jewish son-in-law, really allow an anti-Semite in the White House?

    A few years ago, Bannon delivered a speech at the Vatican in which he attacked the excesses of capitalism while nevertheless offering a robust defense of Western Civilization. He repeatedly referred to “Judeo-Christian” civilization in his remarks.

    In the past 24 hours, the Anti-Defamation League has backpedaled somewhat in its attack, conceding that “We are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements made by Bannon himself.”

    Yesterday, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer stopped by Trump Tower. When he left, he told reporters, “We look forward to working with . . . all of the members of the Trump Administration, including Steve Bannon, and making the U.S.-Israel alliance stronger than ever.”

    I hope everyone on the Trump team and all conservatives reading this report understand that the attacks on Bannon aren’t about him. They are attacks on Donald Trump.

    The people attacking Bannon lost the election and they were the same people attacking Trump before the election. They are still trying to damage Trump as he prepares to take office by taking out one of his most aggressive advocates.

    Real Anti-Semitism

    Among the many issues we will be pressing hard in the new year is convincing the new administration to stop funding international bodies that undermine Israel. One example is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, has an informative article in Newsweek that I encourage you to read. He notes that UNESCO is supposed to “promote international cooperation and understanding.” Instead it is being used “as a weapon . . . to wage a cultural war.”

    That international body recently passed a resolution that referred to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall solely by their Islamic names. As Dr. Kantor explains, “This is not just an affront to millions of Jews around the world, it is also a denial of Christian history and is deeply offensive to over a billion Christians worldwide.”

    Why would we support this attack on the West with our tax dollars? Every dollar saved can be better used to fight radical Islam or secure our borders. There is no reason to support U.N. bureaucrats who want to see the entire nation of Israel wiped off the map.

 

End Of Day Report

Thursday, November 17, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS

Sources at NBC News say that Mitt Romney will meet this weekend with President-elect Trump to discuss serving as Secretary of State. This is a surprising development given Romney’s actions and statements in the past year. If the reports are accurate, it would be a very magnanimous gesture on Trump’s part that could go a long way toward healing divisions in the Republican Party.

Draining The Swamp

The Trump/Pence team made a major announcement yesterday. After it was discovered that lobbyists had been brought into the transition team, Vice President-elect Mike Pence moved quickly to remove them.

In addition, it was also announced that anyone planning to serve in the Trump Administration will be banned from lobbying the government for five years.

Fair reporting of these events should have most talking heads saying: “Wow! These guys are serious. Trump announced that he won’t take a salary, Pence is kicking lobbyists out of the transition team and now they are preventing staffers from getting rich off their public service, like Bill and Hillary Clinton did. They really are draining the D.C. swamp!”

If this had been Obama, the commentary would be glowing. Instead, we are getting stories about chaos and disarray.

“Buckle Up”

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was on Capitol Hill today, meeting with House Republicans. He reportedly told them to “buckle up” because “Donald Trump is a man of action and we’re counting on you.” Pence told House Republicans that the new administration was determined “to move an agenda.”

Sources in the meeting said Pence promised that the new administration would act quickly to repeal many of Obama’s executive orders. Just rolling back regulations would be a huge boost to the economy.

Vice President-elect Pence ended his remarks to House Republicans by asking for their prayers, saying, “Pray for the president, pray for his family, pray for our conference and pray for the country.”

I believe this last election was a big answer to prayer. And I know millions of Americans will continue to pray for God’s protection in the days ahead, that He would bless America as we honor Him.

Rediscovering Federalism

The separation of powers between the states and the federal government is one of the central checks and balances of our republic. In fact, the founding fathers felt so strongly about it that they wrote it into the Constitution in the Tenth Amendment.

But Democrats and their left-wing allies have been waging war against the concept of federalism for decades. The left has repeatedly assaulted this concept, using the brute force of the federal government to force every state in the country to legalize abortion, redefine marriage or upend common sense when it comes to school bathrooms.

Suddenly, with the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, many Democrats are declaring themselves champions of states’ rights, telling the federal government to butt out.

Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by Trump Tower and met with President-elect Donald Trump for more than hour. Speaking to reporters afterwards, de Blasio said he told Trump that “so many New Yorkers [i.e., illegal immigrants] were fearful.” De Blasio added, “I would be swift to react anytime an action is taken that will undermine the people of New York City.”

De Blasio is a radical leftist. He was a staunch admirer of the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua and he even honeymooned in Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

Other left-wing Democrats around the country have echoed similar comments in recent days, vowing to maintain “sanctuary policies” that hide illegal immigrants from law enforcement.

Now just imagine if this situation were reversed. Imagine a Republican governor from a conservative state saying to President-elect Clinton, “We will protect all of our people in Idaho, including defenseless unborn children. We will react any time an action is taken that undermines the rights of unborn children in Idaho.”

Every liberal reporter would make sure we understood that threat, and every Republican around the country would be forced to condemn or defend that statement on the record.

Republicans should not be afraid of a fight over sanctuary cities. A poll last year found that 62% of voters favored penalizing cities that refused to cooperate with federal immigration policies. Only 26% of voters opposed penalizing sanctuary cities.

Left Coast Insanity

A San Francisco teacher has decided to do her part to promote healing and understanding in the wake of the election. Well, not exactly.

Fakrah Shah has developed a lesson plan that tells students who may be upset by the election results that they are right to be outraged. In Shah’s view, America elected a racist and sexist president because Trump succeeded in “pandering to a huge racist and sexist base.”

Among other things, her lesson plan encourages children to “speak your truth,” as if truth were relative, and suggests to teachers that “you can ask for them to limit or not use profanity here as well if that is important to you.” When did profanity in the classroom become optional?

Needless to say, there is some pushback. Shah was confronted with the obvious fact that her lesson plan condemns half the country as “deplorable” and “irredeemable.”

It was also noted that she is humiliating a lot of kids whose parents voted for Trump. But Shah was completely oblivious, responding, “They absolutely will be given safe space. . . they will be asked to explain how [Trump] is not racist.” In other words, her idea of a “safe space” is put those kids “on the spot.”

So far, Shah’s curriculum is voluntary, but it may be coming to a school near you. A local CBS affiliate reports that it “has been published in the San Francisco teachers’ union newsletter and on the National Education Association website.

Hillary Speaks

Hillary Clinton made her first public appearance yesterday since her post-election concession speech on November 9th. She spoke at a gala for the Children’s Defense Fund. The group also presented Clinton with an award for her “lifetime of service.”

During her remarks, Hillary acknowledged that her defeat was hard to take, and that there were plenty of times when she wanted to do nothing more than curl up with a good book or the dogs.

Wow! I guess we know where Bill stands. If the dogs are in the house with her, perhaps Bill is in the dog house!