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Glad to See Trump Focusing on Working People Instead of Worrying About Hillary Clinton

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You might have heard that President-elect Trump has said he doesn’t want to waste time and attention on Hillary’s email server. You also might have heard that some people are upset about that. I’m not one of them.

Months ago I was telling people Trump should announce that, if elected, he will pardon Hillary Clinton for all crimes related to her email scandal. I had two reasons for promoting this strategy.

First, by announcing your intention to pardon her, you make her look guilty. Like when Ford pardoned Nixon. Even Clinton’s supporters would have to argue with themselves whether she deserved to be pardoned or whether Trump was overstepping his authority as President. Plus, a pre-emptive pardon would have made people think past the sale. To have the self-debate, people would first have to see Trump as President.

Second, like Ford’s pardon of Nixon, it would signal a focus on fixing real problems for the future instead of settling scores from the past. In 1974, inflation was going crazy. Gerald Ford needed to put Watergate behind him so he could order a couple million Whip Inflation Now buttons to pass out to people in lieu of actual solutions. President Trump will take office with a stagnant economy and a big debt to members of the former middle class in America–the blue-collar workers who put incredible faith in a bombastic billionaire from Queens. The last thing Trump needs is the distraction of the Clintons’ various scandals. If the next four years are all about Hillary’s crimes and cover-ups, she might as well have won.

There’s another reason I like Trump’s decision to let others in the his administration worry about the Clintons. I want to forget about the Clintons. They’re old, they’re sickly, and they won’t be around very long. I want to focus, instead, on making America great again, getting middle-class wages growing again, and reducing the amount of war and terrorism in the world.

That said, I have no problem with the FBI and DOJ continuing their investigations of Hillary and the Clinton Foundation. If either investigation uncovers crimes, I’d like to see an independent prosecutor decide what to do. Same goes for the people who broke immunity deals during the server investigation. And if the DOJ determines Hillary broke the law, a special prosecutor should look into that, too.

In short, I want to see justice done, but I want Trump left free to do what he does best: working 19 hours a day and making huge decisions quickly to make America great again. Embroiling himself in the Clintons’ sordid affairs can’t help his agenda.

With all the troubles in the world, the crimes of two small people from Arkansas don’t amount to a hill of beans. Trump and the American people already served the Clintons with the most painful punishment they could receive. Hillary will never be the first female President, and Bill will have to pay his “interns” out of his own pocket.

That’s enough justice for me. Plus, donations to the Clinton Foundation are down 37 percent since the election. So Chelsea’s hurting, too.

Let’s keep our eyes on the prize. Make America great again. We can do that without settling old scores. And magnanimity is a fine quality in a leader.


In case you’re wondering how to think about Trump, I wrote a book about it.

It’s Happening! Divorces Down, Marriage Up

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Last week I made three bold predictions about how Trump would change American culture:

  1. Marriage would rebound, as would the fertility rate
  2. People would dress better
  3. Legacy becomes physical things, not mere laws

Trump’s influence on American culture can already be seen in marriage and divorce rates. According to Bloomberg, divorce is down to 35-year lows and marriage rates began pumping up during the recent campaign.

The U.S. divorce rate has fallen for the third consecutive year, to its lowest level in more than 35 years, according to data released Thursday.

Meanwhile, marriage is up a bit, at 32.3 marriages for every 1,000 unmarried women age 15 or older last year, from 31.9 in 2014. It was the highest since 2009, suggesting that, after a plunge of several decades, matrimony could be stabilizing.

You might say, “wait a minute! Trump hasn’t even been sworn in.” Good point. But Trump’s influence on the culture comes from his cultural relevancy. And people have been heavily exposed to Trump since he announced his campaign in June 2015. That’s more than a year of psychological impact on the American mind.

If you think people aren’t affected by Trump already, ask yourself how many times you’ve heard people use strange adverbs like “bigly” lately. You don’t have to be President to affect the culture. You just have to dominate thought. And Trump dominates thought like no one ever.

By this time next year, people will be talking about a new baby boom. Just imagine all the new houses these newlyweds will need.

Pay close attention to my predictions. You can make fun of me if I turn out to be wrong.

Hillary Told Us Trump Won

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I really want to go to bed, but my brain won’t  sleep until I type this out.

Hillary Clinton told us Trump won the debate with her final answer. Final answer.

An audience member asked the closing question. He challenged the candidates to say something nice about their opponents. Hillary went first.

The right way to answer those screwball questions is to say something nice and sit down. I’ll explain why in a moment.

Hillary began by talking briefly about Donald Trump’s great kids. She got that part right.

But then Hillary went on the attack about negative campaigning. She talked for over two minutes, beyond her allotted time. This time, though, I don’t think Trump minded.

When Trump’s turn came, he nailed it. He called his opponent “a fighter,” and he piled on about her refusal to give up.

We all know Trump respects the hell out of fighters. His compliment was sincere as they get.

And then Trump sat down.

Perfect.

Here’s why Hillary’s answer was so bad and why she knew she lost. 

When a voter asks a softball question, people want and expect a softball answer. We all wanted to feel good about something. We all know this race is nasty. We wanted a tiny respite from that nastiness. But Hillary just reminded us. She turned a softball question into an ugly answer. Because she had to try something.

Trump knew he’d won. He didn’t need to land a punch after the bell. He knew it, and he went to his corner. Like a champion. Like a gentleman.

Hillary knew she’d lost. She needed to try something to even the score, so she took a chance with a cheap shot after the bell, over the ref’s shoulder. She was cheap and ugly. And her gambit failed.

By hitting after the bell, Hillary told us all she lost. She telegraphed the outcome. 

Trump is back on top. Watch him rise. Greatest 3rd Act ever.

The Flies Are Coming Home to Roost

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Frank Luntz—no fan of Donald J. Trump—said it best: he came into the second debate believing the race was over, but he came out believing Trump is back in the race.

I realize CNN bought a poll that said Clinton won the debate. But CNN has a history of lying, cheating, and hiding facts. I wouldn’t bet a wooden nickel on anything I heard on CNN.

I watched most of the debate at a bar in South St. Louis. The crowd was there to watch football. Mostly non-partisan, apolitical folks. But they quickly became Trump fans.

As you think about it now, you might realize the race is on and Trump is as likely to win as he was before. Trump looked like the President we need and the President we want. He owned the stage while Hillary squirmed under the weight of logic, reason, facts, and a fly.

Yes, a fly.

A filthy, manure-munching fly that wouldn’t leave Hillary alone. Like a metaphor from Westworld. Jim Hoft calls is an omen.

Droids eventually fall to flesh and blood humans with souls. For all his flaws, Trump is human. In fact, his flaws make him human.

Delores, the droid on Westworld, reached the point of artificial intelligence that she could swat the fly that dogged her.

Hillary is still 100% artificial.

I’m guessing there’s a fly in Ann Wagner‘s face tonight. It’s eating the egg.

 

How to Act Like You Learned Something About Trump

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People in the media and the GOP are acting like they learned something on Friday. That’s when the Washington Post released an audio (later conjoined with video) of Donald Trump talking lewd about his exploits with women.

I say media people and Republicans are  “acting” like they learned something, because they didn’t. We didn’t. Everybody who’s paid attention to the race (or pop culture) already knew how Trump is. Everybody knows Trump brags about his sexual prowess and how women melt around him. There’s nothing new, but a few very emotional people who have trouble separating their feelings from their thoughts give into the impulse to act like they’ve learned something. No one’s that ignorant.

But something bigger remains the same. Antonin Scalia is still dead. The first significant act of the new Congress and the new administration will be to fill that empty seat on the Supreme Court.

Scalia’s seat will be filled by someone like Elena Kagan or someone like Mike Lee. The person who appoints that replacement will be someone who covers up her own crimes and her husband’s rapes, or someone who brags about women desiring him because he’s a wealthy star.

Again, nothing’s changed.

If you want a Supreme Court that rules like Elena Kagan, vote for Clinton. If you want a Supreme Court that thinks like Mike Lee, vote for Trump.

You’ve learned nothing, so don’t act like you have.