Bernie’s Q&A: Election Consequences, Tucker Carlson, and more! (4/30) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)
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Hello Bernie, Do you still blame Donald Trump and his offensive, egotistical, personality for the advent of the Biden administration in all its wokeness, and can you see things getting much worse, leading to economic depression and outright race wars. — Fred N.
Yes on the first question, Fred. I still blame Donald Trump for what we’re stuck with now with Mr. Biden and his team of left wing ideologues. Had he not been so offensive, he might have won a second term. And if he had not been so irresponsible after he lost, the Senate might still be in GOP hands. Can I see things getting much worse? Depends on what you mean by “much.” But yes, things can get worse. But no, I don’t see an economic depression or a race war. One more thing: Biden’s non-stop talk about “systemic racism” in this country will not calm things down.
S0 I’m ready to watch some TV. I open my saved recordings and was going to open a show I watch fairly frequently, ABC News’s 20/20 and what do I see for a storyline? They spent two hours “profiling” the life of…….wait, George Floyd. My anger meter immediately went from 0 to 100. Has any major network ever profiled the life of a cop or policeman killed in the line of duty.? But this career criminal does!! Obviously I didn’t watch it, can only wonder if his seven separate incarcerations, one involving the home invasion of a pregnant woman were covered. GRRRRRRRRRRR — John M.
There’s no hope for the woke.
I was trying to put logic to the Democrat strategy of court packing and making DC and Puerto Rico states. Now that preliminary commentary is coming out of a possible shift in power of the House based upon the Census data, it appears to be logic behind their madness. Do you think is the core of their strategy or is it an outright power grab? — Tim H.
It’s an outright power grab.
I’m sure [Monday’s column] will play well with the majority of Republicans, but Democrats will discard it as pure partisan attack. I think Biden’s rhetoric about “Neanderthals” and “Jim Crow on steroids” are certainly not unifying, but also are the standard political fare. The party line vote on COVID relief matches the party line vote on the Trump tax cut. Fiscal sanity is gone from both parties. Illegal immigration under Biden is a problem, but the mainstream media is giving that some airtime. It appears the Biden administration is poised to spend much more on government and that may be a departure from some campaign perceptions, but those bills haven’t passed Congress yet. Your hair trigger for attacking the left went off just a bit early. — John R.
I’ve spent plenty of time taking on the right … now that the left is running the show … I’m more apt to take them on.
[Regarding Monday’s column]: The vote counting was halted on election night in several key states – in Georgia the phony excuse was a water main break… So we do know that observers were sent home and the count continued through the night without them. These are facts. Add in the 5,000+ affidavits from people at the polls (sworn under penalty of perjury) citing unusual counting procedures, and the “pristine” unfolded, un-mailed “mail-in” and absentee ballots counted – tens of thousands by some accounts… I’d would say lots of people have got some ‘splainin’ to do. — Laurie S.
Donald Trump’s team of crack lawyers — not lawyers ON crack — filed numerous lawsuits … and none of them succeeded. That tells us something, don’t you think? It’s one thing to make comments in front of a TV camera where you can get away with a lot. Quite another to make comments — without hard evidence — in front of a judge. That can get you in trouble.
Bernie, one of your readers/members scolded you under your column this week for rightfully saying that Biden won — not stole — the election. His comment: “Since there have not been performed any forensic examination of the 2020 presidential election, you should not present it as a fact that the claim of the stolen election is bogus.”
I don’t know what a “forensic examination” is, and I doubt that reader does either. But if one wasn’t “performed” for the 2020 election (which was probably examined and litigated more than any other), it definitely wasn’t performed for any prior U.S. presidential election — including 2016’s when Trump won. So does that mean the NO presidential election’s certified outcome should be accepted as fact?
I’m being sarcastic here but this is getting really old. — Jen R.
I’m with you, Jen … this IS getting old. Yogi is alleged to have said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Here’s the bad news for anyone who thinks Trump really won: It’s OVER!
Hi Bernie – I am wondering what you think about news outlets “critiquing” other news outlets about how they cover certain stories. To me, it’s kind of like they are a) a sibling telling on another sibling and b) simply preaching to the choir, i.e. their base. For example, I saw this latest headline from Fox News: “ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC all skip John Kerry controversy over alleged leaking of Israeli intel to Iran”. — Tony P.
Ideally, I’d say let the Sunday media shows on cable deal with how the competition is covering the news. But Fox isn’t likely to criticize Fox and CNN isn’t likely to bash CNN. That said, if they’re going to critique the competition, put it in a media segment — and say something like, “In Tonight’s Media segment, let’s look at how CNN covered such and such.” But you’re onto something, Tony. Each channel is good at taking on the competition but not so good at taking on their own channel for similar offenses. One more reason I don’t take cable news prime time shows seriously.
Hi Bernie. Great piece on Monday and the Off the Cuff on Maxine Waters rings so true. I will admit that I’m a staunch conservative, and am no fan of any of the liberal news outlets. I am guilty of watching Newsmax and a little of Fox. And listening to conservative radio such as Chris Plante. And I can’t help but wonder with the likes of yourself seeking to make a reasonable point out of shear lunacy at times, and others of that ilk such as Bill O’Reilly, Glen Beck, Mike Levine, and a host of others, who is listening to the message? And as much as we hear how the ratings on all of the liberal outlets have tanked, why is it their message seems to fill the airwaves? I would also say the papered outlets but the only reference I hear about The NY Times or the Washington Post is how they are also scrounging for online subscriptions and ad dollars. Are we again walking down the primrose path concerning elections where the pendulum usually swings back, or have we crossed over into something much more disconcerting? — Rod A.
I don’t see the pendulum swinging back — to the middle — anytime soon, if ever. There’s money to be made pandering to the extreme tastes and biases of the news consumer. Saying on the one hand this, but on the other hand that, is not how cable TV news or subscription print outlets make their money. We can point fingers at the media but as I’ve said before, the audience is the un-indicted co-conspirator. They’re getting what they want. The audience is part of the problem, Rod.
I agree with your point that Biden ran as a moderate and is governing like a progressive. I have a related theory: During the campaign, I don’t think Biden expected or even wanted the Democrats to win the Senate. That way, he wouldn’t have been under pressure to try and deliver on some of the lip-service he gave to progressive Democrats early in his campaign.
However, when Trump suppressed GOP turnout in the Georgia runoff by telling everyone the state’s voting system was corrupt, which lost Republicans the Senate, Biden was probably thinking: “Shoot. Now I’m going to have to try and deliver on some of this over-the-top stuff, so let’s throw every left-wing thing at the wall and see what sticks, because the GOP will likely win back the house in two years.”
What do you think? — Ben G.
I know what you’re suggesting, Ben, but I don’t see it that way. Joe Biden is a lifelong politician — and lifelong politicians want majorities on their side. So I do think Biden wanted Democrats to win. I don’t think he cares about any supposed pressure to deliver progressive policy. I think he see it as an opportunity to transform America.
Bernie, I’m curious about something you said in this week’s audio commentary. Who are some of the people you listed in your book “100 People Who Are Screwing Up America” that you now think shouldn’t have been on the list? — Alex D.
Barbra Streisand for one. She says dopey left wing things … but is she “screwing up America”? Probably not. Howard Stern? Paris Hilton was a big deal when the book came out. I listed her parents for raising such a seemingly empty headed kid. Not sure they deserved to be on the list, either. There are a few more. But they’re the exceptions. Almost all the others belonged on the list … though 100 People Screwing Up America is still my least favorite book.
As our government looks to be poised to spend tons of money — and I hope we do get some good things in return for it — I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Is Bitcoin’s rise a vote against the Dollar? — John R.
I don’t understand anything about bitcoin. It’s a mystery to me. That said, I wish I bought in at $300.
Sir Bernie, I hear tales of liberal Democrats supposedly getting fed up with blue state governance, so they move to red states to escape the excessive taxes, crime rates, homelessness problems, ad nauseum. However I also hear that these same liberals move to red states and then continue voting for the same types of politicians who promote the same liberal policies that these people were allegedly trying to escape in the first place. However I have not seen any stats to back any of this up. Inform me please if you know—are these allegations true and if so, then WHY In the world would liberals flee to a red state, only to end up consciously voting for the same Dunderhead policies they originally tried to get away from? –“Singing The Red State Blues” Regards From The Emperor
I’m tempted to say, “Beats me” — and leave it at that. I’m not sure all the people who leave a blue state and move to a red state can be lumped together. I don’t know, either, of any stats to back up how they vote in their new state. I suppose some who’ve had enough of liberal policies, abandon them when they move to conservative states. But for others, liberalism is in their blood. They move but their politics remains in place. Go figure, right?
LeBron James is an extremely polarizing figure – not just in the country, but in my head. I can’t seem to square the two LeBrons. He was born to a teenage unwed mother and a non-present father who was in and out of prison. Through an extreme work ethic and dedication to teamwork, LeBron developed his natural talents to become a great basketball player and the face of his league, winning multiple championships and MVP awards. Off the court, LeBron has spent millions opening schools, a housing complex, a community center and a retail plaza in his native Akron, along with donating bikes and a multitude of other necessities to the Boys & Girls Club, etc. Privately and most importantly, LeBron is a good and present father to his three kids. But here’s the part that’s hard to square – LeBron’s words and tweets are too often hateful, bigoted, hypocritical and destructive to the collective community. He was critical of those who supported Hong Kong protestors in defiance of Communist China, is an active participant in the victimhood narrative of black America, and most recently openly targeted and incited the mob against the police officer who shot Ma’Khia Bryant, who was in the process of stabbing another black girl. So three questions: Should LeBron James be fined and suspended by the NBA for his incendiary rhetoric that is clearly inciting mob violence toward a police officer? Should he be suspended by Twitter for those same words? And is he only the most recent and high profile public figure who can’t preach what he practices – living a life of responsibility and agency over your own actions? — Steve R.
Should he be suspended by the NBA? No. I don’t want players suspended because they made comments I don’t like, you don’t like or that even reasonable people don’t like. There are boundaries … not anything goes … but for his comment about Bryant, no on suspension.
No regarding Twitter suspension too.
Here’s how I would handle LeBron’s comments: I’d ask him what he would want that police officer to do if Ma’Khia Bryant was about to stab one of his children … or his mother? That would be enough for me.
Earlier this week, Tucker Carlson instructed his millions of viewers to “call the police immediately” and report child abuse if they see children wearing COVID masks while playing outside. He also said that a vaccinated person wearing a mask outside is like a grown man exposing himself in public. In neither case was he joking.
Do you think that those of us who have parents or parents-in-law who watch Fox News every night (and day), and hang on Carlson’s every word, could successfully sue Carlson to help pay for the costs associated with those family members inevitably being committed to mental institutions? Also, how much would one have to pay you to make Carlson’s laugh your ringtone? — John D.
Let me first take on the most important part of your observation … the part about Tucker Carlson’s laugh. Rightly or wrongly, we no longer waterboard terrorists. Yet there’s no law against Tucker Carlson’s laugh — or Kamala Harris’s either, even though when I hear either of them cackle, it’s torture as far as I’m concerned. I’d rather be waterboarded than be exposed to either of their moronic laugh. Seriously.
As for those who hang on Carlson’s every word … my sympathies to their loved ones.
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