groupthink. by the way, i'll be gone monday and tuesday for a work-related trip, but i will be back again on wednesday, and i will see you then. have a great weekend. "hannity" is next. ♪ ♪ >> dan: welcome to this special edition of "hannity," issues confronting america. i'm dan bongino in tonight for sean. we start with some shocking news from the u.s. supreme court. over the last weeks, 86-year-old justice ruth bader ginsburg was treated for a malignant tumor on her pancreas. joining us now with more is the host of "fox news @ tonight" who is also fox news chief legal correspondent, shannon bream. >> tonight, we are learning more details about the health challenge for the supreme oldest supreme court's oldest justice. she announced that she has undergone radiation therapy in new york for that cancerous tumor, and other than canceling a quick summer trip, she has maintained an active schedule.
they added that there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body, no further treatment is needed at this time. now, this marks the fourth time that justice ginsburg has faced cancer. she has previously dealt with pancreatic cancer, another instances with her colon and late last year the discoveries of lung cancer after she fell in her office and broke three ribs. this latest discovery was made because she does undergo routine blood tests, which says they are going to continue, along with periodic scans. every indication is that she is working the summer and all the justices do handling emergency petitions. there was one for a stay of execution last night. they are all gearing up for the fall term as well. arguments start up again october 7th but preparing for the term starts long before that. she has also been making public appearances. she did this just a few weeks ago at georgetown law institute where she talked about serving on the nation's highest court. >> no matter where we are on a political spectrum, the one
thing that each of us feels deeply is we want to leave that institution in as good a shape as we found it. we do not want to do anything to tarnish the court's reputation because it is unique in the world. >> at numerous points in her career, there has been pressure from the left for her to retire during a democratic administration so they would never be at the mercy of a republican president. she has resisted all those calls very publicly and implied it would be incredibly difficult for even a democratic president to get someone with her progressive background to confirm to this court in his day and age. she has been reliably progressive on issues from abortion to obamacare, and it is obviously no secret that if her seat did open up during a republican administration, any replacement would have a significant impact on the court's makeup, potentially for decades. dan? >> dan: no doubt.
thanks a lot, shannon. really appreciate it. one of the biggest issues facing america is the deep state's rampant abuse of power in the leadup to the 2016 election. yesterday, the former ceo of overstock.com made some incredibly startling allegations about jim comey, even claiming that comey encouraged him to have a romantic relationship with an alleged russian spy in the lead up to the 2016 election. take a look at what he told our own martha maccallum yesterday. >> a few weeks before the republican convention, about the time that trump became the presumptive nominee, they came back and said, boy, did we make a mistake. russia, russia, russia. i want to be clear they said this. they said the united states never, ever asked this of somebody, never asked a citizen to conduct a romantic relationship in order to get information. this is such a national security emergency, we need to ask you to do this. you want to see a former
director crap his pants? pardon me. go stick a television camera on peter strzok, or let's just say james comey, and say the name patrick byrne. you will see a former director of the fbi -- his pants. >> dan: fired fbi director jim comey's claim those claims ridiculous, and while he can't currently prove these allegations against comey and others, we do know that jim comey was reportedly reprimanded for lacking candor by the inspector general. meanwhile, his former hand man, andy mccabe, was actually fired by the fbi. get this, for lying. look at this. the so-called facts first network cnn just hired mccabe. clearly, honesty is not something valued by fake news cnn. joining is now his reaction is florida congressman matt gaetz and former u.s. attorney brett tolman. thanks guys for joining us. congressman, i will go to you first. while we are on the mccabe thing, what better way to
reestablish credibility at a network that's promoting this debunked, disgraced collusion hoax for two years, than to hire one of the key figures in it, who is actually under investigation for lien? is almost like a bad joke being played on america right now. >> well, if it's "facts first" for cnn's motto, it may very well be "indictments second," because you got andrew mccabe who was probably the target of the criminal investigation and this is a troubling trend for cnn. they also hired andrew gillum and recent reporting suggest that andrew gillum is also a potential target of the fbi so i hope that in all these contributor contracts cnn got the rights to the lock up episodes, because i cannot wait for the lockup cnn special that is likely to come with their recent hires. >> dan: may be their ratings will be a little better, get more than ten people in an airport. i will go to you next. there is a story told last night
to martha maccallum. i watched it live, and it was really compelling. i couldn't believe it, some of it, but having some experience from a source about this case, the story he tells is indicative of this entire spygate drama, where it appears government officials are pushing people into the trump orbit to try to fabricate or gather evidence on a collusion fairy tale that essentially didn't exist. did you find byrne credible? >> well, i know patrick byrne. i've known him for that years and i spent 45 minutes on the phone with him today talking about it. when he indicates that he has previously worked with the fbi and provided information, he's telling the truth. back in 2005 and 2006, i was chief counsel at the senate judiciary committee, and he brought to us inside information about manipulation that was going on in wall street. it turned out that it was accurate, and it was investigated, and it became part of a much larger investigation
so my experience with him is very fascinating, because while he's eccentric, he has been accurate, historically, with me and with others, and let me tell you, jim comey doesn't have the moral high ground on credibility right now. >> dan: exactly. congressman gaetz, you just nailed it. this is a quote from andrew mccabe, which i find tragically comical right now. when asked about patrick byrne who made some serious charges and agree with you by the way, i found them to be credible to. mccabe said that is not simply the sort of thing that the fbi does. well, let's go down the list of the sort of thing the fbi did under comey -- and again, i'm talking about the management, not the rank-and-file agents. they stamped unverified information. they claim they knew about russian sources when they interviewed russian sources or from what i am told her my
sources in january they found out they were entirely not credible, they were desperate to desperate to authenticate the dossier using sources targeting a political campaign. i mean, the things they did were clearly unprecedented, so that's not much of an excuse anymore that they didn't. >> we also know that robert mueller wasn't going to defend this activity. when we pressed robert mueller about the strategy that the u.s. government, the fbi seem to be using to try to take people like my colleague jim jordan asked about or run these people into the trunk orbit with the hoax that it would germinate in some scandal. that is precisely what the fbi was doing at this point in time and when we ask those questions to try to get to the origin of this corrupt investigation, you even saw mueller unwilling to stand by that work. that's why would attorney general bill barr is doing right now is so important, because he will uncover the extent to which there is a corrupt motive that underpinned all of these various efforts. i don't know if patrick byrne was telling the truth or not, but it seems odd that he had this relationship with
maria butina, the only met up once every six weeks. i don't know about most relationships, but every person i've dated, if you don't text back in six hours, you better have an alibi. if you don't in six days, you better have hospital records that you were somewhere. pretty interesting. >> dan: if they had asked for brady material here, material if there was a cia, a confidential informant, in other words, say patrick byrne was, in fact, an informant working for the government. does that material have to be provided to maria butina's lawyers? because there is some indication out there that the government wasn't exactly so forward with her lawyers. >> yes, it has to be turned over and think about what patrick is outlining. jim comey says, no, it never happens this way, but i've worked with the fbi, i've worked on investigations and undercover investigations and when a source
comes to you and says hey, i have a relationship with so-and-so, that seems to be a source of information that could be valuable. does the fbi say, hey, go back and provide us information, and continue to develop that relationship? they do it all the time. >> dan: congressmen, we have seen this now repeatedly. at the evidence is now overwhelming. we've seen these people intersecting with the trump orbit. whether it's a stefan halper, alexander downer, people either connected to the diplomatic or the intelligence interface here in our country, or with foreign intelligence. and it seems like each time they come up with a big doughnut, nothing, and now we see another source surfacing with the same story, being asked -- as he alleges -- by our law enforcement to approach people on this collusion thing. i mean, when are we going to get to the bottom of this and start
to state the obvious that this looks like it was apparently some kind of a set up? >> it was clearly set up, and that is what i think the downer investigation will proof, and i think it will result in criminal prosecutions. i think andrew mccabe will be one of the people that ultimately faces charges as a consequence. but you see time and again, you have the folks leaving the deep state, so unwilling to accept the will of the voters to have donald trump be our president that they were out trying to seed scandals. they were out trying to stir up and set up any possible circumstances where they could link someone with the trump campaign, even tangentially, to something related to something related to russia, and time and again, that failed. now you see, i think the american people demanding to know why we ended up in this circumstance in the first place, and that's why we are going to support the attorney general's good work to put the people who started this corrupt investigation behind bars. >> dan: brad, i get this question a lot from listeners of my show. do you see any liabilities for
the players involved in this, i call them the three-letter agency people. whether a view the cia at the upper levels are at the fbi, comey, mccabe, baker, strzok, do you see any liability for them? there is a difference between bad behavior and illegal behavior. do you see any liability for them, may be in weeks or criminal potential charges, after durum is done with his probe? >> yeah, i want to see something more than just an opr investigation. i'm sure you do, too. if the ig, horowitz, for example, releases his report and it has recommendations for a criminal investigation, my understanding is that durham right now, who does have a grand jury subpoena ability, is in communication with horwitz. they do have overlapped and if we are going to get to accountability, if you are going to hold someone like flynn or others accountable for their statements to the fbi, do we not
hold them -- the fbi, at an even higher level of accountability? so, i hope that they will treat it seriously, that they will look at criminal charges if they apply. >> dan: congressman, there is a lot of frustration out there. you are obviously on the inside out there on the hill. i know you have been vocal about this, on this network and elsewhere speaking about it. a lot of people are starting -- just piggybacking on what brett just said, it seems like everyone in the trump orbit who sneezed went to jail paid mike flynn was arrested for allegedly making false statements when the fbi said there was no signs of deception, their words, not mine. do you feel that they are going to get to the bottom of this and hold them to the same standards they help the trump team to? >> i have high confidence that attorney general barr will succeed where attorney general jeff sessions failed. the reason that we have such delayed justice is 2-fold: one, jeff sessions wasn't in charge
of the justice department, you have sort of the inmates running the asylum over there. second, paul ryan, as speaker of the house, wouldn't support our efforts we were the majority to get subpoenas and force people like clapper and brennan and other folks from the obama white house to answer tough questions about their involvement in these circumstances. so those forces together have delayed justice, but now i think we will get the justice we need because we have a serious attorney general. look, one of two things as possible. either patrick byrne is telling the truth, or he is lying. if you are telling the truth, it's more evidence of criminal scandal. if he's lying, maybe he got a future as a cnn contributor. >> dan: one last quick question for you here. there is a paper trail here. obviously, you having worked for the government, there is a federal and investigator on the other side. there's a paper trail for everything. it you go get a paper clip from the boss' office, you have to sign something. we have this file where mccabe, comey, higher-ups at the doj, clearly said the information they had gotten from christopher steele was verified according to their own
procedure. there is a paper trail there. can that paper trail then be used against them in some kind of proceeding in the future to show that they were being disingenuous in front of the court? >> yes, and the paper trail is important. and, you know, it's great being on with representative gates. he has articulated what is frustrating to most of us, and that is not being able -- being blocked at every turn, at getting the information we need. how is it that the democrats right now, who control the house, are not just as concerned about the fisa abuse that occurred here? and how are they not digging into this, because it is their constitutional obligation? >> that's right, absolutely. so it's imperative that we do it. i do have a lot of confidence in the attorney general right now. he is a man of business, and he -- he's got this in the cross hairs, and i think it's right that he does. >> dan: thanks a lot, guys.
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of course not. accusing him of fueling anti-semitism. of course, reckless rhetoric from the new extreme left, nothing new. just look at congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez, who is now taking aim at the electoral college. claiming it's all a big scam. take a look at this. >> all right, everyone, it's been a minute. we are coming to you live from the electoral college. many votes here, as you can see. very efficient way to choose leadership of the country. i mean, i can think of any other way, can you? >> dan: [laughs] that's unbelievable. now, in fact, the whole electoral college is to ensure fairness in the political process, to ensure that everyone has a fair voice, regardless of whether they live in a big city or out in the country. joining me now for reaction,
author of the book "still winning," "washington times" opinion editor and fox news contributor, charlie hurt. along with relatable podcast host. "washington examiner" senior campaign reporter kerry picket. charlie, i will go to you first. what i find comical about that aoc little home-video she did there is she is a member of the house of representatives which is the branch of the congress allocated by population. she seems to have missed that whole entire thing, like, the whole federalism, electoral college, regional representation thing, right over her head. flew right over her head completely. >> yeah, and of course, the reason that is such a problem for us is the fact that the house of representatives is, of course, the closest representation to the people. so for her to be ignorant on this is pretty disturbing but i say to her, welcome to the discussion 200 years late, and of course, if she went back to a civics class, like, in elementary school and learned about this, she would learn that
the whole point of this debate and the wisdom of our founders was to create a system that gave states enough power to balance out, to be a counterweight to the federal government, and when you look around at our country today, and you look at all the problems with our government, the problems aren't in state governments, usually. the problems are with the federal government, and if anything, what we need more of of is more power given to those governments to act as a counterweight to the federal government, but all of that goes over her head apparently. >> dan: yeah, she seems to have missed the civics class with horizontal and vertical checks on power, how, within, voting for the president, we didn't base it on the popular vote, we data and electoral college to preserve there are farmers in wisconsin some regional interest. and, as i said last night,
citrus farmers in florida who don't want to be voted out on a strict population direct democracy votes, and she seems to have missed that entirely and yet she was one of the more prominent members of u.s. congress now and one of the biggest twitter followers. >> she seemed to miss a lot of classes apparently. civics, economics, you could go on. but you're right. what i love is how transparent they are. they talked about abolishing the electoral college, getting rid of the senate because that's not fair, maybe even making the case of getting rid of the supreme court, and we know what the theme is in all of that. republicans control the senate right now in the electoral college got elected donald trump, and the supreme court has conservative justices on it. so, we know exactly what their motive is. it's not because it's racist. that's actually the narrative that she was pushing on her instagram story, where she had millions of followers, as well, but it is actually a racist scam but we know what's really behind now. it's because they want control she is perfectly fine with people in l.a. and san francisco and new york city ruling over the rest of the country because they have the same ideology that she does, and of course, aoc knows best.
>> dan: what i find mildly amusing about this, almost in kind of a tragic way, this is really not good for a democratic party that is having a tough time right now attracting working-class americans. they are really becoming a party of the elites, the democrats. i mean, you see you in san francisco. it's a totally bifurcated city right now, and yet, she goes on in the video pointing out, what may be -- what could be any part of america that's not densely populated with like the bronx and queens, and she just sits there and takes a shot at it as if we are not important enough or we aren't big-time citydwellers like her. what kind of silly political strategy is this? >> absolutely. think about this. you have joe biden, as well as a number of other primary democrats, who are trying to pick up a number of voters all over the country, and here you have aoc, who is in her car saying the electoral college, it is just not that fair. i mean, come on.
we here, on these coastal states, we should be getting better representation. keep in mind, this is sort of the cry of an individual who lost the last election, and you know, this isn't really unusual. this has been going on believe it or not since 1804. nearly every single congress has tried to reform the electoral college since 1804. so this is how a loser cries essentially. >> dan: if someone like biden who is at least pretending to be a moderate wins the nomination after that nomination process is over, you know he's going to track back to the middle because there's just no votes to win nationally for a 90% tax rate and health care for illegal immigrants. what does biden do with aoc and the squad? i mean, how does he handle that? does he distance himself? and if he does -- i don't want to answer for you -- if he does,
how does he get the leftist base that's all excited about them to show up at the polls? >> i think you put your finger on something that i think is the most important strategy today and that is that it's obvious that democrats like aoc are doing a lot to damage the party in the eyes of sort of a general election electorate but my goodness, i think they are destroying their own democratic base because there are a lot of rank-and-file, regular democrat voters out there, and these are the people that you see registered in the polls favoring joe biden, who don't support -- these are democrats, now, people who don't like donald trump, and they can give you legitimate reasons for not liking him. hint, they have nothing to do with russia or racism. they have to do it other policy positions, and they are completely not represented by any of these loons in the democratic party, who are racing to the left to give free health care to illegal aliens, and bill de blasio wants to give new york city housing to
illegal aliens. there are a lot of rank and file democrats who look at that and say this is not for me, and i think donald trump picks up a lot of those people, come general election. before that, in the democratic primary, i think it hurts the party. >> dan: what i found puzzling about this is usually the democrats are a little bit smarter at hiding who they really are here. they've tried this before in elections. we tried to mondale, dukakis, this has been tried before, and they promptly got annihilated in these national elections. it's not like there is not a body of evidence out there saying, hey, listen, it's kind of a center-right country, this stuff might be a bad idea, and yet they are walking right off the cliff again. >> no, they're playing to a very small minority of americans who are on the far left, who want socialism. a subsection of millennials who think all this stuff is the latest and greatest. and i think they're appealing to them.
unfortunately for them, millennials don't necessarily turn out as much as they want them to, but there are actually a few democrats in the democratic debates who said exactly what you did. hey, look, we're not going to end on this platform. donald trump is going to win. and i think they are right, but sadly, they're not listening to those voices. >> dan: do you think nancy pelosi, as this election gets closer, and the penalty becomes real for missteps, brings aoc and the squad in, listen, you need to tamp this down, we have election to win? >> she tried that already, and you know, frankly, i think that no matter what pelosi says to them, aoc and the squad are going to do what they want to do and she's already told her own caucus, guys, no impeachment, not right now. so i have a feeling that's going to be a very tough thing for her to do. >> dan: i think you are right. i think they are completely going to endure. thanks a lot. i appreciate it. president trump is ramping up pressure on china. we will have a full report
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♪ >> dan: welcome back to this special edition of "hannity." issues confronting america. this week, president trump continues to challenge china's unfair trading practices. today, tensions were at a boiling point. joining us now with the very latest is our own trace gallagher. trace, what do you have for us? >> the president is clearly undermine that short-term pain leads to long-term game. the president says the gains won't happen unless china is called out. "our country has lost stupidly trillions of dollars with china over the years.
they have stolen our intellectual property at a rate of hundreds of billions of want to continue good, i will not let that happen." today, beijing said it would impose tariffs up to five and 10% on $75 billion in u.s. goods and when the markets closed, president trump fired right back raising the rates on existing and planned sheriffs of chinese goods by 5%. the president also directed u.s. companies to find alternatives to doing business with china. and the fed chair, jerome powell, was once again in the presidential cross hairs after he stopped short of committing to further interest rate cuts, but mr. powell also gave the president a boost by saying the u.s. economy is doing quite well. dan? >> dan: trace, thanks a lot. as the democratic 2020 presidential candidates continue fighting for the nomination, the party is in chaos. the dnc's annual summer meeting got off to a bit of a rough start yesterday when dozens of
climate change activists packed into a meeting with top dnc members to demand the party hold a primary debates focused on the climate. the dnc committee voted down the request. earlier tonight, the dem front-runner and joe biden made this bizarre comment while trying to discuss the terrible political assassinations that occurred in 1968. >> my two political heroes were martin luther king and bobby kennedy. my senior semester, they were both shot and killed. imagine what would have happened if, god forbid, barack obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. what would've happened in america? things changed. >> dan: oh, my gosh, never ends with this guy. joining us down with direction, former obama economic advisor, austan goolsbee, and american conservative union jack, matt schaub. matt schlapp. i will go to you first. he is clearly the front runner
based on the polls, not my opinion, i'm just looking at the data but yet he just can't seem to get out of his own way. you've been in politics a long time. me having worked in the secret service, you just can't -- that's like the word you just don't say. you just don't do it. he doesn't seem to know that. >> you know, some people say joe biden has lost his fastball. i think he's lost his screwball. he just -- he's -- these aren't gaffes anymore. let's all talk honestly here. he might've had this very long and distinguished political career, but he's not up for the job of being the president of the united states. he can't get through pretty much any speech without a major mistake. the reason why he slipped up in this most recent speech is because he says political heroes were martin luther king and bobby kennedy, but he realizes the man he needs the most when to win this nomination is barack obama, so off script he pulls barack obama awkwardly back into a conversation about assassination.
it's just not working, dan. >> dan: it's bizarre. there are red lines and things you just don't say. austan, i will go to you. we had played some footage earlier that of alexandria ocasio-cortez and you saw the activists at the climate change democratic meeting there. with this far left lurch of the democratic party and all of these grand spending plans, we are $20 trillion in debt. i mean, is this really where they want to go with these green new deals for $60,000 for household? massive tax hikes? do deficits even matter anymore? >> dan, first of all, donald trump is running up by far the largest deficit we have ever had. >> dan: i did not say donald trump. >> doesn't matter? i don't know, ask the president. >> dan: you mentioned the president. i am not a supporter of that. george bush ran deficits, barack obama ran historic deficits. i'm asking you a question. try not to answer with trump for a minute. you are an economist. i'm asking you a question. i don't care if trump did it,
bush did it, or obama did it, if the democrats are going to run on spending even more money, do they believe deficits don't matter anymore? >> a, that's not what they are running on. 19 people wanting to have a debate about climate change only and it was voted down with the dnc meeting. so there is no sense in which the premise of your question is even accurate. the democratic party is not lurching far to the left. they voted down the very thing that you are describing. >> dan: what planning are you living on? bizarro superman land? we have presidential candidates, credible ones, raise their hand supporting health care for illegals, medicare for all, you bernie sanders supporting free education, i mean, did you miss all of this stuff? >> packing the court. there were 24 candidates, and you can choose bernie sanders one proposal that three people raise their hands. the fact is, vice president biden continues to be the leader, the dnc continues to put
forward a program which, in the polls, has far more support than the president has. his popularity is as low as any president in modern polling history. >> this is not true. can i jump in? president trump's poll numbers, and if you look at the real clear politics average, mimics where barack obama and bill clinton were at the same point in their presidencies, and the fact is, the president's numbers are probably higher than most polls show, because, as we all know, he is kind of a near universal negative media 's coverage by most outlets, and as far as going to the left, this is important. first of all, barack obama did doubled the debt in this country and he got us on this terrible spending binge, and the democrats who are running for this nomination, they want to up the ante. i give bernie sanders credit. he's the only democratic nominee to start talking about how
expensive this fantasy and this alarmism of climate change would actually cost. he talks about decarbonized our society, which, by the way, it is impossible and will cost a lot more than 16 trillion but give the guy credit. at least he is willing to say hey, this is going to cost all of the money we have stored up in the bank to try to solve a problem that really we can't solve. >> dan: you know, you ducked my question about the deficits. i'm a little disappointed. you usually answer. >> you didn't let me answer. >> dan: democrats are proposing to spend us into an abyss. does government spend money better than citizens? and please explain to me how they are so smart, they figured it out. >> you just asked me three more questions. you want me to answer the first question or these new ones? >> dan: stick with the new ones. >> okay, so the first one, if the deficits are caused by a recession, then you've got to get out of the recession. that is what happened in the
2008, 2009, 2010 period. and then the deficits do not matter as much. if you are in peacetime and not recession, the deficits do matter and you don't go about reducing the deficit by proposing to cut social security and medicare when you simultaneously cut taxes for people. >> dan: okay, you're wrong on both fronts. wait, hold on. you're wrong on both fronts. number one, barack obama's recovery from recession was the worst in modern american history and secondly, those programs are actually cutting right now. >> he cut the deficit in half while doing it. >> dan: democrat deficits are okay. >> over $1 trillion because of the recession bridges go look at the congressional funding. >> dan: if i spent a hundred thousand dollars on my credit card, then the next year, only spend 50, yes, i cut my deficit. >> no, the recession caused the deficit.
>> let me just explain that last word. >> the reason why the obama "recovery" was not a real recovery is because they used government spending to try to get out of the recession. what donald trump has done differently is he's pulled back on all of these ridiculous obama regulations, which made it uncompetitive with the globe that had us shedding millions of manufacturing jobs. he cut taxes. he appointed two judges that don't regulate, and it's working. and it's working. >> donald trump tanked the stock market. >> not true. it's at 40%. it's up 40%. >> dan: i got to run but -- growth rate is higher than obama. you know that. come on. okay, got to go guys. up next, we will call out the rampant hypocrisy among some of the filthy rich socialists running to be tax collector in
♪ >> dan: welcome back to this "hannity" special, issues confronting america. the 2020 democrats are continuing to ramp up their calls to tax the rich. as part of their plan to "spread the wealth around." but what about their own wealth? several democratic candidates are multimillionaires themselves. for example, elizabeth warren. who is worth an estimated $12 million, owns a $3-million victorian home in cambridge, massachusetts, and joe biden has reportedly made around $15 million since he left office. isn't that nice? and don't forget what barack obama had to say about wealth. take a look. >> we are not trying to push
financial reform because we begrudge success that's fairly earned. i mean, i do think, at a certain point you've made enough money. i'm actually surprised by how much money i have, and let me tell you something, i don't have half as much as most of these folks. or one-tenth or 1/100th. there is only so much you can eat. there is only so big a house you can have. >> dan: but now, according to reports, the obama's are buying a multimillion dollar estates off the coast of martha's vineyard, with seven bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms. that's right. here for reaction to all of this hypocrisy, arizona congressman andy biggs and fox news contributor doug schoen. congressman, i will go to you first. i find this particularly infuriating about the left. i'm proud to be a conservative because what we believe in for us we believe in for everybody else.
we believe in economic liberty, and educational liberty, school choice, health care liberty, health care freedom, the right to defend yourself, but not just for us. for other people, and we live by the code. yet the left swears they believe in 90% tax rates and all the so they share the wealth. and yet, they don't live by that i got it all. it's embarrassing. >> yeah, it's blatant hypocrisy number one. but it's actually worse than hypocrisy because the cultural or moral relativism of the progressive left. did they believe in, for instance, intolerance. we are going to tolerate everything unless you disagree with us, and then all of a sudden, you are not part of us anymore, so you deserve to be castigated and outcast. it's platonic elitism. they believe some people deserve more and are better than others, and thus, to them, it's not hypocrisy. when you hear biden has made $15 million since he left office, my first thought is, here's a guy who never did anything in the private sector, but somehow he's a multimillionaire coming out of it, and he's going to be critical of people who are
wealthy and have learned of that wealth. barack obama and his wife now worth about $140 million. the reports they are buying a $15 million mansion. i don't begrudge people making money, but you know what? let's not be hypocritical about it, and must not be negative about people earning money and making it in an honest fashion. if they are successful, more power to them. that's the american way and that's the american dream. >> dan: obviously, i'm not a democrat. you are. you've been around democratic politics for a long time. educate me for a minute. i mean this. i'm not being silly. i never got this. if the democrats' platform is giving additional money to the government, 40 or 50% tax rates, is a net to good, will improve society, then why don't groups of democrats in congress, former presidents like obama and biden, get together, show us their tax returns where they make voluntary donations to the government? they are supposedly improving society by giving government bureaucrats.
why don't they do that? what am i missing here? >> well, i can't speak for them, dan, i can only speak for myself as a modern clinton democrat, who worked to balance the budget, reduce the debt and deficit. i believe that we also lowered the capital gains taxes, and as a moderate democrat, i believe you can be committed to social compassion, a social safety net, and be physically prudent, and have lower tax rates. i can't speak for the obamas or the warrens, but i can say i'm proudly a capitalist and proudly a democrat and believe there is room for both in this country with a moderate to conservative republican party. >> dan: i believe you 100%, but you are a man on an island now, unfortunately. >> sadly so. >> dan: it is sadly so. >> well, a lot of people, like
warren, who are anticapitalist but have worked for corporations and amassed millions. that doesn't make sense to me. >> dan: congressman, a final word from you on this. you know, if you want to go back and trade for the clinton era levels of spending, and doug is not lying, the levels of spending as percentage of gdp -- in conjunction, by the way, with the republican congress. let's give credit all around where it was due. i would make that trade any day of the week. but the democratic party has gone so far off the deep end, bill clinton would be like a conservative republican running for office now with this party today. >> yeah, they are totally radicalized. i think you're right. doug's right, too. president clinton was a master at triangulation and they managed to work together with the republicans who controlled the legislative branch, and they didn't have the out-of-control spending that we saw in the obama administration and so far quite frankly in this one. but, you know what, the bottom line is, what we are seeing is a group of people who say, you know what, we are going to go after the rich, but we are going
to be rich. we are going to take from corporations, but corporations are evil. we are going to protect ourselves with bodyguards who have guns, but tell you that you can't have guns. we are going to send our kids to private schools and elite schools, but we are going to say you can't have parental choice because you are not somehow the same elite that we are. that's the discrepancy and that's the radicalization of the democratic party today. >> dan: congressman and doug, thanks a lot. great commentary. you guys are right. they look like total frauds. directly ahead on this "hannity" special, a disturbing update on the jeffrey epstein case. ♪ we trust usaa more than any other company out there. they give us excellent customer service, every time.
>> laura: good evening. i'm laura ingraham. a special edition of "the ingraham angle" from washingtonn afternoon announcement from the supreme court that sent shock waves through the nation's capital. ruth bader ginsberg, one of the longest-serving justices,just cf radiation treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas, the tumor has been isolated. anyonene who knows much about ts horrific disease can tell you elthat this is pretty dire.