The Week When Trump Was Reelected
Santa was late coming down the White House chimney, but this week a sack of reelection Christmas presents belatedly arrived under the Trump Christmas tree.
Face it, Christmas was a downer for President Trump and his supporters. The House rammed through two articles of impeachment and promptly skipped town, much like kids leaving a flaming bag of dog poop at someone’s front door before running away.
There was uncertainty over how long this would drag out, whether there would be witnesses and an ultimate vote for acquittal. There was concern that a last-minute witness would appear, like Julie Swetnick at the Kavanaugh hearings, accusing Trump of participating in a “rape train” during his phone call with the Ukrainian president.
Last week’s festivities started with “Republican strategist” Rick Wilson and sidekick stooge Don Lemon on CNN calling 63 million Trump supporters, “credulous boomer rubes” and laughing uproariously over their cleverness. As a strategy, it was brilliant, but not in their intended way, energizing the Trump base by insulting them.
Then came the Iowa caucuses. The party that wants to nationalize and run healthcare and energy can’t count 170,000 votes in a relatively small state and provide prompt results. Where’s the Democrat enthusiasm against the reprobate Trump? In 2008, 240,000 turned out to caucus for the Democrats.
Was this incompetence? If so, then Democrats should not be put in charge of anything larger than a yard sale.
If it was deliberate, they are trying to screw Bernie Sanders out of the nomination again. The Des Moines Register scrapped their pre-caucus poll for sketchy reasons, raising suspicion it reflected a Bernie surge. Their establishment can’t have that, pinning their 2020 hopes on a hard-core socialist who honeymooned in the USSR and recently suffered a heart attack.
If the DNC disses the Bernie Bros again, expect fireworks. Aside from literally taking it to the streets, expect many to stay home, vote for Trump, or form a third party, splitting the Democrat vote, ensuring a second Trump term.
Next was impeachment acquittal -- no witnesses and no conviction, despite the efforts of Pierre Delecto, aka Mitt Romney, to channel his inner John McCain, although only as an empty gesture. Giving the middle finger to Trump and his supporters will end his viability as a Republican but ensure frequent appearances as a “wise statesman” on CNN and MSNBC.
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Impeachment, as an unintended consequence, torpedoed Joe Biden’s candidacy, bringing into national discussion the Biden Family pattern of corruption. The Treasury Department just handed over documents to several GOP Senate committee chairmen, assisting their probe into Hunter Biden, Burisma, and a web of graft. Democrats impeached Trump for simply asking questions about this corruption.
The Democrat establishment’s “electable mainstream candidate” is circling the drain, with a fourth-place finish in Iowa, and upcoming investigations throwing another anchor around Sleepy Joe’s neck.
Democrats, rather than addressing the problems they were elected to fix, from immigration and drug prices to infrastructure and healthcare, are doubling down, planning on holding more hearings, looking for any reason to file additional articles of impeachment. Good luck running for reelection on nothing more than Orange Man Bad.
A day after impeachment fell flat, President Trump delivered a brilliant State of the Union address. Democrat boorishness and petulance was on full display all evening. Speaker Pelosi began by improperly introducing the President, shuffling papers during his address, mumbling to her imaginary friend while Trump was speaking, refusing to stand or applaud American peace and prosperity, then tearing up her official copy of the speech like a churlish schoolgirl.
Taking their cues from their party leader, Democrat ladies dressed in white. Were they showing solidarity with Virginia Governor “Coonman” Northam? Perhaps but it’s still unknown if Northam was the guy in the KKK robes or in blackface. Record low unemployment for women and minorities, rising wages, and a bunch of heartwarming stories in the gallery were not enough to get Democrats to their feet, demonstrating that making America great again is the last thing they are interested in.
Instead, every issue that Democrats have championed and which Trump achieved left Congressional Democrats scowling, smirking, or checking their Twitter feeds on their phones. What an image! The campaign commercials are writing themselves.
What did the great unwashed in flyover country think of the SOTU address? A CBS News poll reported 76 percent overall approval among speech watchers. Worse for Democrats is that 30 percent of Democrats watching the speech approved, and a whopping 82% of those precious independents, courted in every election, approved of what they heard from the President.
What else do the polls say last week? Gallup followed the money and found Americans bullish on the MAGA economy.
59% in U.S. say they are now better off financially than last year.
74% say they will be better off financially in a year.
These viewsalign with President Donald Trump's contention that Americans are doing better under his presidency, and with his use of the economy and job growth as key selling points for his reelection.
Not only the economy but also overall well-being. As Gallup reported this week,
Nine in 10 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in their personal life, a new high in Gallup's four-decade trend. The latest figure bests the previous high of 88% recorded in 2003.
Does anyone think America wants Breadline Bernie rather than four more years of prosperity and happiness? This week’s jobs report is another boost for Trump. As CNN begrudgingly reported, “The US economy added 225,000 jobs in January, beating expectations.”
James Carville once said, “It’s the economy stupid”. Only the seriously stupid will vote for candidates promising to tank the economy. Speaking of Carville, after the botched Iowa caucuses, he is “scared to death” of the November 2020 election. He warns, “This party needs to wake up and make sure that we talk about things are relevant to people.”
Gallup reported this week that President Trump is at 49 percent approval in their tracking poll, the highest approval rating of his presidency, despite impeachment and a media drumbeat of “the walls are closing in” on Trump.
Look at their candidates during this great week for Trump. Mayor Pete “appears” to have won Iowa, but as an unsuccessful mayor of a small city, with little other relevant executive experience, he is still a longshot for the nomination or the White House. Is he a novelty for the woke Democrat party because he is gay? Would he be a presidential candidate if he were a young heterosexual white guy? How did that work out for Beto O’Rourke or Eric Swalwell?
Another choice is Bernie, promising Soviet or Venezuela style socialism. Elizabeth Warren is a fabrication, based on a string of lies about her past, but agreeing with Bernie on policy. She goes even further promising to allow her Secretary of Education to be selected by a “young trans person.” What a winning campaign slogan. From “It’s morning in America again” to “All the way with trans kids.”
Joe Biden, aside from his obvious declining memory and cognition, faces Senate investigations into his family corruption. Michael Bloomberg is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on ads, but may still need to stand on a box, as Trump noted. At 5’ 7”, Bloomberg would be taller than only three past presidents, all from well over a hundred years ago before television and mass media would showcase Trump’s 8 inch height advantage.
Ask the former host of one of the most successful reality television shows about branding and optics and how tall looks more presidential than short.
Ending the week, Trump took off the gloves, cleaning house of those conspiring to undermine his presidency by leaking and scheming. The Vindman brothers, instigators of the Ukraine phone call impeachment, have both been "reassigned", escorted out of the White House. EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland was recalled from his post. This is what is meant by draining the swamp.
Trump sent the high browed country club Republicans into a tizzy by calling the Russian collusion hoax “bullshit” in his post impeachment remarks this week, saying what is obvious to his supporters. At the Democrat debates Friday night, the big question came from George Stephanopoulos, asking if they would be afraid of having a Democrat Socialist on the top of the ticket. Was he referring to just Bernie or the entire field? Only Amy Klobuchar raised her hand. Another electoral gift to President Trump.
Even the Trump-hating Washington Post acknowledges that it’s been, “A bad week for Democrats.” Meaning a great week for Trump, perhaps the week when Trump all but assured his reelection. And as Trump himself said, “The best is yet to come.”
Brian C Joondeph, MD, is a Denver based physician and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in American Thinker, Daily Caller, and other publications. Follow him on Facebook LinkedIn, Twitter and QuodVerum.