Donald Trump

Is Trump still the same guy who won in November?

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Ann Coulter isn't exactly alone in thinking that Trump has not delivered on his populist and nationalist mandate. The faction of the administration committed to those policies is somewhat beleaguered. Steve Bannon is out as top White House strategist. Sebastian Gorka is no longer working as a national security aide. Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains, but has been publicly humiliated by the president several times.

Trump zeroes in on 2020 battlegrounds

Gabriel Debenedetti, Politico

President Donald Trump’s campaign operatives and other allies have begun surveying the political landscape for his 2020 reelection bid, viewing a handful of upcoming midterm races as especially insightful to his strategic path three years from now.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: In Trump’s world, if everyone thinks the same someone isn’t thinking

It could be true Trump has serious policy divergences with his advisers; whenever you’re new and strive to do things differently conflicts are bound to arise. We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact Washington must change -- or it will fail. A little discord is therefore acceptable.

Mr. President, Decertify the Iran Deal and Then Walk Away

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Trump the Businessman has long maintained that the art of the deal is knowing when to walk away from the table — when to take a tack antithetical to Obama’s no-concession-is-too-big approach. It is time to walk away from the table. The JCPOA is an atrocious deal that deserves to die. If the president wants to negotiate, let it be on a new deal and on America’s terms.

With Trump, Tillerson coverage, the media takes us all for 'morons'

Bill O'Reilly, The Hill

It is certainly true that Rex Tillerson or anyone else working for an unpredictable boss could have become frustrated. That's human nature. But a blind allegation is not a fact. The press used to have an obligation to provide facts and fairness. In America, that is no longer the case. The media is taking all of us for morons.

Fed Up Donors Tell GOP Senate Leaders Pass Bills Or Resign

“I think major donors are tired of writing checks to a do-nothing Congress,” Roy Bailey, an influential, Dallas-based GOP donor told POLITICO, and he's not the only one who has closed his wallet to the Republican establishment.

Time for Trump to Decertify the Iran Deal

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

In normal times, devoid of mass murderers and endless natural disasters, the looming October 15 certification decision on this deal would be front and center in the national consciousness. It still should be because, ultimately, it is even more important than hurricanes and psychopathic killers. It's about nuclear war. The biggest mistake of the Obama years was not the Affordable Care Act but the Iran deal, which has already resulted in massive catastrophe, causing irreparable damage.

President Trump isn't responsible for Puerto Rico’s decades of corruption and collapse

Liz Peek, Fox News

If any good is to come out of the devastation of Hurricane Maria, perhaps it will be that Americans learn that political corruption fed by high taxes and a bloated bureaucracy is a toxic combination. This is not Venezuela. This is a U.S. territory, and a struggling neighbor, which needs our help and a serious economic reboot.

Will Trump Cave to McMaster, Tillerson and Mattis on Obamabomb Deal?

Our take is that the “decertify, but stay in strategy” is a scam engineered by National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and his Obama holdovers on the National Security Council staff to rope-a-dope Trump into leaving the Obamabomb agreement in place until a President who shares the Obama worldview can be elected and inaugurated.

How Donald Trump Has Disrupted the Media

Peter J. Boyer, The Weekly Standard

The starkly negative tone of the news media’s Trump coverage is perhaps inevitable. If the news media operates on the assumption that Trump is an existential threat to the Republic (and there is much to suggest that it does), a focus on the person, rather than the policy, of the President is going to reinforce that assumption.

Are Wars Caused by Accidents?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Military preparation, deterrence, and a willingness to use superior force against aggressors is a de facto admission that humans are still Neanderthals — and in their limbic brains fear not so much starting a war as being utterly defeated in a war. Let us pray that we accept the bitter reality that the world is still full of reptiles and not college professors.

Trump’s tax cut: ‘Show me the money’

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

Mr. Trump and the Republicans won the election by promising jobs and prosperity. A new Terrence poll finds that by a two to one margin voters agree with Mr. Trump that a tax cut would be “good for the economy.” Failure to pass a pro-growth tax cut puts nearly every Republican seat in peril. To keep the Republican majorities and grow the economy Mr. Trump has to do one thing for voters: Show me the money.

Delegate Bob Marshall: The Most Important State Legislative Race In America

One of America's best-known limited government constitutional conservative state legislators, Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, is under attack by Far-Left transgender activist Daniel Anthony Roem, now known as Danica Roem, who is swamping Marshall with money from out-of-state progressives.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: More than ever, recent history proves police officers are on our side

Maybe Colin Kaepernick started all of this to launch his own political career. It’s obvious he needs a new gig where he can run his mouth and still have people love him for it. It’s highly unlikely his reception would be as welcome or merited as the return of Steve Scalise, however.

The President is Right

William Murchison, The American Spectator

So the media and the politicians and the sociologists explain the Vegas massacre as a result of lax gun control? We can try it that way — passing law after law, awaiting the consequences of believing that lack of government constraint explains Las Vegas; and the Pulse nightclub, Orlando; and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church; and Sandy Hook Elementary School. Alternatively, we might give an ear to Donald J. Trump’s jarring advice, and “pray for the day when evil is banished and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.”

Dems Sifting The Air To Tie Vegas Shooting To Trump

When Democrats and the establishment media blame “gun nuts” and “white men w/ guns” for the acts of psychopaths, we conservatives should not take the bait and be bullied into buying the Left’s “blame the gun” narrative.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Las Vegas aftermath – guns don’t kill people, cultural rot does

Maybe instead of gun control we need to emphasize more morality in American society, particularly the Judeo Christian ethic of “Thou shalt not kill.” Religion alone won’t prevent all such acts from occurring but in a culture that’s as diseased as ours, it certainly couldn’t hurt.