Donald Trump

Trump and the Unknowable Moment

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

It was not an eloquent speech, not lofty, very plain and blunt. But it was powerful. After reading a copy of the speech leaked in advance by a mischief maker, an anti-Trump conservative intellectual emailed me. “He’s going to win,” he said. The moment at least was not unknowable to him.

Rep. Thomas Massie: Trump is 'better than 90 percent of the congressmen I serve with'

Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

"Trump might be the only one of the 17 that ran in this primary that could win in the general election. Numerically, with the message we had, we were almost stillborn going into the general with the electoral map that exists. Trump has changed the map. Pennsylvania's in play. Michigan's in play."

Mike Pence Saved The Republican Party After The Cruz Disaster

Larry Kudlow, Daily Caller

In the space of about 10 or 12 minutes, Mike Pence turned a demoralized, dispirited, depressed, negative convention into an upbeat, optimistic, united convention. He hit all the right notes and had a lot of optimism in his speech. The Cruz disaster, that had left the convention hall spinning just moments before, was suddenly swept away.

Forgotten Americans Find Their Champion

Far from being dark or dystopian, we found in Donald Trump’s acceptance speech the first glimmer of hope for the restoration of our country and the real change for which Mr. Viguerie has long campaigned: My message is that things have to change and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that had been ignored, neglected and abandoned.

A Much Needed History Lesson For Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker

Republican primary voters tend toward primogeniture and they may make a cause out of a closely fought loss, as Nixon’s supporters did over his 1960 loss to John F. Kennedy and Reagan’s conservative supporters did in 1976 after he was denied the Republican nomination, but it appears that general election voters have a higher standard and they will never forgive or look at a sore loser as worthy of the highest office in the land.

Trump previews his Republican convention speech

Kelly Cohen, Washington Examiner

"Well I'm talking about trade, I'm talking about law and order, I'm going to be talking about borders," Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Thursday morning on "Good Morning America." Trump added that the message in his Thursday night speech will echo prior ones.

Scott Walker Throws Support Behind Donald Trump

Jordyn Phelps, ABC News

“Let me be clear, a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November is a vote for Hillary Clinton,” the former 2016 candidate said, recalling the promise he made during a Republican debate in Cleveland last August to support the eventual nominee, regardless of who it was. “Make no mistake, we can't wait four years to get them next time,” he continued. “The consequences are too great.”

Donald Trump Jr.: We knew Cruz wasn't going to endorse

Louis Nelson, Politico

Donald Trump Jr. told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the Trump campaign saw Cruz’s speech ahead of time and knew what the Texas senator would say. The GOP nominee allowed Cruz to speak, Trump Jr. said, in the interest of party unity, even though he knew the remarks would be far from an endorsement.

Trump on Cruz: 'No big deal'

Ben Kamisar, The Hill

Donald Trump brushed aside Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse him Wednesday night in a tweet that chided Cruz for being "booed off the stage." "Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!" he tweeted just before midnight.

The Campaign Against Crooked Hillary Begins

Jack Kocsis, Daily Caller

There is now a very cool way to participate in the “Hillary for Prison” counter-message. Based off the Netflix TV show about a women’s prison “Orange is the New Black,” Hillary is the New Orange has all of the gear any good anti-Hillary citizen needs for the run-up to November.

Ted Cruz Committed Political Suicide On National TV

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Last night Ted Cruz pleased the 5% of #NeverTrump Republicans and disappointed and angered the vast majority in the conservative movement. In doing so Ted Cruz lost his chance to be the leader of the conservative movement, and effectively handed that mantle over to Mike Pence, in whom conservatives are now likely to invest their time, energy, resources and hopes to advance the conservative agenda.

Mike Pence Just Made Himself De Facto Leader Of The Conservative Movement

How long that leadership lasts, or if it will be contested, remains to be seen, but by joining the Trump ticket, and last night through his remarks to the Republican National Convention, Mike Pence showed he understands the Trump coalition is the future, and he showed real leadership by making himself an essential element of that coalition’s success in the 2016 election; future-focused conservatives now have the leader they’ve been looking for and it's Mike Pence.

What will Cruz say to the GOP convention?

Al Weaver, Washington Examiner

Ted Cruz is now set to make a return to the national spotlight when he takes the stage at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. With this return comes uncertainty, as supporters of the Texas senator are not entirely sure what he will do in the future or even in his speech.

Trump's Best Path to Victory

John Brabender, Wall Street Journal

But there is a path to 270. For Mr. Trump to win, he needs to incite a national movement and a significant shift in voting behavior. He can worry less about specific states to target and spend more time on a national branding and message campaign centered on motivating specific audiences, not states. Mr. Trump did precisely that to win the Republican primaries.

Poll: Trump's VP is unknown to nearly half of voters

Lisa Hagen, The Hill

A new NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll found that 48 percent of voters don’t have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), saying they don't know enough to have an opinion. Twenty-six percent view him favorably, while another 26 percent view him unfavorably. Pence will have a big opportunity to introduce himself to the country during a prime-time speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Trump Bounces Back

Shane Goldmacher, Politico

Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to bring his convention back from the brink of disaster. The focus on Clinton provided a glimpse of unity for a party that, at times, has seemed to be splitting at the seams during the primaries. And it came on the night that Trump formally became the Republican nominee in a roll call vote that went surprisingly smoothly as days of noise and unrest from Never Trump forces fizzled.

Donald Trump Junior: 'For My Father, Impossible Is Just the Starting Point'

Susan Jones, CNS News

At the end of his tribute to "my mentor, my best friend, my father," Donald Junior listed all the things his father will do as president, including working with "everyone" to pass legislation; reforming the tax code; repealing and replacing Obamacare; appointing judges "who believe that freedom requires limited government"; and putting America and Americans first.

Clinton’s Lead Is As Safe As Kerry’s Was In 2004

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

While Obama won twice with pre-convention leads of 3 to 4 points, John Kerry went into his convention with a lead of about 3 percentage points in 2004, but lost to George W. Bush. And in 2000, Bush had about a 4-point lead on the eve of the conventions, but lost the popular vote to Al Gore. (Bush won the Electoral College, of course.)