MIKE: They keep saying there's smoke. There's smoke. But there's no smoking gun. But there's a lot of smoke. Well, okay. At what point do you cease and desist? There is a lot of this that happens along the political divide in this country. And I'm sure that on some level, I'm a part of it. That if you support one party or the other, you want to stop the nonsense when it's against you, and you wanted to ramp it up when it's against someone else. I don't want to be that person. I have said from the beginning, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart, if anybody in the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to fix an election, whether it worked or not, there should be repercussions. The American people need to know that.
But if there isn't any evidence of it, you have got to walk away at some point. And so far, with all of the digging and all of the hunting and everybody that hates this president, they haven't found one shred of evidence. When it comes to Michael Flynn, Michael Flynn, it seems as if broke the law on multiple occasions. And the president of the United States went to James Comey and said, "He's a good guy. Do you think you can end this?" There is a big difference between saying to someone, "When is this going to be over?" Or saying to someone, "It would be in your best interest -- if you want to be around for very long, to end this investigation." I don't think James Comey is going to say that. I think they're going to be very disappointed. I don't believe James Comey -- and I could be -- I've been so wrong about so many things. But just remember when Brennan testified. When they talked about intelligence gathering and data and meetings with Russians and the Democrats on the committee asked him, "Could this be something that's -- and I'm using the word nefarious. They didn't -- could this be something nefarious?" He said, yeah, it could. It also could be nothing. There was no smoking gun there either. There was no smoke there. It was mundane testimony, and it was on to the next thing. Now, it's James Comey. Does Comey have an axe to grind with the president?
The funny thing is the other side of this argument was just that. The president fired James Comey because of the investigation. And I said, "Why would he do that?" Now James Comey is a free agent in the eyes of the people. And I know that there is a confidentiality clause. There's things that he's not allowed to say in public or to the news media. But at the same time, if he's fired from the job, he no longer works for the president. The president has no more oversight of what he says and does. And he can now talk about the investigation as a private citizen to a certain degree, which is what he's doing. Why would they fire him?
I mean, these are all logical questions. That doesn't mean that there's clean hands in the White House and that I'm not looking to see if there's evidence of wrongdoing. But the people that are salivating that this is going to be the straw that broke the camel's back when it comes to impeachment, I just think are way ahead of themselves. And they're way too hopeful for it.
Since when is it an American principle to want the American president to have done something so wrong, that we are going to throw them out of office?
Richard Nixon. Bill Clinton. Anybody happy about those two things? Anybody in America -- I guess they were. I mean, when they got -- they got Nixon out of office. I was a young boy when that happened. I don't remember much about it, other than my mom watching the hearings.
But Nixon leaving office. Yeah, there were people in the Democratic Party that were happy that the Republican president was gone. But Americans weren't happy that their president resigned in shame.
And when Bill Clinton was being impeached for lying, which was proven he did. He lost his law license. There were those on the left -- I mean, I remember it like it was yesterday, people saying, "Well, it doesn't affect how he does his job. I mean, that doesn't make him a good person in his personal life, but that's between him and his wife." And I thought, "No. There's never been a bigger disparity in power between president of the United States and an intern in the White House." The most powerful person in the entire world and an intern. So for the left in their politically correct world to say, "Well, that's between their -- that is a political motivation. That's not an intellectually honest statement. Not at all.
But since when do the networks salivate at the potential of an American president being impeached? I didn't agree. I can't think of anything substantial that comes to mind that President Obama did that I agree with. I thought he was wrong on Cuba. I know he was on Iran. He's wrong about the Affordable Care Act. He was wrong about stimulus spending. He was wrong about raising taxes. He was wrong about all of those things. His attitude towards the police. He was wrong about all of those things. I never called for impeachment. As a matter of fact, I wanted everybody in this country on the right side of the aisle to feel the sting of that presidency for all eight years.
I was surprised he got elected the first time. I was surprised he gets reelected. But the American people, he was my president. And I wanted everyone to feel that sting. I didn't want it to damage the American people. I wanted us all to see that elections have consequences. He was the rightfully elected president of the United States. He deserved the respect that that office holds. And he deserved to be supported to the extent that I don't want to see him leaving in shame. Vote him out if you don't like him. I was happy to see him go.
I was honored to be at the inauguration of the president. Not necessarily because it was Donald Trump. Although, it was great to see that inauguration. It was great to be at Media Row for that. But I got to be honest, there was a part of me that was so happy when I watched President Obama and the former First Lady get on that helicopter and fly out of DC. I liked it.
But that's the way the American people voted. So since when does the media jump on board? James Comey is going to testify. And everybody is talking about how this is going to bury Donald Trump. Why does that make anybody happy?
My -- my problem isn't with the political machine. I mean, the Democrats and the Republicans have been doing this -- they did it better a long time ago. It's become, you know -- it's become a school yard insult fight is what it's become. It's become childish. But this has been going on between political parties forever. You know, they say that the Affordable Care Act may need to be tweaked.
No, it's falling apart at the seams. But the Republican plan is going to kill people. Well, no, it's not. But that's what they do in politics.
The media is supposed to be different. Journalists are supposed to be critical of both sides. The journalists should be saying to Nancy Pelosi, how can you stand up here and lecture the Republicans about anything when it's you that gave us Obamacare?
They don't. They just let her ramble on, not make any sense. Let her continue to call President Trump "President Bush" over and over again. There is no equal time as far as that criticism goes. That's my problem with how this is being handled. They are elated at the potential that they can destroy this president.
And that to me, isn't an American principle. I didn't want Obama to be destroyed. I wanted him to not be reelected. I wanted the Congress to hold -- hold fast on a budget that was going to be smart. Balanced. No debt. They didn't.
They're as culpable as the president is on that agenda. But at the same time, when the American people speak, we're supposed to respect it. And since when does the media decide that when James Comey testifies, we're going to have impeachment hearings, and they can't wait to report that. And that's all I saw today. Was like a bloodlust to try to do what they can to just destroy this president. And it was -- it was sad to see.