Donald Trump

Hollywood Left and Never-Trumpers Unite To Hound President

J. Christian Adams, PJ Media

They are in danger of becoming museum pieces -- and laughingstocks. Go peruse the Twitter stream of any one of them -- Max Boot, Bill Kristol, Evan McMullin -- and you think you’ve entered the world of people obsessed with fluoride in the water or alien abduction. It’s all Trump, all the time. The Trump bugs are crawling all over their skin, and they can’t stop scratching and screaming in the night. That’s why they’ll team up with the most radical Hollywood leftists to undermine one of the most conservative, pro-Constitution presidents since Coolidge left office.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Dems show symptoms of acute Brett Kavanaugh derangement syndrome

It’s strange how the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh devolved into a deeply personal matter for Democrats. Their over-the-top protestations about the judge’s background and supposed lack of candor are making themselves look foolish. But since when do Democrats care about such things?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: RINO carbon tax reminds us the power to tax is the power to destroy

Legendary Chief Justice John Marshall once wrote that the power to tax is the power to destroy – and it’s never been truer than it is today. All Americans pay way too much in taxes – and the government spends even more than it takes in – politicians should keep the lesson in mind.

Putin’s ‘Evil Empire’? Sort of a Sad Overstatement

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Russia’s regime is no longer Communist. The ideology that drove its imperialism is dead. There are parties, demonstrations and dissidents in Russia, and an Orthodox faith that is alive and promoted by Putin. Where, today, is there a vital U.S. interest imperiled by Putin? Better to jaw-jaw, than war-war, said Churchill. He was right, as is President Trump to keep talking to Putin—right through the Russophobia rampant in this city.

Russianism

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Russianism is a psychological malady in which furor at Donald Trump’s election victory and presidency — and the ensuing depression resulting from the inability to abort it — finds release through fixation on Russia. Progressives need a scapegoat to blame for their disastrous election loss in 2016 and their lack of a persuasive agenda, which, hand-in-glove, turned over the Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court to progressives’ worst nightmare.

Walking too close to the Donald

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

A former director of the CIA calls the president’s dealing with Vladimir Putin “treasonous.” A Democratic congresswoman incites her followers to violence against those who voted for the president, and do it in public. The skeptical and the ignorant attempt to parse the fine points of theology, the ignorant leading the ignorant. But scoffer and true believer can be of good cheer. This, too, shall pass. The Bible tells us so.

On Iran, Trump must learn from Obama's 'Red Line' error

Editors, Washington Examiner

There is no sense in issuing threats that require the choice between ill-advised U.S. action or lost U.S. credibility. President Trump's hard-headed realism has thus far restricted the Iranian regime's nuclear ambitions, reduced its expansionist power, and deterred its aggression. The president should not abandon that course in favor of emotive rhetoric that risks unnecessary conflict.

Dems grapple with Trump’s resilience

Niall Stanage, The Hill

Democratic explanations for Trump’s resiliency encompass several factors: the strength of the economy; his voters’ tendency to discount negative press coverage as a product of the “fake news media”; and the visceral connection he enjoys with his base, partly because of his willingness to press cultural hot buttons relating to race, immigration and related issues. For the moment, the idea of a Trump collapse looks increasingly unrealistic, at least in the short term.

The Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone

Senator Rand Paul was right, President Trump should revoke the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan and anyone else involved in the unmasking of Trump associates, the phony FISA warrant applications and the spying on the Trump team.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Take that Michelle Obama -- Democrats go low even when Trump goes high

Democrats aren’t doing a very good job of “going high” as Michelle Obama advised them to do two years ago. The party’s lack of substantive policy ideas forces Democrats to defend defenseless positions and relentlessly bash everything Trump does. Will voters make them pay?

The FBI Goes Full Nixon with FISA Report

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

It seems the Dems and the FBI are trying to run out the clock on all this redacted information that is supposedly so volatile that we poor citizens are unable to handle it. They will keep running out this clock until the November election. Only Trump at this point can really stop them. Do it, Donald. The whole RussiaGate madness makes a case that journalism and propaganda are just two names for the same thing.

Turning the Tables on Tariffs

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

All of the “free trade” lectures from the media are aimed not at the combatants in this conflict but at its most passive chump. By “free trade,” the media means unfair and irrational trade at America’s expense. Trump isn’t committed to permanent tariffs. But the Western elite certainly is. They want a world of tariffs, just not one in which America can exact any.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Trump asks ‘Why can’t we be friends?’ and critics won’t stop ripping him

Trump’s critics will continue hemming and hawing over his non-traditional approach to relations with Russia but he sets the policy and on balance it’s a sound one. Hopefully there will soon come a time when he won’t have to ask “Why can’t we be friends?” and face condemnation.

Trump Stays Defiant Amid a Foreign Policy Establishment Gone Mad

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

This Helsinki hysteria is but a taste. By cheering Brexit, dissing the EU, suggesting NATO is obsolete, departing Syria, trying to get on with Putin, Trump is threatening the entire U.S. foreign policy establishment with what it fears most: irrelevance. For if there is no war on, no war imminent, and no war wanted, what does a War Party do?

Trump Tackles the Art of the Drug-Price Deal

John Fund, National Review

It is precisely because our prescription-drug policies are as convoluted as any Rube Goldberg device that reforming them is so difficult. The initiatives that the Trump administration has announced will move the needle in a more market-oriented direction, but the complexity of the current system is now so great that real progress in reducing drug prices is going to be incremental. Still, just slowing their upward march and allowing more consumer choice would be a welcome departure from today’s drug-price dystopia.

Cohen tapes just latest 'silver bullet' to finally sink Trump (it won't)

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

It’s not just left wing Democrats around here peddling these absurd Russia yarns. It’s establishment crazies on both sides of the aisle. It’s the media formerly known as “mainstream.” Now they are all tinfoil-wearing conspiracy kooks who still think people take them seriously. Isn’t it funny how for all the grief Mr. Trump gets, he never gets credit for inspiring this kind of bipartisanship? You literally have atheists showing up in church these days to pray for their country.

New Poll: Conservatives Say Kavanaugh Will Boost GOP In Midterms

Almost 95% of those polled by FedUp PAC say the Kavanaugh nomination will boost the GOP in the midterms because “most Americans support the Constitution and want Supreme Court justices who will follow it.”  Less than 4% think the nomination will hurt Republicans this fall.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How California dreamin’ devolved into a liberal American nightmare

California remains the butt of jokes simply because its political leadership is granted free license to be as nutty as they want to be without fear of electoral rebuke. It’s a liberal politician’s dream; unfortunately for the rest of us California’s devolved into an American nightmare.