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It is a rush transcript from “Particular Report with Bret Baier,” August 2, 2021. This copy will not be in its closing kind and could also be up to date.

MIKE EMANUEL, FOX NEWS HOST:With that, let’s usher in our panel. Washington Submit columnist Marc Thiessen. Mara Liasson, nationwide political correspondent of Nationwide Public Radio. And Trey Gowdy, former congressman from South Carolina.

So, so much to get by there. Let’s begin with Wealthy Edson’s unique on the State Division. Right here his former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the China cover-up angle.


MIKE POMPEO, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CONTRIBUTOR (on digital camera): They know that they’ve lied to the world, they know that they’ve lied to their very own individuals, and so they know that they foisted this virus upon the world costing thousands and thousands of lives, and now billions and billions of {dollars} value of wealth.

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The very last thing the Chinese language Communist Get together is be caught with the state of getting operated a lab, coated it up, disappeared journalists, disappeared medical doctors, solely to have the WHO are available in and discover that, in actual fact, it did come to that laboratory. That is my sense of why they wish to cowl it up.


EMANUEL: Mark, your ideas on this Wuhan lab controversy?

MARC THIESSEN, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR (on digital camera): You recognize, it was that they’d say it was a conspiracy concept. However now, in the event you’re pushing anything, you are principally pushing a conspiracy concept. All of the circumstantial proof results in the Wuhan lab.

We already knew from Josh Rogin’s reporting that in 2018, U.S. diplomats reported security issues on the lab. We now know from this report that the — that the lab itself was attempting to deal with these security considerations.

We all know that lab staff from that — had been hospitalized with COVID-like signs in November. We all know that in September twelfth of 2019, the identical day that they tried to deal with these issues of safety, they had been — they took down the web page on the internet web site that had all of the — all of the virus — viruses on it, all of the — all of the coding and all the data.

So, if — you already know if China did not — if this did not leak from the lab, China can show it. They’ve exculpatory proof. Put — let’s have the blood samples of the — of the lab staff, you already know, share these with us and present us that they are not COVID-19.

Put the viral sequencing that they took down on September twelfth, put it again up, and allow us to see it.

They will — they’ll show that it did not come from the lab, however they do not wish to as a result of they know that that is the place it got here from.

EMANUEL: Mara, does this Republican-led Home report put the White Home in an ungainly spot?

MARA LIASSON, FOX NEWS CHANEL CONTRIBUTOR (on digital camera): I do not suppose so. I believe the White Home is doing its personal analysis. It’s totally potential that, that analysis goes to finish up corroborating what the Republican report says.

I do not suppose that this has grow to be an excellent partisan concern the best way every part else about COVID has. I imply, Joe Biden has been important of China. He is continued a whole lot of President Trump’s get-tough insurance policies on China.

I believe the unhappy factor is that as a result of China is not cooperating with this investigation, we’ll in all probability by no means know for positive precisely what occurred with that lab. However, as Mark stated, you already know, the circumstantial proof retains on piling up. I believe you will need to determine the way it began. However it would not change the truth that the one technique to cease it’s to get everybody vaccinated.

EMANUEL: All proper, to our panelist who’s achieved his share of congressional reviews, Trey Gowdy. Trey, your evaluation of this one.

TREY GOWDY, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: You recognize, Mike, I simply cannot recover from how nonreceptive the mainstream media was when Tommy Cotton and Pompeo and John Ratcliffe, all talked about this as a viable concept, they had been laughed at.

Here’s what I can promise you, our intelligence group already is aware of the place that virus originated. Now, the Biden Administration might not wish to share that. However after a 12 months and a half, if a member of the minority get together has entry to data, then you already know, our intelligence group has it, or else they need to rename their group.

EMANUEL: All proper, to the opposite sizzling matter of the day, Peter Doocy is reporting on the White Home, a whole lot of concern concerning the Delta variant. Right here is Dr. Anthony Fauci.


DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, CHIEF MEDICAL ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: What we’re seeing proper now that there are reinfections. The safety you get from the unique an infection nonetheless exists considerably, however reinfections happen at a a lot better price amongst people now than we did towards the unique Alpha.

So, backside line is: once you’re coping with a variant, you aren’t getting the sort of safety that you’d have hoped to have gotten from a earlier an infection.


EMANUEL: All proper. So, Marc, your ideas on the Delta variant and the place we’re within the battle towards COVID.

THIESSEN: What he is saying is so damaging, as a result of it is undermining confidence within the vaccines. This is the fact. We now have 165 million People who’ve been totally vaccinated and 70 p.c of the inhabitants has no less than — had no less than one shot.

So, you bought 192 million individuals who have vaccinated immunity. How many individuals have died? Lower than 1,000, based on the CDC’s information as of July twenty sixth.

So, that’s — you usually tend to die from a lightning strike or a canine assault than you’re to die from COVID when you’ve got it. So, that is excellent news for Lindsey Graham.

And the rally — and that is — that understates it into much more as a result of there’s additionally immunity from prior an infection. The Johns Hopkins’ professor, Johns Hopkins, Marty Makary, estimates about half the inhabitants has been contaminated with COVID. So, that signifies that they’ve some immunity from prior an infection.

There 93 million individuals who have not been vaccinated who’re eligible. In case you take about half of these having prior an infection, that is about 46 million individuals. We’re speaking a few very small subset of the inhabitants that’s in danger.

The remainder of us — for the remainder of us the pandemic is over. You would possibly get — we have turned this mortal menace into one thing that is no extra harmful than frequent chilly, and we have to cease fear-mongering about it.

EMANUEL: Marc bringing the numbers.

All proper, Mara, your ideas. It’s producing a surge of individuals getting vaccinated, your ideas on the place we’re with this pandemic?

LIASSON: Sure, I believe that what I assumed I heard Dr. Fauci stated was even in the event you’ve had COVID, it is best to get a vaccine since you’re — the immunity that having had COVID offers you will not be that long-lasting. That is what I assumed he was saying. Not that the vaccine — you possibly can nonetheless get reinfected.

Look, the underside line is the vaccines work. They forestall critical sickness and deaths. The quantity of people that’ve been hospitalized with a breakthrough an infection is infinitesimal. And the excellent news is that vaccination charges are ticking up. Individuals who’ve been resistant are actually coming ahead and getting it.

MIKE EMANUEL, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST: All proper, Trey, the preliminary pitch was get vaccinated, do away with the masks, the masks are again. Your ideas on the place we’re on this pandemic?

TREY GOWDY, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CONTRIBUTOR: Effectively, look, I am vaccinated, and I am joyful to put on a masks. This is what I would like. I would like somebody I belief to inform me why. Why now? What modified? When it modified?

And you already know, Mike, I imply, science has — is a casualty of this pandemic. I imply, a 12 months and a half in the past, we consider medical doctors however when medical doctors deliberately misrepresent details, as a result of they suppose they’ve a better good after they inform us science modifications, but it surely’s not. It is their understanding of science.

After which when you could have elected officers who say I’ve obtained an incredible algorithm for you, however I am not going to observe them. I imply, that is what I fear about, it is the insecurity, and medication and science.

EMANUEL: And Trey, we’re up towards the clock. However is there hypocrisy right here? President Obama having a giant get together up on Martha’s Winery and the D.C. Mayor going out and socializing all weekend and not using a masks?

GOWDY: I believe the D.C. Mayor, sure. I’ve obtained a birthday arising and I’ve 5 individuals coming to it. Really, two stated they could not make it. So, now down to a few. So, I do not wish to criticize President Obama. I obtained a giant birthday arising too.

EMANUEL: All proper, panel, we’ll meet up with you later.

Up subsequent, how a violent gang member with greater than two dozen arrest killed one police officer within the hospital as America’s bloody summer season continues.


EMANUEL: The New York Instances is being criticized tonight for a narrative about then-President Trump alleging instruct –allegedly instructing prime officers on the Justice Division to name the 2020 basic election corrupt in assist of his efforts to overturn the election.

The critics say the Instances took Mr. Trump’s remark out of context. The directions reportedly got throughout a December 27 telephone dialog with an appearing Legal professional Common Jeffrey Rosen and his Deputy Richard Donoghue. Handwritten notes taken by Donoghue and launched by the Home Oversight Committee present that Mr. Trump advised the DOJ officers to “Simply say that the election was corrupt and go away the remainder to me and the R Congressman.”

Nevertheless, the Federalist factors out that remark was directed towards one particular allegation of fraud in Pennsylvania and never your complete election.

Now on the disaster on the border, Fox Information has realized COVID Positive migrants are being despatched to a second resort with out notification to the employees there, staggering numbers of individuals are attempting to get into the nation.

Correspondent Invoice Melugin reviews tonight from Mission, Texas.


BILL MELUGIN, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT (voice over): Beautiful footage from our Fox drone workforce in Mission, Texas Sunday afternoon exhibits an enormous group of migrants, the biggest we have now ever seen being held by Border Patrol below Anzalduas Bridge proper close to a preferred Rio Grande crossing space.

The group no less than a thousand sturdy ready within the brutal Texas warmth to be processed as a Border Patrol supply tells Fox Information greater than 8,000 migrants had been apprehended within the Rio Grande Valley alone over the weekend.

Sunday night time in La Joya, we witnessed a bunch of greater than 200 migrants giving themselves as much as border brokers. Lots of the younger kids in that group we’re coughing as COVID-19 {cases} have surged 900 p.c amongst migrants within the Rio Grande Valley in July.

Monday morning, our drone was proper again over Anzalduas Bridge the place that huge group was nonetheless ready.

As DHS sources inform us, Border Patrol stations have been 585 p.c over capability within the McAllen space, and that mass releases are actually underway.

We witnessed a few of these mass releases in downtown McAllen on Monday. All day lengthy, we watched Border Patrol buses arrive each half-hour to drop off a whole bunch of migrants at Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. The Charity then walked migrants throughout the road to McAllen central station the place they’re given bus tickets to journey elsewhere in the USA.

And Fox Information has now realized of a second native resort the place the Charity is housing COVID Positive migrants, this time in Weslaco. Metropolis officers there say they just lately came upon the Charity has been quietly housing contaminated migrants at this Texas in Weslaco with out ever being advised by the Charity. The White Home says they’re taking precautions.

JEN PSAKI, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Migrants are required to maintain masks on always. If anybody reveals indicators of sickness in CBP custody, they’re referred to native well being techniques for acceptable testing, analysis, isolation and remedy.


MELUGIN (on digital camera): And Mike, some breaking information this night, only a few moments in the past, the Biden administration introduced that they’re formally extending Title 42 indefinitely. That’s the Trump period COVID-19 coverage that basically permits Border Patrol to right away return migrants again to Mexico on the idea of public well being.

I additionally wish to level out, I reached out to the chief director of that native Catholic Charity and I requested her, what number of COVID-19 Positive migrants are you guys putting in native motels right here within the Rio Grande Valley? She advised me “I’ve been suggested to not remark.” We’ll ship it again to you.

EMANUEL: Invoice Melugin reside Mission, Texas. Invoice, thanks very a lot.

A brand new legislation in Illinois successfully ends immigrant detention and additional restricts native legislation enforcement’s means to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Democrat Governor J. B. Pritzker signed the invoice into legislation at this time. It targets native authorities agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, permitting jails to accommodate immigrant detainees awaiting court docket hearings. Present contracts should finish by subsequent January. And new agreements are prohibited.

It was one other bloody weekend on the streets of America’s main cities because the nation’s crime disaster intensifies. Police in Queens, New York are searching for two gunmen who escaped on mopeds after taking pictures no less than 10 individuals outdoors a laundromat. That was simply one of many harrowing incidents. Correspondent Bryan Llenas is in New York tonight.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cease reaching for it (INAUDIBLE)

BRYAN LLENAS, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT (voice over): It is a physique digital camera footage capturing the second an NYPD Lieutenant was shot within the ankle throughout a violent wrestle between 4 NYPD officers and an armed gang member within the Bronx Friday night time. The gang member was arrested 25 occasions prior however was free on bail after November gun arrest.

In the meantime, a manhunt is underway after two males wearing hoodies and carrying face masks open fireplace on a sidewalk in Queens, New York Saturday night time. 10 individuals had been shot earlier than two accomplices on mopeds assist the shooters flee the scene.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The neighborhood is getting worse.

LLENAS: And on Sunday morning, a person was shot and wounded throughout an armed theft in downtown Manhattan. It was one more violent weekend in New York Metropolis the place there have been 867 shootings this 12 months. That is up 18 p.c in comparison with final 12 months, up 102 p.c in comparison with 2019.

Mayoral candidates Republican Curtis Sliwa and Democratic frontrunner Eric Adams addressed the violence at this time.

ERIC ADAMS (D), NEW YORK MAYORAL CANDIDATE: we have now to inform gangs that they aren’t controlling our metropolis.

CURTIS SLIWA (R), NEW YORK MAYORAL CANDIDATE: Different cities would come to the NYPD gang unit to share data, that not happens.

LLENAS: Surging gun violence is affecting main cities nationwide. A panicked crowd ran for his or her lives after 5 individuals had been shot on Bourbon Avenue Sunday. And in Chicago, no less than 5 individuals had been killed and 50 shot over the weekend.

DAVID BROWN, CHICAGO POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: Too many violent repeat offenders are being launched again into these communities creating a way of lawlessness and no penalties for his or her habits.


LLENAS (on digital camera): Again right here in New York Metropolis, 33 individuals had been shot and 6 had been killed over the weekend. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at this time stated crime within the metropolis is uncontrolled, however he supplied no particular new proposals on the right way to crack down on it, Mike.

EMANUEL: Brutal summer season. Bryan Llenas, thanks very a lot.

The variety of homicides right here in Washington surpassed coronavirus deaths by an almost three to 1 ratio in July. Our affiliate D.C., Fox 5 reviews there have been 21 homicides all through the month in comparison with eight coronavirus fatalities.

For the 12 months, the district had reported 100 homicides by July tenth. The earliest it has hit that quantity since 2003. No remark from both the Police Division or the mayor’s workplace.

Up subsequent, the resurgence of the coronavirus Congress considers new reduction spending.

First, here is what a few of our Fox associates across the nation are masking tonight Q13 FOX in Seattle the place Invoice and Melinda Gates have finalized their divorce. Courtroom paperwork present a choose signed off on the break up at this time. The previous couple introduced they might divorce in Might after 27 years of marriage.

And this can be a reside take a look at San Diego from Fox 5, one of many massive tales there tonight, the usCarl Vinson leaves for deployment. It’s the first service strike group to deploy with the F-35C Lightning II fighter jet and the CMV-22B Osprey.

The Navy says the nuclear-powered supercarrier in crew will assist international maritime safety operations.

That is tonight’s reside look outdoors the Beltway from SPECIAL REPORT. We’ll be proper again.


EMANUEL: The Senate is engaged on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending invoice this week. Listed below are among the highlights — $110 billion of latest funds for roads, bridges, and main venture, $73 billion for energy infrastructure, $66 billion for railways, $65 billion for broadband, $55 billion for water infrastructure. Senate negotiators introduced Sunday they’ve completed drafting a 2,700-page invoice. If it passes it is going to be the biggest infrastructure funding in many years.

The resurgence of the coronavirus may encourage congressional Democrats to ask for an additional main money infusion to cope with the repercussions. Right here is congressional correspondent Chad Pergram.


CHAD PERGRAM, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: There may be anxiousness over the place the U.S. is headed with COVID.

ADM. BRETT GIROIR, FORMER COVID-19 TESTING COORDINATOR: An extra 75,000 individuals will die by November. We’ll prime 1,000 deaths per week by mid- September.

PERGRAM: Extra masks and possibly more cash. Congress exhausted almost $6 trillion to fight the pandemic. However the Delta variant means progressives pushing for extra help.

REP. MONDAIRE JONES, (D-NY): That is about public well being. We’re within the midst of a as soon as in a century pandemic that’s removed from over.

PERGRAM: The Senate is now engaged on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure invoice. There’s a push to latch to that invoice a restoration of the COVID eviction freeze. The White Home at this time asking state and native governments to stop evictions and requesting landlords to carry evictions.

REP. CORI BUSH, (D-MO): We all know that once we put individuals out on the road that we’re — we’re placing them able that would trigger them dying.

PERGRAM: Republicans consider progressives will use a COVID wave to justify one other spending spree.

REP. BYRON DONALDS, (R-FL): Whether or not it is AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, they have been very clear they wish to have all of their cake. They do not simply desire a slice of cake.

PERGRAM: Eating places and bars say they nonetheless have not recovered. Homeowners fret concerning the future.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If we transfer backwards, it should additional negatively affect this 12 months. And we’re already susceptible as an trade.

PERGRAM: The federal government has but to allocate billions of {dollars} from earlier payments. Nonetheless, conservatives consider liberals spend carte blanche.

NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: There isn’t any amount of cash that the leftwing anti-People would not spend.

PERGRAM: One other COVID wave may immediate Democrats to push for extra assist to colleges, particularly for extra testing and distant studying. Democrats may attempt to stash extra COVID money into infrastructure payments or a authorities funding invoice this fall.


PERGRAM (on digital camera): Any new spending made deepen considerations on each side of the aisle about inflation. Mike?

EMANUEL: Chad Pergram reside on Capitol Hill. Chad, thanks very a lot.

Shares blended at this time, the Dow misplaced 97, the S&P 500 fill eight, Nasdaq gained eight.

We’ve got an uncommon story to let you know tonight in our media focus. Evidently mainstream shops are literally giving credit score to a prime Republican who is usually a goal of fierce criticism. FOX Information media analyst and host of FOX “Media Buzz” Howard Kurtz tells us who it’s and what has modified.


SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL, (R-KY) SENATE MINORITY LEADER: One-hundred p.c of my focus is on stopping this new administration.

HOWARD KURTZ, FOX NEWS HOST: Mitch McConnell has endured years of unhealthy press because the Democrats dastardly demon, and famously vowed to make Barack Obama a one-term president.



OBAMA: Why do not you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?


KURTZ: The Senate Republican chief who denied even a listening to to Obama’s Supreme Courtroom choose Merrick Garland, has embraced a unfavorable nickname.

MCCONNELL: I’m certainly the grim reaper in terms of the socialist agenda.

KURTZ: However that has abruptly modified because the hardnosed tactician agreed to work with the White Home on a bipartisan infrastructure invoice, regardless of loads of media skepticism.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is McConnell actually going to present Biden a win?

KURTZ: However the fashionable compromise is transferring ahead, prompting “Politico” to declare pigs fly. McConnell can also be drawing credit score from CNN and others for spending marketing campaign funds to advertise COVID vaccines on 100 Kentucky radio stations.

MCCONNELL: Is anyone on the market prepared to hear? Get vaccinated.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I will use a sentence right here that isn’t uttered fairly often on MSNBC airways — good for Mitch McConnell.

KURTZ: And President Biden gave his adversary a shoutout.

JOE BIDEN, (D) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I’ve to go with Republican Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell. He hasn’t made it political.

KURTZ: A McConnell spokesman says of the unfavorable narrative, the media at all times lean left and don’t love the truth that he labored with Donald Trump. However the journalistic reassessment of McConnell is rooted in the best way he broke with the previous president after January sixth and stated Trump bears ethical accountability for the Capitol riot. When McConnell stated he’d vote for the infrastructure invoice, Trump attacked him for, quote, “weak management.”


KURTZ (on digital camera): McConnell, who stays off the Sunday exhibits, has by no means a lot cared about being roasted and ridiculed by elite commentators and op- ed warriors. Once I requested if the senator is having fun with his transient burst of applause, he spokesman advised me, I do not suppose it impacts him a method or one other. Mike?

EMANUEL: Howie Kurtz, thanks so much.

Up subsequent, why one Olympic sprinter is on the run after refusing to return dwelling.


MARK ADAMS, INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE: We have assured ourselves that she had a protected place to remain final night time and was below safety.


EMANUEL: A second planeload of Afghan interpreters and members of the family has arrived right here within the Washington space. Protection officers say about 200 individuals flew in yesterday and had been transported by bus to Fort Lee outdoors of Richmond, Virginia. The Biden administration is increasing efforts to evacuate Afghan residents from Afghanistan as Taliban violence will increase forward of the U.S. army pullout on the finish of the month. The State Division says it’s widening the scope of Afghans eligible for refugee standing to incorporate present and former workers of U.S.-based information organizations and U.S. funded assist and improvement companies. Present and former workers of the U.S. authorities who don’t meet strict standards for a particular immigrant visa are additionally coated by the enlargement.

Nevertheless, candidates should go away Afghanistan to start the method which will take 12 to 14 months in a 3rd nation.

There’s a main controversy tonight over an Olympic athlete who’s requesting asylum after criticizing her dwelling authorities. Correspondent Benjamin Corridor reviews tonight from London.


BENJAMIN HALL, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Safely within the arms of Japanese police, this Belarusian sprinter has simply defected. Moments earlier Krystsina Tsimanouskaya claims she was being compelled onto a aircraft on path to Belarus by a number of males for criticizing her coaches. Fearing for her security, she alerted airport police, then launched this dramatic video.

KRYSTSINA TSIMANOUSKAYA (by translator): I’m asking the worldwide committee for assist. There may be strain towards me and they’re attempting to get me overseas with out my permission.

HALL: Immediately Tsimanouskaya was taken to the Polish embassy in Tokyo the place she obtained a humanitarian visa, permitting her to journey to Poland and search asylum. The Worldwide Olympic Committee additionally says it is helping her.

MARK ADAMS, INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE: We’ve got assured ourselves that she had a protected place to remain final night time and was below safety.

HALL: The drama came about after Tsimanouskaya posted a video alleging she had been entered into the 400 meter relay occasion at brief discover after some teammates had been discovered ineligible, having missed their doping take a look at. Supporters of the Alexander Lukashenko then began concentrating on her on-line, and he or she feared for her life.

ALEXANDER OPEIKEN, BELARUSIAN SPORT SOLIDARITY FOUNDATION (by translator): An individual may be jailed, tortured, crushed. There aren’t any legal guidelines within the nation, to allow them to do something to you.

HALL: Belarusian authorities relentlessly goal anybody expressing respectable. In Might they despatched a fighter jet to divert a passenger aircraft in our to seize an opposition determine on board. This weekend they once more confirmed their complete disdain for worldwide legislation.


HALL (on digital camera): Athletes searching for asylum at sporting occasions is actually nothing new. It occurred so much through the chilly warfare. However it’s actually a far rarer type of political intrigue at the moment. Mike?

EMANUEL: Benjamin Corridor, thanks.

Simone Biles returns to the Olympics and so do the political shows. The panel is subsequent.

First, Past our Borders tonight. European wildfires fueled by excessive warmth are forcing evacuations in seashore cities all through Mediterranean international locations. No less than eight individuals have died in western Turkey and round 10,000 individuals have been evacuated as firefighters battle flames for a sixth straight day.

In neighboring Greece, fires destroyed properties because the nation’s prime minister warned the excessive temperatures may result in blackouts. On the Italian island of Sicily, wildfires trapped round 150 individuals, forcing evacuations by sea.

And a zoo in France welcomes two new residents. A large panda on mortgage from China gave start to twin cubs early at this time. The 2 females will spend a number of years in France earlier than being despatched to China. The zoo says the duo is vigorous, pink, and plump, I’d add cute.

Simply among the different tales Past our Borders tonight. We’ll be proper again.


MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, (D) NEW YORK CITY: That is somebody who is likely one of the most admired individuals in the USA, and he or she has achieved extraordinary issues. However she a human being like the remainder of us. And psychological well being challenges are a part of being human.

CLAY TRAVIS, OUTKICK.COM FOUNDER: How would we reply if Tom Brady did not come out for the second half of a Tremendous Bowl as a result of he felt overwhelmed by the expertise emotionally.

NANCY PELOSI, (D-CA) HOUSE SPEAKER: I’ve been staying up all night time watching the Olympics, the reruns, the this, the that. I simply love watching it, and the drama of all of it.

ALY RAISMAN, FORMER OLYMPIC GYMNAST: I believe it is an incredible instance for all of the gymnasts and everybody that is watching her is that life occurs, generally you make errors. Generally you could have good days, generally you could have unhealthy days, however you get your self again up and you retain going.


EMANUEL: The information is Simone Biles is again from after having to withdraw from a number of occasions through the gymnastics portion of the Olympics. She goes to be again for the steadiness beam.

And we’re again with our panel, “Washington Submit” columnist Marc Thiessen, Mara Liasson, nationwide political correspondent of Nationwide Public Radio, and Trey Gowdy, former Congressman from South Carolina. Marc, your ideas on the discussions about Simone Biles, her psychological well being, et cetera?

MARC THIESSEN, COLUMNIST, “WASHINGTON POST”: I am glad that Simone Biles is again. She is a famous person and I am glad to see that she goes to compete. However what I like concerning the Olympics is watching all these sports activities that I might by no means be caught {dead} watching at another time. I discover myself watching water polo, and I even caught myself watching badmitten the opposite day.

What’s so nice concerning the Olympics is that so many People are so good at these sports activities, and so they get little or no consideration besides as soon as each 4 years through the Olympic video games. And it is so nice to see them put their skills on show.

After which you could have these athletes like Gwen Berry and Raven Saunders, who know that that is the one time anybody goes to pay any consideration to them. And they also use their second to not carry us up, to not carry our spirits, however to tear their nation down. I discover that very unhappy. And I want in the event that they actually wish to study systemic oppression, they need to go throughout city and discuss to that Belarusian sprinter who criticized her nation’s athletic program and is now afraid to return as a result of if she does she’d be thrown into the gulag. They may be taught one thing about what systemic oppression is. Nobody going to arrest them after they come again. They’re simply going to be forgotten.

EMANUEL: Marc talked about Raven Sanders, who is thought for her inexperienced and purple hair. She gained a silver medal within the shotput, was there making an X formed image, crossing her wrist. The IOC will not be too amused by that. Mara, your ideas on politics on the Olympics.

MARA LIASSON, NATIONAL POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO: Look, politics have at all times been on the Olympic. Have a look at what occurred to that Belarusian athlete. That is fairly political. She would possibly get to go dwelling ever once more. And folks have defected on the Olympics, actually through the chilly warfare.

The Olympic Committee has guidelines about shows of political messaging on the rostrum. They apparently didn’t determine that this broke their guidelines. I do not know if what she — the making an X image tears the nation down. However I do suppose, we performed a clip earlier of somebody saying that Simone Biles dropped out as a result of she was overwhelmed by the feelings. I do not suppose that is what I understood occurred. She had one thing known as the twisties. It is sort of gyroscopic downside that athletes have if you end up twisting round within the air, and he or she misplaced her equilibrium. It wasn’t as a result of she was overly emotional.

EMANUEL: Sure, in actual fact, right here is legendary Olympian Dominique Dawes on the twisties downside.


DOMINIQUE DAWES, FORMER OLYMPIC GYMNAST: The “twisties” are once you get misplaced in midair, once you’re flipping and likewise attempting to twist. Again within the day we used to name it “balking,” the place you’ll begin doing a selected gymnastics transfer, and you’ll cease in midair, after which clearly simply drop all the way down to the bottom. And that is what so difficult about this. Simone Biles has quite a lot of twists in all of her totally different occasions.


EMANUEL: That is fairly scary, drawing a clean, being misplaced if you end up in midair. Trey, your ideas on Simone Biles and among the politics on the video games?

TREY GOWDY, FORMER SOUTH CAROLINA REPRESENTATIVE: Effectively, mike, Dominique Dawes and Simone Biles are in a sport the place a fraction of a second is the distinction between touchdown in your head and touchdown in your toes. So I will allow them to determine whether or not or not they wish to compete and never a bunch of people that cannot see or contact their toes which can be sitting on the sofa watching athletes. I may care much less what they suppose.

If Simone Biles thinks that she will not be mentally at her finest, she may land on her neck actually in her sport. It is not like a golfer with the yips. She will land on her neck.

As for the opposite athletes, I did not know hammer throwing was a sport. Now that I do know, I will enter my spouse within the subsequent Olympics. This is what I do know. There was a whole lot of sportsmanship, a whole lot of issues that we must be speaking about as an alternative of two athletes we by no means heard of earlier than. How concerning the people that shared a gold medal? That is a cheerful story. That is what I am going to attract from the Olympics. Not any individual crossing their arms to do away with oppression on the planet as a result of I do not suppose it should work.

EMANUEL: And I believe it is fascinating that you simply see all these younger people who find themselves no-names who’ve their moments on the world stage, and right here they’re reaching their desires, dwelling their desires throughout COVID. Additionally it is going to be attention-grabbing as a former mediocre soccer participant carrying pink, white, and blue, simply to root for Simone Biles tomorrow. Hopefully she will be able to make a comeback as a result of the American individuals actually love an incredible comeback story.

Once we come again, we are going to check out tomorrow’s headlines tonight.


EMANUEL: Lastly tonight, a take a look at tomorrow’s headlines. Mara, lead us off.

LIASSON: My headline is New York Metropolis mayor worries masks mandate will undermine vaccine push. Invoice de Blasio has determined to encourage masks carrying indoors however to not mandate it as a result of what he is frightened about is the individuals who do not have the vaccine will say, oh, I nonetheless must put on a masks if I am vaccinated. Why ought to I trouble? And I believe this simply exhibits how tough it’s to message throughout this new Delta breakout.

EMANUEL: All proper, Marc, your flip.

THIESSEN: The overwhelming majority of U.S. Olympics athletes love America, so ignore the troublemakers.

EMANUEL: Good and tight. Trey, take us dwelling.

GOWDY: CDC pronounces masks mandate for everybody, besides Democrat elected officers.


EMANUEL: All proper. Sure, there’s that controversy between the Home and Senate. The Home has one algorithm. The Senate has a unique algorithm. We’ll see how they kind all of it out. Panelists, thanks very a lot.

Tomorrow on SPECIAL REPORT, President Biden delivers remarks on the administration’s progress in combating COVID. Thanks for watching SPECIAL REPORT. I am Mike Emanuel. It has been a pleasure.

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