Author Archives: Scott Johnson

This just in: No collusion

Featured image Following Brit Hume on Twitter, I learned last week that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr had let on that the committee had found nothing to suggest collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign (tweet below, linking to this CBS News story). Now comes Ken Dilanian’s NBC News story “Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia.” Dilanian labors mightily to keep hope (in “collusion”) »

The apology this time: Finale

Featured image Rep. Ilhan Omar has rightly drawn national attention for her anti-Semitic Tweets this week. Along with the body of her public comments on Israel, they raise a question for Democrats. Among the many commenters on her most recent effusions, I think that President Trump came closest yesterday to recognizing the question they raise. To get a sense of the falsity of Omar’s “apology,” see Dave Orrick’s current Pioneer Press article »

The apology this time (6)

Featured image President Trump briefly addressed the trouble with Ilhan Omar this afternoon (video below). Trump called on Omar to resign from the House committees to which she has been assigned if not from her congressional seat itself and added this: “What she said is so deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology – and that’s what it was, it was lame and she didn’t mean a word of it – »

The apology this time (5)

Featured image David Harsanyi begins to get to the heart of the trouble with Ilhan Omar in his Federalist column “The Democrats’ Anti-Semitism Problem Isn’t Going Away.” Say what you will about Omar, she lets us know what is on her mind. It’s not pretty. Harsanyi writes: The problem is that “anti-Zionism,” the predominant justification for violence, murder, and hatred against Jews in Europe and the Middle East, is a growing position »

Showdown in El Paso

Featured image “Out in the west Texas town of El Paso,” in the words of the Marty Robbins song, President Trump held one of his standing room only political rallies (video below). Bobby O’Rourke held a competing rally at a ballpark across the street from Trump’s in the El Paso County Coliseum. We had something of a showdown between Trump and the “wild young cowboy” for the hand, not of “wicked Felina,” »

The apology this time (4)

Featured image notes that after rendering her so-called apology yesterday, Omar struck one more time. Omar’s motto is “Oops! I did it again.” Has anyone noticed? WJD noticed in an unsigned piece with the headline “Hours After ‘Apology,’ Ilhan Omar Praises AIPAC Conspiracy Theory.” WJD observes: Hours after issuing an apology for an anti-Semitic comment on Twitter, Rep. Ilhan Omar praised a Twitter thread that included a conspiracy theory about AIPAC. »

The apology this time (3)

Featured image Now that the anti-Semitism of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar, let us pause to consider what we have learned. Writing in the Jewish Press, David Israel assesses Omar’s “so-called apology: She opened with, “Anti-Semitism is real, and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.” Or, I’m just a poor girl from Somalia who doesn’t know much about »

Remembering Mr. Lincoln

Featured image Today is of course the anniversary of the birth of America’s greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. As a politician and as president, Lincoln was a profound student of the Constitution and constitutional history. Perhaps most important, Lincoln was America’s indispensable teacher of the moral ground of political freedom at the exact moment when the country was on the threshold of abandoning what he called its “ancient faith” that all men are »

The apology this time (2)

Featured image Her “apology” notwithstanding, Ilhan Omar is sticking with it. See her tweet below along with the thread she has retweeted by Ady Barkan (who is dying of ALS). As one might infer from a reading of Onar’s “apology” by itself, Omar’s animus abides. Omar’s hatred is real. The “apology” is empty words. It is a study in vacuity. [email protected] your courage can’t be matched. I am often in tears thinking »

The apology this time

Featured image There is a reason that Ilhan Omar has resorted to anti-Semitic tropes in the the course of her brief public career so far. Omar is a proponent of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. She is, to put it bluntly, an Islamist hater of Israel. As I argued last year in “A question for Democrats,” Omar’s hatred of Israel is necessarily anti-Semitic. New York Times columnist Bari Weiss devoted a »

Omar goes full anti-Semite again

Featured image Even before she won the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s Fifth District congressional seat, I noted that Ilhan Omar posed “A question for Democrats” (i.e., how they would deal with anti-Semitism in their party). Indeed, I posed the question to prominent Minnesota Democrats, including Amy Klobuchar. Now Omar raises the question in one way or another almost every day. This morning I borrow the headline over this post from FOX »

“Death to America,” he explained

Featured image Iran has been at war with the United States since the overthrow of the Shah and the ascent of the mullahcracy in 1979. The Iranians held American hostages for 444 days in 1979-81, until President Reagan was sworn in. On Reagan’s watch, however, the mullahs upped the ante, dispatching their Hezbollah subsidiary to murder 242 Marines in Beirut in 1983. The Iranians have kept right at it, murdering and maiming »

The case of AOC’s scrubbed FAQs

Featured image Earlier this week I retrieved Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Frequently Asked Questions about her Green New Deal resolution from the memory hole down which she had deposited it. I posted the document here via Scribd. I sarcastically observed that a close reading showed it to satirize the Democrats’ bold new project to save the planet from destruction. On Friday night AOC adviser Robert Hockett actually claimed that the document was the work »

Klobuchar kicks off

Featured image All signs indicate that Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will announce her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination early tomorrow afternoon at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. Klobuchar will emphasize the broad appeal she has demonstrated in three impressive statewide wins. Even if all is not as it appears, she has an appealing public persona. I experienced it myself when she called to thank me for something I wrote on Power »

Mysteries of the Mueller probe, cont’d

Featured image Team Mueller dispatched a heavily armed battalion of FBI agents to conduct a predawn raid late last month in Fort Lauderdale on the home of Roger Stone. Stone was arrested and taken into custody. Stone captured the proceedings on home video. CNN also was on hand to televise the action live as part of its continuing hatefest. John posted video of CNN’s coverage here. I wrote about the raid here »

Green New Deal: Massive or not massive?

Featured image That Green New Deal promoted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the hot new thing for Democrats running for president. Even Minnesota’s fake moderate Amy Klobuchar has signed on to it. I think the message slightly below the surface of the buried Green New Deal FAQ is that it is insane and tyrannical. If you seek to immiserate the United States and its people, this is the path. While the floor is »

Omar (de)rides again

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. was late piling on Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann and his schoolmates, but she didn’t want to miss out. She libeled the teenager to an audience of her 450,000 followers on Twitter. When some adult aware of her potential liability for defamation performed an intervention, Omar deleted the Tweet. I captured it in the post “Isn’t it rich?” and followed up in “Ilhan Omar »