Donald Trump

The crowd roars

Featured image President and Mrs. Trump attended the LSU-Clemson national championship football game at the Superdome in New Orleans last night. LSU prevailed 42-25 to complete its historic season. The crowd roared when President and Mrs. Trump were announced. White House social media director Dan Scavino tweeted the video below. President Trump and First Lady Melania attend the #NationalChampionship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana…. pic.twitter.com/zsS8ofdhNi — Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) »

Trump pins some blame on Obama for missile attack. Should he have?

Featured image During his address to the nation this morning about the situation with Iran, President Trump said the ballistic missiles that targeted two U.S. air bases in Iraq were paid for using “funds made available by the last administration.” This assertion enraged Democrats and their media allies such as the Washington Post. Is their outrage justified? I see two issues here. The first is whether President Trump should be calling out »

Trump speaks

Featured image President Trump just concluded his formal statement on last night’s attack by Iran on the two bases in Iraq. He opened his statement with the vow that Iran will never acquire nuclear weapons on his watch and observed: “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.” He reported that no American or Iraqi lives were »

Trump explains

Featured image This afternoon President Trump gave a prepared statement on the successful operation resulting in the assassination of Iranian terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani (video below). Long story short: Khameni’s main man crossed Trump’s red line and was hoping to do so again soon. “We caught him in the act and terminated him,” Trump announced from Mar-a-Lago. Soleimani “made the death of innocent people his sick passion,” the president explained. Wasting no »

The Genealogy of Free Stuff: The Trump Card

Featured image On Friday the Wall Street Journal ran an extra-long and remarkable editorial about the agenda of Elizabeth Warren (“Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan, Oh My“), which is so far beyond extravagant that “socialism” seems an inadequate adjective. She makes Bernie Sanders look cautious by comparison. As the Journal put it in the lede: “[A]s we discovered after a tour of her 60-some policy papers, Ms. Warren is proposing a transformation »

Donald Trump, “Home Alone 2,” and Canada

Featured image Did you know that Donald Trump had a cameo role in the movie “Home Alone Two?” I didn’t. This fact would be nothing more than a bit of trivia and a source of pride for the president except that when the Canadian television company CBC aired the movie this week, the Trump cameo did not appear. Ironically, the president had just discussed his role in the movie with overseas U.S. »

Witch Hunt: Trump speaks

Featured image Gregg Jarrett’s Witch Hunt is one of this year’s good books on the Russia hoax. Jarrett’s subtitle — The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History — posits that the hoax may have derived from something other than intentional wrongdoing, but Jarrett leaves no stone unturned to make out willful misconduct. I find the book frustrating in certain respects. It lacks an index. It is argumentative. It »

2019, the year Trump completed his takeover of the GOP

Featured image At FiveThirtyEight, Perry Bacon argues that President Trump completed his takeover of the Republican Party this year. I think that’s right. Trump’s control of congressional Republicans is exemplified by the fact that no GOP member of the House voted for his impeachment. Indeed, as far as I know, no GOP member acknowledged that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine for a time in order to induce the Ukrainian government to »

Boris Johnson’s Hanukkah message

Featured image UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recorded a Hanukah statement that he released via Twitter yesterday (below). The video is also posted on the 10 Downing Street YouTube channel here (comments are turned off). I learned via Ed Driscoll/InstaPundit that Israel National News has taken note of the statement and transcribed it here. Like President Trump, Prime Minister Johnson chooses to stand with the Jewish people. It represents a striking commonality »

Getting impeachment wrong

Featured image I’m a big fan of Yuval Levin, but I disagree with some of what writes in this post on “the Senate’s burden” regarding impeachment. Yuval quotes with approval this passage from Greg Weiner: Impeachment is a matter of prudence whose frame of reference should be civic health, not merely presidential conduct… It is not merely whether Trump is guilty but also whether the nation will be better off—now and in »

The Impeachment Farce

Featured image Happy Impeachment Day everyone! As I settle down to my early evening cocktail out here on the left coast, the House is voting on the two impeachment resolutions, and there isn’t much doubt or drama about how it will turn out. Simultaneously Trump is speaking at a rally in Michigan, and mocking the impeachment vote in a lighthearted way. A few observations: I was living in Washington during the whole »

Impeachment: Two developments, neither bad

Featured image It looks like, with near unanimity, House Democrats are going to vote to impeach President Trump. The more moderate Democrats who considered voting the other way now say they must vote their conscience. President Trump may have hoped to pick off the votes of enough Democrats to be able to characterize his impeachment as a left-liberal affair. It may be precisely that, but with Democrats who aren’t left-wingers falling into »

Recession? What recession?

Featured image In August, some economic forecasters were saying there was a 50 percent chance of a downturn by no later than the end of next year. Now, the conventional view is that 2020 will be a year of steady and sustained economic growth. Given the track record of economic forecasters, this prediction may or may not be good news for the economy. But let’s take it at face value and assume »

The Democrats’ Bad Poker Faces

Featured image Everyone who plays poker is familiar with the “tell,” that is, a nervous tic or subtle mannerism that betrays when a player has a strong or bluff hand. I think the Democrats’ behavior this week includes several “tells” that their impeachment hand is weak, and might cause them to lose the whole political pot next year. The first is the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that John notes immediately below. It was »

Poll: Democrats consider Obama a better president than George Washington

Featured image Last month, I noted with dismay that, in a survey, a majority of Republicans deemed Donald Trump a better president than Abraham Lincoln. It’s only fair for me to note, with even more dismay, that most Democrats who participated in a new survey deemed Barack Obama a better president than George Washington. The survey comparing Obama and Washington is from Monmouth University. It found that among Democratic voters, the “Father »

Censure Schiff, not Trump

Featured image Politico reports that a small group of House Democrats — about ten of them — are floating the idea of censuring President Trump instead of impeaching him. All of these Democrats represent districts carried by President Trump three years ago. Among them are Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah). Schrader explained: I think it’s certainly appropriate and might be a little more bipartisan, »

Charles Kesler: Our political stalemate

Featured image Charles Kesler is the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont-McKenna College and editor of the Claremont Review of Books. We hope to preview the forthcoming issue of the magazine over the rest of this week. This column appears as the Editor’s Note in the issue and is reprinted with permission. Professor Kesler writes: Despite his reputation as a disrupter, Donald Trump has not been able to break the political »