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Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. I have to say I smiled. I was looking at my notes before I started in one of our listeners said to me, texted me and said, slow down. You talk too fast. So I’m going to try to slow down. A little bit and I do get excited. Welcome to the Pro America Report. I’m Ed Martin. It’s great to be together and what you need to know is coming at you right now in just a few minutes, you’ll get everything you need to know for your day and for maybe for your week, but certainly for your day and. By the oh, and important. You can go over to proamericareport.com and sign up there and Get the daily e-mail the daily WYNK. What you need to know in Your inbox at 8:00 AM East Coast, 5:00 AM Pacific. All right, lots. Happening. Lot’s happening.
You know, we could talk about President Trump’s interview on Meet the Press. I thought it was. I thought he looked tired, but I thought he was a typical Trump. He managed it unbelievably well there’s nobody better at this point. You know, he he threw meat to the base. He he. I think he made the. The the point that is was talked about most. They tried to talk about whether he admitted that he lost the election because he said. They they only 32,000 votes or 22,000 votes separated the election and she was like, oh, so you admit you lost and he dodged that and said no, I think they stole the election.
And then the other big thing for a lot of conservatives, his comments on abortion saying that he thinks there needs to be you need to be, tread carefully in terms of the limitations on abortions. Because of where the country is. Got a lot of bad press with conservatives, but it’s a little bit of a trick that Trump does because the whole country is talking about how Trump is not extreme on abortion. And I think you know all everyone, all the conservatives, all the Liberals are saying Trump is not the extremist. He won’t go far enough. He likes that. And I think what he’s really doing is he’s I think he’s solidly pro-life and he’s probably going to come later to say more about it. Remember, he. He stood at the in the debate with Hillary Clinton and and hammered pro-life like he like. Nobody’s ever done it and then went into office and did a pretty good job on that. So we’ll see. But that’s the attention. But that’s not what I want to talk about.
What I want to talk about is over the weekend. There was the vote of acquittal. In the Texas Senate of Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Now what has to, I have to explain a little better than maybe I did. And I want to explain that in Texas, there was an impeachment by the House of Representatives. Now at the State House. Texas is pretty dominated by Republicans. Having said that, when you go into the legislature, you end up with a good chunk of Democrats in office, although in the minority because there’s big cities that have lots of Democrat successes, as voted in the elections that Dallas and Houston and other cities, you know, every every major city would have. Districts that tended to lean more liberal and and even say in Austin districts that lean liberal with all the university students and university officials and and staff. So there are Democrats. And then there are moderate Republicans, so-called rinos and establishment Republicans also. And then there’s conservatives. And
Texas has a lot of conservatives, and they almost always. They, they. They. Often have and they usually have almost a majority of true conservatives, and the rinos and the Democrats are on the other side. Well, Ken Paxton has made enough enemies as attorney general that the House of Representatives in Texas voted to impeach him, and it was all the rinos and moderates and establishment and all the Democrats. And then just a sprinkling of Republicans, probably more personality than anything else. But there you are. There you have it. That’s what you got.
And so he was impeached, and the list of all the articles of impeachment were a long list – abuse of office, personal enrichment that the overlay on this was that he had had a a failing in his marriage. And and he admitted that had come out publicly and so they used the Same that that when. You’re when you’re gonna try to beat someone in politics, ’cause impeachments are politics, you have to use everything you’ve got. So they used certain personal problems he’s had. Along with criticisms of his conduct in office, including some investigations by law enforcement and I, maybe even federal law enforcement. But at this point in our history, does anyone think that any investigation by any law enforcement is legitimate? And and yet they relied on that.
So the the House of Representatives in Texas passed a full impeachment, a bunch of articles of impeachment. Almost 20, I think. And they passed him over, and he was impeached. And in Texas, the impeachment law says a statewide elected official is actually out of office, sort of suspended until the impeachment inquiry is tried in the Senate.
So they go over to the Senate and they try it in the Senate and you’ve got to be convicted. You’ve got to be convicted by, I think it’s a 2/3. It’s either 2/3 or 3/4 Majority of the Senators who are the jury and and now there should be enough Republicans to fight this off, ’cause it’s a political game. It’s not a it’s not a legal it’s not a legal tribunal. It’s not a, a, an election in any you know, it’s not a formal way. It’s a political argument. It’s a political fight. And a lot of us think that Ken Paxton did a really good job in office and he’s being taken out of office because he did a really good job in office. And you know, you could impeach, you could. Impeach across this country. You could impeach. If you impeach Everyone that has a personal failing half. The you know 2/3 of the of the. Of the governments would be under impeachment. I’m sorry To say I mean it’s too bad, although we’re all sinners, I don’t excuse it. But and then the rest of the criticisms I I just don’t think they don’t have a place in my mind to rush to impeach the guy. It does feel like what has been said. That they’re rushing to impeach him because they don’t like him being a strong guy who’s not controlled by anybody.
Now you can say ohh I think he did this or that he didn’t get proven in a court of law to do this or that, he’s never been tried. He’s never been convicted, he’s he’s in A political fight for his life, and he won. And he won because conservatives like myself and John Schlafly and the Eagles, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles and others weighed in, but also lots of thousands and thousands of of of of Texans told their state senators don’t do this, and they step back from the abyss.
And here’s what I want. Here’s What you need to know. The Ken Paxton Push back the ability to fight off this impeachment because if he was convicted of the impeachment, he leaves office never to serve office again, actually, which is surprising. I didn’t know the penalty was that that severe, but because I thought maybe he could run again. But that stepping back from that, I want to tell you. Feels to me. Like the beginning, like a crack. In the lawfare movement, because this is lawfare, because the same weekend that Ken Paxton’s got a jury of state senators holding his career in the balance, having been elected a year ago a little bit more than a year ago. In a landslide. A little less than a year ago, sorry, in. A landslide reelection. He’s watching, the same weekend. You’ve got a a trial ongoing. In the California bar against the Professor, John Eastman. You’ve got a bar complaint against Jeff Clar. In Georgia. You’ve got cases that are gonna come up in just a few weeks against lawyers for their role in advising someone. You’ve got a president, former president of the United States, indicted in four places on basically some kind of free speech. Based on what he thinks happened in the election. You’ve got all this happening. Lawfare at every level you meet people and you hear and you watch the lawfare.
By the way, the the, the subsidiary of Lawfare, a a different battle of lawfare. That’s the wrong word subsidiary, but a different battle. Of of of on Long along the. lawfare front is the experience that I had this weekend of of hearing. From Tiffany Justice of Moms for Liberty, who said the Southern Poverty Law Center called me and her organization a certain kind of thing. I think anti government extremists and as Tiffany’s co-founder said, so well, well, how can we be anti government extremists? We ran people for school board. We’re we’re for the government. We just wanted to do better. But anyway, the Southern Poverty Law Center is so powerful with the media and with the big tech and others that the Moms for Liberty have had to basically answer the question over and over again, or have every opening paragraph be the Southern Poverty Law Center called them this name. That’s a that’s a form of lawfare, because when you get called a name. Like a an anti government extremist in the environment we’re in, it has an impact on everything from your ability to communicate on other subjects, to fundraising, to anything. It’s an extraordinary slur.
So we have this lawfare going on and my my argument would be my assessment would be that Ken Paxton was supposed to be convicted. The plan was to convict Ken Paxton as part of this, as as the ongoing effort to take good guys off the field of battle.
You know Ken Paxton, I think he sued the Biden administration more than any other attorney general. In the country. Texas has all kinds of pushback going on. And so you’re taking people off the field of battle, either by starving them of money, taking them out of jobs, or in fact putting them in jail. And over the weekend in St. Louis, we had, Mark, we had Mark Houck, the guy who was they, they came after him for basically protecting his son on a on a. On a peaceful protest line, a prayer line in front of a pro-life organization, and they tried him under one of these FACE laws that’s supposed to protect the the workers in these clinics. It’s it’s so unconstitutional and so ridiculous to me, it’s unbelievable. And he was he was acquitted. They tried to convict him and sent him to jail for 11 years. He was acquitted and he came and spoke. And he talked about this, the specifics of Lawfare. Hours later, we had another group of January, this time, January 6th, defendants. Talk about it. I mean, we’re in a tough time, but I’m telling you the tide is turning. When people like Ken Paxton can win, not just survive, but win, there’s more to come. The tide is turning in this country. That’s what you need to know. Alright, we got. To take a. Break. We’ll be right. Back. It’s Ed Martin, Pro America Report.