A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“They cheated. It was a fraudulent election. This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen. We can’t let it happen for our country. And this election has to be turned around, because we won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all these swing states by a lot.”
“Biden can only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous ‘80,000,000 votes’ were not fraudulently or illegally obtained. When you see what happened in Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia & Milwaukee, massive voter fraud, he’s got a big unsolvable problem!”
President Donald Trump said on Friday that Democratic nominee Joe Biden can only enter the White House as the next commander-in-chief if he is able to prove votes were not “fraudulently or illegally obtained.”
“An unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots were cast this year, and practically everyone expected that this would result in a higher-than-usual rate of ballots being rejected for various flaws, such as lacking a secrecy envelope or missing information. In Pennsylvania, tens or hundreds of thousands of ballots were likely to be rejected, based on historical patterns. Instead, a mere 0.03 percent of mail-in ballots were ultimately rejected—somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1,000 votes.
“Considering that a significant majority of mail-in votes were cast for Biden, the Democrat candidate benefited handsomely from this discrepancy. But how did this anomaly happen?
“It turns out that election officials in Democrat strongholds such as Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Philadelphia County, and Philadelphia’s collar counties—particularly Delaware County—exceeded their authority in order to give voters preferential treatment that wasn’t afforded to voters in Republican-leaning areas of the state.
“Specifically, election workers illegally ‘pre-canvassed’ mail-in ballots to determine whether they were missing a secrecy envelope or failed to include necessary information. When ballots were found to be flawed, voters were given an opportunity to correct, or ‘cure,’ their ballots to make sure they counted. In at least some cases, Democrat Party officials were even given lists of voters to contact about curing their ballots.
“Election officials in Republican-leaning counties rightly interpreted this as a violation of Pennsylvania’s election code, but Democrat Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued guidance authorizing the illegal practices despite lacking the statutory authority to do so.”
“What I wonder is: assuming there was electoral hanky-panky in 2020, and assuming that, somewhere out there, conclusive evidence to prove it exists, the question is whether Democrats and Trump haters would even care. Would their devotion to Democratic norms and electoral integrity override their animus for all things Trump, and would they therefore concede defeat graciously, or would they instead dig in their heels, close their eyes and ears to the testimony of those who witnessed or participated in such fraud, and assert, against all reason, that Biden won, Biden won, Biden won, and — oh, by the way — BIDEN WON!!!
“We all intuitively know the answer. For the Left, and for the political, cultural, and economic establishment in this country, absolutely nothing matters — nothing — more than the destruction of Donald Trump and his movement.“
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York
“We do need to get along, but conservatives aren’t interested in enabling an abusive relationship. We’re not going to apologize that we brought out the worst in the left by existing any more than an abused spouse should apologize for ‘angering’ their partner to the point of getting physical. If leftists want to change the nature of the relationship with conservatives they should start with acknowledging that they’re the ones who soured it in the first place.
“On a national level, that seems unlikely since there’s too much money and high ratings in the current relationship. On a personal level, maybe we start by getting over the petty. It is, after all, Thanksgiving. So, until liberals get it (and maybe they never will), I’ll start by ignoring my best friend’s Trump Tourette’s and at least pretend he’s happy for me, unless and until the opposite is proven. I suggest others do the same. We’ve forgiven each other for worse over the years. Politics goes on forever, life does not. When it comes to the people closest to you, it’s too damn short to live it any differently.”
Talk show host and author Derek Hunter
“I’ll be honest, I’m a little jealous. I wish I had a couple of those softball questions when I was in the briefing room. I don’t remember any reporter at any point ever setting up any type of friendly questions the way they do with Joe Biden. I don’t know why I should be surprised.
“Yeah, I don’t think anybody’s surprised. They gave him a free pass during the entire campaign process. He most of the time didn’t even take questions. When they finally did they were scripted and very short.
“But it is still astonishing to see the difference in the way that the press treats Joe Biden versus the way they’ve treated President Trump over the last not just four years but the last probably five and a half.”
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the “difference” in the media’s treatment of President-elect Joe Biden compared to President Donald Trump “astonishing” during an appearance on Fox News’ “Watters’ World.”
“Today, listening to some of the populist leaders we now have, I am reminded of the 1930s, when some democracies collapsed into dictatorships seemingly overnight. We see it happening again now in rallies where populist leaders excite and harangue crowds, channeling their resentments and hatreds against imagined enemies to distract from the real problems.”
Pope Francis in his upcoming new book
“Officials are ordering children be forced back into the virtual dungeons they inhabited from March through July. It is unconscionable that these de facto oligarchs are telling parents what is best for their children, particularly where the science proves that giving those parents a choice is a legitimate alternative.
“We are seeing cases of serious psychic and psychological damage being caused by these unnecessary shutdowns, with young children losing the social skills that they were just starting to develop in elementary and middle schools. We are seeing kids who are channeling the stress and anxiety of the adults around them but without the coping mechanisms that come with maturity. We are watching as young boys and girls are not only missing out on the benefits of proximity and kinship, of interaction and reaction, but are becoming fearful little vessels of apprehension.
“This is wrong. And the fact that it is being done under the guise of ‘protecting children’ and reducing the spread is as dishonest as it is reprehensible.”
Attorney and columnist Christine Flowers
“China, by far, has the highest caseload and death rate. It’s where this virus originated. They brought in incinerators into Wuhan at the outset, which we all know weren’t used to destroy trash. So, enough with this ‘US is the worst hit by COVID’ crap. It’s not. Second, the era of the expert is done. No one is listening. If Trump was never elected, or if COVID hit in 2017, we would have had a much more rational approach to this virus. Instead, the liberal media and the Democrats weaponized it, locked down the states they control without the proper vetting of the data and led to the destruction of countless businesses…for nothing.”
Matt Vespa, Townhall.com
“I’ve always been someone who felt we (Hollywood actors) are court jesters. That’s what we do. As far as I’m concerned, you should step away from saying anything so that you can still be seen by the audience in any character. There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is. But I think that what’s sad about it is that they lose their status as a court jester. And I’m a court jester. That’s what I was born to do.”
Actor Kurt Russell
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Where is the evidence?
Stay home Thanksgiving. Unless you’re a Democrat.
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Who set up this mysterious metal monolith in Utah desert? (It’s not aliens.)