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Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Thursday: Final Night of the Democratic National Convention
The Party of Love & Party of Hate
"A recent Gallup poll says that just 17% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the USA. Apparently the president is among those 17%. On Wednesday night he said, 'By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we first started.' So it is clear that the Democratic Party is going to run on a platform that things are swell even though the folks see it differently. But there is a deeper theme that has developed at this convention, and that is love. Democratic Senator Cory Booker said this about Donald Trump: 'I'm not going to answer his darkness with darkness., 'I love him.' When I first heard Senator Booker say that, I was perplexed but tossed it aside. But then Bill Clinton spoke, and 'loving and caring' were the key words of the president's description of his wife. So a theme is starting to develop in my mind. Behind the touchy feely stuff lies the 'h' word. President Obama, speaking about the Republican convention last week, accused the GOP of fanning 'resentment and blame, and anger and hate.' As dim as I am, I am now getting it. Democrats are the party of love, Republicans are the party of hate. That is the dominant theme in Philadelphia this week. Democrats are running mainly on emotion, that Donald Trump is dangerous to the republic. But Trump is doing the exact same thing, putting forth that Hillary and the president are incompetent and have drastically weakened the country. Summing up, love is in the humid Philadelphia air, but it's kind of a phony play. It is loathing, maybe even hate, that is driving the political debate this year. And all the incense and love beads in the world will not change that."

The Factor asked for reaction from political observers Julian Zelizer and Lara Brown. "Elections are not based on policies," Zelizer said, "they are based on how you feel about a candidate and a party. Ronald Reagan's reelection campaign in '84 was emotional, making the argument that they felt better. So this is nothing new." Brown attempted to analyze the wide divide between the two presidential rivals. "The candidates are polar opposites, this is a personality contest. The Democrats are the party of motherhood, the Republicans are the party of fatherhood. You see Hillary Clinton trying to be a strong mother, you see Donald Trump trying to be a strong father."
Kate's Law at the DNC
Jesse Watters cornered some Democratic luminaries in Philadelphia and asked them about the wisdom of sanctuary cities. A few of their replies: "People should be able to come into America from different countries where they have been tyrannized" ... "When someone who is undocumented is the victim of a crime, they should know that they can contact the police without being deported" ... "The focus on immigrants is hypocritical and short-sighted" ... "Sanctuary cities have a place in America but dangerous felons should be taken off the streets" ... "I am okay with cities protecting families and making sure parents are not deported."
A Unified Party?
Republican Dana Perino and Democrat Dennis Kucinich evaluated the overall atmosphere at the Democratic convention. "Some Sanders supporters will support Hillary Clinton," Kucinich theorized, "but unity has to be based on truth and integrity. What the Democratic National Committee did to the Sanders campaign was horrible, they did the Sanders campaign a disservice and there is a rift that has to be healed." Perino agreed that Hillary Clinton has some fences to mend within the Democratic Party. "She will lose some Sanders supporters. Some will go to Trump, some will go to Gary Johnson, and some will not vote. She still has about 88% of the Democratic Party behind her now, but she has some work to do."
Biased Coverage of the DNC Email Hack
FNC's Bernie Goldberg weighed in on the hubbub surrounding the leaked Democratic National Committee emails. "The DNC was playing favorites with liberal news organizations," he said, "and was hostile to conservative news organizations. I'm not shocked by that, it makes sense." Goldberg added that the story took a bizarre turn this week, thanks to Donald Trump. "The initial story was about how the DNC tried to sandbag Bernie Sanders, but that went down the memory hole when Donald Trump asked Russia to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. Trump was called a traitor by some people on the left! I'm confused because if Hillary Clinton was telling the truth about those emails being personal, how is Donald Trump jeopardizing national security?"
Focus on Police at the DNC
The Democratic Party has taken heat for showcasing some mothers of black men who were killed by police officers, while mostly ignoring cops who were slain. Democrat Jumaane Williams defended that decision. "The problem we have," he said, "is that we mourn when an officer is killed, but I don't get the feeling that people mourn when unarmed black men are dying. It was not controversial that the mothers were on the stage." But Rob Martinelli, a harsh critic of Black Lives Matter, denounced that group and the Democratic Party. "Black Lives Matter wants to disenfranchise law enforcement and diminish their stature. They want to defund and dissolve law enforcement, and they do this through false narratives. While it is a tragedy when anyone is killed, the public needs to remember the factual and forensic reasons of why those men died. We have had a 78% increase in officers being killed in the line of duty."
Most Entertaining Moments of the Convention
Like the Republican convention last week, the Democratic confab had some bizarre moments. There was VP nominee Tim Kaine doing an impression of Donald Trump, TV star Lena Dunham mocking Trump, and teacher union bigwig Randi Weingarten screaming at the top of her lungs. The Factor asked Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade to point out some his most memorable moments. "Barack Obama should have asked Hillary Clinton what her theme was," Kilmeade said, "because she says she's about change but he came out and said she will be four more years of his presidency. As for Tim Kaine, he should pick a language. He started speaking Spanish in the middle of his speech! Can you imagine if Melania Trump had begun speaking Slovakian? Don't show off - you learned Spanish, so did most 7th graders. Then there was Sarah Silverman, who heckled Bernie supporters and mocked them for following him."
Hillary Clinton on Fox News Sunday
Finally, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace joined The Factor and compared the two political conventions. "This Democratic convention was better run and had a better program," Wallace said. "They could put out Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who are masterful orators, while Donald Trump had to rely on his wife and kids as his character references." Wallace also reveled in the fact that he has landed the first post-convention TV interview with Hillary Clinton, who will join him on Fox News Sunday. "We have been asking for this interview for 15 months and we'll do the interview in Pennsylvania while she is on her bus trip. It will be her first and only interview this week and I'm trying to figure out what I will ask her because there is limited time."
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