The Trumpening So Far

One of the more amusing aspects of the 2016 election was how the pearl clutchers of Conservative Inc. would rush out of their hobbit dens every week, shrieking, “That’s it! Trump is finished!” It was always after Trump mocked their virtue in some way. They would carry on like it was just a matter of time before their adoring public rallied to their banner and chased away the evil dirt monster. They are still waiting for anyone to show up and take their side. Meanwhile Trump has completed his sixth month in office.

Since January, another pattern has emerged. The Fake News makes up a story and the commentariat carries on as if it is fact. A few months ago, the Fake News swore that Bannon was about to be fired. That did not happen so they moved onto Kushner. His alleged ties to Tsar Alexander were going to force him out. Now, the Fake News swears that Trump is about to fire Sessions. Suddenly everyone in Conservative Inc, who hated Sessions, is now defending him as a great statesman and politician.

The key to understanding Trump has always been that he loves drama. The never ending quarrel is what gets him up in the morning. He thrives in chaos and when he cannot find it, he creates it. The reason is Trump is an opportunist. That’s his nature. He seeks to maximize what he has in order to leverage it into a chance to catch someone sleeping, so he can get a bargain in his next deal. This post from two years ago described Trump pretty well and it is holding up now that he is in the White House.

There’s another aspect of Trump that has always been true, but is taking center stage now that he is in the White House. Two decades ago, he was often compared to George Steinbrenner, the late owner of the New York Yankees. Like Steinbrenner, Trump is an unpredictable and often impetuous boss. He gets mad at people for no sensible reason and he hold grudges that make even less sense. Steinbrenner fired people for trivial reasons, but would then hire them back. That’s what we see with Trump now.

The reason Trump was so perfect for the reality show The Apprentice was that he had the reputation for being the hot-headed boss. It was not hard for Trump to be convincing when he would say his catchphrase, “You’re fired!” It was something that people imagined he said every week, because he had the reputation for firing people. It may have been exaggerated, but we see now that Trump is not only a tough boss, bu he can be petty and small. His treatment of Sessions is childish and pointless.

The thing is though, guys like Steinbrenner and Trump got very rich in the toughest of businesses. The reason is they had a knack for creating chaos, forcing people out of their comfortable positions. An enemy on the move is vulnerable. By creating a whirlwind of chaos, Trump gets everyone moving and inevitably, making mistakes. One possible reason for the paralysis in Washington right now is that the snowflakes in the GOP are too frightened to move. They have never experienced anything like this and they are scared.

From the perspective of the Dissident Right, this is a good result. Most of the GOP are liars, who have been finking on their voters for years. Their inability and unwillingness to repeal ObamaCare has exposed this to even the most naive voters. Of course, Trump’s penchant for creating chaos has collapsed the Washington media. Even the most gullible is now assuming the news is fake. The ability of the political class to peddle their agit-prop has been greatly diminished because Trump has destroyed the media universe.

On the other hand, Trump’s mad man management style is keeping him from getting anything through Congress. He thinks he can wear down people like Ryan and McConnell, but he is misreading the situation. Being Speaker is not like being the CEO of a company. Leadership can only enforce discipline by withholding favors and that has a limit. Ryan can’t fire uncooperative members of his caucus. Trumps’ bullying style is probably making that task harder for the leadership.

Of course, the bigger issue is Team Trump does not know what they are doing. Jared Kushner was good at marrying well and maybe he is good at business, but he does not have the slightest clue about Washington politics. Trump’s penchant for relying on family over smart advisers is fine in business, because Trump is usually the smartest guy in the room. In politics, the only person less qualified than Trump is his daughter, who he seems to rely on more than political strategists like Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon.

Regardless, six months into the Trumpening and there is plenty to disappoint and dishearten his voters. His vacillating on immigration is the most worrisome. It’s why he is in the White House. His unwillingness to bring the hammer down on recalcitrant Republicans is mind boggling. Instead of tormenting Sessions, he should be blasting the bugmen of the GOP. Again, Trump’s impulse to keep everyone on edge, even his allies, makes supporting him an exhausting and unrewarding endeavor.

On the other other hand, Trump did not get to this point by doing things like a normal politician so it would not make sense for him to try to become a normal politician. His unconventional style has worked when the professionals said it would fail. A point worth making again is that you can’t judge Trump by traditional metrics. He’s a once in a century political force who will be judged more on what he destroys than on what he creates. He is the destroyer of worlds, because the world of Washington needs destroying.

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Karl Hungus
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I am not disappointed in Trump at all. Just the opposite. Sessions on the other hand is just the kind of useless GOP turd that badly needs flushing. Either the GOP aligns with Trump (not likely) or he leads the formation of a new party (very likely). Agree with the rest of the post…

Herrman
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Agree. If the mandate and associated penalties still exist at the mid-terms I hope the GOP gets slaughtered. Then two years of gridlock (any difference?) and Trump dumps the GOP and goes third party (the “T” Party?) for his reelection. It’d be a hoot.

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If the GOP lose, he gets impeached and almost certainly removed. No question on that. And if the GOP lose, the country is finished. Spiting the party by putting the opposition in power was never a good idea, but it cost us dearly in 2008 and is no longer an option, unless the people of the USA think that going into the voting booth with a grenade with the pin taken out is a good idea.

Ivar
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What opposition? That’s the point. Without Trump the debate would revolve around issues like where to put the candy machine in the break room.

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If I understand you, you’re trying to suggest that there’s no difference between a GOP and a Democrat majority, I would submit that there’s no evidence for that.

The Democrats govern like they will never lose again; the GOP governs as though it will never win again. Yes, you get leftism either way, but one side is blatant about it, and you can still try to primary the GOP fools.

Never, ever vote Democrat, even by staying home.

Pimpkin\'s nephew
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I upvoted this comment because I find it to state a fact. That said, it’s a sad and hopeless fact. In the Russian Civil War, most of weakness, division, and plain stupidity was to be found on the White side. But what could be done, given the alternative?

notsothoreau
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You must not live in a state where the top two in the primaries run off in the general. I think the entire West Coast has that in place, which is why we sometimes get a choice between two Democrats.

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Yeah, vote McCain and Graham.
What a dickhead.
If every conservative had voted for the Democratic candidate 30 years ago these treasonous pieces of Israel first, warmongering,amnesty filth would be long gone and there might be decent (by GOP standards) Senators in AZ and SC

Think Long term and dump the GOP trash now.

Doug
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This evidence work?
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Doug
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I submit evidence there is no fundamental difference between this guy below, and the total silence of every fool on the cuck side of congress regarding inalienable rights they consistently refuse to protect which their sworn oath of office demands they defend.

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hummus abedin
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You are truly a stupid mutt.
The GOP has won and controls
it all and the Republic is lost.
Flush out your headgear boomer.

Alzaebo
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The “T” Party- to Trump, testosterone, TEA… with an alpha archetype to boot!

I sense a winning marketing meme forming. There’s the bumper sticker.

Anonymous White Male
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Even if all of Trump’s supporters and alt-right went with him, he would never get the Demonic Rats or “respectable conservatives” and never Trumpers. I watched the Libertarian party get co-opted by the Deep State and became utterly useless. The Tea Party started out strong, but it was mostly older voters that couldn’t stand up to being called “racist”. So, it seems to me the Demonic Rats would keep about 45% of the vote, Tea Party/Trump coalition about 45% of the vote, with the remaining Republicrats the outstanding 10%. Now, if this led to an inability to pass any legislation,… Read more »
LetsPlay
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Very nice summary of the current situation. While the attacks will continue, time is on the side of the Demon Rats, I like that name BTW, and they will wait out the first term working like demons to make Trump as ineffective as possible. Don’t get me wrong. I am behind Trump 100% but I also see the swamp he is wading through and it is one deep, stinky, rank, festering morass of human weakness at it’s worst. It usually sucks in all that enter and he should be commended for having survived this long. The Left/Libs will continue with… Read more »
Rod1963
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True the GOP stinks – especially the leadership which is evil. But the alternative is worse.

Trump will be impeached almost immediately and anyone associated with him will face prison time.

In 2020 we’ get Kamala as our new president who will wage jiahd on the whites in this country.. You think Hillary was bad, Kamala is Hillary on steroids.

The Left as a whole would probably become outright violent towards anyone looking remotely conservative. and once the gun grabbing began in earnest it would set off armed resistance.. After that it gets increasingly ugly.

notsothoreau
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See what I mentioned above. Choice in CA was between Kamala and another Democrat. I wish someone would challenge these laws.

Allan
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“and once the gun grabbing began in earnest it would set off armed resistance”??

Hahahahahaha. Not until they get a permission slip from daddy government first.

A.B. Prosper
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Don’t be too sure, Connecticut made some mouth nosies about confiscating firearms that weren’t registered back in 2013 searching door to door, Everyone who voted for the bill got doxxed and there was a fairly direct Molon Labe warning as well http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-sipsey-street-public-service.html funny that it didn’t happen . That said the Dissident Right and the militia types especially is lazy and afraid of using power and even if they somehow got power, they don’t deserve it and won’t keep it for long. When the Neo Nazis at the Northwest Front has a better workable victory plan than anyone on the… Read more »
A.B. Prosper
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You are probably correct but the fact is that if the we can’t get the GOP especially in the Senate to do its damned job than we lose anyway. It all comes down to blood no matter what just slower. And note we’ve run solid primaries against people, didn’t get rid of McCaskil even though she lost as a Republican , we still had to put up with her through chicanery and a broken political process That said, its better to vote Republican since each year they are in office is more time to get hard and get good and… Read more »
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A sign of how far we have come is that two years ago Sessions was one of those people who would be pointed out as a fire breathing right wing nutter whenever an example needed to be trotted out. Now he’s a doddering old simp who can’t tie his own shoelaces.
I don’t think we are anywhere near the pendulum swinging the other way for a while. The revolution is just getting started.

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Too bad he won’t take on the counsel of Pat Buchanan, or at least read him regularly. Pat’s a fighter, an intellect and a very good political strategist.
Even if he was younger I doubt that it would happen.

The Kushners are big detriment to this administration.

Kentucky Headhunter
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“His vacillating on immigration is the most worrisome. It’s why he is in the White House.”

Ad it’s why he’s a failure at this point to a lot of the people who voted for him. Immigration is something where he actually has the power to make meaningful changes by executive order. Reasonable people know he can’t just bring back manufacturing or build the wall by issuing directives to agencies he actually (at least theoretically) controls.

Al from da Nort
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He may be dribbling these out one at a time to keep the Perma-Party in a constant dither. If so, it’s actually genius instead of stupid. Time will tell.

Dutch
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He’s doing them one at a time to wear them out. They can’t help themselves. Like the little brother needling the big sister. She’s going to go off every time he does something, guaranteed.

Karl Hungus
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i guess he’s a dissapointment to people who don’t know there are dem federal judges…

Roulf
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“His vacillating on immigration is the most worrisome.”

Zman, aside from DACA, is there any other aspects of Trump’s immigration policy that you find troubling? I recently read a Times article that said the Trump administration was using the state department to created a lot of hurtles and red tape which has slowed down the influx of Muslims into the US (http://nyti.ms/2u5Ay0J).

ICE is now fearlessly deporting longtime illegal aliens and Sessions is going after Sanctuary Cities and gangs (https://bloom.bg/2tMIhUF) (http://fxn.ws/2tI96sR).

Overall, I find this encouraging, but will also admit there may be more to the issue that I’m not seeing.

Eclectic Esoteric
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When President Trump tosses the invertebrate republicans around like the rag dolls they are, they accuse him of tossing them around like invertebrate rag dolls.

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I suspect that, given Trump’s attitude about Sessions’ recusal, this entire thing is a smoke screen designed to project disunity, and that recusal and its fallout is the convenient excuse and the price Sessions has to pay for his honesty. The media will go for anything shiny (read: bad for Trump), true or not, they believe their own bullsh!t, and they think the public hang on their every word. He’s playing them like fiddles. Meanwhile, Sessions is probably the only guy who will (a) be confirmed and (b) pursue the Trump agenda re immigration (that’s Rush’s take, anyway), and Tillerson… Read more »
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Couldn’t disagree more re: Sessions. Jeff Sessions prematurely and unnecessarily recused himself from any investigation into the non-event of Russian interference in the election. Moreover, he announced his decision to recuse in front of DoJ staff before discussing it with the White House. This was an inexcusable breach of protocol and of loyalty to the President. Sessions has to go. If he had a shred of professional integrity he would resign immediately. The DoJ is still, for all intents and purposes, the Obama DoJ. Last I checked Trump has had two appointments confirmed: Sessions and (((Rosenstein))). Sessions recused himself and… Read more »
Dutch
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I am guessing that the press office is the shot across the bow. If Trump’s first round of appointments at Justice and State do not bear down, leadership will be replaced with fire-breathers like was done in the communications office.

james wilson
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Sessions made a major unforced error. You do not give oxygen to the arsonist because you see yourself as fair and balanced. Nobody ever went into the Senate and came out the better for it. There is tremendous opportunity waiting at Justice. Trump needs his own arsonist and that fellow won’t need oxygen, all he needs to light the flatulence of the swamp is a match and the willingness to strike it.

LetsPlay
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Maybe it is “mooch’s” pompadour, maybe his Havvaaad degree, maybe being from NY, maybe his style so full of himself and all braggadocio, but I don’t like this guy. I don’t trust him. I prefer the T-Rex kind of guy who is quietly getting a tough job done. And dealing with the State Dept. is much tougher than the so-called “West Wing” soap opera. We will see how long he lasts but I don’t give him a year. Then Trump will have used him and will be on to a more professional communications person and not a “bulldog.”
Karl Hungus
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what has tillerson got done?

LetsPlay
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You really should start paying attention Karl.

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“Even the most gullible is now assuming the news is fake. The ability of the political class to peddle their agit-prop has been greatly diminished because Trump has destroyed the media universe.”

In some sense, is it already Mission Accomplished? Getting rid of the liberal medial filter shifts this country significantly to the right over time.

Al from da Nort
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Interesting observation about making our enemies move, Z Man. There’s a lot of hunting done in my little corner of the world and, as anyone familiar with the subject can tell you, many types of hunting focus on making the target species move out of their cover. Often it involves a bird dog. PDT has mostly had to be his own bird dog, that’s probably why it all looks so ragged.

Tina
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“PDT has mostly had to be his own bird dog, that’s probably why it all looks so ragged.”
Good point indeed.

LetsPlay
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SUN TSU ON TACTICS: All warfare is based on deception

Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

Old Codger
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I love that “Feign disorder” advice. Sun Tsu nailed it!

How many times have we heard from the MSM that the WH is in chaos?

TomA
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For a half century now, we have been sleepwalking into the ditch in slow motion, while simultaneously reversing the course of evolution and becoming evermore lethargic, hive-minded, and dependent. Trump aims to kick the pansies in the balls and then yells “snap to or get the hell out of my country.” It’s our last chance at redemption before we go down the shitter.

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It may be that Trump recognizes that he has little chance of getting his agenda through Congress so he may as well use them as a straw man.

Rhino
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Sessions need to drop the fussy inertia he gained by being a senator for decades and get back to being an aggressive prosecutor.

Larry Geiger
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Re: Sessions. Sometimes the coach waits until practice is over and the team meeting in the locker room is over and he walks over, signals to one player and walks him outside and they have a little, quiet discussion. Then other times the coach, during the team meeting walks right up, gets in a players face and starts yelling at him. In front of the whole team. Why? One player needed one approach and another player needed a different approach. Sessions is getting the team meeting dressing down. In front of the entire team. For a reason.
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THIS. And it got the media and the Dems to flock to support Sessions publicly….. heh heh

Old Codger
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Two weeks ago Sessions was a racist and Trump lackey. This week after Trump’s tweets, the Establishment is praising him as “fair, independent and honorable.” How can they turn on him now, when he starts kicking ass and prosecuting Dems??

Rod1963
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In this case it makes Trump look petty. He goes to all the fake papers like NYT and totally trashes Sessions, who if he hadn’t endorsed and supported him wouldn’t have won. The man had impeccable credentials and a staunch fighter of illegal immigration and TPP

Yet trump treats him like s**t. Trump comes off as a petulant child. It has gained him nothing. ACA went down in flames. The Tax cuts won’t happen this year. Congress is still slow walking all his appointments.

Where’s that winning now boys and girls?

Trump either should man up and fire Sessions or STFU

Old Codger
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Rod, get in the game here, see my post above. Trump’s playing chess, you’re playing tiddly winks!

steveaz
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I gotta call you out on a small point, Z. Trump’s treatment of Sessions is not meaningless and pointless. Here are three benefits that result from Trump’s apparent break with his AG. 1. Mafia 101, rule 3 says: conceal your co-operatives with public feints of enmity. This is an effective blind from which to con the unawares. Saddam Hussein would never work with Osama Bin Laden, right? The Corleone Brothers with the Capones? The FDR administration with Stalin? The Bahai B’rith (or whatever) with the Iranian mullahs for that matter? Everyone knows that they hate each other’s guts. (At least… Read more »
Old Codger
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Well, get rid of the FDR reference and you are spot-on!

FDR was a cock holster for Stalin from the get-go! For absolutely no good reason, FDR’s Admin. recognized the Soviets in 1931 and gave them legitimacy in the eyes of the world. And that was before the NY Times Walter Duranty went down on Stalin and fellated his regime beyond belief!

LetsPlay
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Ha ha ha! That is one image too graphic to ignore. Stalin’s head the size of a Zepplin! Or was that something else?

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Zero disappointment here. I’m happier with DT today than I was when I voted – and I was one of the “ever since the escalator” people. Re Trump vs Sessions: The thought has occurred to me that the whole thing is a set-up by Trump to create space between himself and Sessions. The idea would be to create the impression of Sessions as an honest broker instead of a Trump Loyalist when the going gets tough on various issues. This theory admittedly has some holes. First, there’s the possibility that Sessions could come off as a browbeaten lackey doing Trump’s… Read more »
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Zman, you need to read more Don Surber, CTH, and Scott Adams.

Robert Sendler
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Just was reading some articles and the comments to them at National Review…thought I had gone to The Huffington Post instead. I’ve read them less and less over the years but they’ve lost me completely now. Best I call tell they want some fantasy president who will never get elected.

More and more I find myself agreeing with the Bad Things Are Going To Happen crowd…

Epicaric
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Obama’s behavior shifted dramatically as he neared the end of his first term, and most certainly once his securing his second term. Most interpreted this as due to the comfort of securing the second term and the “nothing left to lose” of term limits. Yes. But there was more. Obama had learned something very important: no matter what he said or did, big or small, the opposition would scream bloody hell. If he lied, if he didn’t; if he veered left or feigned to the middle nothing would change. He learned to lie, to lie big, and to keep on… Read more »
jbspry
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This essay has put into words a nagging sense that I have experienced since reading Scaramucci’s outrageous phone call to Chris Cillizza. The things he had to say were, to me, so totally beyond the pale (not because I have never spoken that way but, hey, he’s the “Communications Director” for the most lethal man on earth) that I was appalled. But that nagging sense was telling me “you KNOW that what Washington engages in, day in and day out, is much much more slimy and vile than anything Scaramucci said – just look at Fusion GPS” and I wondered… Read more »
Dutch
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Take a look at “The Trump Effect” by Mark Tapson at Front Page Mag. Interesting take, essentially that Trump is serving as a deprogrammer of the Prog cult. Goes through the cult reprogramming process and how Trump’s tactics and tweets serve that purpose.

Doug
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Hey Yeah! The dirt monster. Thats righteous. President Trump is the dirt monster cause its us dirt people who voted him in. Nobody else did. When I hear criticisms and complaints about his ability to govern, or question of his character, I think well shit, hows what your bitching about him not being or doing, or not observing worked out for us all all these years? I think the guy has a set of fucking balls that clank when he walks. I think the statist-quo is scared shitless of the day when they are exposed as the fucking crooks grifters… Read more »
Leverage
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Zman is slightly off the mark with this analysis. Illegal immigration has slowed to a trickle. It’s now manageable without building that wall, which by the way will be built. He’s gotten exactly what most people who live out here in the Southwest knew would happen once the law on the books was enforced. Victor Davis Hanson has espoused simple law enforcement as the key to immigration control for many years. He’s leveraging that success which has come on the cheap to gain political capital with the scumbags in congress. Immigration right now for the most part is under control… Read more »
sirlancelot
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Voted for President Trump and then had some misgivings these past few months, but if all he ever succeeds at is exposing fake news and giving my enemies ulcers it was a vote well spent !

Just one more thing, all the impeachment talk is really pathetic. If they can’t put real criminals in jail like obama or the clintons how is President Trump’s enemies going to do anything with bogus allegations ?

LetsPlay
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The problem with your line of thinking is that the turncoats and RINOs will happily give the Dems/Libs Trumps head on a platter if they can keep theirs. There is no honor among thieves and forget about the pledge they took about defending anything. They are out for only one and that is themselves. If history is a judge, look at Scooter Libby. Look at any number of Republican token sacrifices offered to the political alter. But have the Dems EVER made such a sacrifice? Have they? No. They band together like a bunch of snakes in their den. And… Read more »
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