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PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP CONDEMNS 'RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORIST' ATTACKS IN BERLIN, TURKEY
Mercedes Schlapp: I think that's something Donald Trump did from day one. He made it clear we're dealing with terrorists; we're dealing with radical Islamists. This is very different from what we've seen with president Obama when in a recent interview he said he was conflicted with how to deal with the rise of ISIS.
Juan Williams: I don't think we know who the enemy is. The question is, is this going to change anything in terms of actual strategy on the ground? Is this going to kill the enemy any better than we're already doing it? I think the generals at the pentagon would tell you no, this is about rhetoric, and it's about rhetoric that's basically intended as a partisan red meat. But it has no consequence, it has no substance.
Lisa Boothe: The president doesn't understand the threat because he has said so himself. He is the one that called ISIS, JV. This is someone who has said that bathtubs are more dangerous than ISIS. This is the rhetoric that he has reiterated throughout his presidency. Not only that, but this is also a president who is either completely naive or intentionally downplaying the threat.
Rachel Campos-Duffy: I'll tell you one other politically correct policy of Barack Obama’s that's killing people in the war on terror and that is his Guantanamo policy. Right now we have terrorists that we find, and what we're doing is we're droning, we're killing them instead of capturing them, because he doesn't want to capture them and fill up the prison in Guantanamo. What's happening because of that is we're losing really valuable interrogations and human intelligence, and another case where political correctness is making us lose the war on terrorists. We really need to be on the offense on it.
SEN. RAND PAUL CELEBRATES 'FESTIVUS' WITH GRIEVANCES OVER $1.4 BILLION IN GOVERNMENT WASTE
Lisa Boothe: I would like to see the $2.5 million study to see what makes the perfect date. It could help my dating life. But all this stuff is little things that really do add up, and we the taxpayers are the
Ones that are going to end up footing the bill for this ridiculous government spending. There was even a report not too long ago by the Washington Post for $125 billion from pentagon waste. There is waste fraud and abuse that is rampant throughout the government. I really hope President-elect Donald Trump comes in with a wrecking ball to the budgets and cuts a lot of this stuff out.
Mercedes Schlapp: I think instead of "The Night Before Christmas" I’m going to read the waste report by Senator Rand Paul to my kids this evening. Its mind boggling to me that when we have $19 trillion in national debt, when we have a time where you need to be what you call draining the swamp, cleaning up the bureaucracy and looking into this government waste, I think it's very important for taxpayers to know how our money is being spent.
Rachel Campos-Duffy: This list is an insult to the American taxpayer who works so hard and sends so much money to the federal government. When Donald Trump talked about draining the swamp, I think he also meant draining the swamp of the bureaucrats and politicians who are okaying and giving the green light on projects like this.
Juan Williams: This is so petty and a distraction. This is a very interesting Christmas stunt, because the reality is, the big waste in government is places like the pentagon. But you guys don't want to talk to the generals about wasting money. I'm all for it. Or you guys don't want to deal with so much of the innovation in this country, including the internet, which comes from government research.
MTV FACING BACKLASH OVER VIDEO '2017 RESOLUTIONS FOR WHITE GUYS'
Rachel Campos-Duffy: Their ratings are down, that's what's happening at MTV, and it's because of heavy-handed attempts by suits up at Viacom who don't know what's hip. They underestimate youth. They always have. The millennials are a lot more dynamic. By the way, a lot more pro-life than the liberal elites think they are. There was a time back in the early '90s and early '80s when MTV was interesting and countercultural and had shows that put people from different backgrounds together and tried to see if they could find common ground.
Juan Willams: I think the video is kind of condescending arrogance. I don't know what the point is. The people who are putting it out, I guess, intended to draw in millennials. Millennials overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton. I don't know that it says anything; it strikes me as an advertising gimmick to pander to young people. I don’t know that it says anything to people who don’t like it. It ends up here at Fox News as, you know, fodder for people to condemn liberals. It seems self-defeating to me.
Lisa Boothe: There's a danger in the lesson among the media elite with the unnecessarily labeling of racism and applying that word where it does not need to be applied. The reality is, it's devalued the word. It loses its potency. What you end up doing is alienating people who want to have a substantive and meaningful conversation. I think that's what we've seen from the left, and for this cultural push.
The video rightfully got pulled down here.
Mercedes Schlapp: I do have to say, I do miss the days of watching Rachel on "Real World" and our own Fox Business Kennedy, the host on MTV back in the day. It really is unfortunate we've gotten to this point, I’m actually kind of depressed about it -- that we're not inspiring our youth to think beyond just the color of one skin. Like what Dr. Martin Luther king said, “We should look at the content of one's character.” I hope the youth can view America as being this great exceptional land that we are, that fights for freedom and democracy, that we're able to state our opinions. I think being able to teach our children that, I think it's such a critical part of what parents have to do.