Trump’s Popularity is Not Inexplicable

In a routine that has become familiar of late, CNN’s Jim Acosta reports the ongoing ascendancy of Donald Trump in the polls with a mixture of dismay and disbelief. With these emotions front and center on his November 5 cable show, Acosta grimly reported the latest polling on the 2024 presidential candidates, noting that Trump is now ahead of Biden in five out of six crucial swing states. In Nevada, where Trump lost by 2 percentage points in 2020, Trump is now up by 11 points over Biden.

As Acosta proceeded to interview experts in an attempt to make sense out of this, the prevailing message was Biden is too old, and that has voters worried. David Frum, a reliable uniparty stalwart, reassured Acosta that “Trump is only three years younger than Biden,” and that Trump is so weak and elderly that he “can’t even open a jar of pickles.” The men then proceeded to applaud Biden as physically hale and hearty, dismissing concerns about his age as unwarranted.

Is that the best they can do? On November 5, during Acosta’s predictable series of questions with a predictably anti-Trump assortment of guests, nobody cared to acknowledge that people age at different rates. Once the conversation pivoted to rote condemnation of Trump for his many legal challenges, nor was there any acknowledgement that whatever wrongs Trump may have committed, they are easily matched by the Clintons and the Bidens.

Every voter in America who isn’t perpetually marinated in online and offline uniparty newspeak will consider these things to be objective fact: Trump is physically robust, Biden is not. Trump is a victim of politicized lawfare, Biden is not. But denying these facts is not only the compulsory position of America’s housebroken, government-approved influencers like Acosta and Frum, they are the entire basis of their case for Biden.

What one almost never sees from these purportedly balanced sources of news and information is the case for Trump. But on November 4, in an article published by BBC, there appeared a surprisingly fair summary of many of Trump’s goals if he is reelected. Entitled “What a Donald Trump second term would look like,” and contrary to what was probably the author’s intent (another example of how the establishment really doesn’t get just how out of touch it is), every one of the policies described came across as perfectly reasonable and badly needed.

To Trump’s supporters, the policies he’ll implement are well known. Secure the border. End birthright citizenship. Restore, as Trump has himself said over and over, a requirement that people migrating to America bring skills and sentiments that will enable them to easily assimilate and immediately become productive citizens.

The principle at work with these immigration policy reforms ought never to have slipped away. Americans have realized the disaster of the past three years violates every aspect of a sane immigration policy. There is no border security, and no criteria for legal entry that respects the interests of Americans already living here. And yet America’s government-approved media is in blithe denial of the harm caused by 10 million people who in just three years have swarmed across the border to overwhelm social services, break big city budgets, catalyze the spread of fentanyl, enable the infiltration of terrorist cells and cartel gangs, while driving prices up and wages down.

America’s broken immigration system, for whom the only beneficiaries are government bureaucrats and corporate financiers who simply want a bigger population in order for them to grow, respectively, their fiefdoms and their profits, has infuriated ordinary Americans. They’re done. And the only politician in the United States who unequivocally intends to fix it is Donald Trump.

Other policies the BBC report characterizes as “controversial” are, to the less tone deaf majority of Americans, nothing of the sort. “Opening the spigots” to permanently lower energy prices is a perfect example. If mass immigration of unskilled people creates opportunities to grow government while assaulting the middle class with new taxes to pay for it, lowering energy prices creates opportunities for the private sector to grow and create new jobs and enables working families to afford upward mobility and expand the middle class.

Trump’s common sense policies on energy extend to environmentalist issues in general. Instead of issuing executive orders that mandate extreme, bleeding edge “green” appliances and automobiles, or regulate new single family homes out of existence, Trump will restore sanity to America’s environmentalist policies and keep a middle class lifestyle affordable. Here too, Americans have realized the environmentalist movement, and the oligarchs who profit from it, have declared war on their way of life. They’ve had enough, and Trump is the only politician who thoroughly understands what’s happened and intends to fix it.

With respect to law and order, Trump also offends the status quo. He proposes to “round up the homeless and move them to tent camps outside US cities,” and of course, to the politically connected, heavily subsidized developers who are getting filthy rich building “supportive housing” at $500,000 per unit, or the social workers giving away food and free syringes, that’s an outrageous idea. But it’s the only idea that’s going to work. As it is, America’s homeless population is only incentivized to grow, spreading crime, addiction, chaos, disease and danger.

Control immigration in a manner that strengthens America instead of weakening and dividing it. Lower the cost of living by adopting a realistic all-of-the-above energy policy and rolling back extreme environmentalist regulations. Take away the incentives for people to give up and join America’s burgeoning homeless population. Enforce property and drug crimes not only to administer justice, but to deter would-be offenders. Require state school teachers to “embrace patriotic values.”

What heresy.

Biden’s message, and by extension the message of every institutional power that supports Biden and opposes Trump is easy to understand: You don’t matter. Hard work doesn’t matter. American traditions and values don’t matter. Nothing matters, actually, except to what extent you can present yourself as a victim of the people who built America because they worked hard, embracing American traditions and values.

The Trump alternative, proven during his first term, has terrified the opposition. They called Trump a warmonger and accused him of trying to “break up NATO.” Yet he negotiated peace agreements in the Balkans and the Middle East, and pressured NATO members to honor their funding commitments. They accuse Trump of trying to “destroy democracy,” at the same time as they wage unrelenting political persecution against Trump, dozens of his associates, and thousands of his followers.

According to the BBC and other terrified organs of the establishment, Trump’s team is working with conservative organizations to minimize the opportunity, if he is elected again, for a hostile federal bureaucracy to thwart his policy initiatives and executive orders. This is characterized by establishment apparatchiks as a threat to democracy. It is not. It is a long overdue repudiation of a politicized and biased bureaucracy that has usurped the authority that is constitutionally vested in a U.S. President.

What is a threat to democracy, however, are the plans to deny Trump victory in 2024, using tactics that worked in 2020. Regardless of whatever else may have been done against him in 2020 that constitutes voter fraud, the plain fact remains that there was an organized “Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election” for Biden, obscenely well funded. And as John Eastman testified in his disbarment trial – excellent, honest coverage by Rachel Alexander – there is ample evidence that laws were broken in order to affect the election outcome in crucial swing states.

If that’s not enough, as described by Dr. Robert Epstein in a series of recent Tim Pool video interviews, just manipulation of search results and targeted messages by social media platforms to encourage Democrats – and only Democrats – to go vote, has a dramatic impact on actual results, turning landslides into cliffhangers, and close races into easy Democratic wins.

Anyone who bothers to view alternative media, which is hard but not impossible to find, already knows all of this. Knowing the game is rigged, and it is, further explains Trump’s rise in the polls. He is the underdog, unfairly maligned, with policies that would help the American people. Standing in opposition to Trump is Joe Biden, who offers America and the world a future of war and poverty.

It isn’t the growing support for Trump that is inexplicable. It’s his apoplectic opposition.


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About Edward Ring

Edward Ring is a senior fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is also the director of water and energy policy for the California Policy Center, which he co-founded in 2013 and served as its first president. Ring is the author of Fixing California: Abundance, Pragmatism, Optimism (2021) and The Abundance Choice: Our Fight for More Water in California (2022).

Photo: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06: Former President Donald Trump exits the courtroom after testifying at his civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on November 06, 2023 in New York City. Trump testified in the civil fraud trial that alleges that he and his two sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump conspired to inflate his net worth on financial statements provided to banks and insurers to secure loans. New York Attorney General Letitia James has sued seeking $250 million in damages. His sons testified in the trial last week and his daughter Ivanka Trump is scheduled to testify on Wednesday after her lawyers were unable to block her testimony. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

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  1. And yet Democrat victories keep piling up.

    I wanted to get up early this morning to see how the elections went in key states----hoping to see Republican victories in Ohio on the abortion issue, hoping to see Republicans capture both Houses in Virginia, and hoping to see a new Republican governor in Kentucky. Sadly, I was disappointed on all three.

    I get it that voters see things differently in state races from national races, but, come on! Can voters not see that local DOES affect national? That state policies can be just as destructive as national policies?

    I was very saddened to see in Ohio that the ability to kill the unborn remains paramount. A fifteen week abortion ban does not seem that unreasonable. There were even the usual inclusions for rape, incest, and health of the mother, but it appears Ohioans want the ability to kill all the way up to birth.

    And it looks like the Trump Effect does not apply in Kentucky. Voters there chose to keep Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear as chief executive over Republican Daniel Cameron, the state’s attorney general. Crazily, the governor’s mansion is the only Democrat office held in the whole state. Weird.

    Virginia I can better understand. The size, power, and wealth of Northern Virginia is difficult to surpass. I guess suburban moms feel they got their education victories two years ago and it is time to move back to the Democrat Plantation. Of course, the Virginia Assembly can now undo all that Younkin accomplished but what the hey?

  2. Avatar for task task says:

    The apoplectic opposition is called the Swamp but it really represents tribalism which is as alive and pertinent today as it was in the Stone Age. The tribe entrusted with operating a Constitutional based government lacks principles, morals, ethics and honor. When you give such people the levers of power, which can be used for their benefit, you can expect them to be bribed, threatened and easily coerced. In essence you put your personal liberty at great risk. The culture is more rotten than Orwell, himself, could even have imagined. And most of all, despite the lack of a Constitutional based government, it could still operate somewhat effectively if there was accountability. Exactly what have House Republicans done to undo the J6 prosecutions? Julie Kelly is an astute observer who provides clarity but she lacks power. Again, what have House and Senate Republicans done to address injustices that would not even be tolerated in militant Banana Republics? All of them should be acting in solidarity to address the assault on the Rule of Law and the Bill of Rights. They huff and they sometimes puff but do little more. At the very least they should impeach Joe Biden and tie the impeachment to the open borders and what may soon become an American October 7. And as part of the process they can certainly find a way to make their consternation over the J6 prosecutions part of the impeachment drama. Democrats would have already done it again and again. Donald Trump is facing 81 bogus indictments. How about Republican DAs doing the same thing on behalf of the J6 prosecutions and indictments. They can just as easily overload the system and in these cases the real law just might prevail.

    There is nothing about Washington D.C. that is not planned. Barack Obama has done, with his judicial appointment legacy, what he could never do openly as President. Joe Biden is the proxy benefactor who inherited an army of judicial activists which are now wearing black robes because the President, Barack Obama, who fundamentally wanted to change America, who sympathizes with radical, pro Hamas Muslims, understood that the US Constitutional republican form of government was only as good as the justices he appointed would permit it to be. He appointed the ones that did not even hide their allegiances. He preferred social justice warriors who were openly hostile to the US Constitution. They all understood the Constitutionally based Rule of Law and wanted to change it, via their appellate decisions, to something far removed from what they took oaths to uphold. Because they lied injustice now thrives.

    America is now run by rogue bureaucracies and justices. Even with Constitutionalists, such as Barrett, on the highest Court how do you think someone with 7 Children attending school in Washington D.C. will rule when Antifa and BLM rioters make it apparent that there may be unintended consequences based upon how she rules?

    I can say a lot about the elections in Kentucky and Ohio that needs to be said and understood that the media and social media will never get right. But to their credit, the media and especially social media knows damn well how to influence people which Republicans and their leaders, such as Ronna McDaniel, will never get right. How, and who counted the votes, mattered in 2020, and will likely matter again in 2024 but why make it easier by letting Democrat demagogues usurp truth and facts with lies fabricated using innuendo and supposition. Democrats assume young voters are stupid and that new arrivals will vote for free stuff. Republicans might want to recognize that is how elections are won and that they are won in only certain counties in swing states which makes all the difference. Republicans can’t count on Joe Biden’s policies which are suicidal for the nation to register with voters who have no idea that the Bell will eventually toll for them not long after they graduate from indoctrination classes and wonder why what they were told to be true is as far removed from reality as what Fidel Castro told Cuban voters before he was elected compared to what they then experienced, post his election, that they can never again vote to undo.

  3. Avatar for task task says:

    In 2022 we saw stolen elections and that was especially evident in Arizona and Pennsylvania but I quickly recognized that the SCOTUS Decision was also used again and again, by some of the finest sophists, to indoctrinate women to think that the only voting issue that mattered was their right to kill the unborn with the same dedication that Sigourney Weaver had to kill what was not a human being, with her own DNA, but an alien life form. Never underestimate what University and College far left professors can accomplish in but one or two semesters. I speak to many women and the ones who think that the only right that matters is the right to abortion on demand are the ones that will make it to the polls even in a class 4 or 5 Hurricane. That is the only thing on their minds and ever one of Biden’s policies are excluded from their decision making.

    Guess what? The abortion issue, which is now mute, will pop up again in 2024. Just as the idea that Republican racists want to put black people back in chains was used for many elections so will the abortion issue be recycled again and again.

  4. It seems Americans getting dumber is the greatest legacy of our computer and social media age. And the long march of socialists (Marxists) through our educational institutions have also born their bitter fruit.

    But after 2018 and 2020 I am no longer surprised, just disappointed by our electorate.

  5. Bad news for Mr. Ring and fellow commenters. Donald Trump will not be in the White House in January 2025. People still don’t understand what we’re dealing with, or if they do, some of them inexplicably continue to vote for Democrats.

    Its sad for the few of us who are truly terrified of what is soon to come and the consequences we will all bare. But, as pundits both past and present say, we get the government we deserve.

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