Can Trump Pull a Truman?


On July 22, 1988, after the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, the party nominee, Gov. Michael Dukakis, enjoyed a 17-point lead over Vice President George W. Bush.

Five weeks later, on Labor Day, Dukakis was down eight points, the same margin by which he would lose the election. He had lost 25 points in one month.

What had happened? During August, Republican attack groups elevated and relentlessly pounded what might be called Dukakis’ Bay State radical liberalism.

He had proudly called himself a card-carrying member of the ACLU. He had vetoed a bill requiring the Pledge of Allegiance in Massachusetts’ schools. He was against imposing the death penalty. He had issued weekend passes to convicted killers such as the infamous Willie Horton, who had used his get-out-of-jail-free card to go to Maryland and rape and murder.

Vice President Bush ended up winning 40 states.

Is this possible today? Because a turnaround of that magnitude appears to be needed by Donald J. Trump.

 

Over the weekend, the bad news on the virus front turned awful, for the country and Trump.

The U.S. dead from the coronavirus hit 135,000. COVID-19 deaths, whose weekly average had been falling since April, began to rise again.

New cases of the infection began appearing in previously unseen numbers across the Sun Belt. Florida set a U.S. record with more than 15,000 new cases in one day.

This surge in infections is occurring as the nation debates whether to send its young back to schools. Children, teachers and students could arrive in classrooms in the millions in late summer only to be sent home in a new shutdown as a second wave of COVID-19 hits this fall.

Were that not enough to concentrate the mind, an economy that was as strong as any in modern history last winter now looks to be in a depression. The good news of the May-June revival could be canceled out by shutdowns mandated by the new infections.

Beyond this, America's racial divide has reopened. The attacks on cops and their demonization in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, has led to demoralization, resignations and retirements, and, from there, to an explosion of shootings and killings in major cities.

And we have witnessed the outbreak of a cultural revolution, which holds that as America has, from birth, been a slave-owning society whose policies toward the native-born amounted to cultural and ethnic genocide, the statues of those generations of men who produced such a history should all be pulled down and smashed.

A medical crisis, an economic crisis, and a cultural and social crisis, have hit us all at once, raising some fundamental questions.

Does America retain the unity, strength and sense of purpose to lead the world? Is American democracy still the model for mankind?

Trump is not responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. And the shutdowns that induced today's depression were as much the decisions of governors and mayors as of the president. Yet, he is the one whose fate is tied to the state of the economy in November 2020.

And, politically, Trump is the one paying the price.

Several national polls have Joe Biden up by 10 points or more, and polls in swing states, as well as must-carry states for Trump such as Florida, have Biden leading. In the money primary, Biden and the Democrats turned May and June into winning months. Their Senate candidates are awash in cash in states where they had been seen as sacrificial lambs.

The pundits, following the polls, are giddily predicting a Biden win, a recapture of the Senate and the retention of Democratic control of the House.

What can Trump do? What should Trump do?

In 1948, Harry Truman looked like a certain loser to Gov. Tom Dewey. So he sent a raft of liberal legislation to the Hill and challenged the Republican Congress to enact it. When Congress airily dismissed his proposals, Truman barnstormed the country, calling on America to help him rid the nation of this "no-good, do-nothing 80th Congress."

Which the country proceeded to do, as it elected Truman and threw out the first Republican Congress to sit since before the Depression.

What the Trump folks must do now is to zero in on Biden's vulnerabilities, personal and political.

First among these is Biden's transparently diminished verbal and mental capacity. He is no longer the man who bested Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate of 2012. Even during controlled appearances where he reads from a teleprompter, Biden emits a sense of unease that he will lose control of his ghostwritten script.

Second, the Biden campaign has embraced an agenda that is, in part, Bernie Sanders-AOC-Black Lives Matter.

The Trump folks need to force Biden to come out of his basement and either embrace or renounce the radical elements of his agenda. They need to do for Biden what Lee Atwater & Co. did for Dukakis.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever."

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40 thoughts on “Can Trump Pull a Truman?”

  1. The Trump people also need to get the President out there and talking about what he will do for us during his next term. He seems almost sluggish and tired. He also needs to stop berating people in public. I have several friends who voted for him in 2016 but are leaning towards his opponent because POTUS is turning them off with his attacks against people he put in place!!!!

    1. Not that it’s an excuse but he’s been attacked for 4 straight years, one thing gets resolved and another hits him. I don’t blame him. I do however agree with you. I’ve been saying the same thing. He needs to get some rest for few days and make up his mind if he wants to win then get out and doo some open air rallies telling everyone what he will accomplish in the next 4 NOT what he’s done already. That won’t get him re-elected.

  2. It will be disaster for our country if the Democrats are in control of House, Senate and Presidency. AOC and her group will ruin the country. Trump needs to step up and take control, stop blaming other people. He is not responsible for COVID but he is responsible for the turmoil the country is in now- for three years he has been a great leader. He needs to be that leader again.

    1. [I agree with the 1st part of your post but how is he responsible for “”the turmoil””.The turmoil is being pushed by the way the democrat party has now flung to the left . Trump has handled this with so much strenght and intestinal fortitude as i’ve ever seen .If Biden were in office can you just imagine him hiding in his basement. Trump will get this country through this and bring the economy soaring back.That is the opposite of what the left wants to do.

    2. He has hardly been a great leader when he can’t even develop a national policy. First, he is going to do something, then it’s the governors responsibility but he can do something then it’s the governors. He needs to quit being so wish washey and develop a national plan.

  3. You can not compare trump with nobody except trunp himself, anyone with certain amount of intelligent can esealy see what is going in this country,anarchy,violent protest .anti religion movement.socialims, anti law and order etc. The democrats support and encourage those groups and comimg november they will pay a heavy price.do not relay on faulty and dishonest stupid polls there you have it. the american people are not stupid. neither the skies is falling.

  4. We need to have an open season for citizens on terror groups like ANTIFA and BLM so citizens get no legal problems. THE ANTIFA and BLM terrorists are allowed to plunder and kill so should citizens should have same legal kill right.

  5. we as americans need to stand up and fight. yes i said fight christians and patriot of all colors and deseat the democrats and run antifa and black lives matter out of this country or running for the hills. even if that means taking up arms against them. this has went on long enough its time to stop all of them. but trump has to help us do that.

  6. Numbers on the virus are the same as with the polls. All fake. Anyone who listens to them doesn’t know how to think for themselves. The reason the world is the way it is is simple. Jesus is coming for his people very soon and there is nothing that can stop him. Read the books of Daniel and Revelation. They tell it all.

    1. Amen! There we can learn in the Bible about politics, whether we believe it it or not, especially for people who believe themselves to be a good, moral person, for example:

      We should respect and pray for our leaders and obey them, even when we don’t agree with them according to God’s Word, see Romans 13. Of course if there is anything that doesn’t line up with God’s Word and after pray (talking with God about it) and He convicts us through His Word and/or prayer, we cannot go along with it even if it means a penalty which is also explained in Romans. We have to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14 every day. Many are praying this all over the world all day and if not possible, at 7:14 AM and/or 7:14 PM every day.

      AS Christians we have the armor of God Ephesians 6:10-17 and we must put it on every morning before we even get out of bed and use it as God leads us in all situations.

      I believe above all besides standing strong in our Lord Jesus Christ in obedience, He teaches us to be peacemakers. Those who are not and causing all kinds of hatred, discord, and violence are doing these things as I have learned from God’s Word are not of good character and are against God.
      So if you have felt you don’t agree with many who are causing divisions, raising hatred, and violence-it could be God’s Holy Spirit making you feel that way. (It’s like, humm, this just doesn’t seem right, for example)–THAT’S WHEN WE GO TO GOD IN PRAYER-THEN, NOT JUST LATER.
      (oh, about prayer, we are to ask for forgiveness of sins (omission and commission) before God can hear us because He is Holy. He will be faithful to forgive us our sins when we truly ask believing that He will forgive and believe in God’s Son, Jesus Christ that He came to earth to live and die for for you and me and God arose Him from the dead on the 3rd day so we can also have eternal life through Jesus Christ Death and Resurrection.
      John 3: 16-18.

  7. Should the Democrats (Sociaists) fail the OPPORTUNITY that they paid for with Americans tax dollars, the Designer KungFlu, it will be the greatest fail of the Socialist Party. They bought the KungFlu, and designer vaccine, and,used it on America Conservatives to bring Trump and Conservatives down in one swoop.
    American only hope that the estimated 30% of the Voters that are the Silent Voters, come to America’s rescue, thus staving off Civil War.

  8. It is well to remember the difference between Truman and Trump.

    Truman was a no-nonsense Democrat Politician who hated the job , but saw it as his elected duty to lead the Country to the best of his ability. His Motto? “The Buck stops here”. Many of his goals were entered in his experiences in WWI . He proudly paid his taxes , and made the returns available. He rose from nothing by sheer ability.

    Trump is a self-centered , bigoted , ignorant, narcissist who is insane. His Motto: ” Someone else is responsible “. He is a fourth Generation Draft Dodger and a Tax Fraud / Tax cheat who has never worked a day in his life. Trump started with everything and is working his way down to nothing.

    Thank God he will be out on his Ass in November. It’s too bad he will take the RNC down with him, but they made their pact with the Devil, and now payment is due.

    1. YOU HAVE YOUR OPINION, BUT LOOK AT WHAT TRUMP HAS DONE FOR THE COUNTRY. WHAT HE REALLY COULD DO IF THE DEMS AND RINO REPUB WOULD GET BEHIND HIM

    2. President needs to pull some surprises on the Democrats like they did him for the last 4 years. Make them furnish their financial statements, etc. Find something like Biden’s mental capacity to help people to understand what is happening to him. Get medical reports if necessary.
      Pelosi needs investigation, she has to have something she would hate to be proven.
      Trump may not be the political liar the democrats want, but he says what he feels and he has to be re-elected because he is fighting for America. The democrats certainly are not.

    3. Donald Trump is none of the things you put forth. Our president is the strongest, smartest and most resolute leader the United States has ever had. Name one president that could have withstood the onslaught he has had to endure since before he assumed the office? There is no one. We have to stand behind him and support him in all his endeavors. I will do just that to the best of my ability. His forcefulness is about to be demonstrated right here and abroad. He has given us everything he promised and hasn’t taken a dime. He isn’t perfect and we didn’t vote for him because he was perfect. We voted him into the presidency because he is the man for the job. The one man who can’t be bought.Perhaps Joe will best him, in the race. But may God have mercy on us all if we elect Joe Biden to an office he cannot rule. His mental capacity, aging physical stature and the sheer stamina required are never going to be there and his vp will have to assume the role of president. Just who, name one, could possibly perform that role. They simply don’t exist. If they did , they would be in Biden’s position. We must elect Trump for another 4 years if we want to save our country and for the future of our children. God bless our President.

    4. Trumps nothing was a $2000.00 loan from his father which he paid back. The rest he has done on his own dime and has gone broke several times. He has paid his dues and won most of the time. He is trying to win for all of us, but in doing so is a direct threat to the liberal establishment ( the swamp). That is where the HATE & DISCONTENT eminate from. That is also who fear Trump the most. Yes he is brash, but he is the one sleeping with the super model.

  9. I am voting President Trump, he is the ONLY person standing in the way of a Commie “TAKE OVER” of our GREAT NATION. If you like the riots, “Not Trump’s Fault” Democratic led states, who have controled both the Governorship & in most cases the Mayors & City Councils of these BLUE STATES for Decades. You see the Anti- American Vocal & Marksist demonstations destroying the cities, with GLEE from the Chuck Shumers & of course “OLE NANCY” in congress. If you live in one of these liberal states & have seen the looting and anarchy taken place, VOTE for Crazy Joe, it will be coming to a town near you. BUT, taking over America will not be easy, brcause we are armed & will use our arms if neccesary to secure our freedom. We are the silent majority & I am sick & tired of seeing our monuments, Freedom of speech & Police Officers taken down. When I see our flag disrespected, I am Piss–, I for one think this President is our “LAST BEST HOPE” to save our nation from RADICAL MARKSIST” nut cakes. In spite of CNN(Communist News Network & New York Slimes) & all the other Anti-American Press, WE WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER!! A vote Republican Is A vote against the LIBERAL/DEMOCRATIC NEWS? MEDIA. Keep the faith America & Vote like your life depends on it, IT DOES! Have you had enough? I have! See you & Millions more American PATRIOTS in November. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

    1. I definitely agree with Charlie Brown—couldn’t have said it better. Our President is one tough guy to be able to let all the crap the lefties throw at him run off his back. We need to help him by re-electing him for another term.

  10. As a retired college professor who is several years older than Joe Biden I actually feel sorry for him. I also do not respect his handlers. As a Psychology Professor and one who has a Ph.D. in Counseling I am well aware that as a person ages they really cannot determine the condition of their cognitive abilities. This is not Joe’s fault but it is the fault of those who put him out there before the public knowing his likelihood of some gaff.
    I wouldn’t vote for him under any circumstances but I have stood before large groups many times in my life and hoped I wouldn’t say something that was not correct.
    I wish his handlers would let him go home and stop embarrassing himself and the democrat party.

    1. Amen. His family should be ashamed but they all fear incarceration or worse. Judgement day is near and it’s up the us to see justice done. Biden and his cronies are criminal Al’s and they will fall.

  11. I think President Trump has ALL that is needed to ‘pull a Truman’!!!!!! Joe Biden has said, and voted, to support the use of abortion. Since ‘abortion’ prevents the live birth of a baby it meets the definition of killing. Since, according to Planned Parenthood’s own records, the majority of women obtaining an ‘abortion’ are minorities that makes the victims of ‘abortions’ minorities. Connecting the ‘dots’ Joe Biden support the killing of minorities. While President Trump wants ALL babies conceived to be born ALIVE so to President Trump Baby Black Lives Matter.

  12. Trump needs to get out there and rally up the troops. They need leadership.
    He needs to be seen more and pushing his agenda and let the people know what his plans are. Get them fired up and tear down the liberal democrats.
    Come on Trump, get them fired up like you did in 2016.

  13. About the ONLY problem with sending children to SCHOOL during COVID19 is not the children getting infected, but GRANDPARENTS getting COVID19 – about the SAME as when these infirmed elderly go “out and about” . . . with or WITHOUT face masks. Face masks are NOT effective, STUDY after STUDY has FOUND. Either you GET IT, or you DON’T. The ONLY way to prevent receiving COVID19 is LIVING in a BUBBLE, which won’t happen. This is called HERD IMMUNITY. You CAN’T stop it.

    1. And you are utterly correct. The covid was designed to decimate that generation who is not into socialism that morphs into communism. No recourse for this flu and today it is about in the numbers of deaths as flu. The masks as you said do not work, the virus is everywhere, and in the end Trump will triumph. I hope the nation is more intelligent than the dim wits and their rich, white, entitled leadership and donors believe we are. I am betting on an utter rejection for the dim wits. They will lose in the house, the presidency, the senate!

      And at the local levels I believe they will lose there. Show them the citizens most notably, the Deplorables know better than to follow the dim wit luantics of the DNC insane asylum over the cliff. And there will be a lot of watchers for voter fraud. Just to note more votes in a county than registered voters. Red Flag and challenge it.

  14. Well, the polls were the same in 2016. I don’t believe them this time either. This is pure unadulterated lies and leading of the sheeple. Get a grip, this is the same bs they tried in 2016. And the upset is gonna be the same and the dim wits should be really worried. They have been ignoring their legal tax paying citizens again and doing much worse than republican leaders to those living in their enclaves. There is a reckoning coming and the dim wits will not like it at all. Good luck with the fairy tales of the fake polls.

  15. President Trump Is Not Responsible for what is going on in our country Today. The Problem – the DEMOCRATS contiue to cause nothing but problems for this President because they do not like him. They do not support any of his polices even thoghChina has taken advantage of the U S for many years. He has put many people back to work including the Black race. As for the Black Lives Matter his hands are tied according to the law. The Democrat Mayors and Governors are responsible and they are Do NOTHING. Letting Cities being destroyed. Then we have the Mayor of New York and the Governor Doing Nothing!

  16. PRESIDENT TRUMP LOST 46 SEATS IN THE MIDTERMS & WILL WIN BIG ONLY IF HE REALLY ADDS A SALEStax FUNDED FREE HEALTHCARE OPTION, ABOLISHES THE $WAMPS, ROGUE BUREAUCRACIE$, THE IR$ & THE WORLDS MOST ARDUOUS, UNFAIR & CORRUPT TAXATION$, ABOLISHES FAILED $OCIAL $ECURITY, MINIMUM WAGE, DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION$, ABOLISHES THE 70% $WAMP VIG & $CAM RIP-OFF$, FIRES 40,000,000 TRAITOR$ & JAILS MANY TO END MANY MANY $TRILLIONS OF $WAMP $CAM COST$ ANNUALLY!

    TRUMP COULD CUT $TRILLIONS ADDING 1234: 1.FREE GOV HEALTHCARE, 2. DIRECT DEPOSIT $250. WEEKLY BASIC INCOME MONEY, 3. ABOLISH THE IRS & ALL EXISTING TAXES & SIMPLY SWITCH TO ONE 30% SALES TAX, 4. & ADD GOV HOMELESS SHELTERS FOR USA CITIZENS NATIONWIDE.

    EXPOSE LBJ’S & THE JOINT CHIEFS 11/22/1963 1st USA COUP-d-TATE’ & HOW 5+ DECADES OF LEGISLATOR$, BUREAUCRAT$, K $TREET, WALL $TREET, REPUBLICAN & DEMOCRAT TRAITOR$ GRABBED POLITICAL POWER & 70% OF ALL GOVERNMENT MONIE$ NATIONWIDE ANNUALLY FOR THE LAST 5+ DECADES.

    CIA PATSY LEE HARVEY OSWALD NEVER FIRED A SHOT ON HIT DAY!

    See I shot JFK Interview with James Files 2003 

    Inside the JFK assassination -Chauncey Holt

    MAC WALLACE WHO KILLED MANY FOR LBJ & THE “INDIAN” WERE LBJ’S HIRED KILLERS WHO SHOT AT KENNEDY FROM THE 6TH FLOOR WINDOWS OF THE TEXAS BOOK DEPOSITORY BUILDING & CIA/MOB EX ARMY MARKSMAN 19 YEAR OLD SHOOTER JIMMY FILES FIRED THE 35 YARD HEAD SHOT FROM THE GRASSY KNOLL USING A CIA ISSUED REMINGTON FIRE BALL 8 FIRING A 222 MERCURY ENHANCED ROUND THAT BLEW THE BACK OF KENNEDY’S HEAD OFF CIA/MOB SHOOTER CHARLES NICOLETTI FIRED FROM THE DEAL BUILDING & CIA/MOB SHOOTER JOHNNY ROSSELLI FIRED FROM A CURBSIDE MAN HOLE.

    OBAMA’S & DEEP $TATE CABAL $CAMS ARE NOW $TRILLIONS BIGGER THAN LBJ’S 11/22/1963 1st USA COUP-de-ETAT’.

    ALL PRESIDENTS STARTING WITH LBJ IN 1963 & EVEN TRUMP & BARR TODAY HAVE NOT YET JAILED OBAMA OR ANY OF THE 5+ DECADES OF CABAL CROOKS.

    EXPOSE OBAMA’$ & TODAY’S DEEP STATE’$ ATTEMPT$ TO OVERTHROW TRUMP.

    WHY IS NOT ONE HONEST COP, JUDGE OR EVEN TRUMP OR BARR JAILING BAD GUY$ YET?

    THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT RUNS THE WORLDS MOST BRUTAL & MOST EXPENSIVE INSURANCE, HEALTHCARE, MEDICATIONS, & COPAY SCAM$ THAT ARE BUSTING USA CITIZENS & BUSINESSES.

    1. SIMPlY ADD A NEW FREE SALEStax FUNDED HONEST ULTRA LOW COST TO OPERATE VA STYLE BEST PATIENT OUTCOME STATISTICS PRODUCING HEALTHCARE SERVICE FOR ALL USA CITIZENS WHO WANT TO USE IT LIKE ME & 10,000,000 VETS USE & LOVE OUR VA OR:

    BIG SPENDERS CAN KEEP SPENDING YOUR OWN MONEY OR YOUR EMPLOYERS MONEY PAYING FOR OBAMACARE & THE WORLDS MOST EXPENSIVE HEALTHCARE, INSURANCE, CO-PAYS, MEDICATIONS & SURPRISE COST$.

    2. $250. WEEKLY AUTOMATICALLY DEPOSITED TAX FREE, SALEStax FUNDED INCOME FOR ALL USA CITIZENS OVER 18 WHO SIMPLY SIGN UP FOR 1234 & AN AUTO PAY DEBIT CARD WILL BE $TRILLIONS CHEAPER TO OPERATE THAN THE WAR ON POVERTY.

    3, ABOLISH THE IR$ & ALL EXISTING TAXES.

    $WITCH TO ONE 30% SALEStax COLLECTED ANONYMOUSLY & ELECTRONICALLY BY MERCHANTS AT POINT OF PURCHASE CHECKOUTS & ELECTRONICALLY AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER COLLECTED FUNDS 24/7 TO STATE TAX COLLECTORS TO TRANSFER THEIR STATE SHARE TO THEMSELVES & TRANSFER LOCAL & FEDERAL SHARES TO THEM 24/7.

    ABOLISH ALL BUREAUCRACIES TO END $TRILLIONS OF $WAMP COST$ & ALL B$ ANNUALLY FOR ETERNITY & PAYOFF ALL $TRILLIONS OF USA DEBT BY CHRISTMAS 2024 USING REDIRECTED 70% $WAMP CA$H.

    4. ADD GOV HOMELESS SHELTERS NATIONWIDE.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP & THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR PRIVATE SECTOR ENTREPRENEURS COULD PURCHASE 30% OF THE EXISTING HOSPITALS IN THE USA FOR ABOUT $500 BILLION$ FROM WILLING SELLERS & PUT SALEStax FUNDED FREE CLINICS IN EVERY WALMART OR COOPERATING LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE IN 2020 USING SALEStax FUNDING & FREE VA STYLE BEST PATIENT OUTCOME STATISTICS HEALTHCARE LIKE ME & 10,000,000 VETS USE & LOVE TO CUT MANY MANY $TRILLIONS OF $WAMP HEALTHCARE & INSURANCE COST$ ANNUALLY FOREVER.

    SIMPLE HONEST FIXS FOR HEALTHCARE, BASIC $250. WEEKLY INCOME ABOLISH THE IRS & ALL TAXES BUT A SALE$ TAX BEFORE THE ELECTIONS CAN ONLY HAPPEN BY FIRING, CONVICTING & JAILING OBAMA & 40,000,000 DEEP STATE $WAMP TRAITOR CABAL ROGUE$ TODAY.

    1234 passed before the elections could be like having a trust fund stipend, a steady job or a rich, wise, generous & patient grandmother who loves you very much & makes sure that you dependably receive your “safety net or life style enhancement money every Friday even if technology or anything kills your job or whether you are naughty or nice, stupid or prudent your UBI money will always arrive for you to spend your way for anything you want, life’s basics, education, start a business, take a maternity leave, take a vacation, have a fling, save, anything you want to try is ok, it’s your money to do whatever you want to do & your next UBI cash payment will always be there again every Friday deposited in a garnishment proof account until you say stop or die & go to heaven & PRIDE 1234 will do more & be many $trillions cheaper to operate annually than “50+ YEAR$ OF DEEP $TATE $WAMP RIP OFF$.”

  17. “Several national polls have Joe Biden up by 10 points or more”
    Staying in his basement has been good for him.
    It is better to be thought stupid than to speak up and remove all doubt.

    What would Biden do to help the economy?
    What would Biden do to stop the spread of the Wuhan Flu?
    Would Locking everyone down except the criminals help?
    Would closing all factories and businesses help?
    Would closing all schools help?
    Would free stuff help or would he run out of “other peoples money””?

  18. I’m glad the pols show Trump in trouble again. It means we need to go vote for him to insure the dems don’t win this time either.