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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Second night of RNC was a guilty pleasure.

The Chris Christie we fell in love with in 2009 was back on stage on Tuesday night for Trump Nomination Week in Cleveland. He gave a raucous speech that had the crowd on its feet cheering and shouting that Hillary is guilty, guilty, guilty.

The governor was one of several speakers who sliced and diced Hillary -- the worst human being ever to run for president.

The convention is running well. The roll call of states showed Trump gaining 200 delegates as the party rallies behind the man who bested 16 opponents and the media as well. All under budget and without breaking a sweat.

The evening had a mix of politicians and people who know Trump. Dana White, the president of the UFC, told of how Trump gave him a shot when no one else did. White's story is included in my book, "Trump the Press." On Tuesday night, White told the nation:
I think that sense of loyalty and commitment will translate into how he will run this country,” White said Tuesday of Trump. “And let’s be honest, we need someone who believes in this country. We need someone who is proud of this country, who will fight for this country. Let me tell you something: I have been in the fight business my whole life. I know fighters.
Ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump is a fighter. And I know Donald Trump will fight for this country. Thank you.
But the testimonials top Trump -- including one from his daughter Tiffany Trump -- do not pay the bills. You have to fire up the crowd and the politicians did so. Dr. Ben Carson pretty much called Hillary a worshiper of a Satan worshiper. In my next post, I rate this as TRUE.

But Christie was the star. He had the crowd chanting "Lock Her Up" as the governor went back to his prosecutorial roots to give a great closing argument. It was a speech that entertained people at home while firing up a crowd of people Trump needs to organize his national campaign.

Via Real Clear Politics, the entire Christie speech:
CHRIS CHRISTIE: Tonight, as a former federal prosecutor, I welcome the opportunity to hold her accountable for her performance and her character. We must present those facts to you, a jury of her peers, both in this hall and in living rooms around our nation.
Since the Justice Department refuses to allow you to render a verdict, let's present the case now, on the facts, against Hillary Clinton. She was America's chief diplomat. Look around at the violence and danger in our world today every region of the world has been infected with her flawed judgment.
But let me be specific so you can render your verdict. In North Africa, she was the chief engineer of our disastrous overthrow of Qaddafi in Libya.
Libya today after Hillary Clinton's grand strategy? Libya's economy in ruins, death and violence in the streets and ISIS now dominating the country.
Hillary Clinton, as a failure for ruining Libya and creating a nest for terrorist activity by ISIS guilty or not guilty? In Nigeria, Hillary Clinton amazingly fought for two years to keep an Al-Qaeda affiliate off the terrorist watch list.
What happened because of this reckless action by the candidate who is the self proclaimed champion of women around the world? These terrorists abducted hundreds of innocent young girls two years ago.
These schoolgirls are still missing today.
What was the solution from the Obama/Clinton team? A hashtag campaign! Hillary Clinton, as an apologist for an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Nigeria resulting in the capture of innocent young women guilty or not guilty? She fights for the wrong people.
She doesn't fight for us. She doesn't get the real threats America faces. In China, Hillary Clinton praised the Chinese government for buying our debt to finance President Obama's bloated stimulus plan.
So desperate for Chinese cash, she promised to oppose the Buy American provision in the stimulus bill in exchange for the cash to finance his huge expansion of government spending.
Hillary Clinton, putting big government spending financed by the Chinese ahead of jobs for middle class Americans guilty or not guilty? In Syria, she called President Assad a "reformer" and a "different kind of leader".
With 400,000 now dead...think about that. Four. Hundred. Thousand. Dead. 
At the hands of the man Hillary defended.
We must ask this question: Hillary Clinton, as an awful judge of the character of a dictator-butcher in the Middle East guilty or not guilty? 
CROWD: Guilty!
CHRISTIE:In Iran, she led the negotiations that brought about the worst nuclear deal in history.
Let me be clear: America and the world are measurably less safe and less respected because of the Iran deal Hillary helped cut.
Period. After she launched those negotiations, she became the biggest cheerleader for it at the end.
A deal that will lead to a nuclear Iran, an Israel that will be less safe and secure and much more dangerous Middle East.
Hillary Clinton, as an inept negotiator of the worst nuclear arms deal in American history guilty or not guilty? 
CROWD: Guilty!
CHRISTIE: In Russia, she went to the Kremlin on her very first visit and gave them the symbolic reset button.
The button should have read, "delete" she is very good at that because she deleted in four years what it took 40 years to build. The next year, she said our goal was to strengthen Russia.
Strengthen an adversary led by a dictator who dreams of reassembling the old Soviet empire? What a dangerous lack of judgment.
Once again, as a flawed evaluator of dictators and failed strategist who has permitted Russia back in as a major player in the Middle East is Hillary Clinton guilty or not guilty? 
CROWD: Guilty!
CHRISTIE:In Cuba, Hillary Clinton supported concessions to the Castro brothers and got almost nothing in return for ending the embargo.
She supported a deal that didn't even require this murderous regime to return a cop killer, JoAnne Chesimard, to face justice. Chesimard murdered a New Jersey State Trooper in cold blood, fled to Cuba and lives there to this very day.
How do you live with your own conscience when you reward a domestic terrorist with continued safety and betray the family of fallen police officer waiting for decades for justice for his murder? Hillary Clinton as coddler of the brutal Castro brothers and betrayer of the family of fallen Trooper Werner Foerster guilty or not guilty?
CROWD: Guilty!
CHRISTIE: Finally, here at home, in one of her first decisions as Secretary of State, she set up a private e-mail server in her basement in violation of our national security.
Lets face it: Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she did about protecting America's secrets.
Then she lied about it over and over again.
She said there was no marked classified information on her server. The FBI Director said that was untrue.
She said that she did not email any classified information. The FBI Director said that was untrue.
She said all work related emails were sent back to the State Department. The FBI Director said that was untrue.
As to Hillary Clinton, putting herself ahead of America guilty or not guilty? Hillary Clinton, lying to the American people about her selfish, awful judgment guilty or not guilty? Time after time the facts, and just the facts, lead you to the same verdict both around the world and at home.
In Libya and Nigeria guilty.
In China and Syria guilty.
In Iran and Russia and Cuba guilty.
And here at home on risking America's secrets to keep her own and lying to cover it all up. Guilty. Her focus group tested persona, with no genuineness to be found, is a sham meant to obscure all the facts and leave you able to vote for her. We cannot promote someone to Commander-in-Chief who has made the world a more violent and dangerous place with every bad judgment she has made.
We cannot make the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States someone who has risked America's secrets and lied about this to Congress and the American people.
We didn't disqualify Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States the facts of her life and career disqualifies her. We in this hall agree with all of this.
But I want to talk to all of you at home, in your living rooms. You are the ones who will decide this election. We have an alternative.
We have a man who is unafraid.
We have a man who wants to lead us.
We have a man who understands the frustrations and the aspirations of our fellow citizens.
We have a man who judges people based on their performance regardless of your gender, race, ethnic or religious background. We do not need to settle for less.
We cannot reward incompetence and deceit. We need to demand more than what Hillary Clinton offers for America.
We know exactly what four years of Hillary Clinton will bring: all the failures of the Obama years, but with less charm and more lies. It is our obligation to stop Hillary Clinton now and never let her within 10 miles of the White House again.
It is time to come together and make sure that Donald Trump is our next President.
I am proud to be part of this team.
Now let's go win this thing.
If after that speech -- that closing argument - you are still Never Trump, please leave politics behind and write about baseball, your dog, or how to distill adult beverages in your own back yard.

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  1. For a while I had second thoughts about how supportive he would be of The Donald, but that speech cleared up all doubts. I read that Christie will be leading Trump's transition team. That should be interesting. - Elric

    1. Christie wants a job.

      AG, if Rudy doesn't get it; Civil Rights division otherwise.

    2. Just remember that Christie was the prosecutor who put away Ivanka Trump's father-in-law. But yes, Christie is my choice of AG, as I wrote her several days ago.

      The DoJ has become politicized. That has to change. But more importantly, the moribund Anti-Trust Division needs to be resurrected in order to look into the monopolistic practices of huge companies like Google, FaceBook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc., not to mention the big banks and investment firms that all escaped punishment for their role in the financial meltdown of 2008-9. They were not the sole cause---the government was a party to the crisis---but they were complicit.

      And let us not forget Lois Lerner, formerly of the IRS. She should be investigated on multiple grounds, not the very least obstruction of justice. And those aides in the White House--- some of them very close to Obama---who conspired with her should be investigated as well.

  2. Let's never forget Sandy.

    He was OK last night (Rudy was better), but can he be trusted?

    1. He's a politician and only idiots trust politicians, but Christie would be hell on wheels as AG. Obama's DoJ focused almost exclusively on civil rights; based on his campaign, Trump plans to pursue cases dealing with government corruption. A subject in which Christie is well-versed.

      Personally, I'm an "the enemy of my enemy" kind of person when it comes to politics (to a point.). And after Holder, it will take an SOB like Christie to straighten out DoJ.

  3. A half year from now...

    "Mr Obama, there are several thousand of your colleagues waiting outside."

    "They've all come to support me in my last hour in office?"

    "No, sir. They all want to get a Presidential pardon down."

  4. Loved the speech but wondered why he didn't mention the murder of our men and ambassador in Benghazi. That, to me, was the most breathtakingly bad thing she did.

  5. BJ gave North Korea nukes and Crooked Cankles is giving Iran nukes. It runs in the family.

  6. Would love for someone to raise the issue of the massive corruption within the Clinton Foundation. Am more than a little disappointed that no one seems willing to discuss immigration restriction. Will the Republicans never learn that this is a WINNING ISSUE for them? Are they afraid of offending their liberal pals in the media, or their cronies at the C of C? That Ann Coulter did not get a speaking slot is also a disappointment.

  7. Would love for someone to raise the issue of the massive corruption within the Clinton Foundation. Am more than a little disappointed that no one seems willing to discuss immigration restriction. Will the Republicans never learn that this is a WINNING ISSUE for them? Are they afraid of offending their liberal pals in the media, or their cronies at the C of C? That Ann Coulter did not get a speaking slot is also a disappointment.