- Arrest of Huawei CFO is just “shaking the box” for a better outcome
- Prediction: Mueller investigation will turn out the same as everything else
- Both sides will see what they want to see
- Russia tried to influence the 2016 election, or just sow chaos?
- They ran ads favoring Trump
- They ALSO ran ads favoring Hillary
- Russia hacked one side (the DNC)…and not the other?
- Russia wouldn’t TRY to hack both sides?
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This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
To to to to to opal pump from global problem everybody come on in here? Yes, I am in a new location,
but that won't change the delicious Nahs. That is coffee with Scott Adams.
It's good, anytime, anywhere so
Find me if you will and lifting your cup,
class? Your stein, you're jealous filled with your favorite liquid. I like coffee and join me for the simultaneous hit
now. I realize I might be in the wrong time zone for many of you
and I believe I am but-
I'm in the wrong time zone. So at the
moment, I'm in Utah and Christina still asleep. So I so.
going to make it a quick one this morning. So we got a few topics. This morning,
One of them is the proof
the Canadians who are going to turn over to the United States and extradite the CFO
for chinese tech company,
whose name is pronounced.
who a I don't know how it's pronounced:
I'm going to
watch the news today to see if anybody could pronounce it
Yes, I'm in park city, so
you probably thinking to yourself
is a very. This is very provocative
A that will actually arrest a top executive of the main chinese company, and I guess
a somebody saying I pronounce it while way. The name of the company and
the interesting thing about this is apparently the charge has something to do with tree.
Even with the rand. So
this chinese company you walk away. If I'm pronouncing it correctly was
alleged alleged to be trading with uh, with a rare
now I don't know how that makes it against am
I'm a little unclear on.
so chinese citizen can be accused of breaking
a law that America can prosecute, if they didn't
Do it in America and it didn't have anything to do directly with Americans, so
I'm not even entirely sure
we have the legal standing to arrest. A
CFO of a chinese company, but in any case we have now what's interesting about her.
Apparently her father was the founder of the company and it's a major company, so
there's very little chance that this does not catch the
president. She and the chinese leadership
but I think this is an amazingly gutsy move because
other things that Trump is good at doing is take
things to the home field advantage you,
what is the Trump is doing,
sing in public. It is tweeting here. So
The home field advantage and
see that again with this situation, because where the president is strongest is what the topic is in the news
when everybody's talking about it and this arrest,
take something that a child was doing and moves
from some kind of a background law enforcement thing.
the government and it elevates it too.
Top headline NEWS now, if you're,
so she ate it with China and there
so those are the things that are doing, that you don't like, and your
I did negotiated one after another. Don't you think they're just stalling yeah
so you think that the primary uh-
the primary you know. Strategy for China is just too
Maybe you say oh yeah we'll do that and then just don't do it and then
So another year goes by and you bring them back and say: hey
I thought you said you were going to do x, but you haven't done it. Oh yeah yeah. Let's talk about that some more so
what are the primary things you would expect, given that there are so many topics
that China is allegedly violated in trade and
trade with the ram trade
once in general, stealing intellectual.
Property, so this is Jake
range of things they're doing that we don't think they ought to be doing and as long
it's a private conversation government to government.
They really have the upper hand, don't they 'cause, they can just sort of stall. You know we can't we can't do much about it
but by arresting this
Super high profile executive in Canada,
it shows an entirely different level of let's
the but, more importantly, it moves the topic from government.
nevermind to headline news, and that's where
and it doesn't want it to be the lead
in China needs is for
the things that our government knows they're doing to become higher visibility.
So one of the things that this move accomplishes
Is it takes it out of the home?
field advantage of China, which is government to government. Hey, let's keep this quiet. Let's get this taken care of. Why do you keep
a saying you do things and they're not doing him. That's their advantage to the public domain. We're now say a headline.
so every time there's a headline the.
Citizens of China get to learn for the first time.
what their government is up to. So I don't think the
The chinese government wants their own,
population to be fully informed about what they're up to so this is.
This is fascinating, so we'll keep an eye on this. My first and
It was probably the same first impression most of you had, which is oh, no, it's going to be a war now that
second impression after thinking about it, a little bit was that we've- probably we probably just shook the box and got a better better set up, but we'll see
Now. I have a prediction about the outcome of the Muller investigation. Are you ready, you're, probably wondering Scott since you're, so good at predicting
things. Can you tell us how the molar investigation will turn out? Well,
We notice how everything else turned out. I'm going to make the bold recommendation. The bold
that the way the Muller investigation turns out
be exactly like everything else is turned out. Why would it be different
How did everything else turn out reality
split into two movies. When
president got elected, half of the country thought
he's not really my president and they went into this whole movie where he was going to be leaving office in months and it you know it
some temporary problem they could, they would get rid of and then half of the country.
had a new president said: hey eight more years, so
every time we have a situation where we think we're going to get
clean result we never
really do do we, we don't get a clean result with China. Hey. Let's do something about fence
well. They said they will but I'll bet,
the days are going to go by where we don't see anything happen, and then we
We would get a Supreme Court nominee who's on the court
it's always in question. Maybe he's going to be impeached, we thought
we get a clean. We thought we would get a clean.
mid term elections
so many elections are
challenge them. So if it's
The Muller investigation will go this way. The people who think Trump is up to no good.
Will believe. That's what they saw. The people who think
color is going to say terrible things about Trump will believe. That's what the report says: the people who think that Trump didn't do anything
you beyond what you imagine he would do, which is keep his options open for business uh,
people talking to a lot of people, but none of it criminal. So I think the world will split, but once again into two clean and different versions,
So the only thing that can't happen is that the president can't be here,
be in serious legal trouble. So the only thing
can't happen is a molar investigation that makes it look like the president will be jailed
Instead, it will be an ambiguous report. It
everybody sees exactly what they want to see Trump's,
orders will see
will say. Well, it's just a bunch of blah blah blah, but there's
legal jeopardy, it was a waste of time. There's nothing.
related to the central question of russian interference. Meanwhile, the anti trump
we'll look at exactly the same report and they will reap
and conclude that
the damning report that shows that the president did everything he was accused of doing
but for whatever reason, blah blah blah, they can't put him in jail, so I think, there's
no chance that it can go any other way. It
will give you both worlds simultaneously and it, and they will just stay there. We will perpetually have to
completely different views of the world and
will be locked into them and they won't have to solve?
one of them will not have to disappear in favor of the other. So that's my prediction. The
now I've got a question about
the way the anti jumpers are talking about Russia, so the most common
statement about Russia.
that we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were trying to influence the election and that they were trying to influence it in favor of Trump winning
but here are some questions that are outstanding for me,
number one. Well,
Let's look at the evidence, so one part of the
this was that they ran ads,
social media that were pro trump. This we believe to be true. I don't think anybody doubting that
but here's the problem. They also ran ads. The same group of people who ran ads for Trump ran ads in favor of Hillary.
were they cleverly trying to hide their pro trump focus
They running ads that were also pro Hillary. How do we explain?
that it was the same group of people did some of
get the wrong memo
my god, you're a bad employee. We told you to make pro Trump heads: why did you
pro Hillary ads a
doesn't make sense. Does it, and these are the facts that are not in question? We know for sure that they made ads pro Hillary
I don't think, that's in question right: we've actually seen them so the first part of evidence that the trolls were pro trump.
seems to be violated by the evidence that we have so a better,
a better interpretation would be that they were trying to sow chaos and get the country battling each other
the next thing is the little often hear
Well done Junior went to that meeting.
that meeting didn't have any information, the
didn't have anything. So there was no collusion. There was no possibility of collusion, so they're trying.
connect that Don Junior might have wanted to hear some information. That would be helpful, two
russian collusion and it's a real stretch because of
nobody tells Maine if you walk down
first literally was in the building. He worked in. I believe, that's true that meeting with the
lawyer was in his own building. If you walk downstairs
might hear some stuff,
that's bad about Hillary. That could be useful. Of course you take that meeting. Any
but it doesn't take that meetings in idiot now, if it turns
There's something comes out of that meeting that the FBI distant Nobel, that's the second decision, but you definitely take the meeting
so conflating that, with these ads,
is weird and then there's the whole Russia.
Here's the problem with the Russia hacked the Dnc and therefore they must have been pro trump.
Don't you think they would have hacked the Republican Party too? If they could have is
isn't the only thing that stopped them from hacking. Both sides that once
It had better security, there is,
no evidence that they only wanted to hack one side.
there's only evidence that they only could hack one side. That's complete
really different than evidence. They only wanted to have one side, so it's being repaired,
by all the smart people that that the
Vince is clear and unambiguous that Russia was trying to influence the election that parts true
the second part that they were trying to do it to get Trump elected
That's really not in evidence what
The evidence is that they were meddling that part week. We can pretty pretty sure about.
So every time I see it reported as fact that they were trying to get Trump elected
I look at all the individual pieces of evidence and say I don't see it of the facts that are in evidence. Don't don't indicate that at all
they do indicate that Russians may want to mess with us and and create dissent. Now? What about?
How did how would you? How do you score this?
let's say, you're Vladimir Putin, and you know that
Hillary Clinton is the worst thing that
happened to the World Leslie.
So you think that President Hillary Clinton
would be bad for Russia, but also
That's the red states, just bad for everybody, because she was going to cause trouble and destabilize things.
Is it the same as saying that your pro trump to say
that you're anti Hillary Clinton?
would Russia have put
The same amount of effort into absolute
Hillary Clinton, and
My guess is since there's some suggestion that they hated
more than other people that Trump just happened to be the candidate
had it been any other candidate, wouldn't they
We have tried just as hard or wanted.
much that the
under the United States. Be anybody by Hillary,
which is really different from trying to get Trump elected. Those are not the same.
anybody- but Hillary is different than that. Let's get trump in there he's our guy very different,
sure enough we're seeing that Trump is putting putting more pressure on Russia than anybody ever has before. So that's consistent. Alright, I'm going to keep this short today, uh and
there's not much going on! There's a whole bunch of just show guy stuff in the news.
all of the show guy stuff just feels like
Another way to attack trump, it doesn't feel as important as it ought to be so we'll see how that plays out anyway. I'll give you more information about Utah at another time I gotta go, do some stuff, and I will talk to you later