Krauthammer on Ted Cruz’ Immigration Stance: “it depends on how you define amnesty”

Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier”  that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’ previous statements show that the senator supported a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in congress’ failed 2013 immigration reform bill saying “if you define amnesty as he does, as citizenship, yes he fought that. If you define it as allowing people who came here illegally not to suffer the consequences of illegal entry, which by law should be deportation, he did not oppose that. It is very clear that he supported it and as you showed last night and has been shown in many, many pieces of evidence.”

In an interview on “Special Report” on Wednesday, Cruz told Bret Baier that his proposed amendment to the bill that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain work permits but would not allow citizenship, was not a sign of support for the overall measure, but a “poison pill” designed to derail the overall effort, saying “It doesn't mean that I supported the other aspects of the bill, which was a terrible bill. And Bret, you've been around Washington long enough, you know how to defeat bad legislation, which is what that amendment did" 

But in June of 2013, Cruz took to the Senate floor to tout his amendment saying  “If the proponents of this bill actually demonstrate a commitment not to politics… to finding a middle ground, that would fix the problem and also allow for those 11 million people who are here illegally a legal status with citizenship off the table. I believe that is the compromise that can pass.”

But Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said he doesn’t understand Senator Cruz’ strategy with regard to clarifying his stance:  “at the time said he was in favor in a compromise that would take the 11 million out of the shadows and give them legal status. I'm not  sure I understand why he's doubling down on denying what you can demonstrate with pieces of tape. Perhaps he sees that it's worked for other candidates. He could easily have said, "circumstances have changed, we now have terrorism, infiltration, all that, and I've shifted over" which I think is really a minor difference, but he's decided he's going to go whole hog on the other side.

Baier Family Delivers Toys to Children's National

A few years ago the Special Report team collected toys to donate to Children's National for Christmas on our behalf. The following year they opened the toy drive to the entire Washington bureau and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone at Fox News. Here are just a few photos of my family loading the car and donating the presents to children on the heart and kidney and PICU floors of the hospital-- two floors we know very well. Amy and I left feeling very proud of our boys who loved handing out toys and gifts to the patients there. We are so blessed and it is important for us to teach them the importance of giving back. 

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Krauthammer on Jeb: 'I think that ship has sailed'

Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on 'Special Report with Bret Baier'  that, despite Jeb Bush's attacks on Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump at last night's GOP debate in Las Vegas, it won't do anything to help his campaign.

"I think that ship has sailed," the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said. "I'm happy to see Jeb stand up and get tough. I think he's had a really tough campaign. I don't think it's going to move the needle one iota."

Bush went after the billionaire businessman last night, calling Trump a "chaos candidate" who "will be a chaos president."

"The problem is this: had [Jeb] done that in the first debate, or the second, at a time when Trump was rising...I think it might have had an effect," Krauthammer added.


Krauthammer: Admin strategy against ISIS isn't working

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Monday on "Special Report" that, despite President Obama's latest public push to tout the U.S. strategy against ISIS, he believes that strategy isn't working.

"HIs own Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress that we have not contained ISIS," the syndicated columnist said. "We had the Secretary of Defense - Obama's own Secretary of Defense - last week telling Congress that we have not contained ISIS. It is obviously expanding."

Krauthammer cited the spate of terror attacks in recent months as evidence of the group's continued viability.

"We've got Beirut, we've got Paris, we have San Bernardino, we have the attack in Sinai. We have ISIS establishing a colony in the city of Sirte in Libya," he said. "Obama is still trying to convince us that we are winning, when it's obviously not true."

President Obama, speaking from the Pentagon on Monday morning, said that the U.S.-led coalition is hitting ISIS targets "harder than ever" in the Middle East, citing numerous airstrikes that have killed several ISIS leaders - but Krauthammer says those numbers don't necessarily indicate victory.

"When you have to resort to statistics - he has a list of people whom we killed, as if anybody has any idea who they are - is reminiscent of the strategy in the Vietnam war, where we would announce the body counts, the ratio of the dead Viet Cong to Americans," Krauthammer said. "And it was always lopsided, and we lost the damn war, because that's not how you gauge who's winning and losing in such a war."

Nina Easton: “The establishment’s problem is not just Donald Trump, it’s Ted Cruz”

Nina Easton told viewers Friday on “Special Report” that when it comes to the possibility of a brokered Republican party convention in Cleveland next summer, “the establishment’s problem is not just Donald Trump, it’s Ted Cruz.”

“Ted Cruz is doing really well. Ted Cruz is likely to win Iowa. This is not something that they’re going to solve at a brokered convention,” she added.

Talk of a brokered convention has arisen as Donald Trump continues to surge in the polls. At a dinner on Monday night held by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, top GOP officials discussed the need for the establishment to lay the groundwork for a floor fight if Trump storms through the presidential primaries.

Easton said the political system is set up to make such a scenario unlikely, but that with this many candidates running, it is possible.

Judge Napolitano: 'Law is on the President's side...politics are not'

Judge Napolitano said Thursday on 'Special Report with Bret Baier'  that  the 'Law is on the President's side, but the politics are not' after the House resoundingly approved veto-proof legislation that requires new requirements for screening refugees from Syria and Iraq, following Friday's terrorist attacks that killed 129 people in Paris.

Obama has planned to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to enter the United States based on a 2005 statute, but  today the House passed changes to that. It now goes on to the Senate where it faces a much tougher battle to passage there.

"The law is on the President's side, but the politics are not," the  Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst said. "I just don't see how the president can do this, even if the Senate fails to pass the legislation that the House passed. He has absolutely no public opinion behind him, and he and Mrs. Clinton will suffer terrifically for it."

Krauthammer: The French have called this an act of war and he [Obama] calls it a setback

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report” that President Obama’s comments at a news conference at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey about the administration’s strategy to defeat ISIS were “flat” and “detached.”

“What struck me above all was not the misstatement of facts or the delusions about what's going on, it's the president's tone. There was this lassitude, passivity, annoyance, he was irritable,” Krauthammer said, adding, “You know, 'You guys asking me again if the strategy is working,' as if it's all so obvious that it is.”

Krauthammer went on to say the president failed to show passion or urgency on the issue in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

“The French said this was an act of war, and he calls it a setback,” he said.

In fact, Krauthammer said the only time Obama managed to rouse real emotion during the almost hour-long presser in Turkey was when he asked about the Syrian refugee crisis.

“That’s where he showed the passion. And who’s he angry against? Republicans, who suggest ‘slamming the doors on refugees,’ when their reasons are good,” he concluded.

Krauthammer: Trump is “extremely good” at handling the topic of immigration

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on “Special Report” that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is “extremely good” at handling the topic of immigration. “He [Trump] dances and he dekes and he faints and then he disappears without backing it down,” said the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor.

Krauthammer was referring to Bret Baier’s one-on-one interview with Donald Trump, where he was challenged about his previous criticism  of former GOP candidate- Mitt Romney’s stand on illegal immigration. Mitt Romney supported self-deportation of illegal immigrants.

Krauthammer said that when asked about his earlier statement about self-deportation being “crazy and mean-spirited,” Donald Trump denied ever having said that. Krauthammer called out the real estate mogul for flip-flopping on  the issue of immigration. Krauthammer explained that self-deportation “ is a lot softer than the forcible deportation, which he [Trump]is advocating now.”

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