witnessed President Donald John Trump doing his victory lap last week
the day after his acquittal by the U.S. Senate on two articles of
impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. This
outcome followed the ‘no call’ on the Mueller
investigation of his alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016
presidential election. In both instances, Trump claimed complete
exoneration and to be a victim of a continuing witch hunt by the
his triumph, he quickly went into retribution mode by firing three
government employees who worked directly for him and who testified
truthfully during the impeachment investigation—Gordon
Ambassador to the European Union, and Lt. Col. Alexander
advisor to the National Security Council (NSC). Trump also
identical twin brother,
S, Leonid Vindman, an attorney for the NSC, who was collateral damage
to his vindictiveness. Trump is now a President unleashed who has
learned nothing from his recent travails.
the gangster we deemed him to be in an earlier column, Trump promptly
intervened in the Justice Department’s 7-9 years sentencing
recommendation for his long-term friend, Roger Stone, after Stone’s
conviction on one
count of obstructing an official proceeding,
five counts of lying to Congress and one count of witness tampering.
last Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted, “This
is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the
other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage
Shortly after his twitter, his Attorney General William Barr amended
the Department’s initial suggestion, stating that it should be
significantly reduced and asking the judge to consider additional
issues such as Stone’s age, health, and personal circumstances.
Tuesday, the White House canceled the nomination of Jessie Liu to be
undersecretary of Treasury for terrorism and financial crimes. She
had been the lead prosecutor in the office that supervised Stone’s
prosecution. Her Senate confirmation hearing was scheduled for
Thursday and now she has been punished for following the law.
actions further endear Trump to his fervent 30-35 percent base of
American voters who he is counting on to return him to the White
House in 2020.
addition to these efforts, the Trump presidential campaign is being
aided by the ineptitude of the leading candidates for the Democratic
presidential nomination: Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Mayor Pete
Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and former Vice
President Joe Biden All other Democrats continuing in the race are
wasting money and taking up political space and have no real chance
of winning the nomination.
the liberal lane, Sanders and Warren are cannibalizing each other’s
supporters, with Sanders winning so far as Warren continues to stub
her political toe. She has aligned herself with Hillary Clinton who
maintains her 2016 grudge against Bernie from 2016. Warren accused
him of telling her in a private conversation that a woman could not
win the presidency.
brought this up during a recent presidential debate, and it gained no
traction among women or any other group. This was reinforced by her
dismal showing in the New Hampshire primary. Moreover, Medicare for
All is seriously undermining the campaigns of both Warren and
Sanders. Warren is unlikely to survive until the summer, and Sanders
will hang on till the end but could lose to Bloomberg. If he wins
the nomination, Trump will destroy him.
Joe Biden is sharing the moderate political lane with Sen. Amy
Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg and is losing so far. Moderate voters
are subtly telling him that it is time for him to leave the political
stage. His belief that he has a firewall in South Carolina, with
strong support from black voters is rapidly eroding.
new national poll shows that Biden’s black support has
plummeted by 22 points. Michael Bloomberg has been the primary
beneficiary of this shift in political backing with a 22 percent
African Americans approval rating. He must solidify this gain.
stop and frisk policy was raised again by a Bernie Sanders’
African American campaign surrogate, Benjamin Dixon, with a 2015
audio tape from the Aspen Institute in which Bloomberg stated that he
assigned "… all the cops in minority
neighborhoods" where "all the crime" is.
He must quickly address this matter in greater detail in order to
sustain his rising support among blacks.
Bloomberg needs to deal with teacher unions and teachers over his
effusive advocacy of privately-run charter schools. Although popular
in sectors of New York and other large cities, they are virtually
uniformly opposed by teachers. His proposed education plan with
charters as its centerpiece could prove problematic combined with the
urgency to speak to stop and frisk, especially as his plan is to
break through the pack on Super Tuesday.
Klobuchar and Buttigieg have not addressed their questionable
criminal justice practices in regard to blacks and Latinx males, in
particular. They have offered no apologies for their actions or
taken any responsibility as has Michael Bloomberg for his stop and
frisk policy which racially profiled black and Latinx males during
his three terms as Mayor of New York City.
Klobuchar nor Buttigieg has developed any substantive outreach
approach to voters of color. Klobuchar will likely be gone shortly
after Super Tuesday. Buttigieg will hang around a bit longer because
of his solid funding from the LGBTQ community because of his
the Trump campaign has ginned up a wide-ranging package of political
strategies that are largely flying under the radar. Trump has begun
a practice of raffling off envelopes containing hundreds of dollars
to grassroots African Americans in nonprofit venues.
has piloted this scheme in Cleveland, Ohio with plans to do so in
Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Miami, and
other communities with large concentrations of blacks in an attempt
to peel off a small percentage of black votes in battleground states
to enable him to win the electoral votes as he did in Florida in
highlighting of the Trump administration’s criminal justice
reforms, pardons, and commutations of harsh jail terms for African
Americans, most notably Alice Marie Johnson, in a TV ad that ran on
Super Bowl Sunday. His First Step Act has been championed by
former Obama administration official and current CNN anchor Van
efforts are coupled with the ongoing and aggressive voter suppression
tactics being employed in Wisconsin, where approximately 250,000
mostly black, Latinx, Native American, and Hmong voters have been
purged from the rolls. Voter ID has been employed in North Carolina,
and barriers to felons registering to vote in the 2020 election have
also been erected in Florida although their voting rights have been
all of these slick and scurrilous initiatives being advanced by
Trump, Bloomberg, despite his political frailties, is still the best
Democrat to oppose him as the Democratic presidential nominee. He
knows how to fight him on his own level as demonstrated by his quick
response to Trump’s tweet calling him a racist for his stop and
frisk policy (although Trump has endorsed it in New York City and for
Chicago), forcing him to take it down.
is also funding anti-voter suppression and social justice initiatives
across the nation and is the only Democrat who can match and surpass
Trump’s campaign budget and the political action committees
(PACs) that support him. But Bloomberg should preemptively respond
to the coming attacks from both Trump and his Democratic colleagues.
Trump could lose on his own accord as he continues to overreach in
exerting his presidential power. He believes that Article II of the
US Constitution allows him to do anything he wants. It is possible
that he will generate a scandal which will turn Independents,
Moderate, and some Republican voters off while at the same time
generating an even higher Democratic turnout.
the Democratic Party needs to pay attention to Trump’s
shenanigans and move to the center where the majority of the country
is. Unlike Bernie Sanders, most Americans do not want a revolution
where everything is free and that they cannot afford. And Democrats
need to unite! Otherwise, they will face a Republican Party that
will be in lockstep with their leader, President Donald J. Trump.