This past Tuesday, a number of Red State Front Page Writers were “meeting” via our online collaboration tool, which we use to make sure we aren’t duplicating stories while also ensuring significant stories are covered from all critical angles. A few folks thought that by his pointed comments toward American Jews who vote Democrat, President Trump had “squandered any capital he earned by exposing the anti-semitism of Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.” Specifically, we were referring to NBC’s Oval Office interview with President Trump, where he called Tlaib and Omar out for being anti-Semitic while also excoriating the Democrat Party for supporting them and finally, Jewish Americans for supporting a Democrat party that hates them and the State of Israel.
I put a minor case together that disagreed with my colleagues (each of whom by the way, has me by several IQ points, so they may be right after all) and published it Wednesday morning. But didn’t end there. On Wednesday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily, Alex Marlowe was discussing President Trump’s latest sortie against Democrat Reps Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, said sortie being the subject of Red State Writers Tuesday discussion.
At one point in the first segment, Mr. Marlowe opined that perhaps the President had gone too far with this particular message as he had “already won” this particular news cycle, what with Tlaib’s crocodile tears over being prohibited from seeing her Palestinian Grandmother…except, oops, she had been given permission by the Israeli government but refused to go so she could grandstand. Marlowe was correct. Left right there, this would have been a solid news cycle win for the President, with no downside risk.
I was fortunately able to call in and had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Marlowe. While I agreed that it wasn’t a “necessary” comment for The President to make in order win this particular news cycle; he already had that one in the bank so to speak. I pointed out to him that it wasn’t about a single news cycle. This was about putting several news cycle wins together with a strategic objective. Trump’s strategic objective is to put the Democrats on the defensive by separating them from some of their traditional voter base.
Candidate Trump started this strategy in 2016. Yes indeed, he paid solid attention to his base. They in turn paid him back by attending rallies and showing up to flip the lever for him in November 2016. But Donald Trump also did something else. He decided that he would fight on territory long ceded to the Democrats. For as long as I can remember and with the acquiescence of the Republican Party, Democrats have considered Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Gays and other discrete demographics, their electoral property.
In 2016, Donald J. Trump began to change all of that. He took the fight to the leftists on their own turf. However, he didn’t go groveling to the NAACP for the quadrennial obeisance Republicans were expected to make. Instead, he went directly to the Black communities, directly to the voters in Black churches and other locales. He spoke to Black pastors and humbly asked for their blessings and their prayers. When he spoke with Black voters he had a simple message: “What have you got to lose?” And it worked…just enough.
Today, the polls show a significant increase in support for President. Buoyed by a rebounding economy, 25% of Blacks now support Trump while Hispanic support is at almost 50%. That is the reason the Democrats continue to throw the race card at every turn. They are scared to death. What they are beginning to realize is that President Trump has them in check on the race issue. First, by boldly stating that two particular Democrat Representatives should go back and fix their countries of origin before badmouthing conditions in the United States, he forced the Democrat Speaker of the House to come to their rescue. This was especially ironic as Madam Speaker had just recently quelled a revolt by those same two rookie Representatives to steer their party off a cliff. So now the Speaker of the House has wrapped her arms around two Representatives who despise the very core voters Democrats want back, Blue Collar workers who took a chance on Trump.
Next, President Trump put liberal civil rights “icon,” Representative Elijah Cummings, heretofore untouchable and beyond criticism, into checkmate by tying him to the squalid, rat infested conditions in his home district. Haven’t heard much from Mr. Cummings lately. While doing all of this the President repeats his 2016 mantra–“Democrats have promised and promised, but not delivered for the Black community.” Again asking…”What have you got to lose?” Based on current polling, more Blacks than in 2016, along with a bunch more Hispanics are responding, “MAGA!” and that has the Democrats worried.
President Trump is not going to make the same mistake the criminal crone from Chappaqua made in 2016. He will not take his base for granted. Even now, he maintains a steady schedule of Trump Rallies to keep them motivated and on board the Trump Train. But The President isn’t satisfied with the status quo. He is going to continue attacking the Democrats where they live. Democrats believe they own the Black vote. They think they own the votes of Hispanics, Jews, Gays and other marginalized groups.
President Trump is saying, “Not so fast.” His comment about American Jews voting Democrat against their own interests, is his “What do you have to lose?” moment with the American Jewish community. He has the Democrats on the defensive. Democrats have some dream of taking back disaffected voters from 2016. Not a chance. The Trump economy is going to keep those voters while Trump himself will add to the pot by going into Democrat strongholds. You see Mr. Marlowe, it’s not just about this news cycle. It’s about the entire campaign.
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Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.
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