The following is a transcript of the first segment of the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Great to be together.
And we’ve got another good show for us today, and we’re heading into the weekend. I hope people are getting ready to have a nice weekend.
I will salute my old friend and our producer, Noah Dingley, who’s off today because he’s having a long weekend, so good for him. It’s great for him to get away, although we miss him as always.
We got some great guests. We will have an interesting guest, an organization called Parents Defend Freedom. Excuse me, Parents Defending Education. I got that wrong.
Parents Defending Education, her name is Nicole Neily. She’ll talk about what’s happening with education and what is happening with parents rising up. We’re seeing some coverage of that. I’ll mention it later on in the program.
The Washington Post actually came out with an op-ed, which I didn’t read the op-ed because it’s behind a paywall. And I refuse to pay for The Washington Post.
But the summaries I got of it and the description I got in the headline is that they support school vouchers – money following the students. And it’s kind of an interesting thing that that would happen.
We’ll also talk with our old friend, Professor Felipe Cuello. He’s got a piece up that is in Postil Magazine. Postil. About the Euro-Chinese reduct. And it’s about Victor Orban and Hungary and what’s going on there with China.
So we’ll talk with him, an expert on international Affairs who worked with the Trump campaign and then with the Trump White House also. So we’ll get to all that.
But first, what do you really need to know? What do you need to worry about? What do you need to think through about what’s happening?
There are a couple of stories that I don’t think I’ve gotten a lot of attention.
One of them is political. And so I’ll talk about that a little bit. I’m trying to get him on the show. And that is the campaign in Ohio of a guy named JD Vance.
JD Vance is running for U.S. Senate in Ohio. The seat has been vacated by Senator Rob Portman, and Rob Portman is retiring. So there’s a primary and there’ll also be a general election, too. But there’s a primary.
And this JD Vance, his Twitter handle, by the way, is @jdvance1, @jdvance1. And he is being, gosh he’s being attacked in all the right places.
He’s being attacked on MSNBC Morning, Joe. They went wild on him. Let me get his he wrote the book Hillbilly Elegy.
You may remember that Hillbilly Elegy, which was a wild, runaway success about his life. He grew up in one of the Rust Belt towns in Ohio, and wrote about he went off, I think, to Harvard, Yale, and he went out and he went off to College and came back.
And when he started to write about that experience and it became a bestseller, he spoke a lot about what would be described demographically is the white working class. And he got a lot of attention for his writings on it.
But anyway, he’s being attacked in all the right places. And he’s being described by some people who I trust. Ryan Girdusky, I always say his last name wrong, who was a great writer on this, and he’s written some books on this subject of American nationalism, populism.
And so he’s being attacked on Morning Joe. He’s being attacked by the sort of Republican establishment. He’s getting attacked, JD Vance is, on all sides.
So what’s he for? What is it he’s for? Oh, CNN has a big hit piece on him. They’re kind of everywhere. And the great thing is he’s very active on Twitter. So he jumps in and kind of defends himself. And he kind of mocks the people that are attacking him. It’s just really funny to see how quickly he does that.
Washington Post had a hit piece on him. And so his populist message, what is it? Well, he actually came out and I thought this was really helpful.
There has been a resurgence in the last two weeks, three weeks of the old Republican sort of talking points on “we’re for tax cuts” and we’re for kind of the old established Republican lines that should say we’re going to cut taxes. We’re going to reduce the burden of the regulations and all that stuff.
And for a guy like JD Vance, he looks up and he’s like, okay, we’ve got at Elise Stefanik, a moderate Republican Congresswoman, saying that.
We’ve got Nikki Haley, a moderate former governor, saying that. And his point is that’s not what we need. What we need is we need to go at the policies that will dramatically change what’s going on.
And what he’s, what JD Vance is attacking fundamentally, one of them is immigration. One of them is immigration. One issue that he says we’ve got to do better on, but the other is trade and the sort of setup of the big business kind of monopoly. That’s the wrong word.
The big business markets in this country that are, by their very design, not going to take care of We the People. That by their very design, they’re going to maximize profits.
And the companies that are operating them are going to do the same thing. And he is decrying things like the chains, the stagnation of wages, the gutting of towns and cities, small towns and cities, small cities by loss of manufacturing jobs, all the kinds of things that you have heard.
But he’s very focused and he’s very effective. And because he comes from that world, meaning he grew up in Ohio, he wrote a book on the subject.
It’s very effective. It’s very effective.
And I will tell you the phrase that I think that will also, pivoted to my second point, that it will also work, that will make a point and be powerful at the same time in the next election cycle is the following phrase, Drain the swamp.
That a guy like JD Vance who’s being attacked by all the people that are knee deep in the swamp or neck deep in the swamp that make a living off of it, that are kind of regulars on the circuit, that even the National Review types that are sort of been around forever.
But more importantly, all the people who’s living and whose lifestyle is maintained by the swamp, they will attack somebody like JD Vance.
And there’s no emblem of that. That is better than what is the ongoing should be mega scandal of Hunter Biden selling his paintings for 500,000 dollars.
Now I admit little knowledge of art and the art world. I will confess to some knowledge of art, especially Renaissance art. And I’ve spent some time in different places. I understand enough about it, but I do not know anything about the art market.
So if someone said, Well, a really good painting by an American painter can go for a million dollars, I wouldn’t know. I don’t think so, but I wouldn’t know.
Or they say, you get a Georgia O’Keeffe, it’s gonna go for 5,000,000 dollars. I just don’t know what the market is, but I do know, and now we’ve seen coverage of it, that Hunter Biden receiving 500,000 dollars for one of his paintings.
I believe the coverage has established that he started painting a couple of years ago maybe? Now, I think he came he went to rehab, and when he came out of rehab, a lot of times, people will find an outlet in something they’re doing – an exercise or some hobby or habit.
And so maybe he really did get into spending a lot of time painting. It does make you wonder, a guy in his early 50s, who has the time to paint a lot means he’s got enough wealth. And again, it’s pretty clear Hunter Biden got his wealth from his proximity to power, his father.
But we actually have the White House putting out statements and establishing an ethics policy for how they can handle, how they can handle the reality of the first son selling his artwork for 500,000 dollars.
And how do you do that? Right?
Because it’s pretty clear if you’re able to call up Hunter Biden and say, “Hey, it’s going to buy one of your things, I’m going to spend half a million dollars.” It’s not quite like buying a car where you sign it and drive it off.
You probably get to hang out with the painter, and you probably expect to come and see them and you get some interaction. And obviously, Hunter Biden has shown, his laptop, which is established as true, has made it pretty clear that he is a guy who knows how to utilize his position. Let’s say that.
And that’s so common I mean, remember, there’s people like Peter Schweitzer, who wrote, he’s over at Breitbart.Com and other places. He’s written a couple of books on this about how swampy the swamp.
How from the Pelosi’s, and the Republicans do it, too, by the way. All these people in power, somehow they come to Washington and then they get really rich and they come to Washington and their family gets really rich.
And that kind of mindset, I just got to think, Drain the Swamp is going to be more powerful than ever. And you remember Donald Trump gave a speech. I’ve told the listeners over and over again, Donald Trump gave a speech in excuse me, didn’t give a sweet gave an interview in October in November of 2016.
Boy, I’m struggle struggling today, November of 2016 after the election. And one of the reporters from Politico, as I recall, said, I can’t believe, you know, when you did these big rallies, people really reacted and they were really moved by it and blah, blah, blah.
And they said, what was the most surprising me to you? And he said that late in October 2016, he used Drain the Swamp for the first time. And he couldn’t believe the response. And he went and used it again. And he couldn’t believe the response.
And he said the power of that was just so striking that he was like, Wow, I don’t know what to do with this. And he kept trying it out just for about eight or nine days, ten days left in the campaign.
And the point here is, Trump is no fool. Trump is a guy who knows language. And at that period, he was doing rally after rally. He had a rhythm and a feel for the response of the crowd. And he is saying, “Hey, Drain the swamp really… like, build the wall, like, lock her up.”
Drain the Swamp, he said, was one of the most powerful. And my point is it hasn’t gotten less powerful. And whether you’re talking about JD Vance, a first time candidate who is clearly not of the swamp and him being attacked by the swamp, or you’re talking about Hunter Biden… Boy, drain the swamp more than ever is what we need.
I think it’s true, but it’s also how we feel, how we feel. And I think people are, I think you’re going to see that play out.
Alright, we got to take a break. When we come back. We’ve got some great interviews and we’ll wrap things up as we head into the weekend. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Be back in a moment.