President Trump appears to be mighty positive in his polling position or ready to blow-up party dilly-dalliers rolling toward Election Day. On the heels of landing a sparkling new endorsement from the National Association of Police Organizations, reassigning formerly steady campaign manager Brad Parscale, and hoodwinking the media, tongues are wagging. Is the big man on campus currently evolving into Trump 2.0 or reviving the man and movement that roared through the United States just four years ago?
Not knowing what lurks around the corner appears to be filling Americans with dread or delicious anticipation – falling right down party lines.
Dumb as a Fox
Filterless Trump has been a thorn in the side of the left-wing media since he coined the term “fake news.” Or, more precisely, when Middle America and random pockets of conservatives began to parrot Trump’s words and deeds. No other president has sloganeered with such resilience and traction. MAGA is recognizable – and embraced by conservatives worldwide. The result is a chronic condition in cable and network media: As much as it pains the pundits to cover the man, they talk about him non-stop and ad nauseam.
They do not, however, include in their reports what Trump would like them to cover. And that prompted the best pundit punk ever perpetrated on the Fourth Estate. Under the promise of an Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization, Trump pulled the media into the Rose Garden, and, once there was no way out for the socially-distanced newsies, the president unleashed a campaign-style rally on his favorite issues. Now, that is original Trump style.
His constituency surely realizes that Trump uses the golden edict “serves at the pleasure” whenever he feels his people are not exactly loyal. Parscale is the one who brought the campaign, through a crashing economy and COVID-19 scares, to a launching pad. That was his job. But now that job description must include a no-holds-barred guerrilla-level advance on presumptive candidate former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump evidently doubted Parscale was up to that epic task, demoting him to adviser, while Bill Stepien is now engineering the billion-dollar locomotive as campaign manager. A bit more brash and bullying than Parscale, Stepien will not likely fall victim to a hoodwinking by Chinese TikTok teenagers, as Parscale did, which resulted in a radically different rally in Oklahoma last month. That writing was on the wall – whether the media cared or not.
Despite the excesses of never-Trumper RINOs and the hysterical progressive left, Trump is not a guy who underestimates – in any situation. Ask the media held hostage in the Rose Garden exposed to a tiny rally. CNN’s Jim Acosta is still shedding salty tears from the abuse he felt by the president.
And expect bold and belligerent contests with Biden while the media scramble to edit or delete what will surely be the incoherent ramblings of a beaten, cognitively declining man.
The last push by both major parties is going to be brutal, bloody, and exhausting. Anticipate the 2020 battlefield to be littered with a gullible media, some complicit, others near criminal, all in the biggest fight for America’s freedom from tyranny. It will be a winner take all.
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