Trump on 2020 Opponents: “Now We Have a Bunch of Socialists to Beat”

President Donald Trump hosted a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday night, not far from where 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are busy traveling up and down the roads of Iowa, munching down corn dogs and trying to impress the most self-important voters in the country with their plans. Those Democrats were never far from Trump’s mind, and he referred to them directly at one point in his speech.

“Now we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat,” Trump said. “They’re not far away. Does anybody want to pay a 95-percent tax?”

Judging from the vocal jeers coming from the Manchester crowd, no one was particularly excited about that prospect.

“Are we sure we’re in New Hampshire?” Trump asked. “You have a reputation as a very staid, very elegant people, and you’re not acting it tonight, and that’s a good thing.”

The president spent much of his speech focused on the economy amidst news of a bond market development that analysts say could point to an impending recession.

“We’ve created over 6 million new jobs since the election,” Trump said. “America is working again, America is winning again — and America is respected again, like never before.”

Trump said that fears of the ongoing trade war with China were overblown.

“We’ve had a couple of bad days, but we’re going to have some very good days, because we had to take on China,” the president said. “I never said China was going to be easy. And again, China’s devaluing their currency, they’re pouring at money, the prices haven’t gone up. So that means we’re taking in money.”

“You have no choice but to vote for me,” Trump concluded. “Your 401(k)’s gonna be down the tubes if you don’t. Whether you like me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me.”

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. As we’ve seen in so many elections, rationality doesn’t always win the day. It’s hard to imagine, looking back, that half the country actually threw their vote to Hillary Clinton, whose best argument for election is that she would carry on the legacy of Barack Obama. After sitting through Obama’s handcuffed, over-regulated economy for eight years, half this country thought it would be a good idea to vote for someone who promised to keep things going that way? Just goes to show you how tribal politics has become.

Hopefully not so tribal that the country would vote against its own economic interests…but, in this environment, anything could happen.

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