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When I wrote this post, I was ahead of the curve in noticing that President Trump helped lots of Republicans win their elections. Stephen Moore, though, did a better job with this article because he went into detail. In Moore’s article, he wrote “So, how deep were the losses for the Democrats? In the U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi thought her troops would gain 10 to 12 seats. Instead, they lost, at last count, nine.” That count will likely stretch higher in the coming days.

Moore continued, saying “But the real carnage was in the state houses. Hold on to your hats; here is the latest from our allies at the American Legislative Exchange Council. The GOP gained a total of 192 House and 40 Senate seats. Republicans flipped control of three chambers.” This isn’t like 2010, when Republicans demolished Democrats, winning 63 net seats in the House while flipping literally hundreds of Democrat-held seats.

The Democrats’ goal was to increase their majorities in state legislative bodies so they could transform the redistricting process. Eric Holder was put in-charge of the project. That failed. Now they’ll have to win through the state courts what they couldn’t win through the ballot box.

As a result of these big and improbable wins, Republicans now have majority control in both House and Senate chambers in 31 of 50 states. Democrats have control in only 18 states. That’s a map of the USA that looks awfully red throughout middle America, with only the rusting Northeast and the West Coast colored blue.

What is truly stunning about this story is that Democrats and liberal/progressive donors (Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg, et al.) poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the states to take over legislatures with unprecedented spending in Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania. The American Legislative Exchange Council president, Lisa Nelson, estimates that Democrats outspent Republicans “at least 3-to-1 in the states.” And all they got was a lousy T-shirt.

The thing that Democrats keep missing is the fact that their policies don’t appeal to people. Whether it’s the regulations, defunding the police or rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, the Democrats’ policies put America last.

Donald Trump’s coattails mattered because he drove turnout. Joe Biden got more votes in big cities but that didn’t change the redistricting equation. Until Democrats start appealing to blue collar voters, the redistricting equation won’t improve for Democrats.

Listing President Trump’s accomplishments is a lengthier responsibility than Democrats admit. In virtually every category, there’s something historic to talk about. That’s why a Biden administration better tread lightly. That’s why President Obama’s legacy is getting belittled by serious people.

Economy

First, President Trump’s record is filled with historic accomplishments. President Trump’s policies directly resulted in the lowest minority unemployment rates in history. Wages for blue collar workers grew twice as fast as for white collar workers. Pre-COVID, consumer confidence and small business were at all-time highs. Best of all, people were leaving the poverty rolls in major numbers. That’s because President Trump listened to Sen. Tim Scott in implementing Sen. Scott’s Opportunity Zones provisions into the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Next, President Trump worked with Congress to get rid of the Obama-Biden regulations that’d hurt the energy industry. That led to the US becoming energy independent and the largest energy producer in the world. (Under Obama, we were reliant on oil from the world’s hotspots. The result? Gas prices are cheap and home heating bills are affordable again.

Most importantly, President Trump started bringing our medical supply chains home while increasing medical manufacturing in the USA. As a result of CCOVID, we found out how reliant we are on China for PPE, the manufacture of antibiotics and other pharmaceutical products. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership and Peter Navarro’s work, those supply chains are coming home.

It remains to be seen if Joe Biden will continue with this or if he’ll foolishly reverse course. Biden’s biggest supporters are Wall Street financiers and globalists. That bunch hates President Trump’s America First policies.

COVID

I wrote here about the White House Fact Sheet on the actions President Trump took to combat COVID. It’s worth repeating some of the details of what he did:

  1. At the President’s urging, private companies shifted production to supplying masks, ventilators, hand sanitizer, testing supplies, and more.
  2. President Trump has acted under the Defense Production Act more than 30 times to ensure we have the supplies we need.
  3. President Trump understood early on that in order to defeat this virus once and for all and protect Americans, we need a vaccine and therapeutics.
  4. President Trump revolutionized the clinical trial process to ensure Americans get a safe vaccine as quickly as possible, by providing unprecedented investments in leading vaccine candidates to simultaneously produce them as they are tested and developed.

In other words, President Trump took actions that saved millions of lives. He used the DPA to build a national stockpile of PPE. Most importantly, he funded the vaccine that we’re only weeks away from getting.

Foreign Policy

President Trump demolished ISIS, stared down China, renegotiated trade deals, negotiated the Abraham Accords and put Russia and Iran in boxes. President Trump also killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qassim Suleimani.

Last night on FNC, Juan Williams and Dana Perino were guests on the Democracy 2020 special hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. One of the topics that the hosts brought up was the expectations game. Frankly, the segment was a waste of time for information-oriented people looking for pertinent information. That segment was more of a ‘shiny object’ segment than informational segment.

Let’s ignore the made-for-TV subjects and think about what’s important. Instead of watching for who met or exceeded expectations Tuesday night, I’ll pay attention for whether Joe Biden’s answers get less coherent during the final half of the debate. Also, I’ll pay attention to whether Biden loses his temper when President Trump brings up the Hunter Biden scandal. Will Biden actually defend Hunter or will he insinuate that this is just another Trump attempt to distract attention away from COVID?

What’s most important to me is whether President Trump compares his lengthy list of economic and foreign policy successes to Joe Biden’s list of hurting African-American families through the 1994 Crime Bill or by not getting the First Step Act passed to help African-Americans. I’ll watch to see if President Trump is able to highlight the Platinum Plan.

If President Trump gets to highlight the Platinum Plan, that will be a major breakthrough for his campaign because a) Biden doesn’t have a plan to lift black families out of poverty or b) start minority-owned businesses. The Platinum Plan also offers school choice to black families.

Since President Trump just introduced the Platinum Plan this past Friday, the debate would be the perfect time to let the entire nation know about it. Biden is certain to criticize President Trump as a racist. If/when that happens, President Trump’s best rejoinder would be to rattle off the main selling points of the plan:

  1. increase access to capital
  2. fuel Black owned businesses
  3. cut taxes
  4. increase education opportunities (aka school choice)
  5. lower the cost of healthcare
  6. further criminal justice reform
  7. make Juneteenth a National Holiday
  8. prosecute the KKK and ANTIFA as terrorist organizations
  9. make lynching a national hate crime.

I’m betting Biden isn’t prepared to reply to those specifics. If Biden accuses President Trump of being a racist, President Trump should then ask Biden what his plan for improving African-Americans’ lives is, then ask him why he didn’t enact it during his first 40 years in politics. That would likely stop Biden dead in his tracks.

Think of President Trump’s Platinum Plan as President Trump’s in-your-face attempt to compete with Joe Biden for the African-American vote. First, this isn’t pandering. It’s an honest attempt to improve the lives of African-Americans. Next, the 4 pillars of President Trump’s plan are “‘opportunity,’ ‘security’ ‘prosperity’ and ‘fairness’ for the Black Community.”

Specifically, the Platinum Plan “designates the KKK and Antifa as terrorist organizations and calls for making lynching a national hate crime, while pledging to increase access to capital in Black communities by nearly $500 billion.” Further, President Trump’s Platinum Plan will “will increase access to capital, fuel Black owned businesses, cut taxes, increase education opportunities, lower the cost of healthcare, further criminal justice reform, make Juneteenth a National Holiday, prosecute the KKK and ANTIFA as terrorist organizations, and make lynching a national hate crime.” Exit question: Did the Obama-Biden administration ever propose a plan like this? If they didn’t, why didn’t they?

School Choice

“While Joe Biden has bowed down to left-wing teachers unions at the expense of struggling students, President Trump has fought to give children across America access to school choice and quality education,” said Dr. Linda Lee Tarver, Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board Member. “We need a leader like President Trump who understands the crisis facing America’s public schools, not a career politician like Joe Biden who supports the failing status quo.”

Joe Biden is the status quo candidate. It won’t take long for African-Americans to figure out which presidential ticket has a plan to improve the lives of their community and which ticket is just more of the same failed policies that’ve kept African-Americans on the Democrats’ plantation.

Joe Biden doesn’t have a plan like that. Let’s see how Democrats like competing with Republicans for African-American votes. I think they won’t take it well.