Progressives Decry Kamala Harris’s Socialist Moment On ‘60 Minutes’ As ‘Ridiculous’ Interview

Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris was pressed on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night on whether the California senator would push a potential Biden administration further to the left than the platform has already shifted.

“You’re very different in the policies that you’ve supported in the past,” said CBS’s Norah O’Donnell. “You’re considered the most liberal United States senator.”

Harris dismissed the idea as a Republican talking point accusing O’Donnell of regurgitating a line from Vice President Mike Pence.

“Somebody said that and actually it was Mike Pence on the debate stage,” Harris said, laughing it off.

“Yeah, well actually the non-partisan GovTrack has rated you as the most liberal senator,” O’Donnell pressed. “You supported the Green New Deal. You supported Medicare for All. You’ve supported legalizing marijuana. Joe Biden doesn’t support those things. So are you going to bring the policies, those progressive policies that you supported as senator into a Biden administration?”

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Harris responded by offering a non-answer, telling O’Donnell she would be governing by her own personal experiences.

“I will always share with him my lived experience as it relates to any issue that we confront. And I promised Joe that I will give him that perspective and will always be honest with him,” Harris said.

“And is that a socialist or progressive perspective?”

Harris was clearly caught off-guard by O’Donnell’s persistence. The California senator, who indeed has been rated by the independent non-partisan group GovTrack as the most progressive member of the upper chamber, again laughed off the socialist label.

“No,” Harris said chuckling uncomfortably. “I would not have joined the ticket if I didn’t support what Joe was supporting.”

O’Donnell’s consistent press for an answer marked one of Harris’s only relatively tough interviews of the entire campaign, where Democrats have enjoyed a remarkably amicable press asking former Vice President Joe Biden what kind of ice cream the candidate got at a campaign stop while being embroiled by legitimate scandal legacy media refuses to cover. Among the few other times Harris faced an actual challenge was when she was pressed by Vice President Pence on the debate stage earlier this month.

O’Donnell’s questioning, where the CBS anchor merely cited an academic standard to refute Harris’s rejection of the “socialist” label, was met with scorn from Democrats and their allies in the media as some unfair truth-to-power kind of moment. CBS’s Lesley Stahl on the other hand, denied verifiable evidence even existed on well-established claims brought up by President Trump.

It’s possible, given Harris’s reaction to O’Donnell’s questioning, that she was not even aware of the GovTrack rating placing Harris to the left of self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Considering Biden’s leftward lurch following the Democratic primary, applying the socialist label to the party’s nominee doesn’t remain too far from the truth.

In July, the Biden team hammered out a 110-page “unity” task force agreement with Sanders pledging to “rewrite the economy” and achieve “environmental justice.” The agreement earned the former primary rival’s praise that if elected, Biden would be “the most progressive president since FDR.”

Even before his selection of Harris on the ticket, Biden proposed more than $10 trillion in new spending. Former President Barack Obama reportedly told the New Yorker that between Sanders and Biden, their goals are “not that different.”


Byron York: Media Ignore Spontaneous Trump Rallies

Byron York of the Washington Examiner has published an account of a 2,000-car-strong Trump rally in western Pennsylvania — one of dozens of pro-Trump rallies organized independently of the campaign that show the president’s support.

He writes:

It was the biggest political rally no one saw. And gatherings like it have been happening for months in some of the places President Trump needs most to win if he is to be reelected. And, remarkably, the rallies are not the work of the Trump campaign. The road rally in Washington, Pennsylvania, was organized and staged by local Trump supporters, linked together largely by Facebook, who want to show that enthusiasm for the president in western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas is not just strong but stronger than it was when Trump eked out a victory in Pennsylvania in 2016. If Trump wins this critical state, it will owe in significant part to this organic movement and the energetic organizers who have nothing to do with his campaign.

York observed that President Donald Trump’s support for fracking has mobilized supporters:

They feel so strongly about Trump because they know he has supported their industry while Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, wanted to cripple and ultimately eliminate it. They know Trump has not miraculously saved the energy industry in Pennsylvania. They didn’t expect that he would. Their calculus was much more basic: In 2016, they voted for the candidate who would stop trying to kill the industry that supports 322,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, according to an energy industry estimate.

Now, they know a President Joe Biden would resume the green crusade to destroy the oil and gas business. On Saturday, they were all very aware that just a few days before, in the last presidential debate, Biden had vowed to “transition” the United States away from oil and gas.

York notes that while Trump supporters share accounts of caravans and boat parades on social media, they are often ignored by local news and national media.

Read the full article here.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


Fact Check: Kamala Harris Lies 4 Times About Trump and Racism on ’60 Minutes’

CLAIM: President Donald Trump is a racist, as shown by Birtherism; Charlottesville; “Mexicans”; and the “Muslim ban.”

VERDICT: FALSE. None of these examples is valid. All of them involve outright lies or significant omissions of context.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the Democratic Party nominee for vice president, told 60 Minutes on Sunday evening that she believed that President Trump is a racist, and cited the four reasons above.

From the CBS News transcript of the interview:

Norah O’Donnell: On the campaign trail, President Trump has attacked you frequently. He’s called you a monster. He’s said you’re nasty and it would be an insult to our country if you became the first female president. Do you see this as just the rough and tumble of politics, or do you view those attacks against you as racist?

Senator Kamala Harris: Well, this is not the first time in my life I’ve been called names and it– you know, it was predictable, sadly.

Norah O’Donnell: Do you think the president is racist?

Senator Kamala Harris: Yes, I do. (LAUGH) Yeah. I do. You can look at a pattern that goes back to him questioning the identity of the first Black president of the United States. You can look at Charlottesville, when there were peaceful protesters, And on the other side, Neo-Nazis  and he talks about fine people on either side.  Calling Mexicans rapists and criminals. His first order of business was to institute a Muslim ban. It all speaks for itself.

All of these examples are invalid, as Breitbart News has shown countless times — most recently in a fact check of Harris’s speech last week in Atlanta:

(1) [Birtherism] Trump questioned Obama’s eligibility to be president. He did the same with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was born in Canada (and later produced evidence of his mother’s U.S. birth). Trump applies the same standard to everyone. (Proof.)

(2) [Charlottesville] Trump never said the neo-Nazis were “fine people.” In fact, he said they should be “condemned totally.” Harris knows that she is lying, because Vice President Mike Pence told her the truth to her face at their debate earlier this month. (Proof.)

(3) [“Mexicans”] Trump did not refer to Mexicans as rapists and criminals. He was referring to people who entered the U.S. illegally, making clear that he was not even talking about all illegal immigrants: “And some, I assume, are good people.” (Proof.)

(4) [“Muslim ban”] Trump never imposed a “Muslim ban.” He restricted travel from terror-prone countries identified under Obama. Most Muslim states were unaffected, and the ban was upheld at the Supreme Court. Non-Muslim countries are on the list. (Proof.)

During the Democratic presidential primary, Harris attacked former Vice President Joe Biden for his past racial insensitivity. 60 Minutes did not ask her about Biden’s statements on race.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


Media Deliberately Ignore U.S. Intel To Keep Falsely Labeling Biden Bombshells ‘Russian Misinformation’

On Saturday, the Washington Post published a “perspective” calling on media to label Joe Biden’s scandals “foreign misinformation” even though top U.S. intelligence officials went on record days before to call that claim utterly false.

“We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation – even if they probably aren’t,” wrote Johns Hopkins University Professor Thomas Rid.

In the 12 days since the New York Post dropped its first blockbuster story exposing content from a Delaware computer suspected of belonging to Hunter Biden, that’s exactly what the media has done, with the help of Big Tech.

Immediately after the Post published its first in a series of exposés on the Biden laptop showing that Joe Biden had been lying about never discussing business with his son “or with anyone else,” Twitter and Facebook weaponized their monopoly over the digital public square to suppress the reporting. CNN, the Washington Post, and The New York Times, which would typically deploy their full resources to any minor revelation from the Trump White House without scrutiny, took hours to publish anything related to the Hunter Biden emails.

ABC, CBS, and NBC gave the bombshell stories less than 15 minutes of coverage between the three networks out of 51 hours of news programming in the days after the news broke.

When the nation’s legacy outlets finally did offer the Biden scandals more attention, the coverage characterized the New York Post’s reporting as Russian disinformation.

“A tabloid got a trove of data on Hunter Biden from Rudy Giuliani. Now the FBI is probing a possible disinformation campaign,” headlined USA Today.

“Is the Trump Campaign Colluding with Russia Again?” titled an op-ed by a New York Times columnist.

National Public Radio (NPR) was far more direct, telling readers outright that the taxpayer-funded outlet just wasn’t going to cover the Biden stories because its leftist editors believe it “doesn’t amount to much.”

Here’s a screenshot of what came up when independent journalist Matt Taibbi searched for information regarding Biden and Ukraine. Google results were littered with “fact-checks” from mainstream outlets as opposed to the exhaustive reporting offered to any of the other media-manufactured scandals to plague Trump in the last four years.

By early last week, the myth of Russian disinformation peddled by a media desperate to avoid compromising information on their preferred presidential candidate had been debunked by the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Department of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.

That hasn’t stopped legacy outlets, however, from denying even the potential that the reporting about the recovered Delaware laptop may possess legitimacy. The Biden campaign still has not refuted the authenticity of the content found on the laptop hard drive.

“It can’t be verified,” CBS’s Lesley Stahl told President Donald Trump during their interview for Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” which was preemptively released by the White House. “It can’t be verified.”

“What can’t be verified?” a justifiably confused Trump responded.

“The laptop!”

Days later, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour deployed the same strategy to dismiss the reporting on Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.

“Are you comfortable with the president of the United States being close to a person like Rudy Giuliani who says also that he is not bothered whether any of the information comes from Russian hacking?” Amanpour asked Republican National Committee spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington.

“Are you comfortable that CNN used Russian disinformation from a Russian asset to leak it to subvert the peaceful transfer of power?” Harrington shot back. “That reporting on the [Steele] dossier – which was complete verified Russian disinformation – is it not? Is it not? … Everything that Democrats accuse us of doing is what they themselves did.”

Amanpour brushed off Harrington’s criticism, arguing it was the U.S. government making claims that Giuliani, who handed the Delaware computer over to the New York Post, had met with someone suspected of being a foreign asset.

“You know what also the United States government says?” Harrington said. “The FBI says this laptop is not Russian disinformation. So what are you talking about here? This laptop is real.”

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Amanpour responded by claiming that reporting means ignoring on-the-record statements from all the nation’s top intelligence agencies to float unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

“I’m a journalist, and a reporter and I follow the facts. And there has never been any issues in terms of corruption,” Amanpour said of the Biden family.

“How do you know that?” Harrington challenged.

“I’m talking about reporting, and any evidence,” Amanpour said.

When Harrington called on Amanpour and the rest of the media to start doing journalism by engaging in rigorous digging and verification, Amanpour scoffed.

“No! We’re not going to do your work for you.”

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Donald Trump: Joe Biden Works for Big Tech, Big Media — They Keep Scandals Quiet

At a campaign rally in Florida on Friday, President Donald Trump accused his opponent of working for big tech and big media companies.

“Joe Biden works for big tech, big media. They’re his boss,” Trump said to his crowd of supporters in Pensacola, Florida.

Trump referred to corporate media’s refusal to cover the new details surrounding Hunter Biden’s pursuit of lucrative overseas deals. He also called out social media companies for censoring stories about the scandal.

“They keep it nice and quiet,” Trump said. “He’s got a scandal, corrupt politician. They keep it out. They don’t want to let any story go.”

One of Hunter Biden’s former partners, Tony Bobulinski, claimed Thursday evening that Joe Biden knew about the family’s foreign business dealings and even got a cut of some of the profits as “the big guy” mentioned in Hunter’s emails.

The president praised his hometown paper, The New York Post, for publishing details proving that not only did Biden know details about his relatives pursuing foreign deals, but he even enjoyed some of the financial benefits.

The president criticized Silicon Valley’s biggest tech and social media companies for restricting access or outright censoring the story.

“Big tech is not distinguishing itself,” Trump said. “They’re not exactly doing so great in making themselves look legit.”

Despite the censorship, Trump said, the details of the story were still getting out.

“People are wise to it,” he said. “They see what’s happening.”


The Left Warns Biden: Stop Talking About A Fracking Ban

Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden said he wants to ban fracking and the left is panicking.

While Biden has since denied ever claiming that he wants to ban fracking, saying at Thursday night’s third presidential debate, “I never said I oppose fracking,” the evidence is clear.

In addition to completely denying his previous statements, Biden also boldly proclaimed that he would effectively end the oil industry.

“Would you close down the oil industry?” President Donald Trump pressed just before their closing statements.

“I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” Biden replied.

Biden’s unstable and ever-shifting stance on fossil fuels is taking an effect on his voters, especially those in key states such as Pennslyvania with large oil and gas industries, and it’s making the Democrats and their institutions nervous.

A poll signaling a “significant movement away from a fracking ban, support for which dropped seven points, from 46 percent before the debates to 39 percent after them” prompted the leftist publication The Nation to publish an article urging Biden to “stop talking about fracking.”

“While Data for Progress has observed that voters, in fact, support Biden’s plan for a massive investment in clean-energy jobs and do not believe Trump and Republicans’ Green New Deal smears, a key sticking point on the issue of fracking remains,” the article reads.

The article, clearly attempting to cover for Biden by excluding facts, also echoed the weak defenses promoted by the Biden Campaign, Democrats, and the mainstream media in claiming, “Biden and Harris have made it clear on multiple occasions that they would not ban fracking,” even though they have stated otherwise multiple times.

The mainstream media’s coverup of Biden’s comments also signals that his stance and delivery on fracking is a losing one.

While CNN presented what appeared to be an accurate fact-check on Biden’s flip-flop on fracking, the conclusion they reached was that Biden merely made “anti-fracking comments” during the Democratic primaries.

Instead of showing the countless other examples of Biden’s fracking contradictions, they instead tried to make an open and shut case of Biden’s comments, sweeping them under the rug with a half-hearted fact-check.

Twitter also featured the issue on its moments page, citing the Biden Campaign’s clean up statement after Biden’s opposition to fracking resurfaced at the debate.

VP Nominee Kamala Harris also tried to defend Biden following the debate, claiming that Trump takes things out of context.

“Joe Biden is not going to ban fracking,” Harris said.

“What Joe was talking about was banning subsidies,” she added, ignoring her own anti-fossil fuel track record.


Christopher Bedford: Joe Biden Is Not Winning Any Voters When He Talks About His Own Scandals

Federalist Senior Editor Christopher Bedford said former Vice President Joe Biden made a blunder in Thursday night’s debate when going after recent reporting exposing his family’s corrupt business dealings published by the New York Post last week.

“Joe Biden is not winning any voters when he talks about his scandal at absolute best,” Bedford said on Fox News Friday. “At worst, it’s evidence of corruption all throughout his family.”

Bedford went on to rail legacy outlets and tech giants for suppressing the stories published by the Post where Twitter has gone as far as to keep one of the nation’s largest newspapers locked out of its account nine days after its first bombshell.

“These are things he doesn’t want to talk about and there are a lot of channels on the television these days that have only devoted minutes to this in the past few weeks,” Bedford said. A report from the Media Research Center out Monday shows ABC, CBS, and NBC combined dedicating less than 15 minutes combined out of 51 hours of news coverage on the latest Biden scandal.

Instead of disputing the authenticity of the published emails, Biden has pivoted to characterizing them as Russian disinformation which has been debunked by the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Department of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.

“Blaming this on Russia is not a good defense,” Bedford said.

Bedford also expanded on three ways Thursday night’s debate will shape the race less than two weeks until election day, arguing President Donald Trump’s shift in tone will play to the president’s benefit while Biden’s pledge to phase out the oil industry might sour the Democrat’s chances in Pennsylvania and Ohio.


BuzzFeed Peddles Baseless Claim To Delegitimize Hunter Biden Emails As ‘Stolen’

BuzzFeed peddled disinformation of its own Thursday when it claimed emails published by the New York Post last week implicating Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in his son’s potentially criminal overseas business activity were stolen.

The emails published contradict Biden’s repeated denials of ever discussing business with his son, Hunter, “or with anyone else,” and show Biden stood to personally rake in millions from businessmen with deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party with Hunter serving as the conduit.

“For two weeks Trump and his supporters have latched onto the narrative with new vigor,” BuzzFeed reported, “enabled in part by the opinion sections of Rupert Murdoch’s two main US newspapers – that involves stolen emails and screenshots of screenshots of DMs of questionable provenance.”

The only evidence the authors cite to claim the emails were stolen however, is a link to another BuzzFeed story explaining that Twitter censored the Post’s blockbuster reporting over violations of company guidelines governing the publication of hacked content.

Contrary to Twitter’s claims, there’s nothing to suggest at this point the laptop was stolen. The Post reported in its first bombshell story that the laptop came into its possession after it was declared abandoned property at a computer repair shop in Delaware. The store owner told the Post it was dropped off in April 2019 and the owner, suspected to be Hunter Biden, never paid for the service or came to retrieve the computer. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News he found the hard drive at the store in Delaware after its owner contacted an associate and in turn, gave it to the Post.

“The gentleman who was repairing the hard drive — and Hunter Biden abandoned it,” Giuliani said, referring to store owner John Paul Mac Isaac. “He [Hunter Biden] may very well have forgotten where he left it for a while, because the gentlemen who got it said he [Hunter] was drunk for the entire time that he dealt with him, and he dealt with him twice.”

Hunter Biden has long been public about his struggles with drug addiction.

“When he [Isaac] stopped hearing from the FBI, Isaac said he contacted several members of Congress, who did not respond. At that point, his intermediary reached out to Rudy Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello,” Fox News reported.

The FBI later seized the laptop in December after the owner told the authorities of its existence. At the time, Hunter Biden was facing scrutiny over the course of the president’s impeachment proceedings for holding lucrative positions in Ukraine while his father served as the Obama White House’s “public face” of the administration’s dealings with the eastern European ally.

On Wednesday, Fox News reported that the recovered laptop was seized by the FBI as part of a federal investigation into money laundering.

The Biden campaign has yet to dispute the authenticity of the now-public emails. It has only chalked up the published material as Russian disinformation, which has been debunked by the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Department of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.

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If the laptop was stolen, Facebook and Twitter’s censorship of the Post’s reporting still remains inconsistent.

Here are 11 other hacks, leaks and hoaxes outlined by Federalist Executive Editor Joy Pullmann that Twitter and Facebook didn’t censor.


MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Black Lives Matter Never Advocated For Violence

MSNBC’S Joy Reid says there is “zero evidence” that the Black Lives Matter movement ever advocated for violence.

“There is absolutely zero, none, zero evidence that Black Lives Matter has ever pushed for anything violent, pushed for anything violent to happen to police,” she said Thursday night after the final presidential debate of 2020.

“They have never advocated violence against police,” she added.

Instead, Reid attempted to defend the movement by claiming they simply want racial justice, failing to mention the violent and reckless means by which some people have advocated for it.

“Black Lives Matter is about one thing: stop killing black people just because you pulled them over for parking or moving violation,” she said. “Just stop killing black people.”

“For [Trump] to traffic that again tonight was not only desperate, it was also stupid because he also wants black men to vote for him,” Reid said.

Studies and video footage from the period after George Floyd died in Minneapolis, which sparked hundreds of protests and riots across the nation, however, show that Reid may have been living under a rock over the last six months and that her perception of the movement is completely wrong.

Not only do reports from September suggest that up to 95 percent of this summer’s riots across the country are linked to BLM activism, according to data collected by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), but included in this data was the fact that more than 1 in 20 of U.S. protests between May 26 and Sept. 5 involved violent actions such as rioting and looting.

At least 47 people have died in riot-related circumstances, stemming from the actions of a movement which “has never pushed for anything violent,” according to Reid.

Over the last six months, rioters, posing under the guise of racial justice and change, “have burned down minority businesses, destroyed minority neighborhoodskilled a black police chief, desecrated civil rights monuments, launched deadly occupations of downtown centers, and set fire to churches” in multiple cities across the nation.

The damage inflicted by these riots is estimated to cost an inflation-adjusted $1.2 billion, much of which will come from taxpayer dollars “in the form of overtime and hazard pay for police and EMTs, emergency room visits, destruction of public property, and more.”

In California, members of the so-called “peaceful” movement which Reid claims “never advocated violence against police” blocked the emergency entrance of St. Francis hospital where two wounded police officers who were ambushed while on a patrol were recovering, chanting “We hope they die” and “Y’all gonna die one by one.”

Rioters were often caught on camera harassing police officers, throwing projectiles at them, and wishing for their death.

Reid’s claim that the people involved in BLM are peaceful is also a narrative often peddled by the mainstream media including her employer MSNBC. When riots erupted following Floyd’s death, MSNBC reported it was “mostly a protest” as buildings burned in the background.

“This mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly. But fires have been started,” said one MSNBC reporter during a riot in Minneapolis.


WATCH: L.A. Times ‘Undecided’ Focus Group Chooses Trump After Last Debate

A focus group of “undecided voters” convened by pollster Frank Luntz for the Los Angeles Times chose President Donald Trump overwhelmingly after watching the final debate of the presidential election on Thursday night.

Though many participants complained about Trump’s “personality” in general, many also felt he had been more “presidential” on the night. And many complained that Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden seemed vague and elusive in his answers.

Some voters expressed feelings of guilt in admitting they would vote for Trump, but said they simply could not trust Biden to do the job. One said that his age was a concern; another said that voting for Biden felt like voting for an “idea,” since he seemed unlikely to be running his own administration.

Another undecided voter said that he felt that Trump had shown, at least, what he could do over the past four years.

Luntz ended the discussion after asking participants whom they would choose, after watching the debate. Of the eight “undecided” voters he asked, seven chose Trump and one still seemed undecided.

Watch the full event at the Los Angeles Times.

A CNN poll of debate watchers gave the win to Biden by 14 points

That was considerably narrower than the margin in CNN’s poll of the first debate, which gave Biden a 32-point win.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.