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Assault on America, Day 415: Trump rides ‘The Beast’ at Daytona, cruises to victory in November

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“As we wait for the green flag, we give thanks to this beloved country, for the heroes who keep us safe, and for the God who made us free. To all of the drivers, technicians, and pit crews here today, good luck and may the best team win. God bless you. God bless our military. God bless our veterans and God bless America. Have a great race. Thank you.” -- President Donald Trump at Daytona last Sunday.

I can’t say for sure but Trump likely referenced the almighty more times in his pre-race closing remarks than Barack Obama did in eight years as leader of the free world. Judging by the Democrat faithful’s hissing and booing at the party convention a few years back, the increasingly secular and religion averse liberal faction deems it unwise to cite the deity in their diatribes. But not Trump -- he understands precisely who he’s talking to at any given moment and the message he conveys to his captive audiences.

No one -- not even his Democrat antagonists any longer -- disputes that Donald Trump puts on a good performance. A layperson may have hated his “The Apprentice” reality show or disliked his multitude of media and tabloid appearances since the 80’s, but what’s never in doubt these days is Trump’s feel for the moment and his uncanny ability to conceptualize a moral into a very tight space.

Such was the case at Daytona last Sunday, where Trump was arguably at his best in an environment tailor-made for his success. The stands were packed with tens of thousands of car race enthusiasts, citizens who revel in the glory of American traditions -- fast automobiles, tailgating with family and friends and waving a plethora of red white and blue flags. A good many probably attended a Trump rally at some point.

Naturally, the media despised Trump’s Sunshine State moment in the sun, likely recognizing the understated value of the President of the United States speaking before a huge live audience and then taking a lap around the track in “The Beast” (a.k.a. presidential limousine) and drawing gobs of worldwide coverage for the gesture. If ever there was a made for TV instant, this was it.

Besides, what’s not to like? When Obama took Michelle to Broadway on a “date” (in 2009) and found host venues and the New York City streets full of appreciative “Hope and Change” Democrat supporters, why shouldn’t Trump similarly celebrate the office and country at the aptly named “Great American Race”?

It was a show of immense Trump-ian strength, only part of which is his connection with the crowd. This power is formidable and it has Democrats worried. A few are even willing to go on record with their fears. Alexander Bolton reported at The Hill, “Senate Democrats are privately acknowledging that President Trump will be very tough to beat in November if the economy stays strong and he draws on the substantial advantages of running as an incumbent...

“Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said he’s surprised that Trump’s conduct, which GOP senators such as Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have called ‘inappropriate’ and ‘shameful,’ hasn’t had more of an effect on public opinion. ‘I think it’s not that things aren’t going well for Democrats, I don’t think that’s the case. I think things are going better for Donald Trump than expected. I would have thought the people of this country would not want someone who lies as president, would not want somebody who demeans others,’ Cardin said.

“’All these things are just against our values,’ he added. ‘I thought that in time would erode a significant amount of support, and although it has eroded some of his support [it’s] much less than I thought.’”

Seriously, do these people live in a bubble? Don’t answer, we already know. Cardin can claim all he wants that things are going well for Democrats, but where’s the evidence to back his boast? Many an observer from both sides of the ideological continuum commented on the Democrats’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week earlier this month. First there was the debacle that was the Iowa Democrat caucuses count, recount, reshuffle and misreport; then there was Trump’s ultra-inspiring State of the Union address where he highlighted Americans from diverse backgrounds and sang the praises of the land of the free, only to have nasty Nancy Pelosi rip up his speech text in front of everyone and later defend the action as “because it was all lies”.

Finally (or is there more?) there was the senate vote on impeachment where Trump was acquitted on both (trumped-up) House articles straight down party lines (Mitt Romney doesn’t count as either a Republican or Democrat since he appears to caucus by himself somewhere within the confines of his own deluded skull). The following day Trump embarked on a “victory lap” where he named names and thanked all those who’d worked on the side of truth for the past three years.

Next was the New Hampshire primary which predictably resulted in a Bernie Sanders victory, which didn’t make the Democrat poohbahs too happy (here’s a snippet of James Carville’s reaction to the party’s direction, which must typify the mood among the elites. For an even gloomier outlook, check out MSNBC’s Chris Matthews who looked like he was about to burst into tears over Bernie’s ascension). Equally disturbing to the liberal smart set was Joe Biden’s apparent implosion, though it should be noted Biden polls in first or second in Nevada and South Carolina. We’ll find out if there’s still a little life in Joe’s flailing candidacy tomorrow in the Silver State caucuses.

Delving deeper into Cardin’s and other Democrats’ anxieties, they appear troubled that Trump’s showmanship and knack for the impressive and noteworthy (such as a lap around the Daytona speedway in “The Beast”) isn’t registering as something to frown upon with the voting public. Cardin indicated people shouldn’t want someone who “lies” and “demeans” people. If one didn’t know better, you’d almost think the Maryland senator was talking about Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler and the rest of the House impeachment managers, a compromised political goon squad who wouldn’t recognize the truth if it walked up and smacked each one of them in the snout.

“Lies”? What did Trump lie about? Every time he’s been challenged, the president’s cooperated fully with the investigating authorities (Robert Mueller?). And he released the Ukraine phone call transcript, which even his enemies admitted was an accurate depiction of the famous conversation.

And what about “demeaning” people? Does Cardin actually believe Democrats are immune to the “conduct” question? It’s a similar line of persuasion to what #NeverTrumpers use, namely that Trump’s unpresidential behavior disqualifies him from serving as chief executive. Last time I checked the Constitution doesn’t specify how a president should act, only that he should faithfully execute the duties entrusted to him (or her in today’s parlance).

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States...have pardon power...to make treaties...appoint ambassadors, judges and officers...fill vacancies... etc.”

Nowhere does the Law that Governs Government suggest the president must be a nice and genteel person or that the people should like or dislike him or her because of his manner of speaking. It’s common knowledge that many a president has possessed a sharp tongue and a proficiency for profanity. If it weren’t the case, would Lyndon Johnson have ever qualified? An article from Canada’s National Post admitted the title of “most disgusting president in recent memory” does not belong to Trump.

“That title actually belongs to a Texan Democrat, Lyndon B. Johnson, a howling, flatulent tormentor of women whose cussing and racism remain breathtaking today. And if you’re offended by Trump’s level of vulgarity, you really — really — don’t want to read any further.”

But Johnson was a liberal who succeeded the legendary philandering exploits of JFK, so he always receives a pass with the media, which seems to only care about Republican presidents’ personalities. But in the larger sense, why is it so hard for Democrats to comprehend what Trump’s supporters like about him and therefore grasp why his Daytona spectacle was so rewarding politically?

Remember, Cardin said Trump is “against our values.” Does this mean that off-the-cuff vulgarian Michael Bloomberg, who, like LBJ, is notorious for racist and sexist remarks, embodies Democrat values? Or the infamous shoe-throwing, Secret Service cursing Hillary Clinton is someone kids should emulate? Or her hubby Big Bubba Bill, who never saw a skirt he didn’t chase? No one argues Trump embodied Boy Scout behavior throughout his public life but his White House demeanor and public persona hasn’t differed markedly from any recent president.

The rest is media fantasy and Democrat kvetching.

The difference could be Trump’s Twitter fondness, a medium the president frequently employs to distribute his thoughts on topics of the day. Friends and foes alike have advised him to give up his tweeting hobby, but some think it’s a good thing. Roger L. Simon wrote at The Epoch Times, “I say, keep on keepin’ on, Donald. The reason is simple. He has no choice.

“He has no other place to go, really. Most of the media (the major newspapers, the networks, and all of cable news, with the exception of Fox, which isn’t always reliable) are lined up against him. Indeed, as we all know, they have wanted him out of office from before he even had it. Even The Wall Street Journal doesn’t give him a fair shake in their front pages that are little different from those of The New York Times and The Washington Post. All rely on nefarious, anonymous leaks aimed at bringing the president down.

“How, other than Twitter, can he really get his message out the way he wants it?”

It's a legitimate question. Trump tired of the traditional press briefings early in his presidency, finding the liberal establishment media far more focused on generating fake news and sensational anti-Trump leaks than in getting the real facts. Who can forget former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ epic battles with reporters and the cruelty they often exhibited towards her personally.

Twitter allows Trump to communicate directly with Americans with no filter. Granted he’d be better off by accepting Attorney General William Barr’s advice to avoid commenting on criminal cases -- but that still leaves a wide field of topics to address via social media. Why should the man the people elected not have his say in the way he wants to say it? Did the journalists ever challenge the notoriously media-avoiding Barack Obama?

Twitter gives Trump a power he’s using to his advantage.

There’s little doubt President Trump’s appearance at the Great American Race last Sunday turned heads and raised eyebrows among the Democrats and his #NeverTrump critics. Anti-Trumpers look on helplessly while Trump gathers momentum for the fall campaign, just like “The Beast” circled the track at Daytona.

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