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When President Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, the media meltdown that election evening was priceless to watch. So shocked were the drive-by media they could not understand how the great unwashed American voters had voted the wrong way. As Ms. Brezinski would later exclaim: “We are the ones to tell them what to think.”
The Democratic Party was also stunned as their media partners had assured them for more than a year that the Nurse Rached of American politics—Bruno Clinton—was a 97% lock to win the Presidency. But instead of trying to figure out what message Trump had gotten through to the American people that so resonated that he won all the swing states, they made two decisions. They would claim without any evidence, not that Trump’s message resonated but that Trump had illegitimate help winning the election as his Russian partners bought “bots” on social media that alleged, for example, that Bruno opposed the second amendment and this supposed cacophony of political online statements turned the American people against the former Secretary of State.
The sheer ridiculousness of the claim may have given it legs. Plus, how could you prove that about $150,000 in such bots, many of them in Russia, put there by Russian trolls working out of St. Petersburg and some even posted after the election, had his magical effect on millions of American voters? After all, Bruno was said to have an 8-10% lead in the polls that would ordinarily translate into a near 16 million vote margin of victory. And if the Russians could switch that many votes with such a small effort, they must have figured out how to swing elections anywhere! Find out who thinks crack politicos were, and well, sign ’em up!!
Note, however, the Democratic Party didn’t try and challenge the Trump message—energy production dominance, a regulated and secure border, greater economic freedom and redone bad trade deals, standing up to China, ending endless wars, cutting tax rates, strengthening defenses, building missile defenses, building the wall, embracing our allies like Israel and pushing NATO to do more, while standing up for and not putting down our country.
They decided to destroy the brand that brought this message to the American people. As Victor Davis Hanson has eloquently detailed, they threw everything including the kitchen sink at the President while he was in transition and while President. They were bound and determined to make the brand toxic, even if they had to shred the constitution and violate the rights of millions of Americans and lie about FISA warrants. They created an entirely false narrative against General Flynn because the new NS adviser knew what a sham the JCPOA was.
They let loose thugs and criminals onto the streets for months; claimed impeachment was necessary for an administration seeking to administer foreign assistance efficiently; and continued the knowingly false claim the President was a treasonous partner with Putin. (Alternatively, is selling Putin 20% of US uranium supplies, then building a high-tech center around Moscow, and bailing out the Russian currency considered being tough on Moscow?)
Though the Republican party has not yet fully embraced the Trumpian agenda, it has adopted much of it and is moving in the right direction. If Pompeo and DeSantis run together, almost all of Trump’s issues will be on the table front and center as the party’s priorities. The Trump brand may have been tarnished—how could it not be given the onslaught against it?! But the underlying message remains strong and right, and DeSantis and Pompeo could walk all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue carrying that message to the American people. On the other hand, will a governing record of open borders, scarce and expensive energy, high inflation, out-of-control spending, a weak and vacillating foreign policy, the butchering of our trans children, bad schools, or high crime, carry the day?Published in