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Trump vs. Biden: Let the Campaign Begin

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By Friday, 26 June 2020 08:24 AM Current | Bio | Archive

There are a lot of reasons why the Democrats and their press allies don't want Donald Trump's campaign rallies to return, but COVID-19 really isn't one of them. If it was, then for the last month we would've seen their forlorn faces and wringing hands, night after night, on television as protesters all over America ignored social distancing.

But let's face it, in many newsrooms today, unbiased objectivity is as quaint as a fax machine. Many in the press have made what they consider a moral decision to take down this president. Their philosophy, reinforced by their own echo chamber, is that President Trump is dangerous to America — therefore, so is objectivity.

One might ask themselves a question: If Trump is the "antichrist," why not cover his rallies in great detail and let him hang himself on his own words?

Of course, they're not about to do that, and here's why.

For starters, during his rallies, Trump gets to recite an incredible list of accomplishments. This includes fostering a strong economy which brought unprecedented low unemployment numbers to all demographics, trade deals that seemed to be impossible, rebuilding America's military, taking down terrorists Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani, creating the VA Choice Program, tax cuts, energy independence, regulatory reform, and passing the First Step Act, which gave those incarcerated a second chance.

The list goes on, but Trump's three years in office can easily smother any accomplishment his likely opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, amassed in 46 years in national political office. Which brings me to my second point: Unfettered access to a microphone gives Trump a chance to contrast and expose his and Biden's differences. Swing-state voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania don't embrace the Green New Deal, Beto O'Rourke‘s proposed confiscation of guns, free health care for illegals, bailing out rioters, toppling statues, or Biden's silence on Seattle's "CHOP." They may also question Biden's support of the 1994 crime bill, his opposition in the 1970s to busing to desegregate schools, and his belittling references to Black Americans in the past. As he sits in his basement, wearing his face mask, he might want to explain why he opposed Trump's Jan. 31 travel ban from China and what solutions he is offering for COVID-19.

The press doesn't want you to see the energy among Trump supporters, either. While voter enthusiasm for Biden is an anemic 31 percent, Trump's is 62 percent. People want to vote for Trump — not just against his opponent. And these are good people, middle-class family types who pay taxes, veterans, teachers, first responders — which is something the press totally misses. Trump supporters are not the angry mob; they don't believe America is always at fault; they don't buy the assertion that we are all racists and guilty of some nebulous sin if we support law-enforcement. Trump supporters see the flaws in America's past and seek to address them; they believe the good in America outweighs the bad, and that putting America first is not a radical doctrine but a roadmap for survival.

Lastly, Democrats and the press just don't understand that Trump rallies are fun. He takes on the press, something conservatives have longed for their leadership to do for decades. He says unpredictable, funny things. He humanizes and includes his audience. He points to a firefighter, a politician, a lady wearing a funny hat; he jokes with them, compliments them, and connects with all as he does it.

During last weekend's Tulsa rally, we could envision the slippery metal ramp coming off the stage at West Point and his fear of falling down it. And what man has not ruined at least one tie by spilling coffee on it? It turns out that POTUS is human, just like the rest of us.

Regardless of press criticism, these rallies are effective. Trump isn't going to stay at home. He is going to tell the American people who he is and what he stands for. It's time for his opponent to do the same thing; Biden needs to quit hiding behind his face mask and come out from the basement. It's time to engage with the American people. Let the campaign begin.

Former Congressman Jack Kingston served in Congress for 22 years representing Georgia's First Congressional District in Southeast Georgia from 1993 to 2015. He served as vice-chairman of the House Republican Conference, the sixth-ranking post among House Republicans, from 2002-2006. He also served on the powerful Appropriations Committee – chairing its Subcommittees on Agriculture and Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education. He also served on its Defense Subcommittee for many years. In Congress, Rep. Kingston earned a reputation as an effective legislator with a keen ability to resolve complex matters by reaching across the aisle. Prior to his service in Congress, Rep. Kingston was a member of the Georgia State Legislature and was vice-president of Palmer & Cay Insurance Services. He was the only Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) in Congress. Currently he works at international law and lobbying firm, Squire Patton Boggs. Read Congressman Kingston's Reports — More Here. 

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