Everyone is used to President Trump’s ‘rally persona.’ Thursday night, people got to see a different side of President Trump when they got to see President Trump’s townhall persona. This Trump persona was relaxed, confident and informed. When asked about the coronavirus, he had strong command of the latest news. He enumerated then explained the decisions he’d made. He took the opportunity to praise Vice President Pence for the job he’s doing leading the task force and to emphatically state that Pence will be his running mate again in 2020.

When asked about the border wall, President Trump told the questioner that he’d already gotten rid of 129 miles that was easy to get over and replace it with 129 miles of wall that’s 30′ tall and is virtually impossible to climb. President Trump said that he’s building the wall that the border patrol wanted him to build. Trump said the new fencing is virtually impossible to climb.

The third questioner identified himself as David Hines. Mr. Hines identified himself as a Democrat who is the Director of Operations for the City of Pittston. Mr. Hines asked about regulations:

DAVID HINES:Mr. President, welcome back to Scranton. Everyone supports protecting the environment but the EPA seems to focus on complex regulations, fines, fees and lawsuits. What can you do to lead the EPA to focus more on proactive compliance than on punitive enforcement to protect the environment?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: David, I love the question because our EPA is much different. We’re very tough but we get things done and we’re taking regulations off the books like nobody’s ever seen and I say I want to have the cleanest air on the planet. I want to have the cleanest, crystal clear, beautiful water on the planet. The conditions we have now are much cleaner now than they were 3 years ago.

Let’s be clear about President Trump’s performance. He spoke with great specificity. He spoke with a better command of the facts than he speaks with at his rallies. If this President Trump shows up for the presidential debates this fall, he’ll win over the majority of the independents/undecideds.
Here is Part II of the town hall:

Here’s Part III:

You’ll want to watch the closing of the town hall in Part III. The electricity in the room was excellent. I thought President Trump answered the people’s questions directly, which is his style. After the town hall, Byron York joined Martha MacCallum on an abbreviated version of her show. Here’s what York said:

Here he was much more relaxed. And it was interesting to see him defend his administration, certainly on coronavirus and on a number of other issues, said some really interesting things about Obamacare. [Trump] said that he had basically inherited the carcass of Obamacare and would like to kill it altogether if Republicans could somehow come up with something better, which they haven’t been able to do.

Last night’s Trump will be quite the formidable opponent.

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