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get off the floor and get on the aerotrainer. go to aerotrainer.com, that's a-e-r-o-trainer.com. paul: welcome to "the journal editorial report." i'm paul gigot. as joe biden begins to piece together his administration, the president trump team is pushing ahead with legal challenges in several battleground states, as georgia announces a hand recount of the votes in that state. while none of these moves are expected to change the outcome of the election, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell this week urged calm as the process plays out. >> i think we all to quit the hand-wringing, not act like this is extraordinary. we're going to get through this period and we'll swear in the winner on january 20th, 2021, just like we have every four
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years since 1793. paul: joining the panel this week, wall street journal columnist, dan heniger, kim kim strassel and jason riley. dan, let's give context of where we are now in the election fight. as i look at it, donald trump to win would have to turn results in some combination of georgia, arizona, pennsylvania or wisconsin. how likely is that? >> i don't think it's very likely that it's going to change very much. it's good that georgia's going to do this manual recount so we can have a clear idea of how one of these elections turned out with a legitimate recount. but you know, there's a couple things to keep in mind here. joe biden's lead in most of these states is tens of thousands of votes. the other most famous recount in
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american presidential history was florida in 2000, al gore and george w bush. between them, there were less than 600 votes. out of millions cast. so as a statistical proposition, paul, it's pretty unlikely you can turn around that many votes. having said that, the percentages in all these states are very, very close. this was a closely run election. and i think all things considered, given the intensity of the election, the politics behind it, it is a good thing as mitch mcconnell suggested if we let these lawsuits play out, let the recounts play out and come to a natural end eventually as to who won. it's not a bad thing that we're going through this process. paul: but kim, what about all of those folks and most of them are democrats but there's a lot in the media too, some on the right, say it somehow tarnishes american democracy, undermines public confidence in the system for the president saying at this
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stage that the election was stolen, to -- it's somehow illegitimate. >> i would ask them to look at why so many americans doubt our institutions right now. that's why i agree with dan, that we need to go through this process and understand what happened and the reason people don't have a lot of faith is when you look at what happened in 2016, and the last election and the fbi's role, all of those democrats now saying hey, just trust us. it doesn't sit well with 70 million americans. and so the process will play out, we've got courts. we're now finally beginning to see what the substance of some of these lawsuits are and this is going to take a couple of weeks. and then we're going to get some answers and then we will hopefully all feel a little bit better about the process. paul: jason, so play this out for us here. the recounts are going to go ahead, first in georgia, then you're going to get these legal challenges. all of these states have deadlines, they have deadlines,
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in statute, certifying the counts and therefore moving ahead with the choosing of electors which will be chosen for either one of the candidates in early december. how do you see this playing out? >> i see it playing out just the way you described it. i think the election will be certified for joe biden. i don't expect president trump to ever officially concede. i would be quite surprised if he ever does that. he's not required to do it under the constitution. it's a niceity. it's a formality. it's tradition. but it's not a requirement. but come january 20th, noon, donald trump will be a regular citizen again and if he's on the premises of the white house, he will be removed and that's the end of it. he does not have to concede and i don't expect him to. paul: do you think, jason, that any states with republican legislatures could overcome the
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actual election count and recommend lek tores for donald trump -- electors for donald trump instead of joe biden, say in pennsylvania or georgia? >> i don't see that happening. and i know we're going to talk bouts what's going on in georgia a little bit later but i think the reason so many public officials right now are reluctant to be a little harder on the president in terms of conceding is because i think they want to keep the spirits up of trump supporters for those races in georgia. they want to keep the base fired up and dragging this out to some extent does that, so i think it serves a purpose in that sense. but at the end of the day, no, i don't see them acting in the way you just described. paul: i guess all of you, we've got a unanimous trio saying you don't think that this is likely to turn in donald trump's direction. so what is he up to here? what is his goal? what is his political calculation through all of this?
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kim, you want to take that? >> yeah. well, look, i think the president -- we've gone into an election in which there are a lot of questions. we had unprecedented voting systems this time, the use of mail-in votes, a lot of changes right prior to the election that were different and so i think what he and his supporters are attempting to do is kind of have a deep look at that and these lawsuits, again, we're starting to get some -- ones, for instance, in pennsylvania, looking closely for instance at how people filled out their ballots and envelopes they were supposed to come in, were they done the right way. we're trying to get an accounting here. i think it's a long shot. we've only just started it. so we'll look and see where it is and then we go from there. but this is -- as mitch mcconnell said, it's not unusual. we have systems exactly for this. it's not going to last forever, as you said, there are certifications on certain days. so he's trying out all of his
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legal avenues. even if those are somewhat long shots, they're something accorded to him under the system and our laws. paul: briefly, is this about 2024 and remaining viable for 2024 by saying, look, this wasn't fair in 2020? >> well, that's certainly going to be a very powerful argument if he chooses to run again and i would not be surprised if after this, if he does fail in this, that that will be a top argument of donald trump if he runs again. paul: still ahead, all eyes are on georgia as the battle for control of the u.s. senate comes down to a pair of runoff elections in january. what's at stake in the peach state showdown, when we come back. now we take georgia, then we change america. to support a strong immune system, your body needs routine. centrum helps your immune defenses every day, with vitamin c, d and zinc. season, after season.
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we are happy. we've won the most important election that we faced. whoa always said they numb -- we
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always said the number one election is of the president and we won. and when it comes to the senate, it's not over at all. georgia is close. paul: all eyes are on georgia as control of the united states senate comes down to a pair of runoffs in the peach state. republican senator david purdue is set to face off against democrat john ossoff on on januy 5th while senator kelly loeffler will face democrat raphael warnock. the other two senate races were called for the republicans, with thom tillis holding off a challenge in north carolina and dan sullivan beating al gross in alaska. so i can tell you, guarantee you, kim, that when chuck schumer says the most important election was the presidency, he doesn't mean it. he thinks the most -- is he going to be majority leader? it's been his life-long goal. what's the difference between
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51-49 senate in policy terms with mitch mcconnell running it versus 50/50 with chuck schumer? >> it's enormous. take chuck schumer's word for it. he said everything would be on the table if he is majority leader. that means getting rid of the legislative filibuster, that means potentially packing the supreme court, it means potentially adding d.c. and puerto rico as states. and it means a greenlight to most of the progressive agenda that you've heard that part of the party talking about from the green new deal to medicare for all. in my mind, i think joe biden would be better off with a mitch mcconnell because he wouldn't face all that pressure that would come from a democratic senate. paul: yeah, jason, do you agree with that about the mitch mcconnell better for joe biden running the senate, even if it means you can't get everything on his agenda through? >> i do. i do. i think it would of be better for the country as well.
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i think they voted for divided government on election day by and large, whether at the federal level, at the presidential level, congressional races in the house, state legislatures and so forth. i think what the american public wants is a check on that progressive agenda. and i don't think it's what biden would otherwise be pushing for. so, yes, i think it does help. paul: dan, when you talk about a 50/50 senate, i think a lot of people don't understand. with kamala harris there to provide the 51st vote, democrats would run the chairmanships of all the committees. and you don't even need to break the legislative filibuster to do a budget, for example. so you could pass huge tax increases on 51-vote majority. >> that's right. and i don't think people as well have quite focused of on what those committees would look like if the democrats took control of the senate or if it was 50/50 as
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you suggest. the chairman of the senate budget committee, believe it or not, bernie sanders, socialist of vermont. the head of the banking committee would be sherrod brown of ohio who is a progressive. the head of the financial services subcommittee would be elizabeth warren. and the head of the finance committee would be ron widen, who is very much on dashboard for all of -- on dashboard for all of. the republican of which is wiscn would no longer be the head of the oversight committee, which would of be the end of overlooking what has been going on with the fbi and the trump administration and the presidency. they have enormous power if they get hold of those committees and legislation would of move through, for sure. paul: with these two races, how do you read them right now of. the betting markets have
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republicans heavy favorites. as we know from the election the other day, they don't always go that way. how do you see it? >> well, here's what democrats have in their favor. the argument that they make is, look, this presidential election just showed that georgia is in play, okay. and that's a different scenario than we've had in the past. here's what republicans have going for them and i think what you see in those betting markets, which is that if you look at history, republicans have always won any state runoff that they did have there. they've also been on the ground. they've got a good ground game, far more up and operational than joe biden's which got a late start there. most importantly, what we've been talking about, they probably have the better message. which is look, the fate of the senate hangs in the balance. if you want a check on the progressive agenda, you need to make sure both of these republicans go to the senate and you see them hitting the candidates, republican candidates are hitting that very hard and already some big hitters in the republican party coming into the state to make
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that message as well too. paul: jason, i noticed -- you recall that chuck schumer line about we take georgia and then we change america. that is already in an ad by republicans running in the state of georgia, saying don't let them take georgia. that's going to hurt -- did chuck schumer just hurt his own cause? >> he might have. he might have. i mean, the democrats are trying to keep their base excited too about this race. we know georgia is changing demographically and politically. it's moving closer to a virginia, say, than to a mississippi. and the recent elections have shown that. stacy abrams was a sore loser but she ran a pretty good race, considering she is a democrat runing in a deep south state like georgia so things are changing. and i do think that keeping the presidential stuff alike for donald trump is partly about keeping the base excited for this georgia race. i think the odds are very much
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with the republicans in georgia, particularly in the warnock race against loeffler. he's pretty far left of the state and he benefited a lot from doug collins being in the race and sort of splitting the republican vote. so i would be very, very surprised if they could pick up both of those or even one. paul: there's a huge difference between 51 and 50 but also a big difference between 52 and 51 because you have that extra seat cushion. all right. when we come back, house democrats are pointing fingers at each other after their losses in last week's election. so who is to blame for their shining house image -- shrinking house majority and what does it mean for their policy agenda? for over 30 years,
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>> we now have a president of our party in the white house, joe biden. we have a majority in the house, albeit smaller. but nonetheless, a majority. 132 gavels, chairs of committees, subcommittees and the rest. the beautiful diversity of our caucus and we see it as a tremendous opportunity as we go forward. paul: speaker nancy pelosi set to preside over one of the slimmest house majority in decades, despite polls that had predicted a blue wave, democratic members are pointing fingers at each other with centrists blaming the left flank for the losses, saying their ideas and rhetoric allowed the gop to tag them as socialists and anti-law enforcement. jason, what do you make of the speaker's analysis of the election that it was trump at the top of the ballot and she thinks it was all just terrific? >> [laughter] well, it's a nice bit of spin. i don't think very many
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democrats would consider -- would say they had a terrific election last week. i think the house democrats had a few problems. one is, it was never really clear what they were running on. they weren't united on a theme. in 2018, they were pretty united, running on healthcare. this time around it was less clear what they were trying to get across to the american people. i think also nancy pelosi might have overplayed her hand with that most recent stimulus package that she's been negotiating with the white house. they made some pretty good offers and she rejected them. and that might have hurt some of her members back in their home district who were expecting her to cut a deal on covid relief and so that might have had something to do with it as well. paul: as i counted, dan, republicans have picked up 11 seats so far. and democrats have turned three for a net of eight and it looks like it's going to run into double digit gains for the
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republicans. that's a very narrow majority. could the speakership be in jeopardy when that comes to a vote in january? >> i do not think her speakership is in jeopardy when we come to a vote in january, paul. but i think that speakership is in jeopardy when we go to a vote in 2022. i'm here to predict they are going to lose control of the house two years from now. look, they only have about a s , 11, 12 seat majority. after barack obama won his first term -- in the midterm, he lost 60 seats in the house. bill clinton in the midterm elections, the democrats lost 54 seats in the house. we're talking here about 10 or 12 seats that the republicans have to win and clearly the momentum is in their favor right now. so i think we're looking at the possibility, especially if the republicans hold the senate, of the congress being in the control of the republicans two years from now, which would really change the political picture going forward to the
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next election four years from now. paul: kim, though, before we get to 2022, she or some democrat will still have the gavel. but with that narrow majority, what does it mean for the democrat agenda? i mean, you have alexandria ocasio-cortez and the progressives saying we're not giving up at all. we're not slowing down. we want the green new deal. we want a big tax increase. we want all kinds of legislation. but are they going to have the votes to pull that off? >> yeah, they've got a big problem. look, i think one of the biggest stories in recent years has been this split in the democratic party. and the fact that you've just got these two wings that don't even operate on the same planet anymore. they were able to kind of paper that over, over the last congress, by largely he focusing on investigations on donald trump and obsessing on donald trump. but he's likely not going to be there anymore and so people are going to be looking at them,
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what is their agenda and this is going to be front and center, this fight. and with that very narrow majority of, it's very difficult to see on what issues nancy pelosi can bring together her caucus behind issues that everybody's going to agree on and we've seen this already, the finger pointing and the fighting. i think you're going to see what centrists, they're going to be much more vocal, making sure they get legislation they can go back and campaign on which they did not have this time around. paul: jason, the progressives are talking about forming a caucus of their own, like the freedom caucus that the republicans have, the conservatives in 2011, '12 and still exist and so bedeviled john boehner when they took the house in 201 of 0, into 2017 and '12. is nancy pelosi going to have to go hat in hand sometimes to kevin mccarthy and say hey, you got any votes to spare there for me because i can't get this
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through with democratic votes. could that be a reality more times than she would like to face? >> sure. it could be. it could be. although, you know, kim's right about that split in the party and i still think nancy pelosi has the upper hand in that split. she can say that -- you know, to the squad, you're not the reason i'm the majority leader. we know that. and she can sell that to her caucus more broadly. we know what gave her the majority and it wasn't the radical left wing of the party. it wasn't the ao cs of the acuss. it was much more centrist democrats and i think she's pragmatic enough to know what got her there. and i expect her to continue making those arguments even if the democrats do decide to form a sort of freedom caucus like
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operation. paul: dan, briefly, your point about taking congress in 2020 -- house in 2022, redistricting is coming and republican gains in the state houses means they could get five, six seats through redistricting even before the election. i mean, favorites in those seats. briefly. >> yeah. and one more footnote. of the nine seats republicans flipped, seven of them were women, republican candidates and so there's obviously momentum behind the idea that women will be running for these -- against these democrats in 2022. it's a new element, women are voting for those republican women and so i think the democrats have got a big problem going forward. paul: still ahead, pfizer says its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90% effective in late stage trials, as one of joe biden's covid advisors floats another nationwide lockdown. the very latest on the battle to the very latest on the battle to contain before discovering nexium 24hr
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could apply to the fda as early as this month for ex pe expeditd approval to distribute the vaccine. this comes as joe biden announces the members of the covid-19 advisory board, and one suggests that a nationwide lockdown could help keep the virus under control in the u.s. we're back with dan henninger and homan jenkins. let me ask you about the surge in covid infections that we're seeing in a lot of different places in the country. are we going to see this dark winter that joe biden predicted? >> i'm not sure we will. we're seeing the third big surge of hospitalizations now, are exactly where they were in mid-april and again in mid-july. i'm hoping that this is where it begins to peter out as people begin to physically distance again, as they get the message. there's a 15 or 20 states where things are looking dicey right now. that's not the country as a
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whole. most of the population lives in place that's are doing okay. we're seeing the same thing in europe. in the last few days, their surge has begun to turn down. people begin to get sensible about their personal activities again. so i'm hoping we'll see the same here. paul: okay. so let's turn to the vaccine. that 90% effective figure really excellent and very promising. how do you see that going ahead, particularly because the pfizer vaccine is the same platform, messenger rna, that moderna is using for its vaccine. >> yeah. it's amazing that this happened in less than 12 months. it's practically a scientific miracle. i think we're going to see more vaccines coming out, we're going to see a whole bunch of things converging, going to make covid a lot easier to live with. the vaccines, better therapies, at-home instant testing is going to make a big difference. people aren't talking about the fact that tens of millions of americans have been infected now and have some immunity to this
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disease so they won't be able to pass it. i think in the next few months we're actually going to see things looking up quite a bit. paul: who do you give credit for, for the speed with which the terrence and vaccines -- therapies and vaccines are moving? is this private industry and innovation, obviously, technology part of it but do you give any credit here for the trump administration and government? >> absolutely. they put money into this. they mobileized people in a way that only the federal government can do. but also, i mean, all the companies were just hunger -- hunkering to get after his challenge. that's what they live for. there's a huge market for it. huge kudos for their reputation and all that. pharma gets a lot of grief from politicianses. there was incentive all around to show what they could do. paul: let's turn to the biden advisory board. you've got the situation where michael osterholm says four to six weeks for a lockdown,
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ezekiel e emmanuel he's a lockdn lover, said so in the summer. what do you make of this advice that the vice president is getting? >> well, these advisory boards are meant to be seen and not heard. the last thing biden wants is them advising him through media interviews and on tv and that sort of thing. there is zero appetite among any politician who actually has constituents for another big lockdown. even osterholm has walked this back in the last 24 hours because he knows there is no stomach for this and joe biden certainly doesn't want to come in and pronounce lockdown on his first day in office. paul: dan, do you agree with that? because we've seen these guys, these so-called experts, who always point to the science and then say by the way, the science justifies whatever i'm proposing. i mean, is that -- could biden go in that direction? >> well, he's the one who keeps saying he'll listen to his swine
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typhic advisors and -- scientific advisors and dr. osterholm and dr. e emmanuel and the rest is to go towards more severe lockdowns. joe biden would have to resist them pretty much the way donald trump resisted similar advice from dr. anthony fauci, although we think we may be looking back fondly at anthony fauci by the time the biden people are done. keep in mind as well, joe biden won't be in charge of the coronavirus until late january or early february. so if homan is suggesting the surge peaks and comes down by then, there may not be as much pressure in late january for a lockdown. the problem is going to come over the next several months and the question is whether democratic politicians or politicians in general in the absence of any other strategy that they can come up with themselves will opt for more lockdowns. paul: so what do you think, how
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will biden differ from trump? >> he's not going to at all. the runway is laid out for him, get the vaccine out there, get more testing, especially instant testing that people can do at home so they can take themselves out of circulation if they've got it. these things are -- the path is laid down. all he has to do is follow it. the big discussion point will be who gets the vaccine first. there's two arguments, give it to old people and vulnerable people so they don't clog up the hospitals, or give it to young people, that will be the big decision. paul: thank you for that of optimism. still ahead, fewer americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the job market continues to improve. but will new coronavirus shutdowns shut down the economic reco ♪ wild thing, ♪ ♪ you make my heart sing
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paul: the number of americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to just over 700,000. it's the lowest level since the start of the coronavirus shoulddowns and on -- shutdowns and on monday the dow tones industrial average surged to the highest level since february on news of a potential vaccine. as new cases rise, is another shutdown coming and what effect would that have on our recovery? let's bring in wall street journal assistant editorial page editor, james freeman, co-author of the new book, the cost, trump, china and the american revival. welcome, james. where do you think the economy is right now in its recovery? >> well, it's been a remarkable comeback. in the last six months, more than 11 million jobs created, after the spring shutdowns i think this economy has really been blowing away expectations. a tremendous third quarter in terms of gdp growth, so if we
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can avoid that blunt instrument which had so much collateral damage, the shutdown treatment for covid, i think the u.s. economy should be in a good position. paul: well, what do you -- how do you explain that rapid recovery? because i mean, at every stage here we have heard people, some of whom have written for us, that it wasn't going to turn around and then they said -- fast. and then when it did, they said well, it's going to end on july 31st when jobless benefits that were enhanced by the federal government ran out, yet we still keep moving on. how do you explain it? >> it is kind of amazing when you think about how much of the economy was restricted. now, obviously, a lot of money printing at the federal reserve and a lot of spending by congress in an effort to provide relief but large parts of the u.s. economy have been essentially outlawed in terms of services, retail, et cetera, in different locations. i think you have to give the
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president credit for setting the table with a great policy mix. pre-covid, as you remember, if you go back to the early part of this year, the u.s. unemployment rate was 3.5%. that was 50-year low. we had seen several years of a really outstanding job market for u.s. workers, wage increases finally coming for those in the middle and at the bottom. historic numbers. we had never seen before, as long as the government's been he keeping records for a few decades the situation in the trump era where you had many more job openings than people looking for work. so i think it goes back to his policy mix of tax relief and especially the reduction in the corporate income tax rate and also a war on government red tape, an effort to restrain washington regulators and the economic results were outstanding and i think we benefited from that as we came back from covid. paul: some of the biden
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advisors may go into office making the case that if you look at the last two years of the obama administration, he had growth of 2.4% in gdp. same as the first two years of the trump presidency. in other words, there was no difference. all trump did was take a good economy and keep running with the momentum. how do you you respond to that? i mean trump's economic -- how do you respond to that? >> if you look specifically at the last year of obama's term, 2016, you had below 2% growth. you had an aging recovery that was slowing down. you also were heading into a period of monetary tightening. so the acceleration when trump came in i think was notable and you especially saw after that year of 2017 where you get a lot of deregulation from trump, you get tax cuts signed in december, really a game-changer, moving the united states from the industrialized world's highest corporate income tax rate down to a competitive level and we
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saw a big surge in business investment. end of 2017, going into 2018. and just as trump and his economic advisors had predicted, this investment is good for workers, it's good for their wages. when companies build new factories, when they buy new equipment, that makes workers more productive. that allows workers to demand higher wages. now, a lot of economists obviously thought this would be more of a long-term benefit but the results in the first few years of the trump administration were significant. paul: so i've got about 40 of seconds, james. as you see what's going to happen, let's assume there's a republican senate and a joe biden presidency. how do you see economic policy changing? >> well, i think if republicans hold the senate, we're fortunate that the trump policy mix, whatever people think about trump the person, i think they have to recognize that his policy mix was good for prosperity and i think you have to be optimistic that that
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favorable environment stays, if mr. biden is not able to push through a lot of initiatives in the senate. paul: all right. thanthank you for that hopeful outlook. when we come back, joe biden reaches out to trump voters in his victory speech but s some of his supporters may not have gotten the message as they name and shame the president's allies on social media. >> for all those of you who voted for president trump, i understand the disappointment tonight. i've lost a couple times myself. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> now, let's give each other a
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chance. [cheers and applause] >> it's time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again, and to make progress we have to stop treating our opponent as our enemies. they are not our enemies. they are americans. paul: that was joe biden last saturday, addressing trump voters in his victory speech and calling on both sides to give each other a chance. but apparently some of biden's supporters didn't get that message, twitter this week removed a post from a group of anti-trump republicans known as the lincoln project after it shared pictures and phone numbers and. mail addresses -- e-mail addresses of attorneys representing the president's campaign and alexandria ocasio-cortez targeted the president's supporters, calling in a tweet for, quote, archiving those trump si syncophants.
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what do you make of the effort to i guess cancel or banish anybody who worked for donald trump? >> pretty disturbing, paul. i do think that the efforts to cancel people, to shout them down, to shut them up, street protests after may 25th, i think it had a lot to do with the success of the republicans down-ticket, the senate, the house, state legislatures. people are upset about this phenomenon. but it is not obvious that it's going to go away because it's driven by social media and the ability to use social media to create masses of people to ostracize and shame people. it's going to need a lot more help from the institutional leaders, corporations, universities, to push back before this goes away. paul: yeah, kim. the point of this exercises to try to put pressure on companies, don't hire these people, law firms, don't hire these lawyers, and it can have a real damaging effect in my
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experience, looking at what happens to some folks. >> yeah. and unfortunately, we've seen that. because sadly, this intimidation tactics have been adopted by the left in particular over the last 10 years, whether it was district attorneys or attorney generals up if wisconsin going after republicans or the irs and i think this puts a new focus by the way on democratic efforts which you've seen nancy pelosi has talked about this, she has legislation, that would change campaign finance laws to require more disclosure about who gives money and who they support, knowing that they could use that to further damage people. this is something i think conservatives have to be guarded against in terms of legislation and other efforts. paul: and jason, it's a really discordant note with the vice president's time to heal message. i give the vice president credit for that. i think that's a message that a lot of americans on both sides of the aisle welcome. this really clashes with -- is he going to have to speak up at some point to tell these folks,
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look, you've got to tone this down, you've got to stop it? >> he may do that and i think he would be right to do that. the question is whether they'll listen, whether it matters to them what joe biden says about this sort of thing. i kind of date it back to hillary clinton and the deplorable comment from a few years back regarding trump voters and supporters. this seems to me really an extension of that and we saw it happening throughout the trump -- trump's first term, with trump administration officials being harassed in restaurants and people showing up outside of their homes and so forth. i think it's also disturbing to see groups like the lincoln project, cal these nev nev nev s of pe, they w tery we ospp topp oppoopposed tod d tru tmp's p py
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♪ ♪ paul: time now for hits and misses of the week. kim, first to you. >> so, paul, this is a miss to michael bloomberg and other democratic billionaires who managed to flush hundreds of millions of dollars down the toilet in failedded efforts to win florida or texas or ohio or to win senate races in kentucky, south carolina and now alaska. you know, we talk a lot about how political money is a form of free speech. this is true. but here's the lesson of this race, no amount of money can buy you an election. and if you are going to spend -- as with anything -- you better make sure you spend wisely. paul: all right, jason. >> paul, when most of us heard about progress on a covid vaccine, we thought it was good news, excellent news, great news. but apparently, democratic
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governor andrew cuomo of new york had a different take. he said it wasn't all good news because the vaccine would be distributed by donald trump, and he thought that should wait until joe biden takes office. so here cuomo decides in the middle of a pandemic with cases going up to undermine confidence in the vaccine which i think is pretty despicable. so big miss for andrew cuomo. paul: all right. dan. >> well, yes, our viewers know that not too many of our hits come out of new york these days, but i'm going to give one to voters in the south bronx whos in past election doubled their vote for donald trump in three new york state assembly districts. democrats are completely perplexed about how this could happen. but, again, andrew cuomo's lockdown policies and the coronavirus started in march have caused unemployment to rise, depression levels in the bronx. under donald trump they were doing great, and i think they've
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been able to connect the dots on who they should vote for. paul: all right. remember, if you have your own hit or miss, be sure to tweet it to us@jer on fnc. thanks to my panel and thanks to "after the bell," and we will see you back on monday. have a great weekend, everybody. ♪ ♪ lou: good evening, everybody. these are, at a minimum, perilous days for all of us. we were a nation divided before this election just ten days ago. we are more so this evening. we're in the midst of a battle for the white house, but it is even more than that, it is a battle that began more than four years ago with the efforts of the chiefs of the obama intelligence services trying to block the presidential candidacy of donald trump. four years ago while implementing a plot sponsored by his democrat rival, those same agencies relentlessly spied

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