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Adding to a lengthy list of disruptions, Senate Democrats refused to fund the heroes in the US military. Do-Nothing Democrats, this time in the House of Representatives, refused to ratify the USMCA trade agreement. The trade agreement’s ratification would lift the economy significantly. That’s why Democrats don’t want to ratify it.

As for Democrats’ repeated attempts to paralyze the US military, they’re doing their best to cripple long-term planning by the Pentagon:

Last week, Senate Republicans had hoped to proceed to the urgent priority of funding our national defense. But for the second time in two months, Senate Democrats filibustered defense funding. They blocked the Senate from funding our armed forces.

Over the summer, the Speaker of the House and my colleague the Democratic Leader both signed on to a bipartisan, bicameral budget deal that Democrats hammered out with President Trump’s team. In order to avoid exactly the kind of partisan stalemate that we are now experiencing, and avoid a 12-bill omnibus, that agreement laid out specific topline numbers and ruled out poison pills.

With respect to presidential transfer authorities, the agreement specifically stated, quote, “current transfer funding levels and authorities shall be maintained. The President’s transfer authorities, as they relate to border funding or anything else, were to remain exactly as they existed in current law. The deal just preserved the status quo that was established by bipartisan legislation last fiscal year.

This just verifies as fact that Democrats can’t be trusted. Democrats agreed to specific provisions, especially in the DoD funding bill this past summer. Now, Democrats have reneged on their promises. This isn’t surprising. Anyone that’s watched Shifty Schiff knows that Democrats aren’t trustworthy.

These Democrats are owned by the Resistance, which is equal parts media and equal parts impeachment activists. Shame on the Democrats for putting partisanship ahead of the nation. These ‘party-first’ partisans don’t care about doing the right thing. Those partisan Democrats ahead of everything else. What a disgusting bunch.

Today, Senate Democrats did another stupid thing. Senate Democrats voted to filibuster the “funding for our national defense for the second time in two months.” Sen. McConnell continued, saying “This funding was agreed to in the bipartisan, bicameral deal that Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Leader signed onto just a few months ago. But now they have walked away from the agreement they signed and filibustered funding for our military commanders.”

The fact that the Democrats reneged on the deal negotiated in good faith is troubling enough. Proving that their word is worthless on national security isn’t the look you want heading into a presidential election. That’s what Democrats are doing heading into 2020. Sen. McConnell didn’t stop there:

Over in the House, Speaker Pelosi continues to stall the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The USMCA would bring tens of billions in new commerce and create 176,000 new American jobs, but House Democrats would rather pursue political theater. So American workers and farmers are still waiting.

However, while our Democratic colleagues block these bipartisan priorities, at least they are not shy about what they do support. We’ve seen what Democrats prioritize. We remember the ‘Green New Deal’, an effort to grab unprecedented control over American families’ daily lives.

The Do-Nothing Democrats are at it again. Rather than ratifying the USMCA, the Do-Nothing Democrats can’t bring themselves to putting the nation first. They’d rather crush the US economy than give President Trump a victory. How sick is that?

Impeachment is fueled virtually entirely by anti-Trump animosity. Democrats already know that they won’t remove President Trump from office. Schiff’s charges don’t add up to high crimes and misdemeanors. That doesn’t matter because Schiff would do anything to impeach President Trump.

This Congress started with House Democrats insisting that they could “walk and chew gum at the same time.” At the halfway point, Senate Democrats are showing that they don’t want to get things done. This isn’t about anything except Democrats obeying their Resistance masters. Democrats ditched fighting for America months ago. Democrats just fight for progressives’ ideological victories.

That’s why these Democrats can’t be shamed into doing something as simple as supporting the military. These Democrats are outright losers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is setting up a test for Democrats. In this letter, Sen. McConnell wrote “Washington Democrats have been insisting their three-year-old impeachment journey will not keep them from attending to the people’s business. Well, we may just find out later this week, when the Senate votes on advancing funding for our armed forces. Recall that last month, our Democratic colleagues made the stunning decision to filibuster legislation to fund our national defense. They blocked resources for our men and women in uniform. They blocked the funding our commanders need to keep us safe in this dangerous time. They blocked a pay raise for men and women in uniform. Democrats filibustered all this for the sake of picking a fight with the White House.”

This is Sen. McConnell telling Democrats to lace up their shoes and pull out their gum. It’s time to walk and chew gum simultaneously. If Democrats want to filibuster again in the immediate aftermath of the successful al-Baghdadi mission, that’s their option. It’s a foolish option but it’s an option.

This isn’t setting up well for Democrats. If they filibuster the NDAA, Democrats will get painted as being weak on defense. Further, Republicans will be able to paint Democrats as wanting the military to live on food stamps while the Democrats’ presidential candidates offer free health care to illegal immigrants:

It’s unfathomable to think that any politicians would paint themselves into that corner. That’s a heads-you-win-tails-I-lose proposition. Actually, it’s more difficult than that. This is shoving the proverbial knife in and giving it a sharp twist:

This appropriations bill would fund $250 million in military assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. If that sounds familiar, that would be the exact same program that Democrats are currently trying to impeach the president for allegedly slow-walking.

So welcome to Washington D.C., where Democrats try to impeach President Trump for supposedly slow-walking aid for Ukraine and simultaneously filibuster the funding for the exact same Ukraine program here in the Senate. I think it’s safe to say that would elevate irony to a whole new art form.

For Senate Democrats, Sen. McConnell is presenting them with a new put-up-or-shut-up opportunity. Here’s hoping that Democrats won’t fail our military and our allies.

This morning, Democrats got news that ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed. Rumors of al-Baghdadi’s demise started leaking out around midnight last night. One of the first Democrats to get the news was Eric Swalwell, who told Chris Wallace “I was told right before I came on.”

Speaker Pelosi was upset, saying “The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance, and on the Administration’s overall strategy in the region. Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington.” Instead of being just praising the military’s performance, Pelosi’s statement spent too much complaining. The Russians were alerted because the strike force flew through airspace controlled jointly by Turkey and Russia. During his news conference, President Trump told reporters that the Kurds, Syrians, Turks and Russians were told that US helicopter gunships would be flying through their regions but weren’t told why they flew through.

When President Trump announced that he was pulling troops out of Syria, he took tons of criticism, including from some Republicans. Now, he’s getting praised profusely by Republicans. Pelosi wasn’t the only Democrat whining. Adam Schiff, the House Democrats’ Impeachment Chairman, couldn’t stop whining either. According to this article, Schiff said “The idea that we would pull our forces away from this vital ally, the Kurds…and now we’re sending our troops back in to protect oil?. So we’ll betray an ally, but we’ll go back in to protect the oil? That sickens me.”

The US military just killed the world’s most-wanted terrorist and Schiff is whining about a detail? Where’s the patriotism? I haven’t seen it from the Democrats. The Democrats’ statements have been, putting it charitably, qualified. This is how a patriot makes a statement:

I applaud President Trump’s announcement that U.S. special forces have eliminated ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The world’s most wanted man has been brought to justice. The world is a safer place today.

This victory for the U.S. and our many counterterrorism partners is a significant step for the campaign against ISIS, for the future of the Middle East, and for the safety of the American people and free people around the world.

A victory like this is only possible because of the expertise, skill, and courage of those who work to keep the United States safe. I am grateful for the intelligence professionals who laid the groundwork for this raid, for the brave American servicemembers who risked everything to carry it out, and to President Trump and his team for their leadership.

While we welcome the fact that al-Baghdadi has been brought to justice, we know we cannot underestimate the resilience of terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda. The important counterterrorism work of the United States, our international coalition partners, and local forces will not end with this significant victory. To the contrary, history shows us how vital it is to keep building on this victory and continue our work to set the conditions for the enduring defeat of ISIS, al Qaeda, and other terrorists in Syria, in Afghanistan, and around the world.

That’s Mitch McConnell’s statement. That’s the right pitch, the right attitude. Vice President Pence provides the best explanation of the raid in this interview:

Pence quickly dispatched the impeachment questions before quickly pivoting to killing al-Baghdadi and praising the professionalism of our special operators. Today is a day to praise our military and its commander-in-chief. Politics can wait until another day.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader, is believed to have gotten killed in a targeted raid in Syria. If true, the world (meaning the US military) will have rid itself of another bad guy. Details are still incomplete but what’s being reported is that “A U.S. official told The Associated Press late Saturday that al-Baghdadi was targeted in Syria’s Idlib province. The official said confirmation that the IS chief was killed in an explosion is pending. No other details were available. President Donald Trump teased a major announcement, tweeting Saturday night that ‘Something very big has just happened!’ A White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley, would say only that the president would be making a “major statement” at 9 a.m. EDT Sunday.”

UPDATE: The Jerusalem Post has confirmed with US Pentagon officials that al-Baghdadi was killed:

After previous reports remained vague, a senior Pentagon official and an Army official both confirmed to Newsweek that the operation was successful, and that the man killed was indeed Baghdadi. Official confirmation is currently pending DNA testing. According to Newsweek’s report, following a brief firefight upon the US forces’ advance to Baghdadi’s compound, he committed suicide by activating an explosive vest. Two of Baghdadi’s wives were killed as well when they detonated their explosive vests.

Good riddance. This might be the best paragraph of the JPost article:

Many critics of Trump’s Syria pullout have expressed worries that it would lead the Islamic State militancy to regain strength and pose a threat to US interests. An announcement about Baghdadi’s death could help blunt those concerns.

To modify a line from President George W. Bush, it’s foolish to misunderestimate President Trump. People have been doing that since the start of his campaign. I’m certainly guilty of that. Most people are.

Just like President Obama got a bump in the polls after the bin Laden raid was perfectly executed, it’s expected that President Trump will reap the rewards of this raid, which appears to have been quite successful. This report is important:

The United States military has conducted a special operations raid targeting one of its most high-value targets, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), Newsweek has learned. President Donald Trump approved the mission nearly a week before it took place.

Amid reports Saturday of U.S. military helicopters over the Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, a senior Pentagon official familiar with the operation and Army official briefed on the matter told Newsweek that Baghdadi was the target of the top-secret operation in the last bastion of the country’s Islamist-dominated opposition, a faction that has clashed with ISIS in recent years.

Congratulations to the military and special operators who conducted this apparently successful raid. Here’s to a job well done.

According to Sean Davis’ article, the snitch’s complaint (my word, not Sean’s) put together by the snitch’s legal team has some frightening similarities to the Steele Dossier. In Sean’s article, he highlights the fact that Steele’s dossier didn’t use people’s names:

Steele hadn’t gathered or witnessed any of this evidence first-hand. Rather, he relied on anonymous sources, many of them third-hand. “Source B asserted that the Trump operation was both supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin,” Steele wrote. “Source A confided that the Kremlin had been feeding Trump and his team valuable intelligence on his opponents,” including Hillary Clinton, Steele claimed.

Let’s compare this with the snitch’s complaint:

“I was told that a State Department official” did this or that. “I heard from multiple US officials” that such and such. “Officials have informed me. …” And so on. Much like Steele, the Ukraine informant lacked first-hand access to evidence he claimed proved Trump’s guilt. It must have been hard to blow an accurate whistle when the whistleblower wasn’t even in the same room.

Why are we protecting a snitch that doesn’t rely on their own observations? That isn’t a whistleblower. That’s a Page 6 wannabe. House Republicans should create a firestorm that highlights the similarities between Steele’s discredited dossier and this snitch’s questionable second-hand allegations. This should be raised as a point of order or point of parliamentary procedure or some such thing. The point should be highlighted that the allegation-maker doesn’t have first-hand information for the committee. Though the Agenda Media, aka the MSM, won’t run it, real journalists like Katie Pavlich, Ed Morrissey, Guy Benson, etc. will push this story out to their readers, where it will gain a life of its own.

The snitch’s story is amplified through a compliant media that accepts everything as Gospel fact:

The questionable use of media sources to buttress hearsay claims is also consistent across both documents. After Steele compiled his dossier, he peddled the allegations to numerous reporters, who then dutifully reported them as fact. The Obama administration then cited those articles, which were sourced directly to Steele and his dossier, as proof of the validity of the allegations. One article was given to a federal intelligence court to justify wiretaps on a Trump campaign affiliate. The information it alleged was false.

Likewise, the Ukraine whistleblower repeatedly cited articles from The New York Times, Politico and even a report from former Clinton flack-turned-ABC-newsman George Stephanopoulos as evidence of the alleged conspiracy. It isn’t known whether he or his sources provided information used in any of the cited articles.

If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that the same people who tried to sabotage President Trump with Russiagate are attempting to impeach President Trump with Snitchgate. The tactics are the same. In both cases, the names have been either withheld or made up to protect the snitch.

I just finished reading the transcript of President Trump’s phone call with President Zelenskiy. There’s no question that President Trump brought up Biden’s son late in the conversation. I still don’t see the quid pro quo, though. The fact that it wasn’t one of the first things they spoke about speaks to President Trump’s priorities.

The other thing that’s noteworthy is what wasn’t said. At no point did President Trump use US military aid as a tool to insure Ukraine’s investigation of Hunter Biden. It simply isn’t there, not even in a dog whistle.

Republicans should highlight that fact frequently. If Republicans take out that leg of the Democrats’ impeachment stool, Democrats will be screwed for 2020. Democrats haven’t passed anything that’s improved the economy, fought the opioid epidemic, fixed our immigration and asylum laws or helped eliminate MS-13 here in the United States. Without question, Democrats have morphed into the Impeachment Party.

It’s time to get rid of the Biden-gaffe storyline. It’s fiction. It isn’t reality. What’s worse is that it’s MSM-created fiction designed to protect the Democrats’ weak frontrunner. I believe that Biden is the Democrats’ frontrunner, albeit the weakest frontrunner in years.

It’s fiction that VP Biden is gaffe-prone. That’s the polite way of saying that he isn’t that bright. Biden isn’t that disciplined either. The story about Biden talking about going to a FOB to give a Navy captain a medal isn’t just fiction. It’s an intentional attempt to make himself look patriotic. It’s a disgusting attempt to sound heroic. Instead of sounding heroic, Biden sounds like Brian Williams in Iraq or Hillary Clinton’s story running from a helicopter under gunfire in Bosnia as First Lady.

Here’s an abbreviated version of Biden’s story:

Let’s get serious here. Biden apparently doesn’t understand what he did wrong:

Later on Thursday, Biden said in an interview with The Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capehart on his “Cape Up” podcast: “I was making the point how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we’ve lost. I don’t know what the problem is. What is it that I said wrong?”

Here’s what the Washington Post wrote about Biden’s story:

But in last week’s retelling in particular, the Post report found, Biden flubbed a number of details, including the location of the encounter, the period of time during which it took place, the act of heroism, the kind of medal awarded, his own role in the ceremony, and the recipient’s military branch and rank.

If VP Biden wants to call me and ask me what the problem is, here’s what I’ll tell him:

It’s wrong to put yourself in a position of prominence that you weren’t in. Further, it’s wrong to get virtually every important detail wrong about the ceremony you witnessed. Finally, it’s entirely possible to speak of these heroic soldiers’ incredible acts without making it sound like you were placing yourself in harm’s way. Other than that, you did nothing wrong.

Let’s be clear about this. VP Biden attempted to sound like he was putting his life on the line as vice president to add drama to the story. Let’s also be clear about this. There’s no questioning whether this soldier was heroic. That’s indisputable. What’s disputable is whether Sen. Biden (his rank at the time) was heroic. Finally, Biden has been telling this fiction for years. Why did the MSM just pick up on it now? Is it because one of Biden’s opponents decide they wanted to eliminate the frontrunner?

Joe Biden isn’t gaffe-prone. Here’s the definition of a gaffe:

a social blunder; faux pas.

Biden lied repeatedly about this incident. This isn’t the first time he’s told this story. It’s the most recent. When Biden said “I don’t know what the problem is”, I believe him. I think he’s thinking ‘What’s going on here? I’ve told that story a dozen times before and nobody questioned me.’

This is a situation where multiple parties did wrong. The MSM didn’t say anything until questioned by Biden’s opponents. Biden was wrong for telling this story, too. Both the MSM and Biden should be pilloried for this stunt. Thirdly, if one of Biden’s opponents for the Democrat nomination is the one that tipped off the MSM, then they should be criticized, too. That’s because they’re cowards.

Although it felt like fingernails running across a chalkboard, I still listened to Dick Durbin’s spin about the Democrats’ trip to the US-Mexico border. Durbin tweeted out a message that essentially said that Trump is a racist for enforcing US immigration laws. Specifically, Durbin said “Just got done with my trip to the southern border in McAllen, TX. Our immigration system is broken. You can’t walk into these facilities, see these children, and believe that this situation is acceptable. America is better than this.”

Like Sen. Schumer, Durbin didn’t mention a thing about tightening the asylum laws, closing immigration loopholes or fixing the Flores decision. Neither man mentioned building a physical structure to funnel drug cartels or human traffickers into chokepoints. Everything these men said focused exclusively on the conditions for the children.

What these Democrats didn’t talk about spoke louder than the things these Democrats did talk about. Here’s Durbin’s tweet:

What chutzpah from Sen. Durbin. President Trump first told Democrats that there was a crisis on the border before the midterm elections. Back then, Democrats called it a “manufactured crisis.” CNN joined in to sing from the Democrats’ spin hymnal. Ditto with MSNBC. Kirstjen Nielsen testified before Congress that Homeland Security was at a breaking point. The day after Christmas, 2018, she re-iterated that point in this article:

Declaring the U.S. immigration system had been “pushed to a breaking point by those who seek open borders,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday ordered mandatory medical checks on all children under the age of 10 in U.S. custody and said she would send U.S. Coast Guard medical personnel to the border to help. Nielsen said she also planned to visit the border later this week to see “first-hand” how medical screenings were handled.

Apparently, Democrats didn’t give a damn one way or the other about “the children.” Apparently, Democrats didn’t start caring until it reached a political tipping point. The Democrats’ phony solution to everything that’s happening on the border is nothing more than treating symptoms. Caring for children in custody is the right thing to do but that’s treating a symptom. In this post, I noted Sen. Schumer’s ‘solution’ to the border crisis:

We must pass our bill to help end it—the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act.

I don’t know who’s worse between Sen. Schumer or Sen. Durbin. Neither of them paid attention to the crisis until a month ago. These Democrats ridiculed President Trump, who correctly identified the crisis months ago. Then again, Sen. Durbin has a history of criticizing law enforcement and the military. Here’s an oldie but goodie:

A US senator has refused to apologize for comparing the actions of US soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to those of Nazis, while others have decried or defended the mandate and method used to hold prisoners there.

“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime – Pol Pot or others – that had no concern for human beings.”

That’s what Sen. Durbin said about our military guarding terrorists in Gitmo. That’s what a Democrat dirtbag sounds like.

Don’t mistake the Democrats’ calls for helping the children as actual empathy. Always remember my old saying about Democrats. If you’ve forgotten, it goes like this: Democrats will always do the right thing … when it’s the last option left.

That’s the definition of a dirtbag politician.

Now that it’s over, let’s review President Trump’s Salute to America event. The Democrats’ unpresidential presidential candidates took to the airwaves to predict that President Trump would politicize his “Salute to America” event on Independence Day. Predictably, these Democrat presidential candidates got it badly wrong. Tulsi Gabbard got it wrong, saying “The self-serving politician that he is, Trump has succeeded in making July 4th about himself, and in doing so, further divided our country. This on a day when our nation’s president should be uniting us.”

Joe Biden, aka Sleepy Joe, criticized President Trump, saying “Will he speak to the example America must set to inspire the world? Will he offer a robust defense of the democratic values that have always been our strength in times of crisis? We all know the answer to that. Donald Trump is incapable of celebrating what makes America great — because he doesn’t get it.”

Biden is a bull-shitter. He’s always been a gaffe machine. He’s a total idiot in this interview:

Starting at around the 10:00 mark, Biden made these idiotic statements:

Look what’s happening with Putin. While Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe. Look what’s happened in Hungary. Look what’s happened in Poland. Look what’s happened in Moldova. Do you think that would’ve happened under my watch? Or under Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that but I can. It wouldn’t have. And it didn’t.

That’s a pile of BS. Apparently, Biden thinks we’re stupid. The Mueller Report stated quite clearly that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. You can’t blame the Trump administration for not doing anything to stop that attack because, at that point, there officially wasn’t a Trump administration. The administration that let the Russians tamper with our election was the Obama administration. That’s an indisputable fact.

President Trump’s Salute to America featured a speech that was really more of a history lesson than anything else. He talked about inventor like Orville and Wilbur Wright, Thomas Edison, trailblazers like Amelia Earhart and Lewis and Clark, civil rights leaders like Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass and Clarence Henderson. President Trump didn’t shy away from telling the stories about the US military’s acts of bravery. Here’s one story that jumped out at me:

A generation later, the Army returned to Europe, and embarked upon a great crusade. With knives and rifles in hand, the Rangers scaled the cliffs of Normandy. The 101st Airborne leapt into the danger from above, illuminated only by enemy flares, explosions, and burning aircraft. They threw back the Nazi empire with lightning of their own, from the turrets of Sherman tanks and the barrels of the M1 rifle. In the darkness of the Battle of the Bulge, with Nazis on every side, one soldier is reported to have said: “They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.”

If that’s the Democrats’ definition of a self-serving speech, then they need a different dictionary because that one’s worthless.

Let’s be honest, though. It isn’t that Democrats are stupid. It’s that their hatred of President Trump is that intense. It isn’t disputable that Democrats, time after time, let this hatred get the better of them. At times like these, it’s virtually all-consuming.

Just once, I’d love to see Democrats put the US first for an extended period of time rather than put partisanship first. If that ever happened, the average person would be astonished at the great things that could get accomplished.

If Democrats don’t adopt that mindset, they should prepare for an electoral landslide in November, 2020.

Prior to President Trump’s “Salute to America” event on the National Mall, Democrats insisted that President Trump was using the event for partisan gain. In looking past the speech, Democrats looked petty. This Washington Post article did its best to sound whiny but it grudgingly finally admitted that the speech was simply a patriotic speech.

What can’t be denied is the fact that all incumbent presidents have a huge advantage going into their re-election campaigns. It’s often called the power of incumbents and it’s there whether the person running for re-election is running for City Council, the State Legislature, Congress or the White House. Whining about the inherent structural benefits of being the incumbent is nothing more than sour grapes.

The best part of the speech was that President Trump’s speechwriter wove in a history lesson of what makes America great without drawing on a single partisan issue. It truly was pitch-perfect. There’s little doubt that President Trump’s critics want to criticize him. It’s just that they don’t have anything to criticize him about. The Media Wing of the Democratic Party wanted to criticize President Trump but couldn’t:

The Fourth of July extravaganza was created at Trump’s request and designed to suit his whims, but the president largely refrained from using it to praise himself — abandoning his typical self-promotional style to applaud the military and ordinary Americans who have contributed to the nation’s advancement.

“As we gather this evening in the joy of freedom, we remember that all share a truly extraordinary heritage,” Trump said in a 47-minute speech that was dampened and delayed by a downpour on the Mall. “Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told, the story of America. It is the epic tale of a great nation whose people have risked everything for what they know is right and what they know is true.”

Democrats wanted badly to find something to criticize President Trump about — but couldn’t. This is an example of how much the MSM wanted to accuse President Trump of politicizing the event, then stopped short:

OMIGOD! The crowd started chanting USA — USA — at an Independence Day event no less. What type of partisans would do such a thing? Wow! What’s the big deal?

This is the Mueller Report, Part II. Prior to the Mueller Report getting published, Democrats thought for certain that this would be the time that they got President Trump by the short hairs. When the report was published, they couldn’t admit that they didn’t get the results they wanted. That was difficult because Democrats were so certain they had President Trump in their crosshairs and that he wouldn’t escape this time. They were positively crestfallen when the Mueller Report disappointed Democrats.

Prior to Thursday night on the National Mall, Democrats kept raising a stink about President Trump politicizing the event. Democrats were certain that they’d finally trapped President Trump. Instead of watching President Trump politicize the Salute to the Nation, Democrats watched something horrific. Democrats watched President Trump deliver a history lesson on American exceptionalism and patriotism.

President Trump talked about American ingenuity, American innovation and American sacrifice to liberate America’s allies. President Trump didn’t need to draw political comparisons with Democrats with red meat. He just had to talk about the US at its aspirational best vs. the Democrats’ pessimism. The American people are smart enough to notice the difference.

Here’s hoping that your Independence Day was exceptional. Here’s hoping that the United States’ best days are still to come. God bless America.