Krauthammer on gun control: ‘[Clinton’s argument] is a rather tepid one… [Trump’s] is strong.’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that following the announcement the National Rifle Association with back Donald Trump in the presidential race, the issue of guns in the general election will likely be a winning one for Trump – and a loss for Hillary Clinton.

“It’s true there have been some changes in public opinion as a result of the horrific gun massacres that have occurred, but if you heard Donald Trump speaking about it, and then you heard… Hillary Clinton, which argument is easier to make? Save the Second Amendment, or that meandering, somewhat nuanced, you might say if you were generous, argument that she made?”  Krauthammer asked, referring first to Trump’s commitment to gun owner’s rights -- and then to Clinton’s recent comments that guns don’t solve problems.

“[Her argument] is a rather tepid one, I’m not against it, I’m not for it. His is strong,” Krauthammer said, adding, “The Trump argument is a lot easier to make, and I think in the end, it’s much more of a winner… It’s easier to see and understand.”

Powers: The race has basically been over in terms of delegates probably since March

Fox News contributor and former Clinton-Gore presidential transition team member Kirsten Powers told viewers on "Special Report with Bret Baier" on Thursday that the democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton will be the party’s nominee.  Secretary Clinton’s rival Senator Sanders has shown no sign of quitting the race. In fact, the senator from Vermont vowed to keep his campaign alive all the way through the DNC convention in July,

Kirsten Powers made it clear on the show that in her opinion, “the race has  basically been over in terms of delegates”  for some time. “He [Sanders] wants to stay until the convention and he’s gonna make life difficult for her,” said Powers. Even though the Senator from Vermont thinks  there is still time for his campaign to flip the super delegates, some of whom have pledged their support to Hillary Clinton before Sanders announced his candidacy, Kirsten Power  thinks that’s mission impossible. “He [Sanders] is not gonna overcome her in delegates,” said Powers. 

Krauthammer: Trump/Ryan meeting “a sham marriage”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to the meeting between House Speaker Paul Ryan and presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington today, “this is a sham marriage.”

Krauthammer predicted an eventual “perfunctory” endorsement from Ryan between now and the election.

He also said the difference between the two candidates joining together today is “good will” and not common principles.

“Paul Ryan is a conservative, has been all his life, and committed to certain conservative principles,” Krauthammer said. “Trump has made clear he is not a conservative. He’s a nationalist, populist

Ingraham says Trump Tax returns only matter to Hillary and maybe Mitt Romney

Conservative Radio Host Laura Ingraham told viewers on Wednesday's Special Report with Bret Baier that Donald Trump's tax returns aren't going to matter much in this election. 

Ingraham questions why Mitt Romney, the former 2012 Republican presidential nominee, would suggest that by not releasing his tax returns, Donald Trump is "disqualifying" himself from the race with voters.   "I don't know what Mitt Romney is doing... I guess at this point, he's in it to help Hillary,"  says Ingraham.

Trump insists he won't release his returns until the Internal Revenue Service has finished auditing them and his wealth has long been a subject of discussion since he entered the race last year. 

Ingraham says the Republican party is moving to a "populist, slightly more nationalistic party" and only Hillary Clinton is going to go after the billionaire nominee with respect to his tax returns. 

"Trump's not a doctrinaire conservative. We all know that but that's where the party has moved," Ingraham points out.  "Tax returns," the radio talk show host continued, "I don't  think that in this election cycle with so much on the line is going to have much of an affect, even though Hillary will try to make it."  

Krauthammer: Trump can't win in November without cooperation from Ryan

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Monday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have an opportunity to bridge the ideological gap between them - but that without that cooperation, Trump won't win in November.

"The fundamental issue is that, as we heard [Trump] say, 'yes, I'm a conservative, but the party is not necessarily a conservative party' - it's clear that he is, at best, a newly-minted conservative," the syndicated columnist said. "Ryan represents his whole life - 20, 30 years - of being a Reagan Republican."

"The Catholic Church once had two Popes - one in Rome, and one in Avignon," he added. "Trump is in control of Rome, and Ryan is now holed up in Avignon. And he's saying, look, I represent an important wing of the party, the traditional ideological wing - you represent new people, new ideas, and it's a populous nationalism. It's a different thing."

Krauthammer said that the two factions of the GOP can come together in a way that doesn't necessarily compromise their core beliefs.

"Unless the breach is healed, I don't see how [Trump] can win," he said, "but it is a breach-able one if each recognizes the others' positions without necessarily conceding them."

Trump on a potential VP: ‘I’m looking at some wonderful people’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke with Bret Baier Thursday on “Special Report,” and addressed, among other things, questions about who he might choose as a running mate.  

“I think somebody with political experience that really has a close relationship with the Senate, with Congress, where they go in and help, so we don't have to sign executive orders like President Obama does every hour,” Trump said. “It would be nice to actually get something passed, as opposed to just, 'We're signing it anyway.' And I think we have some people that are very good candidates. I'm looking at some wonderful people. Some were on the stage with me, and some are not.”

While Trump wouldn’t weigh in on whether he’s considering New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R) to be his vice president, he did dismiss reports that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) is in the running.

“She's very fine, but she's not under consideration,” he said.

Baier also asked Trump whether former competitor Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) might be on the short list for running mate, despite the fact the two shared nasty barbs on the campaign trail.

“We’ve had really nice conversations, not necessarily about that,” Trump said, adding, “We always had a very good relationship, Bret, Marco and I. Then it got a little bit nasty… Marco’s a good guy, a really nice guy, and I like him. Not necessarily with respect to any position, but it could happen.”

Krauthammer on the Kasich-Cruz alliance: ‘A last attempt to try to stop the momentum’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday that while Republican presidential hopefuls John Kasich and Ted Cruz have teamed up in an attempt to deny frontrunner Donald Trump the delegates necessary to claim the party’s nomination,  the attempt comes at the eleventh hour.

“It’s extremely late…. We’re really at a point now where this is the end game,” Krauthammer said, adding, “There is no tomorrow, really. This is a last attempt to try to stop the momentum.”

Krauthammer went on to say the results of tomorrow’s primaries could determine whether the newly formed alliance has a chance at stopping Trump from securing the nomination.

“If you get the five state sweep on Tuesday, you have a candidate on a roll coming into Cleveland. If he’s on a roll… he could be 50 [delegates] away, maybe even 100 away. There will be a sense the people want him, you have to go with the people. That’s what the momentum will mean,” he said.

Yet if Cruz manages to stop Trump in Indiana, where Kasich has pledged not to spend money (to give Cruz a better chance against their shared rival), Krauthammer believes that could change the game.

“That could have a psychological effect. Everyone says it’s all about numbers, numbers, numbers,” Krauthammer said, concluding, “It’s about what the people want in a broad sense. And if you stop him in one place… I think you could have a fight on the floor that looks like it’s a legitimate fight.” 

Delegate Math

Carlson on Trump Argument about Delegates:“It's the rationale for the campaign itself.”

FOX & Friends Weekend co-host and Fox News Contributor Tucker Carlson told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Donald Trump’s argument that the delegate system is “rigged” and takes power away from voters - particularly after his rival Ted Cruz took all of Colorado’s 34 delegates – “It's the rationale for the campaign itself. The idea that it's not really a democracy, it's an oligarchy, and this seems to prove that point to a lot of Trump supporters.”

On Wednesday Donald Trump argued that the system in Colorado was unfair, during a town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, saying:  “What I’m saying is, give it to the voters...The republican folks have -- they've taken their vote away. They didn't even have the right to vote. I think it's a very sad situation.”

New Fox News polls out Thursday showed Trump widening his lead over the GOP field. Trump now beats Ted Cruz by an 18-point margin, 45 percent to 27 percent. Ohio Governor John Kasich comes in third at 25 percent.

But Carlson argued that these numbers prove that Trumps argument about the system is working in his favor and his widening poll numbers “are remarkable given just how bad Trump's last month was, I mean it almost defies description how bad it was, all self-inflicted. You'd think the numbers would go down, and they've gone up and I think it's exactly because of this.

“Look those are the rules, but the expectations people have of democracy are very different now,  in the age of the internet which is a kind of very flat structure. Everyone's a precious snowflake, you know. The idea that your vote doesn't matter, I think that's a much more painful and hard to reconcile idea than it would have been even thirty years ago.”

Krauthammer on Paul Ryan’s vision for Republicans: Rebuilding the party ‘after the rubble of this election cycle’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that while House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) garnered attention for his forceful announcement he will not be a contender for president this election cycle, the Speaker had a lesser publicized message for the American people that was nonetheless significant.

“The part of the speech I found the most interesting was when he talked about what he’s going to be doing in Congress. And that was kind of ignored,” Krauthammer said. “I think what he was doing, in addition to pulling out of the race, was to announce the  first step in the rebuilding of the party after the rubble of this election cycle.”

Krauthammer said that Ryan was offering a path forward -- one that he believes can unite Republicans after a contentious presidential contest

“The party will be irredeemably split, and what he was saying is… I will lead with a policy agenda to reconstruct the Reaganite ideas that have been utterly level in this cycle,” he said, adding, “I don’t think it’s with an eye to the presidency. He’s young, he can run anytime in the next 20 years. It’s an eye to holding the party together.”

Advertisement

Browse

Coming Up

Don't miss Bret's interview with Texas congressman Joaquin Castro and his brother Julian, who is the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Tune in tonight at 6pm EST!

All-Star Panel

  • Brit Hume @brithume
  • AB Stoddard @thehill
  • Mercedes Schlapp @mercedesschlapp

Premium Podcasts

Missed the All-Star Panel on Special Report with Bret Baier? You can now get a daily audio podcast of Fox News Channel's Special Report All-Star Panel.

Pay-Per-Podcast
Monthly Subscription
Yearly Subscription