The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome. Welcome, Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Well, so much to so much to cover so much going on in the country, a lot of the coverage is, of course, about Trump and even Politico and others are are realizing that it’s a ridiculous thing. The the as I tell you often look to Politico for what the left is thinking usually. In a somewhat sophisticated way, they have better writers than some of the regular usual left wing things, but it’s the left of center. It’s kind of the Democrat slash left establishment that’s Politico. Politico is leading. The headlines are basically well, let me read it to you. The recent headline, Bragg’s case against Trump, hits a wall of skepticism even from Trump’s critics. And then it’s a lengthy legal analysis about how and three of the authors we, they have Kyle Cheney, well known Politico author, a journalist, Josh Gerstein, one of their big ones too. And then Erica Orden, I don’t know her name as well, but the fact is that that’s three of the big ones. 3/2 of the. Big ones and one other that I’m sure is. A big they’re all saying in a lengthy analysis, it’s total nonsense. Total nonsense. It’s terrible. But here’s the thing.
Here’s what you need to know today. Let me explain to you how incredibly effective this has been. And continues to be for the Democrats. And it’s not Only in the way that you know after a while, if you get indicted and for 34 charges. And if you look closely, all 34 charges are one charge. You just do it over and Over again because you Basically, say you filed your, you you called this payment the wrong thing and you did it in on this day and then you did it again On that day and you charge it 34 times based on all the Occurrences. It’s one act.
But over time people hear, ohh so and so’s indicted. You tend to think something. Somebody that’s indicted did something wrong. That’s how it works. The word indictment next to your name. He’s indicted or so and so has an indictment. It’s not a positive thing, right? It carries negative weight. But it’s not just that. That that’s not what you need to know. That’s not the Democrats have doing doing that to Trump all the time.
Let me explain to you. The power of this kind of thing. On a person, a human being, because I can tell you at one point I was a chief of staff to the Governor of Missouri. I tell the story a lot. I had a really cool job, did a lot of great things, but I also became the center of a of a very public, publicly covered lawsuit. And the lawsuit, among other things, alleged that I had used my office to influence political stuff in favor of pro-life. They said I was being too political because I was pushing pro-life stuff. They also wrote about the fact that somebody who had been terminated from the office of governor was complaining about me. All this kind of personal stuff. It became a very big deal in the Missouri papers. Right, not nationally, but when your chief of staff to the governor gets a lot of attention, here’s the thing that you I learned. It has a massive impact on your personal life. It doesn’t matter if your family is used to it. It doesn’t matter if they know that you signed on for it. By the time I was involved in Missouri politics or as a chief of staff, I had been the head of the election board in Saint Louis and been on all the News. I’d I had been a a lead lawyer in suing the Governor of Illinois over his pro abortion rule making I had been on CNN for that reason. All sorts of stuff.
But you’re never ready. For the drum beat of negative press, it’s just it’s impossible. It’s like, well, it’s just like a drum beat. And and a drum beat is like boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. And they never let up. They never let up. And and when things happen, there’s a hearing. There’s a lawsuit filed. It gives another reason to write a whole bunch of stories and. Get a bunch of coverage.
And what you need to know is. The the the. The weight of this kind of personal hit job that has happened by the New York District Attorney Bragg against Donald Trump. The personal weight of that is incalculable, because whatever the truth of Donald Trump in terms of the Stormy Daniels — in the same filing, 34 counts of this improper payment to Stormy Daniels, allegedly, the the DA Bragg includes in their reference to another woman who says she got paid after an encounter with Trump, and that’s just included to be personal. And it works. If you saw Donald Trump speak on Tuesday night at Mar-a-lago, he looked exhausted. No surprise. He traveled back and forth to New York to sit in a courtroom.
But also imagine what his home life is like, imagine, no matter what the truth of this assault on him, against his due process rights, imagine what it’s like to go down, you go to the, you’ll roll over in bed to Melania. Now I know. People say, oh, well, Donald Trump did this, you know, did it to himself, I understand that. I’m not saying whatever he did or didn’t do is between him and his wife.
I long ago came to say things like this. Marriage is a great mystery. I believe it’s a gift from God, and God puts a lot of grace into marriage because it’s really tough. It’s really tough to do and you need God’s grace. That’s why I’m a believer. It’s one of the reasons it’s one of the proofs of the existence of God is marriage and how hard it is. But how blessed it is. And so I I’m not. But I also learned not to judge anyone else’s marriage. It’s a kind of mystery. It’s not a kind of mystery, it’s a mystery. And so. But here’s the thing. Donald Trump is just being burdened over and over again.
I like to tell, you know, my friends, how we talk about things I say listen, I’ll, do me a favor. Don’t put another brick on my load. I got a big load. I don’t need you to put another brick on it. If you can help it. Take a brick off my load. That would be the best help. If you can do that, that would be great. And don’t put more on there and let me be clear to you. I want to take a brick off your load. And what they’re doing to Donald Trump is just over and over and over and over again. They are pounding him with a personal attack, and it’s it’s not a it’s not valid, right. Even Politico is admitting that.
But after you say it’s not valid, then you say well, wait a second. If it’s not valid, if it’s not a valid thing, if it’s not an appropriate thing. If it’s not something that should have been done, what what happens when you get pounded over and over again with it. Right? What, how like levels of unfair is it to have that happen? I mean, it’s extraordinary. It’s extraordinary to watch this go on and again. It’s a kind of cruelty. It’s it’s a it’s a personal cruelty that is really surprising to me that nobody else is saying that and seeing it. Now, let me, not no one.
Lots of people are saying that and seeing that, but you know that you’d expect more people on the on the left, more people, normal people. Democrats, I think there’s lots of them, by the way. I think lots of people are looking up and saying this is really rough. This is not, this is not fair. But they’re saying much. Publicly, they’re not saying much publicly.
And so you watch this unbelievable burden. And and I, you know, again, Donald Trump has had a really interesting, in many ways, spectacularly successful life. But I’ve been around enough to know. That even the most successful people put their pants on. One leg at a time. You know, that’s an old saying. They they have normal problems. They have normal concerns. And one of the problems, one of the normal concerns is how how you how you deal with your own family. And what you do when the lights are on the bright lights are on and and how that impacts you, right? It’s an extraordinary thing to see. And just to you know, again to. To consider the weight. To consider the weight of this on him, and when I watched him, I I watched it only in I didn’t watch it live. I watched it on tape. I watched the recording of it and I watched the the Trump speech at Mar-a-Lago and I just thought he looks exhausted. He looks exhausted in a way that’s personal. It’s not. It wasn’t exhausted, like, oh, I can’t take this. He’s been through other things. It was. I just I, you know, I’m just getting. I gotta come home and talk to my wife. I gotta come home and talk to my kids. I gotta come home. His kids are adults now, right? They he’s got adult children like his, like his. His daughter, you know Ivanka, all the cover she got. She’s an adult kid in her 40s. She’s not a kid anymore. You gotta come home and. Talk about that. You gotta come home. And deal with that and you could say, oh, well, Bragg is being unfair. Well, everybody knows that, but the unfair is related to this terrible, terrible situation. And again, don’t give me the. Don’t give me the the the he. It’s his own doing. I got that. I’m not. I’m not defending what he did. I I don’t care. What I’m saying is when you take a lie that there was a crime and use it just to bludgeon somebody, it’s nasty. It’s nasty. It’s the worst kind of nasty. It’s one thing to bring it up in the press. It’s, you know, to to write an ad about it, to do things like that. It’s a. It’s a special kind of nasty to do it like they’re doing this and.
And, here’s the trick. It works. It works. You wear people down. Normal people do not want to go through this and I’ll finish with this.
What you really need to know is that Trump has already obviously figured out how to handle this. He’s bought into this life, he’s going to go to the end. But as Mike Cernovich said, and I referenced this yesterday. What you need to know is, Cernovich wrote a tweet. And he said this is a message to all the people that want to support Trump. You better not do it in a way that we see it. You better not volunteer on his campaign or support him in other ways. There’ll be a price to pay. And you see what we’re doing to him? He that that’s what we’ll do to you. And Cernovich is right. Normal people step back when they see this. They may feel bad for Trump. They may. Wish it was different. But normal people, not people I’m blaming. They protect themselves and their families from the animals that do this. Ask Jeffrey Clark, gifted, talented, experienced lawyer not working as a lawyer right now. Because why? Because he happened to be working for Trump and the Bar Association of DC and everyone else is targeting him. That’s what you need to know, this is about hurting us. Not only hurting Trump and it works.
Alright. We gotta take a break. We’ll be right back. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report back in a moment.