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Arnon Mishkin: Trump’s refusal to appeal to centrists could make Biden president and give Dems Senate majority

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is getting help in his presidential campaign from a surprising source — President Trump.

Rather than trying to appeal to centrist voters — moderate Republicans, independents and moderate Democrats — to widen his base of support, Trump is doubling down on his most extreme positions in an effort to boost turnout by his most fervent supporters in November.

In addition to posing grave risks to the president’s reelection chances, this unconventional strategy increases the chances Democrats will capture majority control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House of Representatives.

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As coronavirus infections and deaths continue to mount, Trump continues to downplay the pandemic – contributing to his receiving around 40 percent support in most national polls of the presidential race, while Biden gets around 50 percent.

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News reports say that if Trump continues in his current weak position in September, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will advise his members that they need to separate from Trump in order to win reelection — especially in tough campaigns facing Republican Sens. Martha McSally in Arizona, Cory Gardner in Colorado, Joni Ernst in Iowa, Susan Collins in Maine, Steve Daines in Montana, Tom Tillis in North Carolina, and possibly even David Purdue in Georgia and John Cornyn in Texas.

Trump had expected to center his reelection campaign on the strong economy and low unemployment rate that the U.S. enjoyed until spring. But the coronavirus pandemic sent the economy into a tailspin, with unemployment soaring to the highest levels since the Great Depression.

Polls suggest Trump’s strategy will result in Biden’s election in a landslide that could also give Democrats control of the Senate as well as the House.

Many voters say they disapprove of Trump’s actions regarding the pandemic including: making overly optimistic predictions, urging businesses and schools to reopen quickly, criticizing governors and mayors who want to take a go-slow approach, refusing to wear a mask, and staging campaign rallies for thousands of people with no social distancing.

In addition, Trump has strongly defended Confederate monuments and retaining names of Confederate leaders on military bases — positions even many Republicans disagree with.

And rather than emphasizing the need for racial reconciliation, the president continues to demonize people who have engaged in protests and rioting following the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd, a handcuffed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police when an officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

While these hardline positions may be pleasing to many voters in Trump’s base, the president’s base alone is not big enough to reelect him. As a result, Trump is giving Biden a wide swath of the ideological landscape to harvest — from the far left to some parts of the center-right.

November is still a long time from now in politics, but at this point polls suggest Trump’s strategy will result in Biden’s election in a landslide that could also give Democrats control of the Senate as well as the House.

The Democrats have thus far successfully made the campaign into a referendum on Trump — and Trump has fallen into the trap of giving them plenty of arguments to use against him.

Whenever an incumbent is running for reelection, voters mainly view the race as a referendum on that person. To win, incumbents typically need to focus some negative attention on their opponents. They convert the election into a choice between an imperfect incumbent (whose imperfections every voter knows) and an imperfect challenger (the devil you know vs. the devil you don’t).

In 2004, Republican President George W. Bush used the spring to successfully define his opponent — Democrat John Kerry – as a flip-flopping rich dilettante. Bush raised questions about Kerry’s Vietnam War military service, and convinced voters Kerry was too liberal for the mainstream of the country.

In 2012, Democratic President Barack Obama was able to define Mitt Romney as a flip-flopping uncaring oligarch who was fundamentally too conservative for the mainstream of the country.

Joe Biden — with almost a half-century in public life — ought to provide fertile territory for a clever campaign by the Trump team attacking the former vice president’s long record.

But Trump seems intent on enabling Biden to appeal to as many voters as possible. The president frequently makes unforced errors with tweets and off-the-cuff statements that are sometimes inaccurate, leaving his staff to scramble to do damage control.

Recent polls show just how much of a challenge a weak President Trump may pose for the Republican Senate majority. While senators may try to maintain a separate local profile from Trump, his super-attenuated ability to dominate all media means their identity is very much tied to his fortunes.

I looked at polling in all eight of the Senate races listed above. In all of them the Republican senator has the support of essentially the same percentage of voters as the president. Only Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is polling stronger than the president, but he’s at 39 percent compared to the president’s 37 percent in that state.

The polls suggest the focus on national issues and attitudes towards Trump make it doubly hard for a Republican Senate candidate to craft an independent campaign persona. And with the exception of Montana — where Trump continues to hold a solid lead —  it’s hard to look at the list of those eight battleground states without concluding that the Democrats have a very solid chance of winning the three or four races they need to gain control of the Senate.

The Democrats are likely to lose at least one Senate seat — in Alabama — but right now that’s the only bright spot for the GOP.

In some of these states if you just look at the margin between the Republican and the Democratic Senate candidates the Republican incumbent appears to be in slightly better shape than these numbers suggest.

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But look again.

In most of those states, the Democratic challenger is not that well known, there’s a large undecided vote and the Republican appears to have lead in the poll.

For example, the recent Fox News Poll in Texas showed Biden one point ahead of Trump (44 percent for Trump to 45 percent for Biden), and it showed Republican John Cornyn 10 points ahead of either potential Democratic nominee (47 to 36 percent against one and 48 to 36 percent  against the other).

Given that the Democrats haven’t even yet selected their nominee for the Senate seat from Texas, that’s a very unsafe picture for Sen. Cornyn.

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But whenever one sees an incumbent candidate running in close lock-step with a weak Republican president at the top of the ticket, it’s a clear indication that the undecideds are very likely going to go to the unknown challenger come Election Day.

The bottom line: Trump’s current strategy of doubling down on appeals to his base is leaving Biden enormous room to garner strength among moderate voters in the presidential race — and making it very difficult for Republicans to hold the Senate in November.

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Trump confirms he OK’d US cyberattack against Russia in 2018: report

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President Trump acknowledged this week that in 2018 he authorized a covert U.S. cyberattack against a Russian “troll farm,” according to a report.

The attack targeted Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg organization that led Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election and was repeating its efforts ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, The Washington Post reported.

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In an interview with Post columnist Marc A. Thiessen, Trump said he OK’d the U.S. operation after receiving an intelligence report about Russia’s activities.

“Look, we stopped it,” the president said, contrasting his action with what he claimed was former President Barack Obama’s reluctance to take action in 2016.

According to Thiessen, Trump claimed Obama “said nothing” about Russian interference that year because he thought Hillary Clinton was going to win the race for the White House against Trump.

Trump said Obama “knew before the election that Russia was playing around. Or, he was told. Whether or not it was so or not, who knows? And he said nothing. And the reason he said nothing was that he didn’t want to touch it because he thought [Clinton] was winning because he read phony polls. So, he thought she was going to win.

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“And we had the silent majority that said, ‘No, we like Trump,’” the president added.

The Washington Post previously reported about the attack in February 2019 but this week’s interview was the first time the president confirmed his involvement, the Post reported.

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Biden campaign: Trump abused authority by commuting Roger Stone’s sentence

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Joe Biden‘s campaign weighed in Friday night on President Trump‘s decision to commute Roger Stone‘s 40-month prison sentence, claiming it was an abuse of presidential authority that weakened the country.

“President Trump has once again abused his power, releasing this commutation on a Friday night, hoping to yet again avoid scrutiny as he lays waste to the norms and the values that make our country a shining beacon to the rest of the world,” Biden spokesman Bill Russo said.

Russo added, “He will not be shamed. He will only be stopped when Americans make their voice heard at the ballot box this fall. Enough.”

TRUMP COMMUTES ROGER STONE’S SENTENCE, DAYS BEFORE PRISON TERM SET TO BEGIN

Stone, 67, was convicted in November 2019 on charges of obstruction of justice, false statements, and witness tampering, all stemming from Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison back in February.

Stone had made two requests for a new trial, following revelations about the possible political bias of one of the jurors in his first case. Both motions were ultimately denied.

The White House announced Friday that Trump had signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the “unjust sentence” of Stone, just days before the longtime political operative was slated to report to prison.

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, also commented on the president’s decision and defended Trump’s choice to exercise his constitutional authority.

“Each week, Americans learn more about how the Obama-Biden Administration weaponized the intelligence community and Justice Department to target the Trump campaign,” Jordan said in a statement. “Roger Stone’s prosecution by overzealous Special Counsel prosecutors was an outgrowth of the Obama-Biden misconduct. Like every president, President Trump has the constitutional right to commute sentences were he believes it serves the interests of fairness and justice. I support President Trump’s decision to commute Roger Stone’s sentence.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a frequent critic and political adversary of the president, also reacted to the decision and painted Trump’s actions as corrupt cronyism.

“President Trump has engaged in countless acts that are both self-serving and destructive to our democracy while in office, but commuting the sentence of Roger Stone, a crony who lied and obstructed our investigation to protect Trump himself, is among the most offensive to the rule of law and principles of justice,” Schiff said.

Schiff added, “With this commutation, Trump makes clear that there are two systems of justice in America: one for his criminal friends, and one for everyone else. Donald Trump, Bill Barr, and all those who enable them pose the gravest of threats to the rule of law.”

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Trump didn’t send out a direct tweet in response but did, however, retweet a post from Fox News’ Shannon Bream about the commutation of Stone’s prison term — which included a partial statement from the White House.

“BREAKING: POTUS commutes Roger Stone’s sentence. From WH,” the retweeted message read. “‘Roger Stone has already suffered greatly. He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!'”

Fox News’ John Roberts and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Ingraham predicts far left would be ’emboldened’ by Biden victory and ‘retribution will be a dividend’

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Laura Ingraham warned viewers Friday night that a Joe Biden victory in November will change America forever, and not for the better.

“The left will be emboldened and not chastened by a Biden win. Retribution will be a dividend for ‘The Squad’ in the Biden era. And it will just get worse,” the “Ingraham Angle” host proclaimed.

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“You think it [cancel culture] is all bad now, just wait until a Biden administration,” Ingraham warned. “If anyone, including any company, does something the left doesn’t like, they will come under DOJ scrutiny, and the Bill of Rights is not going to do much good for you. After all, that was written by old dead, white slaveholders. Movements like the Tea Party will be treated like movements for domestic terrorists. Black Lives Matter will be treated like heroes.”

Ingraham also predicted a Biden presidency put a target on the backs of religious Americans whose belief system defies leftist orthodoxy.

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“If you take the Biden administration to court … you will find that it has at least five justices in Washington to act as a rubber-stamp,” she said, adding that Biden’s administration would let federal laws they disagree with — such as those dealing with immigration and drug enforcement — go unenforced, while police departments will be similarly eviscerated and replaced with social workers.

“If the left gets control of the DOJ, the rioters will feel safe from prosecution almost anywhere,” Ingraham went on. “In fact, they will know anyone who interferes with them will risk federal investigation. Biden won’t have to order people to do much of anything — like what, blow up Mount Rushmore? — He just won’t do anything to stop or punish the folks who try to.”

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“This isn’t a storm, and it’s not going to pass,” the host concluded. “It is a vicious and well-funded movement to take away your power and your money and give them to people who want to crush you … We have to teach the Democratic Party once and for all that attacking us and aligning with the radical socialist fringe is going to cost them dearly.

We can absolutely do this,” she stated. “We have beaten the left many times before and we can do it again.”

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Trump 2020 spokesman says Roger Stone commutation done to correct the ‘partisanship of the past’

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Trump 2020 campaign national press secretary Hogan Gidley told “Hannity” Friday that the president’s decision to commute former associate Roger Stone‘s prison sentence was “a good move.”

“Listen, so many people, so many good people, were caught up in this Russian hoax,” Gidley told guest host Jason Chaffetz. “And this was perpetrated by overzealous Democrats, partisan hacks trying to take down a president.

“We now know the campaign was spied upon, wiretapped, authorized by the previous administration,” he added. “We wouldn’t know, if Donald Trump hadn’t been elected, that [former FBI Director James] Comey and [former Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper and [ former CIA Director John] Brennan were all lying in front of Congress.

“And in other ways, we wouldn’t know the names Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the two lovers that conspired to take down a president with an insurance policy,” Gidley went on. “We wouldn’t know any of that had Donald Trump not been elected.

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“Now we do, and I think the president’s doing the right thing by trying to right some of the wrongs of the partisanship of the past,” Gidley concluded.

The White House announced Friday evening that Trump had commuted the “unjust sentence” of Stone, just days before the longtime political operative was slated to report to prison to serve more than three years for charges stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Gidley also discussed Trump’s claim that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden “plagiarized” parts of his economic plan from the president, hinting at past accusations that have dogged the former vice president.

“He plagiarized a couple of words from the president’s past, but he’s plagiarizing the policies from socialists like Bernie Sanders and [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] and Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Elizabeth Warren,” Gidley said. “His policies are going to be so detrimental to this country.”

“We don’t have to guess what a Biden economy looks like,” the press secretary went on. “We just lived through it for the past eight years, 850,000 jobs lost just from NAFTA alone, 70,000 manufacturing plants closed. Millions of jobs lost because of his relationship with China, because of his defense of China.

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“We also don’t have to guess how our cities and streets would look if Joe Biden were president,” Gidley added. “We saw rioters and looters drag innocent Americans just trying to defend their businesses out into the streets, beat them within an inch of their lives, left to lie in a pool of their own blood.

“Joe Biden said nothing when churches were burned, when stores were looted … He said nothing about that. So you don’t have to guess what would happen in this country. We’ve already seen it happen.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman, John Roberts and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Jesse Watters compares Biden to erratic driver: ‘No sense of direction … will go wherever you tell him

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The Five” co-host Jesse Watters said Friday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is having to adjust to the spotlight after spending so many years in American politics going “along for the ride.”

“He is the guy [who] sits shotgun during the road trip, and he runs out for snacks at the 7-Eleven,” Watters said of the former vice president. “He’ll help pump gas or … screw around with the radio. But you don’t ever let Joe drive.

“Now, Joe is actually driving,” the “Watters’ World” host continued. “And everyone is freaking out because Joe has no sense of direction. Everyone is yelling at him, he is missing the exits, he’s leaving the blinker on. And he will go wherever you tell him to go.”

“He totally caved during the [Democratic primary] debates,” Watters pointed out. “He said ‘I’m all for taxpayer-funded partial-birth abortion-on-demand’, he’s against fracking, and he wants to eliminate fossil fuels and give health insurance to illegal aliens.”

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In additon, Watters claimed, it is laughable to think that a President Biden will suddenly be tough on America’s global foes.

“He went soft on the Soviets during the Cold War. He bribed the Iranians to help his boss (President Obama) burnish his legacy … He let the Chinese bribe his son while they stole our jobs right under his nose. Joe Biden doesn’t know what’s going on.”

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Michael Dukakis bashes Trump, says voters must ‘get this guy out of the White House before he destroys us’

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Former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis told “Your World” Friday that while former Vice President Joe Biden “should win” the White House in November, “anybody who thinks it’s going to be easy is kidding himself.”

“Biden should win it,” Dukakis, now 86, told host Neil Cavuto. “The country’s a mess. It’s chaos every day in the White House. But this is not going to be easy. Joe knows that. We all know it. That means we’ve got to work our heads off to make sure that we get rid of this guy in the White House and restore some sanity and decency to the government of this country.”

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Dukakis defended Biden against criticism that he has spent the past several months hiding in his basement and hoping to run out the clock while the polls show him with a substantial lead over President Trump.

“This is a very different election. I mean, you can’t go out and campaign the way we used to campaign,” Dukakis said. “And so what Biden is doing is what he has to do under the circumstances, given the virus, given this very serious problem that we face.

“But I think on the whole, he’s doing what he should be doing,” Dukakis added. “In the meantime, we’ve got a guy in the White House who screws up every day with something else. That is not to be taken lightly.”

Dukakis, who served a total of 12 years as Massachusetts governor (1975-1979 and 1983-1991) did not hold back when asked about the importance of electing Biden president.

“We’ve got to change this government. We’ve got to … get this guy out of the White House before he destroys us,” he said. “The way to do that is by going directly to people as best you can, even under these circumstances, and emphasizing the importance of change, the change for the better. Change for the kind of country that we really are and should be.”

When Cavuto pressed Dukakis about whether he thought Biden was making a “hard charge left,” Dukakis responded, “I’m not worried about going right or left or up or down. What we need is, is new leadership and a country that comes together. And that’s what I think Joe Biden can do.”

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Dukakis also took a shot at Trump’s economic record, describing it as “fake.”

“The economy is not the best it’s ever been. It hasn’t been under this guy. There are better and stronger economies,” he said. “But all I’m saying to you is that when you have unemployment with a trillion-dollar deficit, you got problems. And he’s got problems. And that’s another reason why we ought to get rid of him.

“We’ve got to get somebody who’s sensible, steady, who can bring us together, who can make us feel good again about ourselves and our country and the world, who can stop wrecking our international policy agreements and alliances.”

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Lawrence Jones: We need media to challenge Biden on his policies

The media needs to challenge presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on his progressive policies, Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones asserted Friday.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Jones pointed out that the former vice president has been swayed farther and farther to the left as his party shifts towards the positions of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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On Thursday, Biden unveiled his “Build Back Better” economic plan, which centered on manufacturing, innovation, and middle-class families–hallmarks of President Trump’s “America First” platform.

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“The truth is throughout this [coronavirus] crisis, Donald Trump has been almost singularly focused on the stock market — the Dow and Nasdaq — not you, not your families,” Biden said. “If I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, I’ll be laser-focused on working families, the middle-class families that I came from.”

“Friends” host Steve Doocy noted: “You know, the Joe Biden camp says regarding his…plan that it’s actually quite moderate because it does not cave completely to the radical left; because they didn’t put the Green New Deal in it, they didn’t put [in] Medicare-for-all, they didn’t get rid of fracking in the United States. So, is it ultimately moderate or is it a tilt to the left?”

“No, it’s progressive,” Lawrence replied.

“And, as I continue to tell people, Bernie Sanders is the most popular Democrat. He is the most powerful Democrat even though he is not really a Democrat. He wants incremental change. He wants generational change. He is not worried about being president,” Jones said. “And, as you can see Joe Biden is adopting policies that [are] associated with him.”

But the thing that worries Jones the most is that Biden’s promises to the American electorate often seem contradictory.

“But, the thing that is concerning is that you have him releasing this proposal that is supposed to be this compromise to get those progressive voters because he needs them or they are not going to show up if he doesn’t adopt something. And then, you have a speech of him talking about America first and putting American jobs first. And, it seems like a contradiction,” he said. “And so, this is why we need debates.

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“This is why we need a press that is willing to challenge candidates on their policy positions. Because, I’m not sure Joe Biden even knows how to defend these policies because they really aren’t his ideas,” he concluded.

For more with Lawrence Jones, check out his interview with NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace which will be available on Fox Nation on Friday, July 10.

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Trump predicts ‘big crowd’ for Saturday night’s rally in New Hampshire

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – His advisers are hesitant to forecast how many people will attend President Trump’s rally Saturday night in New Hampshire, but the president himself has no qualms making a prediction.

“We’re going to have a big crowd and we’re going to have a great crowd,” the president declared Friday morning in a radio interview on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath.”

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The president’s rally in the key general election battleground state – which will be held outdoors on the tarmac at Portsmouth International Airport – will be his second since the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country in March.

The first rally – last month in Tulsa, Okla. – was held indoors at an arena.

Since announcing the New Hampshire rally at the beginning of the week, the Trump reelection team has avoided making any crowd size forecasts.

“I think it’s going to be difficult to tell,” Trump campaign director of strategic communications, Marc Lotter, said Friday on the same radio program. “I don’t have a good guess on that right now.”

And Trump campaign senior adviser Corey Lewandowski – asked a day earlier about the expected crowd size at the New Hampshire rally – said, “I learned from the Tulsa, Okla., thing, never make an expectation.”

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On Friday morning, the Trump campaign in New Hampshire took to Twitter to tell supporters tickets were still available for the rally.

In the days after the Tulsa rally, the Trump campaign pushed back on suggestions that the president failed to draw a big enough crowd, noting that the event attracted over 4 million viewers “across all of the campaign’s digital media channels” and spotlighting that Fox News – which carried the event live – had its best Saturday night ratings in its history.

Lotter touted that the “Tulsa rally had 22 million people watching it.”

“One of the things that we obviously take away from Tulsa is that people can now look at these rallies and watch them through different platforms. And there will be many who want to come out and be a part of that energy,” he noted.

But with deep health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, he added, “If you happen to be someone who might be at high risk for a negative outcome with COVID or someone in our family is, we’d encourage you to stay home.”

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Deroy Murdock: To be reelected, Trump must focus on broadening his base — not petty fights on Twitter

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President Trump likely finds the latest Gallup poll neither very special nor particularly beautiful. If it’s incredible, that’s because it’s incredibly alarming.

“In early May, Trump’s approval tied his personal best at 49 percent — before it sank amid nationwide protests over racial injustice after the death of George Floyd,” Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones wrote about this survey of adults, released Monday. “Now his approval rating stands just three percentage points above his personal low of 35 percent registered on four separate occasions in 2017.”

Even more ominously, Jones notes this about the president’s 38 percent thumbs-up figure: “The drop in Trump’s job approval rating puts him in the company of George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter … who also had sub-40 percent approval ratings in June of their reelection years.”

And look what happened to them.

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Election Day is Nov. 3, but Americans will begin casting morally repugnant early votes on Sept. 18 in Minnesota and South Dakota. (Citizens should vote as one nation, on Election Day, after weighing all available information and arguments, and not a second sooner).

Given these grim poll results, and with just nine weeks before voters pull the first levers, President Trump at once needs to focus like a bloodhound on winning a second term.

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The alternative is unthinkable — an addled Democratic President Joe Biden weakly assenting to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, and their every unhinged, extreme, vindictive, far-left fantasy.

The president needs to stop wasting precious time with Twitter messages about seemingly every petty controversy that arises.

The president already has a massive problem getting his important messages out, thanks to the Hate Trump Media, which constantly gnaw at him like termites nibbling through the floorboards.

Trump must remember that he is not running against athletes, comedians and pundits.

Creating his own distractions makes it that much harder for Trump to get reelected — an objective that has grown from an urgent priority to an existential imperative for the survival of America as we have known it.

The president needs to stop caving in to temptation as he recently did on Twitter, when he wondered if NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace would apologize over a two-week-old incident involving a noose-like garage-door closer discovered at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway.

First, Wallace is not like failed, publicity-starved actor Jussie Smollett, who totally fabricated a racial “attack” on himself. At worst, Wallace rushed to misjudgment about the noose/rope in his garage stall. Fifteen FBI agents soon determined that it had been there since October, and there was no hate crime.

Second, Wallace is not like Colin Kaepernick, an anti-American radical who denounced  July Fourth as a “celebration of white supremacy.”

Third, who cares? The president of the United States has far bigger cars to race, especially a fortnight after this flap ended with warm shows of support for Wallace, NASCAR’s sole Black racer.

On Saturday, President Trump travels to Portsmouth, N.H., for a campaign rally. Energizing his base is vital. But with 91 percent of Republicans already supporting Trump, per Gallup, he cannot rise much above his near-deity status within his own party.

Trump needs to expand his base, pronto.

For every rally, the president should do at least three events with independents, suburban women and Black voters. Trump should explain to Black parents that he strongly backs school choice, while Biden sadistically promises to padlock charter schools.

Trump should visit minority-owned companies that have grown through his Opportunity Zones program. He should introduce Americans to Black former prisoners who have benefited from his First Step Act criminal-justice reform and made something of themselves.

Trump repeatedly should visit historically Black colleges and universities and explain how his robust support for those institutions boosts the educational and professional prospects for the Black students who populate these campuses.

If Trump can capture 15 to 20 percent of the Black vote, he will romp in November. That looks daunting, but it’s worth the effort — not least because asking for Black votes calms Whites rattled by relentless, filthy media and Democratic lies about Trump’s alleged racism.

Trump’s White support has fallen from 57 percent in May to 48 percent in June. Appealing to Blacks also will boost Trump’s approval among Whites.

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The president should offer a positive, optimistic vision of how his ideas will reverse COVID-19’s damage and make America great again, again. Trumponomics triumphed. Tax cuts, deregulation, energy independence and other pro-market reforms can work their magic once more.

Finally, Trump must remember that he is not running against athletes, comedians and pundits. He is running against an increasingly befogged Joe Biden, first elected 48 years ago.

So, atop his own positive message, Trump must highlight Biden’s weaknesses, his shabby Senate record, the Obama-Biden administration’s abundant failures, and the bonkers AOC/BLM/Antifa left that will control Washington if Biden wins.

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President Trump should discuss these huge ideas, ignore sniping celebrities, and lock up his magic Twitter machine, save for major, upbeat announcements such as bill signings, new treaties and COVID-19 vaccine breakthroughs.

In short, a presidential reelection is a terrible thing to waste.

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