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On Saturday, September 8, 2018 — the day after he received an award and made a fallacy-filled speech in Illinois — Obama went on to campaign for Democrat candidates in California.

Dems say ‘no’

However, not every Democrat candidate wants him to stump for them. On September 2, The Hill reported:

Not all Democrats want Obama’s help.

Democratic candidates running in states that President Trump won by double digits in 2016 would prefer that the former president stay far away.

Some Democrats in pro-Trump states, such as Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio), say they hope Obama will campaign for them. 

Others, such as Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), want to keep the race locked on the battle between themselves and their state rivals, fearing a high-profile surrogate like Obama could distract from the strategy …

While the former president remains extremely popular with the Democratic base, especially among African-American voters, Democrats fear his entrance into some battleground states could inadvertently rev up conservatives and pro-Trump voters.

Invitation only

In true Democrat style, Obama spoke to a select audience of 750 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event was by invitation only.

Contrast this with President Trump’s rallies, which are open to thousands of people at a time who apply for a ticket online.

On September 6, The Times of San Diego featured a number of tweets from interested Dems:

The accompanying article said that tickets were few and far between. The national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee managed the distribution.

Although the convention centre can hold over 10,000 people, the Dems used ‘security concerns’ as an excuse for a small audience.

If anyone should be concerned about security, it’s Donald Trump.

Anyway, the Dems explained themselves as follows (emphases mine, except for the link):

Despite media reports that local congressional campaigns would control precious tickets, a representative of 49th District candidate Mike Levin — seeking the Rep. Darrell Issa-vacated seat — said his office didn’t have tix.

“The event is being hosted by the national party. So local groups/campaigns are unlikely to have much info” on tickets, said the spokesman. “You’ll have to reach out to the DCCC directly.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn’t immediately respond to a request for details.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Orange County noted the “text-to-win opportunity” but added: “This event was produced by the DCCC and the Obama team with very little public notice because of security concerns. The Democratic Party of Orange County was not part of the planning team.”

Caryn Puma, the spokeswoman, said Saturday’s rally otherwise has no publicly available seats.

“There will be no tickets given at the door,” she said. “Each of the seven ‘hot’ congressional campaigns got an allotment of tickets for their volunteers, and a slim handful were given to the four [Southern California] county parties.”

We know that Dems prefer small, select audiences. Obama was not in the habit of appearing at rallies with everyday voters. Hillary Clinton struggled to get students to attend her tiny meet-ups in 2016.

This is how a tiny number of Obama fans, no matter how select, looks to a Trump supporter:

Obama does not care about ordinary Democrats.

Obama’s speech

Think Progress reported on the Obama event:

Former President Obama made his first campaign stop of the midterm elections in Orange County, California Saturday to stump for seven Democratic House candidates running in districts currently held by Republicans but that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

About 750 people attended the event at Anaheim Convention Center, where Obama delivered a short speech centered on unity and the “politics of hope.” And, after a story about getting kicked out of Disneyland when he was caught smoking in the Magic Kingdom after a concert as a teenager, Obama issued an impassioned critique of Trump and the state of American democracy and encouraged the crowd to back the candidates he came to support.

How edifying:

Two never-Trump Republican defectors also spoke, which must have added an extra frisson to the proceedings:

Ahead of Obama’s remarks, two Republicans took the podium, Katherine Amoukhteh and Duraid Antone, to say they are supporting Democrats in the midterms.

“There is no shame in being a Republican, but there is shame in letting this political climate continue,” Amoukhteh said.

A few minutes later, Antone, a veteran who said he was a registered Republican when he voted for Obama, spoke about his support for Rouda, who’s running against longtime conservative lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

In these historically Republican-leaning districts, some Democrats hope they can convince Republicans to abandon their party this fall. In his speech Saturday, Obama said he wants to win over independent voters and even some Republicans — especially those who don’t recognize their own party anymore.

Obama spoke of Trump’s ‘authoritarian’ administration. If anyone had an authoritarian administration, it was Obama, as evidenced in yesterday’s post.

Reactions

The Conservative Treehouse pointed out:

One thing stands as abundantly clear, the former president is afraid – very afraid.

Former President Obama is acting like a man who knows there is a strong likelihood a win for President Trump in the mid-terms means all of the corruption discovered during Obama’s administration will surface.   When campaigning today Obama says: “things can get worse“, he’s right.  Things likely will get much, much worse…. FOR HIM.

If President Trump can keep control or gain seats within the House of Representatives; and simultaneously build on the republican majority within the senate; there’s a horizon filled with consequences for President Obama, democrat politicians, and former administration officials who weaponized government to retain power.

Everything is being controlled, scripted and planned. On the surface it might seem like President Obama is violating every polite political custom in an effort to win seats in the mid-term election; however, below the surface the real motive is to save himself.

Former Utah congressman and Republican Jason Chaffetz said:

Here’s Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) throwing Obama’s own words back at him:

ALWAYS REMEMBER ‘THE MAGIC WAND’

In 2016, Obama decried Trump for his campaign pledges on the economy.

Obama said ‘some of those jobs are not coming back’ and that Trump would have to have a ‘magic wand’ to improve GDP. Watch and listen to the first minute of this video:

I’m highlighting that specifically because doubters — ‘When did he say that? Citation needed’ — needled Trump about it. See the first comment on this tweet:

Conclusion

This Dixon Diaz/Peanuts illustration best describes Obama’s 2018 campaigning:

Enough said … except for a plea to every sensible American to vote Republican a) in remaining primaries (where applicable) and b) in November.

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Once upon a time — in 1991 — Obama paid a compliment to Donald Trump:

Obama’s association of the American Dream and Donald Trump came from a paper he co-wrote with classmate Robert Fisher at Harvard Law School that year. The paper was called ‘Race and Rights Rhetoric’. The Daily Caller reported that a mention of the paper will appear in a forthcoming Obama biography (emphasis in the original):

“Race and Rights Rhetoric” summed up the American mindset as “a continuing normative commitment to the ideals of individual freedom and mobility, values that extend far beyond the issue of race in the American mind.”

“The depth of this commitment may be summarily dismissed as the unfounded optimism of the average American—I may not be Donald Trump now, but just you wait; if I don’t make it, my children will.”

The excerpt of that previously unpublished law school paper found its way inside Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, the new 1,460-page biography written by Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Garrow that focuses on Obama’s early years.

The paper argued that black Americans should “shift away from rights rhetoric and towards the language of opportunity.”

Fast forward to the present: Obama started his mid-term campaign for the Democrats on Friday, September 7, 2018.

He received the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government award from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and used his speech to launch an unsurprising attack on President Trump. From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The nation’s first African-American president ripped Trump for his response to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.

“We’re supposed to stand up to discrimination,” Obama told an audience at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign.

“And we’re sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers. How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?”

Signaling a more direct engagement in get-out-the-vote efforts ahead of the November elections, the former Democratic president took credit for the booming economy Trump loves to tout even as he warned that the nation is at a dangerous crossroads.

“You need to vote because our democracy depends on it,” Obama told the crowd.

The speech is Obama’s first major foray into politics as Democrats scramble to win back control of Congress in the midterms.

USA Today had more:

Speaking to a packed auditorium with about 1,100 students, faculty and community members, he said young people are coming of age during a time when the powerful and privileged are pushing back on America’s ideals.

“It did not start with Donald Trump,” Obama said. “He is a symptom, not the cause. He’s just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.”

The solution, he said, is not the purported resistance movement inside the administration that is working to thwart Trump’s worst impulses, as described by a senior official who this week wrote an anonymous New York Times op-ed. Obama said that’s not how democracy is supposed to work.

“They’re not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 percent of the crazy stuff that’s coming out of this White House, and then saying, ‘Don’t worry, we’re preventing the other 10 percent,'” he said. “There is actually only one real check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that’s you. You and your vote.”

The Gateway Pundit exposed Obama’s claims (emphases in the original).

On the economic crisis of 2008-2009, which Obama said resulted in a healthier economy:

Truth: Obama was the first president in history to not have a single year of 3.0% GDP growth.

On Obamacare, which he said covered an additional 20 million Americans:

Truth: Obamacare covered 21 million but 28 million Americans remained uninsured. It was a failed government boondoggle that ruined US health industry.

On the national deficit, which he claimed to have reduced by half:

Truth: The last Bush deficit was over $400 billion. Obama immediately increased the deficit by a trillion dollars. It was at $600 billion when he left office.

On job numbers, which he claimed were unchanged from his time in office:

Truth: Manufacturing jobs are up by 400,000 under President Trump. Obama lost 303,000 manufacturing jobs as president.

President Trump was campaigning in Fargo, North Dakota, that morning for Rep. Kevin Cramer. These were his reactions:

Track records: Obama versus Trump

Let us look at the presidents’ respective track records —  and other aspects of Obama’s speech — in more detail.

The economy

Obama took full credit for Trump’s economic success:

Former Arkansas governor, past Republican presidential candidate and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s father said:

This is because Obama made negative noises about jobs and the economy during his eight years as president. During the 2016 campaign, he chided candidate Trump, saying he’d have to find a ‘magic wand’ to fulfil his promises:

This graphic by Dixon Diaz presents the contradiction nicely:

The Gateway Pundit‘s Jim Hoft posted a great comparison between the two presidents on September 8. Excerpts follow (emphases in the original):

After President Obama was elected President the already low stock market crashed.  When Trump was elected the stock market skyrocketed.  The markets are a gauge of the economy and include expectations of the future.

The day President Obama was elected President, November 4th, 2008, the DOW stood at 9,625.  Immediately however, the DOW began to tank and by March 9, 2009, the DOW could go down no further as it landed at 6,547 for a decrease of more than 30%.

After President Trump was elected the DOW exploded.  On November 8th, 2016, the DOW stood at 18,332.  Since that date the DOW has soared and it never looked back.

Not only has the DOW skyrocketed since Donald Trump was elected President, the market’s rise is record breaking.  Since the 2016 election, the DOW has closed at new record all-time highs 99 times!  (President Obama never saw a new all-time high in the DOW his entire first term and only saw 105 all-time closing highs from his first election win until Trump’s.) …

Also, President Trump didn’t ride an Obama wave, the DOW under Obama went down in 2015 and stayed relatively flat until the 2016 election.

The Russell 2000 is a major index of US small cap stocks recognized throughout the financial industry. The 2000 companies in the Russell 2000 are the bottom 2000 companies in the Russell 3000. These companies have seen incredible results as well since President Trump was elected President.  The Russell 2000 reached 31 new highs in 2017 and this year already has reached 30 new all-time highs. 

The Russell 2000 never reached a new high in Obama’s first 600 days and only reached 3 new all-time highs in his entire first term!  The other major indices are all the same, recording massive gains since President Trump was elected into office with dismal results in Obama’s first 600 days in office.

According to Rex Sinquefield at Forbes in October of 2016 –

The Obama recovery of the last seven years remains the worst in postwar American history. Average gross domestic product (GDP) growth since the bottom of the recession in 2009 was barely above 2.1% per year. The average since 1949 is well above 4% per year during the previous 10 expansions.

This result is not just bad, it is catastrophic …  

President Trump however last quarter reached a GDP of 4.2%.

In regards to debt, President Obama increased the amount of US debt astronomically.  By the time Obama left office he had doubled the US debt to $20 trillion and incurred as much debt as all previous Presidents combined.  President Trump is slowing that trend.

In his first 600 days, in spite of increasing interest rates and the massive debt that he inherited, President Trump’s debt increase is around half that of Obama’s ($1.5 trillion).

As a result, the debt to GDP ratio is going down.  President Obama increased the US debt to GDP ratio by 40% from around 60% in 2009 to over 100% in 2016.

With his increasing GDP and slowing of debt increases, President Trump has managed to decrease the debt to GDP ratio in his first 600 days in office.  This is a very good result that is rarely mentioned by the MSM …

Trump bested Obama by 804,000 manufacturing jobs since taking over White House when compared to the 19 months prior to the 2016 election!  These high paying jobs are the same jobs that Obama said would never come back.

In President Obama’s first 600 days in office, the US lost over (4.4) million jobs.  In President Trump’s first 600 days in office, the US has gained over 3.4 million jobs.

In summary, in every major economic category, President Trump’s economy is moving in the right direction and is mostly record breaking.  In comparison, President Obama’s economy his first 600 days were some of the worst months in US economic history. President Trump has reversed the Obama economic nightmare.

Benghazi

Obama also spoke about Benghazi, which his opponents hoped would prevent him getting re-elected. Not only was he re-elected but the Benghazi investigation, which started early in 2013 and finished in 2016, was a damp squib. As K T McFarland wrote for Fox News in 2015:

The Benghazi Committee set out to investigate why four Americans died in Benghazi September 11, 2012, not to damage a presidential candidate. Rightly or wrongly, their credibility has been called into question, including by statements from fellow Republicans.

On Friday, Obama called the unanswered questions surrounding Benghazi a ‘conspiracy theory’:

Kris Paronto, an Army Ranger, is a Benghazi survivor. He had strong words for Obama:

Censorship

Obama claimed he took the high road when it came to opposition in the media:

Radio host Dana Loesch (pron. ‘Lash’) tweeted:

This chap with a parody account (he’s not a congressman), pointed out:

Nazis

Obama criticised Trump for tolerating Nazis in American society:

He obviously hasn’t been reading the news, because on August 21, ICE arrested and deported the last Nazi in the US:

95-year-old Jakiw Palij — the last known Nazi collaborator living in the United States — at his home in Queens, New York, and deported him to Germany.

“President Trump commends his Administration’s comprehensive actions, especially ICE’s actions, in removing this war criminal from United States soil,” the Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement. “Despite a court ordering his deportation in 2004, past administrations were unsuccessful in removing Palij.”

“To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Pali,” the statement continued. “Through extensive negotiations, President Trump and his team secured Palij’s deportation to Germany and advanced the United States’ collaborative efforts with a key European ally.”

Trump’s ambassador to Germany jumped on the issue straightaway, pointing out that Obama himself did nothing. Oh, the irony!

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement from the White House. She, too, mentions that past administrations, e.g. Obama’s, were ineffectual in this regard:

In summary …

Former Fox News host Eric Bolling summed up the respective presidential records as follows:

Other views

There were serious reasons why Americans voted for Trump in 2016, as Rep. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) said:

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) tweeted:

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino called the former president ‘divisive’:

… and had an interesting take:

Conclusion

There’s only one more thing that needs to be said:

Obama needed his words thrown back at him. Glad to see someone did so.

More Americans were able to treat themselves to steak on Labor Day, Monday, September 3.

On Friday, August 31, Bloomberg reported there was a ‘bull run’, putting poultry processors in the shade (emphases mine):

A buzzing economy and low U.S. unemployment is a boon for beef, typically considered a premium meat. Gains for the cattle herd means retail prices have fallen. Combine that with grocer discounts for the holiday, and steaks and burgers could be the cheapest they’ve been in years, attracting demand.

Meanwhile, other meats are in the doldrums. There are record supplies of chicken and pork in the U.S., and even with prices at multiyear lows, it’s more than most people care to eat. Companies including Tyson Foods Inc. and Sanderson Farms Inc. have recently said that bargains on beef were hurting poultry.

“Margins for retailers are great, and consumers are back into beef now that prices are better,” said Will Sawyer, an economist at Greenwood Village, Colorado-based CoBank. “Chicken, which had been the recession special for so long, is having to take a back seat to the more pricey protein.”

Americans are hungry for burgers and steaks partly because they’ve been deprived. A drought caused ranchers to reduce herds to a six-decade low in 2014, and beef prices shot up to an all-time high. The meat was so expensive it forced consumers to cut back, with consumption declining to the lowest since the 1970s. Now, even with cheaper prices and bigger supplies, demand still hasn’t bounced back to where it was before the recession, Sawyer said. That means there’s still plenty of room for increased buying.

Beef consumption will rise 1.4 percent this year to 57.7 pounds on a per-capita basis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said this month. Demand will grow to 58.7 pounds next year, the agency estimates.

President Trump tweeted about the ongoing prosperity during his administration:

He also tweeted about the state of the nation:

Job numbers have continued to rise in 2018, creating various national records:

By June, thanks to President Trump, the US had its lowest unemployment rate in recorded American history!

On August 5, the Gateway Pundit reported that nearly 25% of all US jobs created in the 21st century can be credited to President Trump.

Every American can work now

especially minorities:

Also, young people are being hired like never before — well, at least since 1966:

Tax cuts are helping, too:

Candidate Trump campaigned on job creation in 2016, proclaiming:

I’ll be the greatest jobs president God ever created.

Promises made, promises kept!

Did the American media celebrate Labor Day — Monday, September 3 — by revealing the positive news about the economy this year?

Probably not.

However, they did latch on to two Trump tweets:

Did the Mockingbird sing? Click on the QAnon.app link to enlarge:

Q posted the image, made by a QAnon follower, in message 2073 of September 3.

President Trump’s tweet refers to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California) and Rep. Chris Collins (R-New York).

It is a strange thing that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, even indirectly, would take action against two fellow Republicans when mid-term elections are only weeks away.

As Trump points out, it’s too late now for other Republicans to replace them. As Duncan Hunter’s Republican primary rival Bill Wells told NPR on August 23 (emphases mine):

my main concern was that we would end up with a Democrat representative in this very conservative district, and I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen. So I ran hoping that if an indictment came, it would come during the primary, but it didn’t. And I was narrowly edged out of the second-place spot. So I couldn’t be on the ballot now even if I wanted to be.

That means only one thing: this will probably open the door to two Democrat wins.

Although CBS News reported that Chris Collins is in a good position to win re-election since other candidates in recent history have run while being under indictment, nearly all were either convicted, pressured to withdraw/resign or expelled from office.

The question remains: whose side is Jeff Sessions on?

Trump is right. The Left will adopt Sessions as one of their own now.

In reading about Helsinki 2018, it was gratifying to see that the Finns were so supportive of President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, in the US, he is still loathed (image below from Rumpole2 in New Zealand):

As Trump said over a year ago:

This week, former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper gave credit to Obama for the Mueller probe:

President Obama is responsible for that, and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. I think that’s an important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama.

In other words (image from 8chan):

Remember that Clapper and a whole host of other intelligence community people still have their security clearance, even if they are no longer working in government.

So, it comes as good news to read that Trump is thinking of taking action — based on criticism he received after Helsinki 2018. From Bloomberg (emphases mine):

President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of former FBI Director James Comey, ex-CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama-era national security officials who have criticized him.

Trump has been seething over criticism of his Helsinki summit last week with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and public doubts Trump expressed about U.S. intelligence findings that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election. Brennan called Trump’s performance “treasonous.”

The president is “exploring the mechanism” to remove their access to classified information because of criticism the officials have leveled against his conduct of relations with Russia, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday.

“They’ve politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances,” Sanders said. “Making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia against the president is extremely inappropriate.”

Sanders said Trump also was considering stripping security clearances from James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence; Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency; and Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser …

“This is just a very, very petty thing to do,” Clapper said on CNN. “The security clearance has nothing to do with how I or any of us feel about the president. I don’t get briefings, I don’t have access to any classified information, it’s frankly more of a courtesy.”

In other words (image from 8chan):

EXACTLY!

On the lighter side of things, Coca Cola are personalising their bottles on request (image from The_Donald):

But I digress.

On to Helsinki 2018 — Monday, July 16, 2018 — and various tweets that show the Finnish capital that day.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland was welcoming:

Here are the two leaders’ planes at the airport:

The ‘summit’ took a lot of planning:

This was the scene at the site of Helsinki 2018 that morning …

… ready to host a historically significant meeting:

Security was tight:

Nonetheless, crowds of onlookers appeared:

It’s a shame that Trump received such scathing — and unwarranted — criticism. Could this be the reason?

But, there’s something more to the Democrats’ and GOPe’s criticism: they’re afraid of intelligence Putin might have given Trump about them and their friends in Washington DC.

Regardless:

How true.

I’ll cover the outrage in tomorrow’s post.

A great Republican National Committee (RNC) ad calls out the violent Left.

This came out on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. It’s excellent for the mid-terms (YouTube link here):

Some commenters think that, at the end, the ad should have said ‘Democrats’ rather than ‘the Left’.

No matter. It’s still powerful.

Please circulate to friends and family who think the Dems are still a sane political party.

On Tuesday, May 22, President Trump addressed the Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala.

He said (emphases mine):

This organization bears the name of one of the greatest champions of freedom in American history: Susan B. Anthony. (Applause.) She fought for decades to end slavery, to secure women’s right to vote, and to respect the dignity of every single person. A great person, a great woman, was she. (Applause.)

Now we have a chance to honor her legacy and restore the first right in the Declaration of Independence. It’s called the right to life. (Applause.)

The president then introduced the Alexanders from Gaithersburg, Maryland, who adopted an opioid-dependent baby girl, Catherine. Now four years old, Catherine is developing normally, including cognitively:

Hi, Catherine. Hi. (Applause.) Come on up here, Catherine. Come on. Catherine is four years old, and she is full of incredible energy, spirit, and talent. At the age of two — come on up, Catherine — she memorized “America the Beautiful.” She recites poetry. And recently she announced to her dad that when she grows up she wants to be a famous police officer. And then, when she gets tired of that, she wants to become President. That’s okay with her. (Applause.) She’ll be President someday.

Every time Catherine’s older siblings come home from school, Catherine runs into their arms and gives them a great, big, beautiful hug. They’re amazed by how much she loves them and how much they love her.

So tonight, we celebrate you, Catherine. We celebrate your life. Thank you, darling. (Applause.)

The president pointed out that the United States has more pro-life people in government than ever before in recent history:

This video clip has highlights of the event:

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and Republican presidential candidate, made an excellent point:

If only Democrats realised that.

Thank goodness America has someone in the White House who does.

Thursday, May 10, 2018, was a busy day for President Trump.

It began in the early hours with the welcome home to three Americans who had been detained in North Korea.

It ended with a rally in Elkhart, Indiana, where Trump set the tone for the 2018 mid-term elections.

At the rally, Trump quipped about the long day:

“At 2.a.m. early this morning and by the way I got back to the White House at 4:30 a.m. and somebody said, ‘Oh that’s ok you can just cancel Indiana tonight.’ I said, you just don’t know the people of Indiana. I don’t have the courage to cancel,” he added.

The COO of Donald J. Trump for President was there:

Elkhart is near South Bend, which is home to the University of Notre Dame. The small city is best known for the production of RVs (recreational vehicles). Elkhart still has a small-town look, including a traditional Main Street.

It was a good location for a Trump rally, as the greater South Bend area is known as Michiana, encompassing this part of northern Indiana and the southwestern border with Michigan. It is also fairly close (by American standards) to Chicago. Elkhart is readily accessible by rail, which further added to its appeal.

Incidentally, Obama also liked Elkhart:

While Michiana is filled with Democrat voters, 7,000 Trump fans were inside North Side Middle School’s auditorium for the rally, with 10,000 listening to proceedings outdoors.

You can get a full perspective of the packed venue here. To be one of the lucky ones inside a Trump rally, you need to get there early, even 24 hours in advance. Heaven only knows where everyone parked. Yet, people were patient, and some probably made new friends. Meanwhile, the media were setting up their equipment inside the auditorium.

Traffic warnings and road closures made the news. Obama had been in South Bend twice before during his tenure (2009 and 2016), so locals are used to presidential disruption. Protesters were also present.

Regardless of political preference, some local residents made sure they could get a view of the airport when Trump arrived. Local businesses also put up displays welcoming the president; Democrat or Republican, it is ‘an honour’.

Local lawmakers either attended or spoke at the rally.

Trump arrived at South Bend International Airport shortly after 6 p.m.

The NBC affiliate, located at Notre Dame, posted a video of Air Force One:

Meanwhile, back in Elkhart, one woman was delighted that CNN’s Jim Acosta took a photo of her:

Not everyone was so enthusiastic about CNN, however:

The crowd was revved.

Vice President Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, attended. He and his wife Karen flew in on Air Force Two:

The crowd gave him a rousing ovation:

He addressed the audience:

He pointed to the jobs success in Elkhart:

And introduced the president:

Before state office holders and Pence spoke, the rally, which started at 7 p.m., began in the traditional way:

Trump began speaking at 7:29 p.m.

Highlights follow. Each tweet linked below has a video clip.

The president acknowledged the crowd:

He spoke about the world’s renewed respect for the United States:

.: “We are unlocking new opportunities for prosperity and for peace. All of these changes are happening because America is being respected again.”

He discussed North Korea:

.: “On June 12th, in Singapore, I’ll be meeting with Kim Jong Un to pursue a future of peace and security for the world.”

Weakness:

.: “You know what gets you into nuclear wars and you know what gets you into other wars? Weakness.”

Jobs:

Trump: “Here at home. The great news keeps rolling in. 3.3 million new jobs since the election.”

Record employment for blacks:

.: “African American unemployment has reached the lowest level in the history of our country.”

Strong borders:

.: “We believe that a strong nation must have strong borders.”

Patriotism:

.: “We have pride in our history and respect for our great American flag.”

Fair trade:

.: “We want trade deals that are fair and, by the way, reciprocal.”

The new embassy in Jerusalem, which opened on Monday, May 14:

.: “Next week we will finally open the American Embassy in Jerusalem.”

And Iran:

.: “We’re putting the harshest, strongest, most stringent sanctions on Iran.”

He also criticised Joe Donnelly, the state’s Democrat senator for that district who refused to vote for the tax cut and Obamacare repeal.

Trump invited the Republican candidate for Senate onto the platform:

CBS affiliate WSBT had a good summary of the rally speeches, including soundbites from Mike Braun’s:

… he said “one of the neatest experiences of my life is spending 30 minutes riding with the president. You wouldn’t believe the advice you get.”

But also told the crowd he’s a businessman and an outsider just like the President — who he calls “his inspiration.”

“When I started this journey, almost a year ago, I traveled the states, spent a lot of time in the north. Wanted to make sure this was going to end up with a good result,” said Braun. “Wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t inspired by what this man did in 2016. He cleared the field systematically and really that was the inspiration for doing it.”

Braun said he will “retire Joe Donnelly.”

Local reporter Taurean Small from ABC57 summarised Trump’s talking points well:

The rally ended at 8:30 p.m.:

Here is RSBN’s video of the rally:

Their reporters were happy (The Conservative Treehouse has more videos from them):

Then it was time for President Trump to return to Washington.

This was the motorcade on the way back to the airport:

And finally, as Mike and Karen Pence headed downstate to Indianapolis:

He tweeted Fox News’s video of his hour-long speech along with his thanks for the crowd’s enthusiasm:

Trump is off and running for MAGA candidates this year. As the year progresses, he will have even more great news to report.

Scott Presler is a pro-Trump activist and Vice Chairman of the Virginia Beach Young Republicans.

If the Republicans had more like him, the coming mid-terms would be less of a worry.

Presler might be atypical of the standard GOP supporter but not unusual for a Trump supporter: he’s young and gay.

Last November, he gave an interview to CNN’s Don Lemon about immigration and terrorism. He said that the average American family is concerned about putting food on the table and paying their bills. They do not need more things to worry about:

Although Presler wants voters to elect Republicans this year, he is unhappy with the GOP leadership both in the House …

… and the Senate:

Presler is fearless in his quest to be out and about for the MAGA agenda:

Sometimes, a friend joins him:

People honk in support of the messages. One man even dropped off a bag of soft drinks and snacks as a thank you.

Unfortunately, he gets threats from the Left. Fortunately, he knows how to defend himself should that day ever come. I pray that God keeps him safe.

When he’s at home, he can be found writing thank you notes to Trump voters:

He is a firm believer in putting America first:

He teaches other Republicans useful Democrat tactics:

It’s easy enough to do. Visit the website of Scott’s employer.

Fortunately, people are catching on in the Midwest …

… and further west:

As the Democrats move further left, Republican activism is essential, particularly this year. (By the way, the top tweet is a response to Presler about a threat he received):

Scott Presler agrees with Dr Trump’s assessment. On March 29, he gave an AMA — Ask Me Anything — interview to The_Donald. Excerpts follow, taken in order, emphases mine.

He wrote:

Conservatives are too nice. We have to be ruthless & relentless.

Yes, indeed!

A minority veteran wrote that he wanted to empower poorer neighbourhoods in New York City, saying that the Democrats’ policies ruined them. Scott replied:

We need your voice, especially as a Hispanic American. Minorities in the Republican party must speak up. People need to hear from you. I go out with a sign that says, “Democrats choose illegal aliens over American citizens,” and I arm myself with facts, like 3.6 Million black children are in poverty. Where are the democrats for these children?

Raise your voice. Be vocal and visible. Talk to people and share your story. Be vulnerable. People need to hear you.

Getting out the vote in 2018 requires a lot of Republicans and Scott’s employer is the place to go to enrol:

If you want to get involved and make a difference, then become an activist at actforamerica.org/activist.

Voter registration, voter registration, voter registration.

Follow @ScottPresler for information on elections and volunteering.

Also:

you can help me with phone calls, and call into other states to win elections.

Someone said it felt as if only President Trump listens to the American people. Do GOP politicians pay attention?

Trust me when I say this: They pay attention. Make the phone calls, write the emails, and make sure they know who you are. You do matter and you are important, and they need to hear from you. If they never hear dissent, they will figure that no matter how bad things get, that Republicans won’t care.

Raise your voice loud and proud.

Someone asked how Presler became an activist:

President Obama inspired me.

I started my Twitter account the day he was reelected. I told myself, “You can sit at home and explain, or go make a difference in the world.” I started volunteering, fell in love, and the rest is history.

I’ll be doing this until the day I die.

A reader complimented him on sending handwritten thank you notes:

Thank you. I’ve proudly handwritten 1,400 thank you letters. I love connecting with each of you.

I recently wrote one to a 103-year-old woman.

Who comes after President Trump?

I’m not sure anyone has the spine, courage, or bravery of President Trump. That worries me.

In the meantime, what about the Democrats pushing for a repeal of the Second Amendment?

The democrats are 100% coming after our guns. Not voting, or abstaining from voting, is a vote for the repeal of the 2nd Amendment.

Now is the time to get involved:

I say we give the democrats a run for their money. To be honest, we aren’t working hard enough. Where are our protests? Where is our organizing? … Unless we want to get crushed in November, we better start getting prepared now.

We have a country to save & I will not resign myself to watching it fail.

The GOP might have to take stances that go against traditional policy positions:

I think it’s a stroke of sheer genius for [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell to be pushing the decriminalization of industrial hemp.

Look, folks: The fact of the matter is that the next generation is going to be pro-marijuana. You want those votes, or do you want the democrats to get them?

We have to think strategically.

Hmm.

But — on voting in the primaries:

Be smart and strategic. We have to be cognizant that EVERY district is different. In swing districts, we can’t put far-right people. We have to know when and where to be strategic and put a more “moderate” candidate. The fact of the matter is that the Republican Party is still diverse. The big picture is we have to win: In order to win … we simply have to be calculating and strategic.

Someone complimented him on boldly sitting in a Starbucks window with a big message on his PC earlier this year.

Presler warned readers that the Democrats are fired up:

The democrats are fired up. I’m waiting to see the fire, passion, and energy from our side.

Prove me wrong.

Also, for those living in left-wing states:

Mind over matter. Just because you live in a blue state doesn’t mean you can’t effect chance. In fact, you have more power than you think. Imagine: the democrats are organizing in Texas, a red state. We need to be organizing everywhere.

Focus on voter registration: Grow the Republican party one voter at a time. If you are looking for other avenues, you can call into other states to get out the vote!

Someone rightly pointed out that Presler should be running voter outreach for the White House. He replied:

I wish. I want to meet President Trump so badly.

Someone asked him if he had ever received a reply to this tweet to Ronna Romney McDaniel:

He replied:

No response. The offer still stands. I want, more than anything, to help.

Presler urged Trump supporters to be active, especially this year. He agreed with someone who lamented weak willed Republicans:

EXACTLY! We control the House, Senate, and the White House. I will never understand why Republicans still don’t have a spine after a historic victory.

Not everyone can do what Scott Presler is doing, but every Trump supporter spending time online can a) tweet if they’re on Twitter or b) start a WordPress blog and post one item daily. It can even be copying a tweet, accompanied by a one sentence comment.

That’s all it takes: one short, powerful post per day.

Trump supporters need to become a GOP army, because the GOP establishment, including — nay, especially — Ronna Romney McDaniel — sure isn’t going to do anything.

This will be my last political post before Easter.

Below are useful memes and a brief news update which can be discussed with family, friends and — for those online — readers.

Memes

This one is for those who don’t understand how they are being conned by the Uniparty:

If I’d done that photo, I would have replaced ‘Conservatives’ with ‘Deplorables’ (i.e. Trump supporters), but no matter. Not all Trump supporters are conservatives, and a number of conservatives are not Trump supporters.

Some Republican legislators are also part of the Uniparty in terms of preserving the status quo with regard to personal enrichment. They are called RINOs — Republicans In Name Only. Below are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin):

Here’s more about those two Swamprats:

The next one is for people who are upset at Trump’s signing the Omnibus bill on Friday, March 23:

It is essential to know that Obama (D) did a great job of hollowing out the military, work which began in 2004 under his predecessor Bush II (R): two sides of the same coin. See how the Uniparty works?

As for the anti-Trumpers (D) and never-Trumpers (R), the normally sensible people who are angry about the Omnibus bill would do well to focus instead on the mid-terms this year:

By the way, the Wall will get built. The Omnibus bill provides funding for chain link fence to complete the existing border reinforcement and repair existing parts. The Army Corps of Engineers is likely to build the new construction from Department of Defense funds:

The Swamp approaches drainage

Concerning the Swamp, we can thank Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) for his dogged pursuit of the truth as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Chad Pergram of Fox News posted two important tweets on March 22:

Spare a prayer for Melania Trump

First Lady Melania Trump must be going through hell with the media pounding on women who supposedly had affairs with President Donald Trump.

Notice that these women all claim their dalliances happened in 2005 or 2006. Interesting. Melania got married in 2005 and gave birth to Barron in 2006.

One could say that the media are bullying her with this constant onslaught of alleged infidelity. To turn on the television and find them interviewing these women — the latest being 60 Minutes on March 25 — and reporting on them day after day is unconscionable. The media are trying to break the First Lady down, get her to look depressed and, best of all (for them), file for divorce.

Therefore, please spare a prayer for Mrs Trump. The past few years, from 2015 to the present, must have been and continue to be very difficult for her.

She is making good on her 2016 promise to help tackle cyberbullying. Her critics are attacking her because they deem her husband to be a cyberbully. (He’s actually telling the truth about bad people.) On March 20:

Melania Trump pushed back against critics Tuesday, declaring her commitment to combating cyberbullying despite the hits she has endured for taking on the issue while her husband routinely goes on Twitter to berate foes and call them names.

“I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing this topic,” the first lady said. “I have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue, and I know that will continue. But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right. I am here with one goal: helping children and our next generation.”

Mrs. Trump commented as she convened executives from major online and social media companies at the White House to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety. The meeting came more than a year after she announced that cyberbullying would be her cause if Trump were elected president.

The choice was immediately assailed. On Tuesday, a defiant sounding Mrs. Trump said she’s not backing down.

The first lady said she gets many letters from children who have been bullied or who feel threatened on social media. She told the executives “I believe together we can make a real difference in encouraging positive behaviors on social media.”

Amazon, Snap, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft sent representatives, as did the Internet Association and the Family Online Safety Institute.

I wish her much success. A year from now, Barron Trump will turn 13, at which point he will be eligible for social media.

More to come after Easter.

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