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  • Trump still struggling to articulate his agenda for a second term

    During a Fox News town hall in Wisconsin late last month, President Trump was asked by host Sean Hannity to name his top priority items for a second term. Trump gave a meandering reply about now having the “experience” of being president and living in Washington, D.C. (“Now I know everybody,” he said), then quickly pivoted to the tell-all book by his former national security adviser John Bolton — all without laying out a single policy idea or plan.

    The answer frustrated Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who criticized Hannity for not making Trump focus.

    “I would blame Fox more than I blame the president, because the president, it’s easy for him to digress here and there, but Hannity — you assume Fox wants him to get reelected,” Grassley said. “Hannity should have got him back on the subject.”

    In an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting the following day, former Fox News host Eric Bolling gave Trump an opportunity for a do-over, asking what would be the “main focus” of his second term.

    Trump replied with the slogan of his 2016 presidential campaign.

    “It’s very simple: We’re gonna make America great again,” he said, before ticking off accomplishments such as his trade deals with China, Canada and Mexico, and a push to manufacture products in America.

    “We’re doing it — whether it’s trade, whether it’s military — all made in the USA. It’s so important. Made in the USA,” Trump said. “We’ve got to bring back our manufacturing, and I’ve brought it back very big. But we have to make our own pharmaceutical products, our own drugs, prescription drugs, we have to make our own things. We’re doing it now with steel, we’re doing it now with a lot of different products. I’ve done that. But we can do it with a lot more. We want to build our own ships. We don’t want to send out to other countries to build ships. So we have a lot of things we can do. We’ve done a lot, but we have a lot of things we can do.”

    On Thursday, Hannity gave Trump yet another chance to lay out his agenda.

    “I asked you a question in Wisconsin and you got criticized for the answer,” Hannity told Trump. “I want to ask you again. You are now asking America in 117 days to give you a second term as president of the United States. Let’s — what is your second-term agenda?”

    This was Trump’s reply:

    "First of all, I didn’t know it was criticized for that answer because it’s a simple question. First of all, we’re going to defeat the invisible enemy, and we are well on our way. And again, I told you, the mortality rate is tenfold down. We’re going to rebuild the economy, we’re going to bring back jobs from all of these foreign lands that have stolen our jobs on horrible trade deals. We are going to continue to make great trade deals.

    We’re going to finish rebuilding our wall. We’re going to finish, we’re going to have that — it’s going to be almost complete by the end of this year, shortly thereafter it’s finished. It’s made a tremendous difference. You see, we’re doing record numbers on the border. Very few people are able to get through. We’re rebuilding with our military. We’ve rebuilt the military. $2.5 trillion. We are fixing up the VA for our vets. The job we’ve done there, between choice and accountability.

    We have choice, where they go out and get a doctor. If they are sick, they don’t have to wait for five weeks, six weeks, two weeks. So we are doing great with the vets, and the vets are loving Trump. We are protecting our Second Amendment, so. We need more judges and more justices. You see that now with the Supreme Court more than ever. And the next president, I’ve had two, the next president is going to be able to pick two or three or one or whatever, but a lot of justices. And that means everything, whether it’s for life or other things, I mean it means so much.

    But protecting the Second Amendment, getting more judges. All of the things that we’ve done, nobody’s done what this administration has done in the first three and a half years. Nobody’s even come close. When you look at everything that we’re doing. Now what we’re doing is working on lowering drug prices and knocking out special interests, because it’s not easy. We’re fighting for choice. We did it for the veterans and now we are doing it for school too. One choice in school so a parent can take their child to a school of their choice, and that’s happening — very good, very, very well.

    And we have many things we are doing and many things that we have already completed, and you can’t do more than what we’ve done. I think we’ve set records. We actually set a record on judges. We are going to be, by the time of the end of this year, we will be up to almost 300 federal judges, and that’s a record."


    Trump’s struggle to deliver a concise argument for his reelection has alarmed Republicans, particularly because he has fallen behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the polls, as voters have panned his handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.

    After the president’s rally in Tulsa, Okla., last month, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board warned that Trump “still has no second term message beyond his own grievances” — and without one, he could be heading for “an historic repudiation” in November.

    “An agenda to revive the economy after the pandemic, and restore the gains for workers of his first three years, would appeal to millions,” the paper said. “Perhaps Mr. Trump lacks the self-awareness and discipline to make this case. He may be so thrown off by his falling polls that he simply can’t do it.”
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    Um, wow. And that's after Hannity dumbed down his question to a 3rd grade level.

    I question how Donald Trump is able to order a Big Mac at McDonald's without thoroughly confusing the cashier.
    Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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    • Joe, they could have stopped writing the article after the fifth word of the title....
      “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
      Mark Twain

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      • Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
        Joe, they could have stopped writing the article after the fifth word of the title....
        Agreed. It's almost like he's getting worse....
        Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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        • The polling numbers still appear dodgy. All of them are rooting for Biden, which is fine by me, but I remember how accurate they were the last time. Honestly, I think Biden will make matters worse for America.

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          • Originally posted by DeHare View Post
            The polling numbers still appear dodgy. All of them are rooting for Biden, which is fine by me, but I remember how accurate they were the last time. Honestly, I think Biden will make matters worse for America.
            Welcome to the board, head on over to the Introduction thread and tell us more about yourself!


            Couple things about your comment above:
            • The Election is still 100+ days off, which might has well be 100 years off. Trump has plenty of time to turn things around.
            • Literally anything can happen in those 100+ days, up to and including Trump and/or Biden dying. They're both in their 70s and Trump's health and diet in particular are atrocious
            • The 2016 polls were very accurate: They predicted a Clinton popular vote win by 3%, and she won by 2.8%
            • The 2016 polls weren't without their problems, which has prompted a great deal of examination into their methodology by pollsters
            • Trump's margin of victory in 2016 rested on a razor-thin 77,000 votes in a handful of swing states. He can't afford to lose many votes in those states in 2020.


            Finally, speaking as a center-right independent, I daresay that Biden could simply do nothing at all and it would be an improvement on the current dumpster fire in the White House.

            For starters, Biden would be more concerned about COVID-19 and less about what his ratings are.
            Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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            • Trumps cognitive functions in one paragraph among other foibles of his...

              "Asked on Monday what he thought about New York and Los Angeles delaying the start of a new school year and the death of an Arizona teacher who died from Covid-19 after teaching at summer school, Trump replied: "Yeah. Schools should be opened. Schools should be opened. ... You're losing a lot of lives by keeping things closed."

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              • Originally posted by DeHare View Post
                The polling numbers still appear dodgy. All of them are rooting for Biden, which is fine by me, but I remember how accurate they were the last time. Honestly, I think Biden will make matters worse for America.
                One improvement would be that the rule of law will not be subordinated to one man as is tried now. The Presidency will be about the country rather than one man's all absorbing ego. I don't know how long it will take many of his lower income and middle income white supporters to realize they have been scammed by this snake oil salesman. He just wants their applause, their admiration, and their vote but once that stops he will turn his back on you in an instant.

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                • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
                  Welcome to the board, head on over to the Introduction thread and tell us more about yourself!


                  Couple things about your comment above:
                  • The Election is still 100+ days off, which might has well be 100 years off. Trump has plenty of time to turn things around.
                  • Literally anything can happen in those 100+ days, up to and including Trump and/or Biden dying. They're both in their 70s and Trump's health and diet in particular are atrocious
                  • The 2016 polls were very accurate: They predicted a Clinton popular vote win by 3%, and she won by 2.8%
                  • The 2016 polls weren't without their problems, which has prompted a great deal of examination into their methodology by pollsters
                  • Trump's margin of victory in 2016 rested on a razor-thin 77,000 votes in a handful of swing states. He can't afford to lose many votes in those states in 2020.

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                  Thats a good summary. Iam actually surprised that shy-voter evidence hasnt emerged. Humans arent great with statistics, if i say something has a 90% chance of occuring and it doesnt people will come back and say hey, you got it wrong, but in fact I also said there ia a 10% chance it doesnt.

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                  • Originally posted by tantalus View Post
                    Thats a good summary. Iam actually surprised that shy-voter evidence hasnt emerged. Humans arent great with statistics, if i say something has a 90% chance of occuring and it doesnt people will come back and say hey, you got it wrong, but in fact I also said there ia a 10% chance it doesnt.
                    Thanks! People want an infallible crystal ball and a single silver bullet when it comes to predictions and explanations, but as you alluded to...in real life, things aren't quite that simple.
                    Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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                    • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
                      Trump still struggling to articulate his agenda for a second term
                      Reminds me of Lukashenka in Belarus ('election' next month) and Putin's recent 'referendum' on constitutional change (allowing him to stay in power until 2036). Idea? Nothing... economies stagnating, population declining... no agenda nothing.

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                      • Lukashenka and Putin have no agenda. SMH. Well, you never claimed to be Intelligence.
                        Chimo

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                        • Their sole 'agenda' is to retain power and escape the retributions that would follow if they lost power.

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                          • Originally posted by WABs_OOE View Post
                            Lukashenka and Putin have no agenda. SMH. Well, you never claimed to be Intelligence.

                            Originally posted by snapper View Post
                            Their sole 'agenda' is to retain power and escape the retributions that would follow if they lost power.
                            Guys, please don't spread your feud across multiple threads. Thank you.
                            Supporting or defending Donald Trump is such an unforgivable moral failing that it calls every bit of your judgement and character into question. Nothing about you should be trusted if you can look at this man and find redeemable value

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                            • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
                              Finally, speaking as a center-right independent, I daresay that Biden could simply do nothing at all and it would be an improvement on the current dumpster fire in the White House.
                              This is hilarious. :D
                              Politicians are elected to serve...far too many don't see it that way - Albany Rifles! || Loyalty to country always. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it - Mark Twain! || I am a far left millennial!

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                              • I simply cannot wrap my head around how what looks like normal people believing what they say about a good job Trump is doing. The two women in the beginning must be in the same alternate universe Trump is in.

                                https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/...k-in-politics/

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