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“This is not about guns. This is about evil. Here at home, and evil abroad.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

“This is not about guns.  This is about evil.  Here at home, and evil abroad.”

No GOP candidate for president has yet used those words but I hope some and perhaps all of them will before a week or more passes.  I do not fault any of them as they have waited on Governor Haley to make her declaration about the flag of the Confederacy that flies on the grounds of the South Carolina state house.  Governor Haley’s actions and words Monday were powerful because they were not the consequence of demands made on her by her colleagues from other states, but because she, as the leader of a sovereign state, acted to do the right thing.  In a federal system, this is the correct order of things, and the GOP candidates who waited on Governor Haley demonstrated the very sort of presidential leadership we should hope for come 2017 –one that recognizes the governors and their states as partners in a federal system, not errand-runners of a New Rome.

Now, though, the would-be presidents ought to heed Michael Gerson’s advice delivered on Face the Nation Sunday.

When I was asked to be on Sunday’s FTN panel, I had gladly accepted because the new host John Dickerson is a pro admired throughout media and especially because I have just put out a new book about Hillary Clinton and the GOP field, The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second “Clinton Era.”  I of course hadn’t anticipated being part of a discussion on a national tragedy, one of the worst events of our country’s life since 9/11. Continue Reading

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There Will Always Be Racists Among Us

Monday, June 22, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

There is an undercurrent in all the post-Charleston discussion that is really troubling.  Whether it is the president in a podcast, Ben Carson in a op-ed, or Hillary on the stump, they all act like racism can be eliminated.  It cannot be.  The totalitarian states of history tell us that no nation can eliminate whatever it defines as unacceptable thought.  The Soviets could not eliminate the desire for capitalism or kill religion.  At the earliest opportunity both broke out like water behind a broken dam.  Despite the SS’ best efforts, Schindlers and Franks and Bonhoeffers rose again and again in Nazi Germany.  Conversely, despite the humiliating defeat Nazi Germany suffered, when I was in the region a few years ago, anti-Semites were not hard to come by.  We are never going to eliminate racism, and thinking we can is either a form of self-delusion, or the construction of an excuse for another step towards totalitarianism. Continue Reading

GOP Senate Whip John Cornyn On President Obama’s Comments On Race And Use Of The “N” Word

Monday, June 22, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Texas Senator John Cornyn joined me on today’s show, and we discussed President Obama’s recent statements on race as well as his use of the “n” word:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Joined now by the GOP Senate Whip, number two of the Republicans in the United States Senate, Senator John Cornyn. Welcome back, Senator Cornyn, it’s always a great honor and pleasure to talk to you, great to have you.

JC: Great to be with you, Hugh, thank you for having me.

HH: I want to begin by referencing what the President said earlier today that racism is in the DNA of Americans. How do you react to that?

JC: You know, I thought with the election of this president being the first African-American president of the United States, that he could use that to great effect to heal the racial divide in America. I don’t think the President’s announcing any news. Obviously, our history is very well known, and America’s original sin was treating African-Americans and others as less than human. But we have come a long, long way, and he’s perhaps Exhibit A of that fact. So I wish he would take the high road and try to use his unique position to heal our nation rather than to aggravate that divide.

HH: He also actually used the N word today, and I’m still kind of stunned by that. Are you?

JC: Yeah, I am. It’s not something you’d expect to hear from the president of the United States. And I just think, I don’t really understand what his point is by doing that. He has to know that this is going to be extremely offensive to an awful lot of people, and just seems gratuitous. Continue Reading

Donald Trump On Race, Guns, President Obama And The Need For American “Cheerleading”

Monday, June 22, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Donald Trump joined me today:

Audio:

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Transcript

HH: I am joined now by Donald Trump, candidate for the presidency of the United States. Donald Trump, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

DT: Well, thank you, Hugh, it’s great to be with you, really great.

HH: Now I’ve got, I would be remiss. I’ve got the greatest marketing and promotion genius in the last many years on the phone talking to me, and I’ve got this new book, The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of the Second Clinton Era. What’s your advice on how to sell books like this, Donald Trump, in this era?

DT: Well, I think selling book just generally is, you know, it is a lot different than it used to be. I did The Art of the Deal, Hugh, as you know, and it was the number one selling business book, or at least so they say, of all time. And you know, it was a different world. I’ve never seen an industry change like the book selling business, because today, they pick up their computer, they pick up their iPhone, and they see everything that they want to see. So it’s a little bit different. But I think if a message is good, if you can just get the message out, but today, you really need the right message to sell a book. There’s no question about that.

HH: Can I get Donald Trump to say “The Queen – Buy it, get it?”

DT: You said “The Queen?”

HH: Yes.

DT: “The Queen.”

HH: Yeah.

DT: Okay, and that, Hugh, let, me ask you something. Is that your book?

HH: Oh, it’s my book. I just wrote it about Hillary.

DT: Oh, all right, good. Good. “The Queen” – Buy it, get it. It’s got to be good.” Continue Reading

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