If there’s one thing that can beat Donald Trump, it’s Donald Trump. His Twitter obsession, his lack of message discipline, and his need for the spotlight can sometimes obscure his significant accomplishments and his winning message.
For months now, Trump has seemingly languished, but starting with his uplifting speech at Mt. Rushmore, the tide began to turn. Now, in another sign that the Trump of 2016 is reemerging, President Trump just made a powerful speech that solidifies the populist case against Biden.
The speech was given at the White House, in front of a visual representation of America’s choice. Two trucks, one red, one blue, were parked in front of the White House. The media wasn’t happy with the representation, perhaps because it hit too close to home for them.
On South Lawn, WH seeks to make a political point by setting up a crane lifting the weights of regulation from the bed of a “red” truck, while showing the burden of regulations weighing down a “blue” truck. pic.twitter.com/OoWmRPnWum
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 16, 2020
But Trump’s speech was more than just symbolism – it had a real and visceral impact on Americans uncertain about a world seemingly spinning out of control.
“They want to bury our economy under suffocating, relentless landslides of Washington red tape like we had before I got here.”
He offered six examples of crushing regulatory regimes that Biden has endorsed: 1) The Paris peace accords, 2) Mandated net-zero emissions in construction 3) Eliminating carbon emissions in energy production 4) the Green New Deal, 5) the end of suburbs as we know it and 6) attacks on the police that would essentially gut them as a societal force.
His clinching arguments were powerful:
Unlike the socialists, we believe in the rule of the people, not the rule of the unelected bureaucrats that don’t know what they’re doing. We believe in the dignity of the individual, not the iron grip of the state. Our regulatory reforms are vital not only to the success of our economy but the strength of our democracy and the survival of liberty itself.
Now that’s a winning message.