2020 campaign

Assault on America, Day 544: Yes, Obama, we cling to guns, religion and conservative media

Having Democrats blaming conservative media figures for the way things are in the U.S. today isn’t new. Bill Clinton all-but pinned 1995’s Oklahoma City bombing on his conservative critics. Then Hillary coined it “The vast rightwing conspiracy.” President Trump is no fan of the “fake news” media either. The battle for the news narrative will continue.

Trump can recover from this

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

To get four more years, Trump's campaign needs good luck, a more disciplined candidate and a better message. Actually, it’s not correct to say Team Trump needs a better message, since it doesn’t seem to have any clear message at all. To get back on track, honing and delivering an appealing message is essential. It must center around giving disaffected supporters and other fence-sitters an affirmative reason to give the president a second look. That means laying out a coherent vision for a second term, one larger and more specific than simply saying we’re going to do more of the same, only better.

Assault on America, Day 541: ‘Preacher’ Trump should take a page from 2016, pack substance

President Trump is one of the most talented politicians of the modern age, yet even he could stand to alter his approach to politics from time to time. Elections are always about the future and at his next rally, Trump would do well to talk a lot more about what he intends to do in his second term, something that would reassure more than his already dedicated fans.

Assault on America, Day 540: Crime up in cities, but who to blame? Depends on who you ask

The 2020 election is destined to be one heck of a nasty fight. Who will get the blame for the rancor? Hint: His name starts with Donald and his last name rhymes with “bump.” And it’s not because he’s mean or racist or was a celebrity and regular presence in the tabloids. It’s because Trump represents a complete departure from the status quo. To the elites, that’s bad.

The return of MAGA rallies

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The protests in Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington DC have had one unintended consequence. They sent a message to Trump re-election officials that the coast is clear to restart the big campaign rallies the president sees as critical to victory in November. Trump's last rally was February 28. We've seen huge Black Lives Matter demonstrations stemming from the death of George Floyd. A lot of Republicans and conservatives pointed out the hypocrisy. But Trump got another message: If they approved of mass gatherings for a cause they support, how can they condemn mass gatherings for a political campaign?

Campaigning in the Coronavirus Age: A New Frontier

Brad Parscale, Real Clear Politics

This is uncharted territory for political campaigns. President Trump has now assumed the role of a wartime chief executive against an invisible enemy while supporting millions of Americans who are facing health threats and economic hardship as a result of this pandemic. That’s good; the nation needs his steady, confident leadership. While we at the Trump Campaign realize that our fight must continue, we know that the president’s first duty is to protect the health of all Americans and preserve our economy’s ability to bounce back after this unforeseen, foreign-born crisis is over. Team Trump is doing our part while the president does his.

What the Presidential Candidates Are Missing: Economic Growth

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

I've yet to hear an impassioned plea for faster growth from Democrats. Many of the candidates -- including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders -- seem far more designed to reduce "inequality" or hand out free things to voters rather than expanding the economy. The policy ideas would divide the pie differently, rather than expand the size of the pie for everyone. So much for the JFK idea of a "rising tide lifting all boats." Economic growth should be a universal and undisputed goal, regardless of political party or ideology. With spending discipline, we can and will grow our way out of the debt crisis.

Why thousands of Americans come together to hear Trump speak

Miranda Devine, New York Post

It’s not so hard to understand the president’s appeal. Try going to one of his rallies and, instead of turning up your nose at the Walmart people, listen and learn. The abuse of President Trump and his supporters that passes for analysis from his opponents is a strategic error. The more abuse, the more Trump’s base is energized to turn out on Election Day. “You really feel he’s talking to you,” says Nick Isgro, 38, who drove almost three hours from Waterville, Maine, with his 14-year-old son. “He’s the most powerful man in the world, yet he doesn’t feel out of reach. He feels like he’s one of us.”

Socialism: An Indifferent Government Made of Fallible People

Melissa Mackenzie, The American Spectator

The government is made up of people. People are fallible, frail, easily corrupted, vengeful, and generally rotten creatures. Put a bunch of them together, and the evil is multiplied. Socialism relies on the goodness of people and on their benevolent intentions. It assumes that when the environment is more equal, people will behave better. All of these premises are flawed. That’s why, when socialism (the softer word for communism) is implemented, it fails. Always. It’s why corrupt leaders like Putin, Xi, Maduro, and Chavez end up rich even as their countries founder and fail.

The Media's Massive Credibility Problem

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

If media organizations really wanted to improve their image, they would address public skepticism seriously, taking some very simple steps. Stop trying to bury every bit of good news for President Trump and every bit of bad news for Bernie, Biden & Co. Try to acknowledge that policy debates have two sides. It is fair to question climate change, support our national identity and oppose the abortion industry trafficking human carnage. Is it too late? Conservatives have walked away from these networks and newspapers, which means that their audiences are now mostly liberals who reject everything conservatives champion.

Trump Once Again Takes Aim at the ‘Law and Order’ Vote

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Is it racist to call attention to the decline of so many of America’s great cities that have long been under liberal Democratic rule? A prediction: the incidence of murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults in urban America, which saw a steep decline over the last three decades, is about to rise again. Calling out the liberals who run most of America’s cities for their failure to make urban areas more livable and safe might be a winning issue for Trump in 2020. Is this where Trump is headed? Is it a coincidence that Attorney General Bill Barr just said he will begin imposing the death penalty?

The numbers don't lie – Trump movement growing by putting America first

John Pence, Cincinnati.com

Money and technology alone aren't driving the Republican Party’s growth. Rather, it’s all made possible by the fact that President Trump is putting America first. President Trump has given our Party a winning message for the country that benefits all Americans. Meanwhile, the Democrats are running on “free” taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens and big-government socialism. Apparently, they believe “America Last” is a better message than “America First” in 2020. Luckily, the movement that took root during the 2016 campaign is just getting started. As we look towards 2020, the Republican Party will continue to grow thanks to President Trump.

Expect the Democrats to Sharpen their Knives as the Scrum Gets Nastier

Dov Fischer, The American Spectator

Harris gained ground by getting into Biden’s face. And that result is going to register among the other candidates as one of the most significant takeaways of the first round. Debate points were not won by enlightening the public on the issues. Rather, with two-dozen-and-one people fighting for the chance to reverse the Trump presidency and to lead America in a new direction, boldly crashing the nation’s economy and collapsing our country’s strengthened international posture, the best way to break out of the scrum is by sharpening the knives and attacking frontally — preferably aiming at Biden, but at least slashing someone or something. Go for the jugular.

President Trump Was Right About Sleepy Joe Biden

Candace Owens, American Greatness

Joe Biden has always been a consummate politician. He has recanted, apologized, caved, and adopted the intersectional party line on each and every one of these issues, and plenty of others, too. For years, he has conspicuously self-flagellated in public appearances, extolling, for example, how great it is that America is becoming minority-white. He’s clearly aware that his “unbearable whiteness” requires him to atone for his membership in the oppressor’s club. President Trump was the first to notice that Biden has “lost a step,” but everyone who witnessed the former vice president’s performance in Miami is now painfully aware of just how accurate the president’s observation really was.

Hot Take: Trump Announces Reelection

President Trump’s conscious or unconscious decision to equate conservative ideas, policies and values with Americanism, in contrast to the Democrats’ radical socialism, may be his most enduring contribution to American political discourse. It is certain that the core ideas that the Democratic Party has now embraced have no precedent in American constitutional liberty and only Donald Trump would be unafraid to call them un-American.

Biden Joining Dems in Left Field

Betsy McCaughey, The American Spectator

Democratic contenders are espousing policies few Americans support, and giving moderate and conservative members of their own party the cold shoulder. They’re also vowing to destroy their Republican opponent, President Trump. Eleven of the Democratic presidential contenders are calling for the House to impeach Trump, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants him in prison. That’s banana republic talk. Democrats eyeing the White House need to get real. By writing off moderate and conservative members of their own party, they’re boosting Trump’s chances of reelection. Then again, Trump’s reelection may be the gut punch that brings the Democratic Party back to its senses.

Trump's failure to get border wall built becomes 2020 campaign promise anew

Joseph Curl, Washington Times

Last Friday, Donald J. Trump For President Inc., released a new video, just hours before the president boarded a plane to fly to the U.S.-Mexico border to view construction of a portion of a new barrier there. Americans don’t much expect their politicians to follow through on every promise. So they’re likely to go along for the ride again as Mr. Trump pledges to build a border barrier — even though he failed to do so last time he made the promise. Bottom line: It was a winning issue last election, and it might just be a winning issue this time around. And Mr. Trump has known that since the minute he won the White House.