President Trump issued a presidential decree on Twitter Tuesday evening asking citizens to watch Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity Show at 9:00 pm.
The loyal citizens who tuned in got to see Hannity list the president's accomplishments of 2017 and predict victory for the GOP in 2018.
Trump also announced Tuesday his plan to unveil a 'Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards of the Year,' which likely won't include Hannity.
I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
Hannity transcript, via FOX News:
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Welcome to "Hannity." President Trump, he is on fire right now, tonight, on Twitter, and he's driving the left, predictably, absolutely insane. You're going to love this. Also, tonight, you do not want to miss The Hill's, John Solomon out with an explosive report about the FBI's corrupt Clinton email investigation. We have that exclusive report and President Trump's 2017 successes have now created a republican blueprint for the mid-terms. Will they follow?
And last year was an epic failure for fake news in this country, especially the fake cannabis news network. We'll explain all of that, but first tonight's breaking news, opening monologue for the new year.
So in spite of vicious media attacks and many political obstacles, well 2017 was a very successful first year for President Trump. Now, before we get to the full list that the media will never show you, let's take a look at the economy.
Stock market is at an all-time high and hit over 60 record closes in 2017 alone. The Dow Jones was up 25 percent, over $5 trillion in new wealth has now been created. Unemployment -- yes, unemployment at a 17-year low since -- just 4.1 percent. And since taking office, President Trump has created 1.7 million new jobs. African-American unemployment, a 17-year low.
We ended the year with consumer confidence sitting at a 17-year high. Home prices are up six percent as is home building. Regulations have been slashed at a historic rate. And the Trump administration cut 16 regulations for every new one that was created.
Also, let's talk about GDP. Now, so far under President Trump, we have seen two quarters over three percent. Let's compare that with President Barack Obama, the only president in the history of this country to never reach three percent GDP growth for an entire year. And we can't forget about Obama's terrible economy. Millions more people on food stamps and in poverty, 95 million Americans out of the labor force, the worst economic recovery since the 1940s, the lowest labor participation rate since the 1970s, and the list goes on. Worst recovery since the 1940s, lowest home ownership rate in 51 years.
And unlike Obama, business confidence is now soaring under President Trump. In fact, the news is so good that even the liberal New York Times cannot even ignore this. Take a look at this headline. I didn't make it up. "The Trump Effect: Business anticipating less regulation loosens the purse strings." This is exactly what we have been seeing happening all across the country.
You couple that with the brand new $1.5 trillion tax plan that is now taking effect, and what you have a recipe for a Reagan-style economic explosion.
You, the American people, you are beginning to see the direct impact of this tax bill. For example, companies like Boeing, AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo and Fifth Third Bank Corps -- all announced employee bonuses or pay increases following that bill. That's real money back in the pockets of the forgotten men and women that deserve it in this country.
Take a look, for example, what happened over at, yes, liberal CBS News. They had an accountant crunch the numbers to see how the tax plan is going to impact the middle class in this country. Uh-oh, didn't come out the way they expected. Watch this.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THIS MORNING"/CBS, DEC. 22, 2017)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We wanted to see how folks will actually fare. So we asked households from three different parts of the country to send us their tax returns, and that we had an accountant calculate how things will change for each of them.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A single mother who rents a home in Kerry, North Carolina, her income last year as an administrative assistant was a little under $40,000.00.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If she were your client, what would you tell her?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've got good news for you, Marcy, you are getting more money back next year.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Amber and Jason Edwards were also hoping for good news.
AMBER EDWARDS, TAXPAYER: I hope it alleviates pressure on the middle class, whether it does or not, I don't know.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I actually think they would pay tax on about $12,000.00 more of income but because of the lower rates, they actually end up saving a little bit of money.
EDWARDS: Honestly, I'm a little surprised because well, what you had said initially you thought, we were going to have a higher tax bill.
JASON EDWARDS, TAXPAYER: Right.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They're not the only ones. Melissa and Lane Liv also expressed concern about next year's taxes.
MELISSA LIV, TAXPAYER: I'm thinking they are going to be higher.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Overall, he estimates, they will be responsible for nearly $13,000.00 less in taxes.
LIV: Well, that's good.
LANE LIV, TAXPAYER: I like out sound of that. Can I get the account's number after this?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So all three families that we brought to you, they are all going to see a decrease in their taxes?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Every single one of those families will have more money in their pocket next year.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HANNITY: Look at that. All three families are saving money. The tax cut will help middle class families. They desperately need it. And by the way the bill also gets rid of the ObamaCare individual mandate and it opens up energy exploration in ANWR. Oh, the life blood of our economy, more energy independence. And by the way, long term secure jobs at high wages for Americans. And lower prices for the entire country. All good.
And when it comes to ISIS, President Trump, he has unleashed the U.S. military and as a result, letting them decide, all but destroy the terror group. Look at these numbers from the Department of Defense that the President tweeted out. The military under President Trump's leadership has done more in 11 months to defeat ISIS than Obama did during his last 28 months. And that's just a small sample of President Trump's many accomplishments for 2017.
Take a look on your screen right there. Here is a list of President Trump's accomplishments for 2017. Ask yourself, have you heard the mainstream media, the destroy Trump Media, anybody on the left, any liberal ever mention any of these things? Have you heard them talk about how the president's accomplishment and all these accomplishments have positively impacted the country? Probably not.
They want and have wanted from the beginning the president to fail. Now, this is exactly why the media, the pundits, the political elites are predicting a huge massive Democratic landslide in November of this year in the mid-terms. But, before they get too giddy, too excited, let's keep this in mind.
These are the so-called same experts, political experts, who all said President Trump never stood a chance. So, maybe they should put a little bit of the pump on the brakes here and not get so giddy. As a matter of fact, it may turn out to be just out opposite.
The president, by the way has created what I am calling for a blueprint for victory in 2018. I hope the Republicans in Washington are paying attention. Now they did get their act together in December, I do give them credit, but they need to do more. They need to keep the momentum going. Tax cuts, that's a great start, but they need to keep for example, like building the wall. Finish repealing the disaster that is ObamaCare, keep that promise. Replace it with free market solutions. Health care savings accounts, health care cooperatives. They should also pass welfare reform. It's desperately needed again. They should cut other wasteful government spending programs.
We know the Democrats, they are signaling that they want all kinds of concessions in these upcoming negotiations in the coming weeks. Republicans, you need to show some backbone, at least for once, stand up for principles. Get your identity back, and here's why.
You always get the tax cut -- you never get the tax cut, you always get the tax hike. You never get the future spending cuts. We always get the immediate concession or amnesty, but you never get the border wall built. You never get the border security. So you Republicans, you need to take this past approach and flip it upside down because so far it fails every time.
So the GOP, you want to win in November? You need to demand that things like the border wall will get built and built first before anything else can happen as it relates to immigration.
Now, the American people, they need to see 200, 300 miles of this border wall built before the election. That will help you politically and it's good for our security, and the same goes with other issues.
That's the blueprint politically for success in 2018 in the mid-terms. And Republicans, you follow that you will be successful.
Also tonight, if 2017 is defined by any one thing, it will be the news media's epic fail. What do we hear all last year, the entire year from the mainstream liberal media? Russia, collusion, collusion, collusion, Russia, Russia, Russia. Well, that fake news narrative has pretty much completely blown up in their faces after a year of nonstop breathless reporting, anonymous sources, hysteria on their part. Because so favor, up to today, zero evidence of collusion between President Trump and the Russians.
So now the media, they have got to latch on to something quick. They are not going to admit they are wrong. So the new narrative of the liberal media is that conservatives actually hate the FBI. They hate law enforcement because of the bias, that we're exposing in the Russia investigation. Watch this.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)
JOHN PODHORETZ, EDITOR, COMMENTARY, ON MSNBC: It is astounding to see conservatives acting like the FBI of all organizations is some kind of liberal deep state horror show.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE, CNN: The message is don't look at or think about what may be under investigation. Let's find whatever we can to undermine the pillars of the respect that we tend to confer upon institutions like the FBI and Justice Department.
CARL BERNSTEIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: There is only one institution that really has been tainted through these months and that is the Trump presidency. It's tainted by the president's lies, by his disrespect for American institutions operating under the law
SAMANTHA VINOGRAD, FORMER SENIOR ADVISER TO NSA: The career civil servants at the FBI and in the intelligence community are working as hard as ever. But this can't be good for morale.
(END VIDEO CLIPS)
HANNITY: Well, that's the new narrative. Conservatives -- this is laughable. Republicans hate law enforcement. And you know why it's laughable? Because the liberal media, they are not the people that respect law and law enforcement and they have been that way for decades.
We'll explain in a second, but first, I want to educate all my failing colleagues in the media that have been that have been wrong so often.
Now, if you had any sense of real law and order in our constitutional republic, you might investigate Hillary Clinton and, yes, the numerous felonies we know she committed. If you care about it, you should maybe look into her top aide Huma Abedin and her criminally mishandling of classified information in those emails. And if you in the media, if you really cared about truth at all, maybe look into this. And that's Mueller's merry band of Democratic donors, let's see, contributed, oh, only to Democrats, politicians like Obama and Hillary and the DNC. Imagine for a second if it was a bunch of Republican donors that were investigating through a special counsel, Hillary Clinton. Yes, you guys in the media, you would be foaming at the mouth on a nightly basis.
And if the media, if you are interested in truth, why don't you ask why Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration, why would they ever do something really stupid and give 20 percent of America's uranium supply to Russia? Yes. That Russia. Putin's Russia. The adversary. The bad actor Russia. When by the way, we don't even have enough uranium as it is. And maybe you'd follow the money if it was Donald Trump and $145 million pouring into the Clinton Foundation and her coffers while she is Secretary of State from the very people involved in this particular deal.
Again, if it was Donald Trump, I know you would be all over it and, of course, you would want to know, oh, was there a quid pro quo? Was that pay to play? But of course, you don't want to know that truth.
Now, let's go back to this new narrative coming from the fake news media that conservatives hate the FBI. The exact opposite is true.
Now, on this show, if you have watched -- this is now my 23rd year. I have always respected the men and women in law enforcement -- policemen, firemen, paramedics. I respect the intelligence community and, of course, the FBI and even the CIA. Yes, I respect the hard work they do.
Now the biased press, they are the ones who have this history of utter disdain for members of law enforcement. For example, it wasn't that long ago that the media was trashing police. Remember how many of them supported Black Lives Matter? You may remember this. There is a great invention, it's called videotape, it can remind you.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)
SALLY KOHN, CNN, DEC. 13, 2014: Thousands of Americans are marching in New York and Washington and across the country demanding a justice system that applies the same to everybody and honors our values and we want you to know that our hearts are out there marching with them.
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, CNN, JAN. 18, 2017: Many African-American people said, "Look we were introduced to terror long before 9/11," the vicious police forces of America that have victimized us and the way in which white supremacy operated.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN, APRIL 16, 2015: What's flared up in Baltimore has heightened awareness once again of police brutality, in Baltimore alleged police brutality.
(END VIDEO CLIPS)
HANNITY: We have repeatedly said on this show that we have the utmost respect. We praise law enforcement, the FBI, the intelligence community. The issue we have in this particular case is very specific. Because you have a few select people that have shown a very anti-Trump political bias.
So, we have to ask the media a couple of questions. Do you support people like Peter Strzok, the guy that Hates trump, loves Hillary, the FBI agent involved in everything and his FBI lawyer girlfriend, Lisa Page. Together by the way they called President Trump just about every single swear word that I can't even think of and I swear -- and by the way, attack Trump and their supporters. They also texted about an insurance policy in Andy's office which we think, of course, is Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, in case Donald Trump actually pulled off the impossible and won the election.
So you media people, do you support people like the disgraced former FBI Director Comey, admitted under oath to having his friend leak information to the New York Times in the hopes it would bring about a special counsel which it did? And Comey also likely broke the law writing his Trump notes on FBI computers and then by the way, removing that government property from the bureau and by the way, exonerated Hillary Clinton -- this is my favorite -- in the email investigation, before he ever did the investigation? I'm sure if that was against Hillary, you guys would be pretty upset.
And then, of course, Mueller's team of liberal donations. As we have told you, over $50,000 his team has donated over the years to Democrats, and by the way, none to President Trump. One of Mueller's top investigators, Jeannie Rhee, represented the Clinton Foundation during a 2015 racketeering case. I guess she is not biased.
And then you've got Andrew Weissmann, he's the guy that oversaw the highly controversial obstruction of justice case against Arthur Anderson and by the way, destroyed the company, it cost tens of thousands of jobs. In 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court turned over Weissmann's conviction, a 9-0 unanimous ruling, and as part of the Enron investigation, Weissmann also sent four Merrill Lynch executives to jail. That conviction was also overturned by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That's Mueller's team?
And next have you demoted DOJ official, Bruce Ohr and his wife, Nellie. Bruce Ohr met with Fusion GPS. You know, those officials that came up with a phony Russian propaganda dossier that we now know his own wife was working on the opposition against Donald Trump that produced and bought and paid for that fake news Russia propaganda. Sounds like collusion to me.
And finally, of course, the Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, his wife, Jill, took over half a million dollars from Clinton ally, former Governor Terry McAuliff and Democrats for a failed Virginia state Senate seat. That's an insane amount of money.
McCabe is also directly tied well, like so many others, to the dossier. And during a recent testimony on Capitol Hill, McCabe conflicted statements from previous witnesses and also claimed not to know when he found out the Clintons and the DNC funded the dossier. And, according to reports, McCabe is expected to retire next year with a big fat taxpayer pension.
Does any of this matter to you in the liberal mainstream media or do you just like to fail and be wrong every day? You know, are you supporting all these people? You are supporting that conduct? You are supporting that political bias? You don't see a conflict of interest? Do you really think that this isn't corruption at the highest level? You know, these criticisms we are making, these are facts. They are not about institutions. They are about the violation of constitutional rights and the abuse of power at the top levels of our government. This is serious. And we have been right. You have been wrong.
And finally tonight, three major foreign policy stories: North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is threatening the United States by saying that a nuclear button is always on his desk and that he has nuclear weapons that can now reach the United States. President Trump just about well, 45 minutes ago, fired back on Twitter saying, well, he has an even bigger nuclear button and his actually works. We will have more on that later.
And President Trump is actually putting Pakistan on notice by tweeting and calling them out for helping terrorists and not fully cooperating with the United States. He is right on that point. And also finally, a major story, protests continuing tonight to break out in Iran. So far 20 people have been killed. Over 450 people have been arrested. These are people that are revolting against this repressive regime and these radical mullahs in Tehran. It's something that President Trump actually predicted would happen back in September.
Now, the mullahs are scared out of their minds and this is now the opportunity of a lifetime for the people of Iran that have been oppressed, people that are getting killed for being gay and lesbian, women that are treated horribly. They can be free of these radical dictators.