Donald Trump needs a Tough Love Intervention

I’m a Trump fan, but not a fanatic.

I appreciate much of what Trump did for America. Who knows where the country would be had he not shocked the sh*t out of Leftists to win against Hillary Clinton.

The deal was done for Clinton. The Leftist powers-that-be stacked the deck against Trump and still failed. His numbers blew the algorithm. They issued this would not be repeated in 2020.

So The Big Cheat occurred. Trump was out. Nevertheless he remains relevant. But as I have explained many times, Trump must stop making rookie mistakes.

Currently he’s still surrounded by bad advisors. Many of these people are so insecure, they refuse to allow talented people anywhere near Trump. He’s oblivious to this fact.

Kurt Schlichter wrote a great piece on all of this.

In his article, “If You Like Donald Trump, Then You Want a Real Primary“, Schlichter makes the case for a primary.

Time for some real talk about our favorite ex-president – this Dr. Oz endorsement reaffirms what we have all been seeing, that Donald Trump is losing his edge. Seven years after coming down the escalator and revolutionizing American politics by advocating the conservative/populist agenda that the bipartisan ruling caste had ignored for decades as our country swirled around the bowl, it is looking like we in the base have evolved while Trump is stuck in 2016, hitting golf balls, sending out his communiqués, and attending rallies that evoke but do not match the good old days. He can still turn it around, but right now, the truth is that he’s messing up – and someone needs to tell him the truth.

His bizarre endorsement of Dr. Oz for the Pennsylvania Senate seat, greeted with a collective “What the hell was he thinking?” among the base, is only the latest of his tone-deaf maneuvers. It seems like he wants to run again in 2024, but #TrumpWorld is giving off the definite impression that he expects a coronation. If you like Trump, the last thing you want is a cakewalk. If you like Trump, you want him to fight for it and earn it.

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While I’m not sold on primarying Trump, I agree with parts of what was written.

Dr. Oz is definitely one example.

I like Trump. In fact, just moments before the announcement that he had elected to bestow his blessing upon a guy with a record of supporting gun control, tolerating CRT, accepting abortion and playing along with the Mommy Munchhausen-driven trans kid mutilation fad, I was on Twitter listing him as being tied with Ronald Reagan as the greatest president of my long life. And I’ll happily fight anyone who says differently. Trump, under the vilest and most hateful attacks imaginable by an enraged ruling class, rescued our Constitution by beating that bitter harridan Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit and, against great odds, moved this country back toward freedom.
Was he perfect? No. But who is?
Still, it’s not unreasonable to require that he learn from his mistakes. At least early on, and with some notable exceptions, Trump version of savvy personnel decisions is about the same as Brian Stelter (who is a potato) is to the Chippendales dancers. His failure to fire Fauci and reject the pandemic fascism are black marks, as is his failure to adequately prepare for and handle the 2020 election along with the legal aftermath. But holy cow, did he ever do great things – remaking SCOTUS, firing up the economy, no dumb new wars, tax cuts, and even solving the Middle East conflict we had been watching unfold on TV for our entire lives. We were blessed to have him. It is not too much to observe that he may have saved our country from leftist tyranny.
So what I say here comes from a place of respect and appreciation. I wrote a book about the false attacks on him. Now, I have a new book coming out that (among other things) explores how he might pull a Grover Cleveland. I argued for America First policies here and on social media and lawyered against election fraud in Nevada. This tough love does not come from an opponent, but it also does not come from a minion. I don’t work for Trump, and he’s never given me so much as a Christmas card. I’ve never met him or gotten one of his legendary phone calls. I doubt he knows I exist. And that’s fine – our relationship is utilitarian. I consider politicians fungible tools to be deployed, and my interest is in America, not any individual’s ambition. I don’t owe Trump anything – politicians owe me. So, with all that in mind, here’s the hard truth that it seems no one around him will tell him.
Mr. President, you are screwing up. You need to get your head right and get back in the game, whether as a candidate or a kingmaker.
This Dr. Oz fiasco is really emblematic of the fact that Trump is down in Mar-a-Lago, growing out of touch with the movement he spearheaded. Understand what the libs don’t – Trump did not create the America First movement. He was the avatar of something bigger than himself that has kept growing even as Trump has treaded water in a swamp of (justifiable) election grievances, unfocused tangents, and tired habits. It’s been seven years, and Trump seems not to have changed. His vibe was great in 2016 when he was the right man at the right time. But in 2024? That remains to be seen.
Look at the announcement he made explaining why he selected the ridiculous Dr. Oz as his #PASEN champion. It illustrates how the movement has, to some extent, moved on. In his statement, he stressed that Oz is a Harvard graduate who wrote New York Times bestsellers. As if those are impressive things. We in the base are far beyond crediting these failing progressive institutions with any prestige. An Ivy League degree remains a plus to Trump, but it’s a huge negative to us. We’ve grown totally alienated by, and opposed to, the institutions that have failed us. In his late seventies, Trump is going to have trouble accepting that the world he grew up and thrived in is no longer the world of today.
Trump desperately needs a primary to get back in touch with the base.
He’s not physically soft and flabby – I saw him up close recently at an event, and he is in terrific physical shape and mentally sound, unlike that dust puppet currently occupying the Oval Office. But he is off his game and making bad decisions. He chose not to endorse America First stalwart Robby Starbuck in TN-5. He bungled the Alabama endorsement of Mo Brooks. Then there’s this Dr. Oz clusterfark. What next? Passing over Eric Schmitt in the #MOSEN race for bondage guy/impeachment dodger Eric Greitens? Ignoring America First Alex Gray, who worked for him for years, in the #OKSEN race in favor of some establishment hack? Maybe he’ll decide to pass over JD Vance in the #OHSEN race for that knucklehead “businessman” Mike Gibbons, who decided the big problem in America today is that the middle class is not paying enough in taxes.
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You can’t be a kingmaker if you can’t make kings.
His bad decisions risk devaluing his brand. A lot of his endorsements are easy, with obvious, sure winners. But he’s not cutting it with the harder endorsements. He’ll win some, but at this rate, he’ll lose a bunch – PA conservatives are not going to vote for a lib in conservative clothing just because Trump says to. This kind of error squanders his mystique and makes him look weak and vulnerable.
If you like Trump, as I do, you want him at his best. And his best is when he is fighting back. What he needs is some pushback, some pressure. He needs someone around him who can shut the door and ask, “What the hell are you thinking?” Sadly, at his age, he’s unlikely to change and start welcoming people telling him “No.”
But he has no power over who chooses to run against him if he does run himself (I think it’s 50/50). And, if he wants to run again, he needs a bunch of opponents to fight with, and not just cruise ship con dorks like Larry Hogan. Sure, Trump wants a coronation. But last time he did have a coronation, and as a result, he’s getting his mail in Florida and not DC.
A primary will sharpen him and test him. And maybe he fails. Maybe we will see Pompeomania ignite the base’s imagination. Maybe Ted Cruz will hit Trump as hard as he’s been hitting the libs lately (Cruz’s speech on the pedo-tolerating KBJ was legendary). Or, maybe Ron DeSantis, his wife thankfully cancer-free, steps up and takes it.
Or maybe, just maybe, Trump succeeds once again.
Maybe he earns the right to a rematch against whatever Democrat loser they select to replace Grandpa Badfinger. And if he earns the nom, he will be sharp and in shape for the bloody battle in the general.
If you dig Trump, do him a favor. Don’t coddle him. Demand excellence. Demand he earns what he seeks instead of handing it to him. Now, plenty of Trump fans will be furious about this column. Leaving aside that none of them defended him in print or fought for election integrity, they are simply enabling Trump’s worst instincts. Trump is a fighter. He is a warrior. And he needs a war to be his best.
Give him one. If you support Donald Trump, you want him to be primaried.

 

9 Comments

  1. OZ is a terrible choice yes but the alternative is worse. McCormick is a GOPe globalist hedge-fund manager who is open borders and pro-China. McCormick lived in China for 12 years. We do not need a Wall Street, open borders with pro-China tendencies candidate anywhere near the U.S. Senate. McCormick will continue the Romney tradition of running on the Republican ticket, then selling the voters down the river to the Chamber of Commerce lobbyist.

    There are no good choices in the PA. senate race but IMO Oz is the lesser of two evils.

    1. The article was a good one and I think helpful perspective, but for those of us outside PA, your rebuttal is also appreciated.

  2. I agree with you Kevin, Trump has lost his edge. He isn’t as interesting to listen to as he was in 2016 and even 2020. I think the 2020 rigged election took the wind out of his sales, and instead of him continuing to attack the rigged election, he needs to focus on what needs to change for the future. As for Dr. Oz, he is a RINO, and he should stay on TV. Trump continues to listen to bad advice. Not sure who is advising him, but my guess it’s Ivanka, and if so, he needs to stop listening to her. You should be his political advisor or at least one of them! I appreciate what Trump has done for our country, one of the greatest Presidents ever, but I think Trump’s time has come and gone. For the PA senate race, Trump should have waited after the primary but perhaps should have thrown his support behind Kathy Barnette. Oz is obviously the well known face and Trump only supports him because of higher recognition but politically he is the wrong choice. My guess is a Democrat will win because PA has moved to far to the left and they have fully rigged their election system for Democrats to only win. What they did in 2020 will now be repeat going forward. As long as Philadelphia is running the politics there with all the corruption, it’s in the hands of Democrat control and the corruption will only continue!
    Conservatives aren’t going to support Oz, and my guess is that most Trump supporters aren’t going to vote for him either. But regardless who comes out ahead in the primary, I think the win will go to the Democrat, and it may well be Conor Lamb.

  3. Agree. I’ve felt Trump let us down when he walked away even though he professed to Americans his love for this country. He said America will never become a socialist country, but as I looked around, even during his last 10 months in office, our country showed signs of socialism by the termination of small business capitalism which was catapulted by democratic extreme mandates. For me, that was the first sign Democrats were in control of this nation; no steps were taken to stop the dictatorship within blue states. The 2nd was the 2020 election… and a president who walked away. Easiest for our nation? In Trump’s mind perhaps, but not for Americans who are still suffering from this catastrophe. Furthermore, correct me if I’m wrong, as much as much as I do admire Cruz’s behavior within Congress, isn’t his wife still connected to Goldman Sachs? And it does matter. Look what happened to Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former WH advisor.

  4. “Currently he’s still surrounded by bad advisors. Many of these people are so insecure, they refuse to allow talented people anywhere near Trump. He’s oblivious to this fact.”

    THIS is the real problem.

    He is a fighter and I too love him, but you can’t surround yourself with bad advisors and that not be a huge flaw.

    Many people applied for jobs in the Trump administration and their applications were NEVER looked at. Thanks Sean Spicer.

    Thanks for being brave and saying what many of us know but no one wants to talk about because of our love for him.

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