Congressman David Kustoff Talks Washington D.C., Nancy Pelosi’s Power and Republicans Taking Back the House

Congressman David Kustoff Talks Washington D.C., Nancy Pelosi’s Power and Republicans Taking Back the House

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Congressman (R) David Kustoff to the newsmakers line to weigh in on Nancy Pelosi’s iron grip on Washington D.C., HR1 legislation, and a path forward for Republicans.

Leahy: Tennessee, joined on our newspaper line by Congressman David Kustoff, a Republican who represents the Eighth Congressional District in Tennessee, which stretches all the way from a little bit West of Nashville, all the way down to Shelby County, the Memphis area. Welcome, Congressman Kustoff.

Kustoff: Good morning. Thank you for having me.

Leahy: How are you holding up in the crazy land of out-of-control Nancy Pelosi?

Kustoff: Well, I think you really summed up pretty well. Pelosi has made Washington help to create this toxic atmosphere. And you look at the priorities that she said, starting with the election bill, that you’ve been talking about, that federalize elections across the nation and it’s really scary. The power that the federal government is trying to implement on state and local governments all over and it emanates from Pelosi, the progressives, and the left side.

When you look at what she’s trying to do with elections, we’ve talked a lot and we’ve heard a lot about what’s going on in Georgia. It may not matter. If Pelosi’s election bill, which the bill number of anybody is following it is HR1, which means in her world, this is the most important bill that Congress is going to consider over these two years, it’s a complete domination of the election process by federal officials.

Leahy: In my view, it’s also unconstitutional. I like the name that I think speak former Speaker Newt Gingrich came up with for it. The Corrupt Politicians Act. Tell us about some of these.

Kustoff: (Chuckles) Well, that’s a good lead-in because it’s very broad. It’s very comprehensive. I think Speaker Gingrich is exactly right because I look at Tennessee in my area of Tennessee and I think that that we handle elections and we administer elections very fairly. People have plenty of opportunities to vote that one time. They’ve got several weeks of early voting. Extended hours. We make it pretty easy.

One thing that we require, which I think is exactly right, is voter identification. Just like when I go to the airport to fly to Washington every week, I’m showing the TSA official my driver’s license to show that I am who I am. Nothing unreasonable about it. Pelosi’s election bill gets rid of that voter ID requirement. And so it doesn’t matter what Tennessee’s law is as it relates to voter ID or any other state, it would be nullified.

It mandates the mail-in ballots. It mandates the drop boxes. But going back to your question with Speaker Gingrich, and this is incredible. I want people to really try to wrap their arms around this because it’s hard. It would create this bill, a six to one federal political donation match for all donations under $200. So picture this.

If Joe Smith gives Bernie Sanders a $200 donation, the federal government is going to chip in $1,200 to the Bernie Sanders reelection campaign. Now, that really makes no sense. And by the way, that would be funded with a tax increase. So you can see it’s a complete domination of elections by federal authorities. And it injects corruption into the process just as Speaker Gingrich says.

Leahy: Well, next time you’re meeting with Speaker Pelosi, I’m sure she regularly schedules meetings with the Republican members of the House. Not.  But I have a message for her from Tennessee, direct from Tennessee. If the Senate passes the Corrupt Politicians Act and if the House then approves a conference committee, whatever it is, if it’s signed into law, she can take that law, and we’re not going to comply with it here in Tennessee. The state of Tennessee is going to push back. That I can guarantee you.

Kustoff: Well, I think that to your point a little bit earlier, I think that there are a lot of state attorney generals around the nation, the would challenge the authority and the constitutionality of this law to overstep and override their own state laws. And that would be appropriate. It’s a complete overreach. You just talked jokingly about sitting down with Pelosi. Here’s the stage right now.

The majority in the House of Representatives, there are 435 Congressmen and women, the magic number is 218. Now you’ve got some vacancies. You’ve got a Democratic congressman who passed away the other day. Right now, the count in the House is 218 Democrat Congressmen. And as of next week, there’ll be 212 Republican Congressman. And there are a few vacancies. So my point is that it is very very tight. It can’t be any tighter in the Senate.

50 Republicans, 50 Democrats. You would think at this point in time that Pelosi would reach out to Republicans and say, look, we don’t have the numbers to try to cram stuff down your throat and down the American people’s throat. Let’s see where we can find some common ground. Let’s get some stuff done for the American people and let’s get things going. But that’s not her strategy. That’s not her tactics. That’s not who she is. And that’s why until November of 2022, we’re going to have to fight like heck for our country.

Leahy: Now, let me ask you this question. Those 218 Democratic members of the House of Representatives, is there any single one of them that you’ve met who has the courage and convictions to stand against the lies of Nancy Pelosi? I mean, really. And when it comes down to it, will anyone stand for America on the Democratic side, or are they all in fear of Nancy Pelosi’s wrath and just going in lockstep with this attempt to destroy our constitutional Republic?

Kustoff: Well, believe it or not, the answer is both. There are some Democrat congressman who want to do the right thing and who think that she overreaches and think that the Democratic Party is moving and has moved too far to the left. But at the same time, they know her power and they know what she can do to them.

And seen some moderates get totally wiped out and get primaried by people to their left and to their progressive side because they don’t cow-tow to where the Democratic Party is today. You’ve seen them wiped off the board the last two and four years, and that’s really too bad. So there are a number of them who get it. But at the same time, she wields a lot of power.

And to her credit, she’s a terrific vote counter. And so she’s not going to put a bill on the floor of the House of Representatives unless she’s absolutely sure that she’s got the votes to pass it. And so that’s the real rub. To me, we talked about this election bill that Pelosi named HR1. You didn’t see Democrats fighting against it, arguing against it, or voting against it. And that’s because of the tremendous control that she has.

Leahy: They are afraid of her.

Kustoff: I really do think a number of them are. And believe it or not, they may be as scared of somebody like an AOC as they are Pelosi.

Leahy: Jim Cooper here is about to be challenged by Nashville’s version of AOC, Odessa Kelly, who if elected, would be the first Black lesbian member of Congress from Tennessee. And she’s all-in in terms of the left-wing agenda of AOC. That is I guess is one thing that they may be concerned about. Final thoughts from Congressman David Kustoff.

Kustoff: Yeah, well, it’s a tough time in our nation’s history. We’ll get past it. I really feel very good that we’re going to get the House back in Republican hands in November of 2022. But it is going to be a real fight, and I’m going to continue to make that fight.

Leahy: From your lips to God’s ear.

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Crom Carmichael on How the Democrats Are Now the Official Party of Anti-American Big Government and Multi-Billionaires

Crom Carmichael on How the Democrats Are Now the Official Party of Anti-American Big Government and Multi-Billionaires

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to weigh in on Democrat policies of anti-American nature and holding individual Republicans’ responsible for weakness when in power.

Leahy: Joined in studio as we almost always are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 a.m. by the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Good morning.

Carmichael: Good morning, Michael.

Leahy: Crom, I was just looking at the headline at Breitbart. Here’s the headline: China Rebukes Biden’s Foreign Policy Team; Humiliates Cites Black Lives Matter on U.S. Human Rights Abuses. They’re trying to make a moral equivalent between their suppression of personal liberties, their terrorism, of putting Uyghurs in concentration camps with the Black Lives Matter movement.  They had this conference between Secretary of State Blinken. He’s from that former law firm, Winken, Blinken, and Nod. That guy. (Silence) That’s a joke, Crom.

Carmichael: I got it.

Leahy: Yeah, you got the joke. It wasn’t funny enough for you. But when Winking Blinken and nod our secretary of state went in in mildly rebuke, then they came back, just torched him on our land in Anchorage and said, Well, you have no standing to interfere in our affairs because you’re abusing the rights of so many Americans with this Black Lives Matter movement as evidence of it. It’s humiliation on American soil.

Carmichael: It’s to be expected because, frankly, the Democrat Party wants to become like the Communist Chinese Party.

Leahy: No question about it.

Carmichael: They really do. And I’ll give you another example of that. I don’t know if you know this, I really wasn’t paying attention to it.  I read an article about it that this 1.9 trillion so-called stimulus COVID bill, which was nine percent for COVID and 91 percent for all the Democratic friends included language in there that says that if a state takes any of the money, they cannot cut taxes. Now you can use it to spend more, but you cannot cut taxes.

Leahy: They don’t have the authority to do that but it’s in the law.

Carmichael: It’s in the law. And so now the states have to sue in order to get that part of the law overturned. But it gives you an idea of how the Democrat Party thinks. It does want to control the country from a tiny city on the East Coast. That’s what it wants to do, which is anti-American. And I want to say that in the clearest term to all my friends out there who are Democrats, your party, not you, your party has become anti-American.

Nancy Pelosi says she reveres the Constitution. That’s BS. She does not revere the Constitution. She hates the Constitution. All she does this is what they all trot out, oh, I revere the Constitution. The Constitution clearly has the ninth and tenth Amendments. At no time ever has the federal government attempted to tell the states that they can’t determine their own tax policy.

Leahy: They’ve never done it. It’s a violation of the separation of powers.

Carmichael: Yes, in the Constitution, but it’s anti American. Our Constitution is the bedrock of of our American form Of government. So it is anti American, not just anti Constitution. It is anti-American. And if you look at virtually everything that they are doing, what they’re doing is anti American. patriotism is not even the issue here.

They want to create a totalitarian state. That’s what they want to do. And this isn’t hyperbole. This is looking at the language in their own bills. If you look at HR1 one they want to do away with the filibuster so that they can with a 50/50 Senate, they want to be able to pass every single piece of legislation that they want to pass without any support from the other half of the people.

Leahy: They’re paying no attention to the other half.

Carmichael: They don’t care about the other half of the people.

Leahy: They want to crush them, crush us! We’re deplorable neanderthals.

Carmichael: No, they want to crush us politically. What’s going to be really interesting is I think the seeds of their giant tax increase are beginning to take shape, and they want to tax the 100,000 aires but they want to leave the multibillionaires alone. So you have the Democrat Party is now the party a big government and the multi-billionaires. That’s what the Democrat Party is.

Leahy: I agree completely. We are in the midst of an existential crisis.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: Not just at the border, but for our constitutional Republic.

Carmichael: For the whole way we live. The way we are governed. It’s distressing to watch. And the deal with John Kerry and his mask is a perfect example. We’re going to pass laws, and we’re going to apply them with great zeal and toughness against everybody who’s not on our side. And our side, though, doesn’t have to live by the rules. When you see that picture from your company.

Leahy: At 7:15 on Wednesday morning, Neil McCabe, our Washington correspondent, was here. We talked for about 15 minutes. Three hours later, he broke that story. We reviewed it. We said, Yes, this is authentic picture. We published it. It’s been all over the world.

Carmichael: But then Kerry lied about it.

Leahy: He lied a lot about it.

Carmichael: He said I just took it off the moment he was reading, so he had disconnected it. He was hanging from his ears.

Leahy: You can see that in the picture.

Carmichael: And he was reading.

Leahy: By the way, notice what a weasel. He’s not a stand-up guy. He didn’t say, Oh, Yes, that picture showed me with my mask off because it did. He said, if that was the word, if my mask was hanging off my left ear, it was only momentary. What a weasel.

Carmichael: Yeah, but the point is, he then gets away with it. He then gets away with it. And so what we have here is example, after example, after example of the left thinking that it can and essentially attempting. And the question is if Republicans regain power in Washington, and I think Mitch McConnell only because, by the way, only because he has 50 senators can he threaten to not let him have a quorum. Think about this for a second. If you only had 49 senators, then he couldn’t even threaten that.

Leahy: Out of luck he would be.

Carmichael: He would have no power at all. And so we are literally one two-term period away from our country, becoming unrecognizable to the average person. And that is a frightening prospect because Republicans don’t do a good job of rolling things back. All they do when they have power is stop the advance of the left. But they don’t do anything institutionally to push it back.

Leahy: And let me illustrate that point. March 2010, purely partisan vote violating actually the Constitution in terms of how spending bills should originate. They jammed through Obamacare. The Supreme Court actually invented a reason not to declare it unconstitutional. John Roberts. When the Republicans took over, they in November 2010, did nothing to stop it.

Carmichael: No, that’s not true. It’s not true. That is not true. The House passed the bill to overturn Obamacare, and John McCain broke his word to his voters. And that one Republican vote stopped Obamacare from being overturned.

Leahy: Let me push back. When I say the Republicans did not stop it the Republicans did not stop it.

Carmichael: No, Michael, if you’re going to attack Republicans, don’t attack all Republicans attacked the guy that broke his word. And that’s John McCain. He lied to the voters. When he was running for reelection, he promised to vote to overturn Obamacare. And by the way, this is exactly why our side fails. Paul Ryan was considered weak. Paul Ryan passed all kinds of good legislation out of the House, but Mitch McConnell and I’m not blaming Mitch McConnell here, but Susan Collins and the guy from Delaware. The bald-headed guy from Delaware. What’s his name?

Leahy: Chris Coons.

Carmichael: Chris Coons. They wrote this passionate letter together to maintain the filibuster.

Leahy: And change their minds on that.

Carmichael: Well, no, Susan College didn’t go on. The Democrats did. Democrats did. But this is the point I’m trying to make. So don’t trash Republicans in general trash the ones that fail us individually.

Leahy: But that wasn’t an individual failure. It was a failure of the leadership to get all that.

Carmichael: No, it wasn’t, Michael. It was a failure of one guy.

Leahy: We will agree to disagree. On that we’ll agree to disagree back with more.

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Crom Carmichael Talks Democrat Flip Flop Filibuster When It Suits Their Purpose

Crom Carmichael Talks Democrat Flip Flop Filibuster When It Suits Their Purpose

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss the filibuster in the Senate and the convenience and importance of rules and laws when it’s convenient for Democrats.

Leahy: So Crom the news of the day we’re talking about in Washington. I can barely even talk about it sometimes. It’s so awful. Everything up there is awful. In particular, now, there is an effort by the Democrats to get rid of the filibuster in the Senate. What you take on all that?

Carmichael: Well, the rules of the Senate, and I learned this literally yesterday in listening to McConnell and his speech after he quoted Schumer and Durbin from just three years ago.

Leahy: And previously, Harry Reid.

Carmichael: All these leading Democrats saying how important the filibuster is to the Senate and to the institution of the Senate and how it makes it different from the House and all these hyperbolic expressions. And now the Democrats are saying the opposite, which means that they’re just liars. And that’s so sad. I’m not going to say Republicans are pure as the wind-driven snow.

But Republicans in the Senate have always respected the rules of the Senate until the Democrats break those rules. And then after the Democrats break them, then the Republicans use the same broken rules that the Democrats did because the rules will have then been changed. But they will have been changed by the Democrats. They weren’t changed by the Republicans. And that goes to judicial nominees when Harry Reid blew up the filibuster on the judicial nominees.

Leahy: And lived to regret it.

Carmichael: But now they want to blow up the filibuster. But the reason they want to blow up the filibuster now is to fundamentally change our election laws so that cheating becomes the way of elections.

Leahy: Yeah. That’s why they want to do that.

Carmichael: And the Democrats are willing and I will say this because it’s true, Democrats are willing to cheat to win.

Leahy: Oh, Yeah. They did in 2020. No question about it in my view.

Carmichael: When you look at all of the evidence that we all agree on that happened, all the evidence that we know that we all will agree happened to believe that there wasn’t cheating going on is absolutely ridiculous. So having said that, let’s go back to the filibuster issue. What Mitch McConnell pointed out was that the Senate can only operate if there is a quorum and that if the Democrats persist in trying to blow up the filibuster, then what the Republicans will do because, in order to have a quorum, you have to have 51 senators. Are we going to have to go talk about this afterward?

Leahy: Let’s just hold on to that. We want to grab our caller Don who wants to talk a little bit. He’s right on point. Don you’re? Welcome to The Tennessee Star Report.

Caller Don: Good morning, guys. Yeah. And it’s funny you all mentioned Harry Reid just now. The news media has done what Harry Reid did about….Well, he didn’t pay his taxes and talking about Trump’s phone call. And you go back and ask him. And he said, well, it served the purpose of what we were trying to do.

Leahy: Harry Reid at the time, a majority leader, in the Senate, when Mitt Romney was running for president, he went on to the floor of the Senate, you may recall this, and asserted that Mitt Romney had paid no taxes.

Carmichael: In 10 years.

Leahy: In 10 years. Well, that was a lie.

Carmichael: That’s correct.

Don: Right.

Leahy: It’s a flat-out lie. And he responded after he was called out for the I tell our listeners what Harry Reid said about that Don.

Don: And he said, well, it served its purpose. And I take that is what they’re saying about Trump in the phone call. Well, it served its purpose, so it doesn’t matter. Nobody’s held accountable. It’s absurd.

Carmichael: Well, there’s one other thing. Because of the location that Harry Reid said that Mitt Romney had not paid taxes in 10 years, he could not be sued for slander.

Leahy: He said it in the Senate.

Carmichael: He said it in the Senate. And anything said in the Senate cannot be used in a court of law to prove a point. That’s pretty interesting. It’s pretty interesting that a fake phone call of Donald Trump can be used as evidence of obstruction. But an actual statement on television cannot be used because the statement is made on the floor of the Senate.

Leahy: We got about 10 seconds here Don for your response.

Don: And my response is, if you got a D by your name, the law don’t apply to you.

Carmichael: There you go. A whole separate set of laws.

Leahy: I love that.

Don: Amen.

Leahy: If you’ve got a D by your name, the law don’t apply to you.

Don: Thank you, guys.

Carmichael: It’s what led to the French Revolution. There became two systems of justice. One for the kind and his court, and one for everybody else.

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21 in ’23: Leahy and Huey Talking Elections by Marketing Smarter, Organizing Better, and Getting out the Vote

21 in ’23: Leahy and Huey Talking Elections by Marketing Smarter, Organizing Better, and Getting out the Vote

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed creator of the Huey Report and direct mail expert, Craig Huey, to the studio to strategize a way for conservatives to take back Nashville’s Metro Council and other local government positions.

Leahy: In the studio, California Refugee and marketing expert Craig Huey. Craig, just you and me here talking.

Huey: Okay.

Leahy: Do you think we can put a plan together so that common sense takes back the Metro Council here in Nashville in August of 2023 when the elections are up?

Huey: Michael, let me tell you a secret. A secret that is very important. If you are able to activate a small group of people in the Nashville area the answer is absolutely. you can take over the city council. You can take over the mayor’s job. You can take over the school board and it is something that can be done because it’s replicated throughout the United States by people who are able to organize.

And if you take a look at what the left does and if you take a look at what the Socialists do and you take a look at what they do, they’re doing things right. They are doing things with modern technology and data. And conservatives and Republicans are normally looking at it from 20 years ago. They’re marketing as if it wasn’t 2021.

Leahy: That’s where we are. It’s 2021. I have an idea here. I got a phrase here. And I talked to Steve Glover about this yesterday. He feels there are 40 members of the Metro Council. And 30 of them are liberal lunatics.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: And they don’t have any comments and they do stupid things. Yes, everything they do stupid. Stupid stupid stupid. And there are about 7 to 10 that are moderate to conservative who have some level of common sense including Steve Glover Metro Council Member At-Large. So five members of the council are elected at-large in the entire metro Davidson County Nashville area and the 35 districts, right?

So right now the mix is let’s say 30 left-wing lunatic nut cases and then 10 common sense people right now. And that may be a little bit generous on the common sense. But let’s go with that. So elections are in August of 2023. Steve Glover thinks that we can can take back 15 of those 40. And I think that’s probably realistic. But I’m going to give you a phrase here. Let’s see if this works. 21 in 23.

Huey: I love it.

Leahy: You like that?

Huey: I love it.

Leahy: That’s vision. 21 in 23. I like that idea. So what that means is 21 of the 40 members of the Metro Council in the August could be not left-wing lunatics, but people with common sense and who are moderate to conservative. 21 in 23. Just you and me here talking. So this is a grand vision. How do we get there?

Huey: You get there by understanding that the key is identifying your voter and getting them out to vote. And that’s what started with Obama and moved ahead.

Leahy: The original community organizer.

Huey: Oh my goodness he was great.

Leahy: As a community organizer. Not so great as a president.

Huey: But he was great at mobilizing people revolutionized marketing and advertising for politics. And he was able to get out the vote like never before. And so what they did at that time has been perfected. You saw it in Georgia with Stacey Abrams and being able to organize people to turn Georgia. And they would like to do that here in Tennessee.

And basically what we need to be able to do is identify who our voters are and then when the election comes get them to the polls. It sounds easy but it’s not. It takes leadership and takes organization and it takes understanding how to collect that data and that’s what they’re good at. They know how to identify who their potential voters are and they’re able then to create a database of who those are. And so they know who’s interested in crime.

They know who’s interested in schools. They know who’s interested in the homeless problem. They know all these different things. And so Mrs. Jones, they know that she’s really interested in education. So when they go to her and they talk about we’ve got to improve education they are able to communicate on her level and then make sure that she goes to the poll.

So they register and they get out the vote. And they’ll go up to her and they’ll say it election day! Have you mailed in your ballot? Can I help you mail in your ballot? Can I drive you to the poll? And then you know, okay, you’re going to go on your own. Well, I tell you what, right after the election the next day I’m going to come back to your house. I’m going to say how did it go voting? They found that it increases turnout 10 percent. The Democrats have this whole plan of how to identify and mobilize. That’s what we have.

Leahy: Not only do they have that. They have a myriad, every city in the country has a myriad of nonprofits funded by left-wing billionaires and donors where people can do this. People get paid to do this. It seems like just about everybody if you look at these 30 left-wing lunatics of the 40 members on the Metro Council board right now, they all seem to have some level of connection to either being a teacher, a union, or some kind of nonprofit, and they’re able to devote a lot of their time to this level of organization because left-wing billionaires spend their money like crazy. Whereas on the conservative side, conservatives are a little bit less generous with their money supporting the cause. That’s what I’ve found.

Huey: You are 100 percent right Michael. That’s why we have to market smarter, organize better, and get out the vote.

Leahy: Trouble brewing here for the bad guys here in Tennessee if we put this 21 in ’23 plan together.

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Crom Carmichael Discusses the Organized Crime of the Democrats and How Trump Is Back as Leader of the Republican Party

Crom Carmichael Discusses the Organized Crime of the Democrats and How Trump Is Back as Leader of the Republican Party

 

Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss the cancel cultures looming boomerang effect on Democrats and Trump as the official leader of the Republican Party.

Leahy: We are joined by the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Good morning, Crom.

Carmichael: Good morning, Michael.

Leahy: Well over the weekend Donald Trump made a little bit of news. He spoke at CPAC.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: And by the way, just as an aside. So the Hyatt Hotels hosted CPAC and now all the Democrats are trying to do a boycott of Hyatt Hotels. Hyatt responded, ‘tough!’ (Laughs) I like that. ‘We believe in diversity of thought.’

Carmichael: Which hotel chain is Pritzker’s? The governor of Illinois.

Leahy: I think it might be Hyatt.

Carmichael: Maybe he’s not associated with it anymore.

Leahy: It sold off.

Carmichael: But let me say this you can do something for a certain period of time like this cancel culture. The cancel culture is going to soon come back and bite the people who are trying to run it. It’s going to bite them in the butt because it’s wrong. It is fundamentally wrong. And let me say this. It is anti-American.

Leahy: Totally anti-American.

Carmichael: It is anti-American. Forget the Constitution for a second. I’m talking about our nature. Our nature is to discuss and to disagree and to come to conclusions after a full debate. That’s what our nature is as a country. And the left hates that. They want to be in control. It’s really kind of interesting. And by the way, Biden’s one point nine trillion dollar so-called coronavirus package is exactly what I’m talking about here.

It epitomizes it. Only nine percent of the one point nine trillion, only nine percent is for coronavirus if you expand the definition of helping coronavirus to its extreme. The other 91 percent is for Democrat interests. And so what the Democrats have done is they’ve divided our country. And by the way, it’s not 50 percent of the country that’s going to benefit. It’s like 20 to 25 percent of the country is going to benefit. Everybody else ends up taking a back seat.

Leahy: You are right as always about the ownership of the Hyatt hotel chain. It is the Pritzker family. J.B. Pritzker inherited a lot of money, is part of that family, but it looks like he’s the first cousin or second cousin to the guys that are running it right now. So not involved in the operation of it.

Carmichael: Well, but I mean he may not be involved in it, but financially he is still part of it it sounds like.

Leahy: Possibly.

Carmichael: So he’s a little conflicted.

Leahy: He’s a conflicted guy.

Carmichael: He’s going to be conflicted. But if we can if we continue on here. You have you had this one point nine trillion dollars and let here’s where the biggest for these. The biggest chunks are going. They’re going to the teachers’ unions who are going to be rewarded ultimately for not doing their job now. Think about that for a second. you’re going to get billions and billions of dollars for not doing your job unless it turns out that your job is to make sure that Black and Hispanic children do not get a quality education.

Leahy: Well the other element of the teachers union jobs is to present and indoctrinate a left-wing anti-American ideology to K-12 students.

Carmichael: Well, yeah, but they’re not doing that because they’re not even in class.

Leahy: When they are in a class that’s one of the things they’re doing.

Carmichael: Yeah, but I’m talking about what they’re actually doing now. Then you had the blue states and their pension plans which are completely underwater. We’re talking hundreds of billions of dollars underwater from irresponsible management and over-generous payouts. And then you have the private sector unions it turns out. Private sector unions have had these industry groups like the Trucker’s Association is actually one giant pension of 400,000 people all across these states and all these different companies.

And so it’s not just one company. and these companies are underfunding their unions. And the reason they’re being underfunded is well, I take that back. They’re not really being underfunded the plans are being mismanaged. The returns on the plans over the last 15 years have been less than five percent a year. They projected to be in the eight to nine percent range if they had hit their projections.

Which they should have by the way if they were properly managed and if they had then they would be funded. You have these cronies who are put in charge of managing the pension funds. And they then abuse that responsibility and then Democrats turn around to the taxpayers the non-union members and say pony up you have to make good for the mistakes of our side.

Leahy: This is basically, you know, class warfare. economic class warfare upon taxpayers, small business people, and middle-class Americans.

Carmichael: Yes. What this is an organized crime done ‘legally’. And I put legally in quotes and it dwarfs it. I mean organized crime is a five billion dollar a year industry maybe. I’m just picking a number here. This is 90 percent of one point nine trillion. And then Biden’s coming in with another package right behind it. Now, here’s why this all ties into Trump’s speech. Trump is now back. There about four or five Democrats in the Senate who know that if they vote for this one-point-nine trillion-dollar package they will likely lose their next election.

Leahy: So we’d say Joe Sinema.

Carmichael: Well no – Joe Manchin.

Leahy: Now you can understand why I said Joe Sinema because we’re in the land of transgender.

Carmichael: Kristen Sinema. Tester. John Tester.

Leahy: He got re-elected though in 2018.

Carmichael: 2018. So he’s going to be running in 2024.

Leahy: I kind of call him a communist with a crew cut. (Chuckles)

Carmichael: But he’s not one of us but he’s going to be stuck. And then Sherrod Brown. Sherrod Brown is a lefty but he’s in a state that’s now pretty solidly red.

Leahy: 2024 he’s up again. Sherrod Brown.

Carmichael: Is that when he’s up.

Leahy: This coming year 2022 remember Rob Portman announced he’s resigning. There’s going to be a big brouhaha for the Republican nomination.

Carmichael: But all of these all of these Senators have to look out. If they just got re-elected in 2020, then they’re not up until 2026.

Leahy: Right.

Carmichael: They have lots of maneuvering lots of wiggle room.

Leahy: There will be a presidential in between.

Carmichael: And Trump is the leader of the Republican Party.

Leahy: Undoubtedly.

Carmichael: There’s not anyone who’s even in the league.

Leahy: He was very smart. I thought it was a very well-worded speech – a well-crafted speech – right on policy issues. And I thought he was very smart right upfront to say I am not starting a third party. That was very smart.

Carmichael: Yes. Because what the left is trying to do is to divide the Trump supporters which represent 70 to 80 percent of the Republican Party now. And  I’m not saying the rest of it is not Trump supporters, but they wouldn’t necessarily leave the Republican Party. If Trump runs for re-election or runs for election. I don’t know if you call it re-election or not.

Leahy: If he runs for a non-consecutive second term. Thank you, Grover Cleveland.

Carmichael: There you are. Here’s what’s interesting about this. Trump is such a leader of the party. And by the way, he will be enormously effective in 2022.

Leahy: Yes.

Carmichael: Out campaigning for candidates.

Leahy: Already in Ohio, he’s endorsed a guy who’s running against this squishy Anthony Gonzalez who voted to impeach him. Gonzales is gone. Gonzalez will be defeated in 2022 in the House. And he’s already going to be weighing-in on these issues.

Carmichael: Alright and so has he endorsed somebody in Ohio?

Leahy: Yeah, this Max Miller, who was a former aide to him.

Carmichael: For the Senate?

Leahy: No, no. For the House seat that Gonzales has. He’s not endorsed for the Senate. He probably won’t for a while.

Carmichael: Well at any rate though, what I’m saying is is he’ll be out and he will campaign against those who voted to impeach him. And frankly well he should. And he will be very effective I believe in helping Republicans retake control of the House. And if and if he does do that, then he won’t have to announce that he’s running in 2024.

Leahy: There will be a groundswell for him.

Carmichael: Until he decides that he wants to because you can be an almost candidate and do a whole bunch of things legally that once you announce, it changes.

Leahy: Max Miller is the guy in Ohio that Trump just endorsed.

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