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.

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