Jeffrey Lord stopped-by ‘Hannity’ Tuesday night to weigh-in on the CIA’s official response to CNN’s recent report regarding a spy’s extraction from Russia; saying the story does nothing but “energize Trump’s base.”
“Jeff, you worked at one of those fake news networks. You were the target of the conversation all night,” said Hannity.
“I truly don’t understand this. They’re completely gone from where they were when I was there. This is so mind boggling. Not only did they get it wrong, but they’re endangering the life of this poor soul for doing what he did,” said Lord.
“People are furious at this kind of reporting. This energizes them, they are helping Donald Trump. The more they do this the more energized Donald Trump’s base becomes,” he added.
Watch Jeffrey Lord on ‘Hannity’ above.
DEEP STATE TANGO: Dems Accused Brennan of Lying
In what might be called a Deep State tango, Obama CIA Director John Brennan has rushed to defend fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in a classic illustration of how the Deep State works. The Washington Times headlined it this way:
The story quoted Brennan as follows:
“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”
The paper also noted Brennan had earlier accused President Trump of being “small, petty, and banal with your tweets.”
“What is telling here is the accusation that Brennan has a penchant for lying came from Democrats – not Republicans…”
Got all that? Now, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to this story in The Guardian – in 2014. Columnist Trevor Timm headlined this in the leftist UK paper:
Calling Brennan “a talented liar” this column came on the heels of the realization that the CIA, under Brennan’s leadership, had been spying on….the United States Senate. And in the day, Democrats were fit to be tied.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a senior Democrat, tweeted this:
.@CIA broke into Senate computer files. Then tried to have Senate staff prosecuted. Absolutely unacceptable in a democracy.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) July 31, 2014
The Guardian also headlined this about another Senate Democrat:
The paper reported on Feinstein’s unhappiness with Brennan this way:
“The chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, Dianne Feinstein, on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of a catalog of cover-ups, intimidation and smears aimed at investigators probing its role in a “un-American and brutal” programme of post-9/11 detention and interrogation.
In a bombshell statement on the floor of the US Senate, Feinstein, normally an administration loyalist, accused the CIA of potentially violating the US constitution and of criminal activity in its attempts to obstruct her committee’s investigations into the agency’s use of torture. She described the crisis as a ‘defining moment’ for political oversight of the US intelligence service.
Her unprecedented public assault on the CIA represented an intensification of the row between the committee and the agency over a still-secret report on the torture of terrorist suspects after 9/11.”
Feinstein was supported after her speech by Democrats Patrick Leahy (VT) and Mark Udall (CO). Udall issued a statement saying that he had “directly pushed CIA director Brennan” to tell the truth about “misrepresentations about the CIA’s brutal and ineffective detention and interrogation program.”
What is telling here is the accusation that Brennan has a penchant for lying came from Democrats – not Republicans. Whether it was Feinstein’s floor speech or the comments of her fellow Senate Democrats or the assessment of The Guardian’s left-leaning columnist, the accusation could not have been clearer. In the words of columnist Trimm: “The nation’s top spy is, in fact, a proficient and skilled liar.”
And now? Now there is Brennan coming to Andrew McCabe’s defense. And what is McCabe accused of? Lying. As noted here at Fox by the former assistant secretary of state for President George W. Bush:
“Reportedly, McCabe lied to the inspector general, or in the euphemistic and delicately modern parlance, he “had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor – including under oath – on multiple occasions.”
There can be no better or clearer illustration of exactly how the players of the Deep State play the game. While Democrats of this moment are ignoring it, only four years ago they themselves were up and arms over Brennan’s conduct at the CIA and quite specifically accused him of lying. Now comes the McCabe episode, with McCabe being fired for, yes, lying to the FBI. And Brennan? He jumps in to stick up for McCabe.
Right there, in miniature, the Brennan-McCabe tango gives an idea of just how arrogant these people of the Deep State can be. The Deputy Director of the FBI is fired for lying to the FBI, and the guy who defends him is an ex-CIA Director labeled a “skilled liar” himself for
what Senator Feinstein, a Democrat, said was breaking the law and violating the Constitution. And what does John Brennan say in response?It is President Trump – not even in office in 2014 – who is guilty of “venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption.”
You can’t make it up.
The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sean Hannity or Hannity.com
Jeffrey Lord is a frequent contributor to Hannity.com. You can follow him on Twitter @realJeffreyLord
OP-ED: A Trump Watch Party in Pennsylvania
By Jeffrey Lord
The room in the local tavern – “Boomerang” by name – was packed with Trump supporters, the parking lot filled to capacity. Above the parked cars, the tavern’s gigantic, impossible-to-miss neon sign that towered over the nearby busy interstate highway flashed a red screen with the words “Trump 2020.”
Inside the tavern there was a sea of red hats. Trump-tee shirts were everywhere. And at the center of the room, above the bar, two large screen televisions were back- to-back ensuring a clear view of the Trump announcement rally in Orlando, Florida. The TV was, of course, tuned to Fox. I was asked to sign someone’s hat and it was pointed out to me that there was already one signature on the brim. I looked. It read: “Sean Hannity.” It was a souvenir from an earlier Trump appearance in nearby Harrisburg, where Sean was present to host Trump on his show.
As I stood on the side of the room chatting with some of the attendees, a voice arose calling attention to the screen. Out walked President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania – and the tavern erupted in cheers and applause. The volume was cranked up and as if on command the room fell silent.
Silent for the duration of the event as the on-screen President spoke- except for frequent outbreaks of more cheering and more applause. The introduction of out-going White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders brought a loud burst of cheers.
What was notable about this event was its location – the middle of Pennsylvania. And while there were local television crews there, this “Trump Watch Party” went unnoticed by the national media, understandably focused on the big event in Orlando. (Except, of course, CNN – which cut away from the decidedly newsworthy Trump kickoff rally six minutes in because the crowd had erupted spontaneously into a cry of “CNN sucks.” So much for the formerly “Most Trusted Name in News.”)
One political analyst after another over the last few months has – correctly – made much of the significance Pennsylvania will have in the 2020 election. With that in mind, the Trump gathering in the “Boomerang” tavern was an early indicator of the battle ahead.
Here is a primer on Pennsylvania. There are 67 counties in the state, the two largest being Philadelphia County and Allegheny County (Pittsburgh.) Both are teeming with Democrats. Suburban Philadelphia – divided into the four counties of Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester – were once Republican strongholds. Now populated with liberal Republicans these heavily populated counties joined Philadelphia and Allegheny in voting for Hillary Clinton.
Here’s why this gathering Tuesday night was significant. In 2016 those six counties were joined by only five others in voting for Clinton. Which meant that of the 67 counties, Donald Trump carried 56, Clinton a mere 11. And the way Trump defeated that coalition of Democrats and liberal Republicans was to so motivate his voters in the 56 counties that a tidal wave of counties with smaller populations came together as one to overwhelm the two big counties and the nine others.
The very motivated crowd of Trump supporters at this Trump Watch Party came from the two counties where that tavern almost straddles the county line between York and Cumberland counties. In 2016, Trump supporters in York County came out in droves, overwhelming Clinton with over 62% of the vote. In neighboring Cumberland County, where I live, Trump won with almost 57%. That pattern was replicated across the state in those Trump-supporting smaller counties -with one after another and another giving Trump margins like these:
66%: Adams County – home to Gettysburg
74%: Armstrong County in Western Pennsylvania
82%: Bedford County in West Central Pennsylvania
71%: Blair County – home to Altoona
84%: Fulton County
And on and on went these kind of incredible Trump margins in a state that, to the astonishment of the supposed politically savvy “experts” was painted bright red on election night 2016.
Now compare these same counties with the results in 2012 for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
The pattern is crystal clear. Mitt Romney simply did not energize enough Pennsylvania voters to carry the state. Everywhere he carried a county he was below the Trump 2016 numbers by three points or six points or seven points. This pattern applies as well to GOP nominees McCain in 2008, Bush in 2004 and 2000, Dole and Bush in 1996 and 1992. In fact, Trump became the first Republican to carry Pennsylvania since then-Reagan Vice President George H. W. Bush carried it in 1988 while running on Reagan’s coattails. Reagan, like Trump, carried Pennsylvania with the same Trump-sized margins in these counties.
Which brings us back to that Trump Watch Party filled with seriously enthusiastic Trump supporters from York and Cumberland counties. These were the people that drove the Trump 2016 margins in those two counties. And collectively, with similarly-Trump inspired voters surging to the polls in those 56 counties, they are the reason Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat nominee in 28 years to lose Pennsylvania.
I spoke with quite a number of them Tuesday night. They are absolutely passionate about Donald Trump. They are well aware that they are viewed as the “deplorables” – and they cheered Trump on when he touched on the subject in his speech. As this is written they are getting organized again for 2020.
Meanwhile? Joe Biden kicked off his campaign in Democratic Allegheny County – Pittsburgh. Crowd size? Six hundred people.
A few weeks earlier Trump appeared in Montoursville in Lycoming County, the crowd size estimated to be around 15,000 – in a town that has a population of 4,777. In 2016, Lycoming County gave Trump over 70% of the vote.
The 2020 election is now on in earnest. And without doubt, the Trump fans in that Pennsylvania tavern Tuesday night are getting ready. They have a serious emotional bond with their candidate – and there are thousands of them all over the state.
One can only wonder whether all those “experts” in the liberal media – they who got the 2016 election completely wrong – will understand what they are seeing in Pennsylvania as this campaign goes forward.
Don’t bet on it.