Donald Trump

Trump and His Generals

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly must know that few other presidents would have taken the heat to entrust three military men to guide national-security policy. And even if another president did, he might not empower them with anything like their present latitude. At least for now, it is a win-win-win solution for Trump, the generals — and the country.

Mueller’s Empire: Legions of Lawyers, Bottomless Budget, Limitless Jurisdiction

Andrew C. McCarthy, American Greatness

Why does special counsel Mueller need 14 lawyers (and more coming) for a counterintelligence investigation, as to which the intelligence professionals—agents, not lawyers—have found no “collusion with Russia” evidence after over a year of hard work? What will those lawyers be doing with no limits on their jurisdiction, with nothing but all the time and funding they need to examine one target, Donald Trump?

How'd that referendum on Trump work out?

Monica Showalter, American Thinker

Now the Democrats are left with a steaming pile of $23 million in campaign debt, shelling out $200 per vote, all because they thought hating on Trump was a winning strategy that would thrill the voters.  And if that isn't clear enough a message, a similar race in the 5th District of South Carolina came out the same way. The left wanted a referendum on Trump. Tuesday, they got it.

Trashing Trump and the 'I'm a Genius' Press

Charlie Martin, PJ Media

When someone else says something, especially if you intend to report on it, carefully listen to what the other person is saying. Assume that other person is smarter than you, and try to make sense of what they're saying. Reporters should be looking for information -- that is, they should be looking for things that surprise them. If instead they just hear what fits their preconceptions, well, they're not reporting.

Energized Trump takes victory lap after Republican special election wins

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

Trump's campaign-style rally marked a return to the forum that built his candidacy during the presidential race, one that has offered him a platform to sell his agenda during his young presidency. The president has held a handful of rallies since taking office, although most have involved more scripted remarks than the free-wheeling speeches that defined his early events. Trump now has to hope the Republicans' unbeaten streak in the competitive special congressional elections will make the difference for their shared legislative agenda.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Hapless Democrat surfers troll for electoral waves in flat political seas

The people casting the ballots still need a reason to get themselves to the polls and vote for their candidate of choice. Perhaps Republicans have been fortunate thus far, but if they don’t capitalize legislatively on their election successes the luck will ultimately run out.

Anatomy of a Witch Hunt

Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., The Wall Street Journal

Trump's very unsuitability, the mood of the American public that elected him, the obscure impasse of American politics that brought him to power—all these signs deserve more respect than they’re getting. His Torquemadas don’t and can’t know whether our democracy, in the improbable Mr. Trump, found a lever to move us forward, but there’s something repugnant in their desire not to find out.

Laughing Our Ossoff

As President Trump put it in an Election Night tweet: Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Eric Holder slithers out of the DC swamp to save us from ourselves

Democrats are so desperate to find a scapegoat for losing last November they’re latching on to anything that could potentially motivate their followers to stay with them. And if the actions of Eric Holder and post-presidency Obama are any indication, the effort has just begun.

Conservatives Come Out Against Ryan’s Border Adjustment Tax

We agree with our conservative friends David McIntosh, Rep. Mark Meadows and Tim Phillips; it’s time to focus on putting together a pro-growth tax reform bill that can pass.

Time to Decide What We Mean by 'Extreme Vetting'

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Time to cut to the proverbial chase, determine what that vetting would look like, and institute it before more people die and America starts to look like Europe with Fifth Avenue turning into the Champs-Élysées. We need to put an end as much as possible to "known wolves" stalking our streets, organized ISIS/al Qaeda-type terror attacks, and, to be sure, also crazed vengeance-takers assaulting Muslims as happened Sunday in London.

Witch Hunt: The Getting of the President

Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator

Let’s cut to the chase. This isn’t an investigation. It’s the Washington Swamp going on offense. It’s one thing to build political myths to soothe a losing candidate and her supporters. It’s quite another to successfully get a “special prosecutor” to investigate a crime that never happened — and stock the prosecutors staff with partisan lawyers who contributed to her campaigns or even, in one case, actually worked for the Clinton Foundation.

No More Free Lunch

Since 2015 federal welfare spending has outpaced defense spending. President Trump’s workfare proposal demonstrates that he is busy doing what is important for Americans. Congress should join him.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Can Trump and the GOP fill America’s critical leadership vacuum?

It will be extremely difficult to keep all of the competing interests satisfied in the days to come. The parties are already returning to their pre-shooting divisions and the prospects for an Article V convention remain dim. Leadership is called for. Can Trump and the Republicans do the job?

Team Trump Cannot Fear the I-Word

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

This is a very straightforward argument. First, Trump may not be prosecuted for obstructing investigations because he did not act corruptly – he had the authority to take the actions he did; and these actions, even if one finds them inappropriate, were not unreasonable. Second, Trump may not be impeached because his actions, even if one finds them inappropriate, do not approach the abuse-of-power predicate for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Shakespeare for Dummies

Ron Maxwell, The American Spectator

In their mindless bloodthirsty revels at the Public Theater in Central Park, what critics and audiences are really saying is that John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald were right. If your anger is genuine, if your rage is justified, it’s more than OK to take the law into your own hands. It is, in fact, your duty. Try as they will, Central Park’s silly thespians will not succeed in shrinking the Bard to fit neatly into their own petty political box. He cannot be reduced to a bumper sticker for their anti-democratic “resistance.”

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Whether it takes two years or ten, Trump will break the ruling class

Two years in, the phenomenon that is President Donald Trump will continue to break new ground in American politics. Impeachment will never work and he simply will not quit – ever. Trump will battle the establishment to the death. If I were you I wouldn’t bet against him winning.

The Left's Flirtation With Trumpicide

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The left’s radicals marched through the institutions, stayed long enough to booby-trap the exits, and now find themselves back where they started, out of power and clawing for a return to it. Sitting in Upper West Side cafes dreaming of revolution, they wait for the next analgesic thrill of seeing Julius Trump stabbed to death in Central Park and keep far from their minds that other park where another assassin came close to turning that fiction into fact.

Can You Obstruct a Fraud?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Comey and the FBI did not believe Trump had obstructed an investigation by lobbying on Flynn’s behalf. And just as patently, that’s because Trump did not do so: You cannot act corruptly – as the obstruction statute requires the government to prove beyond a reasonable doubt – if you do not believe what you are doing is against the law. Since Trump had as much authority as any prosecutor or FBI agent to weigh the merits of prosecuting Flynn, he cannot have acted corruptly in doing so.

Trump Immigration Order Took Another Hit: Now SCOTUS Must Get Involved

Hans von Spakovsky, CNS News

If the lower courts are uniformly getting it wrong and failing to follow the Supreme Court’s binding precedents on an issue, that is a more than sufficient reason to take up a case. In fact, the court has an obligation to do so in order to prevent chaos in the legal system resulting from lower courts refusing to follow the law. That is especially true when the judicial branch is interfering with the president’s prerogatives in the national security and immigration area.