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Tucker Carlson misreads Trump’s
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Posted By: Magnante, 6/26/2020 9:27:34 AM

Since 2020’s craziness began, Tucker Carlson has been brilliant. (snip) demoralization was front and center in Carlson’s monologue on Thursday night. He opened by saying there’s a good chance that Trump can lose the election, making Biden president. (snip) I think Tucker’s wrong. Trump is not silent because of fear or exhaustion. Instead, he’s pursuing a deliberate strategy. Whether it works is another thing, but there’s a strong rationale and intelligence behind Trump’s response to both the virus and the riots.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/26/2020 9:43:53 AM (No. 457702)
Pres. Trump is the master at timing his actions. Anyone that has taken even a cursory look at his actions can figure that out...Apparently some can't.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Clinger 6/26/2020 9:43:55 AM (No. 457703)
Trump is walking a tightrope over a shark tank. Despite his outbursts there is a calculated and measured side to the man with whatever contribution to that which comes from his inner circle of influence.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rama41 6/26/2020 10:03:43 AM (No. 457731)
I hope you're right, Andrea, but I've got my doubts. First, Biden's lead doesn't reflect support for Biden, but hatred for Trump, and Dems are counting on that for victory. Second, the left's October surprises started last October with impeachment and continue today. (What's left for this October? I think I know, but don't want to say it.) Third, they own all the press. It really hit home Sunday, reading the AP "News" account of the Tulsa rally. It called Trump a racist twice. Having said that, Trump insists on playing small ball. (Attacking Jessica Tarlov, a left-wing talking head on Fox? It makes the president look small.) Hannity? Not the audience he needs. It would be interesting to know what Parscale's thinking, but I've yet to see what he's doing. "Time for Leadership." Now there's a theme.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: seamusm 6/26/2020 10:08:22 AM (No. 457737)
At election time voters will not care if Trump's philosophy of federalism and both state's rights and responsibilities explained his actions. No, voters will vote as Tucker fears - whether Trump was seen as doing something 'Presidential'. He cannot be seen as having sat on the sidelines while 'Rome burned'.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 6/26/2020 10:17:20 AM (No. 457750)
Time will tell. One thing I've been noting about the polls that show Biden with a huge lead is they're all of "registered voters," (not likely voters) and never show the split between Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Registered voters are better than "individuals," but not necessarily indicative of what will happen in an election. If they're oversampling Democrats, that's another reason to doubt their accuracy. If the results were the same for "likely voters," I assume the polling outfits would use them. I would also argue that "shy conservatives" are even more likely to refuse to respond to pollsters given the hysterical and their media acolytes calling Trump and his voters racist. In 2016, I was called by CNN and actually answered the phone, but in the end pretended to be undecided (a week before the election) and refused to provide the demographic info they wanted (age, salary, number of people living in my house, etc) so I suspect my responses were thrown out. This year, I know I wouldn't even pick up the phone.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird 6/26/2020 10:22:48 AM (No. 457754)
I am so glad to see this article! We watched Tucker last night for as long as we could bear it; then shut him off. He was so far off the mark, and whining on like a spoiled, petulant child. Putting it down as though it was gospel truth because it was his opinion. It was simply too much. And he was dead wrong. It was disappointing, because I had thought that he was finally “getting” President Trump. Nope. Not at all. Now you know why I am not interested in following pundits. We hear Rush quoted as the absolute be all, end all. He is very good but he gets his information just as we do and processes it with his human mind. And there are others. Tucker, among them. We too keep ourselves well-informed, hopefully from many sources and in depth. (Except the drivebys, who reveal themselves.) We need to trust our own minds, our own gut feelings. Tucker tried to do a job of persuading as well as commenting. Last night he was pathetically going down a very wrong road. Unfortunately his biggest fans last night - other than the Eeyores - were probably the #NeverTrumpers and the Dems.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 6/26/2020 10:45:51 AM (No. 457804)
Tucker actually falls for leftist "polls." He takes every one of them seriously. And so does Stuart Varney. They're both wonderful men with bright ideas - - but they're also saps for leftist propaganda. At their ages - - it's way too late for them to wake up - - and realize that they've been played for fools.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Starlifter Nav 6/26/2020 10:50:50 AM (No. 457813)
I desperately want to believe No. 6. And like most of us I know what's really going on. If I "trust my gut", however, I'm worried that even Trump can't overcome this tsunami of evil forces. My gut doesn't feel good at all right now. And unlike 2016, I don't see any sources making the strong case that it's all gaslighting / fake. There are too many ordinary people going "Polls? They're all fake."
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Reply 9 - Posted by: MDConservative 6/26/2020 10:54:26 AM (No. 457817)
I don't know about Carlson...rarely watch anymore. But the basic truth about "Republicans" is that at the national level, under McConnell and McCarthy, the politicians are inert because their goal is to see Trump's defeat. That is UNIPARTY country. If Biden becomes President, so what? He's a made man and a crook. (So was Bernie and Lizzy.) The grift goes on unabated - none of that "Drain the Swamp" and "Lock her up!" nonsense. The Bank of China/Ukraine and Wherever will be re-opened. Trump has not been able to cultivate a loyal administration. Undoubtedly he looks over his shoulder every cabinet meeting. This is what you get when an outsider is elected. He brings no proven "government bench" with him. It's worse when bad choices are made for major organizations - Sessions, Mattis, Tillerson. Compound that with carryovers from Obama and showcasing such as Drs. Fauci and Birx in a "crisis". State governments have generally failed residents. New York and Michigan, Washington and elsewhere. But those red states were no better at the outset. However, many have come around to a more moderate and no less successful response to this "crisis" that all political stripes helped create and continue to hype. PDT has a great opportunity before him. He can do what others have done successfully: Talk to the nation directly. Provide a calm, reassuring recapitulation of what we are experiencing and speaking "from the heart" about the American tradition - not slavery but freedom and opportunity. Reinforce the idea of personal FREEDOM, liberty to live a life without fear or guilt. Individual freedom to make a life of one's choosing that must be celebrated and protected. All with the responsibility to live a civil life. Let's hear it, Mr. President.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: pros7767 6/26/2020 11:09:22 AM (No. 457844)
I'm not worried about the polls. I am extremely worried about voter fraud. The Dems thought they had it covered in 2016 but WTP showed up in force. They've been doubling down every day since. President Trump's biggest mistake to date is not realizing that most Americans don't understand Federalism and State's Rights. I've been explaining it to my husband on a daily basis and he doesn't care. He wants Trump to do something! I get his strategy. I just don't know if it is going to work. While many independents may not vote for Biden, they may just decide to stay home, disgusted by everything this country has been through in the past few years. Not a plan in my mind as it is even more important now to vote for President Trump. He is the only one who can fully expose the Deep State and the RINO's along with it!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 6/26/2020 11:15:55 AM (No. 457854)
President Trump is losing this race! I was thrilled when he won. I think he has been awesome for 3 years while being hounded on all sides! But, he has become listless and he won’t act! Why is Roger Stone still fighting? Where is the Pardon? Why are monuments toppling nationwide? Law and Order? Seriously? Talk is fine and there has been and is still lots of that! President Trump better take over his campaign and the RNC as it’s head or he’s a brain dead horrid human! Unbelievable!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 6/26/2020 11:36:41 AM (No. 457903)
I agree with the author. I heard part of Tucker last evening while driving, wasn't impressed. Tucker is really off the rails about 1/3 of the time these days. The other 2/3s he is doing good work, but he goes off on wrong headed tangents periodically, makes me turn his rant off.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: felixcat 6/26/2020 12:32:33 PM (No. 458011)
I shook my head last night listening to Tucker. Same whining about Trump is not doing enough that he made a couple of weeks ago. Before it was Trump isn't being like a farther and protecting his children by not unleashing his inner Hitler and attacking the rioters. But I agree that the GOP isn't and hasn't been much help to President Trump.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird 6/26/2020 12:53:27 PM (No. 458045)
Stuart Varney is hopeless when it comes to American politics. Usually at least several days behind the news cycle and clearly does not do anything but skim the surface or have someone give him oral Cliff Notes. He is a Brit. Here 30 years or more but still a Brit. They don’t get us. Tucker should know better. But he too does not think about strategy. Not a nuanced bone in his body. He is essentially a shock jock.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: earlybird 6/26/2020 12:56:18 PM (No. 458050)
Reading comments, i’d rather think we had some trolls here, but I believe some have gone Eeyore, drinking the negative Koolaid. And trying to recirculate it. Keep your own counsel. Election years are when some go wobbly. We don’t have to.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: earlybird 6/26/2020 1:09:29 PM (No. 458064)
I just thought of something. We of all people should be knowledgeable about all that our President has accomplished during the last 3+ years, but instead we hear the wobbly voices with nothing to talk about but the rioters/looters/protesters and why doesn’t Daddy DO SOMETHING? WAAAAAH. Is that all we have to put forth in this election year? Really? President Trump does not look to the RNC. He has not made a big deal about being a Republican. But he is singlehandedly doing with the RNC should be doing: Pointing up the dramatic differences between the cities and states that are Democrat-governed and those that are Republican-controlled. Whether it comes to COVID-19 or rioters, the contrast is dramatic. I would feel a little foolish if I was having trouble walking because my political knees had gone all wobbly. Even Lady Thatcher knew how devastating “going all wobbly” could be to a country.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: earlybird 6/26/2020 1:10:33 PM (No. 458065)
Correction: “doing what the RNC should be doing"
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Reply 18 - Posted by: lawdoc 6/26/2020 1:15:06 PM (No. 458071)
Trump's instincts to act are intact. However, what Tucker misses is that Trump lacks support from the deep state to act. He as no generals he can count on to command the forces if he acts. If he gives an order and they refuse to act, he has no support to force his will. Therefore, he must choose his battles carefully to avoid the appearance that he has lost control of the administration. I think he is doing the best he can with the army he has. Time will tell if it is enough to survive the election. If not, we are truly screwed. If so, I hope he cleans house and consolidates his forces.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Chuzzles 6/26/2020 1:20:15 PM (No. 458083)
Sometimes Tucker opens his mouth and puts his foot into it when he jumps ugly on the President like this. Doesn't the man pay attention to past behavior at all? I really have to wonder about Tucker, for he can shoot his mouth off but he is a poor strategist in terms of being useful when he does it. You are supposed to help him Tucker, not undermine.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rotten in Denmark 6/26/2020 1:44:13 PM (No. 458102)
I too was wondering about his position. He’s letting the foolish stew in their own juices. Schadenfreude!
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Reply 21 - Posted by: MDConservative 6/26/2020 7:53:21 PM (No. 458497)
#15 - It's the same every election year...the Dubyans, McCainiacs, Romneybots, and now apparently the Trumpistas demand complete full-throated allegiance. Keep your own counsel? Trolls? (I'm seeing more and more of that term tossed around here.) Is this now a no thinking zone? No opinions that differ from the lemming pack? Others may be here for the cheerleading, the one-liners and witty insults...others are here for a civil discussion in this "salon". There seems to be less and less of that possible with the evolution of the new "posting guidelines" and self-styled enforcers. Guess we all now have our marching orders...ATTENTION!
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Reply 22 - Posted by: judy 6/26/2020 10:29:14 PM (No. 458567)
Sadly Tucker is buying into the fake media polls... remember Tucker.... AII 2016 polls had Hillary ahead of Trump....Sometimes Tucker goes off the deep end & somehow he recovers....
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