Mail-In Voting Comes Down to One Issue: Trust

 Originally published August 18, 2020

https://cnsnews.com/commentary/moshe-hill/mail-voting-comes-down-one-issue-trust

A voter drops off their mail-in ballot at the King County County Department of Elections in Renton, Wash. on Nov. 2, 2016. (Photo credit: JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images)

The latest Democrat conspiracy theory, cooked up in the bowels of Capitol Hill, served by the newsrooms in New York and Los Angeles, and eaten by the gullible masses of Democratic voters, is that the Trump administration is waging a war on the Postal Service. The brilliance of this conspiracy theory is the simple assumed premise that mail-in voting is not only necessary, but inevitable for the upcoming elections this November.

The evolution and dissemination of the conspiracy theory is well-documented and ultimately irrelevant. Mail-in voting cannot be allowed in the upcoming election because elections, to be considered “legitimate,” must have a basis of trust. In the most politically divided time in a half a century, is there any side of the political aisle that trusts the other not to do whatever it can to win?

Look at a small sampling of comments over the past few years.

This past February, a Baltimore area high school comparedPresident Donald Trump to Nazis and communists. Comparing Trump to Hitler has become commonplace since he announced his candidacy. Books have been written about it. A 2018 Washington Post article proclaimed that “it’s not wrong to compare Trump’s America to the Holocaust.” House majority whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) recently said “I used to wonder: How did the people of Germany allow Hitler to exist? But with each passing day, I’m beginning to understand how.”

The Nazi comparisons don’t end with Trump. A 2018 article by Holocaust historian Christopher Browning in the New York Review Of Books said that Mitch McConnell was the “gravedigger of American democracy.” Former CNBC host and MSNBC contributor Donny Deutch said on “Morning Joe” in 2018 “if you vote for Trump then you, the voter, you, not Donald Trump, are standing at the border, like Nazis, going ‘you here, you here.’”

Trump voters have had to endure slings and arrows from the intellectual elite for their decision in 2016, regardless of reasons for casting their ballot.

“If you support Donald Trump, you are a racist,” wrote Michigan Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes. “Here is where it gets tricky and uncomfortable. Donald Trump is a racist, and if being a racist is not a deal-breaker for you, you are the reason black people are being murdered for being black.”

The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed entitled “Why Do Trump’s Supporters Deny the Racism That Seems So Evident to Democrats?” in which the author, a law professor at UC Berkeley, argues that Trump’s racist dog whistles give his supporters enough plausible deniability to say that he’s not a racist. He also admits that 87 percent of Trump voters say he’s not racist, while 91 percent of Hillary voters say Trump is a racist.

So here we are, in 2020, with half the country thinking that the president is a racist, a Nazi, and destroying the “soul of the nation”, as Joe Biden puts it. Trump’s successes, according to vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, are Obama’s, and his failures, especially the 2020 economy, are solely his own and have nothing to do with coronavirus. If they are true believers in what they are saying, and one has to assume that is the case, then why wouldn’tthey do anything and everything to win, regardless of the means.

Ballot harvesting is a legitimate problem for a free and fair election. In 2018, multiple traditionally Republican congressional House seats flipped Democrat on the back of harvested ballots, around 250,000 of which were dropped off on election day. Some states have bar codes on the outside of their ballots, where a clear “R” or “D” is marked, specifying if the recipient or sender of that ballot is a registered Republican or Democrat. Voter rolls in many states have incorrect information, so homes can receive ballots for former owners, alive, or deceased. CBS conducted an experiment in which 3 percent of ballots were never received.

Taking the facts that the left hates Trump with a passion and the system itself is wide open to a variety of fraudulent actions, the vote comes down to one thing: trust. Should Republicans trust Democrats not to cheat? Should Republicans trust that Democrats will accept the results of the 2020 election when they still haven’t accepted the results of 2016? There is not enough of a social fabric in this country to automatically throw a presidential election in such turmoil. But maybe turmoil is exactly what the Democrats are aiming for.

Moshe Hill is a fellow for Chovevei Zion, political analyst and columnist.  His work can be found on his blog, www.aHillwithaView.com.  You can follow on Twitter @TheMoHilland on Facebook @aHillwithaView.

Kamala Harris: Not Pragmatic, Not Moderate

 Originally published August 19, 2020

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/3036-kamala-harris-not-pragmatic-not-moderate

Last week, Joe Biden picked who is running in his stead against Donald Trump, and it’s the radical leftist Senator from California Kamala Harris. Yes, the same Kamala Harris who insinuated that Biden was a racist, and said she believed his sexual assault victim is now the successor to the man who called himself a “transition” candidate and who the majority of voters don’t think will make it through his first term.

The nation’s Democrats have already formed opinions about Harris, and they were not good. At her primary peak in July 2019, she was in a three-way tie for second place with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren at 15%, but she mostly hovered in the single digits. She dropped out before the first ballot was cast because she was out of money and the polling in her home state of California was at 7%. The media reaction to her dropout was a mixture of criticism of her campaign prowess and lamenting the sexism and racism of America (or, really, the Democratic Primary voters) for not supporting a woman of color.

Harris has now been given the proverbial keys to the kingdom. According to a Rasmussen poll, 59% of voters, Democrat, Republican, and Independent, believe that the 77-year-old Biden will not finish his first term. This means that 59% of respondents are essentially admitting to a Kamala Harris presidency. Broken down by party affiliation, 49% of Democrats, 73% of Republicans, and 57% of Independents believe that, should Biden prevail in November, Harris will be president by the end of 2024.

This means that Joe Biden is a Trojan horse candidate, and Kamala Harris is the wolf in Biden skin. So it’s much more important for the voters to know far more about Harris than they’ve needed to know about any Vice Presidential pick in the last century, maybe more.

First, the lie that Harris is a “pragmatic moderate,” as headlined by The New York Times, is easily debunked. Her GovTrack report card for 2019 lists her as the most leftwing Senator, ahead of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – hardly a moderate. As for pragmatism, she co-sponsored the eighth most bills of all Senators, but she joined fewer bi-partisan bills than any other Democrat. Basically, she co-sponsors Democrat bills in a Republican-majority Senate, and does not work across the aisle. She also missed 61.9% of her votes in 2019, third most of all Senators.

More specifically, on key votes in her short Senate career (which began in 2017), Harris has voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act, against the USMCA, and against Marco Rubio’s pro-Israel, anti-BDS bill. She has expressed interest in rejoining the Iran deal. She has flip-flopped on healthcare so often that the only thing we know for certain is that she wants to give free healthcare to illegal aliens, but she has mentioned that she would ban private insurance (she has, for now, backed off that position). She supports the Green New Deal, which will bankrupt the country and not affect climate change. She also said she would ban fracking, which has caused a massive reduction in carbon emissions and made the United States energy-independent.

As the Attorney General of California and District Attorney of San Francisco, she repeatedly put politics over the law. She refused to defend California state law stating that marriage is between a man and a woman. She bowed to unions to undermine a buyout of six hospitals, so the hospitals closed and the communities suffered (there is a lawsuit that claims that the union promised her $25 million for this). When Planned Parenthood was caught by an undercover journalist for discussing the illegal sale of dead baby body parts, Harris sued the journalist. Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood has donated $80,000 to her campaigns. When she was DA of San Francisco, Harris did not disclose exculpatory evidence, which affected a man on death row and over a thousand others.

Then there’s how she treats her enemies. Kamala Harris was the face of the Brett Kavanaugh witch-hunt, much like Joe Biden was the face of the Clarence Thomas witch-hunt. Not only did she falsely accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault, she insinuated, without any evidence, that he was part of a Russian conspiracy cover-up. She never followed up on her allegations.

Harris’s wildly leftist politics may not hurt her or the Biden/Harris ticket. According to Pew Research, 56% of Biden voters say they are voting for him because “he is not Trump,” compared to 19% of Trump voters whose main reason is because “he is not Biden.” This means that, for all intents and purposes, ballots are being cast out of spite for President Trump. Every voter should think about the future direction of this country if his or her vote is cast out of contempt and animus instead of what is truly best for the United States going forward. Given the turmoil in the streets of Democrat-run cities, the main question that voters should ask is: Who will stand up to the mob, and who will bow down before it? Neither Biden nor Harris has the personal will or the political power to take on the forces that are tearing this country apart. Hopefully, President Trump can stay disciplined enough on the campaign trail to show the American people the right way.


Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, the Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to aHillwithaview.com for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow him on Twitter @TheMoHill

Media Plays Cover-Up So Puppet Can Become President

 Originally published August 12, 2020

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/3009-media-plays-cover-up-so-puppet-can-become-president

The 2020 Presidential election is less than a hundred days away, but coverage of the race has become close to non-existent because of coronavirus. Luckily for the Democratic Party, Joe Biden doesn’t need to run a campaign, because the media is doing all the work for him. COVID-19 is the perfect excuse for the former Vice President.

The largest obstacle for Biden’s campaign is clearly the Presidential debates, so the media is desperately trying to get rid of them. The New York Times recently published an opinion article entitled, “Let’s Scrap the Presidential Debates.” A month ago, Thomas Friedman wrote another article setting conditions for a debate: that Trump should release his tax returns and that Trump should agree to a real-time fact checker. Knowing that both of those conditions would not occur, Friedman ended the article by saying, “Joe, stay in your basement.” The Editorial Board of the Washington Postsuggested that audiences must be scrapped from the debates because Trump brought Bill Clinton’s victims to his debates with Hillary. “Who knows how much lower he could sink this year,” they wondered.

Biden is truly a wild card, and a multi-hour debate is too risky in front of a national audience. This past week alone, he’s made some major gaffes regarding race that would have been national news had any Republican, even a local representative, said them. “Unlike the African American community,” Biden said to the National Association of Black Journalists, “with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.” He doubled down later in the day when he spoke with the National Association of Latino Journalists. “We can build a new administration that reflects the full diversity of our nation, the full diversity of Latino communities. And when I mean full diversity, unlike the African American community and many other communities, you’re from everywhere. From Europe, from the tip of South America, all the way to our border and Mexico, and in the Caribbean.” Biden’s assumptions that all black people think alike reinforces his “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black” comment made in May.

This won’t stop the media from covering for Biden. As political commentator Andrew Klavan says, when there’s a scandal on the Right, the news is the scandal. When there’s a scandal on the Left, the news is “Republicans Pounce!” Same is true for these latest Biden statements. ABC’s headline was “Biden Faces Backlash for Comparing Diversity in African American, Latino Communities.” Similarly, NBC wrote, “Biden Faces Backlash over Racial Diversity Remark.” The Associated Press and Politico watered down the remarks by headlining, “Biden Draws Distinction on Black, Latino Political Diversity” and “Joe Biden Contrasted the Black and Latino Communities in Remarks on Wednesday, Stating That the Latter Is ‘Incredibly Diverse,’” respectively.

Another trick the media will do to protect Biden is write a small article about the scandal, but not promote it. The New York TimesWashington Post, and CNN did not post the story on their Twitter handles, lest their combined 120-million Twitter followers actually get the idea the Biden isn’t capable of getting through the most basic of interviews.

Biden is, by his own words, a “transition” candidate, and that his Vice Presidential pick has to “be ready on day one to be president of the United States.” He’s already delayed his announcement of who will be his running mate, although we do know that it’s going to be a woman of color based on his previous comments. It’s because of this, and not his own record, that has the far left of the Democratic Party, which is increasingly becoming the mainstream, howling with glee.

Bernie Sanders has said that Biden could be “the most progressive president since FDR.” That’s not based on Biden’s record, it’s based on his diminished ability to lead, which will be passed off to the people around him, namely the socialist left. Biden’s entire job at this point is to stay in his basement and play dead, and let President Trump defeat himself. Biden won’t even leave to accept his own nomination; he’s going to do it remotely.

Joe Biden has no ability to be the President; he will merely be a puppet, dragged across the finish line by a compliant media and a leftwing mob that will promise to stop burning down cities once Trump is out of office. Every American must look at this candidacy and wonder if Joe Biden’s senile-esque behavior deserves to be given the highest office in the land just because Trump says stupid stuff on Twitter. You’re not then just voting against Trump; you’re voting for a man who will do nothing to improve this country after the greatest global crisis since World War II, and will merely succumb to the whims of the people who want to burn this country down because they think they can rebuild from the ashes.


Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, the Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to aHillwithaview.com for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow him on Twitter @TheMoHill.

Cuomo Uses COVID To Extend Dictatorship

 Originally published July 29, 2020

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/2949-cuomo-uses-covid-to-extend-dictatorship

While the Chinese virus continues to spread throughout the world, the Governor of the hardest hit State in the Union is taking a brief hiatus from committing the COVID equivalent of germ warfare on nursing homes to extend his powers far beyond the abilities of his office. Andrew Cuomo has used his newfound celebrity status among the media elite to bring nearly every aspect of life in New York under his boot heel.

Like all good dictators, Cuomo has the benefit of a state media that succumbs to his every whim and a one-party system of government. Since the Democrats took majority power in the State Senate in the blue wave of 2018, there has been no check on Cuomo’s wildest impulses. If 2019 was the year that fulfilled Cuomo’s wish list, 2020 was the year when Cuomo was able to finally surpass the legislature completely. He was able to do this by using the pandemic and a sympathetic media to ram through every ridiculous whim he had.

By all accounts, Cuomo’s approval numbers should be in the toilet. New York has the most coronavirus deaths in the United States by a wide margin – twice as many as the next highest state, New Jersey. New York’s death count is over six times higher than that of the much-maligned Sweden. Cuomo is one of only five governors (all Democrats) to issue executive orders forcing nursing homes to receive COVID-positive patients. That order wasn’t reversed until early May. Cuomo also kept the subways opened and uncleaned until May, long after experts posited that the subway system was a primary vector of transmission.

Despite these massive failures, Cuomo enjoys a 60% approval rating amongst voters. This is because the media has been consistently gaslighting the public with the lie that Cuomo is a success and Republican governors around the country are the failures. The greatest offender is Cuomo’s own brother, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who has acted as Pravda for big bro Andrew. On May 20, Chris joked with Andrew about his brother’s nose size when taking a COVID test. At this point, deaths in New York hit over 18,000. Since then, deaths have doubled. That hasn’t stopped CNN anchor John King from asking Andrew Cuomo to give advice to governors, “most of them Republicans.” That hasn’t stopped Jimmy Fallon from fawning, “Governor Andrew Cuomo has shown such amazing leadership in helping guide the great State of New York and all of us New Yorkers through such a tough time.” So it’s no wonder that Cuomo has gotten such a swelled head that he lectures the rest of the country.

An NBC interview with Gabe Gutierrez began with the news that Andrew Cuomo violated his own travel ban by going down to Georgia (ironically only a few weeks after Charlie Daniels passed away) to tell a state with one-tenth his death rate how to combat this pandemic. (On a side note, the same Governor who endlessly touts how much Americans need to combat climate change took a private jet for this trip). The worst aspect of this interview was how NBC handled the executive order about nursing homes.

“But Cuomo has also faced controversy himself for ordering COVID patients to be transferred from hospitals to nursing homes,” said Gutierrez. Cuomo has the audacity to dispute this. “We looked at this factually. If you look at when the nursing home deaths happened, it has no correlation to that order. Where the spread came from were from the workers. There’s a chance that the virus may have come from visitors early on.” Cuomo provided no evidence that his greatest failure wasn’t his fault, nor did Gutierrez request any. However, when NBC replayed this interview the next morning on the Today show, that part of the segment was cut.

With wide latitude from the media to do whatever he wants and an ego eclipsed only by his own failures, Cuomo released a poster to self-aggrandizement that would make President Trump blush. He quotes himself, labels his response as “smart,” blames Trump, and celebrates LGBT Pride (for some unknown reason). He also has a giant mountain to show how bad the peak was, but for anyone with an attention span longer than five minutes, that curve was the opposite of the goals originally stated in March, which was to “flatten the curve.” Cuomo failed – miserably – and got away with parading his failures as successes.

This is why he feels comfortable going full dictator on bars in New York State. Cuomo released an order saying that bars must serve food, not just drinks. In response, bars started serving “Cuomo Crackers” and other made-up foods for a dollar or less. So Cuomo, in his infinite wisdom, redefined what food was. It included sandwiches, but not Buffalo wings. Apparently, Cuomo is not only the Conqueror of COVID, he’s the Arbiter of Appetizers.

Andrew Cuomo’s leadership over this past decade has been such a failure that the state has seen a massive exodus in recent years. His leadership over the past few months has seen the highest death rate in the country. Before the media continue to give him accolades that he doesn’t deserve, maybe they should look at the data. If they don’t, the voters definitely should.


Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, the Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to aHillwithaview.com for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow him on Twitter @TheMoHill.

A Conversation With New York City Councilman Rory Lancman

 Originally published July 22, 2020

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/2926-a-conversation-with-new-york-city-councilman-rory-lancman

With the rise in crime in and around New York City, the Queens Jewish community is growing more and more concerned with the direction the city has been taking regarding criminal justice reform and the relationship with the police. Some of these measures included ending cash bail, closing Rikers Island, and creating community jails closer to the courthouse. Councilman Rory Lancman, who represents the 24th City Council district (which covers Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, and more), has been a strong advocate for much of these policy changes.

When discussing the issues with Councilman Lancman, he seemed incredibly concerned about the increase in crime around the city, but was confident that those issues would not hit his constituents. “The district that I represent is safe,” Lancman said. “Crime is down dramatically in the 107th precinct, and my part of the 103rd precinct. The [Queens] Jewish community in particular…are safer this year than they were last year, and much safer this year than they were in the year before I took office. The increase in shootings are happening in other parts of the city, but nobody who is a reader of the Queens Jewish Link should feel unsafe.”

When discussing the issues in the rest of the city, Councilman Lancman put the onus on the NYPD. Lancman elaborates by saying, “We’re in a situation where the Police Department is in open revolt against the democratically elected City Council and more importantly, the democratically elected mayor, who is their boss.” While Commissioner Dermot Shea is openly blaming the increase in crime around the city on the latest policies, Lancman claims that these accusations are debunked. “Each one of those excuses, each one of those justifications, each one of doing everything but looking in the mirror on the part of the Police Department, for why they’re not containing shooting in different parts of the city, gets debunked, gets shown to be demonstrably false and statistically impossible, and then they move on to the next one.” The New York Post recently reported that, based on the NYPD’s own data, the shootings reported in New York City are not being conducted by those released from prison due to COVID-19 or people who were released without bail.

The main takeaway is that the relationship between the NYPD and the New York City Council and the Mayor’s Office is extremely fractured, possibly broken, without a possibility of repair under Mayor de Blasio. Commissioner Shea is constantly refuting the Mayor, and as Councilman Lancman elaborates, NYPD action is viewed as insubordination. The fact is that crime is rising in New York City. Whether that is caused by the recent reforms made by the state legislature and City Council, or merely correlates with those recently instituted policies, cooperation between lawmakers and the police is paramount to the continued safety of the residents. If the NYPD is at war with the City Council, the only winners are the criminals and the only losers are the innocent.

When discussing the history of the relationship between the NYPD and the Mayor’s Office, Councilman Lancman mentioned that the NYPD leadership “went nuts” when Mayor de Blasio discussed having “the talk” with his black children during a press conference. This, according to Lancman, was “an example of a wild overreaction on the part of the police officers and the union.” The fact that black children need to be given “the talk” about how to deal with police officers when confronted “should have been a moment for reflection” for the NYPD. Lancman is referring to a 2014 press conference after an officer was not indicted in the death of Eric Garner. “Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years, about the dangers he may face,” de Blasio said. “A good young man, a law-abiding young man, who would never think to do anything wrong, and yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face – we’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades – in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.”

The NYPD took great offense at the insinuation that police officers treat black suspects differently, as they should. If, after the shootings at the Chabad of Poway or the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, a prominent Jewish official, like Chuck Schumer, gave a press conference where he said that he had to give his children “the talk” about how non-Jews have historically hunted and killed Jews, would that have been a productive way to unify after a tragedy? Or were de Blasio’s remarks the first step in a long journey that led to a point that “the Police Department and police officers have been deliberately holding back,” according to Councilman Lancman. “Arrests are down dramatically, and they’re doing it to make a political statement, to make a point, to assert themselves, because they’re not used to not getting their way.”

The recent reforms made to the criminal justice system, which are opposed by the NYPD, were largely motivated by the statistical analysis that black people were being disproportionately affected by the enforcement of the laws. In order to change the result, the enforcement mechanism was changed. However, this does not mean less crime will be committed; this only means that less punishment will be doled out. By comparison, if a high school was suspending far more boys than girls in a given year, and the principal decided that the gender punishment gap was too great, ending all suspensions would close that gap. However, that wouldn’t solve the problems of the school; it would merely remove a punishment mechanism. Expanded out to New York City, the problems do not disappear if the city has decriminalized certain misdemeanors; probably the opposite will happen. The latest policies, including the closing of Rikers Island and making certain “quality of life” offenses civil matters instead of criminal ones, seem to have been passed in the hope that criminals would be so grateful that they would stop committing crime.

One of the most controversial policies enacted was the end to cash bail. When asked about this, Councilman Lancman admitted that removing cash bail was only half the solution. “Here’s what’s missing in New York,” he said. “Right now, New York is one of only a handful of states that do not allow someone to be remanded, to remain in custody, based on a determination that they are a danger to the public. We don’t have that in New York. So what we have, the only use of cash bail in the law in New York is to secure a defendant’s attendance before trial.” When asked why the state legislature didn’t add the ability for a prosecutor to make the case that a detainee is too much of a public danger to be released, Lancman says that “our criminal justice system is permeated with racial inequality at every level.” Therefore, “disproportionately, people of color, and Black people in particular, will be deemed dangerous” and held. However, even having that mechanism would have prevented someone like Ayana Logan, who was arrested and released three times in as many days, from committing further acts of violence. Instituting the end to cash bail is merely a half-measure, at best.

When lamenting the racial inequality of the criminal justice system, Councilman Lancman begs the question of “Why is this happening?” Is every level, from the cop on the beat to the judge handing down the sentence, merely being more stringent on people of color? Or are there other factors, like prior arrests and convictions, or the fact that a disproportionate amount of violent crime is committed by poor people, and a disproportionate amount of poor people in the city are people of color? If so, what measures can be taken to help lift people out of poverty? For years the government has been pumping money into the system, but the fact is that broken homes and poor education continue to persist, and as long as that exists in any community, regardless of color, members of that community will be front and center of the criminal justice system.

That being said, the best take-away from the conversation with Councilman Lancman is that the conversation, itself, is worthwhile. There are differences of opinion and different paths toward the same goal. The left and the right don’t agree on much; but as long as the conversation persists, there exists an increased chance at repairing the divisiveness that has permeated the culture. By working with the police, despite all the past differences, our communities can be safer, and this steady increase in violence across the city can be an aberration instead of a trend.


Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, the Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and www.JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to www.aHillwithaview.com  for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow him on Twitter @TheMoHill.

Trump’s Mask Goes On, Media Masks Come Off

 Originally published July 15, 2020

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/2893-trump-s-mask-goes-on-media-masks-come-off

This week, in a visit to Walter Reed Medical Center, President Donald Trump was photographed and videoed wearing a mask. The reaction by members of the media is just an example of a media that is no longer hiding its bias. The masks of media objectivity are off, and continuously exposing this is Trump’s best road to re-election.

First up is Jake Tapper, who is normally the most even-keeled anchor on CNN (although when you are compared to Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo, it’s not hard to look competent). After the photo of the mask-wearing Trump was released, Tapper tweeted, “Some day someone will do a study on how many lives might have been saved if this happened in February or March.” Tapper hasn’t been as insane as his colleagues on praising New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s horrific and awful measures taken during the pandemic, but he also has never once suggested that a study should be conducted over how many lives could have been saved had Cuomo protected the nursing homes or shut down the subways. Additionally, Tapper is writing revisionist history on the state of the nation in February and March.

On March 2, a CNN headline scrambled, “Masks can’t stop the coronavirus in the US.” On March 3, former candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Connecticut Representative and all-around Trump-hater Eric Swalwell tweeted, “Stop wearing face masks. #coronavirus.” On March 7, fellow anchor Chris Cuomo tweeted that “…masks are not viewed as particularly effective in avoiding the virus either.” If Tapper didn’t know about those, maybe he would remember February 26, when Dr. Erica S. Shenoy, the associate chief for the Infection Control Unit at Mass General Hospital told him on his own show, “There’s really no need to be wearing the mask.” Yes, a lot has been learned between then and now, but suggesting that lives would have been saved if Trump wore a mask when literally everyone was saying that wearing a mask was unnecessary is ludicrous.

The media no longer cares about the façade of objectivity; they are openly campaigning for Democrats. Whether it’s softball questions to candidates for the Vice Presidential slot for Joe Biden (see Lawrence O’Donnell interviewing Senator Kamala Harris for a prime example) or devoting airtime to discussing the supposed brilliance of Biden’s ads, the media’s masks are off. This is incredibly obvious when discussing COVID cases.

Lately, the major COVID “hotspot” states are Florida, Texas, and Arizona – three states run by Republicans. However, the goalposts have completely shifted regarding what the media will talk about. Originally, lockdown was to “flatten the curve” – the curve being the number of infected over a certain amount of time. Flattening the curve would prevent overloading the hospital system, which happened. Once the curve flattened in early May, some states began to re-open. For over a month, there was no major spike in cases or deaths. Then the nationwide George Floyd protests and riots began in early June, and three to four weeks later we are seeing a spike in cases, but not in deaths. Since the media cannot blame the spike on the protests, because they were cheering the protests on in the first place, they blame the spike on re-opening.

However, higher case numbers but flat or declining death numbers are indicators that young people are getting this and not being hospitalized, and that testing has increased dramatically, even among the asymptomatic. The hospital system is not being overwhelmed, and the reason for high capacity is because in many cities, elective procedures have been allowed again. If any particular hospital is out of ICU beds, there are resources available to them. Instead of pushing a message of cautious optimism, the media relentlessly pushes case numbers as proof that Republican governance writ large is a failure.

Instead of focusing on case numbers, focusing on deaths is a far better indicator of the failures or successes of a state. Since the media likes to focus on Texas, Florida, and Arizona, and regularly praises the leadership of states like New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, it’s only logical to compare the numbers.

Total number of deaths doesn’t make sense given the disparity in populations; the three Republican-led states have over 57 million people combined, while the three Democratic states have 31 million. The deaths per 100,000 people in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are 175, 165, and 122, respectively. In terms of comparison, the deaths per 100,000 in Texas, Florida, and Arizona are 11, 20, and 31, respectively. In fact, of the top ten states in terms of highest death count, nine of them are run by Democrats.

So the narrative changed. It became about new case numbers, not deaths. This isn’t even a clever trick; the media is simply lying to make Republican governors, and by extension President Trump, look bad. The reason couldn’t be more obvious: There is an election coming soon. President Trump needs to get his campaign in high gear, but he isn’t running against Joe Biden. He’s running against a 24/7 news media that has dedicated itself to a single purpose: his defeat. He must become disciplined enough to not give them ammunition.


Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, the Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to www.aHillwithaview.com  for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow him on Twitter @TheMoHill.

Where Are Our Leaders

 Originally published July 8, 2020

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/2867-where-are-our-leaders

This past week saw a massive surge in the defamation, desecration, and destruction of the history of the United States of America. The ire of the mob is no longer limited to protesting police brutality or Confederate statues – perhaps it never was. The goal of the far-left is to burn down the country and hope that from the ashes a better system somehow emerges. Few, if any, of our elected leaders seem to have the political will to stop them.

Back in 2017, when there was a major protest at a statue of Robert E. Lee, President Trump predicted that the calls to demolish American history would not be limited to the former Confederacy. “I wonder, is it George Washington next week?” Trump asked. “And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” This question was met with mockery from the media, but Trump was right on the mark. Not only have statues of Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Scott Key, and many others been destroyed or defaced, but Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, the two leaders against the Confederacy and slavery, have been demolished, as well. This weekend, freed slave Frederick Douglas’ statue was obliterated and spread around Rochester, New York. Activists burned the American flag outside the White House, chanting a variety of expletives and yelling “America was never great.”

For those who claim that this radical violence is restricted to the fringes of the far-left, Mount Rushmore drew the ire of the media for the simple reason that President Trump was planning to speak there. The New York Times tweeted, “Mount Rushmore was built on land that belonged to the Lakota tribe and sculpted by a man who had strong bonds with the Ku Klux Klan. It features the faces of two US presidents who were slaveholders.” The “well, actually” defenders on the Internet were quick to obfuscate the clear message of the Tweet, which is the same as the flag burners outside the White House: that America was never great. The Father of our Country and the author of the Declaration of Independence have had all their accomplishments stripped away; they are now merely “slaveholders.”

Trump, to his credit, stood in front of the same mountain and loudly declared that “this monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced, their legacy will never, ever, be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.” The President then proceeded to talk about the greatness of America, all the incredible men and women of many races who clung to the flag and the promise of America in the hope that the country would fulfill the words written in the Declaration of Independence, that “all men are created equal” (or as Joe Biden would put it, “you know, the thing”).

Trump spoke of the fringes that have been destroying monuments and attempting to tear down American history. “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children,” he said. That is undeniably true. Trump is one of the few people in the country who is willing to stand up for it – and that includes former Presidents and many members of Congress. Tammy Duckworth, Democratic Senator from Illinois, refused to condemn those who took down statues of Washington and Jefferson, saying, “We should start off by having a national dialogue on it.” When pushed further by CNN’s Dana Bash, she said, “I think we should listen to everybody! I think we should listen to the argument there.” As Newsbusters’ Mark Finkelstein put it, “This is how the Democrats tell you who their voters are.” Duckworth doesn’t want to reject the far-left, because that far-left is actually the base of the Democratic Party.

Contrast that with Trump’s rhetoric. “Before these figures were immortalized in stone, they were American giants in full flesh and blood, gallant men whose intrepid deeds unleashed the greatest leap of human advancement the world has ever known. Tonight, I will tell you and, most importantly, the youth of our nation, the true stories of these great, great men.” He then proceeded to talk about the Founders, and their achievements, giving a context and history lesson that those like Tammy Duckworth and the editorial board at The New York Times are unwilling to do.

Why is this so difficult? Shouldn’t every elected representative of this country, from the local dog walker to the Speaker of the House, be emulating the message that President Trump is saying? We live in an incredible, if flawed, nation. Those who lead that nation should be seeking out television cameras to defend it, not cower in the basement like the presumed Democratic nominee.

From the Left and the Right, there is a major failure to condemn these heinous acts of destruction. From the right, it’s from incumbents who are afraid that if they mimic Trump’s language, they’ll lose re-election. From the Left, it’s from the socialist base that elected Omar, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez, who are the soul and future of the Party. If one were to scoff at this notion, consider this: Democratic Congressional leadership knelt a few weeks ago, emulating the pose glorified by Colin Kaepernick when he was supposedly protesting police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem. That same failed quarterback, who was paid millions of dollars to sully Americans, tweeted on the Fourth of July, “Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of “independence,” while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.” This is the person who Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and a dozen others decided to emulate.

American leadership is scant. President Trump is far from perfect; but any person who loves this country, despite all its flaws, must recognize that the person who is willing to fight for it is far superior to the people who will lie down and let it be destroyed.


Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, the Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to aHillwithaview.com for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow him on Twitter @TheMoHill.

Where Have All The Pro-Israel Democrats Gone?

Originally published July 1, 2020

 https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/2830-where-have-all-the-pro-israel-democrats-gone

This week, New York State held its Primary elections for the 2020 cycle. The big news coming out of that election is the defeat of Eliot Engel, the 30-year veteran Democrat, to the radically left-wing Jamaal Bowman, who was a Justice Democrats pick in the mold of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.

Engel is no moderate Democrat, and never has been. He’s for single-payer healthcare. He’s advocated for abortion on demand since the 1990s. He’s a gun-grabber with an “F” rating from the NRA. These stances used to be the left-wing of the Democratic Party, but now they are the bare minimum to be considered a “progressive.” One area of policy that Engel doesn’t conform with the modern Socialist left is Israel.

Engel has been incredibly supportive of Israel throughout his tenure in the House of Representatives. When he was a freshman Congressman, back in 1990, he sponsored a Concurrent Resolution recognizing a unified Jerusalem, and that Jerusalem was the stated capital of Israel. This was five years before the Jerusalem Embassy Act and 28 years before the United States moved the embassy, which proclaims that in action, as well as verbiage. He sponsored resolutions condemning the United Nations anti-Israel stances. He has sponsored or co-sponsored pro-Israel legislation for decades.

This did not sit well with the Justice Democrats. Their strategy, perfected in 2018, is to find deep blue districts and primary long-time members of Congress. This is how “The Squad” was unleashed upon the United States. So they found Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal who will toe the left-wing line on all issues, and especially Israel.

In an open letter response from a rabbi in his district, who questioned Bowman’s stance on Israel, Bowman admitted that he had “not yet visited Israel or the Palestinian territories,” but he “learned a great deal by reading and speaking with experts.” He goes on to say that he can “empathize with the everyday experience and fear that comes with living under occupation” because that is what the police force in America does to black communities. He said he will fight for Palestinian “liberation,” but he fails to mention that those Palestinians need to be liberated from Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Authority. He even blames violent attacks on Jews by black people as “fringe right-wing extremists” embedded in the black community and that the “rising tide of anti-Semitism…is part of a rise in ethno-nationalist authoritarianism around the world.” This is what he gleaned from his reading and discussion with experts.

Apparently, these experts didn’t include actual Palestinians. Both in the letter and on his website, Bowman writes that he opposes the move by the Israeli government to annex certain parts of Judea and Samaria. These parts include settlements (which are really cities with tens of thousands of residents) and the Jordan Valley, which is a vital agricultural resource for the State.

Zvi Yechezkeli, an Israeli journalist and documentarian, went undercover into the Palestinian territories to find out how Palestinians really felt about the annexation plan. Using a hidden camera in a pair of glasses, he spoke to many Palestinians who claim that they would rather live under Israeli rule than the continued oppression of the Palestinian Authority. “The Israelis are a million times more compassionate than the PA,” says one Palestinian. “The Israelis treat us like friends, and the soldiers are up front… We prefer to be under the boots of the Israeli army than under [PA President Mahmoud Abbas’] head.” A Palestinian businessman said, “The PA has plundered and destroyed us.” He says that the Palestinians don’t even want a State at this point, they just want money and to live, which the PA doesn’t allow. He told a story of his brother-in-law who needed surgery, which he received in Israel and was paid for by the Peres Institute for Peace, an Israeli nonprofit. A Palestinian policeman, who is paid by the Palestinian Authority, admitted that there is “no law and order” and that the aid money provided by Israel and Europe is stolen by Abbas.

These are the people that the Democrats should engage with, not the university leftists who got an Israel supporter like Eliot Engel ousted from office. Bowman, as well as AOC, Tlaib, Omar, Pressley, and a growing number of Democrats, are not interested in what’s best for the Palestinian people, only what sounds best to the fringe radicals to which they are beholden. With the Eliot Engels of the Party gone, who on the left can be trusted to support Israel? Until the Democrats themselves remove this growing and festering cancer within their own ranks, they will continually side against America’s greatest ally in the region, which is exactly what the Justice Democrats wanted in the first place.


Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, the Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to www.aHillwithaview.com  for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow him on Twitter @TheMoHill.

The Left Has Jumped The Shark

 Originally published June 17, 2020

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/2766-the-left-has-jumped-the-shark

What was once a popular movement dedicated to the betterment of the country is now a ridiculous excuse for a political party, dominated by the extremist radicals who make up their base of support. The Democrats have shown their hand many times before this, but they have done what The Fonz did when he donned a leather jacket and water skis: They jumped the shark. They have become so ridiculous that they are no longer recognizable.

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and many others in the Democratic leadership donned a Kente cloth scarf and kneeled for a photo-op in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. This is pandering on the deepest level. First, this was mere days after Pelosi ripped President Trump for his own photo-op of holding a Bible outside St. John’s Church, which was set ablaze the previous night. While chastising Trump for using the Bible as a prop, she pulls out a Bible and uses it as a prop. Governor Andrew Cuomo also decided to get in on the action and lambast Trump for using a Bible as a prop, which he did while (you guessed it) using a Bible as a prop.

Second, the Kente cloth that the Democrats used for this is not generic African garb. It has historical significance. If Pelosi had donned a talist’filin, and yarmulke to plead for Jewish votes, she would have shown the same callous disregard towards Judaism as she did toward African history. Those who forgive the act because she was directed to do so by the Congressional Black Caucus should recall Pelosi’s own admonishments that President Trump isn’t leading. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are the leaders of the Democratic Party in Congress; leading from behind, as former President Barack Obama did, leaves you looking like a fool.

Finally, the kneeling itself has become a symbol of remorse for the sins of America. The kneel was popularized by Colin Kaepernick when he knelt during the National Anthem, seemingly to protest police brutality. The statistics have never lined up with the Left’s narrative that there are systemic issues in American policing (as opposed to some incredibly sad and indefensible stories, such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor). The 900,000 members of law enforcement’s 375 million interactions in 2019 have yielded 250 black people shot and killed by police, nine of whom were considered “unarmed.” With those numbers, these cases can be examined on their own merits, and not as part of a larger “systemic” problem. However, Kaepernick decided – to the Left’s cheers and delights – to disrespect the National Anthem and the American Flag, both symbols of unity. Four years later, the action was mimicked by Democratic leadership.

The Democrats have lost all grip on how to lead and govern, that the calls to “Defund the Police” have now encompassed the nation. The Minneapolis City Council voted to disband their police department. New York and Los Angeles have already made moves to cut police funding. Seattle abandoned one police precinct, which led to an anarchist group taking over six city blocks, which they called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ. What has happened since then has been the greatest display of incompetent governance in recent memory.

When the precinct was abandoned on the orders of Mayor Jenny Durkan, anarchists immediately set up barriers, armed themselves, and started bullying residents into submission. The irony is so thick you’d need a chainsaw to slice through it. The same people who say America doesn’t need a wall on its southern border have built a wall. The same people who say the Second Amendment is obsolete have armed themselves. The same people who say that Stop and Frisk was a racist policy are stopping and frisking anyone who wishes to go past the “You are now leaving the USA” sign.

These people have their list of demands, and it is not limited to defunding Seattle police. They want the police abolished. They want all juveniles in detention to be freed, regardless of crime. They demand that all people of color in prison be retried, regardless of crime. They demand free college, free healthcare, free housing, citizenship for illegal aliens, and a whole host of other demands, each more ridiculous than the last. They do this while demanding supplies, because they ran out of food. Mayor Durkan is referring to this as a “block party” that could lead to a “Summer of Love.” She is complying with the anarchists and lecturing President Trump that this is how Democracy works.

This is not how Democracy works. Yes, there have been armed standoffs with the Federal government before, most recently the Bundy standoff in 2014. The main difference between the two is that Bundy had a specific grievance and goal, which he conveyed to the government. These anarchists are demanding a complete burning down and restructuring of the entire society, and the Left is kowtowing to it. That’s not Democracy; that’s mob justice.

This is the issue with many leftist organizations. They have a simple message with a lot of baggage. Black lives do matter, but why does Black Lives Matter care more about the Israeli conflict with Palestinians than they do with the people being shot and killed in Chicago? Police brutality is awful, and maybe policing needs to be reformed so they are no longer required to deal with issues of mental health or social work, but why is their demand the abolition of all law enforcement? If the BDS movement was named “Peace in the Middle East,” or something similarly vague with the same anti-Semitism at its core, they would have an even larger following in the Democratic Party than they do now.

Which means that the Democrats are no longer attempting any meaningful solutions, only meaningless, sham pandering that will be forgotten the moment a ballot is cast and the votes are tallied. There’s a reason why the Black Lives Matter movement is having its first heyday since 2016. They are being used to jazz up the Democratic base to vote the Democrats into power once more, and then they’ll be forgotten again. The lies are the same, and the people are no longer believing it. So the Democrats are trying harder and harder to pander, and they have finally jumped the shark.

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Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, the Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to aHillwithaview.com for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow him on Twitter @TheMoHill.

Democratic Primary Challengers Easy On Socialism, Tough On Israel

 Originally published June 10, 2020

https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/2728-democratic-primary-challengers-easy-on-socialism-tough-on-israel

In August 2019, the Queens District Attorney race was narrowly won by Melinda Katz, a center-left Democrat who was the Borough President at the time. Her victory in the Democratic Primary came after a recount, as Tiffany Cabán, the public defender with only a few years of experience, almost pulled off as shocking a victory as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez achieved the year before. That election became the push the Queens Jewish community needed to begin a registration drive.

AOC’s challenger is Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a far more moderate Democrat

Shortly after the election, a video featuring some of the most prominent rabbinical leaders in Queens began circulating, urging Jewish voters to register as Democrats so the Jewish community’s voice would be heard. The thinking was that whichever Democrat wins the primary will win the general election, so to really affect the outcome, the turnout must be high during the primary.

The next primary election is Tuesday, June 23; and as in 2018, there are multiple Democratic incumbents who are being challenged by a further left candidate. These candidates will be of a similar ilk to the aforementioned AOC and her infamous Squad, who have used their time in Congress to propose or vote for some of the most blatantly anti-Israel resolutions in recent memory. Two of those members, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, are so anti-Israel that the Israeli government would not allow them into the country.

Representative Grace Meng, of the NY-6 Congressional District, which covers much of the borough of Queens, faces such a challenger. Melquiades (Mel) Gagarin is cut from the same cloth regarding Israel issues. From his campaign website, “Mel believes that the Iraq invasion, our quagmire in Afghanistan, US support for right-wing regime change in Latin America, escalation with Iran, and our lockstep support for Israeli occupation have made us less safe and have caused undue harm around the world.” The foreign policy page continues by saying that “The US must stand for justice everywhere,” and the list includes “Palestinians living under Israeli apartheid.” The list also includes Iranians and Venezuelans, but clarifies that their “lives are choked by punitive US sanctions.” Apparently, Gagarin believes that if it were not for the US sanctions, Iran and Venezuela would be havens of freedom and Democracy, and the Palestinians’ only problems are the Israeli government. It doesn’t end there. Gagarin specifically lambasts US foreign policy regarding Israel. “In Palestine and Israel, we must take special responsibility for the harms caused by decades of one-sided US support for Israel. We must stop fueling the conflict and end all military aid to Israel, and instead work for solutions that guarantee security, justice, and full equality to Israelis and Palestinians, so that Israeli and Palestinian children alike can live in peace and have the chance to grow and prosper.”

Eliot Engel is facing far-left challenger Jamaal Bowman

The 16th District, represented by Eliot Engel, faces a far-left challenger, as well. Jamaal Bowman was handpicked by the Justice Democrats to primary Engel. The Justice Democrats, for those who don’t know, was founded in 2017 by former Bernie Sanders campaign staffers for the sole purpose of finding socialist candidates to primary mainstream Democrats in deep blue districts. Their first major victory was, of course, AOC’s defeat of Joe Crowley. However, their other victories in 2018 included Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, the other Squad members. Bowman’s Issues Page on his website is littered with the same socialist policies pushed by other Justice Democrats candidates, from the Green New Deal to Medicare for All. His Foreign Policy section says that we must have “honest conversations about our government’s role in enabling the continued occupation of the Palestinian people” and refers to the Israeli government as a “far-right authoritarian” government on par with Saudi Arabia.

Then there’s AOC herself, facing numerous challengers in the primary race for the 14th District. Unlike Meng and Engel, AOC is trying to maintain the seat for the socialist left, not wrestle it from the center-left. However, any challenger to AOC will have a rough time, as she has outraised every other Democrat running for the House except for Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff. AOC raised over $7 million for her re-election, and most of it is unspent. Her main challenger, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, has raised over a million, an impressive accomplishment for a challenger. Caruso-Cabrera is a far more moderate Democrat, something that the Democrats desperately need after being dragged to the left these last few years.

It’s desperately important to vote on June 23 [or earlier by absentee ballot]. Given trends for the past few decades, the vote in June is far more important than the one in November. All constituents should be aware of who could be representing them if they choose to stay home.


Moshe Hill is a political analyst who has written for The Daily Wire, the Queens Jewish Link, The Jewish Link of New Jersey and JNS.org. He is regularly featured on ‘The Josh M Show’ podcast. Subscribe to www.aHillwithaview.com  for more content from Moshe Hill. Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/ahillwithaview and follow him on Twitter @TheMoHill.