Donald Trump

Tonight’s debate

Featured image If President Trump loses the election, I believe it will be because voters aren’t satisfied with his response to the Wuhan coronavirus and/or with the way he conducts himself. If Joe Biden loses the election, it will be because Americans don’t think he’s up to the job, or because they think his administration will be too radical, or (and this is a longshot) because they think he and his son »

The Scully case cracked

Featured image C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully absurdly claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked to conceal his consultation with Anthony Scaramucci over President Trump’s criticism of him in connection with the canceled presidential debate that was to have taken place today. C-SPAN promptly disseminated Scully’s hacking claim. The FBI was supposedly called in to investigate. As I noted in “Sad saga of Steve Scully,” Chris Wallace vouched for Scully. Case »

WTH is going on? Trump explains

Featured image President Trump sat down for the WTH Is Going On? podcast with AEI’s Marc Thiessen and Danielle Pletka this past Tuesday. Through the courtesies of our friends at AEI, I have embedded the podcast below. AEI previews the podcast with this summary: What’s going on in the White House? Three weeks out from the 2020 election, has President Trump fully recovered from COVID? Does he have a strategy beyond his »

The case for Trump 2020

Featured image The great Victor Davis Hanson sat down earlier this week with Peter Robinson for a podcast on the choice before us in the election on November 3. I have embedded the podcast below via Stitcher. It is also posted at Ricochet under the title “House of Deplorables: Victor Davis Hanson makes his final case for Trump.” The title alludes to Victor’s book The Case For Trump (2019), out in paperback »

CRB: The election to end all elections

Featured image The Claremont Review of Books has just published its new (Fall) issue. Thanks to the editors, I reviewed the issue in galley to pick out four or five pieces to roll out for Power Line readers this week. As always, I encourage readers to become subscribers (subscribe here) for the absurdly low price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. We led off our preview of the »

The Fundamentals vs the Polls

Featured image When a president runs for re-election, a fundamental question is whether voters think their circumstances have gotten better during the past four years. Gallup asked this question a few days ago, and 56% of respondents say they and their families are better off today than they were four years ago. That is a remarkable finding. Approaching the end of President Reagan’s first term, only 44% said they were better off. »

Trump: Still Living Rent-Free in the Heads of Liberals

Featured image So, Trump is on steroids. My first question is, how can you tell? Second, is not the phrase “Trump is on steroids” a liberal’s worst waking nightmare? I have every expectation that if he’s still on steroids at the next debate, the first time Biden pops off Trump will go all Incredible Hulk on him, and it will look something like this (which I still enjoy almost as much as »

Trump Discharged

Featured image Good news today, as President Trump will be discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center shortly: I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) »

Back In Action

Featured image One of my daughters got married yesterday, so I have been mostly offline. Has anything happened in the last couple of days? Oh, yeah. I understand President Trump has contracted the Wuhan virus. But he didn’t collapse into a van, so my guess is that it won’t turn out to be a big deal. Trump looked well earlier this afternoon, when he recorded this video before being driven out to »

Trump reports from Walter Reed

Featured image Late yesterday afternoon President Trump took to Twitter. That was business as usual, but he took to Twitter to provide a first-person report on his condition. That was not business as usual. That was unusual. I take it that he has been through a rough patch. He is recovering and feeling better. His message conveys gratitude all the way around. “I think I’ll be back soon,” he says. Bill Jacobson »

President Trump and the coronavirus [UPDATED]

Featured image I join Scott in wishing President Trump and the First Lady well in their fight, if it turns out that a fight is required, against the Wuhan coronavirus. I also wish that Trump had taken the risk of infection more seriously at the personal level. I wish he had learned from his friend Boris Johnson’s experience. In terms of public policy, I think Trump took the virus seriously enough. The »

Trumps test positive

Featured image Last night it was reported that presidential aide Hope Hicks tested posted for COVID-19 (on Wednesday, according to ABC News). Late last night President Trump himself tweeted out the news and added that he and Mrs. Trump were being tested. Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for »

More On Trump’s Taxes

Featured image Steve beat me to this, I see, but here are a few additional comments on the New York Times’s felony du jour. Well, to be fair, they just aided and abetted the felony. Maybe someday that will be illegal. First, I doubt whether anyone cares. Donald Trump has been president for four years, and if you think he has done a good job (as I do), you are hardly going »

Trump Confesses to the NY Times Tax Story

Featured image Have you heard—Donald Trump admits that he takes advantage of the tax code to minimize his taxes! And he’s even admitted it to the New York Times! Here’s the scoop: Donald Trump Acknowledges Not Paying Federal Income Taxes for Years Donald J. Trump explicitly acknowledged for the first time during Sunday’s debate that he used a $916 million loss that he reported on his 1995 income tax returns to avoid »

Let the Winning Continue!

Featured image Trump famously boasted in 2016 that there’d be so much winning that we’d get tired of all the winning. The last week has seen so much winning that not even the most extravagant NFL end zone celebration can express it. First, last Thursday, Constitution Day, Trump took direct aim at the pernicious 1619 Project, and announced his plan to have a 1776 Commission to confront the 1619 Project directly. The »

The Power Line Show, Ep 213: Trump’s Democrats

Featured image Is there room for another book on the rural voters who delivered the surprising outcome of the 2016 election? Yes, there is, when the book is Trump’s Democrats, by Stephanie Muravchik and Jon A. Shields, just out from the Brookings Institution. Muravchik and Shields do something unusual in this book; rather than do yet another excursion into survey data and statistical mumbo-jumbo, they went out to three diverse areas where »

Trump and Biden Come to Minnesota [Updated]

Featured image In a historic first, President Trump and Joe Biden both visited Minnesota today. Biden went to Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, and spoke at a carpenters’ union training center. This in itself is anachronistic. Biden is trying to rebuild the “labor” component of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor party, but it is much too late for that. Union members in northern Minnesota will vote heavily for Trump. Biden’s appearance verged on the bizarre. »