Trump’s platform for 2020.

Anyone running for re-election to a high office has three broad strategies to choose from, or a judicious mixture of them. The first is highlighting their achievements while already in office, hopefully some, the second is announcing a list of initiatives that will appeal to the electorate to make them vote for them and the third option is pointing out the failings of whoever is your challenger. Let’s take them in that order, because the early signs are that Trump’s going to use all three.

The big one of course is the American economy, which is booming. There’s not many American workers who don’t think times have got a lot better under Trump, especially when compared to the industrial decline and economic stagnation of the Obama years. Economic growth is running at over 3%, unemployment is at its lowest in half a century, over 6 million new jobs have been created and real wage growth is running at 3%. As usual, fake news is ignoring the numbers or bending over backwards to find an angle to make it seem like an economic disaster.

Factor in that black and Hispanic unemployment levels are both at never before seen lows, while female unemployment is running at a 25 year low, and it’s easy to see why the bulk of the workforce think he’s doing a good job for them. It’s the people at the lower-middle and bottom of the economic scale who’ve done particularly well under Trump’s stewardship of the economy, and they know it too. He waved that magic wand Obama sneered at and said didn’t exist, to create millions of jobs and halt the industrial decline. They’ve also had a meaty tax cut.

On the macro-economic front, job killing regulations have been severely culled together with the agencies like the EPA that seemingly existed just to craft ever more Kafkaesque rules and restrictions to kill off various out of fashion industries in order to save the planet. The ruinous trade agreements like NAFTA have all been scrapped and the massively unbalanced trade relations with foreign countries that were destroying industrial infrastructure have been adjusted back to some sort of fairness for America. It’s still a work in progress area, but all the quickie moves have been made. Industries like coal are coming back from a trade war with Washington and new factories are actually opening.

On the foreign relations front, America is definitely back in pole position. To quote Trump’s judgment of the Obama era – “the eight year apology tour is over.” Once he let the military off the leash, they destroyed ISIS in six months flat. An ever prudent Putin has decided not to even think of fucking over Trump the way he did with Obama and his red lines, and China’s pushy island hopping expansion strategy has gone into a holding loop. He’s pinned down Iran so hard, it’s basically two steps away from a liberalising revolution, and by ganging up with China, N. Korea looks to have been defanged.

There’s a lot of real bragging rights in that lot, but the big thing is that he’s restored pride in America and being an American. In a strikingly similar fashion, Ronald Reagan did exactly the same in the aftermath of the Vietnam war, the post-Watergate disillusionment with Washington and the appallingly weak presidency of Jimmy Carter. A recent poll came back with the result that 70% of voters approved of an America first policy. He’s either driving that tectonic shift in public opinion or he reads popular sentiment well enough to be riding it from the front as its spokesman. Personally, I think it’s the latter.

Moving on to the second category – promises to make to secure votes – I don’t think there’s much he needs to do there. Sure, there are problems such as completing the wall and rescuing the average worker from the disaster Obamacare has turned out to be, but it’s fairly obvious to the ordinary person that he’s been hindered at every turn by not owning the House and the Democrats playing the most negative congressional politics in living memory.

An obvious move on his part is to appeal to the electorate to vote for him so he can regain the House and thereby break the legislative logjam there by the Democrats. In curing that problem, there’s another beneficial process occurring. A lot of the RINOs in his own party are not seeking reelection because they know their history of not supporting his policies, if not downright sabotaging of them, means they’ll get punished by their own local electorates in their state primaries.

The remaining saboteurs who’re running for election again are gambling that Trump, for reasons of party unity, won’t turn up at their primaries and endorse their competition. Given the amount of loyalty they’ve shown him, and Trump’s well-known taste for cold dishes, I’m not too sure that’s a good bet – just ask Obama. After all, if he couldn’t rely on you in his first term, it would be more politic to have you replaced, and if that doesn’t succeed, what’s been lost?

Illegal immigration, like security, is high up the list of his supporters’ concerns. Illegal immigration produces illegal cheap labour, which effectively excludes blue-collar and unskilled American workers from lower paid jobs. This is either not recognised by the Democrats or simply not a consideration from their doctrinal viewpoint, which reinforces the perception by the electorate that the party cares more about illegal aliens than ordinary Americans, and there’s a lot more of the latter holding down jobs than the kings of the keyboard SJWs on social media who seem to be the sole focus of approval by the Dems.

Trump has already been seen to tackle this problem with for instance threatening tariffs on S.American countries waving caravans of illegal immigrants northwards, which, wonder of wonders, got a curative response within 24 hours rather than the usual kick the can down the road those countries had been doing for years. An easy promise to make is to increase massively fines on businesses caught employing illegal aliens and paying sub-minimal cash under the counter wages.

Another issue he’ll definitely use is abortion, and specifically late and full-term abortion. Unless he wins really big, there’s not much he can promise on the legislative side, but in the light of the excesses being commonly proposed by the Democrats, it’s become a red-hot issue to most voters, with even 50% of Democrats under 40 becoming pro-life. The political split in the country and in public opinion couldn’t be more stark.

You have brutalities where a state governor says a baby who’d survived an abortion could be killed, usually termed infanticide. You have Democrats vetoing a bill to protect such survivours. At the same time, you have Alabama passing legislation banning abortions unless the mother’s life is in danger. Vermont and New York state have effectively legalised anything up to full-term and post-birth abortion. The fake newsbots have waded in with great human beings like Christine Quinn of CNN contributing – “When a woman is pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her.”

The various Democrat positions on abortion have become so extreme, they’re actually starting to become viscerally repulsive to not only the average unaligned father or mother, but even to their own grassroots supporters. Trump will use the issue because he’s a family man and I feel more than sympathetic to the pro-life position. He’s been married three times, but unusually has great relationships with both his ex-wives and their children, the latter of whom appear to adore him.

It’s pretty inevitable that at some point he’ll address the issue of big tech censorship of conservative viewpoints. Just as fake news went into 2016 thinking they could somehow information manage a presidential election, big tech have now taken over the mantle of a totally discredited fake news and also think they can manipulate the election result. Again, Trump destroyed fake news because he simply articulated what everybody on the Right already knew – it was an untrustworthy source of information, and it’ll probably never recover from that disaster. Everybody knows big tech are deplatforming even the mildest conservative voices.

The public scorning of, threats to investigate, regulate or break up big tech will become big vote winners, and it will be at the cost of their bottom line. There’s a widget on the RHS of every page on this blog called “Hollywood vs Trump” which lists ordinarily sane business concerns who decided for reasons known only to God to mix politics with their bread and butter earning stream and got a consumer backlash from Hell. Big tech will be no different.

Moving to the third skein – attacking the opposition – it’s a target rich environment. I recently wrote a small series on the Democrat contenders vying for their party’s nomination to run against Trump in 2020. It leaned more towards considering their worth as candidates rather than any policies they were espousing, simply because they didn’t have any policies to speak of other than promising nice things they thought people wanted to have and would therefore vote for them. Obviously, a radical and innovative move in politics.

There are so many candidates for the party ticket, there’s a desperate effort amongst them to differentiate themselves from the others by proposing increasingly extreme policies. Understandable of course since they’re a fairly bland bunch, but the resultant optics paint the Dems as an extremist party, and when things are generally going well for the average person, they’ll be averse to rocking the boat by voting for a party advocating a radical change of course into uncharted waters when it doesn’t appear to be needed.

In essence, they are playing to social media and the holier than thou fake news machine, whose actual influence as we found out in 2016 might not be as strong as people inside that elevated strata believe it to be. It actually feels at times as if the fake news response to the latest tentative promise by a candidate is steering them in fake news approved directions. They’re that weak and spineless. Welcome to life inside the fake news bubble and outside of reality. It lost them the 2016 election and it’ll do the same in 2020.

Contrast that with Trump who’s been under constant attack by the fake news machine for coming up three years and he’s never in any substantial sense given an inch to them. By standing up to them, all that’s happened is he’s grown stronger and they’ve become irrelevant in terms of any meaningful political influence, since nobody believes them any more. If you’ve any doubts about that, consider that CNN’s viewing numbers have dropped 33% in the last year.

To quote the Trumpie Monster – “Democrats are the party of high taxes, open borders, late-term abortion, crime, hoaxes, and delusions.” He’ll touch on all those themes, especially the emotive ones and use them as attack points. Abortion for sure, but also the general perception of the Dems being anti-family values.

Being a pan-sexual whatever certainly plays well to social media, but not to a mum and dad with three kiddies in tow who have deep reservations about gender free toilets, drag queen story times to their children without their consent and homosexual adults in a bar flicking folded up ten dollar bills at a nine year old child prancing and posturing in a provocative sexual manner while fully made up in glitter and dressed in drag. Quite frankly, a party not seeing anything wrong about any of that is repulsive to most ordinary people.

In summary, he’s much too large a choice of targets in the negative campaigning area, not least of which looks to be his presidential contender who’s very hands on when it comes to children and loves sniffing their hair. The DNC are realistic enough to know 2020 is going to be a big loss, but why they’re pushing a candidate like that whom even a mediocrity like Obama refuses to endorse passeth all belief. Against him, Trump is laughing all the way to the bank.

Anyway, they’re his cards to play against a player whom he knows is weak on trumps, if you’ll excuse the pun.


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15 Responses to “Trump’s platform for 2020.”
  1. nzpete says:

    This blog and that of The Conservative Treehouse are two I always read for such insightful analysis. I don’t have a gift for writing in this way, so I value both the viewpoints and the means of getting them across.
    In current events, it’s going to be interesting to see how the shooting down of the American drone by Iran is dealt with by the Trump admin. “Served cold” may be far more productive than the knee jerk response many are advocating (which Trump initially appeared to go with and then re-considered).


  2. Blackswan says:


    A big disappointment in the Trump Administration has been a lack of substantially addressing voter fraud and overhaul of the Electoral System, though generally a State matter, starting with voter ID. There must be some means to a more equitable end.

    I suppose I was hoping such a move by Trump would prod Australian politicians to similarly address voter fraud and our pathetic Electoral Commission. We’ve had a huge influx of immigration here, both legal and illegal, and they are all being encouraged by the Left to vote – by any means necessary. If English is not your first language and you have difficulty, don’t worry – our helpful Labor Party apparatchiks will vote for you. Your mosque imam or your useful (idiot) Union fixer will see to it that your vote is cast for you.

    It’s the same in Canada with over 120,000 illegal voter registrations identified in the 2015 election, and yet their Electoral Authorities claim they haven’t had time to address the issue for the 2019 election. If they aren’t monitoring the integrity of elections, exactly how do they spend their highly paid time?

    We NEVER get data on how many voters are registered in any one electorate compared to how many actual votes were cast there. At least in the USA there’ve been ludicrous examples of a single candidate (always a Democrat) receiving more votes than there are registered voters in that district.

    It’s all well and good for our Australian Electoral Commissioner to say that we use “an honour system” in our country, but when Party Machines have consistently proven themselves to be far less than ‘honourable’, if not downright criminal, Free and Fair Elections are a farce. And they’ll continue to be until we see a complete reformation of how we elect our parliamentary representatives.

    In our recent election, the best example of electoral insanity is this ….

    Candidate – Party – Votes

    HUGHES, Hollie – Liberal – 28,366 Elected.
    BRAGG, Andrew – Liberal – 2,533 Elected.
    DAVET, Perin – The Nationals – 3,030 Elected
    MOLAN, Jim – Liberal – 137,325 – Previous Senator.

    Australian Army Major General Jim Molan (Retired) is a distinguished man of the highest integrity, with a record of exceptional service to our country …

    Take the example of Andrew Bragg (somebody, ANYbody … PLEASE take Bragg!!) the apparatchik accountant the Party deemed more worthy of being inexplicably declared a successfully elected Senator in the recent elections.

    Molan’s 137K+ votes were deemed by the Party, who placed him 4th on the ticket, to be defeated by the less than 35K votes drummed up by ALL the other contenders combined (nobody in the entire country came close to Molan’s primary vote) – now Bragg and his motley crew of also-rans are all Senators for a 6 year term on a base salary of $203,000 pa, and Molan is back on civvy street considering his options.

    If anybody, anywhere, can rationally explain that outrageous result to me, I’d be very grateful. It’s so typical of all that’s wrong with our utterly fractured Electoral System.

    It can be easily explained because a man of the calibre of Molan is always going to be a threat to the entrenched machinations of the bought-and-paid-for Party leadership, and corrupt Party horse-trading in preferential votes makes all the difference, but what does that say about the Democratic will of the People?

    In the 2020 elections the Democrats will pull out all stops, legal and illegal, to de-rail the Trump Juggernaut – I just wish he’d address the electoral system to better protect himself.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Blackswan says:

      (WASHINGTON) — In two politically charged rulings, the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow Thursday to efforts to combat the drawing of electoral districts for partisan gain and put a hold on the Trump administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

      The case stems from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision in 2018 to add a citizenship question to the next census, over the advice of career officials at the Census Bureau, which is part of the Commerce Department. At the time, Ross said he was responding to a Justice Department request to ask about citizenship in order to improve enforcement of the federal Voting Rights Act.

      It’s true that non-citizens and illegals would be less likely to comply with the census if there was a citizenship question, but it’s also true that district boundaries are based on numbers … and that’s what the Marxist Left needs. Numbers.

      Re-drawing boundaries impacts Electoral College votes, and those votes won Trump the 2016 election.

      But then Democracy has always been a ‘numbers game’ hasn’t it?


  3. Timbotoo says:

    If Trump doesn’t successfully address voter fraud and Electoral College shenanigans, he will lose.


    • Shoshin says:

      I don’t think the Electoral College is in any real danger. The governors of most states have done the math and realize that giving up their votes to merely benefit California and New York governor’s or senators political aspirations is LoserThink.

      The governors may express hatred toward Trump when convenient, but they value their own selfish political ambitions far, far, far more.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Another Ian says:

    Pointman – FYI

    “This Time They Will Do It Right”

    And the next cartoon in comments


  5. Graeme No.3 says:

    The Democrats think that Trump can’t win.


  6. Blackswan says:

    Latest from Project Veritas ….

    ///“Jen Gennai is the head of “Responsible Innovation” for Google, a sector that monitors and evaluates the responsible implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.  In the video, Gennai says Google has been working diligently to “prevent” the results of the 2016 election from repeating in 2020:

    “We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again.”

    “We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?”///

    These Deep State Swamp Creatures are absolutely out of control.

    When the whistleblowing Google insider is asked “Are you afraid?”, the answer was deeply disturbing.

    To paraphrase; “I am afraid … I have a lot of difficulty with the concept of my life ending because of this but I imagine what the world would look like, and it’s not a place I’d want to live in. …… But this is something bigger than me; it’s something that needs to be said to the American public.”

    And indeed, to the World.

    How confronting is it to hear a young American whistleblower knowingly put their very life on the line to expose the truth? These are the true heroes who’ll never be acknowledged; who’ll never receive a Medal of Honour for putting themselves in harm’s way and who, like Seth Rich, lost everything to expose the depths of corruption sweeping around the world.

    They are the true Patriots.

    Unless part of Trump’s platform is to address the issue of the Big Tech Goliaths, for all his vision in uplifting his country from the quagmire, he’s climbing an increasingly steep mountain. If he falls – we all lose.


  7. NoFixedAddress says:

    I happened upon the start of this in Melbourne Australia.

    I think President Donald J Trump has always known.


  8. gallopingcamel says:

    Another amazing summary of the political scene in the USA in the run up to the 2020 election. It is hard to quibble with anything you say.

    What puzzles me is that so few of the GOP representatives and senators see what you see. There are a few who will publicly support Trump such as Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, Doug Collins.

    There are others who support Trump one day and then undermine him the next. In that category I would list Lindsay Graham, Marco Rubio, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise and Ted Cruz.

    Then there are folks who seldom support Trump and usually oppose him publicly whenever they get an opportunity. Late and unlamented Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Mitch Romney belong on this list.

    In the 2018 election 46 GOP incumbents decided not to run for re-election and that was a major factor in the Dems regaining control of the House. The good news is that most of them were RINOs who had no chance of re-election. While losing the House was a disaster it was almost worth it to get rid of so many RINOs.

    In 2020 the same trend will continue but this time pro-Trump candidates will have a better chance of winning running on Donald Trump’s “Coat Tails”. My dream is that the Dems will lose control of the House.


  9. Truthseeker says:

    Pointy, you may want to add this to your sidebar of useful sites …

    The last couple of posts on Google are pretty explosive (based on the Project Veritas scoop). He is very much a free speech guy with a hippy upbringing.


    • gallopingcamel says:

      This is a scandal that will grow legs. YouTube removed the video once it started to “Go Viral” but it won’t matter as you can watch it here:

      We have all the laws we need to fix the “Google problem”. Specifically the Clayton act, the Sherman act and subsequent tweaks:

      Robinson-Patman Act, 1936
      Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, 1976

      In the late 19th century the “Robber Barons” owned Washington but by 1911 they were humbled following the Standard Oil settlement that broke up a near monopoly. Most of the parts of Standard Oil exist to this day and now each of them is bigger than the original company in terms of sales (in constant dollars), employment and any other measure.

      Google could pose a threat to our democracy comparable to the “Robber Barons” so it needs to be broken into at leats half a dozen parts before the 202 election. Likewise Fakebook. I seldom agree with Elizabeth Warren but she is right on this issue.

      Hopefully, Donald Trump will start by firing Assistant Attorney General, Makan Delrahim who is part of the anti-Trump “Deep State”. One has to wonder why it takes Trump so long to say “YOU’RE FIRED” to people putting sand in the wheels of better government. He was really good at that in the “Apprentice”.


  10. Another Ian says:

    Pointman – Political research!


    “The photos show an emotional AOC holding her face and appearing to cry. Her attention appears to be directed towards whatever is on the other side of the fence…”

    The link headline:-

    “Photos Reveal AOC Was Crying Over an Empty Parking Lot”


  11. Pointman says:

    Dunkin’ dumps store owners for hiring undocumented workers.

    They don’t want to risk those massive fines coming their way. Amazing the power of a judicious leak …



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