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Donald Trump – The Pulse 2016 Conservative Analysis on the Race for the White House

  • Paul Krugman: “The Trump Economic Team Is Shaping up as a Gathering of Gold Bugs”
    by Ralph Benko on December 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Paul Krugman tweets: Are people noticing that the Trump economic team is shaping up as a gathering of gold bugs? 1/ — Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) December 20, 2016 That tweet is part of a recent series by Prof. Krugman divining glints of gold in the company of Donald Trump. He predominantly focuses on one of Trump’s appointments, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) for Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Krugman astutely points out that Mulvaney once observed that the Federal Reserve has “effective devalued the dollar” — hard to argue with when the dollar has lost 85 percent of its buying power since Richard Nixon closed the gold window in 1971 — and “choke[d] off economic growth.” This is also hard to argue with after 16 years of booms and busts that have left the average US growth rate at about half of its historic trend line for that dreary epoch. Krugman does not furnish evidence that Rep. Mulvaney has endorsed the gold standard. One can but hope his inference is well grounded. Exhibit B for his tirade is contained in a tweet referencing investor John Paulson, reportedly close both to the treasury secretary designate Steve Mnuchin and Donald Trump himself. Paulson had recently been invested heavily in gold before slashing his position this year. My research has not revealed any evidence that John Paulson is a gold standard advocate, affectionately known as a “gold bug.” The record shows Paulson to be an active speculator in gold who has, on balance, done well for his fund thereby. Continue Reading […]

  • Trump White House Strategist Steve Bannon, Judeo-Christian Champion: “This Is a Revolution”
    by Ralph Benko on December 20, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Steve Bannon (photo credit: Don Irvine via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0) The progressive elites and the mainstream media expended massive black ink, hot air, and billions of scarce pixels defaming Trump campaign CEO, now White House strategist, Steve Bannon. A fascinating presentation to a 2014 Vatican gathering puts Bannon in an entirely different light. Bannon’s presentation recently was transcribed and published by BuzzFeed (and recently, also, noted in passing and quoted in part by The Washington Post). Bannon’s own words show him to be an eloquent and learned humanitarian with deep compassion for working people. His virulent detractors owe their readers a correction and Bannon an apology. BuzzFeed: [Bannon’s] remarks — beamed into a small conference room in a 15th-century marble palace in a secluded corner of the Vatican — were part of a 50-minute Q&A during a conference focused on poverty hosted by the Human Dignity Institute, which BuzzFeed News attended as part of its coverage of the rise of Europe’s religious right. The group was founded by Benjamin Harnwell, a longtime aide to Conservative member of the European Parliament Nirj Deva to promote a “Christian voice” in European politics. The group has ties to some of the most conservative factions inside the Catholic Church…. Bannon prefaced his remarks: I want to talk about wealth creation and what wealth creation really can achieve and maybe take it in a slightly different direction, because I believe the world, and particularly the Judeo-Christian west, is in a crisis. Continue Reading […]

  • President-elect Trump: Honor Phyllis Schlafly by Picking a Secretary of Education She’d Endorse
    by Heather Crossin on November 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Phyllis Schlafly (photo credit: Gage Skidmore) On election night when it became apparent that we were witnessing a truly remarkable and historic event, one great, American patriot came to mind — the late, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, who passed away this past fall at the age of 92. Lost in the media coverage since is the fact that it is Phyllis Schlafly, yet again, whom Americans have to thank for the biggest political upset since the election of Ronald Reagan. As if already being “regarded as one of the two or three most important Americans of the last half of the 20th century” (as described by one of her foes, no less) and having “plant[ed] the seeds of a conservative revival” that ultimately led to the Reagan revolution weren’t enough, Mrs. Schlafly outdid herself one last time. Undeterred by old age, right up until her death, Phyllis was still hard at work for the country she loved. Her early March endorsement of Donald Trump not only handed him a victory in the Missouri primary, but more importantly it gave him the stamp of approval necessary to be seen as a serious and viable candidate amongst countless conservatives, including this one. It’s fitting that Schlafly’s final book, The Conservative Case for Trump, happened to be released on the eve of her passing. Phyllis’s support of Donald Trump, however, did not come without a cost and without great personal sacrifice. It caused a bitter and divisive firestorm within her organization, Eagle Forum, and within her immediate family. Continue Reading […]

  • The Real Steve Bannon Revealed!
    by Ralph Benko on November 21, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Steve Bannon (photo credit: Don Irvine via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0) A marvelous interview with Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has suddenly appeared in, no less, The Hollywood Reporter: “Ringside With Steve Bannon at Trump Tower as the President-Elect’s Strategist Plots “An Entirely New Political Movement” (Exclusive).” It is a perfect antidote to the McCarthyite insults being heaped on Bannon by the elitist left and its handmaiden, the mainstream media. Bannon is a provocateur. No sin in that; the left has a plethora of provocateurs. By every account he is an open-minded, generous (albeit demanding) soul. The media’s efforts to smear him are the most shameful application of “Tailgunner Joe,” guilt-by-association tactics seen since the days of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Wolff quotes Bannon: “I’m not a white nationalist, I’m a nationalist. I’m an economic nationalist,” he tells me. “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over. If we deliver” — by “we” he means the Trump White House — “we’ll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we’ll govern for 50 years. That’s what the Democrats missed.” Wolff goes on to observe: Breitbart, with its casual provocations — lists of its varied incitements … were in hot exchange after the election among appalled Democrats — is as opaque to the liberal-donor-globalist class as Lena Dunham might be to the out-of-work workingman class. Continue Reading […]

  • The Transition So Far: Splendid!
    by Maggie Gallagher on November 18, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore) Beginning with the joint appointment of Reince Priebus as chief of staff and Steve Bannon as chief “strategist,” the Trump administration has been signaling two things: 1) He’s not going to abandon the outsiders who voted him into office, no matter how much stuff the media makes up about them, and 2) it’s going to include establishment full-spectrum conservatives (especially those who value the life issue). Today’s announcement of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as Attorney General is another great indicator. The media had tried to portray this as a race between pro-choice Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie (whose record on religious liberty, parental rights, and judicial appointments leaves a lot to be desired). Behind the scenes insiders told me it was a race between Sessions and Christie. With Christie removed from the transition team and Rudy taking himself out of the race, the path for Sen. Sessions to run the president’s legal team was cleared. As APP’s president Frank Cannon said: On life, education, religious freedom, sound money — really, across the board — Senator Jeff Sessions has proven himself to be an advocate for the Constitution and for the hard-working people of this great nation. We expect he will do an excellent job as Attorney General. Through the quality of the people he is bringing on board, President-elect Donald Trump is demonstrating, in quick order, that he intends to end business as usual in Washington and truly make America great again. We applaud this appointment and look forward to Donald Trump’s presidency. Continue Reading […]

  • The Three Most Important Takeaways from the 2016 Election
    by Paul Dupont on November 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Ariz. (photo credit: Gage Skidmore) On March 3, 2015, as the early stages of the Republican presidential primary campaign were just getting under way, our team launched ThePulse2016.com to keep readers like you up to date on the latest developments in the 2016 election. Now, just over 20 months since that day, the 2016 election has finally come to a close. In those 20 months, the race has taken twists and turns none of us could have expected. From a deep field of well-known Republican political leaders emerged an outsider candidate — Donald Trump — who, although not initially taken seriously, was able to speak to the concerns of many voters in a way no other GOP candidate could. And after shocking the political world by winning the Republican nomination, he pulled off an even bigger upset — overcoming the well-funded and well-organized Democratic election machine and defeating heavy favorite Hillary Clinton. So, as the country slowly comes to grips with Tuesday night’s results, what can be learned from the events which have transpired over the last 20 months? How should we move forward after such an intensely divisive and emotionally draining campaign? Here are three suggestions: 1.) The Republican Party Needs to Reunite Although things might seem all fine and dandy after last night’s victories, there’s really no avoiding the underlying reality: the post-Trump GOP is a fractured party. Some division was to be expected after such a long, spirited primary as we saw earlier this year. Continue Reading […]

  • Everyone Got It Wrong… Well, Almost Everyone
    by Jon Schweppe on November 9, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Photo credit: Gage Skidmore Everyone got it wrong… well, almost everyone. Frank Cannon, president of American Principles Project, and a respected conservative political strategist with more than 30 years of experience, got it right consistently throughout the 2016 election cycle: Taking Trump Seriously (03-13-15) Jeb Bush Is Not A Convincing Frontrunner (04-16-15) Ted Cruz Will Be A Serious Contender (04-24-15) Bush Is In Trouble, Not Trump (09-23-15) Trump Is Not Down Double Digits (08-15-16) Trump Puts New States In Play (09-16-16) And check out this nugget from Frank’s most recent piece in Townhall, “Trump’s Path to 270 Is Easier Than You Think,” which was published two weeks ago: But what if we challenge some assumptions? Imagine that these polling turnout models are oversampling Democrats by a couple percentage points, overestimating turnout for Hillary Clinton and plugging in numbers that would even exceed President Obama’s historic turnout in 2008 and 2012 — and when you investigate the cross-tabs on some of these polls, you absolutely see evidence of this taking place. What if the polls are getting it wrong, even slightly? And what if there is a true Bradley Effect taking place with Donald Trump that is impacting polling results, i.e. a statistically significant number of Trump voters who are afraid to publicly announce, even to an anonymous pollster over the phone, that they are Trump voters in fear of social backlash, especially following the aggressive attempts by the radical left to intimidate and silence Trump voters by using charged language and even by threatening violence? Continue Reading […]

  • Six Lessons from Donald Trump’s Great Victory
    by Maggie Gallagher on November 9, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore) Congratulations, President-elect Trump. Congratulations to the historic, never-before-seen governing majority he assembled. It’s time to hope I was wrong and work for President Trump’s success — for America’s success. Here are my first six takeaways from last night’s historic victory: 1.) The RNC’s “Autopsy” from 2012 got it exactly wrong in arguing the key to victory was less social conservatism and more of the standard GOP economic message. One key to Trump’s victory was to combine social conservatism with a new populist economic message. White evangelicals voted for him in record, never-before-seen numbers: 81 percent to 16 percent according to exit polls. That tops George W. Bush’s record of 78 percent in 2004. 2.) Latinos were the dog that didn’t bark. Build a wall, chastise Mexican immigrants as rapists, threaten to deport illegals — despite Trump’s often unusually harsh tone, he actually gained slightly more of the Latino vote than Romney did, 29 percent versus 27 percent. In Florida, he won 33 percent of the Latino vote. Apparently, Hispanic voters care less about immigration than elites think they should. 3.) The biggest loser last night was the donor class. According to OpenSecrets.org, Trump raised $250 million — less than half of the $687 million Clinton raised.  Trump demonstrated that you can lose the money primary and still win the election. Television is no longer king. This is a huge opportunity for social conservatives in particular; as donors recognize giving to super PACs is just padding the pockets of consultants who make money whether they win or lose, they are going to be looking for new more effective political vehicles. Continue Reading […]

  • Donald Trump Makes History Standing for the Unborn
    by Mary Powers on November 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore) On Tuesday night, history was made. Not only because Donald Trump came through the finish line with the electoral college victory that people never thought he would achieve, but also for the issues that he stood for and won on. One of the most historic aspects of Trump’s campaign has been his stance on life. He has committed to appoint pro-life justices and to sign the late-term abortion ban, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. He has also pledged to defund Planned Parenthood and to protect the life-saving Hyde Amendment, preventing taxpayer funds from going to abortion. What’s more, he took this issue on offense unlike any Republican nominee since Ronald Reagan. He fearlessly held Hillary Clinton accountable in the final debate on her extreme stance on partial-birth abortion and late-term abortion, knowing that these were issues that he stood with the American people on. Now that Trump has clinched the presidency and helped maintain pro-life majorities in the House and the Senate, there is a historic opportunity to put real protections in place for women and children across the country. This result also sends a message to the Republican Party that they need to take abortion and pro-life voters seriously. After the 2012 election, the RNC wrote off social issues as not winning issues in their autopsy report advocating for a “truce strategy,” telling candidates to avoid issues such as abortion. This election turns that argument on its head. Considering that “Trump Abortion” was one of the most searched topics on Election Day, the pro-life vote is real. Continue Reading […]

  • Top Five States to Watch Tonight
    by Jon Schweppe on November 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    From left: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump With just a few hours now separating us from the first election results, here are the five states I’m watching most closely tonight: 1.) North Carolina Obviously, North Carolina is a key swing state in the presidential race, which is likely to be very close, but I’m even more interested in the results of the gubernatorial race between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper. We’ve been talking about this race for months. McCrory has been under fire from a coalition of radical progressives, corporate bullies, and special interests for his support for HB 2, a bill that stopped an effort in Charlotte to redefine gender and give grown men the right to shower and access changing areas with young girls in public facilities. The fate of HB 2 — and our best line of defense in the progressive war on gender — rests completely on the results of this race. 2.) New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) is a strong conservative representative in New Jersey who came under fire for criticizing the NRCC for financially supporting Republican candidates who support same-sex marriage. Millions of dollars from outside special interest groups have since poured into New Jersey’s 5th congressional district to defeat Garrett in his race against special interest lobbyist Josh Gottheimer. With the NRCC declining to help Garrett at all, and with only a small coalition of conservatives refusing to abandon him, there’s no doubt he’s an underdog heading into tonight. Continue Reading […]