Donald Trump

A letter to Chuck Schumer

Featured image President Trump has responded in a public letter to criticism from Sen. Chuck Schumer of his handling of the Wuhan coronavirus. The text is here. Trump begins by thanking Schumer for his “Democrat public relations letter and incorrect soundbites which are wrong in every way.” He then corrects Schumer’s claim that the president hasn’t adequately utilized the Defense Production Act. The president reminds Schumer that the Act “has been consistently »

Maryland’s governor takes a shot at President Trump

Featured image If you’re the Republican governor of a state as “blue” as Maryland, it’s good politics to differentiate yourself from President Trump from time to time. Maryland’s governor Larry Hogan went so far as to consider running against in Trump in the GOP primaries. Fortunately, he had the good sense not to undertake a mission that quixotic. Now, Hogan is differentiating himself from Trump on responding to the Wuhan coronavirus. But »

Is Trump Getting a Bump?

Featured image One of the largest factors in the various political science models that predict the outcome of presidential elections—models that have been largely correct over the last half-century, though the sample size is admittedly too small—is economic growth in the first half of the year. With Goldman Sachs and other forecasters now predicting that GDP might shrink by as much as 25 percent in the coming months, it would seem that »

Mike Pence’s moment

Featured image These are becoming the most uncertain times I have ever experienced. The immediate aftermath of 9/11 was uncertain, but after about a week it seemed unlikely that there would be another large scale terrorist attack against the homeland. There was great uncertainty when the economy and the stock market tanked in 2008, but no health scare to go along with the economic woes. At present, we have a pandemic, an »

Trump tests negative

Featured image The Democratic Party’s media adjunct was highly excited by President Trump’s contact with officials who have subsequently been diagnosed with the novel Coronavirus. They taunted him for his failure to take a test. When he indicated he would probably be tested, one could feel the excitement mount. Sources now report that Trump tested negative, according to a statement released by White House physician Sean Conley. Politico reports by email: “The »

Trump needs to step up his game on the coronavirus

Featured image Depending on how devastating the Wuhan coronavirus turns out to be in this country, President Trump’s response, and the way it’s perceived, might determine the outcome of this year’s presidential election. So far, aspects of Trump’s response do not bode well for him and for those of us who want to see him reelected. A week ago, during a press conference at the CDC, Trump insisted that anyone who wants »

The good news for Joe Biden [UPDATED]

Featured image The good news for Joe Biden isn’t just that he is now almost certain to become the Democratic nominee for president. It’s also the fact that, unlike Hillary Clinton, he will become the nominee cleanly. He will defeat Bernie Sanders fair and square. Thus, Sanders and his supporters will have nothing resembling a legitimate grievance when Biden wins. The question, of course, is whether the lack of a legitimate grievance »

“Jailbreak” beneficiary celebrated by Trump is arrested for dealing meth

Featured image On April 1, 2019, President Trump held a White House summit to celebrate passage of the First Step Act, a leniency bill for federal felons. One of the convicts whose case Trump highlighted was Troy Powell. Trump referred to Powell as a great electrician and joked about using him for work in the White House. He noted that Powell had been hired by a lumber company in North Carolina. Trump »

Washington Post lies about Trump’s coronavirus presser

Featured image Yesterday, President Trump toured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Afterwards, he spoke to the press, alongside Secretary of HHS Alex Azar and top officials from the Center. Aspects of the president’s performance were off putting, or should be for all but Trump’s most ardent supporters. He bragged about his grasp of information and analysis relevant to the coronavirus, saying “maybe I have natural ability.” Trump clearly »

Bernie Sanders’s paranoid style, Part Two

Featured image In this post, I addressed claims by Bernie Sanders’s campaign and other leftists that the “establishment,” worried sick about the Vermont socialist’s early successes, is conspiring to deny him the nomination. Finding no evidence of conspiracy, I concluded that if Sanders doesn’t win the Democratic nomination, it won’t be because he was conspired against, but because not enough Democrats want to nominate a socialist, especially an old male socialist who »

Jeff Sessions may be headed for a runoff election. What will Trump do?

Featured image The day after tomorrow isn’t just the Democrats’ Super Tuesday. It’s also the day when Alabama Republicans will vote on whom to run for the Senate against the highly vulnerable incumbent Democrat, Doug Jones. Jeff Sessions is running for the Republican nomination. There hasn’t been much publicly reported polling about the race, but it appears that Sessions is well out in front. However, it also looks like he will fall »

Schuminations: Hiding the truth [hoaxed!]

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks for a lot of Democrats: whatever President Trump says or does, it’s wrong. In the fullness of time — say, a week or two — when Schumer himself is proved wrong, deposit your schuminations down the memory hole and count on your friends in the media to safeguard the hole. Below we have a deleted schumination that both incorporates the Democrats’ obligatory critique of »

Not your father’s Gipper

Featured image I’m a fan of Victor Davis Hanson, as I’m sure many of our readers are. Hanson’s latest article has much to recommend it. He argues persuasively that “if Sanders is the Democratic nominee, the NeverSanders movement will be far larger, far wealthier, far more influential—even as it is likely far quieter—than were the vociferous but anemic NeverTrumpers of 2016.” However, I want to take issue with some of Hanson’s statements »

The Trump Show: Welcome to Season Four!

Featured image So, I’ll have to admit—Bernie Sanders becoming the (almost certain) Democratic nominee is not the plot twist I was expecting for Season 4 of the Trump Show. And with Trump departing shortly for India, where I predict he will be very popular, some genius meme maker offers us this pick-me-up: »

Regarding John Bolton: A reply to Scott Johnson

Featured image In a post called “Jeff Sessions: The Open Questions,” Scott critiqued a post I wrote about the demonization of John Bolton. My post was called “It’s John Bolton’s turn.” My post objected to the treatment by some conservatives of Sessions and Bolton. Scott discussed both ex-Trump administration officials. I replied to the portion of Scott’s post pertaining to Sessions here. Now, I will reply to the portion pertaining to Bolton. »

The Washington Post pulls the old switcheroo on Trump

Featured image The front page of today’s Washington Post exemplifies Steve’s view that there is no longer any distinction between a “news analysis” article (the precious term for “opinion piece on the news page”) and a supposedly straight news piece. The Post’s supposedly straight new pieces consist of an article blaming Trump for school bullying, an article attacking him for saying nice things about Xi Jinping, and a piece claiming that Trump »

Donald Does Daytona [with comment by Paul]

Featured image In what many deem a stroke of political genius, President Trump served today as Grand Marshal of the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. He vowed to take a lap in the armored presidential limousine serving as a pace car, and did. Here are two short videos that show some of the action: President @realDonaldTrump gives the starting command at the 62nd Daytona 500. — FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 16, 2020 »