Rep. Devin Nunes Opening Statement 11/19/19

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Democratic corruption

Why it’s wrong to investigate Democratic corruption

By Tom Trinko
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One of Adam Schiff’s many rules for his kangaroo court hearings designed to convince the American people that up is down is that testimony related to whether or not the Bidens are a corrupt criminal enterprise is forbidden.

According to Schiff, it doesn’t matter if Joe Biden was bribed through his son to ensure that the investigation into Burisma’s corruption by the Ukraine government was shut down.

Assuming Schiff isn’t doing that simply because it goes against his Big Lie tells us that Schiff believes that it’s wrong to investigate Democratic corruption.

We know that Schiff has no problem with Democrats pressuring Ukraine to investigate people related to Trump even when there is no evidence of wrongdoing.  When three Democratic senators wrote a threatening letter in 2018 demanding that Ukraine reopen investigations into people with political ties to Trump, Schiff uttered not a single word of condemnation.

This is just one more example of how Democrats believe themselves to be above the law.  We see it over and over. Obama, by his own admission, violated the Constitution with his DACA proclamation and now Democrats say that Trump can’t overturn it, as though Obama’s decrees are somehow above those of any other president.

Democrats tell us that Hillary’s gross negligence in handling critical classified information is okay even as a sailor went to the brig for a much less egregious violation of the same law.

If you’re wondering about Trump’s actions, ask yourself this question: if Democrats had clear irrefutable evidence of Trump Jr engaging in corrupt acts in the Ukraine and a Democratic president asked the Ukrainians to investigate would you think that was wrong?

Yet there is clear unambiguous evidence of Joe and Hunter Biden’s corruption in the Ukraine.

  • Hunter Biden received around $3.1 million from a corrupt Ukraine company, Burisma, despite the fact that he never went to Ukraine and knows nothing about the energy business.
  • Hunter Biden has publicly admitted that he only got the job with Burisma because he’s Joe’s son.
  • Hunter got his sweet gig after his dad was made the point man for the US on Ukraine policy
  • Joe Biden is on video saying he used a quid pro quo, denying US aid, to get the prosecutor who was investigating Burisma fired thereby ending the investigation.
  • The only foreign prosecutor that Biden has ever personally ensured was fired just happened to be the one investigating his son.
  • Burisma used the Biden name to try and get special meetings with the State Department

Most commentary about the Biden’s corruption assumes that Joe was protecting Hunter, but any investigation by Ukraine would have been unlikely to directly impact Hunter; the U.S. would never extradite him.  So perhaps what really happened is that Burisma bought Joe Biden by funneling money through Hunter Biden. Then when Burisma was in trouble they had Biden shut down the investigation not to protect Hunter but to protect the corrupt Ukrainians who run Burisma.

In the real world, if some shady character wants to bribe a politician they don’t write a check that would leave a paper trail. Instead they give some relative a fake job and funnel money into the family that way.

Even if Joe Biden himself never saw a cent, Joe benefited because his son got rich.

As you listen to the kangaroo court hearings remember that if you think that a President has the responsibility to look into corruption by his predecessors then even if there was a quid pro quo what Trump did was right.  Few of us want to live in a world where corruption by Democrats can never be investigated.

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Clinton Foundation bleeding money

Clinton Foundation bleeding money with no Clintons in high office

By Thomas Lifson
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The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation can no longer raise enough money to cover its expenses, ever since Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign failed to propel her into an office from which she could dispense political favors. Clinton Foundation reports to the IRS for the last two tax years have demonstrated that without anyone to grant boons, fewer donors are interested in supporting it.

Andrew Stiles reports for the Free Beacon:

The Clinton Foundation reported a loss of more than $16 million in 2018, according to newly released tax records, marking the second consecutive year of losses since Hillary Clinton’s humiliating defeat to President Donald J. Trump in 2016.

The foundation reported total revenue of just $30.7 million, including $24.2 million worth of grants and contributions, a record low for the alleged “charity.” That figure was well short of the foundation’s total expenses for the year—$47.5 million— resulting in a net loss of $16.8 million.

The previous year, the Clinton Foundation reported a net loss of $16.1 million. In total, the organization has lost a staggering $32.9 million since Hillary Clinton’s lifelong quest for the presidency crumbled to dust in November 2016.

The contrast with previous years when political favors were a lure is striking:

The Clinton Foundation posted its highest revenue haul ($249 million) in 2009, the year Hillary was sworn in as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. By 2013, the foundation had reported an additional $392.2 million in revenue, and went on to raise $344.4 million between 2014 and 2016.

Between 2008 and 2016, the Clinton Foundation reported total revenue in excess of $1.1 billion, or an annual average of $130.4 million. Needless to say, Clinton’s stunning failure to defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 election appears to have had a significant impact on the foundation’s ability to raise money.

US Attorney for Utah, John Huber, has been tasked with investigating the Clinton Foundation. So far there has not been a single leak out of his office over its work. That could mean either that they have turned up nothing, or that the investigation and grand jury are proceeding with the secrecy that the law demands.

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Trump is 100% on His Game

Trump is 100% on His Game

By Lloyd Marcus
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I thank God that President Trump is not like other Republicans.

It truly amazes me that many high-profile conservatives and Republicans still wish Trump would dial it back, not be so confrontational, and behave more presidentially. I feel like saying, “Are you guys nuts? Have you not been paying attention?” Desperate times require desperate measures. Donald Trump is God’s perfect man in the White House for such a time as this.

Do these people who are supposedly on our side not understand what is at stake? If Trump is not reelected in 2020, Democrats will kill healthy babies even after they are born.

Sixteen-year-old girls will have double mastectomies without parental consent or knowledge in absurd attempts to become men.

Democrats will roll out the red carpet to drug dealing, murderous illegals along with illegal alien children carrying strange diseases being admitted into our schools. The Democrats’ Green New Deal promises to stop air travel, kill the fossil fuel industry, and implement a long list of insane job-killing and economy crushing initiatives. You cannot imagine the huge number of jobs Democrats will kill or force overseas.  Trump has our economy booming. Black unemployment has hit a new historic low.  All of Trump’s unprecedented remarkable successes for America will be flushed down the toilet if Democrats take the White House.

Therefore, I do not care if Trump is what some would describe as rude to Democrats and fake news media. These people are arrogant, nasty, and view everyday Americans as their inferiors. Every time Trump fearlessly gets into their snooty faces, a huge smile appears on my face and I say, “Thank you, God!”

It has been revealed that a few days after Trump was elected in 2016, Democrats, the deep state, and fake news media launched their coup to remove him from office. In essence they said, “Screw idiot American voters. We will not allow this guy to interrupt our plans for America’s decline and transformation.”

This is why Washington swamp dwellers are infuriated by Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.” They are obsessed with removing Trump from office by any, I repeat any, means necessary.

Frustrated that every play in their Destroy-the-Republican-Playbook has failed against Trump, Democrats’ and fake news medias’ hatred for Trump and his supporters has grown to pure foaming-at-the-mouth rabid insanity.

For you folks on our side who still wish Trump was kinder and gentler, the truth is that no other Republican could have survived. Trump has the perfect instincts to fight and emerge victorious in this openly treasonous and extremely corrupt political climate.

With all due respect, Republicans like Ken Starr still do not comprehend the levels of evil and corruption that are threatening our constitutional freedoms and rights. Starr said Trump made a mistake “attacking” Yovanovitch in a tweet while she testified in Democrats’ outrageous kangaroo court impeachment hearings. Starr said presidents usually rely on others to defend their position. Again, I say that these are not usual times.

Democrats and fake news media portrayed former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as a saintly human being, slightly lower than the angels.

Democrats and fake news medias’ heads exploded when Trump dared to tweet the truth about Yovanovitch. She is an Obama loyalist who sought to undermine the new Ukrainian president and Trump’s policy. Acting within his presidential authority, Trump wisely fired Yovanovitch.

If Trump did not use his bully pulpit to expose the real Yovanovitch, the public would be deceived. Democrats and fake news media would have sold the American people their lie that Yovanvitch is an innocent sweet woman, unjustly fired by our mean misogynist president.

Starr is an old-school Washington guy who believes the president must always behave presidentially. The standard rule for Republican presidential behavior is to remain passive and dignified while Democrats and fake news media lies, and implements, every disgusting trick that their sick minds can conceive to destroy a Republican.

God knew what He was doing when He made a Washington outsider leader of the free world. It drives Washington elites insane that Trump refuses to be intimidated into allowing them to dictate his behavior, surrendering to Washington elites’ one-sided rules of engagement.

But folks, what is truly amazing to watch is every time Trump exposes Democrats and deep-state traitors caught with their hands in the corruption cookie jar, Democrats and their fake news media minions try to turn it around on Trump; portraying him as the one breaking the law. The insidious evil and arrogance of these people is off the chain.

Rest assured folks, Trump is 100% on his game. Let’s make sure to have his back in 2020.

Remember the lyric in the Billy Joel song, “I love you just the way you are”? Please Mr. President, don’t go changin’. We love you just the way you are.

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Fireworks Explode at the Hoax Impeachment Hearing

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Corrupt Al Sharpton

Sharpton is doing great in the Trump economy

By Silvio Canto, Jr.
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Here we go again.  Al Sharpton, the self-appointed spokesman for anyone with a grievence, is doing quite well in this Trump economy.  

This is from The New York Post:

The Rev. Al Sharpton raked in $1,046,948 from his own charity last year, according to National Action Network’s latest tax filings obtained by The Post.

Sharpton got a $324,000 salary — 32% higher than his 2017 pay — in addition to a $159,596 bonus and $563,352 in “other compensation.”

The Harlem-based nonprofit — which Sharpton controls as president and CEO — said the extra cash was to make up for the years from 2004 to 2017 when he didn’t get his full pay.

NAN said it hired an executive compensation firm that determined the good reverend was owed $1.252 million — but he was generously willing to take $500,000 less.

Sharpton and the nonprofit’s board also agreed “he has now been fully compensated for all the years he was underpaid and received no bonus,” the NAN statement said.

Okay.  I guess that Sharpton and his employer have settled accounts.

In other words, no more working for nothing. I guess that Sharpton has a mortgage, a car payment, a clothing store credit card, lady friends with high expectations, and the Obamas to keep up with.

Of course, I don’t care if Sharpton makes a million or two.  

At the same time, it reminds me of one my late father’s lines:  “Why do these leftists like to live so well”?

Yes, this “reverend” lives, travels and sleeps first class. Great gig!

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Bloomberg’s pathetic pander

Bloomberg’s pathetic pander on ‘stop and frisk’ will fail

By Thomas Lifson
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Michael Bloomberg has lost whatever respect I had for him as someone who would fight for what he regarded as right, even when he was wrong. Yes, it’s obnoxious to tell people what to eat and drink, but at least Bloomberg acted out of conviction and stuck to his guns.

But now, apparently desperate to make progress toward winning the Democrats’ presidential nomination, he’s gone and prostituted himself to curry favor with black voters, whom he recognizes are essential to any Democrat winning the Oval Office, Bloomberg has apologized for the “stop and frisk” policing policies that have saved thousands of lives of New Yorkers. Speaking at Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center, he abjectly apologized for focusing on saving lives.

“Over time, I’ve come to understand something that I long struggled to admit to myself: I got something important wrong. I got something important really wrong. I didn’t understand that back then the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino communities. I was totally focused on saving lives, but as we know, good intentions aren’t good enough. Now, hindsight is 20/20. But, as crime continued to come down as we reduced stops, and as it continued to come down during the next administration, to its credit, I now see that we could and should have acted sooner and acted faster to cut the stops. I wish we had. I’m sorry that we didn’t. But, I can’t change history. However today, I want you to know that I realize back then I was wrong, and I’m sorry.”

It’s not going to work. New York Times op-ed writer Charles Blow is scathing:

This is a necessary apology, but a hard one to take, coming only now, as he considers a run for the Democratic nomination, a nomination that is nearly impossible to secure without the black vote.

It feels like the very definition of pandering. (snip)

It is also hard to take his apology seriously because as recently as January he was still vigorously defending the policy, making the incredulous and insulting claim that during the execution of stop-and-frisk “we certainly did not pick somebody by race.”

The New York Sun also sees the feint not helping Bloomberg:

What’s at issue now is how all this fits into Mr. Bloomberg’s presidential ambitions. His opening, if he has — or had — any, would be on the centrist side of what’s left of the Democratic Party. It has been beckoning since Vice President Biden began to flounder. The ex-veep himself started apologizing for all sorts of deeds (failing to defeat Clarence Thomas, say) that now shock the Democratic Party.

This is an opening for a Democratic candidate who will come in with an unapologetically centrist campaign — a defense capitalism, moderate taxation, a strong foreign policy. And who has the character, the grit to stick with it. If Mr. Bloomberg can’t even stand up for his signature policing program, how is he going to be able to defend the rest of the kind of platform on which he three times won a mandate to govern New York City from the center?

The answer is that Bloomberg can’t, and has sacrificed his chance at grabbing the support of the sane wing of the Democratic Party.

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Rep. Chris Stewart’s full questioning of Amb. Yovanovitch

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Obama Left An Ambassador to Die …

Obama Left An Ambassador to Die, But We’re Supposed to be Outraged Over Trump’s Yovanovitch Tweet?

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On Friday, as former Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch was testifying, President Trump made a series of tweets criticizing her performance as ambassador, which got Democrats so triggered, his tweets were read soon after they were made, and the narrative presented was that the tweet was witness intimidation.

“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” Trump tweeted. “She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”

“They call it ‘serving at the pleasure of the President,'” Trump continued. “The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First!” Trump also noted that he’s done far more for Ukraine than his predecessor than Obama.

This triggered Adam Schiff. “What we saw today is it wasn’t enough that Ambassador Yovanovitch was smeared. It wasn’t enough she was attacked. It wasn’t enough that she was recalled for no reason, at least no good reason. But we saw today witness intimidation in real-time by the president of United States,” Schiff said. “Once again going after this dedicated and respected career public servant in an effort to not only chilled her but to chill others who may come forward. We take this kind of witness intimidation and obstruction of the inquiry very seriously,” he added.

Really? First of all,  Yovanovitch wouldn’t even had known about the tweet until after her testimony had Schiff not posted the tweets in the first place, but regardless, where’s the intimidation? I can’t see any. If Schiff was taking this seriously, he wouldn’t be lobbing absurd charges for the purpose of piling on more ridiculous charges against Trump hoping something will stick.

But what really gets me is how it’s been almost seven years since Barack Obama left one of his ambassadors to die in a terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate, and the same people who defended the Obama administration endlessly over that, are feigning outrage over Trump’s tweet expressing his opinion.
Democrats have been crying “impeach!” over everything for years, and now every time Trump expresses an opinion, we’re hearing “intimidation.” The same party that defended the Obama administration’s failure to protect our consulate in Libya from an attack that claimed four American lives, including that of a U.S.
ambassador, are now trying to tell us that we should be outraged over a harmless tweet—a tweet that, regardless of what one thinks of the content, was written after Yovanovitch started testifying, and as far as Trump knew, she wouldn’t have even had an opportunity to see until well after her testimony concluded? A tweet that she’d have been oblivious to had Schiff not brought it up.
As White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, the tweets were “simply the President’s opinion, which he is entitled to.”
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The circus

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The Impeachment Scandal

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October Gun Sales

October Gun Sales Jump 10 Percent, Continuing Recent Rise

Americans buying more guns as Democrats propose confiscation

 

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Last month’s gun sales were up 10 percent compared with October 2018, two reports from industry groups show, marking the third straight month of increased sales.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) estimated that there were just over 1.1 million gun sales in October, compared with 1 million in October 2018.

“The industry has seen well-improved sales numbers over the past three months,” Jurgen Brauer, SAAF chief economist, said in a statement.

The jump in October sales continues a recent upward trend, which coincides with a move towards stricter gun-control positions in the Democratic presidential primary. While gun sales slowed in the first term of the Trump presidency—following record-setting sales under President Barack Obama—Americans appear to be ramping up their purchasing again in recent months. As the 2020 election draws closer and Democrats focus more on gun bans or even confiscation, gun sales could continue to increase.

SAAF said that in the last three months—during which every Democratic candidate endorsed new gun bans and two candidates centered their failed campaigns on confiscating certain guns—the industry saw enough gains over 2018 to make up for low-sales months earlier in the year. If the recent upward trend continues, 2019 will surpass last year’s sales and could challenge 2017’s totals.

NSSF found that October reversed a downward trend running from 2016 to 2018. While October 2019 sales were still down about 9 percent from 2014, they were up 10 percent from last year, almost 30 percent from 2009, and nearly 50 percent from 2004. The group said the rebound is evidence that American gun ownership has not waned in recent years, and that people continue to value self-defense, hunting, and the shooting sports.

There is no official count of gun sales in the United States, so to reach their estimate NSSF and SAAF used data gathered from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which processes background checks on all gun sales through federally licensed dealers, including every sale of a new gun in the United States. The two groups filtered out checks that were not associated with actual gun sales, such as those conducted during gun-carry permit applications.

“The NICS data continues to show us that Americans value their Second Amendment freedoms and ability to participate in the hunting and shooting sports,” Mark Oliva, an NSSF spokesperson, told the Free Beacon. “Today’s firearms owners continue to vote with their wallets, purchasing the firearms that best suit their needs, whether that is for self-defense, recreational target shooting, or hunting.

“More than 100 million Americans identify as a firearms owners, a data point that remains steady,” Oliva added. “These are law-abiding Americans who own and use their firearms for lawful purposes daily and pass along the strong tradition of ethical firearms ownership to their families.”

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Anyone but Biden.

A fresh gob of bad news for Joe Biden

By Monica Showalter
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Joe Biden seems to be in the catbird seat as Democrat poll after Democrat poll show him persistently in the lead. It makes sense because so much of the Democratic field is populated with crazies. When the choice is between hapless old Joe, hopelessly anchored to the Obama administration, yet still with no endorsement from the Great One himself for the Democratic faithful, and the current crop of far-left Soviet-style lunatics, the choice is obvious, at least for a large chunk of Democrats. Joe’s the winner. The RealClearPolitics average of polls currently shows Joe Biden with a comfortable 5.2 point lead over his Democrat rivals.

But, oops, not so fast. Turns out reporters David Brady and Brett Parker at RealClearPolitics have spotted some bad news within that trend for Biden.

Apparently, every time a rival drops out – the voters they had move over to someone else. Anyone but Biden.

They found a YouGov poll that showed just that trend:

To gain insight into this question, the latest YouGov polls asked respondents likely to vote in Democratic primaries to name both their first and second choices for the nomination. In the most recent survey, Joe Biden leads on first-choice ballots, followed by Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris. So what happens to the horse race when we add in the second choices of potential voters? The short answer is that Joe Biden hemorrhages support….

See their chart here.

So it turns out the Democratic voter base has a lot of far-left people, and as a result, they’re turned off by the supposedly moderate Biden. He doesn’t look moderate to us, but by their standards, he’s what passes for moderate. Plus, quite a few of them probably don’t like the swamp stuff. A publicly posted YouGov poll (I suspect the RCP-cited one on second-choices is not public because I couldn’t find it), shows that Biden has lost considerable support for his involvement in the Ukraine fiasco, where all the attention is supposed to be on President Trump. They see that $80,000 no-show job Hunter Biden got as a result of dad’s influence and must be as disgusted as the rest of us.

Democrats are now dropping out of the race like flies – the latest welcome one to implode looks as though it might be the loathesome Julian Castro, who didn’t merit a spot at the next Democratic debate. Good riddance. And now his supporters will fan out to other Democratic candidates, anyone but Biden.

Not a good picture for Old Joe to look forward to. No wonder the betting pools are putting money down for Elizabeth Warren rather than Joe Biden – this, despite Biden’s supposed lead in the polls.

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Nunes blows the Democrats’ impeachment case out of the water

Devin Nunes blows the Democrats’ impeachment case out of the water

By Monica Showalter
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If there’s anything good about the Democrats’ impeachment hearings, it can be summed up in two words: Devin Nunes.

The ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee made one hell of a brilliant speech in defense of President Trump, great from every possible way of looking at it.

It was powerful, simple, straightforward, and substantial in content.  It was concise and tremendously well organized.  It was given with stunning delivery.  Nunes laid out the hardest and strongest points of defense, exposing the outrageous motives of the Democrats, the leaking and rigging, the bad faith all around, revealing a deep understanding of the political dynamic driving the spectacle.

He began by bringing out the origins of the impeachment, coming as it did from the Russia hoax, which has since morphed into the “low rent” sequel of the Democrats’ “theatrical” performance.

He spoke of the extremely bad faith shown by the Democrats in their early secret depositions in the dank Capitol Hill basement, something Nunes said was done in “a cult-like atmosphere,” which is creepier than previously reported, but he was actually there for it and saw it firsthand.  He spoke of the selective leaks that followed from it and the public hearings that followed, indicating that the whole thing was an “audition” for what we have now.  He blasted the Democrats for colluding with both the Russians and Ukrainians in the run-up to this, and then having the nerve to accuse the same of Trump himself.  He pointed out the three things Republicans still needed to know — whom the whistleblower spoke to before he made his complaint and whom else he colluded with, what Ukraine was doing to interfere in U.S. elections — a rich, unreported topic he must know something about, and what Hunter Biden’s dealings with the corrupt Ukrainian energy company really amounted to and how they shaped U.S. policy to this day.  Nunes wrapped up by describing the damage done to public trust in democracy by this long list of Democrat and Deep State machinations.  It was all extremely powerful.

Far from being conspiracy theories, as some of the press have dismissed (they don’t even deserve links), this was hard facts laid out strong and straightforward, a devastating takedown of the entire Democrat argument, in all of nine minutes.

It’s one of the great speeches given on the House floor.  The Democrats are left without a leg to stand on now.  Here’s the video to see for yourself:

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Hillary Clinton: I’m Facing ‘Enormous Pressure’ to Enter 2020 Race

Hillary Clinton: I’m Facing ‘Enormous Pressure’ to Enter 2020 Race — I Want to ‘Retire’ Trump

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On Tuesday, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told BBC Radio 5 Live she was under “enormous pressure” to consider a 2020 White House run.

When asked about her future in politics, Clinton said, “I feel a sense of responsibility partly because you know my name was on the ballot, I got more votes, but ended up losing to the current incumbent in the White House who I think is really undermining our democracy in very fundamental ways. And I want to retire him.”

When asked if she is absolutely ruling out a 2020 run, Clinton said, “I, as I say never, never, never say never. I will certainly tell you. I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it. But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”

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