On "The Andrew Klavan Show" Thursday, bestselling author Andrew Klavan mocked the Left for pushing its "insane" narrative that Trump could secretly be a "Russian asset" and explained what is truly motivating it.
After playing a clip by New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait proposing an over-the-top conspiracy theory about Trump being some kind of Russian agent seeking to destroy the West and another by Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff suggesting Trump is promoting Russia's "interests," Klavan explained what was really motivating all the conspiratorial craziness.
"It's silence," he said, "you know shut people up, emotionalism, conspiracy, panic, anything they can do to distract you from the fact that we're in a battle, we are in a conflict, but the conflict is not what they say it is. It is not between what the Left wants and what the Right wants. It's between what the Left wants and a system of government that has lasted over 200 years that has kept us free. That's what we're trying to preserve."
"I'm willing to lose and win under a system of freedom," he continued. "I'm willing to lose even on issues that I hold incredibly dear, even on issues that are incredibly important to me. I'm willing to lose if I am free to speak, to fight, to vote. When we’ve got 5 guys at the Supreme Court just decreeing that this is how I'm gonna live, not so much."
Video and transcript below:
Klavan: Jonathan Chait, I think I talked about this yesterday, about his conspiracy theory. The cover of New York magazine - they've got a cover where they transpose the letters so Trump's name and Putin's name are kind of blended together. He puts forward this idea and he himself says “it's an extreme possibility.” But of course anybody can say this stuff, right, he's got no proof that Trump went to Russia and since then he has been a Russian agent trying to destroy us all by selling NATO down the river. Listen to this guy talk for a minute:
Chait: Everyone always says "well this has been Trump's view forever, all this stuff he's saying with the Western Allies, splitting us apart from the West and and how he's sort of pissing on them all the time, and saying, you know, we should let them go their own way. That's just what he's always thought." It's not really what he's always thought, it's what he’s thought since 1987. He never thought that before then, at least he never said it before then…1987 is when he he went to Moscow and he's feted by the Russians and then tours Moscow, and then he comes back [and] starts talking about running for president for the first time. Then he starts talking for the first time about how our allies are a bunch of freeloaders and we should kick him to the curb…it really dovetails with Russian foreign policy interests then and now. Now again, that's probably a coincidence, but it might not be. I mean I think you know you have to take seriously that possibility that it's not a coincidence.
Klavan: That's amazing what he just said….Trump is over there telling them that they shouldn't be buying Russian oil while asking us to defend them against Russia and he says, “well that's Russian policy.” That ain’t Russian policy. Russia wants to sell the oil. That's all they've got! That's all they've got is the oil. So it's one thing for this clown, Jonathan Chait, to make this stuff up - because I love the stuff “we have no proof, but it could be.” You know, it's like I have no proof the guy is from outer space, but he could be. You know, I have no proof the guy's not a Venusian but he could be - you know it could be - I noticed that Venus was in the sky and then Chait was on TV and I'm just saying…insane. But it's one thing for this guy to do it, it's another thing for Adam Schiff, this McCarthyite congressman who has been just, you know, sending innuendo, Russian innuendo after Trump again and again and again. He's on with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC and listen to Schiff, he's talking about [how] Trump is gonna meet with Putin on the 16th, I believe it is in Helsinki. But he might meet with him alone, and we can't trust him to do that.
Adam Schiff: I think there's clearly a reason why the president wants to meet alone with Putin, and that is he wants to be able to leave that meeting and be able to make any claim, no matter how at odds with the facts, about what took place. Knowing that Putin will not challenge him on it. Knowing that he could represent whatever's in his interests even though he isn't going to be willing to confront Putin on our elections. He's not going to be willing to confront Putin on Russia's invasion of its neighbor or the support of a war criminal in Syria, but Trump can claim whatever he wants. That is certainly dangerous I think to our interests, we don't know what representations he will make to Putin, what understanding they may arrive at that they keep secret. But it is very much in Russia's interest.
Klavan: He's sitting there telling us we can't trust the President of the United States to sit down in a room alone with Vladimir Putin because that's where they passed the radioactive secret - I don't know what the hell he's talking about. I mean it’s amazing that this guy's a congressman, a powerful congressman. It is amazing to me that he is sitting there on television saying this. But this is it, it's silence, you know shut people up, emotionalism, conspiracy, panic, anything they can do to distract you from the fact that we're in a battle, we are in a conflict, but the conflict is not what they say it is. It is not between what the left wants and what the right wants. It's between what the left wants and a system of government that has lasted over 200 years that has kept us free. That's what we're trying to preserve. I'm willing to lose and win under a system of freedom. I'm willing to lose even on issues that I hold incredibly dear, even on issues that are incredibly important to me. I'm willing to lose if I am free to speak, to fight, to vote. When we’ve got 5 guys at the Supreme Court just decreeing that this is how I'm gonna live, not so much.