August 29, 2018
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In the middle of the liberal media’s desperate efforts to convince us that President Trump is in trouble, there are an amazing number of victories that suggest he is winning. In fact, there are indications that he is winning a lot.
Let’s start with Tuesday’s primaries. In Florida, a fine, well-entrenched state agriculture commissioner (and former congressman) Adam Putnam decisively lost the Republican gubernatorial primary to Congressman Ron DeSantis. The big boost for DeSantis came from President Trump’s endorsement and a Trump robocall to Florida Republicans.
The contest for governor of our third most populous state shaped up even better for Republicans as a hard-left Bernie Sanders-backed progressive won the Democratic primary with 34 percent of the vote. The contrast between a pro-Trump DeSantis and a hard-left Sanders socialist will probably keep Florida in Republican hands in November.
Florida gave Trump and Republicans a second boost as Governor Rick Scott won an important primary victory for a U.S. Senate seat. Scott has proven in his two campaigns for governor that he is an aggressive, effective campaigner. It is very likely the blue wave in Florida will disappear with the DeSantis and Scott victories.
In Arizona, President Trump won another primary victory when Martha McSally, a congresswoman and Air Force veteran (in fact, the first American woman to fly a fighter jet in combat) won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. President Trump praised McSally earlier this month at the signing ceremony for the National Defense Authorization Act. What looked at one time to be a close contest became a blowout, as McSally won 52 percent of the vote in a three-way race and was 24 points ahead of her closest competitor. Republican chances of keeping the Arizona seat are dramatically better with McSally as the nominee.
Beyond the primaries, President Trump has been winning amazing victories in nominating – and with Mitch McConnell’s leadership getting the Senate to confirm – federal judges. Where Hillary Clinton would have nominated radical judges, President Trump has been consistently nominating constitutional conservatives to the courts. This will have a profound impact on America’s future.
So far, President Trump and McConnell have confirmed 60 federal judges – this includes Justice Gorsuch, 33 district court judges, and 26 judges for the court of appeals. Additionally, President Trump has nominated more than 80 other judges across the federal system (including U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh). McConnell has been doggedly working to get these nominees confirmed, and I suspect he will drive them through the Senate before the end of the year.
So, on judges, President Trump is winning an amazing victory for conservatism. No wonder the Left is in a frenzy.
Finally, the breakthrough in trade negotiations with Mexico is, to use one of President Trump’s favorite words, huge.
Most of the so-called experts had said the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) couldn’t be renegotiated. They insisted Trump had offended Mexicans so much with his harsh language that the Mexican government wouldn’t come to the table. They asserted building the wall would alienate the Mexican leadership. They were just plain wrong.
President Trump’s progress on NAFTA sends five big signals:
1. Making good on a big, disruptive pledge that set his 2016 campaign apart from every other candidate, President Trump kept his word and is forcing a difficult negotiation toward success.
2. President Trump proved, once again, that tough language and tough negotiating can actually lead to breakthroughs. Unlike most politicians, Trump is willing to endure heat to achieve success.
3. As a result of his seriousness on trade, other countries are now approaching Trump about trade negotiations (note German Chancellor Merkel’s call this week for trade talks).
4. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tried to be clever when he ambushed and attempted to embarrass President Trump during a press conference at the G7 Summit in Canada. Trudeau is now discovering that Trump has a good memory. Canada now has virtually no leverage in trying to play catch up with the U.S.-Mexico negotiations.
5. The Trump Administration’s continued attention to economic matters – despite the liberal media’s daily efforts to get him and his team off balance through dishonest reporting and smear stories – is paying off. The average American sees the economy getting better and better. And the average American increasingly thinks the success is due to President Trump.
So, Trump’s judicial and economic victories build his prestige, and that prestige is giving him the muscle to reshape the Republican Party.
It is an amazing story. No one in the liberal mainstream media apparently understands, but historians will look back on this period in amazement.
They will clearly see a political-cultural battle between an aggressive, effective, successful president and a disoriented, defeated, and demoralized news media.
Clearly President Trump is winning.
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