Politics Ari Fleischer: Why my 2020 choice for president will be Donald Trump
Fact-checking Trump's massively dishonest weekend: The President made at least 66 separate false or misleading claims in three days
President Donald Trump's dishonesty is getting worse. © Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump gestures during a rally at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, Wisconsin on October 17, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Trump has been reliably deceptive for his entire presidency, filling his speeches and tweets with lies and other false statements.
I voted for Ted Cruz in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, left my ballot blank in the 2016 general election, and now must decide whom to vote for in November.
In many ways, I find President Trump over-the-top and offensive, and have said so on-the-air and on Twitter. He can be too hot to handle, insulting people and too often making himself the issue, diverting attention from more important policy matters. Many of my Republican friends, especially women, won't vote for Trump, not because they're RINOs (Republicans in name only), but because the president has given them reason to reject him.
Kristen Welker: 5 things to know about the moderator of Thursday's presidential debate
Kristen Welker has been criticized by President Trump as "terrible & unfair." Get to know the White House correspondent ahead of the last debate.The NBC News White House correspondent and "Weekend Today" co-anchor will moderate the debate at Belmont University in Nashville (9 EDT/6 PDT). The second presidential debate was axed after Trump declined to participate virtually, following his COVID-19 diagnosis. Instead, he and Biden held dueling town halls , and the former vice president beat Trump in the Nielsen ratings.
The president's rhetoric and personal leadership concerning COVID-19 have been insufficient. His two-hour-long briefings last spring became arguments instead of examples. He seemed more interested, at least rhetorically, in playing down the virus to protect the economy. Instead of wearing a mask and hosting socially distanced events, he regularly set a bad example. It's frustrating, because the federal government -- after a slow start, particularly dealing with testing, which was not the president's fault -- has responded well to the virus, sending doctors, nurses, medicines and even hospital ships to those in need. But if I had to grade the president's response to the pandemic, I would give him a C minus.
The president, however, also has been up against opponents like no president before him. Prior to him taking office, he was resisted, boycotted, blamed, investigated, and beset by Democrats, the media and the FBI, in the most unfair fashion I have ever seen.
Debate transcript: Trump, Biden final presidential debate moderated by Kristen Welker
Here is the full transcript of the final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, moderated by Kristen Welker in Nashville on Oct. 22, 2020. Headers have been added for ease of reading. © Mario Tama, Getty Images People are pictured watching the final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at The Abbey in West Hollywood, California. [0:00] Welker: A very good evening to both of you. This debate will cover six major topics.
I vehemently defended President Trump against the charge of collusion with Russia and am glad I did so. The charges against him, and the unfair willingness of his critics to bite on any alleged infraction, no matter how spurious, represent everything that is wrong with politics today. I understand that people don't like the president, but his opponents raced to the bottom and came up empty.
When it comes to Trump's personal behavior, I find him offensive and direct. Unlike most politicians, Trump lets it rip and tells you what he will do, for better or worse. I faulted him for calling on Ukrainian authorities to investigate Joe Biden, but he was open about doing it. He thought it was the right thing to do. I didn't. He calls people names, something I often find offensive, but don't think for a moment that congressional leaders in both parties don't do similar things behind closed doors. Politicians know how to posture perfectly; Trump doesn't bother to posture.
Majority of voters say Biden won second debate, poll finds
Sixty-five percent of voters said the candidates were mostly respectful of each other's time, as opposed to 10% who said that after the first debate.Fifty-four percent of voters who watched the Thursday debate said Biden performed the best, while 39% said that Trump did. Eight percent of voters who watched weren’t sure or had no opinion on who did best.
Joe Biden is also offensive. His allegation during the 2012 presidential campaign that Republicans under Mitt Romney wanted to put Black Americans "back in chains" was one of the worst, lowest race-baiting statements ever made, not to mention it was false. The media largely gave him a pass over it. I won't.
There's a lot about Biden's conflicts of interest that we don't know, because the press won't dig into those. Is Biden, who said he never talked about Ukrainian energy company Burisma with his son, lying about never meeting with officials from Burisma, his son's employer? Biden lied about receiving a full academic scholarship to law school where he he finished in the top half of his class (he finished near the bottom), about in South Africa, and he about pinning a Silver Star on a Navy captain, despite claiming it was the "God's truth. On my word as a Biden."
Biden is weak. He is not strong enough to stand up to the left, having already changed positions on abortion and crime. He won't stand up to China and, given the fact that he conducted a day pre-COVID, I question his ability to endure the burdens of the presidency.
Donald Trump made many promises in 2016 and early in his term. Which has he kept and what is he still working on?
Trump has kept a number of pledges, including tax cuts and conservative judges. But not on others such as bringing back coal and replacing Obamacare."Unlike so many who came before me, I keep my promises," Trump said during his State of the Union speech this year.
The Democratic Party is moving fast and hard to the left. Biden is not from the party's left wing, but when liberals send him legislation to ban fossil fuels, create a government-run public option for health care, raise taxes even higher and redistribute income in a way that's never been done before, no one should count on a President Biden's veto. He won't pledge to veto packing the Supreme Court, or turning the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico into Democratic states so that he can pack the Senate.
Say what you will about Trump violating norms, he's never tried to redo the balance of power by such irregular means. Trump's policies, on the other hand, will last decades, regardless of (or, perhaps thanks to) his personality. His promise to appoint conservatives to the courts, confront China, and secure peace agreements between Israel and its Arab neighbors are worthy of support. His economic policies did more to help low-income Americans get pay raises, which far more than any income-redistribution scheme. He helped people through private-sector action.
My choice in 2020 is between a personally offensive outsider who gets good things done and a professionally offensive typical politician who will sign bad things into law. I will vote for President Trump.
Ari Fleischer served as White House press secretary for President George W. Bush. He is now president of Ari Fleischer Communications.
Police, experts monitoring extremist groups to see if poll watchers try to disrupt voting .
The states with the highest risk for election-related violence by armed extremist groups are Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and Oregon.President Donald Trump, who has falsely claimed voter fraud is widespread, has called for an army of poll watchers to ensure the election is fair. Right-wing extremist groups have signaled they plan to heed the call. Left-wing groups have vowed to confront people they believe are engaged in voter suppression.