Glenn talks with Oliver North




American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam


by Oliver North


GLENN: Let me go to Oliver North who happens to be on the phone with us. I'll try to speak slowly to you.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Why is that, Glenn?

GLENN: Well, I mean, you know, you apparently can't read, I guess.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Well, apparently because I was in the armed force of the United States, quoting to Stephen King where just as part of this -- sounds remarkably like what John Kerry said.

GLENN: Isn't that amazing?

LT. COLONEL NORTH: When he was running for President. It's almost like they write this, they had the same script writer.

GLENN: Well, you know what it is? It must be so frustrating to you because we were talking about this earlier. I have yet to meet, and I'm sure there are, but I have yet to meet the idiot that is in our armed forces. I have never met a single soldier, sailor, airman, nobody that I thought, oh, jeez, I can't believe this guy has a gun.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: You know, Glenn, and you and I have both traveled around this country. We've met a lot of people and I'm now out on my book tour and you've been on yours, same guy set them both up. We'll I'm sure see a lot of the same people. The reality of it is that today's military -- and I'm very proud of the guys that I served with as a young marine in Vietnam, the guys that kept me alive for, you know, the whole time that I was over there in two trips to Vietnam. But today's military, soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines, are the brightest, best educated, now best trained and equipped military of any country at any time in history. Average education in today's enlisted ranks is 13 1/2 years. I was in Columbus, Ohio and Middleton, Ohio earlier this week and I met two U.S. army recruiters. One is a sergeant first class, the other one is a sergeant, both veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, both now on recruiting duty. And they jokingly say it's tougher being on recruiting duty and they will tell you, they said, we want you to meet some of the 14 guys that we have shipped this month. Now, that's recruiting vernacular for the guys who signed up and are about to go on active duty. 14 graduates, 14 graduates of high school minimum, 10 of whom they said are graduates of two-year institutions. In other words, they have an associate degree in a community college. And I said, well, what about the other four? And the sergeant first class smiled and says, they were all graduates of Ohio State. In other words, college graduates who were headed off to become enlisted soldiers because they want to serve their country. Idiots like King who probably wouldn't know a military guy if they tripped over him or guys like Jim McDermott who made a similar comment last week out there in Washington's very liberal Seattle or guys like John Kerry or people like the New York Times who write they are nothing but poor kids from Mississippi, Texas and Alabama, Lord knows why they picked those three states, don't get it. And the reason they done get it, Glenn, is because they haven't spent any time with them. They don't know who they are.

GLENN: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North. His book is released today. It's "American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam." You know, I listen to these people and it really is like there is two Americas. There is the America that I grew up in and, you know, you grew up in and that one had the change in the 1960s where all of a sudden our heroes became baby killers and everything else. They promised that we wouldn't do it again. They are not calling anybody a baby killer. Now they're just calling them stupid.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Yeah. Well, and of course we've had politicians accuse them of premeditated murder. McDermott said the other day out in California that they were mercenaries. We've seen the commanding officer derided as General Betrayus. An unprecedented act, by the way. Even during what we in Virginia called the war of recent northern regression, there were union generals who were pilloried but never like this. You think about the attack on these young men, and I can only conclude that it is people like all of these ones that we've just referred to who don't want us to win a war that is eminently winnable against radical column, that you will I want to conclude, who want to demoralize the troops, denigrate the commanding officer, who say the commanding officer is something beneath them and that's what they basically set out to do, to try to guarantee in one fashion or another that this war is not the victory we need it to be.

GLENN: So how does the country -- and I know you talk about this in the book. How does the country win against one of its -- one of the most dedicated enemies we've ever faced?

LT. COLONEL NORTH: You are absolutely right about that.

GLENN: How do we win a war when the media is against the soldiers, the liberal elite is against the soldiers, much of congress and politicians are against the soldiers. I mean, they will say that, oh, no, we love the soldiers but then they are really not.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: I tell people, I say -- and I had this debate with Alan Colmes last night on Hannity and Colmes. When you've got somebody that says, I support the troops; I just don't support their mission. I say, try this. When you go home tonight, tell your spouse that you really love her and then in the next breath tell her, "But I don't like the way you keep the house, I don't like the way you're raising the kids, I don't particularly like the way you make love," and find out where you sleep. The fact is you can't say "I support the troops" and don't support the reason we have troops. The reason we have troops is to defend this country, in this case against one of the most vicious adversaries we have ever faced. It's one thing to take on an enemy that's willing to die for their comrades or their cause. It is something else to take on an enemy that intends to die in the process of killing you.

GLENN: Are you frustrated at all --

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Oh, I'm terribly frustrated.

GLENN: Are you frustrated all that people don't -- for instance, Hollywood, I mean, Lone Survivor is now being made into a movie, but Hollywood just won't go there, and there are amazing stories about our troops.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Yeah. Black Hawk Down was a very successful movie, but ultimately when you get -- when you peel the onion back on Black Hawk Down -- and they couldn't help but show the remarkable heroism from the spec ops guys and the Rangers in what happened in 1993 in Somalia. But ultimately the reason why that movie got funded -- probably didn't turn out quite the way they originally intended but it shows how heroic those guys were but the reason why they made it was because it was a defeat. And Saving Private Ryan is a wonderful movie but in fact it's fictitious. You know what, you don't have to be fictitious. If you read the -- every one of the pictures in this book, American Heroes, none of them are staged. All of them are the real thing. The stories are their stories. I just happened to be there with a camera. I'm the guy that gets to hang around with heroes for a living.

GLENN: I tell you what, Oliver North, if you don't mind hanging on for just a second.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: I'll do so Glenn.

GLENN: Because I've got to ask you something that you're getting hammered for in the media here on Jeremiah Wright. The name of the book is "American Heroes." It's out today. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North.

GLENN: Indiana and North Carolina going to the voting polls today. We'll see what happens. We'll be watching it tonight with you, 7:00, CNN Headline Prime, don't miss it. Oliver North from the Fox News Channel and author of "American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam." The national release is today. He is out on the road and he's with us now. Lieutenant Colonel, tell me about the statement that you made about Jeremiah Wright. I know people are hammering for saying that Jeremiah Wright is a recruiting campaign for Al-Qaeda and all the enemies of America.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Well, he is. By virtue of what he has been saying -- and this all began here a week or so ago, not just going after me by name for Lord knows what reason but what he has become is an incitement for people to say I'm disgusted with America, I hate America. And as he said, he damned America. What this man is doing is creating an environment where already disaffected young people -- and there are a lot of them, particularly in prisons -- and many of them are minorities, are falling into the hands of people like Louis Farrakhan who can then turn them over to radical Imams and further their process of indoctrination into radical Islam. Now, Al-Qaeda just happens to be one manifestation of it. We've certainly seen in Iraq where it doesn't have to be Al-Qaeda. It could be a Shiite militia, it could be theocrats in Tehran that are directing the special groups that are operating all over the southern part of Iraq trying to deny the Iraqis the opportunity to develop their oil resources. Those are the kinds of things. You've got an American as promise then as Jeremiah Wright who, by the way, did serve as a United States marine but has apparently forgotten the motto of the United States Marine Corps: Semper Fidelis, always faithful.

GLENN: I want to play a clip from Rosie O'Donnell because she said she understood Reverend Wright. I want to get your opinion on this. Listen to this, Rosie O'Donnell yesterday.

O'DONNELL: Well, did you see Bill Moyers recently give a speech about what happened after Reverend Wright was on his show?

VOICE: No.

O'DONNELL: He got thousands of e-mails, over like 5,000 e-mails and some of them irate, some of them understanding but what it came to boil down to in his mind is the fact that, you know, this man is Following a tradition of black preachers and that there is a righteous indignation about people who are only considered 3/4 of a person until fairly recently in history and that his anger which annoys some and forces some to look at issues that America is not really ready to face is the actual issue, that racism does exist in this country and it's still thriving and that some of the things that Jeremiah Wright says he's held accountable for and -- not Oprah, Obama's held accountable for but there are things that white preachers have said that are just as insane.

VOICE: All them should be held accountable.

O'DONNELL: That Pat Robertson is saying, that gays and feminists are responsible.

VOICE: So you agree they should all be held accountable.

O'DONNELL: I think there is a place in the world, an inspirational, liberational kind of preaching that Reverend Wright says. When you read that he says, I was not as offended in the people in the polls read. Frankly it made sense to me. I totally understood what he was saying.

GLENN: What do you think of that?

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Well, you know, obviously Rosie O'Donnell, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, you know, if you believe what they say, the United States government started the HIV virus, the United States government's responsible for 9/11. I mean, there's a grand conspiracy theory that pervades the left in this country and unfortunately they've achieved remarkable prominence that they don't deserve. And what it does is it distracts us from people like the American heroes that are in this book. And what's so disappointing to me is the ones who really deserve the attention and the accolades rarely get it from our media.

GLENN: How difficult -- because I -- you know, the conspiracy theory is growing in this country that the United States military pulled off the 9/11 attack.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Yeah.

GLENN: And I find it so awful and also so ridiculous that think that our government could keep that a secret.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Well, of course. I mean, this is a government that can't keep -- you know, once two people know about it, it's sure to leak. I mean, it would have been published -- the guys that were involved in the conspiracy would have stepped forward to the Washington compost or the New York crimes or the Atlantic journal and constipation and it would be all over the press. I frequently tell people the enemy doesn't need an intelligence service against us. All they have to do is subscribe to America's newspapers, watch the mainstream media. We have to go out and collect information against guys who have learned, thanks to them, by the way, thanks to the media, that we were listening to their cell phone and satellite telephone communications. We have to go out and try to penetrate cells of terrorists who have been inculcated since they were little children in hatred, how to kill and how to die and try to do that under strictures that were so difficult that you couldn't even talk until very recently, this administration changed the rules for the CIA so you could actually talk to somebody who might have a criminal record. Think about the mind of somebody that says our government could somehow make the passengers on those four airplanes disappear or somehow invectored those airplanes into two great buildings in New York City and the Pentagon's west wall and a farmer's field in Somerset county, Pennsylvania.

GLENN: Ronald Reagan called him an American hero, he is a New York Times best selling author, syndicated columnist, he does war stories on the Fox News Channel. More importantly, a Vietnam veteran awarded the silver star, the bronze star and two purple hearts during his 22 years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North has a book out now. It's called "American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam." It is a real pleasure, sir.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: Glenn, I appreciate it.

GLENN: You bet.

LT. COLONEL NORTH: And for all your listeners around the country who want to learn more about the book tour, go to Americanheroesbook.com. It's all there and I appreciate the chance for you to tell their story.

GLENN: Talk to you again, Oliver.

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.

RELATED: SOCIALISM: This is the most important special we have done

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.