Sen. Marco Rubio: Economy Shouldn’t Come at Expense of Rising Sea Levels

The junior senator from Florida admitted that while sea levels are rising, the economy shouldn’t come at its expense.


The junior senator from Florida appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper yesterday to respond to a new survey that claims that flooding will destroy one million Florida homes by the end of the century in wake of Hurricane Michael.


That report— titled “Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate“— was released by the Union of Concerned Scientists last week. They found that one million homes would be at risk of being flooded fat the end of the century. That’s pretty doom and gloom picture, no?


“Sea levels rise and changes in the climate, those are measurable. So I don’t think there is a debate whether that is happening … The secondary aspect of that is how much of that is due to human activity?” said Rubio.


He added, “No matter what we do, no matter what we do with laws, if tomorrow we stopped all — let’s say we went to all solar panels and did all that stuff, which is not realistic — this trend would still continue.”


He continued: “Look, Panama City looks like Homestead down here in South Florida after Andrew. What I saw there, I didn’t see any electricity polls standing, or any wires still up. So that’s going to have to be totally rebuilt. Telecommunications is still a challenge. Mexico Beach is wiped out, I mean literally flattened out. And then something I hope we don’t lose focus on – there are a lot of inland counties away from the coast, where there are a lot of older people, a lot of poor people, people that could not evacuate, even if they wanted to, living miles apart from each other in rural areas, who have been badly hit by this. And right now many of them are even cut off. They don’t have phones, the roads are blocked, they might even live off a dirt road. We’ve got to get to them too. That’s going to be the one area that I really, really focus on, because I think that’s where the dire need is also there. And they’re going to be the hardest people to identify and find. We still don’t have an accurate assessment of how many people we have cut off from everybody else.”


These comments come after the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in Florida’s Panhandle.


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Jake Tapper Slams Linda Sarsour, She Responds By Calling Him A Racist

It’s a go-to strategy from the Left. If someone of a higher caliber is debating you on the serious issues – call him a racist. We should expect nothing less from Linda Sarsour, a prominent defender of Shariah law and the BDS Movement.

The exchange between Tapper and Sarsour began when the Women’s March celebrated the birthday of cop-killer and FBI fugitive, Assata Shakur:

The adoration for Shakur was a stunning announcement to the public. She is a convicted cop-killer and domestic terrorist. Shakur escaped from prison in the 1970’s and fled to Cuba, where she was last seen. She continues to be one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives.

CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed out the obvious. He called out the Women’s March and their co-chair, Linda Sarsour.

This prompted a response from Sarsour.

Again, I don’t expect anything less from Sarsour.

Tapper pointed out how absurd it is to praise a convicted cop-killer. He asked where the outrage was from the Left, and he called out the ugly sentiments made by the organization’s co-chair. Sarsour responds by claiming he “joins the ranks” of the alt-right (a white nationalist and racist faction) and by asking Tapper if she’s controversial because of her defense of Islam and immigration.

Yeah, Linda. Tapper thinks you’re controversial because you’re pro-immigrant and pro-justice. Get over yourself.

Sarsour has quite the rap sheet. She has defended the practice of Shariah law abroad, supports the BDS Movement (boycott, divestment and sanction of Israel) and has called for “jihad” against President Trump. She once said she wanted to take Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s vagina away because Ali is a frequent critic of radical Islam. Many have labeled Sarsour an extremist and an anti-Semite.

Jake Tapper, as I’m sure you’re well aware, is no right-wing pundit by any means. He has been, and will continue to be, very critical of Republicans and Donald Trump. But like most any reasonable human being, Tapper was appalled by a seemingly-mainstream organization praising the birthday of a cop-killer.

The Women’s March is supposed to be a progressive organization centered around the promotion of women’s rights. But their co-chair is a defender of Shariah law and they celebrate FBI fugitives?

Tapper asked a superb question. Where is the outrage from the Left on this? Better question: why is Tapper one of the few MSM guys pointing this out?


Ben Sasse Brilliantly Weighs In On Trump-Vs.-The-Press

Sometimes I wonder if Ben Sasse tires of being the smartest guy in the room. The Republican Senator from Nebraska always seems to have the right things to say and delivers it in just the right way.

This time, Sasse has weighed in on President Donald Trump’s ongoing war with the media. He appeared on Jake Tapper’s State of the Union to discuss Trump’s attacks on various elements in the media. He shared his thought that the president’s words and actions damage America’s view of a free press:

“I mean there’s an important distinction to draw between bad stories or crappy coverage, and the right that citizens have to argue about that and complain about that, and trying to weaponize distrust,” Sasse told [Tapper].

He went on to remind viewers that our First Amendment freedoms are interdependent:

“The First Amendment is the beating heart of the American experiment. And you don’t get to separate the freedoms that are in there,” he told Tapper.

“And you don’t have religion without assembly. You don’t have speech without press. We all need to celebrate all five of those freedoms, because that’s how the ‘e pluribus unum’ stuff works,” Sasse continued.

Brilliant, once again! It’s easy (and presumably fun) for Trump to go after “fake news” and pick at the low hanging fruit of the media, but when he lobs attacks on those who are doing their job well or makes wholesale digs at the press in general, he’s only making himself look bad.

As my colleague Susan Wright said over at Red State:

The majority of mainstream media is depressingly left-leaning. And yes, it’s understandable that some in the viewing public may have reached their limit with being talked down to by some of the liberal elites that make up America’s press rooms. The public has options, however. They can change the channel. They can even rant among themselves, and that’s perfectly acceptable.

For a Republican president, just to take the job is to put themselves in the line of fire. The difference, however, is that they know it ahead of time, and their emotional state is on firm enough ground that they can stand above the fray. They don’t get down in the muck with the leftist media. They just burrow into their work and be about the business of governing.

But Donald Trump is different. He gives them fodder for their abject hatred of him, and it doesn’t seem to occur to him that every second of coverage of one of his ridiculous anti-media tweets is a second of coverage that doesn’t look at what his administration is actually accomplishing. This isn’t the kind of Donald-Trump-is-different that made him attractive as a candidate.

I wish I could get what people are saying when they say that Trump doesn’t take any crap, and that’s why he won the election. There’s a difference between not taking crap – and I’ll admit that I love when he gives back what the left dishes out – and being a jerk.

Maybe one day Trump will learn the difference between the tweets that make him look bad and the tweets that highlight the good things he and his administration are getting done. When he does, a lot of conservatives will breath much more easily.

Marco Rubio Shares His Thoughts On Robert Mueller, Russia, And Cuba

After President Trump mused about the possibility of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, staffers at the White House reportedly talked him out of it. But, because we can never really predict what Trump is going to do, the question still looms in many minds.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), appeared on CNN’s State of the Union this weekend, and he faced questions about the possibility of Trump firing Mueller from Jake Tapper:

“Well, first of all, that’s not going to happen,” Rubio noted. “I don’t believe it’s going to happen. And here’s what I would say. The best thing that could happen for the president, and the country, is a full and credible investigation. I really, truly believe that.”

Tapper then pointed out that he didn’t think Trump would fire FBI Director James Comey until he went and did it.

“I don’t think we saw that coming,” Rubio stated. “But I don’t think that has in any way impeded the work of the FBI on these matters.”

When Tapper asked the senator if he had any questions about Mueller’s integrity, he replied that he had “no reason to” and that Mueller’s “reputation is stellar.”

Rubio also noted that it’s important for the American people to know how the Russians hacked into elections systems and how our country will fight back.

Tapper went on to ask Rubio about the changes to the United States policy toward Cuba. When the host brought up the fact that Trump initially brought up human rights concerns before backing off on them, Rubio said, “It’s in our national security interest to have human rights and democracy in our region.” He added, “Today, every country in our hemisphere has had at least one free and fair election in the last decade and a half or so, except for one: the island of Cuba, and so hopefully we’re getting closer to the day when that happens there as well.”

Check out the full interview here:

Jake Tapper criticizes Hillary Clinton’s ‘absolute personal responsibility’ comment

CNN’s Jake Tapper criticized Hillary Clinton on Tuesday after she placed the blame for her November loss on a “multitude of causes outside her control,” The Blaze reports.

“Hillary Clinton today taking full responsibility for the election loss, except for the part when she blamed Comey, Wikileaks, misogyny and the media,” Tapper joked on his show, The Lead.

Although Hillary said on Tuesday that she took “absolute personal responsibility” for the loss in an interview, she later placed the blame on others. “I was the candidate,” she said. “I was the person who was on the ballot.”

Clinton said that if the election had been held before FBI Director James Comey’s letter and the WikiLeaks hacking, she would have won.

“If the election had been on Oct. 27,” Clinton claimed, “I would be your president.”

Clinton also said that misogyny and unfair treatment from the media also contributed to her defeat.

Pelosi Claims The Press Were “Accomplices in the Undermining of Our Election by the Russians”

Will the craziness on the Left ever end? Not as long as Nancy Pelosi is in charge.

The House Minority Leader (D-CA) went on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, where she proceeded to tell host Jake Tapper that she believes that the media bears at least some responsibility for helping the Russians hack the 2016 presidential election.

Tapper asked Pelosi if Barack Obama had been assertive enough in pushing the narrative of a malevolent influence operation executed against 2016’s presidential election by the Russian government at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He used an article from The New Yorker as the impetus for his line of questioning, in which the lede art depicts an inverted Kremlin-turned-evil-alien-spaceship firing an energy beam – a la “Independence Day” – into the White House against Red Scare-style and communist-alluding red background.

The New Yorker piece demonstrates that the Hillary Clinton camp lays some of the blame for their loss squarely in the Obama White House:

But what if Barack Obama had gone to the Oval Office, or the East Room of the White House, and said, ‘I’m speaking to you tonight to inform you that the United States is under attack. The Russian government at the highest levels is trying to influence our most precious asset, our democracy, and I’m not going to let it happen.’ A large majority of Americans would have sat up and taken notice. My attitude is that we don’t have the right to lay blame for the results of this election at anybody’s feet, but, to me, it is bewildering—it is baffling—it is hard to make sense of why this was not a five-alarm fire in the White House.

The Obama administration – and the whole Democrat Party in the days since – certainly should take the blame for promulgating the Russian hacking narrative. But Tapper appears to take it at face value, referring merely to “Russia’s election hacking” – either purposefully or lazily – in his questioning of Pelosi.

But check out how Pelosi holds the media partially at fault:

TAPPER: Do you think, in retrospect, that President Obama handled this the right way?

PELOSI: Well, I think that President Obama handled it as he received information of that — of the highest confidence.

I do think, with all due respect in the world for the press, that the press could have done a better job, instead of printing every e-mail that came out, and saying this comes to you from Vladimir Putin, they were, hah, hah, hah, John Podesta said this or that.

I think the press were accomplices in the undermining of our election by the Russians by not pointing out this stuff is worthless because it comes from an undermining of our election, or at least reminding the public where this — these e-mails, the leaking of these e-mails came from.

Pelosi goes on about Vladmir Putin’s “vendetta against Hillary Clinton.” It’s a shame that Tapper didn’t make even the slightest attempt to challenge Pelosi’s nutty assertions. Then again, if these nutbars are the best the Democrats have to offer, the Republicans ought to have pretty smooth sailing for at least the next few years.

Jake Tapper Isn’t Celebrating Iran’s Oscar Pride

You know it’s funny in a twisted way to see Godless liberals who suppress gagging if a filmmaker were ever to quote the Bible or thank Jesus Christ from the podium at the Oscars, heap tearful praise on a Muslim convert winning for best supporting actor for playing a gay man.

It’s even twistier to see the stepping and fetching by other Muslims like Maleeha Lodi, Pakistan’s UN envoy, who deleted her congratulatory tweet. You see, Mahershala Ali, the Oscar winner, belongs to the wrong Muslim sect, the Washington Post reported.

And the twistiest: The Academy was #SoBlessed to vote the award for best foreign language film to “The Salesman,” made by Iranian Asghar Farhadi. It’s not the first win for this Iranian: “A Separation” won in 2011.

But when Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted his congratulations, with a bit of politics thrown in, it was a bit too much for CNN host Jake Tapper to swallow.

Farhadi had skipped the awards show, in response to the (non-existent and suspended) “travel ban.” Zarif tweeted “Proud of cast & crew of ‘The Salesman’ for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan. Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millenia.” Tapper had “a few words” in response.

Tapper tweeted “Iran regularly jails its filmmakers” and cited several examples. Then he offered a parting word to Zarif: “The traditions of your brilliant people are being oppressed by the tyranny of your government. Tweets notwithstanding.”

Hollywood will celebrate literally anything if it’s not American, Christian, or conservative. They would never call out a repressive regime for its hypocrisy. Kudos to Tapper for his very human and correct response.