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Donald Trump On His Foreign Policy, Tax Policy, And The Campaign

Tuesday, December 1, 2015  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The audio:


The transcript:

HH: I begin this hour with the best interview in America, Donald Trump. Mr. Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

DT: Well, thank you very much, Hugh.

HH: I am a season ticket holder to the Browns, and I want to begin on football, because I could use some of that winning so much that we’re sick of winning. Did you watch that game last night?

DT: I didn’t watch it. I heard about it. But you know, the Browns, I don’t know, tell me about it. What was the final outcome of that game, Hugh?

HH: We lost on the kick six. They blocked our winning field goal, they ran it back, and we lost on the last play.

DT: So sad, such a great history in the past. Of course, you could say that there’s been a movement of a franchise and then a new franchise, right?

HH: That’s correct.

DT: So it’s a great football area, and they’ll be fine. They’ll be fine.

HH: Okay, if you drop out, I’m just saying, Jimmy Haslam could use some help. I was on CNN this morning, Donald Trump, and I said your campaign could be a Harvard Business School case study in marketing a brand. Yesterday, you were at Trump Tower with all of the African-American pastors. Have you raised rents there given how much publicity Trump Tower has gotten in the last six months?

DT: You know, it’s funny, I just had a call from a major reporter, not as big as you, of course, nobody’s as big as you, but I just took a call from a very big reporter asking me the very, a business reporter, saying you know, you’re leading in every poll, Mr. Trump, could I ask you a question? Has this had a positive impact on your properties? And I said you know, I haven’t really thought about it, but the answer is yes. Doral in Miami is doing phenomenally. My projects all over the place, somehow it has. I mean, it’s been, it’s been good. I didn’t do this for that reason, Hugh, but it’s had a very positive impact on my other things. Continue Reading

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Senator Ted Cruz On The Planned Parenthood Attacks, The Freedom Act, 2016, Illegal Immigration And More

Monday, November 30, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Senator Ted Cruz, surging in Iowa, joined me on today’s show:




HH: Pleased to begin this hour on Monday with United States Senator Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

TC: Hugh, it’s great to be with you, and I’ve got to say, I always love doing your show, because coming into the Game of Thrones music just makes everyone feel more epic and like we are engaged in the battle we are to save this country.

HH: Well, we still think you might be the king in the north, so we have to wait and see, but let me start…

TC: Are you saying someone’s cutting my head off?

HH: No, well, you know, the king of the north, it could go either way. It depends on what that means.

TC: (laughing)

HH: Senator, toughest question to start. Obviously, if Alabama or Clemson loses, Ohio State’s in the college football playoff, right?

TC: So I understand.

HH: So you’re in agreement with that, and you’ll lobby the CFP playoff committee?

TC: Look, you know, there are, let me content myself with battles about national security and politics and leave the really important questions of college football to other folks with greater skill and capability than I have.

HH: All right, then let’s go to the very, very serious stuff.

TC: But I will say this, Hugh, that since Iowa and South Carolina both have early primaries, this year, I’m rooting for a national championship between Iowa and Clemson, and if that happens, I’ve given a lot of thought to it, and I’ve decided the very best outcome is that it goes to triple overtime and ends in a tie.

HH: That is, that is very politick, but you are overlooking the March 15th primary in Ohio, Senator. And so I’m just pointing that out.

TC: (laughing)

HH: Now let’s go to the very, very serious stuff. Jennifer Markovsky, Ke’Arre Stewart and Garrett Swasey, the last, a police officer, lost their lives in Colorado when that gunman killed them last week. On the CBS News write-up yesterday, though, of this, there is this paragraph. “On Sunday, Planned Parenthood said Dear’s,” that’s the killer’s, “words, matched the ‘hateful rhetoric’ GOP presidential candidates and many conservative leaders have been using since now-discredited, secretly-taped videos discussing the procurement of fetal body parts for medical research came out.” Now first of all, that’s CBS editorializing. And I don’t think these videos have been discredited in the least, do you, Senator?

TC: Look, of course they haven’t, and that’s CBS behaving like the mainstream media always does, as liberal partisans. And indeed, it’s one of the most striking things that none of the major network news have been willing to even show the Planned Parenthood videos, which demonstrate senior Planned Parenthood officials being caught on tape apparently committing a pattern of ongoing felonies. But none of this is surprising. The media, just like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, are trying to politicize this tragic shooting. This man was a deranged, homicidal killer, and you and I are both un-apologetically prolife, and that means defending every human life, including the unborn, but also including the police officer and the civilians who lost their lives. And this murder was fundamentally wrong. And the efforts of the media to transform it into their pro-abortion propaganda is as transparent as it is despicable. Continue Reading

Moral Equivalence Gone Very, Very Wrong

Monday, November 30, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder


Pushing for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening Monday outside Paris an “act of defiance” against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond.

Obama used his speech to more than 150 world leaders to salute Paris and its people for “insisting this crucial conference go on” just two weeks after attacks that killed 130 in the French capital. He said leaders had converged to show resolve to fight terrorism and uphold their values at the same time.

“What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than martialing our best efforts to save it,” Obama said.

I am sorry, but this is just pathetic on so many levels.  The president acts as if his personal “courage” in “daring” to got to Paris after the recent attacks accomplishes something.  It’s not like the terrorists dropped a large area weapon; his personal security makes him almost completely immune from attacks like those that happened a couple of weeks ago.  No courage involved.

The president attempts to draw a moral equivalence between the vague and poorly understood notion of “climate change,” and people killing people with guns and bombs right here, today.  There simply is no comparison.  Regardless of how much a climate alarmist your may be, equating the “dangers of climate change” with the dangers of someone holding a gun to your head right now just makes you look silly.

The Paris climate change conference is Obama’s last effort to seal his legacy.  It is too late; his legacy is sealed.  The best he can do with this sort of rhetoric is add the word “silly” to it.

Addendum, a few moments later:  Maybe it will add more than “silly” to that legacy, as environmental protesters are destroying the ad hoc memorial to the victims of the Paris attack.  I am thinking “enables disrespectful jerks” at this point.

The World Without God

Sunday, November 29, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder


You read about the campus lunacy, but I don’t think it ever really hits home until your experience it personally.

Recently California State University Northridge held an exhibition of comic book art by the greatest master of the form, Jack Kirby.  While not the best such exhibition I have ever seen, it far surpassed my expectations given its humble venue – or it did until I got my belated (it was so popular they sold out) copy of the exhibition catalog.

One of the articles in the catalog featured a discussion of a page in which Ben Grimm, the rock-skinned “Thing” of the Fantastic Four, is told for the first time the name of Reed and Sue Richard’s son, Franklin Benjamin Richards.  It is a comic page that I have seen and read many times, but when I viewed that page at the exhibition raw from the artist’s hand and not the printer’s press it moved me in new ways. I looked at it for a very long time.  The monstrous appearing Grimm, that struggles so mightily to fit into humanity, is deeply moved and I was moved with him.

The Ben Grimm character has almost universal appeal – not unlike Charlie Brown in the recent Peanuts movie.  We all feel like we do not fit in.  We all struggle to be good in the midst of our perceived oddity.  So when a klutz like Charlie Brown or a seeming monster like Grimm are recognized for their goodness – as when (spoiler alert) the little red-haired girl speaks to Charlie Brown at the end of the movie or Grimm’s closest friends name their child for him – we all feel the same amazement, joy and affirmation that the character does.

That is unless you are someone related to a university somewhere commenting on art created before you were born and you feel the need to appropriate that almost universal appeal for your own private crusade. Continue Reading

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