This day in WND history: Linda Ronstadt laments ‘new bunch of Hitlers’ in America

Singer Linda Ronstadt in 1977 (Photo: Flickr)

Singer Linda Ronstadt in 1977 (Photo: Flickr)

Singer Linda Ronstadt laments ‘new bunch of Hitlers’ in America

WND-20-YearsNov. 18, 2004: Singer Linda Ronstadt, who made headlines during the 2004 presidential campaign by expressing solidarity with filmmaker Michael Moore, kicked it up a notch and compared current U.S. political trends with events in Nazi Germany.

“People don’t realize that by voting Republican, they voted against themselves,” Ronstadt told USA Today regarding the race for the White House.

On the issue of the ongoing battle in Iraq, Ronstadt added, “I worry that some people are entertained by the idea of this war. They don’t know anything about the Iraqis, but they’re angry and frustrated in their own lives. It’s like Germany, before Hitler took over. The economy was bad and people felt kicked around. They looked for a scapegoat. Now we’ve got a new bunch of Hitlers.”

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City sued after officers beat driver over broken taillight


Police departments advise drivers that safety is one of the highest priorities and that if a driver is signaled to pull over in an unsafe location, he should find the nearest safe spot to comply.

That didn’t work out so well for a driver in Shreveport, Louisiana, and now he has filed a lawsuit against the city for excessive force, battery, deprivation of constitutional rights and more.

The driver alleges he was signaled to pull over but was in a location where he felt unsafe, so he drove roughly two minutes to a better location.

However, once there, he was beaten and bludgeoned by officers who claim he was “resisting,” according to the complaint filed by the Rutherford Institute.

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John W. Whitehead, Rutherford’s president, said the case makes clear “how easy it is for Americans to be charged with any of the growing number of contempt of cop charges (ranging from resisting arrest and interference to disorderly conduct, obstruction, and failure to obey a police order) that get trotted out anytime a citizen exhibits anything short of total compliance to the police state.”

Rutherford’s Fourth Amendment complaint is on behalf of Gregory V. Tucker, a young African-American man who, “after being stopped by Louisiana police for a broken taillight, was allegedly thrown to the ground, beaten, arrested and hospitalized for severe injuries to his face and arm, all for allegedly ‘resisting arrest’ by driving to a safe, well-lit area before stopping.”

The case names the city and officers C.B.Cisco, W. McIntire, Y. Johnson and T. Kolb.

The complaint alleges the city and its officers violated Tucker’s constitutionally protected rights when he was beaten after being stopped.

“Unfortunately, the price of standing up for one’s constitutional rights – or even attempting to protect oneself against police misconduct – grows more costly by the day, with Americans getting probed, poked, pinched, tasered, tackled, searched, seized, stripped, manhandled, arrested, shot, or killed,” Whitehead said.

“This case is a chilling reminder that in the American police state, ‘we the people’ are at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to ‘serve and protect,‘” he said.

The incident happened Dec. 1, 2016.

An officer reportedly saw Tucker driving with a taillight that was not working.

He signaled Tucker to stop.

“Because he did not feel safe stopping immediately, Tucker drove calmly and slowly for a few minutes more to a safe, well-lit area in front of his cousin’s house where he parked his car.”

Police immediately placed him under arrest for “resisting,” and when additional officers arrived, they threw him to the ground and “punched numerous times in the head and body.”

He was bleeding with injuries to his face, head and arms when they put him in a police car and he had to be treated by EMTs.

Tucker “suffered severe physical and emotional injuries, including trauma to his head, face and arm, which required treatment at the hospital,” the complaint explains.

“In the course of executing the seizure of plaintiff Tucker the defendant police officers used excessive and unreasonable force which resulted in physical and emotional injuries to plaintiff Greg Tucker, thereby depriving the plaintiff of his rights under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

It accuses the officers and the city of acting “with reckless and callous indifference.”

It seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as fees and costs.

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40 rescued from human trafficking operations


A coordinated crackdown by authorities in eight African nations has rescued about 40 people who were being smuggled or trafficked, says a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Many of the rescued were minors who were being forcibly transported to work in the illegal gold mines in Guinea, authorities said this week.

The operation, focusing on border controls in West Africa, was carried out by Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

Some of the victims had paid smugglers to get them to Europe through Libya.

Authorities at the international INTERPOL group said in a report that the eight-day Operation Adwenpa III, Oct. 5-12, involved more than 100 officers at 23 sites across key land border and airports in eight countries.

Authorities said that in addition to the human trafficking operations, about 650 pounds of counterfeit pharmaceutical products were discovered at the Abidjan airport. That led to the discovery of a house being used as a warehouse and packaging site for other fake medicines.

Six people were arrested there.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

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Did Cuba just successfully invade Venezuela?



Cuba has had grandiose plans for its “socialist paradise” that haven’t come to fruition after six decades.

The island nation still has a failed economy — the small number of citizens who own cars tend to drive antiques — it has little influence on the international scene and relations with its northern neighbor, the U.S., are still strained at best.

For example, the U.S. recently expelled 15 Cuban diplomats after 22 U.S. members of the embassy in Havana, which opened recently under Barack Obama, suffered injuries from “bizarre sonic weapons.”

Nevertheless, according to Breitbart News, there now are at least 93,000 Cubans in Venezuela helping run the disastrous socialist economy in what could be described as an invasion, even if the invaders were invited.

The report quotes a retired general who said Venezuela’s government officials decided to “import Fidel Castro’s ill-fated communism experiment.”

“Thousands of Cubans hold key positions in various Venezuelan government sectors, particularly in the national security and intelligence services used to monitor politicians, opposition members, business executives, and the population as a whole to keep the socialist regime in power, noted retired Maj. Gen. Antonio Rivero,” the report said.

Read what happens when people come to believe socialism is the answer, in “Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning,” by William Murray.

During a meeting held by the Justice Cuba human rights organization, Rivero, a critic of the so-called Bolivarian revolution launched by the late Hugo Chavez, explained that by 2010, there was a permanent presence of approximately 92,700 Cubans “carrying various missions in all areas and sectors of the [socialist] government.”

Venezuela now is led by Chavez’s chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro.

The report explained it was under Chavez that the two nations, both advocates for totalitarianism, set up the process for Cubans to take part in Venezuela’s management, including health care, social welfare and national security programs.

The retired Venezuelan general, the report said, “noted that the socialist Venezuelan government hired thousands of pro-Castro Cubans to work in the intelligence and security sectors, granting them the ability to acquire information and conduct surveillance on both their fellow Cubans in the country and Venezuelans.”

The Cubans include about 3,000 specialists in intelligence, who are capable of monitoring both Cubans and Venezuelans in Venezuela, the report said.

“The oppressive Cuban presence reportedly extends beyond the civilian government into the military,” Breitbart said.

The presence of the Cubans was referenced in report by the U.S.-based news agency that broadcasts to Cuba, Marti Noticias, which claimed there were many Cuban soldiers already in Venezuela, including 4,500 infantry in nine battalions.

Observers said the Venezuelan economy is in chaos because of the government’s pursuit of socialism.

WND reported just weeks ago that two Venezuelan opposition leaders were taken from their homes in what was seen as a new sign of an impending dictatorship.

Venezuela has been wracked by violent protests for well over a year. Frequent electrical blackouts and chronic shortages of food and medicine have caused great unrest, turning much of the population against Maduro and his regime. The country’s pro-Maduro Supreme Court only fanned the flames in March when it tried to seize power from the National Assembly, which has been controlled by Maduro opponents since December 2015.

Observing the South American nation from his perch as chairman of the D.C.-based Religious Freedom Coalition, William J. Murray sees a country consumed by utter chaos.

“Venezuela is already in a state of anarchy,” Murray told WND at the time. “It has one of the highest murder rates in the world and people are killing each other for boxes of cereal. The average Venezuelan has lost more than 10 pounds because of starvation – in a nation which has the largest oil reserves in the world and should be rich.”

But Murray is not surprised that Venezuela is poor despite its abundance of oil. The country has been in the grip of socialist rule since 1999.

Socialism is one strain of utopian thought, and as Murray demonstrates in his book “Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning,” utopian rulers throughout history have always brought poverty and misery to their people.

Murray believes Maduro has joined the long line of utopian dictators, as evidenced most recently by his illegitimate Constituent Assembly election.

“There was a democracy in Venezuela,” Murray said. “It was a functioning democracy, and this Constituent Assembly is for one purpose – to put Maduro in power for life without any further elections despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of people want him out now.”

The U.S. government explains it continues to hope for “a stable, prosperous, and free country for the Cuban people.”

Venezuela currently is trying to restructure $60 billion in foreign debt and has failed to make payments that already have been due.

Read what happens when people come to believe socialism is the answer, in “Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning,” by William Murray.

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New way to fight back in war against Trump

President Trump (Photo: Twitter)

President Trump (Photo: Twitter)

WASHINGTON – Imagine yourself as president of the United States.

Every day brings new slurs, attacks, “fake news,” unsubstantiated allegations, threats of impeachment – and little support even within his own party’s establishment.

Meanwhile, every day, you go about the business of fulfilling campaign promise after campaign promise to the voters that put you in power 10 months ago – compiling, in the face of that opposition, a staggering, perhaps unprecedented, list of accomplishments for a first year in the White House.

Would a little encouragement be nice?

That’s what the Thank Trump campaign is all about. It provides an easy, free and high-profile way for supporters of the president’s agenda to express their appreciation to the White House and the Trump administration for these achievements in the face of overwhelming opposition from the media, from the Democrats and even within the Republican Party.

Supporters can choose between six digital greeting cards with a variety of messages, designs, themes and personalization along with delivery to the White House, your favorite social media sites and your friends and family members.

Join the Thank Trump Card Campaign today

It’s all the idea of Joseph Farah, founder of, the world’s first independent online news service – a unique and innovative opportunity to Americans, and, in fact, the people of the world, to send thanks and encouragement for what the president has accomplished in his first year in office.

There is no cost to participate in this campaign.

“While there are always going to be some disappointments in the imperfect art of politics, the Trump White House has fulfilled dozens of campaign promises, changed the tone of Washington, reversed the headlong plunge into socialism and raised the spirits of Americans like no one since Ronald Reagan in 1981,” said Farah. “Such an occasion should not go unnoticed or overshadowed by the angry and vitriolic response from his disgruntled opposition. It’s time for the president to hear from those who elected him – and those who have come around since Election Day.”

The goal, Farah says, is to get millions of Americans participating in the campaign in a genuine display of sincere thanks and encouragement to Trump and his team for a “breathtaking” record of accomplishment in the face of unprecedented adversity and enraged opposition from Democrat politicians, the entrenched Washington establishment, what Trump calls the “fake news” media and street thugs, some paid and some violent, who have sought to disrupt and subvert the will of the people.

To kick off the campaign, WND compiled a comprehensive “BIG LIST” of actual accomplishments – many of which have received little notice or outright condemnation from the establishment press. The “BIG LIST” will be updated daily through Jan. 20, the first anniversary of Trump Inauguration marking his first year on the job. Those who partake in the campaign will also be kept informed of the new achievements of the Trump administration.

“It’s time to credit the Trump presidency, in the face of overwhelming political, cultural and spiritual opposition, for doing much of what it set out to do,” said Farah. “The Trump White House has slammed the brakes on the political freight train leading America into despair, misery, economic decline, oligarchy, socialism, political correctness, debt and unlimited government. Few could have imagined more accomplishment – both symbolic and substantive – in the first year of a presidential administration.”

Farah is hoping the campaign will catch on fire with the help of social media activists spreading the word and the promotion of the campaign by alternative media outlets and talk radio.

“I don’t expect much help from the ‘fake news’ cartel,” said Farah. “But it wasn’t the ‘fake news’ cartel that helped elect Donald Trump president. It was the new independent press, including the pioneer in that area, Now, Donald Trump needs encouragement to stay the course, turn up the heat, open up the throttle and continue fulfilling campaign promises one by one. That’s what this campaign is all about, in addition to demoralizing and defusing the angry, thuggish opposition led by the Democrats and establishment Washington.”

Check out the six design options for the e-cards, all of which can be personalized with additional messages and sent directly to the White House at no cost.

WND has run other innovative political campaigns in the past, including the famous “Pink Slip” project, which sent 9 million messages to Congress on pink paper threatening members with rejection at the polls in November 2010 if they did not act on their campaign promises. The campaign was so successful, it exhausted supplies of pink paper in North America. Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives in that election by picking up a historic 63 seats and another six in the U.S. Senate.

Some credit the “Pink Slip” campaign with the birth of the tea party movement, which followed in its wake., originally known as WorldNetDaily, was the first independent online news agency to be established in 1997.

Media representatives who would like to interview Farah about the campaign are encouraged to email

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Gorsuch affirms he’s a ‘Scalia’ justice

Neil Gorsuch

U.S. Supreme Court Associated Justice Neil Gorsuch

Many voters who said they had reservations about supporting Donald Trump for president cited the U.S. Supreme Court as the No. 1 reason they chose him over Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.

If their desire was to see the court filled with justices who share the judicial philosophy of the late Antonin Scalia, they must be pleased with the record so far of Justice Neil Gorsuch and the pledge the Trump appointee made at a dinner Thursday night in honor of Scalia.

“Tonight I can report that a person can be both a publicly committed originalist and textualist and be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States,” Gorsuch said at the dinner, held by the Federalist Society at Union Station in Washington, D.C., the Washington Examiner reported.

Neil Gorsuch with Justice Antonin Scalia on the Colorado River. Scalia addressed the photo to Gorsuch, writing: "To Neil Gorsuch, Fond memories of a day on the Colorado. With warm regards, Antonin Scalia."

Neil Gorsuch with Justice Antonin Scalia on the Colorado River. Scalia addressed the photo to Gorsuch, writing: “To Neil Gorsuch, Fond memories of a day on the Colorado. With warm regards, Antonin Scalia.”

“Originalism has regained its place at the table … textualism has triumphed … and neither one is going anywhere on my watch.”

During his remarks, Gorsuch equated criticism of the conservative Federalist Society’s influence to the “red scare” and praised the leadership of Federalist Society Executive Vice President Leonard Leo, who serves as Trump’s adviser on judicial nominations.

Gorsuch addressed criticism that he is too vocal during oral arguments by taking a poll of the audience’s view of his performance.

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The audience signaled with applause that it wants him to continue.

“Maybe these questions are pretty popular after all,” Gorsuch said.

Trump’s appointment of Gorsuch is among at least 150 achievements recorded in WND’s new list of accomplishments since Trump took office in January that form the basis for WND’s Thank Trump Card Campaign. The campaign, with a dedicated website,, allows people to send a personalized note of thanks to the president.

The Gorsuch appointment could be the first of several during Trump’s term in office.

A writer for the left-wing website Alternet said during the 2016 election campaign that it’s likely the new president would nominate not only Scalia’s replacement but also an additional three new justices, arguing that since 1971, the average age of retirement for a Supreme Court justice has been just under 79 years.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84, Anthony Kennedy is 81 and Stephen Breyer is 79

“The new justices will set the direction of the Supreme Court and the values that guide it for the next generation. Scalia, after all, was on the court for 30 years before he died,” wrote David Morris.

The Trump administration announced Friday is has added five new names to its list of possible Supreme Court nominees “in the mold of” Gorsuch, bringing the total to 25.

“The president remains deeply committed to identifying and selecting outstanding jurists in the mold of Justice Gorsuch,” the White House said. “These additions, like those on the original list released more than a year ago, were selected with input from respected conservative leaders.”

The new names are Amy Coney Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Britt C. Grant of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Brett M. Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kevin C. Newsom of Appeals Court for the Eleventh Circuit and Patrick Wyrick of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma.

Barrett was grilled in September during confirmation hearings for her current judicial post by Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Dick Durbin of Illinois regarding her Roman Catholic beliefs on abortion. The now embattled Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., accused this week of sexual harassment, charged Barrett is unfit for the court because she gave a speech to a “hate group,” referring to the religious liberty law firm Alliance Defending Freedom as such.

History of Republican high-court whiffs

Gorsuch’s affirmation of his fealty to originalism is significant because of the mixed record of Republican high-court appointments historically.

Earl Warren

Earl Warren

Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower is famously reported to have said the two biggest mistakes of his presidency were appointing Earl Warren and William Brennan, leaders of the aggressively liberal court of the 1960s. The selection of David Souter by President George H.W. Bush is another example.

On the current court, the four Democratic-appointed justices — Ginsburg, Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor — have been consistently liberal on the bench.

However, of Ronald Reagan’s three appointees — Sandra Day O’Connor, Scalia and Kennedy — only Scalia turned out to be a consistent conservative. George H.W. Bush scored with Clarence Thomas while getting burned by Souter. George W. Bush appointed Samuel A. Alito Jr. and John Roberts, who are part of the conservative wing of the court. But Roberts famously broke with the conservatives on the Obamacare mandate, casting the deciding vote to uphold the largest expansion of federal power in decades.

Marc Thiessen, former chief speechwriter for George W. Bush, asked rhetorically in a 2012 Washington Post column why the Democratic record on Supreme Court appointments is so consistent while the Republican record is so mixed.

He said that for one, the legal and political culture pushes the court to the left.

“Conservatives are pariahs if they vote against the left on certain issues. But if they cross over to vote with the left, they are hailed as statesmen. There is no penalty for voting left, but there is for voting right,” Thiessen wrote.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, nominated by President George W. Bush.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, nominated by President George W. Bush.

Another factor, he said, is that liberal Supreme Court nominees “can tell you precisely how they stand on key issues and still get confirmed.”

In her 1993 confirmation hearings, Ginsburg, appointed by Bill Clinton, declared the right to abortion “central to a woman’s life, to her dignity” and was confirmed 96 to 3.

Breyer, another Clinton appointee, declared abortion a “basic right” and was confirmed 87 to 9.

“Imagine if a conservative nominee said the opposite? His or her confirmation battle would be a nuclear war,” Thiessen said.

During his confirmation hearings, Thiessen pointed out Roberts famously compared the role of a judge to that of a baseball umpire whose job “is to call balls and strikes.”

George W. Bush, he said, took that as a promise that “he’s not going to legislate from the bench.”

But when faced with a decision that could sink Obamacare, Roberts, Thiessen said, engaged in “the kind of sophistry we expect from liberals,” effectively redrafting the statute to make the mandate a tax in order to declare it constitutional.

In dissent, Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito wrote: “To say that the Individual Mandate merely imposes a tax is not to interpret the statute but to rewrite it. … This carries verbal wizardry too far, deep into the forbidden land of the sophists.”

Thiessen observed that the left “sees the law as a tool of social justice — so they start with the desired outcome and then come up with legal reasoning to justify it.”

“That is what Roberts did: He decided he wanted to uphold Obamacare and rewrote the statute to fit that outcome.”

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13 reasons Fox viewers want Shep Smith fired

Shepard Smith of Fox News

Shepard Smith of Fox News

It’s a known fact that in 2010 a committee including Hillary Clinton and eight other members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet approved a deal allowing a Russian company to obtain 20 percent of America’s uranium production by acquiring Canada-based Uranium One.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a panel charged with reviewing any business deal that potentially impacts national security, approved the transaction in October of that year.

Hillary Clinton did not recuse herself from voting even though several of the investors in the deal had donated money to the Clinton Foundation.

Two House committees announced plans last month to investigate the Uranium One deal.

But Shep Smith, the chief news anchor for Fox News, offered up a six-minute monologue on Nov. 14 that CNN called “a powerful rebuttal” to the claims of impropriety surrounding Clinton’s involvement in the Uranium One deal.

That led many Fox viewers to openly muse whether Smith is employed by the wrong media giant. Wouldn’t he make a better fit for CNN?

According to Breitbart “Fox News Viewers Demand Shep Smith be Fired After Error-Filled Uranium One Report: ‘Send Him to CNN.‘”

Watch Smith defend former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against charges she helped engineer the Uranium One deal with Russians in return for donations to her private foundation.


Smith essentially said Clinton had nothing to do with the deal’s approval and that no uranium has left the country bound for Russia as a result of the deal. Smith’s commentary is being circulated by the far-left group Media Matters as proof that Clinton’s hands are clean on Uranium One. Media Matters chalked up all the charges against Hillary as “conspiracy theories” by conservatives.

Interestingly, that is the same word of choices – conspiracy theories – used by CNN in its effort to help Smith’s commentary go viral.

CNN noted, “It was the latest instance of Smith endearing himself to Fox critics — and alienating the network’s most diehard viewers.”

In contrast to Smith’s energetic defense of Clinton on Uranium One sale, watch him go into full attack-dog mode when discussing the supposed “Trump-Russian collusion” story earlier this year.


We’re being told “lie after lie after lie” Smith says regarding a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and some Russians.

Why is it that when Shep Smith talks about Clinton cash with regard to Uranium One the news anchor tries to debunk those who have posed legitimate questions but when he addresses Trump-Russian collusion he comes down clearly on the side of anti-Trumpers?

Speaking at a May 2017 diversity conference at University of Mississippi, Shep Smith described what it’s like working as a gay man at a conservative news network.

Smith has a long history of letting his personal political leanings float into his news coverage, and more often than not those leanings line up with the talking heads on CNN, not Fox.

What do YOU think? Should Shepard Smith be fired? Sound off in today’s WND poll.

Besides covering for Hillary on Uranium One, here are 12 more reasons why Fox viewers love to hate Shep Smith:

1. He said Trump administration is putting out “lie after lie after lie” about Russia.

2. Sean Hannity said on is radio show Shep is “very anti-Trump.”

3. In November 2000 Smith was accused of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, a charge he ultimately escaped punishment even though witnesses said he drove his car into another reporter who was standing in a parking space she attempted to save for a friend. The female reporter was hospitalized with bruises on her knees and legs. According to police, Walsh was standing across the street from the state capitol when Smith drove up and “shouted some profanities at her and basically just struck her, striking her at the knees, which threw her up on the car.”

4. He disputed Trump’s characterization of the NFL protests.

As in his previous pro-Democrat expressed opinions, the “news” anchor was featured by Media Matters in a tweet.

5. He pushed back against the idea that Obama wiretapped Trump.

6. He said climate change is real and that human activity contributed to it.

He said so in June 2017, right before Trump gave a speech withdrawing the U.S. from a climate agreement. Smith remarked:

“Climate change is real and our activities do contribute to it. As The New York Times reports today, scientific studies show if the world’s carbon emissions continue unchecked, atmospheric temperatures will continue to rise. The planet will not just be hotter, but it will also suffer from rising sea levels, more powerful storms, droughts that lead to food shortages and other extreme conditions.”
Smith previously acknowledged climate change is real in 2014, which prompted Jon Stewart to joke, “You know this is serious if someone on Fox News just said climate change is real. I believe that is a sign of the apocalypse.”

7. He defends CNN against charges by President Trump that they are fake news.

8. He accuses Trump of constantly making ridiculous and false comments.

9. He says U.S. should continue taking in refugees from jihadist hotspots after a terrorist attack.

In 2015, after terrorists killed more than 100 in Paris and two of them were linked to the refugee influx, Smith said it would be un-American to bar refugees from entering the country:

“In the face of terror, will we panic or be calm and deliberative in approach? Confronted with those who want to change our way of life, will we abandon our freedoms and the rights granted to us by the creator, or will we welcome huddled masses yearning to breathe free? Will we take extreme measures to fundamentally alter who and what we are? Our shining city on a hill is vulnerable. We’ve always known that. If we change it to accommodate the savages, have they won? And what then would be left to protect?”

10. He contended Trump ‘trades in racism’

In August 2016, Smith suggested that Trump was using racism during his campaign. Smith had a guest on during his show who said that Trump “really trades in hyperbole.” Smith then asked, “He trades in racism, doesn’t he?”

The guest said that he would leave this up to the commentators to talk about. While Smith did not outright say that Trump is a racist, he certainly came pretty close with this conversation.

11. He criticized Trump for sharing a story about general’s method of stamping out terrorism in Philippines.

This story is considered pure myth by liberal fact-checking agencies but others maintain there is an element of truth to the story, even if Trump didn’t relate it just right. Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing was stationed in the Philippines from 1909 to 1913. Pershing was confronted with a Muslim insurgency in Moro Province, which he largely broke in June 1913 in a battle that killed some 500 Moro fighters.

According to Politifact, Pershing wrote in a memoir that another U.S. commander in the Philippines had at least once “seen to it” that Muslim insurgents’ bodies were buried in the same grave as a dead pig to serve as a warning to others. “It was not pleasant to have to take such measures, but the prospect of going to hell instead of heaven sometimes deterred the would-be assassins,” Pershing wrote. According to Politifact, a footnote to the 2013 edition of the memoir cited another general as telling Pershing in a letter that the practice had long been a custom “to discourage crazy lunatics.”

12. He criticized Trump for questioning Obama’s citizenship.

In September 2016, after years of questioning whether Obama is a U.S. citizen, Trump held a press conference blaming Clinton for starting the conspiracy theory and taking credit for putting the controversy to an end.

Smith hammered Trump, saying that he was backing down from his “birther ridiculousness” and saying that his claim that Clinton started it is not true. Smith explained:

“There is no evidence to support the claim that Hillary Clinton or her team started the theory that President Obama wasn’t born in America. Zero, it never happened … She did not start the birther rumor. In fact, Hillary Clinton has attempted to point out that Donald Trump’s refusal to admit that President Obama was born in United States is a sign that the Republican nominee is not connected with black voters, which he isn’t. Of course, that’s because the birther issue, illegitimate by any issue as a definition, questioned the legitimacy of our nation’s first black president and gives fuel to the ‘he’s not one of us’ lies.”

Viewers sound off: James Ranka explains why he will “never again watch Fox News anchor Shep Smith.” 

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1/3 of 214 arrested MS-13 were ‘unaccompanied alien children’

(Breitbart) Almost one-third of 214 U.S.-based MS-13 gang members arrested in an international sweep were invited into the United States by President Barack Obama’s “Unaccompanied Alien Children” policy.

The successful “Raging Bull’ sweep was announced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Tom Homan in a joint press conference at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

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Al Franken falls from ‘Democratic darling to dirty old man’

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has fallen from being a “Democratic darling to dirty old man” with the photographic evidence that he groped a young woman during a USO tour in 2006, an image that the ex-comedian claimed was intended as a “joke.”

Others haven’t seen it that way, and there’s evidence that Franken long has categorized sex and assault in the category of humor.

The image was released by radio talk show host LeeAnn Tweeden, who was with Franken on a USO tour before he became a senator in an election likely tainted by the votes of convicted criminals. She claimed he forcibly kissed her, stuck his tongue into her mouth and badgered her for days during the tour. Then, she said, then left the parting gift of an image of the groping, taken while she slept en route home from the tour.

Newsweek compiled a list of Franken statements, including when he “once joked about child rape during a comedic roast of film director Rob Reiner.”

Franken, the magazine said, “laid out a scene where Reiner’s father, Carl, would invite famous friends over to rape his son.”

At that time, Franken quipped: “On a typical night, Carl would slip into Rob’s bed, roll him over, swab him down and say something like, ‘I’m thinking about hiring Morey Amsterdam to play Buddy Sorrell, what do you think?’ Well, the success of The Dick Van Dyke Show changed things dramatically. Carl started inviting many of his famous friends to —- his son. That list includes some of the greats in comedy: Paul Lynde, Dom DeLuise, Rip Taylor, Danny Kaye, Charles Nelson Reilly and Rock Hudson – whom I frankly don’t think is that funny.”


The report said Franken also “joked” about raping “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl.

“And, ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then, when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.‘”

Read all about Al Franken’s documented “lies” and “smears” in “Pants on Fire, How Al Franken Lies, Deceives and Smears,” available at the WND Superstore.

He also “joked” in Playboy about “creating an Institute for Pornographic Studies where he performed sex acts with humans and robots,” the Newsweek report said.

“I found myself extremely attracted to the vulnerable side of this sexy scientist, and when I offered to comfort her, she accepted, kissing me full on the lips and inserting her tongue into my mouth and moving it around suggestively,” Franken wrote.

He then describes sex acts in detail.

After the Tweeden image was released, a second allegation against Franken arose.

The Media Equalizer reported its co-founder, Melanie Morgan, claimed Franken threatened and harassed her.

“Morgan’s disturbing encounter was sparked by daring to disagree with Franken during an August 2000 edition of ABC’s ‘Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,‘” the organization reported.

She was on the show with Franken, William Baldwin and then-Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers.

“I made a statement about the budget numbers, Franken challenged me, I challenged him back. It was about spending priorities, actually just a mundane discussion. But he obsessed over it,” Morgan said.

After the show, Morgan said, Franken wouldn’t leave her alone, insisting on continuing the argument.


“He approached me backstage, angrily called me out on those numbers and insisted he would prove he was right. He wouldn’t leave me alone, he kept following me. As a woman, his presence and proximity to me felt very threatening and intimidating. I didn’t realize his creepy behavior after the show meant it would continue in the days to come.”

She said Franken got her home number and called her, leaving her “fearful.”

“By the third phone call I was outraged and terrified, as he is really disturbed,” Morgan recounted.

In the book “Pants on Fire, How Al Franken Lies, Deceives and Smears,” author Alan Skorski explains that Franken’s fame came from his books “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot” and “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.”

According to Skorski’s book, Franken’s nonstop “smears” were surprisingly unchallenged for a long time while he was a commentator and radio talk -show host.

But eventually, Skorski found that Franken himself “regularly lies, smears and distorts what others say and do.”

It was the London Daily Mail that reported the senator’s action, which left Tweeden feeling “belittled and humiliated,” pushed Franken over the edge from “Democratic darling to dirty old man.”

Franken now faces calls for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

He apologized to Tweeden for his behavior, but President Trump took to Twitter to point out: “The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”

Franken responded after the image became public: “I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t.”

WND reported when Franken won his first election, by a razor-thin 312 votes in Minnesota, that he actually may not have won.

Dan McGrath of Minnesota Majority said his group’s investigation found incumbent Norm Coleman had more votes at the end of the polling, but Franken was given the seat after a recount.

According to records, however, at least 341 convicted felons voted in Hennepin County, where Minneapolis is located, and another 52 voted illegally in Ramsey County, home to St. Paul.

“The number of felons voting in those two counties alone exceeds … Franken’s victory margin,” according to the analysis.

In Franken’s second election, he edged out challenger Mike McFadden after Barack Obama’s unpopularity as president threatened the Democratic hold on the seat.

WND reported the Minnesota secretary of state, Mark Ritchie, who oversaw the senatorial recount that put Franken into office, was listed by the Communist Party USA as an official “friend.”

That followed WND’s earlier report that Ritchie was funded – and apparently continues to be supported – by prominent leaders of the radical left.

Read all about Al Franken’s documented “lies” and “smears” in “Pants on Fire, How Al Franken Lies, Deceives and Smears,” available at the WND Superstore.

Among Franken’s campaign donors were members of the Democratic Socialists of America, founders of the socialist New Party; members of the Communist Party USA, or CPUSA; and even a former associate of the Weatherman domestic terrorist group founded by Bill Ayers.

Personalities from several George Soros-funded think tanks and the terrorist-supporting Code Pink also were on Ritchie’s donor list.

The Washington Post reported a Minnesota woman who had been working with Franken on legislation was raped by a man who had worked in Franken’s office.

The rapist, Daniel Drill-Mellum, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct and was given six years in prison.

The victim said Thursday she no longer wants Franken’s name on the legislation when it is introduced and hopes to find someone else to sponsor it.

CNN noted other Democratic senators have criticized Franken since Tweeden’s revelations.

“Never acceptable and must not be tolerated,” is how Chuck Schumer of New York described sexual harassment.

Illinois’ Dick Durbin: “Never an excuse.”

Washington’s Patty Murray: “Extremely disappointing.”

Kirsten Gillibrand, New York,: “The allegations are very troubling.”

Claire McCaskill, Missouri: “I’m shocked and concerned.”

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh pointed out the facts about Franken are “gumming up” Democratic efforts to kill the Senate campaign of Roy Moore in Alabama and remove Trump from office.

“What are the Democrats going to do? Seriously. What are the Democrats going to do? They’re trying to get rid of two Republicans, and here comes this big hypocrite, Al Franken, totally gumming up the works, totally screwing up the plan.

“I mean, they want to get rid of Roy Moore, and they want to use that to get rid of Donald Trump, and here comes Franken, and there’s an actual picture of Franken doing it. The woman is sleeping and she’s wearing, you know, camo gear on a C-17 on the way back from a USO tour.”

He continued: “If they give Franken a pass, how do they continue to go after Roy Moore? Not that they couldn’t do it. Hypocrisy has a tough time attaching itself to these people, but they’ve got a problem, because they’ve got many, many eggs in this sexual harassment basket that they are using to get rid of people they don’t want.”

Read all about Al Franken’s documented “lies” and “smears” in “Pants on Fire, How Al Franken Lies, Deceives and Smears,” available at the WND Superstore.

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Monica Lewinsky: Public shaming of sex-abuse victims ‘blood sport’

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky says social media platforms have become “online coliseums” that have turned shaming victims of sexual harassment and abuse into a “blood sport.”

Lewinsky reflected on the current environment in an interview with the Evening Standard published Thursday, nearly 20 years after her relationship with former President Bill Clinton. The interview comes after women have begun to publicly share their stories of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace after women alleged decades of sexual harassment and assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

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