Will Putin plunge the globe into World War 3? The past gives us a look at the future

Below is a transcript of tonight's monologue

Russia has been chipping away at a master plan, a plan that few, if any, have even taken note of, and no one has shown you. You know the history. We’ve shown it to you, and the brain behind it all. Tonight, we’re going to try to show you what possibly could be coming next, and it is critical that you understand this, because Putin, how he reacts could drag the entire globe into World War III.

Putin, Aleksandr Dugin, and like-minded elites dream of rebuilding a Russia that dominates Eurasia. In the old days—and we showed this to you—in the old days, Russia owned all of this from the blue line out. This was their spiritual center. In fact, their spiritual center was right here. That’s where Russia really had its heart.

Then, in World War II, World War II gave them all of this territory. Now, all of that is gone, and now they’re behind this green line. Russia, if you look at the maps on the things the way it used to be, Russia was this enormous country, and then what happened? Then it shrunk down. The days of Ivan the Terrible and every step of the way since has been trying to grab that land back. The only difference today is the enemy now isn’t the mongrels or Nazi Germany. The enemy is like it was in the Cold War. It is America.

This struggle to dominate and restore the Russian empire needs fuel, and the time-tested way for Russians or anyone to fuel the fight is through nationalism and religion. Nationalism, how do you boost nationalism? Well, you promote and propagandize anything that would unite ethnic Russians. Remember, I told you last night ethnic Russians, after World War II, they needed to make sure that these became Russian and never went back, so what they did is they took Russians, and they put them and they transplanted them all in through these Soviet satellite states, and they became Romanian Russians. They did everything they could.

Now that the border has crept back here, now all these ethnic Russians find themselves in another country. This is really important. The other thing you need to do besides nationalism to make sure you speak to each of these people and say you’re Russian, you don’t belong to Romania or Bulgaria. You don’t belong to the Ukraine. You’re Russian.

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The other thing you have to do is you look at history, and you tap into the Orthodox Church, your bishops. You put the focus on your religion. You’re seeing this now play out with the targeting of gays in Russia. You’re seeing this play out with Putin bashing America’s lack of morals. He is positioning Russian now as the moral beacon that will lead the Christian world.

For example, this will blow your mind. In Paris, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, they couldn’t afford their gigantic Christmas tree this year, so who saved Christmas? Vladimir Putin bought the tree, even sent a Russian Santa for the lighting ceremony. Another effective means is to unite under a common enemy. When Putin invaded Georgia, he blamed the United States. When Putin invaded Crimea, he blamed and used both religious and the common enemy, blamed the United States for our lack of moral standards. He said Crimea is as sacred to Russia as the Temple Mount is to the followers of Judaism and Islam. Watch.

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Vladimir Putin: This enables us to say today that Crimea, Korsun, Kherson, is of huge civilizational sacred importance to Russia, just like the Temple Mount is to those who follow Judaism, and this is the way we will treat this territory today and forever.

Glenn Understand? Jews need the Temple Mount. Russia needs Crimea because it’s their spiritual center. He added that the United States would have found a way to issue sanctions even if they didn’t annex Crimea. Putin is indeed following the platform laid out by the influential radicals like Aleksandr Dugin, but they’re not satisfied with him. They are urging him to do more. They are true radicals.

This is a dangerous time for Vladimir Putin. He’s enlisted the help of far-right European radicals, and now he is not delivering on promises, so how far will they go to make sure they get what they want, what he promised them and them? Tonight, we’re going to look at all of the scenarios and wargame what could happen next, but I want to do so under the original premise that I laid out from the FOX days.

I said these things would come, that radicals would unite from all walks of life, and they would begin to create chaos and destabilize the West, destabilize Europe, and then the rest of the world. So, let’s look at that. What is it that Putin has really done with the map? Because Putin sees a few things standing in his way of this Eurasian dream. We’re going to look down the road and look at the roadblocks and see how Putin is going to handle them.

First, the United States and the European Union alliance, Putin knows defeating the U.S. and the EU via military is not going to happen. It’s just too much. You don’t want to climb that hill, so the first option has to be something else. Well, that’s where Aleksandr Dugin comes in and his philosophy in Russia and then export it to Western Europe. What is Dugin’s philosophy?

Well, like with Karl Marx, it’s consciousness, but it’s not class consciousness. It’s racial consciousness. You try to reach into people and say who are you really? See, we’re different than one another. We’re not a melting pot. You’re Russian or you’re French. You’re Christian. You’re German. The Russians unite on the Orthodox Church, their culture.

For Western Europe, it’s self-identity for each nationstate. Nobody wants to be a part of the EU. People identify themselves as French first, Spanish, Italian, not European, so when somebody comes in, let’s say from Algeria and moves up to France, and they don’t want to be a part of the French culture, that plays into the hands of people like Dugin and Vladimir Putin, because he can say you’re French, send them home.

So how is he exploiting this? Well, it’s very easy. Far-right groups currently rising up all over Europe, people think that this is not connected. It is. Now is the perfect time because of especially places like Greece and Italy, France and Germany and Spain, the economic stress, and naturally the fingers are pointing at the immigrants who are coming in, sinking the boat, and taking the jobs. It’s already happening organically.

All Russia has to do is just pour a little Dugin gasoline on the fire, and if that fire burns hot enough, it destabilizes the West, and it destabilizes the region and promotes independence. And if they can provoke nations to move towards an eventual break with the EU, eventually you break it all apart, and you neutralize your top enemy.

Now, if that sounds far-fetched, remember what Scotland just voted on. They voted on independence. It was the highest turnout in their election history, and it was a fairly close vote. It was 55 to 44%. With the withdrawal from the EU movement gaining steam in the UK, you’ve got something here. Conditions are ripe, and Russia is reaching out to almost every major far-right nationalist group involved in European unrest.

Don’t believe me? Let me show you. First we go to Greece, the Golden Dawn Party. That’s the neo-Nazis. PEGIDA, that is the Nazi party in Germany. The party, the…how do you say this, Tiffany? Ataka party in Bulgaria…where is Bulgaria? The Jobbik party in Hungary is also on his list of payroll people, the Freedom Party in Austria. You have the neo-Nazi party in Italy. You have Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, and then you have the last one this week, the National Front in France.

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He seems to be positioning his people outside of his border. By the way, the Russian banks just loaned Marine Le Pen 9 million euros. The Le Pen people said no one else will give us a cent. Putin will, and now we know why. The architect is playing the long game. He created the Eurasian Youth Union. Hmm, what is that? It looks darn familiar. Somebody else created one. If they’re symbol looks familiar in this youth union, it’s because it’s the same exact symbol we showed you yesterday that is an ancient magic symbol from the pagan days that stands for chaos…chaos, the same thing the 12ers are looking for in Iran.

Russia is just beginning this escalation. Remember, real economic strife has not even hit all of the world yet. We have seen depressions or recessions. We have seen joblessness, but we have not seen a global depression yet. Nobody has seen what the world is about to see since the 1930s, so all bets are off as soon as the dollars start to really collapse. The far right, the Golden Dawn, Le Pen, they are poised right now for positions of real power within their government.

It also plays right into Russia’s hands. But how long can Putin hold out? Because the economy is in real trouble. To make budget, Russia depends heavily on oil. Prices have collapsed more than 60% in six months. Uh oh, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Well, this has prompted the Russian government to say on social media the oil and gas economy has exhausted its potential, and we can’t guarantee stable growth or encourage investment in the real sector.

They’re not even pretending to be optimistic right now. Instead, they don’t blame it on their incompetence. Guess who they blame it on…the West. Putin said that at least 25% of their economic troubles are directly due to President Obama’s sanctions against them, but remember, Putin is operating under a Dugin view that America and the EU and all other Western imperialists are manipulating global financial institutions. Geez, when’s the last time we heard a Fascist say that somebody was going to manipulate economies? I remember, it’s the Fascist in World War II that blamed it on the Jews. Oh wait a minute, that’s why people who are Jewish are starting to freak out, because they’ve seen this movie before.

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He feels the fix is in to make the world remain pegged to the dollar. Listen to this, America. That’s why Putin is committed to destroying the dollar. That’s why Putin has tried to create his own version of the IMF. That’s why Russia along with China have gone out and bought as much gold as they possibly can, because their economic security is making him wobble. So, get your gold in now.

They believe that the Western debt-based economies are going to collapse. That doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out. That’s probably right. How do you possibly keep going on? We’re printing money. Yes, it possibly will go down, and so then what happens? China and Russia are betting you go back to gold. With the combined gold reserves of Russia and China on top of their existing natural resources, their economies would be unstoppable and even more formidable if they are combined with the oil and gas from the Middle East. A Middle Eastern ally is crucial to the goal.

Why don’t we have help sent to Iran? There’s another reason to cozy up. Why don’t we send help to Syria? Do you see the problem? Now, the problem for Putin is how long can you hold out? Are you going to be able to survive the current economic crisis? This is the only guy playing a long game. Right now we’re playing today, today, today, today. Look what the pieces that he is moving because he knows the world is about to change.

Inflation right now is at a frightening 17% for Vladimir Putin. Russia’s finance minister called a cut in planned spending to weather economic crisis, warning that a 45% billion drop of revenues is going to happen right now if the average price of oil is $50 a barrel, but this January it was $45 a barrel. He is already under immense amount of pressure, and he is getting backed into a corner, so what happens? Man, what happens when you back a bear into a corner? Well, if the saying is true that history repeats itself, you are not going to like the answer.

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On the night of February 24, 1956, the public session of the 20th Congress of the USSR, the former Soviet Union, came to a close. After most of the politicians cleared out, Nikita Khrushchev called a closed-door session with senior members and delivered a shocking speech. It was later called the secret speech. It was shocking because Stalin was dead, and his close supporters were in line to take over, yet Khrushchev was revealing that Stalin was a tyrannical killer.

Soviets loved Stalin, viewed him as a divine leader, and now they were being told that he was a torturer and a murderer of party members. The speech eventually leaked out and was wildly and widely reported. It also was credited with bringing Stalinism to a screeching halt.

So, is there a modern-day Khrushchev who’s going to come forth and point out Putin’s failures? If he doesn’t give Russian people exactly what he wants, somebody is going to step forward. I believe his name is Igor Girkin. He typically just goes by his nickname which means shooter in Russian. He basically is the Russian cross between Rambo, John Wayne, and the Pope.

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It’s amazing how tough these guys all have to be. He led the insurgencies in Chechnya, Bosnia, Moldova, Georgia. The Russians see Girkin as sort of a holy warrior defending Russian civilization from what Girkin calls the godless West.

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Girkin: I can say to all of the Western civilization is leading a war against us, with intent to divide us and to plunder. We have already discussed the fact that Russia is capable of becoming a country that will raise a moral counterweight to a world that they are building. Utterly apostasic, soulless world, where everything is based on materialistic values, where people have simply forgotten God.

I hope you could read that, because I couldn’t read that, so it was not quite as frightening as maybe it should be. I was just noticing his haircut looked an awful lot like Hitler’s too. According to Girkin, it was Girkin and not Putin who pulled the trigger on the war in Ukraine. After the protests in Kiev, Girkin crossed into Crimea and led the takeover. Well, after Crimea was fully accessed, he crossed into Eastern Ukraine and led the uprising there.

In April, he paraded Ukrainian captives in front of the press. They were gagged, and they were blindfolded. He told reporters that Ukrainians were planning to kidnap Russians, but instead they got captured. When the cease-fire was negotiated, Girkin relocated back to Russia and has been leading the organization for the Russian fighters and equipment flowing into what he calls the new Russia, ditching his military uniform and donning a suit.

Igor Girkin, he is somewhat of a rock star now in the Russian media. Putin addresses the nation, tells them don’t worry about the dire situation of the Russian economy, but Igor is not part of that. He can be seen preaching the liberation of the new Russia.

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Girkin: Russia, as a self-sufficient major power, has a chance to preserve itself through the death of this global project which is, in my opinion, simply satanic.

Ivan the Terrible was the first Czar of Russia. He ruled in the mid-1500s. He believed that he was chosen by God to lead the Russian people and defend orthodox Christianity. During the reign of the Russian empire, they would see the greatest territorial expansion ever. The question is is Igor Girkin the modern-day of Ivan the Terrible? Is Russia at the precipice of another great period of territorial expansion with the champion of their faith at the helm, whoever that will be?

Will Putin feel he is out of options and obey the calls from the radical right and lead the nation into war to do the same thing, potentially unleashing World War III? Time only holds the answer, but history gives us a look at the lock and the keys.

It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

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14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

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Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.