Happy Fourth, Donald Trump !!
Author: Greg Valliere
July 3, 2019
THIS FOURTH OF JULY will be different from all the rest, politicized and way over-the top. Donald Trump, far more calculating than his detractors realize, is counting on a spectacular show that will bolster his chances of emulating Ronald Reagan, who rebounded from a rocky start and rode a solid economy to re-election against Democrats who were viewed as out of the mainstream.
REAGAN WAS A HUMBLE MAN, of course, never given to boasting or bombast. But he brilliantly used a simple phrase — “It’s Morning in America” — which sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
TRUMP’S NEW PHRASE is “Keep America Great,” and we’ll see what happens, as he often says. He’s off to a good start, beginning with the photo op at the Korean demilitarized zone, so now we’ll wait for Friday’s jobs report, the July 17 Mueller hearing, the Trump tax records, the budget brawl, and so forth.
AIR POCKETS LOOM THIS FALL, but as for tomorrow, everyone will be intently watching this outside-the-box president; he’s the greatest show on earth — and make no mistake, that is ALWAYS his goal. The fireworks, the jets and the tanks will be props.
WE’RE EXPECTING THE USUAL DERISION of Trump tomorrow from the intelligentsia, but no one can take this away from him: he controls the spotlight, he sets the news cycle, he has an iron grip on his party, and he’s the early favorite to win re-election. It’s impossible to avert our eyes from this spectacle — and we’ll be glued to the coverage, as usual, tomorrow night.
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THIS EXCITEMENT gives us the opportunity for a four-day weekend — back on Monday with our take on what should be a very interesting second half. Happy Fourth !!
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