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The First Pinholes In The Dike

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The First Pinholes In The Dike

A short while ago, I wrote about possible benefits from President Trump’s newly signed Tariff/Immigration Enforcement deal with Mexico. I posited that since our trade relationship with Mexico (and Canada) has improved relative to the one with China, U.S. trade companies would look to source their products in countries other than China. I speculated that Mexico, Canada and/or the Pacific Rim would benefit from this. Now comes some confirmation from the street.

One of my commenters wrote this:

China is running out of time. Like thousands of others, my company is going to re-source out of China. I have a meeting Tuesday with our rep company to review a bid from Viet Nam. Cutting a new mold in Viet Nam is a fraction of the cost of the tariff on just one container of product. At this point, I am tired of the Chinese stirring the pot and will probably make the switch anyway.

So I gave him a jingle. In a lengthly interview covering a number of international trade topics, “Jim,” pretty much said, “I’m done with China.” Jim’s company designs and markets home consumer goods. He pointed out the huge risk China is taking by failing to take President Trump seriously in this tariff fight. In market segments like Jim’s, which require molds, jigs and/or specialized tooling, a move away from a current supplier, is only taken in expectation of a huge increase in revenue-profit and/or to obtain relief from restrictive or punitive regulation or costs. 25 percent tariffs put China at far more risk than the United States.

The way Jim, a real, no-kiddin’ CEO explained it, was pretty close to my inexperienced hunch a few days ago. The longer this goes on, the more folks like Jim, are going to take their business elsewhere…elsewhere that that doesn’t have the restrictions and opportunity costs that operating in China does. Here is the bad part for China. These businesses aren’t going to return. Even if tomorrow, China accedes to each and every one of President Trump’s demands, it will be too late for many of these businesses.

These high performance owners/CEOs will have already signed contracts in other, more favorable climes. They will have also built new molds, jigs and specialized tooling. All of this production infrastructure, will of course, incorporate the latest improvements. Thus, going back to China, would also entail going back to an older, less capable version of the required manufacturing assets. Who would want to do that?

My friend Jim, isn’t the only one. He was at a conference with a number of other manufacturers—a good many of them were on the same path as he—the road away from China. It’s too early to state boldly and one data point is not a trend, but China’s inability to read President Trump, just might have gutted its own economic future. The first pinholes are in the dike. If China doesn’t act fast, the dam will surely burst.

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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One Texas City Has Banned Abortion Clinics

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A city council in Texas has now declared its town a “sanctuary for the unborn” after its city council voted to ban abortion clinics within its borders.

According to Life News, the east Texas city of Waskom voted unanimously to ban clinics after Louisiana, which it borders, made it illegal to abort a baby once a heartbeat is detectable. Waskom residents did not want abortion providers setting up shop in their town in order to attract those seeking abortions to cross into Texas from Louisiana to have it done:

Waskom is not far from the border of Louisiana, which recently passed a law banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. City leaders said they do not want abortion businesses to try to open in their city to attract women from across the border.

The ordinance says Roe v. Wade and other laws permitting abortion are “unconstitutional usurpations of judicial power, which violate both the Tenth Amendment the Republican Form of Government Clause, and are null and void in the City of Waskom.”

“We decided to take things into our own hands, and we’ve got to do something to protect our cities and to protect the unborn children,” said Mark Lee Dickson, director of the Right to Life with East Texas, according to KTAL.

Waskom’s mayor and the city attorney have both expressed fears that the city would be taken to court in an expensive legal battle to see if the law is constitutional or not, however, the people of Waskom are reportedly on board with the new ordinance, are ready to fight any battles to come under the belief that God will take care of them.

 

 

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker Legalizes Abortion Up Until Birth with the Country’s Most Permissive Abortion Law: ‘We Trust Women’

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[Screenshot from WGN, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCeRz723LAM]

 

On June 4th, Sister Toldjah covered a pregnant member of the Illinois state legislature giving “a powerful speech opposing (an) extreme pro-abortion bill.”

Sister wrote:

Since [State Rep. Avery Bourne] has given her speech, the Illinois State Senate passed the bill as well. It now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), who is expected to sign it.

On Wednesday the 12th, the governor lent his signature to — in the words of The Daily Wire — “the nation’s most permissive abortion bill.”

Abortion in Illinois is now allowed up until birth.

Let’s not get used to those three words, despite here and here. I’ll say it again:

Abortion in Illinois is now allowed up until birth.

There’s a word for that: murder.

If a child is born at 11:57, but at 11:56 she could’ve been crushed and chopped up, what else would that act be?

The law does away with the state’s previous partial-birth abortion ban.

Licensing requirements for those who perform abortions are no more, and all insurance providers must now pay for abortion in full. That applies to Christian health-share options as well.

Furthermore, it removes previous protection for doctors and other medical professionals who oppose abortion and refuse to take part.

And gone are inspection requirements for abortion clinics.

Notedly, the language of “reproductive rights” has been changed to “fundamental right.”

The governor took time to say something that makes no logical sense whatsoever, but sounds good. Hey — there’s a word for that. What’s that called? Oh yeah — politics (like here).

Speak, J.B.:

“Today we proudly proclaim that in this state, we trust women.”

He trusts women who believe the law is immoral?? Guess he’ll be undoing it then.

He also said this, which made no sense since he trusts those women:

“And in Illinois we guarantee as a fundamental right a woman’s right to choose.”

As for that procedure at 11:56, murder should never be a choice.

-ALEX

 

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Pope Francis Biographer & Catholic Media Founder Asks Why Anyone Would Assume Jesus Was Straight

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Family Lawyer: Va. Beach Shooting Victim Would Have Bought Pistol to Work, But It Was Prohibited

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As if the Virginia Beach shooting massacre that claimed 12 innocent lives and injured 4 two weeks ago wasn’t heartbreaking enough, the lawyer of shooting victim Kate Nixon says she had considered bringing her pistol in to work due to safety concerns about two co-workers, but ultimately decided not to because it was prohibited.

The Virginian-Pilot reports:

Kate Nixon had considered taking a gun to work on May 31, the day a co-worker killed her and 11 others in the country’s deadliest mass shooting this year, a family attorney said on a radio show Monday.

The public utilities engineer was concerned about DeWayne Craddock “as well as one other person,” said Kevin Martingayle, an attorney working with Nixon’s family. So on the night of May 30, Nixon had discussed with her husband, Jason, “whether or not she should take a pistol and hide it in her handbag,” Martingayle said. She decided against it because of a city policy that prevents employees from bringing weapons to work.

The next day, Craddock, who had worked as a city public utilities engineer for nine years, used a .45-caliber handgun with a legally purchased silencer to fire at colleagues in Building 2 of the city’s Municipal Center in Princess Anne.

Her husband confirmed the story in a later interview with the paper:

So when she told her husband, Jason, that she had concerns about two of her co-workers, he knew it was serious. She didn’t like to be around DeWayne Craddock, a fellow engineer — he gave off “real bad vibes” and she’d had to write him up several times for issues with performance and attitude. They both worked on the second floor of Building 2 in the Municipal Center.

But on the night of May 30, it was another man she was most worried about. Kate told her husband that the man, whom Jason Nixon declined to identify, was set to be fired Friday and there was supposed to be a police escort on scene when it happened. While cooking dinner, she expressed her concerns.

“She said, ‘This guy’s going to come back and shoot the place up,’ ” Jason Nixon said. He encouraged his wife to hide a pistol in her purse and take it to work — she had training and knew how to use it — but she didn’t want to break city policy forbidding employees from bringing weapons to work.

Shortly after 4 p.m. on May 31, it was Craddock who opened fire in Building 2, killing Kate and 11 others.

Kate Nixon was a mother of three young daughters. She and her husband would have celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in July.

Mrs. Nixon was one of several shooting victims who sustained shots to the head.

Her husband says her actions that day ultimately saved lives:

Kate, a veteran engineer for the City of Virginia Beach, was first shot in the shoulder in Building 2. At 4:06 p.m. that Friday, she called and implored her husband to call 911 while she worked to help others.

“She didn’t seem distressed. She seemed in control,” he said.

That was typical Kate – a logical thinker, calm and collected. He then fired off a slew of texts, hoping she would be on the other end.

“I said, ‘I love you… what’s going on? Please call me. Are you okay?’” he read from his phone.

“Please Kate, I love you,” was his final text to her, sent at 4:27 p.m.

At 11 p.m. that night, he would find out Kate was dead.

Martingayle’s and Jason Nixon’s comments are sure to renew the debate surrounding gun-free zones.

To learn more about the victims, click here.

Please continue to keep their family members, friends, and surviving colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

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Rep. Elise Stefanik Wants To Know Why Comey Waited To Tell Congress About Russia Probe

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According to New York Representative Elise Stefanik, former FBI Director James Comey was required to inform Congress of the counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, something he failed to do.

In an exchange with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) Tuesday, Stefanik pushed back at the chairman when he said she was wrong about when Comey informed Congress about the probe.

The New York representative questioned Andrew McCarthy during a committee hearing yesterday about notifying congressional leadership when an investigation is opened into a political campaign. She specifically referred to the FBI opening its investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, a counter-intelligence investigation codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane.”

Former FBI Director James Comey testified in March of 2017 that congressional leadership was not notified until that month about the investigation due to its sensitive nature.

“We know now that the FBI opened its counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, but they did not brief the Gang of Eight until March 2017 just days before former director Comey publicly announced the investigation during a March 20th, 2017 open hearing before this committee,” Stefanik said yesterday.

Schiff countered saying that Stefanik was mistaken in her timeline, at which point she more forcefully asserted that Comey had “circumvented” the process. Comey, in previous testimony included in Stefanik’s tweet below, said he had failed to brief Congress months after the investigation commenced due to the “sensitivity of the matter.”

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Rich Uncle Bernie Sanders Tells Anderson Cooper: A Lot of Americans Would be ‘Delighted’ to Pay More Taxes

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How many delights have you had in your life?

I’ve had at least one, and it involved an island paradise.

Bernie Sanders wants you to have another one, and he knows just the kind you’re jonesin’ for: the obligation under threat of imprisonment to let the federal government take more of your money.

OOOH! Don’t mind if you DO…

Speaking to CNN Wednesday night, your rich Uncle Bernie claimed “a lot of people” would love to have more of their hard-earned dough get confiscated in exchange for the feds doling out government-run healthcare.

What could go wrong? The government is great at efficiency. And monopolies always result in the best quality. Just Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (here) and a bunch of millennials (here) — they (like Bernie) want socialism, which makes Uncle Sam the only game in town in the arena of products and means of production

RRRRrico Suave!!

Feel the Bern:

“[I] suspect that a lot of people in the country would be delighted to pay more in taxes if they had comprehensive health care as a human right. I live 50 miles away from the Canadian border. You go to the doctor any time you want. You don’t take out your wallet. You have heart surgery, you have a heart transplant and you come out of the hospital and it costs you nothing.”

Sounds pretty doggone good.

How about free college? Bernie’s ready to give it to you. As soon as, of course, you give him a ton more of your money. But, you know..it’s FREE:

“Your kids in many countries around the world can go to the public colleges and universities tuition-free, wages in many cases are higher. So there is a trade-off, but at the end of the day, I think, that most people will believe they will be better off when their kids have educational opportunities without out-of-pocket expenses. And when they have health care as a human right and they have affordable housing, when they have decent retirement security, I think most Americans will understand that is a good deal.”

Well, the devil — as they say — is in the details.

I think we might wanna look more into that whole “trade-off” thing he mentioned.

And:

Dear Uncle Bernie,

You say we have to pay for your free stuff through our taxes. And that there’s no “out-of-pocket expenses.”

Our taxes come out of our pockets.

I don’t think I’m on board with the delight of giving Bernie additional cash.

Personally, I’d rather keep more of my money and spend it to go back to that island. It was delightful.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here and here.

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America Needs A Christian Revival

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Parents Fight Virginia School District’s Transgender Policy That Takes Away Their Right to Know Their Own Children’s Identity

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There’s a fight going on in Arlington, Virginia.

The city’s public school system is set to enact a transgender policy that ain’t gettin’ it with a bunch of parents. The policy would allow all students to choose their gender, and the school to keep the children’s identities hidden from their parents.

From the official policy statement as reported by APC:

Information about a students’ transgender or gender non-conforming status, legal name, or gender assigned at birth constitutes confidential personally identifiable and medical information. Disclosing this information to other students or parents or other third parties by an Arlington Public Schools staff member may violate privacy laws, such as the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as well as constitutional privacy protections. School staff shall not disclose any information that may reveal a student’s transgender or gender non-conforming status to others, including parents or guardians and other school staff, unless legally required to do so or unless the student has authorized such disclosure.

It should go without saying: Outside of cases involving what the populace can agree is abuse, any law or policy that allows the government to take precedence over parental rights is really, really messed up.

But wait — there’s more:

According to the proposed cool new way, Arlington students would be able to use whatever bathroom they want, whichever locker room, be able to compete athletically against whatever sex they prefer, and receive the pronouns of their choice in the way they’re addressed.

I must say: Remove the sex component of this — which would give guys access the girls’ locker rooms — and take away the parental rights issue, and you’ve still got yourself a big Whopper of a problem. One of the lessons children and teens need to learn is that, unlike at Burger King, you don’t get it your way (check out the fantastic song in the video below). What in the Sam Hill kind of coddling and accommodation is this?

Parent Maria Keffler got wind of the policy from a friend who came upon it on the district’s website in February. The pair showed up at the school board meeting and were shocked by what they discovered: Representatives from a local transgender activist group were dishing their wishlist to administrators, district officials, and attending students.

Speaking to The Daily Caller, Maria said there was a bit of the ol’ “mum’s the word” going on at the assembly:

“A lot of it revolved around keeping stuff secret from parents.”

Though disallowed from speaking that night, the two women spread the word on the school’s plan. A group of 5 got together in March and formed the Arlington Parent Coalition, complete with a website. They went to board meetings and demanded more info.

And, says Maria, the district lied to ’em.

From TDC:

They were surprised to learn through a freedom of information request that the school had been meeting with activists from the group, the Arlington Gender Identity Alliance, since September of last year.

When five of them met with two administrators in early April and asked about the policy, the administrators said they were just discussing the policy and had not yet written any drafts. A few days later, Keffler obtained two drafts of the policy through a freedom of information request. “They just blatantly lied to us about it,” she said.

The district intends to implement the policy in 2020. It’s set to be approved on June 18th. Parents had ’til May 28th to read the final draft and submit comments online.

Mary Hazzard of the APC told The Daily Caller the whole process was a bunch o’ bull:

“The way they presented it to the public just demonstrates that this was a process that was at the service of a special interest group, not the public. Where was the public engagement?” she added. “No effort, is what this timeline suggests to me.”

Over 170 people have signed a petition to delay the policy.

But according to Maria, many are afraid to speak out:

“Suppression of debate is all over this. Every time we say anything with concern or caution about this policy, and again we’re just focusing on parental rights and girls protections, immediately it’s ‘homophobe, transphobe, hater, bigot.’ And sometimes religious zealot gets thrown in there.”

Apropos, BlueVirginia.us ran their May 12th piece on the story with the headline “Transphobic Arlington Parents Group Sends Letter to Arlington Public School Staff.”

This isn’t Arlington’s first transgender rodeo; see more here.

The specifics of transgenderism aside, I just can’t believe this sort of thing — social, sexual, and cultural ideology — is a part of school. In my view, school should only be about foundational academic subjects.

I miss the days when everyone was just told to shut up and sit down. Now, it seems, schools only say that to the parents.

—-

Transgender stories are certainly all the rage these days. Hankerin’ for more? Here ya go:

Transgender TV Star: ‘If A Woman Has A Penis, Her Penis Is A Biologically Female Penis’

In The Name Of Transgenderism, Man Sues Women’s Team For Discrimination And Wins

Lesbian Couple Identifying As Straight Couple Prepares To Transition 5-Yr-Old Son Into A Daughter

Straight Texas Couple Identifying As Gay Male Couple Conceive A Baby Boy, But They’ll Never Do It Again

Pediatrician To Laura Ingraham: Transgender Therapy For Children Is Based On ‘Poor Science,’ & Kids Are ‘Very Much Being Harmed’

-ALEX

 

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Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton Says Steele Dossier Was ‘Laundered’ Through Obama State Dept.

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A lingering question about the Russia collusion counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign — one gaining urgency now as the investigations into the origins of that probe heat up — is just who knew about it and how much it was facilitated through federal agencies.

Judicial Watch, prolific in their Freedom of Information lawsuits requesting documents related to the probe, has just released information via The Daily Caller News Foundation that show the Obama State Department also worked on Steele’s dossier, joining the already-known cast of players at the Department of Justice.

According to TownHall, DCNF and JW released documents Wednesday “showing a senior State Department official worked with House Majority Leader (Minority Whip at the time) Steny Hoyer in 2016 on Russia documents provided by British spy Christopher Steele. ”

“Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation today released 18 pages of documents revealing former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer coordinating with then-House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s (D-MD) national security advisor, Daniel Silverberg to work on Russia dossier materials provided by Christopher Steele,” Judicial Watch released.

The documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit after requests for communications about the dossier were ignored by State Department officials. They show direct conversations between Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson, Winer and Nuland about getting together for a meeting about a “Russia related issue.”

From Hoyer’s office, Daniel Silverberg praised Nuland’s work on the issue and called her a “warrior.”

“It was a delight to speak today, notwithstanding the context. You’ve been a warrior on these issues, and I look forward to speaking further to preserve and wherever possible strengthen the important work you have done. I’ll follow up regarding a possible working group meeting,” Silverberg wrote to Nuland on November 28, 2016.

JW President Tom Fitton himself went on Hannity and explained how he believed the dossier was “laundered” through the State Department. “It was all hands on deck in terms of targeting President Trump,” Fitton said.

He also notes that Steele has a “long-time” relationship with members of Obama’s State Department and that he believes some members of Congress may have been aware of the dossier and its movements through federal agencies.

“I want to know what Democrats in Congress knew what and when about the dossier,” Fitton told Hannity. “It’s pretty clear they were in on it.”

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De Blasio: DNC Rules “Limit the Diversity” of Presidential Debates – Because He May Not Qualify

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) was recently interviewed by NY1 on a variety of topics including the deadly helicopter crash in the city that claimed the life of the pilot, as well the possibility that he may not be included in upcoming Democratic presidential debates.

The Mayor left people scratching their heads after complaining that the DNC’s debate qualification rules “limited the diversity” and “inclusiveness” of debates – because he may not qualify for some of them due to low polling numbers and lack of a solid donor base.

The New York Post reports:

During an appearance on NY1, Hizzoner said he feels “very good” about his chances of qualifying for the Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami later this month as he’s met a 1% polling threshold.

However, de Blasio’s toned soured when asked about a 130,000-donor threshold the DNC has set for debates being held Sept. 12-13 at a location yet to be determined.

“That’s a huge number, and I appreciate the impulse, but I think we have to ask the question: is this going to limit the debate and limit the diversity of the field and limit the options for voters in a way that’s unhelpful?” he told “NY1’s Errol Louis.

He also said that the DNC needed to remember “that we’re always better off being inclusive.”

Watch video of his interview below:

De Blasio has officially been in the race for only about a month, but his bid for president is seen as a long shot by political observers.

Hot Air‘s Jazz Shaw, a New Yorker, had some advice for the Mayor:

But if Bill is seriously worried about the diversity of the field (which already has every gender, race and sexual orientation covered) there are ways you could ensure the diversity factor was as strong as possible. Maybe a couple of the straight white males could drop out. Talk about a chance to lead by example, Mr. Mayor!

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Trump Gets an Unlikely Assist On Why National Polls Are Useless Right Now

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Yesterday, a poll from Quinnipiac came out which showed Donald Trump getting trounced by essentially everyone in the 2020 Democratic field. Unsurprisingly, Joe Biden had the largest lead at 13 points.

There was also a story circulating that Trump got some bad internal polling news. It was then spun as some kind of scandal that he wouldn’t want his surugotes talking about it public, because politicians normally share internal polling or something. The rules are always changing, obviously.

Is all this really the devastating news the media is making it out to be? Donald Trump made his opinion be known.

No doubt, his response isn’t meant to be a scientific rebuttal for why current polling is wrong. He doesn’t need to do that though. As a snapshot in time to help strategic decisions, states polls may hold value. It’s acceptable to say “we’ve got some work to do there.” Trump’s campaign isn’t out there polling right now just for fun. But as a predictive measure, they are completely irrelevant and will remain so for a very long time.

To help with this point, the President got an unlikely assist from a normally staunch critic.

Speaking of Quinnipiac specifically, here’s a reminder of why it’s probably best to not even pay attention to what they are putting out right now.

And here’s Quinnipiac’s final polling of the last Presidential election, taken on the 11/3/16.

A number of Quinnipiac University polls released on Tuesday also put Clinton ahead in four key swing states. In Florida, Clinton has 46 percent to Trump’s 45 percent; in Ohio she leads by 46 percent to Trump’s 41 percent; and in Pennsylvania she leads Trump 48 percent to 43 percent. In North Carolina, Clinton has 47 percent support to Trump’s 44 percent.

If you were keeping score, Trump ended up winning every single one of those states.

If polling was this volatile less than a week out, what value is polling 17 months out? Again, as a predictive measure, it’s completely meaningless and even Nate Silver is admitting that. There is so much that’s going to happen between now and the end of the general election. Joe Biden is not going to remain in witness protection forever. No candidate can maintain a campaign by giving low-energy speeches every two weeks. Hillary tried that after her health issues escalated in 2016 and she fell flat down the stretch.

If it’s not Biden, then Trump will most likely be facing an admitted socialist with zero charisma, whether that be Warren or Sanders. The attack ads start to write themselves at that point, especially regarding the economy, where Trump maintains an approval rating over 50%. The race, regardless of who Trump is facing, will compress greatly. In the summer of 2015, Trump was trailing Clinton by 17 points and 24 points in two separate polls.

In short, the landscape today is nothing like what it will be in late 2020. That doesn’t mean you sit on your hands and just ignore polling and the Trump campaign isn’t doing that. We are seeing them make moves behind the scenes already. But the breathless coverage yesterday about the “bad news” for Trump was mostly wishful thinking.

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