- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2018

Fox News Channel host Judge Jeanine Pirro’s book rules the marketplace. Published last week by Center Street, “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy” remains No. 1 on Amazon. The author is in the middle of a book tour which takes her to the nation’s capital Tuesday for an event at a historic site within blocks of the White House.

Judge Pirro, however, has had a teachable moment following her recent appearance on ABC’s “The View,” which devolved into a shouting match with one of the hosts, as well as the ejection of the judge and her production team from the studio. Her experience, she says, is a hallmark of the greater state of affairs in America — and it’s troubling.

“Should I be angry? I suppose I should. This isn’t about me. There is a bigger issue in play here. ‘The View’ was just a microcosm of what’s going on in this country. The level of hatred towards the 45th president of the United States is beyond anything we’ve seen in American history,” Judge Pirro told her audience Sunday night.

“Donald Trump is the target of vitriol so palpable, it’s simply frightening. Reason has become irrelevant. We can’t have conversations any more. The ripple is national in scope. Family, friends can’t even talk to each other. It’s almost impossible to have a rational discussion that doesn’t turn into a food fight. For some, it’s now even fashionable to threaten the president of the United States,” Judge Pirro said, citing Madonna, Robert De Niro and other high profile folks who have vigorously expressed their dismay with Mr. Trump’s election.

Things are now out of hand, something is wrong and “the anger of the left in America is out of control,” the judge said.

“Thinking you’re right and not allowing debate is fascism, whether it comes from a Republican or Democrat, or the right or the left is wrong. It seems the takedown of a president is more important than the success of the nation,” she continued. “Everyone has the right to speak. But when you can’t even listen to what someone has to say because you despise the man who is president, you undermine not the president of the United States. You undermine the United States.”

And to longtime “View” panel member Whoopi Goldberg, she had a personal message.

“To Whoopi, I accept that you and I have different versions of what happened on Thursday, both on and off the air, and that we have completely different takes on President Trump and the job he’s doing,” Judge Pirro noted.

SENATOR MADDOW

A certain MSNBC star could end up as a future political candidate if the National Democratic Training Committee has anything to say about it.

Rachel Maddow is one of the most outspoken voices of opposition against President Trump’s terrible administration! She is leading the charge against his lies and corruption. She refuses to let Trump and his Fox News buddies lie to the American people,” says the organization in a new public outreach.

“That’s the kind of person we need in office right now. Take just 1-minute to answer our poll and let us know if you want Rachel Maddow to run for public office,” advises the group — which is not affiliated with an candidate but does have 59 “partners” around the nation which include well-known state political organizations, unions, and special-interest and activist organizations.

‘WE CAN SLEEP AFTER THE ELECTION’

The Democratic Party has leaned left and aggressively criticizes all things Republican — though some observers warn that this tactic could drive undecided voters and wavering moderates toward the GOP camp. Republicans, meanwhile, are hard at work — boots on the ground, shoulder-to-the-wheel.

In a rousing speech to Republicans during the party’s recent summer meeting, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel revealed a GOP that is humming. The party has 500 staffers around the nation to man campaigns in all 50 states; they’ve made 22 million voter contacts — door knocks, phone calls, house meetings — and trained 17,000 Republican Leadership Initiative fellows, triple the number who worked in the 2016 race. The RNC also has raised over $213 million so far this year and broken fundraising records, Mrs. McDaniel told her audience.

“The prosperity of the American people is at stake. The America First agenda is at stake. We have made far too much progress to slow down now. We can sleep after the election. History is no match for our dedication to creating a brighter future. And I am ready to cross the finish line to victory. Together, we will defy history,” she advised.

CONCERNS TO THE NORTH

It’s getting complicated in Canada for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Trudeau’s latest headache is unusual for a country bounded by three oceans and just one neighbor: the border,” writes Bloomberg News analyst Josh Wingrove, who notes that “asylum seekers” are crossing Canada’s 4,000-mile undefended land border with the U.S. — and the influx is now straining the nation’s resources.

“The issue has the Canadian prime minister caught between demands for tighter security and his own pledge of open arms. The controversy has ramped up in recent weeks, in part because of Ontario’s election of a conservative government,” Mr. Wingrove said. “A political sparring match is underway over what values are more Canadian: welcoming refugees, even those arriving illegally, or securing the border?”

Mr. Trudeau has named a former police chief as his new minister for border security — and notes that conservatives are “playing the fear card” — and “pitting Canadians against each other, raising the kinds of anxieties that quite frankly don’t help solve problems.”

To the south, meanwhile, the House’s Homeland Security Committee will mark up “13 bills to shield the homeland” on Tuesday, according to Chairman Michael McCaul — including legislation to bolster security at ports of entry and in cyberspace, and to bills to protect citizen against unmanned aircraft and weapons of mass destruction, among other things.

POLL DU JOUR

• 57 percent of American workers say they are overweight; 45 percent say they have gained weight on the job.

• 53 percent of this group blame weight gain on sitting at a desk all day; 49 percent are too tired to exercise.

• 41 percent say they eat more due to stress; 21 percent blame the “office candy jar” and eating out regularly.

• 13 percent blame workplace celebrations, 6 percent after-work happy hours.

Source: A CareerBuilder survey of 1,012 full-time U.S. employees conducted April 4-May 1 and released Monday.

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