Three pillars of Trump’s case for reelection are collapsing all at once

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  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Member

    ouch.....


    Key Points
    • President Trump’s reelection campaign was designed under the premise that the economy would be strong through November, but that’s not true anymore.
    • Trump also planned to make socialism a central focus of his attacks. But without Bernie Sanders to run against, this argument becomes a lot less potent.
    • Trump campaigned on “draining the swamp” of big government. Now he wants Americans to trust in big government to fight coronavirus and save the economy.
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    President Donald Trump speaks at a Make America Great Again rally at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
    Leah Millis | Reuters
    WASHINGTON — Looking back now, the night of Feb. 4 was probably the pinnacle of Donald Trump’s presidency.

    A few minutes past 9 p.m. ET, Trump entered the ornate House Chamber and then glad-handed his way down the aisle, all to the sound of thundering applause from Republicans, who chanted “four more years.”


    This was Trump’s third State of the Union address. The 90-minute speech Trump delivered was packed with the confidence, self-flattery and showmanship that have become hallmarks of his tenure.

    The speech also reflected his optimism about the economy, a sentiment that millions of Americans shared with him at the time, according to polls. Financial markets were soaring and the unemployment rate was at a historic low. That afternoon, the Nasdaq Composite Index had set a record high, at 9,467. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, an indicator Trump often touts, closed at 28,807 that day, already well on its way to an all-time high of 29,551 it would hit later that month.

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    The economy wasn’t the only thing Trump was celebrating that Tuesday night. A day earlier, in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, won the popular vote. Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist who would not fare as well against Trump in the general election as former Vice President Joe Biden would, according to polling.

    Trump also knew that the next day he would be acquitted in his impeachment trial in the Senate. For Trump, the verdict would represent a long-awaited triumph over his perceived enemies, including Democrats in Congress, whistleblowers in his own White House, and the “deep state” government bureaucrats who Trump feared were plotting to bring him down.

    With his impeachment trial behind him and his approval ratings the highest they had ever been, Trump seemed perfectly positioned to easily win reelection in November.


    And, now, almost all of it is gone.

    In just over a month, three pillars underpinning his argument for reelection have all collapsed: The strong economy Trump planned to run on; the Sanders campaign Trump had planned to run against; and the “us vs. them” approach to Washington and the federal government, on which Trump has built his political brand.

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    President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 4, 2020.
    Leah Millis | Reuters
    On Wednesday, the Dow fell below the level it closed at on Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump took office promising to “make America wealthy again.” The market losses reflect broader anxieties across the nation, where coronavirus has forced the shutdown of major parts of the U.S. economy and made a recession all but inevitable.

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  2. toughcoins

    toughcoins Well-Known Member


    President Trump’s reelection campaign was designed under the premise that the economy would be strong through November, but that’s not true anymore.
    A pointless point, if I've ever read one . . . while our economy is no longer what it was, it is still far and away the strongest economy on the face of the Earth . . . all ships descend when the tide goes out.​


    Trump also planned to make socialism a central focus of his attacks. But without Bernie Sanders to run against, this argument becomes a lot less potent.

    Hardly . . . with Bernie Sanders demonstrably losing to the majority of the Democratic party, it further illustrates just how minor a share of the total electorate is held by the extreme left. You and Bernie are on an island . . . or should be.​


    Trump campaigned on “draining the swamp” of big government. Now he wants Americans to trust in big government to fight coronavirus and save the economy.

    I have no doubt President Trump still wants to shrink government and, once COVID-19 is in our wake, will most assuredly resume that mission, but he is smart enough to know that he must set aside the lesser priority for the greater one, as any fine leader would do.

    Key points? . . . I think you've got more like NO POINTS.​
     
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  3. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Member

    people are done with Trump. 70 percent of the voters are either women, non white or under 30. All it will take will be to win one state Hillary lost.
     
  4. toughcoins

    toughcoins Well-Known Member

    You're a glass 99% full kind of guy . . .
     
  5. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Member

    the GOP will be lucky to keep the senate
     
  6. toughcoins

    toughcoins Well-Known Member

    Okay . . . 100% full.
     
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  7. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Active Member

    Wow. It appears the YouTube channels are catering to political craziness along side of the pocket change millionaires...... You do realize that the house led by the only woman crazier than Hillary has taken quite the black eye over their impeachment fiasco. If they didn’t have the presidents hands tied in the early stages of Covid-19, we would have been more in an offensive position with this thing right now. Brother, put the koolaid away. It appears to have had quite the negative affect on you. Read some newspapers or watch some news (news, not opinions). You are woefully behind the times here.
     
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  8. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Member

    I think the key is to see what if anything he has kept constant.

    Not defense policy - we're pulling out of the Middle East! Well, we'll start a war with Iran if they look at us cross-eyed. Oh they bombed our troops? Well, sanctions are fine.

    Not economic policy - tariffs for all! Eh, nevermind. Eliminate the deficit! Or double it. NAFTA is awful! NAFTA is fine.

    Clearly not public health policy.

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    But policy isn't everything. Let's consider...

    "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."
    "I believe he happens to be Spanish, which is fine. He is Hispanic, which is fine. And we haven't asked for recusal, which we may do. But we have a judge who is very hostile. Should’ve been thrown out. Wasn’t thrown out."
    "I think there’s blame on both sides. ...very fine people, on both sides."
    "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
    "Pocahontas"
    "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came"
    "China virus"

    President Trump has been consistently inconsistent in every policy area, but he has been unfailingly consistent as a bigot.
     
  9. toughcoins

    toughcoins Well-Known Member

    Keep slinging mud at the wall FryDaddy . . . someday some of it has to stick.
     

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