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  1. Sean Hannity: Rod Rosenstein is leading a silent coup against Trump

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Rod Rosenstein wanted to wear a wire, secretly record a sitting president of the United States, invoke the 25th Amendment, in other words, a silent coup against his boss by him, McCabe, others, all against a dually elected president. We are experiencing tonight a massive constitutional crisis and, frankly, this is designed to set up the president. 

    Previously:

    Video: Right-wing media call Mueller's investigation a coup against Trump

    Sean Hannity claims there was "an attempt to literally create a soft coup in America"

    Jesse Watters: "What's happening right now is a coup against the will of the American people"

  2. Tony Perkins says Christine Blasey Ford coming forward about Brett Kavanaugh is “very, very suspect

    TONY PERKINS (GUEST):  I think they don't know. Something that happened thirty six years ago and never been brought up since then? Until now? And the timing of this? I mean look, Dianne Feinstein sitting on this for six weeks and then dropping it on the eve of the vote? Look, people see that and they question the integrity of this entire process. They know what's at stake. The left has been unable to convince the American people that their crazy ideas work so they use the Court to impose it on us. Abortion, the redefinition of marriage, immigration laws, the restriction of free speech. And so, the left knows that if they can't control the Court, they cannot impose their values on America, and the right gets that. And they're ready for the Court to operate within the confines of the constitution.

    [...]

    BRET BAIER (HOST): Understanding the timing, understanding the politics, understanding all the contexts you just mentioned, what do you say to Democrats who say that two out of three sexual assault victims don't come forward when it happens and that what if she is telling the truth? Is that disqualifying if that's the case? 

    PERKINS: Well look, I'm not going to question the fact that maybe she went through a traumatic experience. In fact, it is a prevalent problem in our society today that sexual abuse and assault. And so, it may have happened. But was it Brett Kavanaugh? There was alcohol apparently involved. People were intoxicated. Do they really know, do they really remember the facts? It's been thirty six years. I don't know. Can we decide that with he said/she said? Brett Kavanaugh who has by all means led an exemplary life says no, he did not do it, it was not him. So, who do we believe at the end of the day? Again, you have to look at the factors and the circumstances. If this were a criminal case, you couldn't process or prosecute it because the statute of limitations. There's reasons we have these limits because it's hard to prove facts. Again, you look at the broader context here and it looks very, very suspect. 

    Related: 

    Values Voter Summit Speakers Stand Behind Kavanaugh, Praise Trump​

    Family Research Council is terrible, and its president Tony Perkins just got appointed to an international commission ​

    Previously:

    CRTV's Steven Crowder: Christine Blasey Ford is a "lying whore"​

    While discussing Kavanaugh, Fox host warns that "false accusations" of sexual assault are a bigger threat than terrorism​

    Matt Schlapp on report of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh: He "is the victim here"​
     

  3. In an interview with Sinclair, Trump touts Kavanaugh’s “unblemished record” and says he thinks he will be confirmed

    Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner and operator of local TV stations in the country, regularly broadcasts pro-Trump propaganda segments created by an ex-Trump staffer into the homes of millions of Americans. And now those segments include an interview with President Donald Trump himself, in which he was given a friendly platform to discuss his continued support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite a report that he committed sexual assault.

    The media company’s chief political analyst, Boris Epshteyn, has been producing regular commentary segments, called “Bottom Line With Boris,” for Sinclair for more than a year. Epshteyn had previously worked in the Trump White House on the communications team, after doing stints on the Trump inaugural committee and on the Trump campaign. Epshteyn also served as a Trump media surrogate throughout the campaign and first days of the Trump presidency. Epshteyn is personal friends with the president’s sons Eric and Donald Jr., and he has been spotted at Trump International Hotel multiple times, including with Don Jr. in June. He also may or may not have signed a nondisparagement agreement while he was working on the campaign, which could legally prevent him from criticizing Trump.

    For a chief political analyst, Epshteyn offers takes that are notably unoriginal. At best, he regurgitates Trump talking points or touts some vague, imaginary bipartisan ideals that involve being nicer to Trump. At worst, he defends the most upsetting, racist things Trump does. In fact, in a recent interview on a National Review podcast, Epshteyn could not think of a single issue about which he had disagreed with the Trump administration in any of his commentary segments. What’s more: These segments ultimately air on an estimated 100 TV news stations under Sinclair’s control, exploiting the trust people have in their local news.

    Given the president’s penchant for granting interviews to sycophants, it was only a matter of time before Trump himself made an appearance on "Bottom Line with Boris."

    On September 21, Epshteyn shared the first of what will likely be several must-run segments featuring excerpts from his sit-down with the president. This one is focused on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and professor Christine Blasey Ford’s account of sexual assault by Kavanaugh when they were both in high school. In the segment, Trump largely repeats broad White House talking points about making sure Ford is heard, and then pivots to touting Kavanaugh’s “unblemished record.” Trump also says he believes Kavanaugh will ultimately still be confirmed.  

    BORIS EPSHTEYN: The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is facing last-minute turmoil over allegations that he committed sexual assault decades ago. I spoke with President Trump about this in a one-on-one, exclusive interview. Here’s what he shared.  

    [INTERVIEW CLIP BEGINS]

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think they’ve been very respectful of Dr. Ford, extremely respectful. I think they’re doing the right thing. They want to give her a voice, if she wants to take it. They’re talking now about timing. It’s already been delayed a week. That’s a long time. This is the U.S. Senate we’re talking about.

    EPSHTEYN: Right.

    TRUMP: I can only say this: Let her speak. But Brett Kavanaugh is one of the finest people you’ll ever meet. I think it’s been extremely hard on him and his family. When I look at what’s happening -- here’s a man with an unblemished record, and to be going through this all of a sudden. So I won’t say anything now. All I’m saying is that -- let it play out. Let her have open voice. And let’s see what happens.

    EPSHTEYN: Do you think he will get confirmed in the end?

    TRUMP: I do. I do. One of the finest judges we have, one of the greatest intellects we have. Top of the line in every way. This is a shame. This is actually a shame.

    [END OF INTERVIEW CLIP]

    EPSHTEYN: Here’s the bottom line: President Trump continues to support Judge Kavanaugh and is confident that he will be confirmed.

    This year, Epshteyn has aired interviews with seven other members of the Trump administration, eight Republican congressmen, and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The appearances include: then-Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Council of Economic Advisers Chair Kevin Hassett, and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI). DeSantis, McCarthy, Rooney, and Duffy are all on ballots this year.

  4. CRTV's Steven Crowder: Christine Blasey Ford is a "lying whore"
  5. NRATV host: Christine Ford’s report of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh didn’t describe a crime but rather was “hijinks for boys”

    GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): Let me ask you about the alleged assault. I have a hard time coming forward and saying what I just said about the boys tackling her off the bed. So, look, just a little history from me. I’m on the board of the Conference on Crimes Against Women. We bring in hundreds of law enforcement officers to Dallas to help investigate crimes and they go through seminars to help them solve crimes against women. I did some work with New Friends New Life, a group here in Dallas that helps women get out of the sex trade industry. I feel very strongly about men using power over women, especially for sexual exploitation. I have absolutely no tolerance for it.

    But when you talk about 17-year-old boys at a house party and everybody’s here, there -- she says there was no skin contact, there was no any of that. Boys tackling people off a bed then running away. I’m sorry, but that is not a federal crime or even a state crime. That’s hijinks for boys. And I’m going to get in trouble for saying it, but it is.

    Previously:

    NRATV host: Sexual assault survivors need “to have the courage to step up, make your allegations when they happen”

    Discussing Brett Kavanaugh, NRATV host says #MeToo movement is now like McCarthyism

    NRATV host: "Nobody gives a rat’s ass” that Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women

    NRA spokesperson: Penalizing gun owners for improperly storing firearms is “like shaming a rape survivor”