By Jeff Charles
Welcome to the first installment of “Lunacy on the Left” where Liberty Nation highlights the published comments and arguments made from the left-wing point of view on the issues of the day. Each week, we will showcase the opinions of the leftist establishment media outlets, Democratic politicians, and other prominent figures on the left. In short, we’re going to wade through the morass of leftist lunacy so you don’t have to.
This week, we saw President Donald Trump nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok was grilled by Congress on the impact of his anti-Trump bias on the Clinton and Russia investigations. Lastly, Papa John’s Pizza founder was forced to resign as chairman for using the “n” word during a conference call.
Let’s get started.
Nomination Ushers in the Apocalypse
Naturally, the left wasn’t happy when Justice Anthony Kennedy stated that he was resigning from the Supreme Court. When the president indicated that he was going to announce his new nominee, Democrats began protesting his choice for the Supreme Court before they even knew who it was. When he informed the nation that he was nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh, liberals lost their collective minds and began predicting Armageddon.
Everyone’s favorite failed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, indicated her concerns about Kavanaugh in a speech she gave for the American Federation of Teachers’ conference in Pittsburgh. “I used to worry that they wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s,” she said, “Now, I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s. These will be urgent fights. Stakes could not be higher.”
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe expressed similar sentiments. On Twitter, he stated that people would die if Kavanaugh is appointed to the Supreme Court:
“The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.”
The most ridiculous comments on Kavanaugh came from The Washington Post in a piece slamming the Supreme Court nominee for — wait for it — buying baseball tickets. That’s right; they criticized Kavanaugh for racking up a large debt from attending baseball games. They wrote:
“Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities that could have exceeded the value of his cash accounts and investment assets, according to a review of Kavanaugh’s financial disclosures and information provided by the White House.”
It seems that the predictions of Clinton and McAuliffe will undoubtedly come true if we have a Supreme Court Justice who loves baseball. Interestingly enough, The Post later acknowledges that Kavanaugh’s credit card debts were “either paid off or fell below the reporting requirements in 2017.” Apparently, much of the money spent on baseball was for tickets given to his friends, who later reimbursed him.
Defending Peter Strzok
Last week, disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok testified before Congress to explain the text messages he sent to Bureau lawyer Lisa Page, a co-worker who also happened to be his mistress. While investigating both Clinton and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, he sent multiple messages that expressed his hatred of then-candidate Trump. These exchanges raised concerns that his apparent bias against Trump could have influenced both investigations in which he played a major role.
Strzok was notably defiant when being questioned by Republican lawmakers. However, Democrats seemed to admire the agent. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) lavished praise on Strzok. “Mr. Strzok, I don’t know where to start,” he said, “If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would. You deserve one.”
Cohen also told Strzok that the hearing was, “An attack on you and a way to attack Mueller and the investigation that is to get at Russian collusion involved in our elections, which is what this committee should be looking at.”
The New York Times also rushed to Strzok’s aid. After the hearing, they published a piece in which they attacked GOP lawmakers for their treatment of the FBI Agent. “The performance by Republicans, echoing Mr. Trump’s own lines of attack, demonstrated just how far many in the party have moved since the days when they were seen as the party of law enforcement, deferential to its power and prerogatives.”
Not to be outdone, CNN also published their own piece defending Strzok and criticizing the GOP:
“Strzok’s demeanor — speaking passionately only when required to defend himself — stood in stark contrast to the grandstanding of committee members. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, reached into his quiver of snarky remarks, slinging arrows that incredibly bounced off Strzok’s shield of calm self-control.”
Hysteria over the “N” Word
Last, but certainly not least, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter was forced to resign from his position as chairman of the company’s board of directors after Forbes reported some offensive comments he made during a conference call. When discussing the potential negative impact of the pizza chain’s decision to pull advertising from the NFL over the national anthem protests, Schnatter brought up the fact that Colonel Sanders had called black people the “n” word without dealing with backlash.
True to form, the left jumped on the opportunity to attack Schnatter for having the gall to quote someone else’s use of the racial slur. The Louisville, KY, branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sent a statement to journalists calling for Schnatter’s resignation. “Much to our dismay it is now reported that a community business leader and member of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees has used the word which should not be in his vocabulary and never voiced anywhere, public or private,” they wrote.
The NAACP also urged Schnatter to step down from the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees. But they weren’t the only ones attacking Schnatter. The Root, an online publication that has become the central hub for American race-baiters, published a piece lambasting Schnatter for his comments, that said, “Seems to me he was so comfortable using the n-word, that he forgot he was in mixed company.”
Apparently, it is now politically incorrect to use a racial slur even when you are quoting someone else’s statements.
Summing it all Up
The left had one victory this week: Getting John Schnatter to step down. However, this is a small concession when you take the Supreme Court nomination and the Strzok hearing into consideration. Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page also gave her testimony behind closed doors, and it appears she was more willing to cooperate than her former lover. All things considered, this was not a promising week for the left.
Be sure to tune in next week for another installment of Leftist Digest.