Bill welcomes Joel Farkas, director of the American Strategy Group to get his thoughts on Pres.Trump’s next move post Helsinki. John Yoo talks Helsinki and gives his thoughts on the Kavanaugh nomination. Gordon Chang also reviewed the President’s performance at Helsinki and provided insight on the larger global impact.

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  1. Member

    Kudos to Gordon Chang for not backing down, in the face of Bennett’s trying to give Trump excuses for what he did. I am somewhat less happy about Gordon say that sanctions against China are good. However, I am certainly willing to hear more about this.

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    • July 21, 2018 at 11:13 am
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    I agree with @GeorgeTownsend. Chang was very good. What troubles me with Bill Bennett and other Trump supporters is that they are completely unwilling to admit to Trump’s essential smallness, pettiness, and his overinflated ego. No question, Trump has done some great things. His policies, other than tariffs, are excellent. It would be far less ingenuous to acknowledge his excellent qualities while also being straightforward about the fact that the President has some major personality flaws. Admitting these things would not help the Left. In fact, it would likely defang much of what they say. Pretending, as Bennett and others of his ilk do, that these don’t exist and have little or no effect on Trump’s effectiveness simply gives the Left greater credibility in their attacks.

    I am more and more convinced that Trump’s fear that the Mueller probe will somehow make his claims of an historic victory in 2016 have become a pea under a stack of mattresses upon which he is unable to sleep. His ego is so fragile, so based upon the lies and exaggerations he spouts that he is incredibly vulnerable to any effront. In this way he may destroy his own presidency rather than being pulled down by the left. The remaining question of why he will not order the release of the documents does, certainly, create some question as to why and whether he, in fact, has something to hide. He is a very flawed hero in this ongoing drama.

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    • July 22, 2018 at 8:55 am
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    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):

    I agree with @GeorgeTownsend. Chang was very good. What troubles me with Bill Bennett and other Trump supporters is that they are completely unwilling to admit to Trump’s essential smallness, pettiness, and his overinflated ego. No question, Trump has done some great things. His policies, other than tariffs, are excellent. It would be far less ingenuous to acknowledge his excellent qualities while also being straightforward about the fact that the President has some major personality flaws. Admitting these things would not help the Left. In fact, it would likely defang much of what they say. Pretending, as Bennett and others of his ilk do, that these don’t exist and have little or no effect on Trump’s effectiveness simply gives the Left greater credibility in their attacks.

    I am more and more convinced that Trump’s fear that the Mueller probe will somehow make his claims of an historic victory in 2016 have become a pea under a stack of mattresses upon which he is unable to sleep. His ego is so fragile, so based upon the lies and exaggerations he spouts that he is incredibly vulnerable to any effront. In this way he may destroy his own presidency rather than being pulled down by the left. The remaining question of why he will not order the release of the documents does, certainly, create some question as to why and whether he, in fact, has something to hide. He is a very flawed hero in this ongoing drama.

    May I expand on your excellent points, Eugene? And thank you for backing me up.

    As you say, Trump has done some very good things. Ben Shapiro and Jonah Goldberg I would cite on that score. But his stoutest defenders – people like Bennett and Dennis Prager – who refuse to say anything wrong about him, are doing him, and especially the conservative movement, great harm, with their approach. Prager’s excuse is this nonsense about a Civil War. And he is not willing to debate it, which galls me. Even if he were right, in his Means-Justifying-The-Ends posture, he is setting up a predicate for the future, that we needn’t debate the bully. We can back him up, so long as we agree that he is on our side. This bodes ill for a civilized Public Square.

     

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    • July 22, 2018 at 9:38 am
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  4. Coolidge

    A nice thoughtful discussion. It seems the main criticism of Trump in Helsinki is that it was a lost opportunity. That’s OK. There will be more summits and more press conferences and he might do better. I think that Bennett gets Trump. He knows to take him seriously, but not literally. He knows that all that “ego” is really just marketing. Trump is selling a package (MAGA) and that starts with bravado and excellence. I feel that people that fail to see that are either blinded by hate or just oblivious. If want to stay sane in the era of Trump, you must understand these things: (1) public actions are all marketing (2) the guy is not an orator (3) we don’t need a well-spoken elitist as president, that is, being presidential does not make one a good president (4) the GOP is a blue collar party now.

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    • July 22, 2018 at 10:19 am
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    DonG (View Comment):

    A nice thoughtful discussion. It seems the main criticism of Trump in Helsinki is that it was a lost opportunity. That’s OK. There will be more summits and more press conferences and he might do better. I think that Bennett gets Trump. He knows to take him seriously, but not literally. He knows that all that “ego” is really just marketing. Trump is selling a package (MAGA) and that starts with bravado and excellence. I feel that people that fail to see that are either blinded by hate or just oblivious. If want to stay sane in the era of Trump, you must understand these things: (1) public actions are all marketing (2) the guy is not an orator (3) we don’t need a well-spoken elitist as president, that is, being presidential does not make one a good president (4) the GOP is a blue collar party now.

    I have to disagree that Trump’s ego is just marketing. If it were we wouldn’t see him driving into any “offender” with the passion he has displayed so often. Trump has some serious personality defects, his fragile, overinflated ego is certainly one of them. He is most certainly not an orator. He has a very limited vocabulary both of words and ideas. He is very concrete, which is not a bad thing. However, he is unable to differentiate between what is good for the country and what is good for him. The major problem that we on the right face is that much of what Trump does due to his personality defects is an open wound that the left uses to attack him and all of the right along with him. I would grant that they were merciless to G. W. Bush as well, but Bush had the good grace to minimize the number of obvious vulnerabilities, and he never reduced himself to their level of aggressive stupidity. Unfortunately, Trump, with his long years of being a man of the left, freely assuages his ego by plunging mindlessly into the most undignified and immature conflicts and rhetoric. There is no defense for that in a man of 72 who should have outgrown such silliness in his teens.

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    • July 22, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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  6. Thatcher

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    What troubles me with Bill Bennett and other Trump supporters is that they are completely unwilling to admit to Trump’s essential smallness, pettiness, and his overinflated ego

    What is the point of constantly referring to his personality defects? We can certainly all see his shortcomings, since they are pointed out ad nauseam every single day by MSNBC, CNN and the NT crowd. Don’t think, just because his supporters don’t join the chorus of naysayers that they are blind or deaf. That said, there is every reason to counteract his detractors as they seem to be the loudest voices we hear these days and are more than willing to nullify a presidency for petty reasons of personal dislike. It’s just not right.

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    • July 22, 2018 at 4:15 pm
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    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    What troubles me with Bill Bennett and other Trump supporters is that they are completely unwilling to admit to Trump’s essential smallness, pettiness, and his overinflated ego

    What is the point of constantly referring to his personality defects? We can certainly all see his shortcomings, since they are pointed out ad nauseam every single day by MSNBC, CNN and the NT crowd. Don’t think, just because his supporters don’t join the chorus of naysayers that they are blind or deaf. That said, there is every reason to counteract his detractors as they seem to be the loudest voices we hear these days and are more than willing to nullify a presidency for petty reasons of personal dislike. It’s just not right.

    What is not right is in calling everyone who is the least critical of Trump a Never Trumper. Trump Skeptics are people who were always skeptic of the man, and, yes, remain so. We may even vote for him in 2020, because there is no alternative. But, despite many good policies and appointments, he is doing our great country harm, in his inability to just let criticism of him roll off his back, instead of trying to destroy those people. What is just not right is refusing to see that we Trump Skeptics Love our country, and are trying to save it. We are owed respect, not silly scolding.

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    • July 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm
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