Our favorite Keystone Cops of cable news, CNN, now claims that President Trump must resort to smearing leftist radicals to fire up his steady and growing deplorable base. The intrepid journalists at the failing outlet strive to spin the president’s recent tweet about Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as simply the “latest sign that Trump (and the Republican Party) recognizes he probably cannot win a 2020 election that is a referendum on his presidency.”
This ludicrous claim comes from Senior Writer and Analyst for CNN Politics Harry Enten, who allegedly specializes in “data-driven journalism, covering politics with a focus on poll numbers and electoral trends.” The man is a veritable brain trust of reading polls and surveys – providing they are generated by the liberal think tank, Five Thirty-Eight, his former employer.
Enten’s analysis comes on the heels of Omar’s remarks while speaking at a fundraising event for Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Omar Blithely stated: “CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Despite her claim, the fact – which no Democrat seems to embrace – is that CAIR was founded in 1994 and is linked to terrorist organizations.
Trump pounced – as he should as president of a nation brutally attacked on 9/11 – and tweeted “We will never forget” along with a video of Omar’s remarks. Shortly after, everyone squawked “Racist!”
Enten’s claims are loosely based on Omar and other incendiary Democrats who spark outrage with most Americans. He combines stats of elections past with incumbent candidates who had negative net approval ratings, such as peanut farmer President Jimmy Carter and President George H W Bush. Adding to his pot of random stew, Enten reminds that the 2018 Midterms were a clear message that Trump was not the most popular kid on campus.
Historically, as conventional wisdom dictates, the president’s party loses seats during mid-terms. Just ask former President Bill Clinton. Two years into his first term Republicans took control of both houses of Congress for the first time since the 1950s. It was dubbed the Republican Revolution. In 2018, Democrats may have taken the house, but Republicans gained seats in the Senate. Not much of an uprising for the blue team.
Another problematic aspect is that Enten only relies on Five Thirty-Eight — whose data showed Hillary Clinton winning with a 71% to Trump’s measly 28%. And we all know how that race turned out.
A quick search will show that Rasmussen Reports has Trump enjoying a solid 52% approval rating from likely U.S. voters.
So many holes in Enten’s assessments, so few dump trucks to drive through them.
As for Trump being unelectable for a referendum on his presidency, Enten is appallingly off base. If Americans are aware of the president’s accomplishments – and of course the legacy media will not be a part of informing the voters – Trump should be a slam dunk in 2020.
The List So Far in a Nutshell
The White House has released a list of 289 accomplishments of the Trump administration in 20 months. To say the least, it is an impressive roster that includes radical reductions in taxes and regulations, a steadfast rebuilding of the United States military, avoiding wars of choice and removing troops from a mission long-over, and changing the face of the courts.
The U.S. economy is booming, with 4 million new jobs created, unemployment claims at 50 year low, and median household income and wages up. Americans are far more optimistic about the availability of good jobs than they were in the last administration. People are back to work, off assistance programs such as food stamps and unemployment, and feel positive about America once again.
The most incredible results of twenty months of Trump is that poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded. So much for being a racist.
Trump has reigned in North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un, torn up the Iran Nuclear deal, and obliterated ISIS – or as Obama labeled the ever-expanding terrorist organization, the “JV team.”
Relentless Keeper of Promises
There are too many achievements to list here, but it appears Enten did not perform due diligence in his “Trump will only win by bullying” opinion piece. As the president’s 2016 campaign pollster John McLaughlin said:
“They told him he couldn’t be president and beat the establishment and he did. For two years the establishment is telling him he can’t do things in Washington and he’s succeeding in spite of them. He never retreats. He doesn’t back up. He’s relentless. He just wins.”
The analysis by Enten lacks the emotional component that drives the masses to polls. Perhaps the Democrats will select a candidate with some of the ability Trump has to rally Middle America. That candidate hasn’t yet declared.
…America needed an outsider…
Of course, Enten did use the disclaimer “probably” when it comes to winning an election of merit – allowing a bit of wiggle room if he is pegged as foolish after the 2020 election. But let’s face it, CNN is paying the pup to spin their narrative. He did the best he could with the stats and numbers and polling data from his former employer.
Trump won in 2016 because America needed an outsider who didn’t cater to lobbyists or big money. He won by listening to the electorate and speaking – sometimes uncouthly – honestly, with strength and resolve, and without a hidden agenda. He still retains those down to earth qualities – but now he has another super power to campaign on. And it’s the Yugest referendum since the Reagan years.
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