Fox News host Sean Hannity reflects on his interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which will air in full tonight. He met Assange at his house arrest in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been imprisoned for more than four years.
“I believe every word he says, to be prefectly honest,” Hannity said about Assange. “Here’s the bottom line. What did he reveal here? Two things that I think come out of this, that if we looked at it from the proper perspective– Look, I was an early critic of him. He is well aware that I thought he was waging war on the United States. My opinion of it has evolved largely becuase of what I have seen that he has done in ten years. Nothing he has published has ever been proven false. Nobody has questioned the veracity or truthfulness of what he’s doing. Just like the New York Times had information about Donald Trump’s taxes illegally, they still ran with the story… I’m convinced any media outlet that was colluding with the Clinton campaign, they would have run with the story.”
“So the two things the United States ought to take out of WikiLeaks is, number one: As a country, we do not have cyber security, and if we don’t fix it, we’ll never have it. The second thing is, I think he exposed, at a level I never expected… What we learned in this election is how deeply corrupt… the level of our politics is, and collusion between media outlets and campaigns. There is not objective journalism in America. And of course, the media doesn’t want to cover that story.”
“When you see CNN feeding questions to Hillary Clinton before a debate, or they are asking the DNc for questions for Donald Trump, that is trying to influence an election,” he said.
“One other point — if we’re worried about influencing elections, why did Barack Obama take $350,000 from the State Department to a group in Israel, to try and defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu? There’s a big double standard here.”
President-elect Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by about 3 million votes when two of the nation’s 50 states are taken out of the tally, according to a final summary of the results of the Nov. 8 election.
Final popular vote tallies show Clinton with a margin of 2.8 million votes over Trump.
However, Clinton’s California majority was 4.2 million votes in a state Trump never contested. Clinton also won New York State — another state so blue Trump never fought for it — by 1.6 million votes.
Clinton’s 5.8 million-vote margin from just those two states alone means that in the other states combined, Trump defeated her by about 3 million votes.
Trump handily won the Electoral College vote. After a few defections on Monday when the Electoral College met, Trump defeated Clinton 304 to 227.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump noted that wining the Electoral College requires doing more than running up vote totals in a few states.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also attacked the notion that Clinton somehow won the election.
“This is football season. A team can have more yards and lose the game. What matters is how many points you put on the board. The Electoral College is the points,” he said Wednesday on Fox & Friends.
“Trump actually carried – in the 49 states outside of California, he had a 1.2 million vote majority. He got killed in California because he never campaigned there,” Gingrich said.
‘The Democrats had two people running for the U.S. Senate the way California law works, no Republican running for the U.S. Senate. So we got beaten in the biggest state. It didn’t matter. That’s not how you pick the presidency. Trump’s now going to be president. She’s not going to be president. That’s called winning the game,” he said.
Gingrich said the issue comes down to Democrats’ refusal to accept reality.
“[Trump] is, from their standpoint, horrifying. … They live in a delusional world. That’s why they lost the election: They decided to stay with the delusion.”
The Electoral College on Monday voted for Donald J. Trump to win the presidency. Seven electors, the most ever, voted for someone other than their party’s nominee.
In Washington, a state where Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont had strong support in the Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton, three of the state’s 12 electoral votes went to Colin L. Powell, the Republican former secretary of state. One more elector voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American leader. Another Democratic elector in Hawaii voted for Mr. Sanders.
Two Texas electors voted for different Republican politicians: Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and former Texas congressman Ron Paul.
In addition, three Democratic electors, in Colorado, Maine and Minnesota, initially declined to vote for Mrs. Clinton. Two were replaced by an alternate, and one ended up changing his vote.
Protest Votes in the Electoral College
Electors are not required by the Constitution to vote for a particular candidate. Some states and parties require their electors to pledge to vote for a candidate and may fine or replace electors who break their pledge.
It is rare for more than one elector to vote against the party’s pledged candidate, but it has happened on a few occasions.
In 1808, six New York electors from the Democratic-Republican Party refused to vote for James Madison and instead voted for the party’s vice-presidential candidate, George Clinton.
The last time an elector voted for a candidate from another party was in 1972, when a Republican from Virginia voted for the Libertarian candidate, John Hospers, instead of the eventual winner, Richard M. Nixon. A single elector has refused to vote for the party’s presidential candidate in 11 elections.
Comedian shocks NY crowd at surprise gig by devoting much of his show to slamming the Democratic presidential nominee
Comedian Dave Chappelle has been prepping for his November 12 hosting slot on Saturday Night Live with a series of surprise shows at The Cutting Room in New York. On Friday night, he shocked the crowd with a 60-minute set largely devoted to slamming Hillary Clinton.
He was particularly agitated about what he believes was Clinton’s role in leaking a surreptitiously recorded conversation between Republican nominee Donald J. Trump and TV personality Billy Bush. “What I heard on that tape was gross,” Chappelle said. “But the way I got to hear it was even more gross. You know that came directly from Hillary.” He stated this had put him off a candidate he had already known was “not right.” He likened voting for her to a hypothetical situation of actress Halle Berry breaking wind in his face during sexual relations. “I’m still going to go for it,” he said. “But I wish she hadn’t done that thing.”
Chappelle further shocked the New York crowd by defending Trump. He took issue with the media stating as fact that Trump had admitted committing sexual assault in the recorded conversation. “Sexual assault? It wasn’t. He said, ‘And when you’re a star, they let you do it.’ That phrase implies consent. I just don’t like the way the media twisted that whole thing. Nobody questioned it.”
The comedian stated that Trump’s resilience in the face of the leak had impressed him. Comparing Trump to The Terminator, Chappelle said, “That would have devastated anybody else.” Chappelle added that Trump’s handling of the debate immediately following the controversy had won him over. Referring to Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz’s hostile questioning, he said, “Something about this was backward. A gay white man and a white woman asking a multi-billionaire how he knows the system is rigged and insisting it’s not. Does that sound right to you? It didn’t seem right to me. And here’s how you know Trump is the most gangsta candidate ever. They asked him how he knows the system is rigged and he said, ‘Because I take advantage of it.’ He may as well have flashed his membership card for the Illuminati right then.”
Noting that he voted early in rural Yellow Springs, Ohio before heading to New York, Chappelle said he “didn’t feel good” about voting for Clinton. “She’s going to be on a coin someday. And her behavior has not been coin-worthy,” he said. “She’s not right and we all know she’s not right.”
Chappelle noted that he’d been present at a late October going-away party at the White House, sponsored by BET. “Everyone there was black – everyone except Bradley Cooper,” he said. Chappelle listed attendees including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer, singer Usher, DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile, and DJ D-Nice, who performed at the hush-hush soiree. He claimed that, at the end of the night, he grabbed the mic and waxed lyrical about Frederick Douglass, concluding that even though the current election has been “gross,” he still loves the United States of America.
The comedian wasn’t feeling so much love for women’s rights, gay rights, and transgender rights activists, saying, “They should not be having that conversation in front of black people. You go ahead and feel something about your rights. But if you’re putting sexism and homophobia and transphobia in front of racism, you should be ashamed of yourself.” Chappelle still slammed North Carolina legislation stating that transgender people must use the public restroom that aligns with the sex stated on their respective birth certificates. “If you need to show your birth certificate to take a dump at a Wal-Mart in North Carolina, that’s insane.” Chappelle noted he would rather not have “a woman with a dick” stand next to him at a urinal. He also said he wasn’t happy about rumors that Caitlyn Jenner would pose nude for Sports Illustrated. “Sometimes I just want to read some stats.”
Chappelle is slated to host SNL on November 12, but said, “You know there’s a pool going on whether or not I show up. I got $100,000 that says I won’t.”