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AOC: Trump Will Beat the Democrats if They Nominate Biden

Actually, Trump will beat the Democrats if AOC keeps talking.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez predicted President Trump will be reelected if Democrats nominate Joe Biden to challenge him in 2020. 

The New York congresswoman said Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential primary, is “not a pragmatic choice” because he could repel more liberal Democrats while appealing to Trump voters. 

“That’s my frustration with politics today, that they’re willing to give up every single person in America just for that dude in a diner,” she told Vogue. “Just so that you can get this very specific slice of Trump voters? If you pick the perfect candidate like Joe Biden to win that guy in the diner, the cost will make you lose because you will depress turnout as well. And that’s exactly what happened to 2016. We picked the logically fitting candidate, but that candidate did not inspire the turnout that we needed.”

Trump Handled The Iran Crisis Poorly, but His Flexibility May Have Avoided a War

President Trump’s decision not to go ahead with a retaliatory strike on Iran may have prevented a war by avoiding one of the reasons for unnecessary conflict: Leaders trapped into rigid thinking and plans under which they believe their hand has been forced.

Let’s be clear. Trump’s response was bungled. He’s managed to do this in a way that makes him look weak and indecisive. But he appears to have made the correct choice and ultimately decided it was more important to get it right than to worry about how things looked.

Trump had planned to strike Iran, but says he decided not to — ten minutes before launch — when he asked his commanders how many people would be killed and was informed that about 150 would die.

This does not ring true at all. In all likelihood, military planners would have told him how many people would die well before the attack. And if they didn’t and he didn’t ask, he was negligent.

What appears more likely is that Trump was responding to two pieces of intelligence, both of which may have emerged after his initial decision to hit Iran.

First, it seems that the Iranian leadership did not order the strike and was unhappy with a lower-ranking military commander who did.

Second, it now appears that the drone may, in fact, have been in Iranian airspace. Therefore, while a bad idea, Iran would have had some justification, at least legally, for shooting down the drone, and the United States would have been committing an act of war by responding.

All of this is preliminary information. It could change. A full picture has not emerged.

But if true, Trump made the right call not to respond and to change his mind. That actually shows strength in a leader. But calling off an attack ten minutes before it is to launch also shows weakness and indecision, and saying that it was because you suddenly asked about casualties is either a lie or a sign of incompetence.

So while there are good reasons to question how Trump handled this, overall we can be thankful that he took action that avoided what could have been a brutal and unnecessary war resulting from things leaders felt they “had” to do.

You know, think World War I.

Trump should have simply said the Iranians screwed up by hitting the drone but can’t admit it and that the aircraft may have been in Iranian territory instead of going on about casualties. Simple enough, and he would look like a strong leader by not acting.

I think Iran and other enemies would be mistaken to interpret Trump’s errors here as a sign he won’t take action when necessary. He also tweeted that Iran will “NEVER” have a nuclear weapon. I believe he means it, and he will take the steps necessary to ensure it.

Trump Raises $24M in 24 Hours

That is what’s known as a “torrid pace.”

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted out the news earlier today.

You’ve lately been noticing lots of polls suggesting Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden would beat President Trump by 10 points. Those polls, despite being enthusiastically covered in the press, are completely meaningless, and the reporters on the TV sets talking about them know it.

It’s very early, and Trump is just starting his campaign. All the Democrats are focused on him, while he has nobody specific to aim at. Such polls historically have had no bearing on who actually wins.

Meantime, Trump is going to raise reams of money from his ardent supporters. This is just getting started.

Video || Trump Takes Time out of Campaign Kickoff Rally to Honor Sarah Sanders

President Trump offered a tremendous tribute Tuesday night to Sarah Sanders, a woman who has been unfairly maligned and whose family has been attacked because of her role as a spokeswoman for the White House.

I’ve covered many presidents and dealt with many press secretaries. Every reporter knows and accepts that the job of a press secretary is to put the best face on events for the president. To that end, they ALL make statements that are misleading. They have to. They omit certain facts, offer up information intended to make people think something is true that is not quite right, and exaggerate.

They all do it. But not all of them have had to testify before a prosecutor about their statements.

But under Sander, the press suddenly decided that it needed absolute gospel truth from a press secretary, and shamefully tagged her as a liar. She at one point, as she admitted to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, exaggerated the opposition to James Comey in the FBI. For that, reporters are seeking to eternally brand her a liar.

I hope they were all able to keep their doctor if they liked their doctor and keep their insurance if they liked their insurance under Obamacare. I hope so.

Jim Acosta’s New Book is Bombing

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s relentless self-promotion show has hit a snag, with his latest production bombing at the box office.

That is, his book, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America,” isn’t selling. Just one week after being released, it has already sunk to #488 on Amazon as of Tuesday afternoon, well short of a best-seller. That’s an incredibly low number given the unusual platform he has – CNN – to sell the book.

Even the cover is kind of crappy.

Acosta, who pretends to be an objective journalist, wrote this kind of book, according to the description on Amazon:

Acosta presents a damning examination of bureaucratic dysfunction, deception, and the unprecedented threat the rhetoric Mr. Trump is directing has on our democracy. When the leader of the free world incites hate and violence, Acosta doesn’t back down, and he urges his fellow citizens to do the same.

Just the facts, ma’am.

While Acosta’s book sinks, so does another anti-Trump screed, the latest by Michael Wolff, “Trump Under Fire.” His book is at #408 after two weeks, nowhere near the success of his previous effort, the massive blockbuster “Fire and Fury.”

But don’t worry about these two. I’m sure they banked hefty advances. It’s their publishers who will have to pay the bill.

By contrast, “The Case for Trump” by Victor Davis Hanson sits at Amazon #1,093 – behind the other two, but it was published three and a half months ago. It’s a best-seller, even though Hanson lacks the name recognition of Wolff or Acosta, at least among non-conservatives.

WSJ Editorial: Trump’s Iran Policy Can Succeed

So everyone, from Democrats, to journalists, to all of Europe, is pissing in their pants because Iran is threatening to increase its production of uranium in response to President Trump’s sanctions and supposed belligerance.

The United States has to make a decision about whether it can live with a brutal, terrorism-sponsoring Iranian theocracy with nuclear weapons. Barack Obama decided that this would be someone else’s problem, crafting a deal that would allow the Iranians to develop nuclear weapons a decade or so from now. Trump and his advisors have decided to take responsibility for solving the problem, and of course are getting lots of grief for it.

A new op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal by Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh counsels patience with Trump’s policy and not to overreact to Iranian actions meant to scare everyone. Trump’s policy is not designed to start a war — though that could happen, there are always risks — but to force Iran back to the negotiating table for a deal that will actually prevent them from have nukes. Or, potentially to cause the collapse of the Iranian regime, though I wouldn’t count on it.

The risk of war should not outweigh the certainty under the Obama deal that Iran will develop nuclear weapons, which would not only pose an existential threat to the United States but would prompt a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

From the WSJ piece:

Despite the criticisms from Democrats and Europeans, Mr. Trump’s Iran policy has had considerable success. He abrogated a deficient agreement that was smoothing Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon. He restored sanctions, which many Iran-deal partisans insisted couldn’t be done effectively. The economic pain Tehran feels today is as great as when the Europeans implemented their oil embargo in 2012. Iran’s oil exports have contracted rapidly, denying the regime billions of dollars in hard currency. The key challenge for the Trump administration now is to sustain its strategy as the Iranians start dangling the possibility of a diplomatic opening. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s most important contribution has been to dispense with the once-popular notion that the nuclear issue can be separated from the clerical regime’s regional ambitions. His May 2018 “12 points” speech sensibly posited that the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism shouldn’t possess a nuclear arsenal. The administration has developed a containment strategy that is unconventional and restrained—Iran’s expeditionary forces and allied militias in the northern Middle East haven’t been targeted—but still punishing. As long as Mr. Trump is willing to respond to a direct challenge, conventional or nuclear, and Tehran is convinced of the president’s mettle, time is on Washington’s side. 

America’s Iran problem will remain until the theocracy cracks. Given the regime’s inability to escape the contradictions of its own making, that day is drawing closer. The U.S. needs stamina—and a clear understanding of how the enemy sees itself.

Video || Trump Tells Chief of Staff Mulvaney to Leave the Room for Coughing

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney ruined the take by coughing during President Trump’s recent Oval Office interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Trump, of course, is a TV veteran who knows what works on camera. Distracting noises do not. Now, this is going viral with the insinuation that Trump is ever-so-touchy, a jerk, etc.

This is part of what Trump gets for not being the type who fakes his emotions and who instead lets people know what he thinks.

Funny how ABC puts this up and suggests it’s about Trump’s comments on the financial statements and not the coughing, which is actually the thing the social media gurus at the news station knew would go viral.

Trump Attacks Chamber of Commerce for opposing his Tariff Policies

President Trump Monday assailed the citadel of establishment Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, criticizing its opposition to his advocacy of tariffs as a policy tool. “We lose a fortune with virtually every country. They take advantage of us in every way possible and the U.S. Chamber is right there with them,” Trump told CNBC. “I… Continue Reading