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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn’t done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The “Promises Made, Promises Kept” slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn’t understand the irony.

“The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was,” the editorial board said. “Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile.”

Yet, Trump is asking for four more years, the Journal questioned.

“Yet, Mr. Trump is asking for four more years, and his preoccupation with vindicating 2016 won’t resonate much beyond his core supporters,” the editorial said. Yet, according to analysts, that’s what they’re hoping to do for 2020, expand the Trump base.

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Most non-Trump supporters don’t much care about Trump’s attacks on an opponent who is no longer running or serving anywhere in government. Yet, Tuesday night, that’s exactly what Trump wanted people to hear.

For the rest of America, the Journal said: “they want to know why they should take a risk on Mr. Trump and his volatile character for another term.”

“One paradox is that his main policy successes have come from pursuing a conventional conservative agenda,” the op-ed continued. “The failures have been on the issues like trade and immigration that are the most identified with Trumpian disruption.”

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While he might be making the right-wing happy by appointing life-long, homophobic judges, there is a long list of promises Trump still hasn’t managed to usher in. After having both houses of Congress controlled by Republicans, he still couldn’t legislate. Now that Democrats are in control of the House, he’s refusing to work with them on issues that the both parties can agree with. It provokes the question of why anyone would want to deal with four more years of something like that.

“On immigration, however, the President missed a chance to strike a deal trading more border security (including his wall) for legalizing Dreamers,” the op-ed continued. “On trade, Mr. Trump has disrupted global rules but has put nothing new and stable in their place. Asking voters to believe he’ll do better on these issues in a second term isn’t likely to turn many swing voters his way.”

Despite his lack of popularity, Trump seems to be moving in the direction of trying to drag down his opponents to be just as bad as he is.

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“If the Democrats oblige by nominating Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, that might be possible. But that is making a bet on the other party’s mistake, and a re-election campaign is typically a referendum on the incumbent,” the Journal said. The op-ed went on to give policy suggestions that Trump could be using to debate Democrats with. They must know that if it doesn’t involve an applause line for his wall, it’s never going to be uttered.

Regardless of the policy, however, Trump will never win a policy fight, they conceded. But he also won’t win by running on 2016, “or playing only to his political base. He needs more than he offered voters on Tuesday night.”

Read the full op-ed at the Wall Street Journal.


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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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