June 14 – In his own words, former president Donald Trump said last night, “This day will go down in infamy and Joe Biden will forever be remembered as not only the most corrupt president in the history of our country, but perhaps even more importantly, the president who together with a band of his closest thugs, misfits, and Marxists tried to destroy American democracy.”
This was after Trump had been in court to plead not guilty to 37 charges, including violating the Espionage Act after having classified government documents at his Mar-a-Lago home.
The court proceedings lasted about 40 minutes and while people were worried about protests, the crowds were small and quite peaceful.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “The prosecution asked for a lot of restrictions on Trump, including taking his passport, travel restrictions, barring him from talking to witnesses and various other things. The judge did not grant any of those restrictions on Trump. The judge also did not require Trump to have a mugshot taken yesterday. The only restriction that got imposed on him is that he’s not allowed to talk about the specific case with witnesses. He’s allowed to be around the witnesses and talk to them about other things, just not about the case.”
Trump left Miami to travel to Bedminster, New Jersey, where he gave a speech at a fundraising event with about 300 people.
Barkdoll said, “It was vintage Trump. I think it appealed a lot to the people that were there at the country club last night. It certainly had wide appeal to his base. The only counterpoint I’ll make on this though, take a look at the lead editorial today’s Wall Street Journal called ‘The self-destructive Donald Trump.’ They’re pointing out they don’t think this indictment ever should have been brought, but is this getting back into that fatigue issue that we’ve talked about? They’re saying can you imagine another 18 months of this? Where it’s just every day, I’m a victim, and that the country and the government is corrupt? Is there a point that voters, particularly that big group in the middle that decides these elections, start to just get so fatigued and turned off? They’re either not going to vote or they’re going to look for another candidate to vote for.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “I have to agree with that. Obviously, that’s been something I’ve been talking about all along. The demoralization and the fatigue and people just turning off the news, walking away, saying I just can’t take it anymore. Some would say this is certainly a horrible political persecution. To hear this idiot saying take his passport away. Come on. Stop it with this narrative. It’s just an out and out lying narrative to try to paint him in the absolute worst light. I’m afraid there’s too many Democrats that barely pay attention and only listen to MSNBC who probably completely buy into that picture of Donald Trump. They just want to keep ginning up that hatred because I think they think that will generate enough people and motivate them to come out and vote if he wins the primary. I’m afraid if we’re going to have a Trump/Biden, another repeat election, for some of the powers that be they don’t care which one wins because both would probably plunge us into a certain level of chaos. If Trump gets in, the hatred, this hatred narrative will continue and so that’ll bring chaos to the country. Certainly if Joe Biden stays in or Kamala Harris, God forbid, ends up with the same policies for four more years, our country’s just going to be plunged into chaos with all the false narratives and economic destruction and open borders. I think there are powers around the world that would be just as happy with either outcome.”
Barkdoll agreed, “I really do think (the Wall Street Journal) is on to something about this idea of fatigue. Regardless of how bogus people may think this prosecution is or how valid they think it is, I do think this issue of fatigue is very real. A lot of these what they call low information voters, the voters that aren’t totally plugged in day to day on everything that’s going on, they feel like there was already so much drama with the Trump impeachments and that the New York case. I mean, it wouldn’t take a lot of voters, maybe even a few percent, to say I’ve had enough. I’m going to either sit on the sidelines or I’m going to vote for another candidate to swing this election. As the Journal was pointing out, that spills down the ballot in the governor’s races, Senate races, Congressional races that really could start to cause some damage for Republicans. By the way, the No Labels Party not coincidentally, yesterday, they announced they are having a convention in April in Dallas.”
By then, we will know if next November will be a Trump/Biden rematch. The No Labels Party has suggested if that’s the case, they will likely nominate a ticket.
Barkdoll said, “Although they seem like if it would be a candidate other than Biden, and other than Trump, they may be comfortable just to sit this one out. So that’s another thing to watch in the background, as all of this is unfolding with Trump and Biden.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “I see a study that 64 percent of Gen Z, that’s anyone born after 1996, say personal finance is having the largest impact on their mental health. That’s more than any other generation including Boomers, Xers, Millennials. Millions of Gen Z are digging themselves into a financial hole. This has been laid out and put in front of you by both sides, but more so stepped on the gas by the Biden administration. So I think you’ve got the folks in the middle, you got the staunch Trump fans out there. And finally, are you seeing finally someone saying you know what, maybe not?”
Barkdoll said, “I think there’s valid points there, even for these hardcore Biden, Democrat supporters. Because there are a lot of them too, that are tired of Biden. I think if this Hunter Biden story now gets out that’s going to be even more erosion on that base. So I think there’s a substantial number of these voters on both sides that are very tired of these two candidates. You can bear that out and all these polls. Some of those polls show upwards of 60, 70% of Republicans and Democrats want other candidates, but yet both of them are way ahead in the polls.”