The Left's Big Lie
Every major newspaper, TV network and most left-wing political figures all ran with the same theme over the weekend after the release of the Nunes memo, which detailed anti-Trump bias at the FBI.
According to the media and its left-wing allies, Trump and congressional Republicans are the ones undermining law enforcement, and the left, which routinely attacked police during the Obama-era, is now the defender of law enforcement.
The media and others promoting this absurd theme are the same people who referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as the "American Gestapo." They are the same people who assume that every confrontation between a police officer and a minority suspect is the result of the officer's racism.
They are the same people who supported the Black Lives Matter movement even when it chanted, "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon!" They are the same people who sided with the NFL kneelers and Colin Kaepernick in his cops as pigs socks.
This is the same movement that establishes sanctuary cities to protect illegal immigrants and then orders local law enforcement and businesses not to cooperate with federal immigration agents. This movement thinks Chelsea Manning is a hero.
And it thinks the American people are so dumb that you will believe the left when it says Trump is undermining law enforcement and progressives are defending it.
Yes, respect for law enforcement is in jeopardy, but not because of Trump. Leftists in the FBI corrupted it, hoping to affect the outcome of an election. That disturbing reality has tarnished the Bureau's reputation.
Reports by Axios and other outlets suggest that more memos will be released in coming days, including some dealing with the roles other agencies, including the State Department, played in the various efforts to influence the election.
I found the focus on the State Department interesting because people keep forgetting that the Obama Administration used the FISA courts and other tools available to the State Department to spy on Americans opposed to the Iranian nuclear deal.
I am particularly concerned about getting to the bottom of that because I was one of the leaders, along with Christians United For Israel, who was most vocal in opposing the Iranian nuclear deal. I can tell you that during the process, many of us felt there was evidence that our planning sessions were being monitored.
One of the memos that may come out is a Democrat rebuttal to the Nunes memo, written by the GOP majority on the House Intelligence Committee. It is worth pausing here to give you an example of how brazenly the left is lying.
All last week Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, insisted that the Republicans refused to allow the Democrats' memo to be released. Former CIA Director John Brennan took the same line.
Republicans said during the committee debate that they would gladly consider releasing a "minority memo" but that it had to go through the same process the majority memo went through. There has to be a vote to release the memo to members of Congress, and it has to be sent to the White House for the president to consider what can be safely declassified.
Those are the facts. And today the House Intelligence Committee is expected to debate the public release of the Democrats' counter-memo.
Sadly, the left's approach to these competing memos is reminiscent of Susan Rice going on five Sunday talk shows and telling the public that the Benghazi attack was due to a movie.
Trump & The Super Bowl
I couldn't help but notice that Donald Trump, even though he did not do the traditional half-time interview, had a big influence on the Super Bowl.
I saw the president's influence on the field when every player on both teams stood respectfully for the national anthem. I saw the president's influence when Pink sang the national anthem respectfully and with no signs of protest.
I saw the president's influence when the flag was unfurled and the crowd roared with approval. I saw the president's influence when a dozen Medal of Honor winners were invited onto the field, and when Woody Williams, one of the last survivors of Iwo Jima, was selected for the coin toss to start the game.
And it was so Trumpian that as the game was getting underway, the president sent a message to our men and women in uniform all over the world. Many could not watch because they were on the front lines facing an enemy just over the horizon.
President Trump took the time to thank them last night. His remarks reminded our soldiers that America's love and respect for our troops was reflected in every spectator in the stadium who was proudly standing and cheering our flag, not the protests and the kneeling that got so much attention this past season.
In case you missed it, here is the statement President Trump issued for Super Bowl LII:
"As many Americans come together to watch the Super Bowl, Melania and I extend our greetings and appreciation for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.
"Though many of our Nation's service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening's American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers. We owe these heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life.
"Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner. We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem.
"We send our best wishes for an enjoyable Super Bowl Sunday. May God bless and protect our troops, and may He continue to bless the United States of America."
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