TRUMP HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK
Donald J. Trump at a meeting on national security in New York on Wednesday, with Michael T. Flynn, left, and Keith Kellogg, retired American generals. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times
TRUMP HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK
Exclusive: Joseph Farah lauds Republican for calling out Dems on inner city failures
Conservatives have been complaining for decades – and rightfully so – that Republican presidential candidates don’t take the fight to the opposition, they don’t fight on offense, they contend only for the votes of those who support Republicans without thinking about the alternative.
The last presidential candidate who really contended for all voters won in a landslide – twice. His name was Ronald Reagan.
Of course, he was a polished communicator. His political instincts were avowedly conservative. And he had a disarming smile.
Donald Trump doesn’t have all those characteristics.
But this week he delivered one of the most avowedly conservative speeches America has heard in 50 years, contending for the Democratic votes, minority votes and inner city votes.
It was a masterpiece.
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If this is any indication of where Trump is taking his campaign, it may be headed to a much higher and more effective plateau than we have seen through the primaries and conventions.
He’s taking the fight right to the Democratic Party and its friends in the media and political establishment.
In Milwaukee Tuesday night, Trump made a direct, undisguised and coherent bid to peel off a percentage of black votes that have gone uncontested for too long in presidential contests – notably those of Mitt Romney, John McCain, George W. Bush, Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush.
He did it without apology, without sounding patronizing, without compromising conservative principle and without fear of attacking Democrats where they are most vulnerable – in the results department.
Stepping into a city ravaged by riots and mayhem for days, he pledged to make American cities not only more safe, but more prosperous, more productive and more free.
He attacked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party for taking minorities for granted, exploiting them for political gain without improving their lives over the last 50 years.
“Law and order must be restored. It must be restored for the sake of all, but most especially the sake of those living in the affected communities,” he said. “The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods. It is their jobs, their homes, their schools and communities which will suffer as a result. There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct. Crime and violence is an attack on the poor, and will never be accepted in a Trump administration.”
He called for more police in America’s poorest communities and more effective policing.
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“Just like Hillary Clinton is against the miners, she is against the police,” he said. “You know it, and I know it. Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society – a narrative supported with a nod by my opponent – share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee and many other places within our country. They have fostered the dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America.”
Trump continued: “Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, the violent disruptor. Our job is to make life more comfortable for the African-American parent who wants their kids to be able to safely walk the streets. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school. For every one violent protester, there are a hundred moms and dads and kids on that same city block who just want to be able to sleep safely at night. My opponent would rather protect the offender than the victim. Hillary Clinton-backed policies are responsible for the problems in the inner cities today, and a vote for her is a vote for another generation of poverty, high crime and lost opportunities. I care too much about my country to let that happen.”
While the Republican Party establishment has ignored the themes raised by Dinesh D’Souza in his poplar new book and movie, “Hillary’s America,” and others, including Ben Kinchlow, author of “Black Yellowdogs,” regarding the history of the Democratic Party and its political exploitation of blacks, Trump embraced them, saying, “It is time for our society to address some honest and very difficult truths.”
“The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African-American community,” he said. “Democratic crime policies, education policies, and economic policies have produced only more crime, more broken homes and more poverty. Let us look at the situation right here in Milwaukee, a city run by Democrats for decade after decade. Last year, killings in this city increased by 69 percent, plus another 634 victims of non-fatal shootings. Eighteen to 29-year-olds accounted for nearly half of the homicide victims. The poverty rate here is nearly double the national average. Almost four in 10 African-American men in Milwaukee between the ages of 25-54 do not have a job. Nearly four in 10 single mother households are living in poverty. Fifty-five public schools in this city have been rated as failing to meet expectations, despite ten thousand dollars in funding per-pupil. There is only a 60 percent graduation rate, and it’s one of the worst public school systems in the country. One in five manufacturing jobs has disappeared in Milwaukee since we fully opened our markets to China, and many African-American neighborhoods have borne the brunt of this hit.”
About these shocking statistics, Trump said, “To every voter in Milwaukee, to every voter living in every inner city, or every forgotten stretch of our society, I am running to offer you a better future.”
Then he made the direct challenge for the votes of minorities few expect him to win.
“The Democratic Party has taken the votes of African-Americans for granted,” he said. “They’ve just assumed they’ll get your support and done nothing in return for it. It’s time to give the Democrats some competition for these votes, and it’s time to rebuild the inner cities of America – and to reject the failed leadership of a rigged political system.”
His campaign theme, he said, comes down to “Jobs. Safety. Opportunity. Fair and equal representation.”
Then he accused Mrs. Clinton of racism.
“We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton which panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes, not as individual human beings worthy of a better future,” he said. “She doesn’t care at all about the hurting people of this country, or the suffering she has caused them. The African-American community has been taken for granted for decades by the Democratic Party. It’s time to break with the failures of the past – I want to offer Americans a new future. It is time for rule by the people, not rule by special interests.”
And there was more.
“It’s time to break through the television noise, the entrenched interests,” he said. “I understand that a lot of powerful people in our political system – a lot of people who’ve created our problems – will lose a lot of their contracts, and their special gigs, if African-American voters, and all minority voters, support my campaign. It’s time to stop making the special interests rich. It’s time to make the American people rich. I am going to make America wealthy again.”
He reminded voters that the Democratic Party has run nearly every inner city in this country for 50 years, and run them into financial ruin.
“They’ve ruined the schools,” he said. “They’ve driven out the jobs. They’ve tolerated a level of crime no American should consider acceptable. Violent crime has risen 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities last year. Killings of police officers this year is up nearly 50 percent. Homicides are up more than 60 percent in Baltimore. They are up more than 50 percent in Washington, D.C. This is the future offered by Hillary Clinton. More poverty, more crime, and more of the same. The future she offers is the most pessimistic thing I can possibly imagine. It is time for a different future.”
All I can say is “wow!”
This is what I was hoping to see when I wrote a column days ago suggesting Trump needs to stop winging it in off-the-cuff remarks on every non-essential issue he tweets about and start pounding on the issues that are destroying America.
This is encouraging.
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