Donald Trump

Does Trump Need Donors?

Featured image Donald Trump has officially launched his 2024 presidential campaign. He is entitled to take a shot at another term, but his country and his party would be far better served if, for once, he put their interests ahead of his own ego. Given his history, though, we shouldn’t be surprised. Charles Gasparino’s piece in the New York Post is headlined: “Donors slow as the realization hits that Trump can’t beat »

More Documents In a Closet

Featured image President Biden suffered another embarrassment today when it turned out that there was a second batch of classified documents in a location that is so far undisclosed, but is different from the Penn office where the first classified documents were discovered. This is obviously embarrassing for the Democrats, given that they were hoping to indict Donald Trump for having classified documents in his Mar-a-Lago basement. The White House’s response to »

A Twitter Files footnote (5)

Featured image RealClearPolitics reporter Paul Sperry was suspended from Twitter a few months Adam Schiff sought his banning as a result of his entirely accurate reporting for RCP. We learned of Schiff’s behind-the-scenes efforts in part 12 of the Twitter Files per Matt Taibbi. Now Sperry explains and responds in the fantastic New York Post column “How Democrat Adam Schiff abused his power to demand I be kicked off Twitter simply due »

The Trump tax returns

Featured image Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee released six years of former President Trump’s tax returns yesterday. Politico has posted them here. When the New York Times followed up with an emailed notice that it had published “Key Takeaways From Trump’s Tax Returns” with a “running list of insights” by three reporters, I took a look at their findings. Carter Page was under intrusive federal surveillance by the national »

Climax of a Farce

Featured image It was a foregone conclusion that Nancy Pelosi’s absurd “January 6 Committee” would recommend to the Department of Justice that it bring criminal charges against Donald Trump. That was always the point. For the record, the committee’s referral includes obstructing an official proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the government–whatever that means–and inciting or assisting an insurrection. It is common for Congressional committees to send such referrals to the Justice Department. Usually »

Maybe Trump Knows What He’s Doing?

Featured image Everyone—and I mean everyone (including Steve Bannon)—thinks Donald Trump has totally gone around the bend with his recent sale of limited edition Trump NFT superhero cards. To be sure, my first impulse was to do up a true-to-life Trump baseball card with his stat line from 2015-2022, featuring wins/losses, ERA, batting average, slugging average, strikeouts, errors, and the key number for all baseball “sabermetric” nerds these days, his “wins above replacement” »

Notes on the Twitter Files (3)

Featured image I have been keeping up in my own way with the Twitter Files documented in threads posted by Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss, and Michael Shellenberger on Twitter. I posted previous installments here (December 6) and here (December 11). On Monday Weiss posted part 5 (“The removal of Trump from Twitter”) — a 30-tweet thread. Please forgive the repetition involved in my observations. These are my comments on part 5: • »

Support For Trump Collapsing

Featured image This Suffolk/USA Today poll of 1,000 registered voters shows, not surprisingly, that support for Donald Trump as a presidential nominee is dropping rapidly. The poll finds Trump deeply unpopular at 30% favorable, 62% unfavorable. That places him well below Joe Biden at 46%/50% and Kamala Harris at 36%/52%. In a rematch between Trump and Joe Biden, Biden wins easily, 47% to 40%. Perhaps equally important, Ron DeSantis leads Biden by »

Deep meaning of Hunter Biden

Featured image The Hunter Biden scandal lies at the intersection of the great reporting of the New York Post on Hunter Biden’s laptop and the Biden family business, the 2020 presidential election, the deep state, the suppression of the scandal by Twitter and other social media platforms, Elon Musk, and the Twitter Files. It is an incredibly important story. Daniel Oliver shares my assessment. He places the scandal in the context of »

Trump Is Finished

Featured image I have been saying for some time that Donald Trump is an anvil around the neck of the Republican Party. Today he went so far off the deep end that he can’t possibly have any supporters left. This is what he posted on his platform, Truth Social, following up on last night’s Twitter revelations: Trump is now operating at a Kanye West level of insanity. “Terminate” the Constitution’s rules and »

Ye, We Knew Ye Too Well

Featured image I didn’t pay close attention to the controversy over Kanye West’s apparently anti-Semitic comments of a few days ago. This was partly because I have zero interest in hip-hop music or in fashion, the fields in which West has had success, and mostly because he obviously is mentally ill. To the extent I have seen West’s political musings, they are utterly incoherent. But the Left found West a convenient target »

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Featured image The artist formerly known as Kanye West is a deranged anti-Semite. My reference to his mental health issues cuts him some slack, but he spews the anti-Semitism straight. See, for example, Elliot Kaufman’s December Commentary essay “O Ye of Little Faith: The Anti-Semitism of Kanye West.” I took note of West’s deranged anti-Semitism when Tucker Carlson presented him as a sage and vouched for his soundness of mine. I wrote »

Will Trump Be a Factor in 2024?

Featured image 2024 is a long way off, and much may happen between now and then. For one thing, Donald Trump may have been indicted and may have served some kind of sentence by then. But putting such possible drama aside, I have seen commentators suggest that Trump could be hard to beat. Even if he only draws, say, 35% of the vote in the early primaries, he could win them if »

Trump returns to Twitter (sort of)

Featured image Every one of the several news services to which I subscribe email updates reported last night: Trump returns to Twitter! Elon Musk had been conducting his own Twitter poll on the subject — I think his purpose was facetious, but nobody seems to grok Musk’s sense of humor. The vote was close. At one point Musk suggested that bots were voting — again, I doubt we are to take the »

Dueling Investigations

Featured image Scott noted earlier that Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel, Jack Smith, to torment Donald Trump. Garland said, I assume with a straight face: It also allows prosecutors and agents to continue their work expeditiously, and to make decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law. Indisputably! Right. Smith will be returning to Washington from The Hague, where he is “chief prosecutor for the special court.” That »

A special counsel for Trump

Featured image Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a Special Counsel in the ongoing Trump criminal investigations undertaken by the Department. Garland appointed Jack Smith Special Counsel. The DoJ has posted Garland’s statement here. Garland discusses Smith’s background in his statement, but Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney provide more details in their story on his appointment. This is the operative portion of Garland’s statement: Based on recent developments, including the former »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll advises LET’S GET A GRIP! She writes: Long-married people may theologically be “one,” but as any Marriage Counselor will tell you, they are also two extremely separate individuals. Since famous novelist, Max Cossack and I are both hard-core political junkies, we have been discussing the latest election more or less non-stop for a week. Though I am the Columnist of Record and hence will be writing in the »