Krauthammer on Trump’s debate performance: He ‘stopped the bleeding’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s performance during a primetime debate Sunday helped keep his campaign afloat… amid dozens of weekend defections from the GOP.

“He prevented the crash last night. He was headed… over the edge, because his party was deserting him,” Krauthammer said. “All those defections, the governors and senators and members of Congress. Remember, when Nixon resigned, it was not right after the Supreme Court ordered him to release the tapes. It was when Barry Goldwater and the delegation from the Congress went to Nixon and said, 'It's over, you've got to resign.' And the next day, he announced his resignation.”

Krauthammer labeled the desertion by Republicans a “flight to the exits,” but said the debate steadied the campaign to a degree.

“It looks as if [Trump] stopped the bleeding,” he said.

Nevertheless, Krauthammer  acknowledged Trump’s leaked audio has cost his campaign much-needed time.

“He's behind… He used a debate that he could have used to close the gap to simply hold the campaign together,” he concluded. 

Krauthammer: Trump must ‘ignore the bate’ in next debate.

Before Sunday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer offered some advice to Donald Trump.

“Ignore the bait,” he said Thursday on Special Report. “He [Trump] should just dismiss all the quotations that he hears the way that Pence did, deny it ever happened and ignore the fact checkers the next day.”

Krauthammer added that although the republican presidential nominee might have lost the first presidential, he felt it wasn’t the route many said it was.

“It was pretty close… but he really threw it away the morning after,” he said.  “When he went down the rabbit hole on Miss Universe and all the other stuff.”

Krauthammer said Trump needed to prepare and focus on Clinton’s weaknesses at the next debate and then “just have somebody remove the cellphone overnight.”

 

Kurtz on Trump’s former Ms. Universe dust up: “He can’t seem to let go of it”

Howard Kurtz told viewers Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to Donald Trump’s continued clashes with former Ms. Universe Alicia Machado, “he can’t seem to let go of it.”

“I cannot figure out what Donald Trump gains especially among women by continuing to attack Alicia Machado,” Kurtz said.

In a series of tweets posted before dawn Friday, Trump slammed Machado and told his followers not to believe any anonymously sourced reports about his campaign. A short time later, Trump tweeted that rival Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of Machado’s support was a sign of “bad judgement” and alleged that Machado has a sex tape.

Clinton responded by calling the tirade “unhinged, even for Trump.”

Kurtz said Trump’s tactic is nothing new, adding, “This is part of his familiar pattern of refusing to walk away from fights even with obscure figure even when the fight does not benefit him.”

Krauthammer on Trump’s central weakness: ‘His Vanity.’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s central weakness is his vanity.

“I don't know why everybody's surprised of his lack of discipline. I mean he's been out there for 15 months, he's completely undisciplined,” said Krauthammer. Adding,  “Yet, for about a month he's been led around, shackled, handcuffed by his staff, made to read from the teleprompter.”

However Krauthammer asserts that it’s not that simple for the Trump campaign, “The minute you let him loose, meaning on the debate stage, where there is no prompter, and then immediately after when he's reacting... What emerges is his central weakness; Vanity.

Krauthammer: The veto override is not going to make a difference for 9/11 families but will injure the United States

Congress handed President Obama a stinging defeat as lawmakers in the Senate voted to override a veto of legislation that would allow 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia over any involvement in the terrorist attacks.  Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Wednesday's "Special Report with Bret Baier" the veto override vote won't probably affect 9/11 families in the way most want it to. 

Krauthammer explained by saying, "I don't think this is not going to make any difference other than give them some kind of outlet...but I do think there will be a long term injury to us on the question of sovereign immunity." 

Those against The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act or JASTA as it is known, argue the new law would take away the tradition of sovereign immunity which could allow citizens of foreign countries to sue members of United States military and others on diplomatic duty when on overseas missions.

Krauthammer elaborated that while it's not the most important issue in the world, sovereign immunity is "irretrievable."

He also lamented on how members of Congress should have shown such steadfast resolve against President Obama a long time ago.  "I wish the Congress had shown the same kind of spine in resisting some of the other or more egregious encroachments," he said. 

With this override coming so late in the president's second term, Krauthammer says "I wish they had had the courage to do something like this on the Iran deal."

 

Jack Quinn & Michael Mukasey on 9/11 Bill

Ahead of tomorrow’s expected veto by President Obama, Bret Baier took a fair and balanced look at the 9/11 Bill, holding back-to-back interviews with Jack Quinn (an attorney representing the 9/11 families) and Judge Michael Mukasey.

Quinn told Bret that the 9/11 families are “incredibly distressed” that President Obama would veto the bill, but is “absolutely confident” that Congress will “overwhelmingly” override it. When asked about a letter written by top officials (including Judge Mukasey) arguing the bill would undercut sovereign immunity protection, Quinn described those suggestions as false because “sovereign immunity is not an absolute.” “The conflation, the confusion that the judge [Mukasey] and his colleagues in the administration make between what the United States does to prevent terrorism and what other countries do to support terrorism is a very dangerous proposition,” Quinn said.

On the other side, Mukasey argued that while he has sympathy for the 9/11 families, “we don’t want to hurt ourselves in an effort” to try to help them. Mukasey also said “there has been no such determination” that the Saudi government was involved in the 9/11 attacks. Overall, Mukasey’s view is that the United States has “the most at risk from the notion not that another country is going to do the same thing as was done in this bill, but rather that they're going to use this as the excuse to undercut sovereign immunity.”

 

Krauthammer: Debates are going to hold more importance than ever before

Krauthammer says this year's debates are going to hold more importance than ever before

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Tuesday's "Special Report with Bret Baier"  that the debates are going to be crucial this time around for candidate and voters.

With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump starting to take a slight lead in some battleground state polls, such as Iowa and Ohio, Krauthammer says "it's getting late early" for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. 

Krauthammer explains that with both candidates being well-known to voters, debates are going to play a bigger role than in years past, especially for Clinton.  "People know who they are...I'm not sure what her advertising advantage is going to be at this point," Krauthammer said.

Past history has shown that debates do not alter the basic shape of the race but Krauthammer predicts this year will be different.  "The importance of these debates is gonna exceed the importance of any debates in any race that we have ever seen."

Mean Tweet Monday: Bret's tan is so bad he looks like a bag of BBQ Fritos!

Krauthammer on Hillary Campaign Health Cover-up: "These people are simply incapable of telling truth."

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Hillary Clinton's Campaign should have been honest about the presidential nominee's health from the beginning.  "I think this is another case of the cover up being worse than the crime. If it is what they say it is, this is totally benign.  The should have explained it right away and this just, as everybody can see, it just adds to the  impression that these people are simply  incapable of telling truth."

Krauthammer added that by not telling the truth about simple things makes Hillary look bad.

"They just find a way to make themselves make her look untrustworthy and that's where the damage is." 

Rogan: Trump and Clinton Commander and Chief Forum Performance "a lot to be disappointed about."

Columnist for the National Review, Tom Rogan said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that both the Donald Trump and Hillary campaigns should be "disappointed" about their performances on the Commander and Chief Forum Wednesday night. 

“I think both candidates, both campaigns quite frankly have quite a lot to be disappointed about last night."

Rogan said that both candidates had to explain statements they made in the forum the following day.  Hillary Clinton had to set the record straight about having troops in Iraq and Donald Trump stated that he really wasn't for the war in Iraq, despite statements he made to the contrary on the Howard Stern show.

Rogan went on to say that Trump and Clinton used the forum to show how the other candidate was not fit to be the Commander and chief.

"Clearly Hillary Clinton is trying to make that her Pivot, that you can't trust Donald Trump in any sense of sitting in

that situation room on the flip side, Donald Trump saying you can't trust Hillary Clinton because of the decisions she has made."

Rogan said that as the election is heating up and that the candidates will be  "increasingly unrestrained" in the coming days and weeks.  

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