More anonymous lies from Trump-hating liberal media

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

Journalists know their reporting is for the public, who are final arbiters of its value. Saying of anonymous gossip, “I can be trusted, I trust my sources, so you can trust them,” is the height of begging the question. No, we don’t automatically trust “journalists.” Ultimately, The Atlantic magazine hoax does reveal something important about Mr. Trump: His deranged opponents needed to fabricate a story in order to attack him on his record with the military and veterans, revealing even they recognize his unparalleled success. Without lies, they have nothing.

Can Trump Win Minnesota?

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Biden’s attempt to shift his stance on BLM may prove to be too little, too late to rescue his campaign in Minnesota. It is a state that has long prided itself on racial equality. No one who knows much about Minnesotans could imagine that they would tolerate “systemic racism.” By endorsing the BLM “unrest” that wrecked Minneapolis, however, Democrats and the media have in effect accused Minnesotans of complicity in depriving black people of their civil rights. If Biden loses Minnesota, it could prove the bellwether of a landslide victory for Trump.

Dem’s Blaming Violence in American Cities on Trump Is Despicable

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Liberals blame Trump for their own failures which have been going on for months. They do this with a straight face. They are desperate to believe it for fear of personality disintegration, that what they thought might have been wrong—that there might be something wrong with them. On the surface, this presents as tawdry politics. But it’s actually worse. Trump Derangement Syndrome has evolved from a neurosis to a psychosis. These people are out of contact with what is traditionally called reality. They disbelieve what is in front of their eyes.

Media's Trump-Bashing Flopped Last Election. Why Would It Work This Time?

Tim Graham, CNS News

Liberals are beginning to swagger around as if the 2020 election is already over. One reason for this arrogance is the absolutely punishing media coverage of Trump. The coronavirus pandemic did what some might have thought was impossible: made Trump coverage even more negative. This sounds a lot like the warp and woof of the 2016 campaign coverage, during which Trump drew the lion's share of media attention. How many Americans has Trump killed? They hope their nightly onslaughts demoralize Trump voters and energize Biden backers. But to many Americans it's badly disguised campaign advertising.

American media undercutting Trump’s tense battle with China

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Even conceding the American media’s hatred of Trump, you might assume the deaths and devastation caused by the coronavirus would at least lead them to view China’s denials of any wrongdoing with suspicion. If you made that assumption, you would be wrong. For the left, Trump and America are to blame. That’s where they begin and end. No other living Republican would dare to face off with China if it meant also standing up to the Times, The Washington Post, CNN and the establishment of both parties. Were it not for Trump, the WHO still would be a revered institution instead of being unmasked as China’s gofer.

Trump trolling for fun and profit

Byron York, Washington Examiner

For some in the media and politics, Trump derangement is more than a syndrome. It is a business — show business. It is a way to expand one's audience and gain influence. That's not to say it is insincere — many in the media and politics really do detest the president — but there is a flamboyance to it that keeps the audience entertained. On the politics side, trolling the president can raise the profile of even the most marginal group. Trump trolling can lead to what (#NeverTrumper) Liz Mair experienced — more visibility, more influence, and more money. And in the media and politics business, that's good for the bottom line.

Trump Was Right, Cuomo Was Wrong About Ventilator Needs

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

In late March, it was a huge story that Trump had told Sean Hannity he doubted that New York would need 30,000 ventilators. Politico framed the dust-up in an article headlined “Trump downplays need for ventilators as New York begs to differ“. Since this was such major news just a few weeks ago, it is interesting how little media coverage is devoted to the fact Trump wasn’t just right about the exaggerated needs, but that he and his administration were even more right than they probably imagined. Instead, the media kept the focus of their ire on Trump and continued to complain that he had correctly expressed concern over exaggerated claims.

What Price Victory, In The Coronavirus War?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The decisions American leaders are taking today, hurling scores of thousands of small businesses and millions of citizens toward bankruptcy, could start a rockslide of loan defaults that will start tumbling the banks as well. The decisions we take in this coronavirus crisis are defining us as a nation and a people. They are telling the world what we Americans will sacrifice and what and whom we will seek to save at all costs. They will tell us who and what is expendable and who and what is not. They will establish a hierarchy of values that may not correlate exactly with what we Americans publicly profess. Our decisions may tell us who we truly are.

Trump Acts While Democrats Act Out

David Catron, The American Spectator

As recently as a couple of decades ago, even Hillary Clinton possessed enough self-command to support George W. Bush. She knew that to do otherwise in a time of crisis would be seen as a betrayal of American values. This is why President Trump’s approval numbers have been steadily rising. Voters know he is sacrificing his strongest claim on a second term — the economy — for the good of the American people. Even Joe Biden finally realized he must be part of the solution to have any credibility. Trump will still win because he is taking action while most Democrats take cheap shots. “Make America Great Again” has never meant more than it does now.

White House Press Continues to Humiliate Itself during Pandemic

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Early in the Trump administration, some effort was given to mixing (democratizing, really) those allowed in the press room. Even some “lowly bloggers” were allowed to ask questions via Skype.  That seems to have gone by the wayside. Afterwards, during Trump II perhaps, that too could be revisited. According to a recent Harris Poll, the public’s approval of Trump’s handling of the “CCP virus” has been improving, up 5 percent from a few days ago.  As of March 17-18, 56 percent approve, 44 percent disapprove of the way Trump is dealing with the crisis. Considering the divisiveness of our society and the unremitting enmity of the press, that’s not too shabby.

If Duterte Wants Us Out, Then Let’s Go

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The Philippine Islands are among the largest recipients of foreign aid in East Asia, and we’ve provided $1.3 billion in military assistance over the last two decades. But money shouldn’t be the largest consideration here. Trump has been given a historic opportunity to reshape American and Asian policy along the lines he ran on in 2016. He should tell Duterte that we accept his decision and that we, too, are giving notice of our decision to let the 1951 treaty lapse. And following expiration of that treaty, the U.S. will be absolved of any legal obligation to come to the defense of the Philippines. Time for Manila to take charge of its own defense. Trump should not miss this opportunity.

Trump celebrated all he and Republicans have accomplished

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

The president’s State of the Union speech was more than a victory lap for the president. It was a celebration of all he and Republicans have accomplished the last three years. The latest Gallup poll reflects the public’s recognition of those achievements with 49 percent of those polled approving the president’s performance, up 10 points since November. Yes, 50 percent still disapprove of him, but based on what? It can’t be the economy, which he again touted as strong and getting stronger. According to Gallup, 63 percent approve of his economic policies. With issues going his way and with the Democratic Party in disarray (Iowa cacuses count?), the president is poised for four more years.

Again, regarding Trump’s impeachment trial, read the transcript!

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

In the midterm elections just a month later, Dems picked up seven governors’ seats previously held by Republicans without losing a single one they had held. Most important, of course, they flipped the House to take control, with many of their new seats in districts Trump won in the 2016 election. In short, Dems were rewarded for their resistance against Trump and their smears of Kavanaugh. That is the lesson they learned, and it’s why they are again carrying out another scorched-earth attack on Trump and the GOP. So while impeachment deserves to die in the Senate and almost certainly will, it is not in the Dems’ political interest to let it die ­quietly. Buckle up for stormy days.

The Chicken Littles got everything wrong on Trump and Iran

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Pelosi still believes in the fiction otherwise known as the Iranian nuke deal. They bought Barack Obama’s risible claim that the deal — not a treaty — would lure Iran back into the community of nations. Obama even sweetened the pot with billions of dollars, and skirted banking rules to deliver pallets of cash to Tehran. In fact, it was quickly clear that Soleimani used much of that money to fund armed proxy groups throughout the Mideast. As Trump said Wednesday, “Iran went on a terror spree funded by the money from the deal and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq.” That blood money is part of what Pelosi wants to protect with her war powers resolution on Iran.

The giant hole in Dems’ criticism of Trump’s attack on Qassem Soleimani

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The leading Dems are not arguing that Trump was wrong to drone Qassem Soleimani, nor have they said flatly they would not have approved the mission. Their sound and fury, then, amounts to empty screeching and nothing else. In many ways, Trump’s decision on Soleimani and the timid reaction from the gaggle of Dem candidates highlights the difficulties of unseating a bold, activist president. Nobody ever said Trump’s an idle seat warmer. Whether it’s confronting China and other nations over job-killing trade deals, cutting taxes and regulations or just being vocal on major topics nearly every day, the president doesn’t hide from the nation’s problems. You know where he stands, sometimes to a fault.

Soleimani dead, but 'America First' very much alive

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

We are deeply entangled in Iraq, a place Mr. Trump and many Americans would dearly like to depart. Along comes Iran, which launches an attack on our embassy compound in Baghdad, ordered by this thug Soleimani. What on God’s green Earth is Mr. Trump supposed to do in response to such an attack? Write a check for more than $1 billion and give it to the mullahs? Send a plane under the cover of darkness carrying pallets of $400 million in unmarked cash for the ayatollah? Wipe out effective sanctions so that Soleimani might sow even more terrorism around the world? Well, that is precisely what the previous administration did. But not Mr. Trump. Instead, he killed the thug.

If unemployment stays low and wages rise, Trump will be unstoppable in 2020

Scott Walker, Washington Times

Democrats will have a tough fight in 2020. Oddly enough, the impeachment battle made it more likely that the president will get re-elected next year. Voters in my home state are responding to the impeachment much as they did to the protests and recall election years ago. Liberals are all worked up and take out their emotions in massive protests. Conservatives finally get worked up and rally for the election. And independents want action over partisan bickering. The more that President Trump can show that he is doing good things, the better off he is with independent voters. Continued signs of economic growth, low unemployment and higher wages will keep voters happy in the coming year.

Can Trump Put Humpty-Dumpty (the USA) Back Together Again?

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Trump's real challenge, and it will be an extraordinarily difficult one, close to a 10 on the Richter Scale, will be to put Humpty-Dumpty—aka the United States of America—back together again. America, right now, despite the aforementioned affluence and peacefulness, is a truly unpleasant place to live. We are not loving our neighbors. In order to really “make America great again,” so we can indeed live with each other, even if Durham indicts half a dozen of his opponents, even if he wins a smashing victory in November, the president must resist two powerful temptations: vengeance and gloating. This will be problematic for Trump, who thrives on confrontation, but he must do it.

Kim Jong-Un’s Dangerous Christmas Present For Trump

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

With 28,500 U.S. troops and thousands of U.S. citizens in South Korea, many within artillery range of the DMZ, is Trump prepared to risk a clash that could ignite a second Korean War in the election year 2020? Much is on the line here. Kim’s challenge is ultimately about the credibility of the United States, which has treaty commitments and issued war guarantees to scores of nations in NATO Europe, the Mideast, and East Asia, but whose people have zero interest in any new war, especially a second Korean war. If the world sees that America is reluctant to face down or fight a North Korea that is threatening us, will they retain the old confidence that the United States will risk war for them?

'It hasn't stopped him': Trump racks up wins, even as impeachment grips Washington

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

President Trump enjoyed an extraordinary period of policy successes over the past two weeks, even as Democrats seeking to remove him from office moved articles of impeachment through the House. Trump may have gotten more out of the deal-making, securing a host of key priorities that could boost his 2020 reelection bid. The president obtained regular funding for construction of a wall along the Mexican border; won the elimination of unpopular Obamacare taxes, such as one on medical devices; and signed legislation to provide permanent federal funding for historically black colleges and universities. Trump might yet pay a political price for impeachment, but  so far, the process has not damaged Trump's political standing.