This is a transcript of the opening segment from my daily radio show.
Welcome, welcome, welcome! It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. We got a great show, we got a great show today! You’re going to want to tune in.
We’ve got John Schlafly, as always, the Schlafly Report. And his column, which is over at townhall.com came out just a few hours ago I think it was. His column is about Liz Cheney losing losing her leadership position in the Republican Party and the larger context of that. So you’re going to want to hear John Schlafly.
And also we’ll talk today with Matt Stoller. Matt Stoller is the author of a book called Goliath, about the power of monopolies and business. Really good book. I have it. I’ve read it. Actually, I’ll tell him I confess I haven’t read it — I listened to it on Audible. I got his Audible because I wanted to listen to it on the drive back and forth to work. But he’s a great guy, he’s over at Sub Stack, also writing over there. So check him out.
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All right! Now, Let’s see here. Let me tell you, this is really important. I want to set this story up for you. A couple of years ago, my wife and I, for the first time in a very long time (probably in five years or so) went away without our children. I think my father, maybe my mother in law and father in law stayed with our kids. And we went just for two nights, a weekend, to Charleston, South Carolina, and we did that. We’ve never been there. Neither of us had ever been there because we heard it was a wonderful city, historic, lots of things to see and good food.
And so we flew down there. I think we got down there Friday afternoon, maybe Friday mid afternoon. And we stayed until Sunday. About two o’clock was our flight home. We had a wonderful time. But on Sunday we went to Church. Even when you’re on vacation, eating your way through Charleston, you want to go to Church, went to Church Sunday morning.
And after the Church service, I think it was in the announcements. I don’t know if it was, I think it was the pastor and said, if you want to hear more about this Church, come over here. We’ve got one of our members of our Church. He’ll give you a little tour and talk about it. So we thought, that’s kind of cool. Let’s go over. And then we’re the only ones that showed up and there was a man there.
His name is Jean Dagostino. And Jean Dagostino, turns out he was from, I think, up in Connecticut. He and his wife had retired to South Carolina. He’s a really sharp guy. And we had a great time. And it turns out he’s a Republican. He’d been at the Republican Convention in Cleveland and actually had been at the pro life event. He’d been at the pro life event that Phyllis Schlafly host called The Life of the Party at the Cleveland Browns football Stadium.
And so anyway, we had a nice chat. He gave us a little tour of the Church, and we went on from there, and he and I have stayed in touch. Well, earlier today, he texted me and said, “Hey, are you leading the effort to get Donald Trump as a speaker?” And I said, “well, I’ve talked about it on the radio show, but I don’t know about leading the effort.” And he said the Washington Examiner sent him an article and he sent me a screenshot.
They were quoting that Ed Martin said this, and it’s true of course, I did say it a few months ago, but now I’m renewing the call and I want to walk through this how important this is.
Here’s the thing about this. This is both an exercise in politics as well as policy in the Constitution. But the politics is really simple. If Donald Trump is not on the ballot, the Trump supporters, the sort of MAGA factor, the X factor that’s MAGA, of any block of voters that votes Republican. Those people are not going to be energized no matter how hard you work.
They may hate Biden right now. What Republicans and Conservatives and normal people are seeing is Joe Biden is making a mess of this country, and therefore you want to change direction. That gets you a solid Republican vote. But that doesn’t get you the MAGA factor, because the MAGA factor despises all the aspects of the institutional party system. Both parties, they don’t trust the election system, especially not after the last election.
Now, some of them will be appalled by a Biden. And they’ll wish Trump was back. And they’ll vote Republican. But a lot of times they’ll look up and say House races, I just don’t like anybody in power. And so you’ve got to motivate the MAGA factor, the X factor that’s MAGA.
And, you know, I’ve been talking to Congressman Pete Sessions of Texas. And he said a lot of the people up in the House and Senate, the Republicans think that they won because they did good messaging. He said, we all won because of Trump. Trump had more voters coming towards us, more people that believed in the vision. You’re seeing this in the data, by the way, they’re starting to break it out. More people of color voted for Trump, more folks, it just was a success. He was a success.
And so here’s the thing: If Trump announces that he will become speaker, it instantly agitates, totally agitates his base. And people are just running through walls of fire to get there. And you can say, well, won’t that excite the opposition? Yeah. But they’re already excited, right. They’re already organized. They’ve already got billions and billions of dollars appropriated in the COVID giveaway that will be used next year to get out the vote for the unions and get out the vote for the hyphenated Americans and all. You can’t think that they’re not motivated.
The second thing is a matter of policy/Constitution. Trump as speaker, he would control the checkbook. The budgets all originate from the House. He would have massive amounts of authority. He would be one of the two or 3 leading Republicans, no leading American elected officials. Right? It would be the President and the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore of the Senate, the President of the Senate. In that case, it’s either Schumer or McConnell.
But it’s the perfect post for him to take a prominent role. And it’s the perfect post. And Here’s another little trick, you know, who will want this? The media will want it because, man, it’s boring. It’s just not fun. It’s not fun without Trump around. So I’m being totally serious that the Republic, this nation, this Republic needs Trump to announce, probably after the first of the year and announce “I’m going to go ahead and I’m going to help back candidates,” And Here’s a practical detail. Kevin McCarthy is not going to get the confidence of America, and especially the MAGA factor, even though he’s been a lot better in the last couple of years with Trump. They just don’t trust him. He’s a young gun. He comes out of the Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, John Boehner school, but nobody trusts him until Liz Cheney decided to go crazy and carry on, McCarthy was one of the ones that backed her, was one of the people that put her in.
And so McCarthy is not really going to be, he’s never going to get MAGA Nation excited. And you’re not going to get MAGA Nation excited with Elise Stefanik. In fact, she’s already said she’s not going to run for another term as conference chair or whatever the title is. So she’s not really going to be a future leader. She’s a placeholder and wants in on the action. And so then you get Steve Scalice is the one guy who would probably be legit, like, legitimately, well-liked by the MAGA base. He’s been kind of in the system for a long time. But, you know, he right now he’s the number two, and he could probably play the number two role just as well. He could stay either stay his whip or he could move up, but it just would be astronomical.
And remember, I started to say, if you look at the policy, things the President could put in the budget, the fight over the budget, over building the wall, over controlling the immigration question, you would never have to worry about crazy tax cuts that they’re going to do. It just would be spectacular.
So that’s my proposal. And what I want to say is it’s not a joke. It’s not an idea. It is absolutely positively 100% a thing we should do that is aimed at motivating Americans and getting people excited to vote. And then good policy on the other side, good policy. And frankly, the media, we instantly save all the media. They’re all going, well they’re not going under, they’re losing ratings all the time, and this will immediately turn it around, get them excited.
And that’s my idea. I think we should do it. So I’m bracing my friend Jen Dagostino, I am leading now. I will organize this in some ways. We’ll find out what we can do. But the biggest thing is we’ve got got to get President Trump to agree to be Speaker Trump, and then things take off from there. All right, so that’s the idea. We’ll see if he’ll do it.
By the way, I’ve never heard if anybody asked him. I’ve never heard any comments. He doesn’t do much media right now, so it’s hard to know or to get much of a response. Although he’s starting to do “From the desk of Donald J. Trump,” he’s doing those kind of pseudo tweets and posting. So maybe he’ll comment on this.
All right, everybody, when we get back, we’ll talk with Matt Stoller, wrote Goliath the book. And he’s over at Sub Stack. We’ll talk with him about the size of big tech. There’s no debate about whether they need to be broken up. But why it’s not happening, what we can do about it, we’ll take Mat Stoller. And then John Schlafly, after that, get an update on this column.
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