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If Trump Is Running, We’d Like The 2016 Trump Back Please

In the run-up to the 2022 midterm election debacle former President Donald Trump teased a “big announcement” for November 15. The presumptive “big announcement” is widely assumed to be the informal kick-off of his long-anticipated 2024 run for President.

CHQ readers and friends will decide for themselves whether they think another Trump run for President is a good idea – for our part we think it would be a great idea, but only if the right Donald J. Trump shows-up to run.

One of Donald Trump’s greatest strengths as a businessman was to continually reinvent himself to take advantage of market conditions.

Trump in “The Art of the Deal” could morph into Trump “The Art of the Comeback” and come out a winner. He told Americans to “Think Like A Billionaire” and to “Think Like A Champion,” and most of all to “Never Give Up.”

And in 2015, when Mr. Trump came down the escalator, he was the truth-teller Americans had been looking for in the three decades since Ronald Reagan left the White House.

We knew he was right when he said Mexico wasn’t sending its best in the millions of illegal aliens that had been allowed to flood across our southern border.

And we knew he was right when, in the speech he gave in Monessen, Pennsylvania, he converted us from Trump sceptics to Trump believers, and in the process destroyed the Washington Uniparty and its paymasters in Wall Street – Washington – Silicon Valley axis:

Many Pennsylvania towns, once thriving and humming, are now in a state of total disrepair. This wave of globalization has wiped out totally, totally, our middle class. It does not have to be this way. We can turn it around and we can turn it around fast.

But if we are going to deliver real change, we’re going to have to reject the campaign of fear and intimidation being pursued by powerful corporations, media leaks and political dynasties. The people who rigged the system for their benefit will do anything and say anything to keep things exactly the way they are.

The people who rigged the system are supporting Hillary Clinton because they know as long as she is in charge, nothing is going to change. The inner cities will remain poor. The factories will remain closed. The borders will remain open. The special interests will remain firmly in control. Hillary Clinton and her friends in global finance want to scare America into thinking small.

In that, Trump is exactly right, “The people who rigged the system are supporting Hillary Clinton because they know as long as she is in charge, nothing is going to change.

And we knew it wasn’t just Hillary Clinton, it was the entire Uniparty establishment Trump was talking about, then and today: Joe Biden, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Mark Zuckerberg and the Far-Left progressives of the Planned Parenthood Industry of Death and the refugee resettlement industry that was (and still is) using our tax dollars to import Latin American drug dealers and Muslim terrorists to America.

2016 Trump told us what we long suspected: They are all part of a corrupt insider bargain between Big Government, Big Business and Big Lobbying – and they will do anything and say anything to keep things exactly the way they are.

2016 Trump made another point that should be self-evident to America’s political class – or perhaps it is self-evident, and they are so corrupt that they just don’t care – and it is something that every voter needed to hear before the 2016 election:

America became the world’s dominant economy by becoming the world’s dominant producer. You know that from right here, right in this plant.

The wealth this created was shared broadly, creating the biggest middle-class the world has ever known. But then, America changed its policy from promoting development in America — in, in, in America — to promoting development in other nations. That’s what’s happening and that’s what’s happened.

We allowed foreign countries to subsidize their goods, devalue their currencies, violate their agreements and cheat in every way imaginable, and our politicians did nothing about it. Trillions of our dollars and millions of our jobs flowed overseas as a result. I have visited cities and towns across this country where one-third or even half of manufacturing jobs have been wiped out in the last 20 years. Today, we import nearly $800 billion more in goods than we export. We can’t continue to do that. This is not some natural disaster, it’s a political and politician-made disaster.

In this Donald Trump was once again exactly correct – America’s economic meltdown, caused by improvident trade deals, unsustainable deficit spending by Congress, and a regime of unrealistic and uneconomic regulation was, and is, a political and politician-made disaster.

The destruction of America’s middle class, wrought over the past three decades and continuing today, wasn’t caused some inevitable, pre-destined economic force – it was caused by the leaders we elected and entrusted with our government.

In 2016, Trump’s message was all about us – America’s hard pressed working families and small business owners – and it was a winning political, economic, and cultural message.

Today, unfortunately, Donald Trump’s message is all too often all about him. Trump’s grievances with the media, with Democrats deploying all the tools of the Deep State against him and the results of the manipulated – if not outright stolen – 2020 election are real and legitimate, but they are not top of mind to people wondering how they are going to pay to heat their homes this winter.

And too often Trump’s airing of grievances comes across as self-pity, which is not a good look for someone who aspires to be the leader of a movement to restore our fast-failing constitutional republic.

If Mr. Trump is going to announce another bid for the White House today, we hope that it is the 2016 Donald Trump who shows up to lead a movement to take back our country and restore our constitutional liberty. That Donald Trump can win, the 2022 self-pitying Donald Trump we’ve seen recently flailing at friends and enemies alike is destined to lose and take our country with him.

  • 2022 Elections

  • Control of Congress

  • border security

  • economy

  • Republican establishment

  • Right to life

  • Critical Race Theory

  • illegal immigration

  • religious liberty

  • deep state

  • social conservatism

  • crime

  • Second Amendment

  • gun confiscation

  • free speech

  • censorship

  • student loan forgiveness

  • Biden welfare

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Charles Wilkins
Charles Wilkins
Nov 16, 2022

The Return of the Donald wiser about the DC swamp knowing now the democrats have no principles, morals, or ethics they think nothing of lying, saying what people want to here only, in the game for personal financial gratification We all know now that the democrats can't govern just look at the status of our Country. Trump. is still a business man, what our Country needs, not the self interest groups of the DC swamp playing a game of power, control and of course money. Mr. Trump will have my vote hope the rest of the Country feels the same way, we need hard people in office who honor our Constitution, their oath of office and be of service t…


If Trump could even PRETEND he doesn't think everything is "all about HIM" he could end up going down in history as the best President we ever had. But, he can't. Trump knocked out Ted Cruz when he ran for President by accusing his father of being involved in the execution of John Kenedy. Trump will do anything to win. That's all good when he's leading the country away from the dissaster we have now, but it is very hard to tolerate when we all listen and watch him endlessly brag. The USA is not about one man. The very definition and design of the USA requires a non stop focus on the American people / not one person. …

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I agree with everything you said dgj, right up until we get to the part where he smacked DeSantis and Youngkin up side the head for no reason (?!) no no, the REASON is: He doesn't want any competition. What do we call that? A bully with a huge ego. We can do better than Trump. I'm not sure WHO, but we can do better.


Trump was, along with Uncle Ronnie, one of the two best presidents of my lifetime. Now all these so-called conservatives are in full attack mode.

For my part, I will GLADLY vote for the 2024 version--as I did the 2016 and 2020 versions.

DeSantis and all other Republicans are unknown commodities. They can wait until 2028 and beyond. If we want to take back the White House, we must elect President Trump in 2024.

Deo vindice!


Philip A. Byler
Philip A. Byler
Nov 15, 2022

You will get the Trump you want. I do NOT fault Trump for his recent statements. He busted his tail on the campaign trail in 2022 for GOP candidates, just as he did in 2020. And all he gets from the Republican Establishment which sat on its rear end in 2020 and 2022 are attacks.

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Great response! Thank you. The GOP did more to put Biden in the White House than Biden did himself.


An unbeatable, 2024 ticket would have Trump as president and DeSantis as V.P. Both would have to swallow their pride to make it work. As a team each could amplify his own strengths and the other make up for any weaknesses.

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If DeSantis is not interested, Kristi Noem would be a great vice-president.

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