Whenever he has the bully pulpit, Trump always touts the undeniable economic successes which have occurred during his first term. Whether or not he should be given full credit for that is up for debate, but you can't deny that the meltdown which Paul Krugman assured us would happen upon Trump's election has not even come close to materializing. And you also can't deny that not a single Dem POTUS candidate has conveyed anything resembling a coherent economic message. As such, they sent out their media lapdogs to convince the American people that the majority of them didn't actually receive a tax cut under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, which was signed into law 16 months ago. Hey, it's a lot easier to fabricate information than to explain why there was rarely 3% GDP growth during the Barack Obama administration but a regular occurrence in the Trump era.
Then this past week, the media and other "progressive" establishments took great exception to an excerpt of a speech Trump gave in Green Bay, WI last weekend.
Trump noted that the state’s Democratic governor Tony Evers “shockingly stated that he will veto legislation that protects Wisconsin babies born alive,” referring to a bill that would require doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive in the course of an attempted abortion procedure.
Trump then referenced (Virginia governor Ralph) Northam’s comments during a late-January radio interview, in support of a Virginia bill that would’ve made it easier for women to obtain an abortion during the last three months of pregnancy. “The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor,” Trump said at the rally, describing Northam’s remarks. “They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby. I don’t think so.”
In his typical fashion, Trump was overstating what Northam had said; the governor never mentioned “executing” babies. Media outlets were quick to accuse the president of “offer[ing] incendiary falsehood on abortion” and to put an unbelievably pleasant spin on Northam’s remarks. Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), meanwhile, called Trump “deranged” and suggested that his comment would cause violence.
But what did the Virginia governor actually say about care for newborn infants — and was Trump’s representation really that off the mark?
Judge for yourself.
The money quote: “If a mother is in labor...the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother."
National Review's Alexandra DeSanctis, whose piece I quoted above, points out yet again how Dems can't avoid stepping on rhetorical rakes when attempting to "own Trump."
“Ralph Northam didn’t say it’s okay to execute newborn infants, he just said it’s okay to let them die from lack of medical care,” is not the game-changing moral distinction you think it is.— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) April 29, 2019
Look, I for one don't believe Trump is a shoe-in for reelection given the fact that, despite very good economic news, his approval rating is currently hovering in the low 40s. Nevertheless, leftists have once again put themselves in the position of having to hope for people to suffer economically and/or utilizing media obfuscation in order to attain their top goal of having Trump sent packing in 2020. What a miserable existence that must be.