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The Left Was Never "Civil," As They Now Demand

It seems like all the Left does these days is talk about how the nation should return to a time before Trump, when "civility" and "unity" were still cultural and political norms. Andrew Klavan had just one problem with this, and that's the fact that the Left has never used "civility" in their political discourse. He explained on Tuesday's episode of "The Andrew Klavan Show."

“Just remember, the arguments are not the same,” Klavan said. “We are arguing for a constitutional justice, they are arguing for a left-wing justice. We're not arguing for a right-wing press, we're arguing for a fair press, they're arguing for a left-wing press – these are very different points of view. It's important when you sit there, and you listen to the garbage they spewed over the body of John McCain, the body of a patriot, the garbage they spewed about civility and how we were all united.”

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Just remember, the arguments are not the same. We are arguing for a constitutional justice, they are arguing for a left-wing justice. We're not arguing for a right-wing press, we're arguing for a fair press, they're arguing for a left-wing press – these are very different points of view. It's important when you sit there, and you listen to the garbage they spewed over the body of John McCain, the body of a patriot, the garbage they spewed about civility and how we were all united.

We were not united; it was them attacking us and us not really fighting back in the same standard! Joe Biden, who you may remember was once vice-president, comes out of the funeral – they asked him what's at stake in the midterms and here's his response:

Joe Biden: "Everything, simple, everything. We're in a fight for the soul of America. It's about time we restore dignity to work, it's about time we start talking to each other like we're civilized, and deal with one another with respect."

Okay, talking to one another like we're civilized, dealing with one another with respect. Now let's have an example of that respect as we look at Joe Biden campaigning against Mitt Romney, the most decent man who ever ran for president. Mitt Romney – maybe not the best man who ever ran for president, but certainly the most decent man who ever ran for president – speaking at an Obama rally where there are a lot of African-Americans there.

Joe Biden: "Look at what they value, and look at their budget and what they're proposing. Romney, he said the first hundred days he's gonna let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. They're gonna put y'all back in chains."

I miss those days of civility and respect. Those days of civility and respect were days where the Democrats got away with that garbage. You remember what happened when, just the other day, the guy DeSantis in Florida used the term "monkey" about socialism, he said we don't want to "monkey around" with our economy with socialism, and because his opponent is black suddenly as one the press leapt up and said: Oh my goodness this is racism.

That's their civility, so if we're talking about civility in the same sense as I want constitutional justice, I want civility for both sides, we haven't had it. Trump is a reaction to that kind of talk that you just heard from Joe Biden. Trump didn't start this fight. You have heard me again and again say I don't like Trump's manners, I don't like how rude he is, but he didn't start it, he is an answer to 50 years of this stuff coming from a united left-wing press and a united Democrat Party that felt that they could call us pigs, that they could call us racist, sexist, Islamophobes when we were expressing our opinions, and they're doing it still.

This is true of the press as well. Chuck Todd has become an unbelievable figure. I mean this is a guy who worked for the presidential campaign of Senator Tom Harkin – how many people who worked for the presidential campaign of George W. Bush are working with Chuck Todd at NBC News? He wrote a piece today saying: "It's time for us journalists to fight back against these Roger Ailes, Fox News-inspired attacks of bias."

I mean this is as if Sean Hannity got up and said: How could you call me biased? But Sean Hannity would never do that because he's an honest man. Sean Hannity says I'm a right-wing guy, a conservative guy fighting for conservative values. Chuck Todd says he's an honest journalist – those are not the same things! Chuck Todd is not telling the truth, Sean Hannity is. Sean Hannity is what he is, you pay your money, he takes your choice. You don't want Sean Hannity's conservative opinions? Don't watch Sean Hannity. But if you want to get the news and you turn on NBC you will get Chuck Todd's left-wing slant on everything.

So, he writes in The Atlantic: "So the truth is that most journalists in newsrooms large and small across the country are doing their best each day to be fair, honest, and direct. These values are what Americans demand of one another, and it should be what they demand of their media. The challenge for viewers and readers is this: Ask yourself why someone is so determined to convince you not to believe your lying eyes."

Well remember, my lying eyes are looking at you lying, that's the problem. This is a guy, by the way, who works for NBC – where it is now coming out that they tried to suppress Ronan Farrow's reporting on Harvey Weinstein. Harvey Weinstein tried to suppress it and NBC kept getting in the way, and Ronan Farrow is now coming out and saying: Yes they tried to stop me. And his producer is coming out and saying: They tried to stop me.

Andrew Lack, the head of NBC, put out an internal memo that got leaked, they think to the New York Times, and he said: No, no, no, the problem was these ever-so-brave women who were coming out against Harvey Weinstein weren't brave enough to come on camera," and one of the women said: Yes I would, I was ready to come on.

Ronan Farrow says he had women who were ready, and that he left and went to The New Yorker with the story that started the #MeToo movement. He went to The New Yorker at NBC's request, they said Take that story and get it out of here.

So, that is what Chuck Todd represents. Chuck Todd represents an NBC News that tried to shut down a story about what Harvey Weinstein is, and why do you think Harvey Weinstein came under that protection?

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