resistance, juan? hannity up next. never miss an episode. ♪ >> sean: a fox news alert, welcome to hannity, america is at a turning point, a soft coup is taking place in the country, in an effort to remove this president from office. our must-see opening monologue is less than a minute away but first we get an update on the special election in the georgia congressional sixth district. >> the fox news election or come up to go special election sigh, one in south carolina, the other in georgia to fill the health seat vacant by jumped on my tom price. at this hour republican karen handel is ahead by about 10,000 votes and republicans are increasingly confident that a strong election day turnout even in the rain, and a big turnout
and more conservative cobb county will be enough for handel to beat democrats done, jon ossoff. the most expensive house race in u.s. history, about 150-$250,000 per boat when all is that it done tonight. we could see a result here soon, we are watching the numbers. in south carolina a call. norman fills the seat vacated the president's budget director mick mulvaney. we will keep you updated throughout this hour, a special report back at 11:00 p.m. easter for live coverage and analysis, now back to hannity. >> sean: thanks and of course we will have updates on that race throughout the hour, also to make a soft coup is underway right here in the united states of america in an attempt to overturn november's election results and forcibly removed and elected president from office. sinister forces quickly aligning and what is becoming out in my mind a clear and present danger.
that is tonight's very opening monologue. >> we are at a turning point tonight with forces now forming an alliance to try and remove president trump from office, it's that serious. here are the five dangers we are facing, especially the president. one, the destroyed trunk media that has been lying to you now, provable lies for 11 months, nonstop. trump, russia collusion. black helicopter theories, no evidence whatsoever. two, you have what i've been calling the deep state, selectively leaking information to damage the president and anyone associated with him. three, special counselor mueller's special counsel. it's now turned into when aldo don't like out of control, political witch hunt, he needs to be stopped. four, all the manufactured turmoil putting his agenda in jeopardy, which ends up directly impacting everyone of you out there, the american people.
five, the effort to overwrite the will of the american people, change the results of a presidential election is now creating a national security crisis. america is now suffering from a massive informational crisis because i call them the destroyed trump media, they've been routinely exposed now, agenda-driven, propagandists. more than happy to push, debunked tinfoil hat conspiracies. for example, the media relentlessly peddling one of the biggest lies in american history that is that the president colluded with the russians. that's because members of the media are nothing more than left-wing ideologues pretending to be journalists. remember, they are the one that colluded with hillary clinton and exposed by wikileaks in the 2016 relaxed until my collection. the media has one clear, shared goal in mind and that is to damage, stop and destroy his presidency sadly fired it appears, any means necessary.
we have been highlighting how unhinged these people have become. they don't care about facts, obviously they don't care the truth, which is why "the washington post," "the new york times," abc, nbc have all exposed as having gotten their reporting wrong but the destroyed trump media, they are not the only ones, the collusion narrative has completely crumbled. take a list at the long list of democrats admitting no evidence of collusion. zero, zip, take a look. >> the allegation of course is that the russians and the hacking and dumping of documents in the election had essentially relationships with trump campaign people, but i'm not prepared to say that there is proof you could take to a jury. >> do agree with the conclusion that there was no evidence of collusion, >> we haven't seen any of that whatsoever, george. we've been looking and showing everything that they possibly have, that has not led to that.
>> sean: for the next threat and perhaps the most dangerous, the deep state, what i call the fourth branch of government, unelected consisting of a lot of obama holdovers, anti-trump bureaucrats who now are routinely targeting the president, his administration with selectively came to hurt him. that's deep state works closely to destroy trump media to disseminate false information about the president and his administration. with even more sinister is that they are willing to break the law leaking classified information like in the case of general foreign and you have the former fbi director james comey admitting under oath he had his memo leaked to "the new york times," he had a goal, he wanted the appointment of a special counsel and a prime example is the unmasking of general flynn. it was a violation of the espionage act, that's a crime, that's a felony, by the way. his fourth amendment rights totally trampled on, you've heard nothing about it, there's no investigation or.
why? the deep state doesn't care. their only concern was taking down president trump and his associates. you got number three, the special counsel. look at his investigation mission creep. president trump is called is the greatest political witch hunt in american history. i'm here to tell you the president is right. his sole purpose was to investigate so-called trump-russia collusion but mueller is now expanding that investigation and he's digging into finances and jared kushner and obstruction of justice and guess what? is not going to stop there, why? because there is no trump of a russia collusion so he has to move onto other things. what's most alarming about this, mueller is having massive conflicts of interest. he should recuse himself, he is incapable of carrying out a fair and impartial investigation. mueller needs to end the witch hunt right now. he's best friends with james comey. they've been best friends for a long time. who do you think mueller is going to side with when it comes
to the president and his work versus james comey's? that's pretty obvious, pretty unfair. then there's the fact that members of mueller's investigative team, the lawyers he's hiring, they've all, many of them donated big, big box too, let's say, barack obama, hillary clinton and on top of that perhaps the most sinister, one of the lawyers he has hired actually was clinton's attorney at the clinton foundation defending the clinton foundation against getting you information and preventing freedom of information act request. isn't that great about the foundation? imagine for a second, understand that, if republicans ever tried to pull anything like this, let's hire donald trump software to investigate president hillary clinton. the left-wing outrage would be like nothing you've ever seen before. if mueller wants to investigate actual crimes, actual collusion, by the way, real conspiracy with
russia, maybe he should focus his attention on other things, let's start with loretta lynch, let's start with the clinton's. james calmly testified that lynch influenced his investigation, is that not that textbook definition of obstruction of justice and if the democratic media want to talk about collusion, we can talk about collusion. was it wrong for loretta lynch to meet bill clinton on the tarmac or to convince jane comey not to say it investigation, but a matter, or as sharon carter and john solomon have reported, was it wrong when she reported that comey confronted her and having been in the tank hillary all along and put the kibosh on any indictment? what about when serving a secretary of state? hillary clinton handed over 20% of america's uranium to who? vladimir putin, the russians. the corrupt uranium one deal. and the people involved in the deal donating, kicking back big dollars, millions of dollars to the clinton foundation, her
husband doubling his speaking fees in moscow. all this manufactured turmoil from the left, the democrats destroyed trump media, the deep state is creating a completely dysfunctional environment in washington and for the country. and you the american people, you are the one suffering because these forces are slowing down what you voted for, a president enacting the agenda he promised. fewer jobs, less economic growth, no border wall, no tax reform, no repealing and replacing obamacare, no getting people out of poverty, off of food stamps, back in the labor force. the longer these attacks continue the longer it will take for you, the american people to benefit from what from what yod for, the president's policies and agenda. all of this now creating a very clear, present danger to the country, the left is suffering well beyond trump derangement
syndrome. it's completely unhinged. look at how vile some of their rhetoric has been. >> yes i have found an awful lot about blowing up the white hous white house! >> pigs in a blanket! >> i will put mr. burgess up against sean hannity. he will tear him up. >> the press would always ask me don't i wish i were debating him, no i wish we were in high school so it taken behind the gym! >> the most accurate metaphor could be that the g.o.p. just kicked america in the balls. thank you. >> is a weird tension, it's a dangerous time for the free press in the country and at the same time we are oddly influential with the guy who wants to kill us. >> how dare he say that to the crowd, how dare he say that the
thing he does, of course i want to punch him in the face. >> sean: you want to punch the president in the face, madonna dreaming of blowing of the white house. now we have severed heads, trump look-alikes in an ice his pose, now we have assassination list in alexandria, virginia, and republicans targeted for assassination, you don't think that's insanity? the left, their deranged hate and rhetoric, you don't think this could ever be reconciled with, for example, some of the actions happening here. this is not reaching a point of no return, it's beyond serious. if these forces are successful this country will not survive. if they continue with lies, propaganda, misinformation and outright conspiracy theories, where the people go to get their country back? and why don't they go up to the people that we know committed actual crimes? why are they investigating loretta lynch, hillary clinton, the deep state, the leeks have them coming out, all illegal. why are they going after only
president trump? by the way, just a note know this isn't about just president trump, this isn't about just people around the president, this is more deeply about you, the american people. it's a big middle finger right in your face. these people don't care about you, mueller, rosenstein, comey, deep state, detroit, destroy trump media, week republicans. they don't seem to care how all of this is impacting you, your families, those of you out of work in poverty, on food stamps. those of you out of the labor force, 95 million of you. they think they are smarter than, they know better than you, if not about you to them, it's not about what you want, this is about what they want. if you are sick and tired of it, i think you should let your congressmen and women know, i think you should look at the media tonight and ask are they telling you the truth anymore. we are at a turning point, you, the american people have a profound choice to make care. you can let this continue to
happen, watch the country to send chaos, you can sit back, or you can stand up and fight for what you voted for back in november and the agenda that you want implemented in this country. here with reaction, conservative commentator monica crowley, am i overstating the case? >> amen, brother sean. you've laid out very well with the president is up against. he's facing an unholy alliance between the left, the establishment on both sides, the media, the permanent federal bureaucracy, the deep state and the international community. after president kennedy, donald trump was strong enough to withstand the assault coming at him from all of those elements. as president of something completely different. i hope and pray that he is strong enough to withstand what is coming at him. this worshiping is falling apart at the seams. and when it goes away, which it will because no evidence whatsoever, they are perpetuating it. when it is going, and it will be
gone relatively soon, they will find something else, they will not stop because we are confronting something much bigger. donald trump is regarded with sneering discussed by all of the elements that i just identified. therefore he is considered unworthy of the job and unworthy of the respect that goes with that job. but more importantly, sean, he represents an x essential threat to all of those elements i just identified. therefore he must not be allowed to succeed because if he does, all of those elements will lose their gravy trains, their power and their influence. therefore they will use whatever political weapon they can and whatever legal weapon they can, including the special counsel, to try to -- not just discredit him, that we can actually survive and handle. they want to destroy his presidency and they want to destroy him personally. >> sean: the deep state, the leaking of intelligence, you can't control the media, they are agenda-driven and they are just propaganda news at this particular point.
you can stop what is happening in the government. when we come back the great one mark clement has now uncovered a decade old doj document that explains in fact something the media will never tell you, why a sitting president cannot be indicted for obstruction of justice. the great one is here to explain. and later an explosive new report regarding key documents in the obama spying scandal. you won't believe what these documents show. i hannity investigation, greg carter and much more on this busy news night. stay with us.
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>> sean: this is a fox news alert, the most expensive house recent history is ending with the republican winning. karen handel is not protected to win georgia's special election to fill the house seat vacated by hhs secretary tom price beating democrat jon ossoff. national democrats have high hopes for this race as a referendum on the trump residue. steve harrigan's life it the headquarters in atlanta. >> the excitement here has been building throughout the night. we saw the republican a few minutes ago, karen handel coming out before this crowd and saying she wants to doubt the i've come across the t's before she made any announcement, we expect her in a few minutes time. she made it clear throughout this campaign it was not a
national referendum on donald trump but a lot of her supporters hear it when you to them, they say otherwise, that this is about president trump. back to you. >> back to hannity. hannity welcome back to hannity, the destroy trump media that continue to push the collusion narrative and now they're trying to suggest we can't get him on that so let's move for obstruction of justice, let's move into financial issues. the great one mark levin, recently uncovered an old document which suggest that a sitting president cannot be indicted in criminal cases. look up at the screen, the memo reads in part, in 1973 the department concluded that the indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting president would impermissibly undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. it goes on, "we believe the conclusion reached by the department in 1973 still
represents the best interpretation of the constitution." finally they assert "we realize that the presidential immunity of indictment and chemical prosecution while the president is in office. the author of a soon-to-be best-selling book, look at her right there. rediscovering americanism and the tyranny of progressivism, i call in the great one, mark levin. love the cover, you will be on next monday, we will talk about the book, not tonight. let's talk about what you found here, this is profound to me. >> let's talk about this, because we had a debate the last several weeks as a result of the gym comey illegal leak from his law professor buddy to "the new york times" that the suggestion is that donald trump obstructed justice. you and i know and anybody with any competence knows that the president of the united states not only didn't obstruct justice, he can't obstruct
justice, that aside, this has been a debate for weeks, obstructing justice, will mueller investigate and? he has investigated him, that's not the question, that's media insanity. the issue is why would mueller investigate a sitting president at all as a criminal matter? because it's been the position of the united states department of justice under republicans and democrats and in 1973 memorandum and in october memorandum under the clinton administration that you must not, cannot indict a sitting president, not that this president would be, that's not that my point. as a matter of constitutional interpretation, for 44 years that's been the position of the department of justice. we had law professors, homeless people, would be law professors all over tv and radio talking about obstruction of justice. we had media types talking about it. we've had members of congress talking about it. it doesn't matter, the official position of the justice department is we don't charge a sitting president with a crime.
you don't have to trust me, here's part of the memo, this memo was written october 16th 2000. that incorporates writings from the 1973 memorandum. the office of legal counsel which advises the president and the attorney general on constitutional issues at one time it was headed by william rehnquist, who had been chief justice and one time antonin scalia. that's how important this office is. i memorandum in 1973. proceeded to this issue examining whether criminal proceedings against a sitting president should be barred by the doctrine of separation of powers. what they concluded is it is barred by the doctrine of separation of powers. here's the reason. there's only one person who runs the executive branch was the commander-in-chief, the president of the united states. it's not like congress, we have 40 -- we have 100 members of the senate, or the courts where there's a thousand federal judges and so forth, the president is it, one national
election, one president, specific duties under article one of the constitution of the united states. what they explained in the memoranda is this. you cannot have a prosecutor who is responsible to nobody digging into the background, charging a president of the united states, debilitating his presidency, making it impossible for him to focus on his constitutional responsibilities, domestic and foreign. you cannot have a judge and a jury determining whether an election is going to be reversed. you cannot have average citizens, yes i said average citizens, 12 citizens sitting as they typically would in an average case involving an average other citizen defendant, that's not this case, if the president of the united states and the framers of the constitution set up a completely separate system for him or her call the impeachment process, we will not get into that now. what they said is that it's
quite clear that if a president of the united states has to spend time defending himself, if a president has to spend time going to trial, being deposed, the president has to spend time protecting himself tenant damages, it handicaps one of the branches of the federal government and thereby destroys separation of powers. this is the position of the department of justice. why does that matter? because mr. mueller is not an independent agent, they can call them independent, special prosecutor, they can call him a kumquat, it doesn't much matter, the fact of the matter is the rules and regulations that apply at the department of justice to all prosecutors apply to mr. mueller. the fact that jim comey leaked his memo, try to push and obstruction of justice scenario and prepped for a special counsel, which he gotten her, his dear, long time good friend robert moeller, doesn't change
the fact -- >> sean: limit given one question. i don't want to interrupt your thought, this is too deep, this is what you are great at, and rediscovering americanism, we will get into that monday. this is important constitutionally. i keep talking about five forces against this president what i i call a soft coup. if at the deep state, the nonstop leaking and then of course you see all of these people appointed by mueller. you've got the media, 11 months of nonstop lying, conspiracy theories, democrats have never accepted the work election results. week republicans, they never like trump and the never trumpeters want some relevancy and to say i told her so. i've never seen the forces aligned under a banner of conspiracy, lies, hiring quentin attorneys to be part of his team, is this the real danger? last question. >> yes, and i've been calling a silent coup for some time. what's going on here --
>> sean: great minds think alike. thank me. >> they do. the criminalization of politics, it's been going on for some time with the democrats, they tried against every single republican president. how is it that after eight years or during eight years of obama we have the irs matter, fast and furious, all these different issues going on, not once was there a special counsel. three months into his presidency, four months into his presidency on bogus issue after bogus issue and that we have a special counsel. no russian collusion so we will move on to obstruction. >> i want to be clear, we ought to get off obstruction in the issue should be mr. mueller, what is your authority for investigating the president of the united states as a criminal matter. we would like to know what is because right now if that's your intention, i'm not saying he's doing it, we don't know, you are violating department of justice policy that is 44 years in place. for the liberal lawyers and media types who will debate the
memo, they can debate it all they want, that's the department of justice policy whether they like it or not. >> sean: very revealing. monday night, one week from yesterday you will be on this program, i want to talk about your new book, great to see you, good find, i hope people are paying attention. coming up russia continues to test the united states of america. today a russian armed fighter jet flew within 5 feet of an american aircraft. sebastian gorgon will weigh in with the real russia threat that the media is not talking about. but first a bombshell report by judicial watch on the location of key documents in the obama unmasking scandal. you will never guess the latest stonewalling attempt. sarah carter, gregg jarrett and much more with reactions straight ahead. more "earning something you love" per roll
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scandal. the report is entitled "obama, unmasking material is at obama library? "her to explain literature collection, also sarah carter, gregg jarrett, tom explained, how does she get access to unmasking the first place? how did she get to that level? >> i'm sure special investigator mueller is investigating it, right, sean? we asked the national security council which advises the president on those matters for documents about the involvement in the masking of the trump team about the dnc hacking, russian collusion, everything you would think you would want from susan rice's files over at the national security council and we got a letter back from the national security council saying all documents from the obama administration have been turned over to the obama presidential library and they hopefully give us the address of the library. >> sean: really? mr. obama, can i please have
those please? >> now that they are at the library with the archivist that gathers records for the presidential library, under the presidential records act, the freedom of information act, which is what we typically used to get documents doesn't even begin applying so five years after obama leaves office. something can be done in the meantime. the president can get the documents, president trump and bring them back in. certainly there's other possibilities as well. >> sean: sarah, you and john solomon had reported as part of your ongoing investigation that there was in this last 2015-16 election season 350% -- 350% increase in unmasking. unless we have greater security threats that they never told us about that seems to be weapon i think the intelligence agencies to go after political opponents. >> that is certainly what our sources were concerned about.
we had the documents to prove it. it wasn't just relying on unnamed sources. we were actually able to get those documents to be able to show that. think the concern here, back in march we reported this, it wasn't just susan rice, it was cia director john brennan, attorney general loretta lynch, very interesting. and the question that i have, i want to know when did they send all of these documents over to the library? that's what i'm concerned about. are they trying to hide this from the american people? these are actual federal documents. i assume there's a lot of concern here. >> sean: i think tom just told us why. >> what about the intelligence committee? >> sean: we don't have access to them. check them out quick, right? right, you've done so much investigative work on all of these issues, mueller, rosenstein, comey, mission creep, investigative creep, i agree with you, mueller needs to be recused, comey needs to be
looked into for crimes possibly committed. loretta lynn should be investigated, hilary investigated. rosenstein recused, none of it happening, it keeps going on and they keep digging deeper because they can't get russia-from collusion. >> and because they are not recusing themselves you have to wonder why, is there a reason other than the law and the statutes and so forth? is this a vendetta? is this retribution revenge for the firing of james comey because comey and mueller are best friends and are they now acting in collusion to bring down the president? the problem is a special counsel has unfettered, unchecked latitude and discretion to make a false accusation of obstruction of justice because he doesn't have to prove it in a court, all he does is handed over to congress in hopes of triggering -- >> sean: you agree you can get a president on this and it doj or your policy?
do agree with mark levin that this has been department of justice policy and will be uncovered tonight? >> he's partially right and here's why. the rule under the doj specifically says you can't criminally indict and prosecute the president, that would happen after an impeachment. after he leaves office. but you can investigate the president for obstruction and perjury which were the articles of impeachment after can start investigated bill clinton. the investigation can be done, you are violating doj rules. >> sean: i don't know how they don't recuse themselves. we got to roll here, but thank you all for being with us. every night we will stay on until we get to the truth because the american people are not being served here. coming up, the u.s. shots on a syrian jet. yesterday. and today a russian armed jet
flew within 5 feet of an american or craft. dr. sebastian gorka weighs in with the real threat. then tonight, do you really want to now be storming the stage? >> looking live in atlanta, republican karen handel a big winner in this race for congressional districts six. let's listen into the winter in georgia. >> there are literally hundreds of people to think in scores of elected officials and g.o.p. leaders who put their confidence in me right from the very beginning and i will probably miss if you are but were several who stepped up right from day one. including my very good friend, joanne borough, terry, joe and bates madison, joe lockwood, my hometown layer jerry would.
and i need to think on april 18th i said to everyone that this was going to be a very, very tight race, it would be contentious, and it was going to require all hands on deck. that's exactly what we had. [cheers and applause] >> from all of the others who were the g.o.p. competitors in the primaries, including several who were here tonight, i see bob gray, thank you for your help. every single member of the republican georgia congressional delegation, are constitutional officers, the legislators, governor nathan and first lady
sandra, the senators in my very close friend senator saxby chambliss. i need to also thank speaker line and house leadership in so many of the members across this country who also united to help us hold the sixth. [cheers and applause] >> and a special thanks to the president of the united states of america. [cheers and applause] >> [chanting "trump"] >> but let
mike pence. i think it's appropriate to take a minute to acknowledge a new friend that i was able to make over the course of that campaign, this campaign and that was majority whip steve scalise. right up until that tragic day on the ballfield steve would drop me a text message every single week just to make sure i was doing okay and hanging tough. i think he even called me the terminator in one of them. wasn't sure about that one, steve, but i still love
what happens on that ballfield was a terrible tragedy. we need to all continue to lift up steve and the others were injured that day and we need to also lift up this nation so that we can find a more civil way to deal with our disagreements. [cheers and applause] >> because in these united states of america, no one, no one should ever feel their life threatened over their political beliefs. [cheers and applause] >> and i say that, ladies and gentlemen in regards to both sides of the political aisle.
[cheers and applause] >> through this campaign i have had a really great joy of getting to know any number of our leaders in washington and let me tell you, even though it's in our own g.o.p. family, we sometimes have disagreements, these are fine men and women who are doing their level best for this country. i really am honored to be able to stand before you tonight and so extraordinarily humbled, but as everyone knows, most big things are not accomplished by one person alone and i had a tremendous amount of support in this campaign from each and every one of you, to a great campaign dream, give them a hand! [cheers and applause]
>> two individuals on the ground who put in countless hours knocking on doors and making phone calls and some of the hottest days ever, y'all. through it all everyone persevered. and then there's this guy. how about steve handel! [cheers and applause] >> this man is my heart. he tells you he is my number one supporter and i can tell you that in everything i have ever
attempted to do in my life he has been my number one supporter and there are no words to say how much i love you. [cheers and applause] >> a little while ago i had the opportunity to speak with jon ossoff, he was more than gracious and he thanked me for a spirited campaign and i wish him and alisha all the best in the new life that they are going to be starting. [cheers and applause] >> now tonight, tonight, tonight i stand before you
extraordinarily humbled and honored at the tremendous privilege entire responsibility that you and the people across the six district have given to me to represent you in the united states house of representatives. i will do -- we have had a legacy of tremendous leadership in the six district, our very own tom price, who is now secretary of the hhs. now senator johnny isaacson. and former speaker newt gingric newt gingrich. these men, these statesmen, have
created very, very big shoes to fill and i will do my level best to live up to the standards that they have set. to the jon ossoff supporters, know that my commitment may extend -- they extend to everyone of you as well. we may have some different beliefs, but we are part of one community, the community of the six district know that my commitment, they and i will work just as hard to earn your confidence in the weeks and months ahead and i give every georgian this promise, my promise is to work every single day relentlessly to make our state in this country a better place.
my pledge is to be part of the solution to focus on governing to put my experience to work in helping to solve the very serious issues that we are facing in this country. i think i might be the only, if not one of the few former chamber ceos to actually serve in the u.s. congress. and i know i'm one of the few who have come out of local office as a former county commission chairman and i'm also one of the few armor secretaries of state. we have a lot of work to do, a lot of problems that we need to solve, we need to finish the drill on health care.
we need to do a better job for this economy so that we can create more jobs and better paying jobs and we have to do more for creating jobs, especially in the small business community. we have to make sure that we move forward with comprehensive tax reform with lower corporate rates, but ladies and gentlemen, also lower individual rates so that our middle class can participate and are small businesses can participate and finally permanently repeal the death tax. [cheers and applause] and to our veterans in the room...
[cheers and applause] to our veterans in the room, we have a high obligation as a nation and i know i have a high obligation as a next congressman to ensure that we provide our military men and women with the resources they need to do the job we are asking them to do. and that obligation extends when their tour of duty is over to them and to their families so that we meet our commitment to them. i have said this before multiple times on the campaign trail and i'm especially reminded of it
tonight, my path has been a somewhat unusual one and i am a pretty unlikely soon-to-be junior congressman from the state of georgia, i never expected any of this growing up in a turbulent home as i left home at 17 and went to work i could have given up and let the circumstances that i was facing dictate and control the course of my life, but i did not. i believe that our life experiences the good and the bad, the unique, the mundane, and the difficult, they are what build our character set our cor core, help us develop discernment in our decision-making and is pat fighting spirit, that perseverance and tenacity that i will take to washington, it's been a driving force in my life and it will be the driving force for you as i represent you.
[cheers and applause] >> so very many people have lifted me up in the tough days of my life. but when all is said and done i know that it has been a great god and a truly great nation that afforded a young girl the opportunity to grow up and be whatever it was she wanted to b be. [cheers and applause] >> i am also very well aware of another obligation that comes with the next decision by the voters, the obligation of being the first republican woman elected to congress from the great state of georgia.
[cheers and applause] [chanting "karen"]. >> [laughs] during the campaign i met a young girl named sophia, she was at one of our very first rallies right after the april 18th primary. sophia is a beautiful 8-year-old girl and she had been following the race and told a mutual friend how much she thought that i should win, so i talked to her a little bit and here's what she said to me. this is an exact quote. "karen, if you can win, it says to every 8-year-old girl that
she can do it, too." [cheers and applause] while my name was the one on the ballot, a genuine belief that tonight is not really about me, it's about all of those young and not so young little girls and boys out there, the ones who have been underestimated most of their lives, told that they couldn't do it or that they weren't good enough, the ones that were always counted down and out. tonight reminds us, it reminds me that anything is possible with hard work, determination, great and people who believe in you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you for believing in m
me. [cheers and applause] >> tonight's victory is for you and it is for every single citizen in the sixth district. as for every single person with the dream. someone gave me a bracelet a few years back and it said something that i remind myself of every single day. she believed she could so she did. well, friends, we did! [cheers and applause] so tonight let's celebrate and tomorrow the real work will begin, the hard work of governing and doing that in a civil, responsible way that is in the best interest of every
georgian, every six district citizen and every citizen of the united states of america as we prepare to send george's first republican woman to congress! thank you, god bless you! >> karen handel, republican, the winner tonight in the most expensive house race in u.s. history leading democrat jon ossoff just moments ago, the president waiting congratulations, karen handel on her big win and georgia, fantastic job, we are all very proud of you. you can see they are watching news there at that handel headquarters. this was a big win because a lot of people said that this was going to be a referendum on the current presidency. chris stirewalt, national politics editor is with us here. it's hard to put into words how significant this is because democrats thought they would pull this out.
>> and republicans were preparing for disaster. they were preparing for a loss in just a few weeks ago the polls were showing ossoff up by seven points, six points, karen handel closed smartly at the end and you have to wonder, democrats put so much emphasis and so much attention on this race, did it actually end up rallying the base connected they finally say fine women may not be enthused about trump in his district, but we will not let you push us around, we will come out in numbers. >> the question now is what does this mean, what does it do, what is the reaction? i think there was a reverberation of what it does to the democratic party, they are scratching their head about what kind of candidate they need in a trump environment and now the question is what this means potentially for the trump agenda on capitol hill. >> democrats might've profited by having someone who lives in the district, that could have been a good thing for them, someone who could have voted for himself. a guaranteed thing that will happen, in that building behind
you, no one is happier tonight than paul ryan, he's ecstatic, because he now knows that he can go to his member and unsafe we have hard work to do on taxes, on spending, if and when the health care bill bounces back from the senate, now we can say to them there is a way to survive, even in this, what should be the toughest district really that was a republican held district for trump. >> let's point out that the average house race, they sent between 1.6-$1.8 million running an average house race. this was the most expensive, more than 20 million, 25 million on the democratic side, money pouring in from all over the country and republicans managed to tie ossoff and nancy pelosi. >> and it still worked on the good news for republicans is that they can still in the trump environment -- this is a tough district for trump, he underperformed there dramatically. even in a district like that with the voters that trump a struggle with, republicans could still make it a referendum on who do you want to be in control of the house and in those districts -- you can't have a
wave election unless one side's base is fired up and the other side's is unenthusiastic, in this case both sides came up the fight. >> that's the conundrum for democrats because they have to find these candidates, they have to recruit these candidates if they are going to take back the house, they need moderate candidates and district like this one to be able to even come close. >> congressman seth moulton from massachusetts said in a pretty stinging work it his party that it's time to look forward, time to stop relitigating 2016, time to start talk about plans, talking about ideas and division for the future and that's the truth, if you want to win these moderate districts, yes, it's good to be against trump, but what is even better to do is to say this is our plan for how to govern and be a party. >> acute win for karen handel in the race for congressional sixth district, the race the open seat of hhs secretary tom price in georgia. it was a republican-leaning district, but this was a huge loss for democrats. they thought they could pull one
out, to coat losses, south carolina and georgia and now the question, what does this all mean for what's happening here in washington and potentially down the road in 2018? 2018? >> bret: this is a fox news alert. i'm bret baier in washington. it's 11:00 p.m. in washington and in atlanta. welcome to the prime time "special report." democrats are 0 for 5 in special elections. against the incumbent president who they say is vulnerable. under attack constantly from investigations into collusion and obstruction of justice to daily negative stories about his style, his tweets. you name it. but democrats are 0 for 5 so far in special elections. democrats tonight say all five of the candidates out perform traditional democratic turn-out in the republican leaning districts. but after spending tens of millions of dollars, they haven't won one. tonight's focus