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Trump Just Might Have Won the 2020 Election Today

The president's speech at CPAC was a bedazzling mix of bravado, B.S., humor, and positive vision no Democrat will be able to top.

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It's way too early to be thinking this, much less saying it, but what the hell: If Donald Trump is able to deliver the sort of performance he gave today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual meeting of right-wingers held near Washington, D.C., his reelection is a foregone conclusion.

There is simply no potential candidate in the Democratic Party who wouldn't be absolutely blown off the stage by him. I say this as someone who is neither a Trump fanboy nor a Never Trumper. But he was not simply good, he was Prince-at-the-Super-Bowl great, deftly flinging juvenile taunts at everyone who has ever crossed him, tossing red meat to the Republican faithful, and going sotto voce serious to talk about justice being done for working-class Americans screwed over by global corporations.

In a heavily improvised speech that lasted over two hours, the 72-year-old former (future?) reality TV star hit every greatest hit in his repertoire ("Crooked Hillary," "build the wall," "America is winning again," and more all made appearances) while riffing on everything from the Green New Deal to his own advanced age and weird hair to the wisdom of soldiers over generals. At times, it was like listening to Robin Williams' genie in the Disney movie Aladdin, Howard Stern in his peak years as a radio shock jock, or Don Rickles as an insult comic. When he started making asides, Trump observed, "This is how I got elected, by going off script." Two years into his presidency and he's just getting warmed up.

First and foremost, Trump was frequently funny and outre in the casually mean way that New Yorkers exude like nobody else in America. "You put the wrong people in a couple of positions," he said, lamenting the appointment of Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor, "and all of a sudden they're trying to take you out with bullshit." He voiced Jeff Sessions in a mock-Southern accent, recusing "muhself" and asked the adoring crowd why the former attorney generally hadn't told him he was going to do that before he was appointed.

Democrats backing the Green New Deal (GND) "are talking about trains to Hawaii," he said. "They haven't figured out how to get to Europe yet." He begged the Democrats not to abandon the GND because he recognizes that the more its details and costs are discussed, the more absurd it will become. "When the wind stops blowing, that's the end of your energy," he said at one point. "Did the wind stop blowing, I'd like to watch television today, guys?" "We'll go back to boats," he said, drawing huge laughs when he added, "I don't want to talk [the Democrats] out of [the GND], I just want to be the Republican who runs against it."

He railed against Never-Trump Republicans: "They're on mouth-to-mouth resuscitation," he said, adding "they're basically dishonest people" that no one cares about. He joked about being in the White House all alone on New Year's because of the government shutdown. "I was in the White House and I was lonely, so I went to Iraq," he said, recounting that when his plane was approaching the U.S. airstrip in Iraq, all lights had to be extinguished for landing. "We spend trillions of dollars in the Middle East and we can't land planes [in Iraq] with the lights on," he said, shaking his head in disbelief. "We gotta get out." He then riffed on the generals he met there who, contrary to the Pentagon brass he dealt with, said they could vanquish ISIS in a week. He claimed to have talked with a general named "Raising Cane," which might be Brigadier Gen. J. Daniel Caine, but Trump is the farthest thing from a details guy, right? "Sometimes I learn more from soldiers than I do generals," he said, deftly moving from jokes to more-substantive discussions of policies or issues.

You can cover a huge amount of material in two-hours-plus, and Trump certainly did that. After speaking sympathetically of immigrants who want to come to the United States and saying that we need more people because the economy (well, his economy, as he takes credit for it) is doing so well, he immediately dismissed the Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans traveling north in caravans across Mexico. In a bizarre display of simultaneous empathy and contempt, he talked at length about how female migrants are being systematically "raped" but also how the caravans were filled with criminals and drug dealers. It was "sad to see how stupid we've become" to think that the caravans are filled with good people. As he has been doing since his State of the Union address, he has been laying out a partial, inchoate case for a skills-based immigration program. He explained walking away from the table with North Korea even as he noted yet again that he has a great relationship with the dictator Kim Jong Un. In a long riff on trade policy, he invoked the "Great Tariff Debate of 1888" and how China "and everyone else" had been taking advantage of us until he started pushing back. He took time to talk about how no, really, the crowd at his inauguration was in fact historically large despite all publicly available evidence.

All in all, it was, in the words of Daniel Dale, the Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star, "one of the least-hinged speeches Trump has given in a long time." It was indeed all over the place but like the weirdly wide-ranging and digressive speech in which he declared a national emergency, it was also an absolute tour de force, laying out every major point of disagreement between Republicans and Democrats (abortion, the Second Amendment, and taxes, among other things) while tagging the latter aggressively as socialists who will not only end the private provision of health care but take over the energy sector too. Those charges take on new life in the wake of the announcement of the GND and comments, however short-lived, by Democrats such as Kamala Harris, who at one point recently called for an end to private health care. And over 100 House Democrats have signed on to a plan that would end private health insurance in two years. For all the biting criticism and dark humor in today's speech, Trump has mostly ditched the "American Carnage" rhetoric that marked his first Inaugural Address, pushing onto liberals and Democrats all the negativity and anger that used to surround him like the dust cloud surrounds Pigpen in the old Peanuts cartoons. "We have people in Congress right now who hate our country," he said. "We can name every one of them. Sad, very, very sad."

At moments, he seemed to be workshopping his themes and slogans for 2020. "We believe in the American Dream, not the socialist nightmare," he averred at one point. "Now you have a president who finally standing up for America." The future, he said "does not belong to those who believe in socialism. The future belongs to those who believe in freedom. I've said it before and will say it again: America will never be a socialist country." That's a line that may not work forever, but it will almost certainly get the job done in 2020.

None of this is to suggest that this speech wasn't as fact-challenged as almost every utterance Trump has given since announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination (go to Daniel Dale's Twitter thread for a running count of misstatements of fact). He hammered trade deficits in a way that will remind anyone with an undergrad economics course under their belt that he fundamentally doesn't know what he's talking about. He misrepresented both NAFTA and the new trade bill he crafted with Mexico and Canada, and at the exact moment that hundreds of wearied listeners started leaving the ballroom at The Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, he claimed that not a single person had left their seat.

But the 2020 presidential race is not going to be decided based on which candidate is more tightly moored to reality. It's going to be decided, like these things always are, by the relative health of the economy and the large vision of the future the different candidates put forward. As the economy continues to expand (however anemically compared to historical averages) and he continues to avoid credible charges of impeachable offenses, Trump is becoming sunnier and sunnier while the Democrats are painting contemporary America as a late-capitalist hellhole riven by growing racial, ethnic, and other tensions.

Trump isn't the creator of post-factual politics in America, he is merely currently its most-gifted practitioner (oddly, his ideological and demographic counterpart and fellow New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may become a challenger to him on precisely this score). Trump may have next to no credibility in profoundly disturbing ways, but American politics has been drifting away from reality for the entire 21st century, when the 2000 election was essentially decided by a coin flip, the United States entered the Iraq War under false premises, and Barack Obama took home Politifact's 2013 "Lie of the Year" award and dissembled unconvincingly in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations.

That Trump didn't invent the current situation doesn't mean we shouldn't be concerned about it, but if he can continue to perform the way he did today at CPAC, it remains to be seen what Democratic rival can rise to that challenge.

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291 responses to “Trump Just Might Have Won the 2020 Election Today

  1. If Drumpf wins another hacked election in 2020 I’ll literally move to Canada or Sweden.

    It won’t happen though. Mueller will probably remove him from office this year. And if not, the atrocious economy will make reelection impossible.

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      2. That would be a psychlogical break from reality.
        As the psych joke goes, A neurotic builds castles in the sky. A psychotic moves in to them.

      3. more bitching like this i’d imagine…

    2. You know that

      “I’ll literally move to Canada or Sweden”

      is the same as

      “I’ll move to Canada or Sweden”

      1. The Canadians don’t want your ass…

        1. But they will literally have to accept it with the rest of him.

          Or, will they…?

      2. Yes, but every celebrity who said “I’ll move to Canada or Sweden” in 2016, meant “I’ll figuratively move to Canada or Sweden”, so OBL has to clarify.

    3. What about the loyal opposition ?

      He still has to beat Bill Kristol in Iowa

      https://tinyurl.com/y2k3s23n

      1. Preferably with a baseball bat.

    4. Here are a few fun facts about Canadian immigration (not Quebec, however, that takes 4.5 years to process on a fast track, so it wouldn’t help you get away from Trump)
      You need a college degree or completed apprenticeship in a skilled trade, fluency in French and / or English (bonus points for graduate work and for bi-lingual)
      You have to be working in skill groups zero, A or B: ( I find it hilarious that management is zero)
      Skill Type 0 (zero): Management jobs
      Skill Level A: Professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university
      Skill Level B: Technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice
      Skill Level C: Intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training
      Skill Level D: Labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training
      This is minimum; there are bonus points for longer work history, and higher scores on some kind of entry test)

      Anyway, you can’t just get up and move to Canada; they will throw you out if you don’t follow the rules, even without a wall. I guess they can tell the visitors by the shivering?

      1. “You have to be working in skill groups zero, A or B: ”

        Untrue. You can not work at all and marry a Canadian.

        1. My Dominican sister-in-law did that and Immigration Canada still pressured her to provide her college diploma, and she wasn’t allowed to work most jobs for a year.

          The process was pretty tough, which is why she hates illegals with a passion now.

          1. The Canadian government forced her to provide paperwork and prevented her from doing her chosen work. In retaliation she hates illegals. Divide and conquer. This is how it works. Government is the enemy of freedom. Not illegals.

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      2. they will throw you out if you don’t follow the rules, even without a wall.

        Apparently, not if you’re Muslim.

      3. Last time I checked (when my lefty acquaintances said they’d move to Canada if Bush won again) you also had to post a rather hefty cash bond. I think it was around 100K or something. Since that was about 99,999 dollars more than any of the turds had bothered to save, (hey! I had to vacation in Costa Rica a lot!!) none of them moved.

    5. There are still people like you claiming the election was hacked, even after every single person who investigated it has said that not ONE SINGLE VOTE had been changed and not ONE SINGLE MACHINE had been hacked? Even hussein obama said that hacking our election was IMPOSSIBLE because it is so decentralized. And do I even need to mention the stupidity of the russian collusion/mueller comment? The whole mueller thing has died in a cough and a whimper with democrats trying to HIDE the report because they know there is nothing there.

      1. But did he say it was literally impossible?

        Did he literally say that??

      2. They also hide the reports showing votes recorded in Democratic precincts total 150% of registered voters.

      3. ven after every single person who investigated it has said that not ONE SINGLE VOTE had been changed and not ONE SINGLE MACHINE had been hacked?

        Nobody has ever said that.

    6. Bye!

    7. Delusion much?

    8. Putin has a video of Mueller partying with Russian trollops, so he, like Drumpt, is Putin’s puppet.

      Putin will order Mueller to serve a nothing burger. So Putin and will be in charge of America until Beto is elected.

      1. Satire?

        1. Literally satire?

      2. In the year 2020
        Beto’s a coming, He oughta win by plenty
        Maybe He’ll look around Himself and say
        Guess it’s time for the judgment day

        1. Zager and Evans….Nicely done! However, BETO-BOIE has no freaking chance in hades. He will be exposed as the same charlatan as AOC. Get used to a second Trump term. The left has no-one. Not even Joe.

    9. I’ve heard a lot of people threaten to move to a different country over the years, and I’ve noticed a pattern. Nobody ever pictures himself moving to a place like Guatemala or Ghana. They always seem to be fleeing the US for a country that has a higher percentage of people of European heritage than the US. Could it be that some people just can’t handle diversity?

      1. I hear wingnuts threaten to move to Australia a lot.

        Australia, strict gun confiscation and single payer health care. I don’t get it. But conservative gasbag Neil Boortz said he would move there if Obama was reelected in 2012.

        1. Where you gonna move? Thailand?

          1. Again? Nah. It’s fun but been there done that.

        2. Nice try….NOT! You pick one Conservative, one…and it is Neil Boortz?? This is your rebuttal to the lefts constant drumbeat about leaving the US. The left always plays the victim. “Oh, we can stay in the US because a big bad conservative or God forbid, Trump is The President. I am so hurt, I just have to leave.”

          Well then freaking leave. Bye!!

    10. Canada or Sweden? What’s wrong with Mexico? Too BROWN for you, racist?

      1. Nail it. They can be racist because they are victims. !!Pobres ni?os peque?os!!!

    11. Bravo

    12. Mueller won’t remove him; Hillary and her little dog Toto will throw some water on him. Then she’ll get the ruby slippers and, literally, wish for this whole nightmare to end. At which point Huma will grow a penis.

    13. Well, bye

    14. Better get to Canada before your favorite Canadian Libetardarian gets the heave ho.

    15. Could I help you pack. Better get an early start to beat the rush to the border. If Trump wins there may have to be a Canada wall to keep the haters out.

    16. You have said that before, why should anyone believe you when you repeat yourself?

    17. promises, promises

    18. You said that last time.

    19. Need help packin”?

    20. I thought you, Madonna, and a host of other leftists promised to move when Trume won the first time – we’re still waiting. Goodbye and good riddance!

    21. Anyone else notice that these people always want to move to a predominantly white country. Never have these people said that they would move to Mexico or Caracas.

      Furthermore, when the nothing burger Mueller serves up has zero evidence against Trump, will they see that they’ve been led by false accusations? I doubt they understand how or why they believe the things they’re led to believe that goes against logic by any standard. If they didn’t have double standards they wouldn’t have any at all.

      1. Rxcellent point!

      2. We have a new ‘political phrase’ coming—–“”””That was a Mueller!”””””

      3. This is why Nadler and the left congress are revving up their indictment motors. Mueller has nothing. If Mueller is a lost cause for the left, they can not go into 2020 with this over their heads. They have to make something up. They have to continue to paint Trump as a criminal. What is odd is that if you listened to many in NYC, they mostly hate Trump. This has been going on for 40 years. Do you not think that the Southern District of New York would not have already done what they could to convict Trump of anything? The left is lost. Get used to them moving so far left as to make them a political afterthought. This of course presumes that the Right and/or conservatives can get their own act together and stop stabbing each other in the back. Separately, it is funny how Nick Gillespie claims to not be a never Trumper. He has always been anti-Trump. Are we seeing a change of heart or is he attempting to gain good will because he needs to attention, believability…hell even credibility should Trump win in 2020?

    22. You’re living in a dream world. The media has done a great disservice to liberals, giving you all false hopes.

      Remember this day. I state with absolute certainty that Trump will not be removed. Mueller has zero evidence on Trump.

      Regarding the economy, you must have majored in underwater basket weaving if you think the economy is atrocious.

      Start packing your bags.

    23. Please just go, we need less ignorant, more thinking people.

    24. Why not do us a favor and leave now?

    25. Mueller? Mueller hasn’t got crap.

    26. Good riddance!

    27. I love it when this response is given, as if everything will stop once we realize we’ve lost the linchpin of our society, such as wacko-tarian here. News flash. If you’re not packing a long black beard, a scimitar and a towel wrapped around your head like Mohammed fresh from the shower, you ain’t getting into sweden. And as low as Canada’s population is, they aren’t pining for self-righteous American malcontents without critical thinking skills at a bare minimum. It would be much more realistic to just move from where you are to San Francisco where you and your like-minded ilk can echo each other’s thoughts, tax yourselves into equal poverty and wallow in your smug, perceived moral authority. Watch your step on the sidewalk

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      2. Congratulations! You have won the post of the day.

    28. I wish the election were tomorrow and that he would win just to get rid of you.

      1. From one AZ Gun owner to the next, I could not agree more. Go already…please GO!!!

    29. Wow you are an idiot on multiple levels

    30. They always promise to leave, but never do.

  2. MAGA

    Still not tired of winning

    1. If you are winning Ok. But are you economically better off than you were 3 years ago? If so. Sweet.
      I am more or less in the same place economically. This administration doesn’t hurt me, it doesn’t help me either, but as a libertarian I don’t really care as long as government stays out of my life.
      Or are you some poor wannabe rich boy who isn’t better off but keeps chanting for his orange headed cult leader?

      1. Energy sector bitch. Now fetch my double shot Americano.

      2. If you are in the same place economically then that is your fault. Every person that works has gotten raises and if they were smart, they changed companies to fill positions at higher salaries. Plus, you must be really poor to not have gained money in the stock market, either in a 401k, and IRA, stocks, mutual funds or some sort of investment to take advantage of the massive increase of the last 2 years. My own portfolio went up by almost 25% over the past year alone.

        If you aren’t better off then you are LOSING at life, and would be no matter who was in office, while the rest of us are WINNING with Trump and MAGA!!!

        1. Gains were higher during the Obama years so one could argue that they were “hurt” by Trump’s election although that would be misleading since Obama began his terms during the pit of a financial collapse.

          1. Brought on in large part by the inaptly named COMMUNITY Reinvestment Act… which insured that unqualified persons got home loans they couldn’t afford. That was A DEMOCRAT bill Only stupid Republicans went along with it. 7 million foreclosures resulted.

            1. I can tell you’ve been dipped head first into AM redneck idiocy like Fat Rush and Hamhead Hannity.

              So the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 caused the bull market of 2009-today? Yeah, right. That is just stupid.

              And why hasn’t a GOP administration since 1977 tried to kill it? Because it is timid and useless.

              How about the Bushpigs and GOP of 2003 giving $10,000 to every first time homebuyer?

              American Dream Grant
              The American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) was a federal grant program that was signed into law in late 2003. This was perhaps the most generous grant program run at that time. In fact, the American Dream Downpayment Assistance Act authorized up to $200 million in grants each year, and the program was set to run through 2008.

              The ADDI program was created to help low-income, first time home buyers, to purchase new homes by providing funding for down payments, closing costs, and some rehabilitation projects. ADDI program assistance was limited to the greater of $10,000 or six percent of the home’s purchase price.

              Did you hear about that on redneck AM radio?

              Of course not.

              Because you are a brainwashed Trump-tard.

              1. Keep your child porn-posting ass off the internet, shriek, you stupid hicklib.

              2. Look faggot, there were a lot of,programs, and democrat political pressure on lending institutions to create or ease loan programs for people who had no business buying real estate. All in the name of diversity. Too many to easy rattle off here. I know this because I owned a mortgage company and was familiar with all of them. This doesn’t begging to include all the bullshit that came from Clinton repealing portions of Glass-Steagall that allowed FDIC insured institutions to co mingle crap non investment grade instruments with deposits.

                So don’t even start that shit here. Seriously.

                1. Look, Last of the Cumstain Pedos – comment on this GOP program or shut the fuck up:


                  American Dream Grant
                  The American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) was a federal grant program that was signed into law in late 2003. This was perhaps the most generous grant program run at that time. In fact, the American Dream Downpayment Assistance Act authorized up to $200 million in grants each year, and the program was set to run through 2008.

                  The ADDI program was created to help low-income, first time home buyers, to purchase new homes by providing funding for down payments, closing costs, and some rehabilitation projects. ADDI program assistance was limited to the greater of $10,000 or six percent of the home’s purchase price.

                  I want to know how proud you are to be a GOP Fan-boy after they created a billion dollar welfare program for first time home buyers?

                  Don’t circle the toilet and leave again, sister-boy.

                  1. Look, Last of the Cumstain Pedos

                    He’s not a member of your neighborhood sex offender club, shriek-poo.

                  2. PB, you kiddie raper, you have no clue what you’re talking about. I straightened your dumb ass out. Best you just thank me and shut up.

        2. The Wall Street meltdown continued during the first few months of President Barack Obama’s presidency.

          The financial and auto industries teetered on the brink of collapse before government bailouts saved them both. Unemployment would peak at 10% in 2009, doubling in barely a year.

          The stock market bottomed out in March 2009, but then the economy slowly healed, beginning what would eventually become the longest bull market in American history.

          Digging out of the depths of the Great Recession was a long and slow process, though. Annual GDP growth never topped 3% in the Obama era.

          Hoping to juice the economy, the Fed kept pumping easy money into the system. The unprecedented experiment helped send stocks soaring ? the S&P 500 nearly tripled during the Obama era ? but also contributed to wealth inequality and populism.

          1st term

          +85%

          Jan. 20, 2009 ? Jan. 20, 2013

          2nd term

          +53%

          1. Your faggot friend Obama devalued our currency, stealing from the middle class and the most vulnerable part of our citizenry. The stock market in of itself is not a good indicator of the economy, so again, don’t even try that shit.

            He also doubled the debt.

            So quit regurgitating talking points from Media Matters. You’re just doubling down on stupid.

            1. Fucking idiot Shit-Stain boy – the USD gained 15% in value (DXY index) during the Obama years.

              I am WAY smarter than you are, you fucking GOP hack.

              1. I am WAY smarter than you are, you fucking GOP hack.

                Not smart enough to remember your password or not post kiddie porn links on HnR, you hicklib pedo.

              2. He devalued the currency. Period. The only way the dollar survives is by comparison to even more poorly managed currencies than our own.

                As Jake Gittes once said “baby, in this town, I’m the leper with the most fingers”.

        3. President Donald Trump’s upset victory fueled a breathtaking rally in the stock market.

          The billionaire’s pro-business agenda of tax cuts, deregulation and infrastructure spending carried the Dow from 18,332 on Election Day above 21,000 by March 2017.

          Trump’s signature legislative achievement ? the tax overhaul ? sent the market boom into overdrive. The Dow eventually surged above 26,000. Economic growth accelerated above 4% in mid-2018. Corporate profits spiked. And the unemployment rate plunged to 3.7%.

          But the Trump rally lost its steam in 2018.

          Trump’s trade war sparked deep uncertainty. And the debt-fueled tax cuts and spending splurge threatened to overheat the economy, forcing the Fed to step in with rate hikes. In 2018, the S&P 500 had its worst year in a decade.

          Cumulatively, stocks gained 23% between Trump’s inauguration and February 28, 2019.

          Current term

          +23%

          Jan. 20, 2017 ? Feb. 28, 2019

          1. Anybody that says tax cuts are debt fueled is an idiot. However, this doesn’t take away from the rest of the data presented per se.

      3. Dude I’m retired and I’m making more now than 3 years ago, I was retired then and I voted for G. Johnson

      4. If you do not itemize your taxes you are better off. You can lie and deny it but no one will believe it.

      5. orange headed cult leader?
        Cult leader? The man with no personal philosophy or ideology?

        Anyway, after eight years of worshiping the Lightbringer, I don’t think you guys get to call anyone else a cult.

      6. Name an administrator – a single administration – where not only were you better off ‘under’ but you can point to something definitive that that administration did to make that happen.

      7. I’m way better off, slightly thanks to Trump. not really a fan, but Hillary would have been far worse. And the commies and droolers lining up for 2020 have no chance of taking down Trump. He’s a master at highlighting his opponents weaknesses, and they’ve all got ’em.

    2. I feel you bro. Big of Nick to say this – first realistic Trump article from reason in recent memory.

      1. yes. It appears that Nick G is off his anti-trump meds.

    3. So much winning!

  3. ChuggaChugga..ChuggaChugga..ChuggaChugga…WooWoo !

    Nick G’s on the Trump Train!

    1. I find you fascinating. If I were to invite you to one of my parties, what would you be like?

      1. Like Liberace and John Wayne had a baby.

        1. That is funny.

      2. I personally might have hard time not snapping your neck when you annoyed past a certain point. Figuratively speaking.

        1. Shut up you little dick-taster. Your act is finished here.

          1. Shut up you little dick-taster.

            Shrieky-poo projecting his kiddie-diddling fantasies again.

            1. There’s a significant chance they’re not just fantasies.

              Let’s all hope the pedophile is soon lynched

              1. Well thanks to Jussie “MAGA COUNTRY!!!” Smollett lynching is illegal.

        2. I don’t mean to bring Emily Post into this, but it is rude to murder your host.

          1. I suspect that really depends on the wine they serve.

          2. Justifiable homocide isn’t murder.

  4. Trump isn’t the creator of post-factual politics in America, he is merely currently its most-gifted practitioner (oddly, his ideological and demographic counterpart and fellow New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may become a challenger to him on precisely this score).

    I said around the time she did her “people are too worried about facts rather than being morally right” that she and Trump have a lot more in common than she would ever admit.

    1. Do you like her for it? If you don’t, why wouldn’t it be stupid to like Trump? I get that it might seem like pure tribalism is less threatening if it’s just based on fantasy, but . . . no, it isn’t.

      1. What does “like” have to do with anything?

      2. My guess is that AOC and her handlers are intentionally imitating what they consider the most effective parts of Trump’s style — mainly, unusual frankness about his goals and a refusal to back down (and a tendency to attack instead) when he says something that people think is dumb or wrong or offensive.

        I respect the cleverness of this approach and of the choice of AOC to carry it out.

        But the policies AOC advocates and the philosophy behind them are terrible, for reasons that are obvious to this crowd. Whereas the policies Trump advocates and his philosophy are largely — when viewed in the context of his actions — good IMHO, although I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude to some.

        1. AOC will have trouble with Trump in a live setting. Everybody does, but the bat shit stuff she says combined with Trump’s ability to make an opponent look foolish will not bode well for her.

          1. I agree. She’s still a rookie at this game, while Trump’s a master.

          2. Even my commie aunt, who eats up everything the democrats say like a baby eating pablum, thinks she’s a moron. That’s a bad sign for AOC.

          3. She’s been smart to steer clear when it gets close to a direct challenge between her vs Trump.

            You have to admit, she’s talented.
            There’s a lot to like in her from a competitive point of view, but her statements are often ignorant and her ideas horrendous.

            1. With a mouth like that, I’ll bet she is talented.

      3. Trump’s casual lies are generally exaggerations and self boasting. He is generally in the ballpark even with fact checkers yelling “Ha, it’s 31% not one third!!!” like the assholes they are. He has generally pushed a policy of less regulatory burden on Americans. The horror!

        AOC’s lies are meant to disguise an authoritarian plan to bankrupt the US.

        Slight difference.

        1. They use words like ‘unhinged’ about Trump but that’s because they miss the point about his act.

          As for AOC, that bitch is the true danger. That’s a Trojan Donkey. It’s not just her plain illiberal illiteracy on issues but the language she uses. ‘Mobilizations’, ‘I’m the boss’, and the latest with her making ‘lists’ of moderate Democrats not going with her.

          Between AOC, Ilhan and Sanders THAT’S unhinged.

          1. “His act”?

            Finally a truthful comment from you.

            You know The Con Man is an “act”.

            1. That’s one more “truthful comment” than you’ve shitposted your entire life, you dumb pederast.

          2. She deserves to be locked up in Crusty’s basement/dungeon for a few weeks.

          3. “As for AOC, that bitch is the true danger. That’s a Trojan Donkey.”

            Nothing Trojan horse like about her – she’s closer to a burgeoning Attila.
            Attila, notably, ascended when he killed his brother after a few early successes. Had it been the other way around, we may never have known his name.

            1. She’s still a donkey though right?

              1. Of course.
                The teeth are a dead giveaway

        2. I agree. A lot of these “lies every time he opens his mouth” are puffery, NYC bravado, and reality TV bombast. I get his sense of humor, although there have been a few occasions that I thought he went overboard and came across as cruel.

          As for AOC, I haven’t seen signs of a sense of humor myself. Maybe she has one, but my lifetime of experience among progressives suggests she might be challenged in this area.

    2. You are so right but it is so painful, I worry that this trend of politics is only going to continue.
      Whether we have Trump, or somebody even worse. Still it is an excellent argument against big government and for reducing the power of the president.

      1. Hi Concern-troll,

        We have the most libertarian president than we have had in tens, if not hundreds, of years.

        You’re welcome!

        1. I don’t think I’d go that far, but definitely the most anti-regulation president in my lifetime.

  5. He’s pushing us right into recession like Jimmy Carter and we could see a $2T deficit right before the election. That will make it very difficult to win.

    1. we could see a $2T deficit right before the election. That will make it very difficult to win.

      Why? Almost no one cares about the deficit. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is.

      1. But we do care about you helping traffic pedophile illegals here. Let’s address that Jeffy.

        Scared to talk about it?

        1. Why don’t you comment on your propensity to express your desire to murder people who don’t agree with your political views. Sounds a bit fascist if you ask me.

          1. No one asked you, kiddie-raper apologist.

          2. Fascism is a bastard child of Marxism. Words have meanings Little Jeffy.

            Think of me as a braised off militant conservatarian.

    2. The deficit largely driven by ACA and entitlement program growth.

      1. Largely driven by tax cuts. The ones that failed to prevent the 2008 crash and the ones that are currently failing to grow the economy.

        1. Lol revenue has never been the problem

          1. You do know how arithmetic works?

            1. Yeah, we spend way too much. And if we raise taxes it will a) slow the economy by taking money out of the productive private sector and b) the politicians will just spend more. Better to starve the beast by making them borrow until they can’t anymore. More taxes will just give them more credit.

        2. Even tax cuts can’t stop all the horrible destruction caused by democrat policies.

          1. Don’t you have a70 year-old piece of cellulite bar trash to sexually assault?

      2. The ACA actually reduced the deficit via higher taxes, you miserable dumbass. And entitlement programs are on auto pilot.

        The deficit (not the debt for you morons) actually wsa cut in half by Obama.

        1. ACA was the largest tax increase in history. Congress could have insured the uninsured for half the cost of the tax increase. Instead the uninsured barely went down and health care costs doubled. Thanks Obama

          1. Your taxed weren’t raised, you moron. The ACA had no individual federal income tax increase. The Medicare tax was increased for those who make over $250,000 per annum.

            1. The ACA IS a tax. It’s a redistribution mechanism. That’s a feature, not a bug. FFS you just puke up Media MAtters pablum, don’t you?

              1. Of course the ACA raised taxes (on capital gains over $250,000). It just doesn’t apply to your sorry ass.

            2. Would that be the same ACA that Democrats and the Obama administration argued was a tax?

              1. And the SCOTUS agreed. PB/Moneyshot sure is a stupid fucker.

        2. CBO just released their report. It did not reduce the deficit. Projections do not equal actual dumbass.

        3. Btw… fy09 was signed by Obama, not Bush. Spending was pushed through by Pelosi and reid and they waited until March. The soensing that increased fy09 was due to TARP which was a temporary loan program. The program was actually successful and the government made money off of it. Fy09 had the outlays while 10-12 had the inlays. These payments were included in the analysis for debt effects by the dumbfuck analysis you subscribe to reid took the outlays of TARP and added them to baseline budgeting which increased the deficit immensely. The only reason the debt was reduced under Obama was the 2010 election. If Congress had passed Obama’s budget the deficit would have gone to 1.5 trillion by 2012.

          What I’m trying to say is you’re a fucking ignorant dumbass.

          1. Wrong, dumbshit.

            $1.2 trillion deficit looms
            Housing collapse and financial turmoil leads to steep rise in estimated U.S. shortfall for ’09, Congressional Budget Office says.

            By Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney.com senior writer
            Last Updated: January 7, 2009: 5:00 PM ET

            NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The U.S. budget deficit in 2009 is projected to spike to a record $1.2 trillion, or 8.3% of gross domestic product, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

            ——————

            JANUARY 7, 2009 BEFORE OBAMA was sworn in.

            Eat shit, Trumptard.

            1. Obama ran trillion plus deficits for 2010-2012. I wonder what happened in 2012 that could have caused the deficit to go down? Do you know the answer shriek?

              1. Obama ran trillion plus deficits for 2010-2012.

                Which he inherited from the Bushpigs.

                1. Which he inherited from the Bushpigs.

                  You’re as thirsty for Obama’s cock as you are for little kids.

                2. I guess you’re right since the Democrats had control of the house and senate from 2007 til 2010 and 2012 respectively.

                3. And…. there is the tell. “Bushpigs.”

                  Lady and Gentlemen do not post links to child pornography, get banned from Reason, then come back as though you have never been gone, make wild assertions, act as if no one notices, then run away as if victorious.

                  Hey! look over there, is not how you win an argument.

                4. No, he normalized stimulus spending to no real effect. The ‘new normal’.

                  You should commit suicide PB.

        4. Pederast shriek:

          The ACA actually reduced the deficit via higher taxes, you miserable dumbass.

          Your taxed weren’t raised, you moron.

          Maybe if you weren’t ejaculating your limited brain cells out of your microdick fapping to kiddie porn, you’d remember what you posted within the span of an hour.

    3. But socialism will bring prosperity? It’s Trump or Valenzuela.

  6. The Jacket scores by mentioning Prince.

    1. Prince plays a Beatles song and gets 68 million views on YouTube:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

  7. if he can continue to perform the way he did today at CPAC, it remains to be seen what Democratic rival can rise to that challenge.

    Oh, pretty sure any of ’em can scream “Racist!”.

    1. The racism charge is starting to backfire on Democrats with the proud displays of anti-semetism along with AOC spending the last 2 days defending her twitter statement that all black employees are just tokens.

      1. Honestly, who cares.

        We’ll be over here running a country.

        1. Please don’t. People trying to run countries is where it all goes wrong.

      2. Wait until she figures out Jews control the banking system.

        1. THE JEWS!

          1. You would know about that, considering you never paid your bet, shrieky-poo.

            1. I can’t get over how little he respects Reason’s property rights. They asked him to leave and he didn’t.

        2. JOOOOOOOSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

    2. The scream is “racist, homophobe, sexist”…

      1. “white supremacist cisheteropatriarchy”

  8. I’ve not seen this speech but every time I’ve seen Trump improvise he’s hilarious whether I agree with him or not. The dude definitely has a gift. His Twitter stuff on the other hand is mostly stupid and tiresome. He needs to stick to standup

  9. Best president!!!

    Nick, go “fact check” other politicians and get back to us.

    Trump has “no credibility”… Reason has no credibility at this point…

    BTW, you’re working against your goal: My liberal friends are going libertarian and my right wing friends stay strong. You can’t pull our votes. SAD!

    1. Honestly, Trump is far less of a liar than most politicians. It is one of the things I like about him.

      I’m not sure why we are supposed to trust proven liars when they call Trump one for a slight inaccuracy or exaggeration. As Nick pointed out, though, his trade deficit stuff is ignorant, but I get that it is a number most people can relate to, while the intricacies of foreign trade are beyond them.

      1. My hater friends and family always exclaim, “His lies are so obvious! How can anyone believe him?!?!”

        Of course. It’s puffery and exaggeration. These are people without a sense of humor (and levels of hate I find frightening).

        Like you, I find it refreshing to get a bit of obvious puffery and exaggeration instead of the mendacity that pervades the speech of so many career politicians.

        Case in point, I recently listened to a lecture given by Noam Chomsky (not a frequent Reason contributor, as far as I can tell), where he chronicled decades of lies and double-dealing in US foreign policy under both major parties (including under a recent president who was a Nobel Peace prize winner). I really did feel like I needed a shower at the end.

  10. No signs of flagging after 2 hours? Not even the Niagara Falls of sweat on his face?

    A stream-of-consciousness master class on severe mental illness is not “presidential.” Our standards are really in the gutter.

    1. Obama set the bar low.

  11. It was a brilliant speech. I did vote for Trump – twice (primary + general). And I contributed to the campaign. I like his policies and his instincts, especially when compared to the opposition! Up until today, I was never particularly fond of his speeches. However, it is obvious that he has grown in office, and his recent extemporaneous speeches reflect that. He is becoming a truly great communicator and is more likeable every day. I sure hope he keeps up the good work in 2020. The stakes have never been higher in my lifetime. Even FDR’s New Deal was nothing compared to the Soviet-like “Green New Deal”. Modern leftists are so odious in 2019 that comparisons with Lenin and Stalin are not unreasonable. If the Democrats win, I fear not only for the country but for my personal safety. I see mass arrests and even concentration camps in our future if the Democrats win. I have never heard the kind of hateful rhetoric Democrats utter today. Their hatred is almost genocidal.

    1. Are you recruiting for the John Birch Society?

      1. What’s the expiration date on your NAMBLA card?

        1. Your boy fetish is showing age.

          It is that Catholic priest in you, isn’t it?

          Authoritarian, homo, and GOP is no way to go through life you loser conservative.

          1. Shrieky-poo is still ass-blasted that he got banned for posting kiddie porn links.

            1. I see Weigel’s sick fat ass was busy in here over the weekend!

      2. So PB, is Chuck E Cheese like an all you can buffet for predators like you?

    2. I see mass arrests and even concentration camps in our future if the Democrats win.

      8-|

      1. Don’t you have some child rapists to import?

    3. I am also concerned about this level of hate from the left.

      Part of the fear comes from the fact that the left favors a large, intrusive government. When people with a lot of hate get ahold of that power, that’s when the hate gets dangerous on a large scale.

      Human history is replete with violence and horror, but it’s when governments get involved that you really get the blockbuster atrocities.

  12. Dear President Trump,

    I endured a lot of insults and bullying for supporting you in the primaries and the general. But you have not disappointed and I would gladly do it again. Just one request: talk to Rand about ways to reduce spending. And mention ‘balanced budget’ every once in a while (even if you don’t mean it). Then I’ll fight like hell for you!

    Love,
    Dajj

  13. Most voters hold their nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. Trump is going to win not because of his panache or vision, but because the democrats have gone insane. Even if they find someone who is not a complete asshole, who wants to give the democrats the presidency when they promise to take over every aspect of American’s lives?

    1. “they promise to take over every aspect of American’s lives”

      Do you actually believe this is a thing?

      1. Do you see how many people have talked up the Green New Deal and what’s actually in that thing?

      2. Not every aspect… Just remove your wealth, free speech, the means to protect yourself, states rights, the life of newborns, airplanes, lifestock, the free market…

        Get the picture?

        1. I agree, let’s stop voting for Republicans. They’re a menace, and you covered a good range.

          1. That doesn’t even make sense. Stop trying so hard.

          2. With this comment, you’re actually helping make Mike Stamper’s point above.

      3. Health care, speech, energy sector & utilities, communication, information, housing, transportation, speech, thought, wealth, gun rights, state rights, right to be left alone among others. I agree that the republicans especially the socons and neocons are horrible on a number of issues but the socons are losing and the neocons are in both parties.

  14. You don’t need a speechwriter if you have a stadiumfull of adolescent lager louts and can channel Berlusconu like a pro.

    Bunga Bunga , Presidente Don Giovanni Tronfoni !

  15. He’s still better than Obama.

    And he gives better speeches.

    1. “Uhhhh….”

    2. I guess you find his speeches better because they are on a 4th grade level.

  16. I guess The Jacket can say goodbye to those cocktail party invitations!

  17. And to think that conservatives once aspired to talk like William F. Buckley, Jr.

    1. Those Cons who tried civility got called racist bigot homophobes so now Trump showed up to spank the left at their own game. Enjoy the show

    2. Conservatives no longer talk as though they would demand a recount when they win an election.

      1. No. Instead, threaten a streetlight. The kind democrats will lose over and over.

  18. We live on different planets apparently.

    1. Wait for the picture book form of his speech. More your speed.

      1. So like Trump, you fucking moron.

  19. “In a heavily improvised speech that lasted over two hours”

    I’m sure it was good, but two hours’ worth of good? Unlikely. Not to a sober audience, anyway.

    1. That’s one sober fucking audience.

  20. Ahhhhahahahaaaaaaahaaaaaaaabwaaaahaaaahaaa

  21. “t was also an absolute tour de force, laying out every major point of disagreement between Republicans and Democrats (abortion, the Second Amendment, and taxes, among other things)”

    I read the whole transcript and there’s not one word about abortion in there.

    1. Reading the transcripts of Trump speeches is like a poor man’s LSD.

    2. Are you sure you read the transcript from this year’s CPAC?

      Are you certain the transcript you read wasn’t just a first draft?

      I didn’t read the whole thing, instead relying on Find Text, and found an abortion reference with ease.

  22. It’s amusing to watch Nick come to the conclusion that Trump won the 2020 election a mere 6 months in to the 2016 election.

  23. Fuck yea, Nick gets it

  24. Will Nick G. be as spot-on about ’20 as he was in ’16, and does anyone care?

  25. Will Nick G. be as spot-on about ’20 as he was in ’16, and does anyone care?

  26. Trump won the 2020 election in November of 2016, and he didn’t have to do anything. The Democrats have done all the work for him.

  27. If undergrad courses in economics disparage the deleterious effects of trade deficits, it is likely because their authors never anticipated the massive scale of such deficits currently afflicting the U.S.
    How does anyone think China would react to any trade deal proposal that would result in China shouldering a $500 billion annual trade deficit for the next 20 years? Yeah.
    You don’t have to go to college to realize that sending our jobs and money to China does the U.S. great harm. At any rate China well realizes this, which is why its leaders are so desperate to maintain the trade status quo.
    And let’s not omit to note that China’s trade surplus enables it to finance its military buildup against the U.S., and that China is showing an increasing willingness to use its growing military might against the U.S. in the matters of Taiwan and the South China Sea.

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  29. Wait a minute. This piece reads pretty good as satire. Is that what this was supposed to be?

    1. I think it is, actually.

    2. Democrats need to be properly GNDed.

  30. Radical antics of Democrats has not gone unnoticed by the generally non-drama driven party line Democratic voters. They have handed the presidency right back to Trump. The desperation to move Trump out of the way and the bloated heads that have resulted has become pitiful. Some of us have been awakened to what the Democratic party has become, and is no longer representing us Joe Schmo citizens, veterans that put their lives on the line, seniors and disabled that fall between the cracks. Covington was the icing on the cake for any straggler Catholic, Democrat voters. This Democrat of 4 decades will be pushing levers of a different color.

  31. Of course the economy is tepid compared to previous episodes. Marginal returns are no longer what they used to be.

    The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph Tainter – pdf. The good stuff starts in Chapter 4.
    https://wtf.tw/ref/tainter.pdf

    https://youtu.be/GzuviYRse3E – about 3 minutes

  32. I really don’t get the continued existence of Never-Trump’ers.

    During the caucuses in 2016, their existence made sense: “We must do whatever it takes to stop Trump from securing the nomination.”

    However, once Trump did in fact secure the nomination, all Never-Trump’ers should have hung up their hats (or rather, thrown their hats in the ring for Trump), or admitted that they were never Republicans in the first place. Because to continue to be Never-Trump after this point is to be a de facto Hillary supporter.

    1. I think that at this point, they’re so invested in their NeverTrump position that nothing short of electroshock treatment could make them abandon it.

      1. Mill Kristin is a smug piece of crap and so are his pals.

  33. …and it’s up prominently on Drudge “GILLESPIE: Trump Just Might Have Won the Election Today!” Welcome, libertarians. Congrats, Nick…

  34. CNN: Trump is Hitler for saying something Biden also said

    Here’s the crux of what Trump said in the clip:

    “The men and women here today are on the front lines of protecting America’s interests, defending America’s value and reclaiming our nation’s priceless heritage.”

    And here’s how CNN analyst Vinograd reacted:

    “His statement makes me sick. On a personal level, ‘preserving our heritage’ ? ‘reclaiming our heritage’ ? that sounds a lot like a certain leader that killed members of my family and about 6 million other Jews in the 1940s.”

    But is “preserving our heritage” really a Hitler thing? If so, then Joe Biden is also guilty as charged, as @MattWolking observed:

    Joe Biden in 2011: “It’s time to fight back! It’s time to reclaim our heritage!”

    1. I can’t find that quote in context, because it’s only being quoted out of context by rightwing freak sites.

      While calling Trump a Nazi is bad form, I think we are safe assuming that if anyone is going to turn us into a Nazi state it’s the one “Both sides have good people” constant race-based scapegoating guy and not the liberal.

      1. He said it. Stop trying to hide behind “context” as your go to move to avoid embarassing admissions.

        1. The fact that it’s quoted on its own out of context suggests that it’s a desperate ploy to deflect from Trump’s racist populism, which anyone with ears knows is real.

          But whatever. I’m not here to defend Biden or his Bidenisms.

          1. The fact that he said it means you have to resort to bitching about context in order to dispute it.

            The context changes nothing.

      2. i think the big issue is that a despot doesn’t have to be a Nazi. There are many kinds of despots and I’m sure someone will come up with new kinds. So, trying to prove that Trump is a Nazi is moot but that doesn’t make him any less scary.

      3. Interesting…I usually consider Nazi state to be associated with authoritarianism and big intrusive government. Like single payer health care, nationalizing energy, carbon taxes, over the top environmental regulation, wealth redistribution, “livable wage” etc.

      4. “constant race-based scapegoating guy ”

        The Left always projects their hatreds and crimes on the Right.
        Every accusation from a Leftist is an unwitting confession.

        The Left sows the fear, hatred, and resentment of identity politics with race baiting FakeNews to divide and conquer us.
        They are societal cancer.

      5. Tribalism is definitionally left-wing.

    2. It may be a Hitler thing, but it’s also an every-politician-in-the-world thing. I can’t imagine there is any politician in the world that doesn’t regularly say things that sound like things Hitler said. Just a stupid, pointless criticism.
      I’m not a big fan of the phrasing. Comes off very collectivist. But it’s hardly out of the realm of normal, acceptable political BS.

  35. People are finally catching on that Trump is part politician, part entertainer. The haters have been taking everything he says literally so they can attempt to destroy him. But enough people get it so it doesn’t bother them. The Bernie / AOC crowd doesn’t stand a chance. Yeah you’ve got the whiney college liberals and all of the LGBT groups ect… But there isn’t enough crazies to get Bernie elected. And this GND is like a gift. So you can give everyone free stuff, force the end of fossil fuels and you’ll pay with it by taxing the rich?? LOL…. Just a tiny tax increase sends the people with money off shore, taking their money with them. These liberals think that economic activity will just continue on at the current rate if they upend the economy and come after the rich peoples money. Observe how well the economies of the world are doing as the government begins calling the shots.

    1. The contest for American involves education against ignorance, modernity against insularity, reason against superstition, science against dogma, inclusivity against bigotry, progress against backwardness, modern and successful communities against left-behind backwaters, our strong liberal-libertarian colleges and universities against backwater religious schooling.

      I know which side has prevailed in America throughout my lifetime. I know which side is positioned to continue to shape America’s course. I know which side I am on.

      I am content.

      Carry on, clingers. So far as the natural order and your betters permit, anyway.

      1. “The contest for American involves education”

        Lololololllololololololololol Lololololllololololololololol Lololololllololololololololol Lololololllololololololololol

        I’m saving this one.

        1. Democrats have intentionally dumbed down public education to ensure a compliant populace. It’s even discussed openly in leaked DNC emails.

      2. Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland|3.3.19 @ 1:48PM|#
        The contest for American involves education against ignorance, modernity against insularity, reason against superstition, science against dogma, inclusivity against bigotry, progress against backwardness, modern and successful communities against left-behind backwaters, our strong liberal-libertarian colleges and universities against backwater religious schooling.”

        And, you, you imbecilic asshole, support government schools?
        Do you consciously try to prove how idiotic you are?

      3. “Carry on, clingers. So far as the natural order and your betters permit, anyway.”

        Another Libertarian moment from the good Rev.

        Much like Shikha, I’m increasingly wondering if the Rev is a false flag designed to discredit the Left.

  36. The US just officially hit the debt ceiling

    If the debt ceiling is breached, it would have disastrous consequences for the US’s credit rating, the global economy, and stock markets around the world.

    “Oh, very well. We’ll just triple the so-called debt ceiling.”

  37. Sorry Nick. Please also send my condolences to Matt, Peter, ENB, and Shika. Does Reason have an in-house shrink? If not, you might want to get one or your team might be so crushed emotionally that they can’t function.

  38. “In a bizarre display of simultaneous empathy and contempt, …
    … he has been laying out a partial, inchoate case for a skills-based immigration program. ”

    You cannot be this dense, can you?

    It is very easy to have simultaneous empathy and contempt. Empathy for the people – the good people- that make up part of the caravan, but contempt (although it was not as strong as contempt) for having them choose the wrong process or contempt for the bad actors that also make it up. You act as if this is impossible to comprehend or that he did not say that. He has made the case over and over – which is what most of us believe- that hard working, law abiding immigrants are wanted and welcome, but that they must come through the right way. Just like all legal immigrants today and in the past.

    Or that he laments how stupid we have become to think that the caravan is filled with all good people. He was mocking the way the idiot left tries to portray it to Americans (after spending the last 30 years agreeing with conservatives on immigration).

    And he has been laying out an inchoate case for skills based immigration. Inchoate had two meanings. One is we are at the beginning and he is laying out the vision or ideas. So? The other meaning is disorganized, or incoherent. You mean like our current legal immigration system? It is the very picture of the second definition of inchoate and has been in place for decades.

  39. Excellent article! Thank you.

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  41. Any former boy scouts want to weigh on in the etiquette of humping the American flag?

    1. Flag laws and etiquette are stupid.

      / former Boy Scout

      1. He’s the president of the United States.

        /former Boy Scout and person who doesn’t make excuses for Trump’s retardation and vulgarity on a constant basis.

        1. Tony, anal,y penetrating Boy Scouts doesn’t make you one.

        2. They’re still stupid

          / you got what you asked for stop crying

          1. Well at least he didn’t have a latte in his hand while humping the American flag.

        3. “/former Boy Scout and person who doesn’t make excuses for Trump’s retardation and vulgarity on a constant basis.”

          Current fucking lefty ignoramus with TDS.

  42. Pres. Trump needed to pocket a three-cushion longshot at the Electoral College to pull it out three years ago. There just won’t be enough half-educated, disaffected bigots left in America to arrange another right-wing trick shot in 2020, especially after four years of change — less rural, less religious, less bigoted, less white, less backward — in the American electorate.

    1. Plus the Russians have buyer’s remorse.

      1. “Plus the Russians have buyer’s remorse.”

        The only Russki involvement in the entire election was some lame GIFs and that hag’s attempt to pitch her ‘peeing on Trump fantasy’ (and there’s probably a LOT to her fantasy).
        And nearly three years later, shitbag here still thinks it’s clever to prove what an ignoramus he is.

    2. Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland|3.3.19 @ 1:36PM|#
      “Pres. Trump needed to pocket a three-cushion longshot at the Electoral College to pull it out three years ago.”

      All he needed was a bit fewer ignorant assholes like you who swallowed the Clinton bullshit.

  43. It’s funny how “fact-based politics” suddenly began with Donald Trump. Wonder where it will end.

    After all the hay that continues to be made over this, the majority of “facts” keep turning out to be differences of opinion. As someone once said, if you call differences of opinion or policy lies long enough someone will start to believe it. But a lot of us won’t.

  44. Trump reminds me of the old time ‘stump’ speakers that used to dominate local politics in my youth. They’d get in front of a group of folks of all persuasions and play the audience like a maestro plays a Stradivarius. it’s a talent but where he got it I have no idea since he isn’t a career politician.

    The Democrats best hope for 2020 doesn’t seem to be any of the possible candidates, nor the desire for their programs, but a unicorn called Impeachment. Good luck with that.

  45. Good summary.
    With his SOTU and now this address, Trump is THE executive of a popular uprising.
    The last successful one was in 1989 and it took down the Berlin Wall and eventually Communism.
    This one will also be successful in bypassing today’s control freaks.
    “New Deals” have been around since Roman times and are mainly invented to extend bureaucratic ambition.

  46. President Trump is like Viagra for the GOP.

    You may not like when Republicans get erections, or how they use their erections, but at least they now can get erections.

  47. Trump won the 2020 election the moment he nominated Neil Gorsuch for the SCOTUS and pulled us out of the Paris Accord. Democrats have gone full bore socialist and #NeverTrump Republicans are totally irrelevant. Long live Donald Trump!

  48. Sorry Nick, as mesmerizing as you find Mr. Trump, he and his post-factual style will be refuted by the majority in 2020, just like 2018.

    1. So he’ll win again?
      BTW, he was not refuted by a majority; lefty simpletons keep making anti-factual asses of themselves.

    2. So he’ll win again?
      BTW, he was not refuted by a majority; lefty simpletons keep making anti-factual asses of themselves.

  49. “The president’s speech at CPAC was a bedazzling mix of bravado, B.S., humor, and positive vision no Democrat will be able to top.”

    Dunno. Did he promise enough free shit? That’s all the D’s got but they’re shoveling pretty big piles of it. Those oh, so ‘factual’ lefty dimbulbs still think there’s a money orchard we just haven’t found.

  50. I have given up on Nick Gillespie. He seems to have been swept up in the Nuremberg-like fervor of CPAC and abandoned all critical thinking. I suppose he feels that all of us are as willing to surrender reason to a charlatan’s charisma.

  51. Trump will defeat Sanders in 2020. Sanders might flip Arizona. Trump might flip Virginia because of the racist blackface klansman governor Northam. Trump’s popular vote margins will widen in the rust belt states.

    1. Trump might flip Virginia because of the racist blackface klansman governor Northam.

      I seriously doubt it. The swamp grifters in Virginia despise Trump with a passion, and most of them don’t really give a shit about what Governor Coonman did. They have no real principles beyond suckling off the taxpayers’ teats.

  52. I think Joe Biden will be the Dem candidate. This will cause his son Hunter Biden to be talked about, because Hunter is on the board of Burisma,, a Ukrainian natural gas company with offices in Cyprus and Kiev. Ostensibly, the gas is produced by the non-Russian-friendly elements in Ukraine, but I have always questioned how we can know that for certain because the gas fields are mainly in Eastern Ukraine, the part controlled by elements friendly to Moscow.

    In fact, Western Ukraine historically has had to buy natural gas from Russia in order to stay warm in the winter. When one looks at the Burisma business model, one realizes that it is really in the business of exporting a lot of gas to Germany, which at the time of the Helsinki conference was trying to pretend it was observing all sanctions on Russia.

    It is not fashionable in Western journalism anymore to do much investigative reporting and in any event no one seems to be able to say who really controls Burisma. If any Americans know, it may be Hunter Biden, or Tony Podesta, but far be it from me to suggest that Democrat insiders would know such things because they some lucky people can collude for years and years and years and Western “journalists” will never breath even a whisper about it.

    1. “…The part controlled by elements friendly to Moscow.”

      You mean the part controlled directly by Moscow because they shipped in unmarked Russian soldiers.

  53. Alex, I’ll take “Scary People” for $200.

    “Leaders who make heavily improvised speech that last over two hours.”

    What are despots?

  54. I think Nick is pulling our collective legs, or is just in a silly mood.

    If some blowhard’s gassings are popular, then our populous is messed up.

    But ridiculous singing and dancing competitions are the most popular by far, along with programs about pawn shops, duck calls, and storage lockers.

    So maybe if we have to rely on the populous, we’ll get a trump-like character every time. Any young person who has aspirations for the white house needs get a gig on a reality show first.

    1. FYI, the correct word you’re looking for is “populace”. “Populous” is an adjective, not a noun.

      1. Thanks. “Populace” is not one of the examples of a noun listed in the Schoolhouse Rock! episode about nouns, so I’d have no way of knowing.

        But this mistake is an instance of my point. The US is the third most populous country in which the populace is kinda not so smart.

        I’m as dumb as a plug and twice as ugly. I’ve half the sense of a halfwit. I’m quartered with the babbling. And being so is as American as a burrito, or electing a reality star to run the country.

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