Donald Trump

Trump is a master at pushing Democrats’ buttons

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Call Trump what you will, but he’s a master at pushing Democrats’ buttons. A simple tweet from him and they rush to embrace the wackiest, most self-defeating ideas imaginable, even reversing their own positions. For much of Trump’s presidency, Dems and their media puppets were able to diminish his populism as mere appeals to his base. The left’s message to all others was that Trump’s policies and tweets were neither sound nor serious, just boob bait for his deplorable Bubbas. But these days, in the run-up to 2020, we are witnessing a significant change in Trump’s target audience. He is broadening his aim to include independent-minded voters who are repelled by Democrats’ increasingly radical positions.

My Op-Ed In The Hill: Why Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already expressed opposition to Cuccinelli, who as president of the Senate Conservatives Fund led primary challenges to K Street-controlled, establishment Republicans. McConnell, therefore, may have a grudge, but one not based in Cuccinelli’s fitness for the job.

Assault on America, Day 106: Easter, American politics and the hope of resurrection & recovery

Easter reminds us of the power of redemption and second comings, particularly relevant this year with the tragic near-destruction of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral. American politics could see some surprising comebacks of its own next year, in Alabama and in nationwide House races. Stay tuned.

An imaginary look at an imaginary 2020 election

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Arithmetic is mostly a parlor game for pundits and pollsters this far out; these numbers are meaningless as predicting what will actually happen. If you ask a pollster who will win an election a year in advance, the reply will invariably be, “tell me who the candidates are.” But parlor games are fun, which is why nearly everybody loves to play. Some polls put the president’s approval rating in the 40 percent range, some more than that. Rasmussen, the most reliable political pollster over the past few election cycles, puts the number above 50 percent. That, Wall Street wise men are saying, might be just about enough to win a second term.

GOP Setting Itself Up For Failure… Again

Republicans didn’t lose the House and a number of winnable Senate races in 2018 because they didn’t know how to use smartphone apps to run a precinct operation. They lost because they failed to produce on the Trump agenda and failed to brand the Democrats as dangerous anti-constitutional socialists.

It’s Against The Rules To Criticize Liberals

According to liberals, Donald Trump has coarsened politics by hitting back and standing up for himself and his ideas, instead of stoically taking the pummeling they dish out. Now that Trump has announced there are new rules to the game and he is going to hit back, there’s no end to the Liberal wailing.

Assault on America, Day 105: GOP establishment remains Trump’s most visible 2020 opponent

Instead of joining President Trump in his relentless drive to steer American government back towards its constitutional limits, the Republican establishment is taking the opposite approach. It just goes to show, it’ll take much longer than four years to change the rotten culture in Washington.

As Trump soars higher, Dems reach their lowest point yet

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Against an enormous army of antagonists, political and cultural, academic and judicial, Donald Trump is enjoying some of the best days of his presidency. His power and popularity are expanding. Meanwhile, Democrats and the left, including the media, have suffered one crushing blow after another. Their recent confidence that Trump was not long for the Oval Office is suddenly morphing into a panic that he could win a second term. It is now apparent that Mueller’s report, as great as it was for Trump, was just the start of a dramatic turnaround in the fortunes of both the president and his tormentors. Democrats have the leaders they deserve.

Assault on America, Day 104: Both R’s and D’s can’t get their arms around the media’s lies

Democrats and Republicans will never view the media the same way, though at times both parties have beefs with how reporters handle issues. All politicians wish the media would pass along facts without embellishment, but fiscally speaking, it’s an ugly picture any way you look at it.

Where Trump and Bibi’s Interests Clash

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What Bibi wants, Bibi gets. One hopes his future requests will not include a demand that we cease dithering and deliver the same “shock and awe” to Iran that George W. Bush delivered to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. With Bibi’s election win Tuesday, his fifth, the secret Mideast peace plan Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has been laboring on these last two years is likely to be unveiled. Bottom line: Though Bibi and John Bolton may want war with Iran, U.S. national interests, based on the awful experience of two decades, and Trump’s political interests, dictate that he not start any more wars. Not a single Middle East war this century has gone as we planned or hoped.

Judge Should Dismiss All Charges Against Roger Stone Now

Mr. Stone’s lawyers are calling on the federal judge to dismiss all charges against him stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Mr. Stone’s alleged “crimes” were all process crimes that arose out of the illict Mueller investigation. He has never been charged with participating in any crime the Special Counsel was investigating.

Assault on America, Day 103: Shortage of DC true believers threatens Trump’s MAGA mission

It could be said Washington DC’s biggest problem is its shortage of true believers, accountable people who devote themselves to the political leadership’s mission and willingly endure hardships and establishment ridicule to get things done. With Trump, the half-committed need not apply.

The surprise constituency that may reelect Trump

Monica Crowley, Washington Times

This time around, Mr. Trump can expect women to vote for him in even greater numbers, even if the Democrats nominate another female candidate, because he now has a quite extraordinary record on which to run, one which has benefitted women in remarkable ways. Many women may not approve of his personal style, but at the same time, they’re hard-pressed to disapprove of his economic performance. They — like most Americans — are enjoying its fruits in direct ways. They may just need to be reminded of who is responsible for their improved economic position. They are better off today than they were a few years ago under President Obama — and they know it.

Mitch McConnell Opposes Nominees Who Agree With President Trump

Mitch McConnell opposes Ken Cuccinelli for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security precisely because Cuccinelli agrees with Trump, and the last person an establishment Chamber of Commerce-type Republican like Mitch McConnell wants running DHS is someone who actually believes in and will fight for the Trump border security agenda.

Assault on America, Day 100: Obama’s ‘Circular firing squad’ comparison taints 2020 Democrats

Primary campaigns are always contentious, especially in times of flux. Democrats aren’t going through anything now that Republicans didn’t experience just a few years ago. If Obama -- or anyone else -- thinks next year should turn into an intra-party love fest… he’s in for a rude awakening.

How to Prevent the Next Financial Crisis

Stephen Moore, CNS News

The two-decade growth boom from 1983-2000 was characterized by relatively stable commodity prices. Economists now call this period "The Great Moderation," because growth was high and prices flat. When it comes to inflation, commodity prices are the canary in the coal mine because this information is available to policymakers in real time. If the Fed targets stable prices on top of the pro-growth tax, regulatory and energy policies the Trump administration has implemented, 3 to 4 percent real growth with continued rising wages for workers and low inflation is easily achievable over the next several years at least.

Assault on America, Day 99: Does anyone think Oprah or LeBron deserve slavery reparations?

It isn’t often we foresee the negative consequences of a government policy as clearly as we do with slavery reparations. The individuals who suffered under the “peculiar institution” -- and those who inflicted the pain -- are long since beyond reach. No “compensation” today would make anyone whole.

Foreign Policy Principle Number 1: Intervene in No More Civil Wars

Doug Bandow, The American Spectator

Despite the awful record of American intervention in civil wars, the administration appears determined to foment another one in Venezuela. But that tragic country is largely irrelevant to U.S. security. President Trump has an innate common sense lacked by Washington foreign policy elites: permanent war is the enemy of the American people and American greatness. Washington’s experience with foreign civil wars reinforces that conclusion. Right and Left should be able to agree on at least one foreign policy principle: stay out of other people’s civil wars.

Assault on America, Day 98: Generic Democrats and Pelosi’s minions can’t stop Trump train

Pundits’ analysis and poll results shed little useful light on the 2020 presidential race over a year and a half before America chooses its next president. Donald Trump will be there, paired against a Democrat with his or her own apple cart full of problems. Nothing is “generic” in politics today.

All the Progressive Plotters

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

Will the Left nod and keep still, if Republicans attempt to remove an elected Democratic President before his tenure is up? Are appeals to impeachment, the 25th Amendment, the Emoluments Clause, the Logan Act, and a Special Counsel the now normal cargo of political opposition to any future elected president? If the CIA, FBI, and DOJ have gone the banana republic way of Lois Lerner’s IRS and shredded the Constitution, they still failed to remove Donald Trump. Trump still stands. In Nietzschean fashion what did not kill him apparently only made him stronger.