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Presidential Horse Race 2016: Barack Obama preaching on racism is like the devil lecturing on fire and brimstone

One day after Barack Obama attended and spoke at a memorial service for the slain police officers in Dallas, it’s a good time to discuss the president’s role in getting us to where we are in terms of race relations in America and how things will only get worse under a Hillary Clinton administration.

Among the many and varied reasons the #NeverTrump forces offer for the “necessity” of dumping Trump in Cleveland next week is his incendiary and harmful rhetoric, which the waffling Republicans claim will chase away women and minority voters by the bushel.

ObamaIn addition, #NeverTrump often claims Trump’s candidacy is being propelled by the “Alt right” movement, which they say seeks to demonize Jews and minorities in order to attract more of the redneck fringe to his side. This is really a put-down to Trump supporters as a whole by claiming you would have to be a racist in order to back Trump, but that’s a discussion for another time.

Forget the fact Trump himself has disavowed the racists on numerous occasions and that his companies employ thousands of women and minorities without prejudice. Isn’t it funny how Trump has been in the political spotlight for over a year now and the media hasn’t found any women or minorities to come forward and corroborate these charges (that Trump is a racist and sexist)?

If the #NeverTrumpers’ protests are to be believed, the anti-Trump testimonials should be filling the airwaves, but they’re not.

Ultimately it’s not up to Trump to disprove a negative, namely that he isn’t a racist. Our current president and his Democrat henchmen (and henchwomen) have done more than their share to utterly break down American culture in order to pit groups against each other.

If there are any racists to be had, it’s them.

Victor Davis Hanson writes in National Review, “Unfortunately, President Obama, ever since he first appeared on the national political scene in 2008, has systematically adopted a rhetoric and an agenda that is predicated on dividing up the country according to tribal grievances, in hopes of recalibrating various factions into a majority grievance culture. In large part, he has succeeded politically. But in doing so he has nearly torn the country apart. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to suggest that no other recent president has offered such a level of polarizing and divisive racial bombast.”

In the balance of his article, Hanson proceeds to define how Obama’s hostility to the police has helped foster those racial divisions, to the point where officers no longer want to go into poor neighborhoods to protect the victimized for fear of either getting shot at or being involved in an incident that will bring them before a court of public opinion that’s already steeped against them.

Dallas police Chief David Brown said after the shooting of a dozen of his officers last week that his department doesn’t get much support these days. With Obama and Hillary at the helm, it’s not hard to see why.

Though she’s as pasty white as Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton comes from the same racial separatist school of thought as Obama himself and kowtows to the liberal black voting bloc which serves as her foundation of support. Clinton knows full well that if she doesn’t take upwards of ninety percent of African-American votes in November, she’ll likely lose the election.

For his part, Donald Trump makes it quite clear where he stands on the question of supporting the police.

Oliver Darcy of Business Insider reports Trump said on Monday, “’Our Police Officers rush into danger every day to protect our communities, and they often do it thanklessly and under relentless criticism’…

“’But I want our nation’s police to know, that we thank you, and we support you, and we will always stand with you,” he said.

For those who have been paying attention, Trump along with Ted Cruz have been by far the most outspoken proponents of law enforcement throughout the primaries, be it calling for patrols of Muslim neighborhoods or to sealing the southern border to prevent terrorists and drugs from entering. Both recognize the need to be sensitive to the concerns of minority communities who feel at odds with the police, but there’s still no middle ground on their unflinching defense of law and order.

Further, contrast Trump’s treatment of the police with Obama’s back in July of 2009 when the new president said officers acted “stupidly” in arresting black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., a judgment Obama made before even knowing the circumstances of the incident.

The episode eventually led to the infamous “beer summit” where Obama sat down with Gates, Joe Biden and the arresting officer (James Crowley) to show what a good guy he is. He’ll stab you in the back before knowing what happened if it benefits him politically and then pour you some suds to ease the pain.

We aren’t buying it.

The truth is, Obama has been subtly cultivating racial divisions ever since he entered office (and well before). Let’s not forget Obama said “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon [Martin],” which is a basic admission that his son would be a juvenile delinquent, as Martin was.

Hillary is no better, as she's a proven life-long cop basher (see this brilliant treatment on the subject from George Neumayr of The American Spectator).

No matter what your feelings for Trump might be, there’s no doubting that Hillary will only increase the racial conflicts that have been so carefully nurtured the past eight years. Trump may not be the most delicate guy to address the problem, but we all know where he stands.

New polling information disputes #NeverTrump’s assertion that Trump is a certain loser

Another justification #NeverTrump has repeatedly offered for pushing to dump Trump next week is that he’s certain to lose the election in November, thus basically handing the presidency to Hillary Clinton.

In essence, #NeverTrump argues the poll numbers are so bad that some “White Knight” candidate must be brought in to not only save the GOP, it’s necessary to save the entire country.

As usual, Erick Erickson articulates the #NeverTrump point of view best. Writing in The Resurgent, Erickson argues, “Whether the delegates resurrect the Presidential career of Marco Rubio, who would reverse the GOP’s declines with hispanics and women or with Scott Walker who would mitigate damage in the blue collar community while returning women to the fold or even Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney, the GOP can do no worse damage to itself than Donald Trump, but might go a long way toward winning.

“The truth is that dumping Trump does not guarantee a win in November, but keeping Trump guarantees a loss. And the other painful truth is that any event that changes things to increase Trump’s odds of winning would be an event so terrible that we would want someone other than Trump in the White House to deal with it.”

I’m not quite sure if Hillary’s dodging prosecution for her personal email scam would qualify as a “terrible event” in Erickson’s book, but it does seem to have made a difference in the polls.

For example, the latest results from NBC News/Survey Monkey show the candidates nearly even in the presidential race. Mark Hensch of The Hill reports, “Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump has fallen to 3 points nationwide, according to a new poll.

“Clinton leads Trump, 47 to 44 percent, in the NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released Tuesday. Clinton had a 5-point edge over Trump, 48 to 43 percent, in the same poll last week.”

Both candidates still have unfavorable ratings of sixty percent or higher (Trump’s is 62 percent). Americans clearly aren’t wild about either candidate at this point, but there’s reason to believe that could change – at least in Trump’s case – and therefore the “he’s a certain loser” argument just doesn’t work.

First off, it’s not true that having another Republican in Trump’s place will help the party do better with some groups, especially Hispanics.

Byron York of the Washington Examiner reports, “A new poll from Pew Research Center found Hillary Clinton with a whopping 42-point lead over Trump among Hispanic registered voters, 66 percent to 24 percent. It's a grim number for Republicans — but actually a little less than the 48-point lead Barack Obama had over Mitt Romney in Pew polling from October 2012, and also less than the 43-point lead Obama had over comprehensive immigration reform champion John McCain in July 2008.”

York seems surprised the gap isn’t larger for Trump, but points out that no matter where the Republicans appear to come down on the issue of immigration, Hispanics still go for Democrats at about a two-thirds rate (the numbers are much closer for primarily English speaking Hispanics, interestingly enough).

As of yesterday, the Real Clear Politics average shows Hillary with a 4.5 point lead, not exactly insignificant but also hardly insurmountable during the period of time when both candidates are not only trying to define their candidacies, they’re working to define the other’s.

There is some evidence that Trump is making headway in permanently pinning the “crooked” label on Hillary, as her email scandal is having an effect on the way independents view her.

Regardless of the numbers, the polling margin between Trump and Clinton isn’t large enough to merit removing him as the party nominee. Erickson seems to think most Trump supporters would just get over the action (because they’re anti-Hillary), but I think the damage to the party would be much more severe, because it would give credence to the argument that the system is rigged against the voters.

I would not be at all surprised if Trump were removed as the nominee that he would still win around 20 percent as a write-in candidate in November. The Republican “White Knight” would certainly lose and the country would be forever damaged under the politically correct tyranny of Hillary Clinton.

It’s not worth the risk, in any case. Republicans have Donald Trump…and he’s a much better choice than Hillary Clinton.

Bernie Sanders endorses arch enemy Hillary Clinton, Trump not impressed

If you need any further evidence that Donald Trump will upset the Washington establishment apple cart if he’s elected in November, look no further than to his reaction to the news Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

In typical Trump fashion, he let his views be known on Twitter. Rebecca Savransky of The Hill reports, “Shortly after throwing his support behind his former primary rival on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to mock presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump for criticizing the endorsement.

“’Big talk from the same guy who was too afraid to debate Bernie in California,’ said a tweet on Sanders's campaign account, responding to a message from Trump that said Sanders had ‘totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton.’”

Trump followed up with, “Bernie Sanders endorsing Crooked Hillary Clinton is like Occupy Wall Street endorsing Goldman Sachs.” He also offered more invitations to Sanders supporters to back him since Sanders had capitulated to the woman he battled for so many months.

Sanders backers apparently weren’t happy with the news.

We all knew Sanders would eventually endorse Hillary. They may have a few differences on style but they both support the same big government socialist agenda and totalitarian style enforcement of political correctness.

There’s no room for the Constitution with the Democrats.

With most Republicans now rallying around Trump and most Democrats flocking to Hillary, the election is evolving into the usual Republicans vs. Democrats battle. No surprises here, including the reactions of the candidates themselves.

Trump vows to “try” and observe Reagan’s 11th Commandment

Finally today, Donald Trump hasn’t exactly been the best candidate at taking the high road and avoiding excessive hyperbolic criticism of his opponents during the primary season, but he says he will attempt to do better going forward in speaking about fellow Republicans.

Nick Gass of Politico reports, “Donald Trump is ‘going to try’ to abide by Ronald Reagan's so-called 11th Commandment that one ‘shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.’ But the presumptive GOP nominee is making no promises, he told Pat Robertson during an interview aired Tuesday on ‘The 700 Club.’

“’...I’ve gotten more votes than anybody in the history of the Republican primaries, and I had 17 people,’ Trump said. ‘You know, others had two or three people, so it is much easier to get. Got almost 14 million votes in the primary system, which is a record. Won 37 states. We’ve had tremendous support, but every once in a while you have somebody who doesn't want to support,’ he remarked.”

Here I think you see Trump campaign leader Paul Manafort speaking through the candidate. Manafort knows that if Trump can improve his favorable rating to around 50 percent (a fairly tall order, but not impossible), he’ll get a lot of the people back who have previously sworn they’ll never vote for him.

When pitted against the truly awful Hillary Clinton, even a slight shift in opinion can make a huge difference in November’s outcome.

Expect to see the nicer side of Trump next week at the Republican convention and don’t be too surprised to see a kinder, gentler Donald on your TV during interviews as well.

The GOP is going to go all out in “trying” to soften Trump’s hard image with the public. Time will tell if they’re able to accomplish it.

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Softened isn't the right approach

Softening the image of the candidate is something the Republican consulting class do every cycle, and it is a rare candidate who figures out how to win in spite of them.

Trump needs to be Trump - toning down attacks on other Republicans is a good idea, but toning down his viewpoints is not, and toning down his attacks on Hillary the way Mitt toned down his attacks on Barry is definitely a bad idea.

More hints at the right folks in the cabinet, more clarity on policy, and on the GOP side, criticism of poor policy, not of the people directly. Tell us what you'll do, and begin to tell us how, and you'll carry the majority.