WATCH: ‘He’s no Mr. Nice Guy’, Trump reelection ad airs during World Series
A Trump reelection ad aired during the World Series game 7 on Wednesday night, promoting U.S. President Trump’s record in office the past three years.
“President Trump is changing Washington. Creating 6 million new jobs. 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. Cutting illegal immigration in half. Obliterating ISIS. They’re caliphate destroyed. They’re terrorist leader dead,” the narrator of the ad starts, referencing the latest raid on ISIS that killed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Despite it being a little over a year before the U.S. 2020 general election, the election campaigning is in full force.
The premium ad buy for major sporting event means millions of Americans saw the ad on TV and social media. The Washington Post noted this is a more aggressive early reelection campaign blitz than previous incumbent administration’s have waged.
The ad then goes on to bash the Democrats for focusing on impeachment.
“But the Democrats would rather focus on impeachment and phoney investigations, ignoring the real investigations. But that’s not stopping Donald Trump. He’s no Mr. Nice Guy, but sometimes it takes a Donald Trump to change Washington.”
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself—sort of.
At 10:54 am on Wednesday, Trump unveiled a gem to the world; a photo of himself, photoshopped on the body of Rocky Balboa.
The photo, which is actually of Sylvester Stallone from the poster for Rocky III, received a warm reception from his supporters and screeching hatred from the never-Trump crowd.
A flurry of memes from those who didn’t seem to get the joke came in, with many of them pointing out that Trump is actually overweight.
This is the latest in a series of Trump tweets that have utilized Photoshop.
Trump previously tweeted a doctored photo of himself putting a paw-shaped medal around the neck of Conan the terrorist-slaying dog, which led to joyless organizations like the New York Times to fact check the post, as if it wasn’t clearly photoshopped.
The photo, made by the team over at Daily Wire, became a thorn in the side of the Times, as they ran a headline reading “Trump Tweets Faked Photo Of Hero Dog Getting a Medal.”
“The dog appeared to have been edited over a 2017 Medal of Honor recipient,” stated the Times’ article, which has since reached a fine ratio of 516 Retweets to over 2,800 replies.
Trump also previously tweeted a doctored photo of himself with larger hands, which has roots from comments made by former Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio, wherein Rubio said Trump had small hands.
President Trump honoured military working dog Conan, the Delta Force dog that chased down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month.
Conan, who was named after comedian Conan O’Brien for her shaggy hair-do, chased al-Baghdadi down a tunnel before he detonated his suicide vest, killing himself and his three young children.
Though initial reports weren’t clear as to whether Conan was a good boy or a good girl, it is now confirmed that Conan is indeed a female, making her the goodest girl in the world.
“Good morning, so this is Conan. Right now probably the world’s most famous dog. I have to use the word probably,” said Trump while introducing the K9 comrade.
“The dog is incredible, actually incredible,” Trump said about Conan, a Belgian Malinois. “We spent some good time with it. And, so brilliant. So smart.”
“They did a fantastic job … Conan did a fantastic job. And we’re very honored to have Conan here.”
During the media event, Trump said that Conan was “very badly hurt” in the raid, with a possibility that the girl would never recover. “Conan is a tough cookie,” said Trump, noting that she was now fully recovered and would still be serving. “Nobody is going to mess with Conan.”
Trump had previously caused online controversy from the likes of humourless fact checkers at the New York Times. The photo, a clearly doctored image created by the photoshop team at the Daily Wire, became a thorn in the side of the Times, as they ran a headline reading “Trump Tweets Faked Photo Of Hero Dog Getting a Medal”.
“The dog appeared to have been edited over a 2017 Medal of Honor recipient,” stated the Times’ article.
Though many found the photo “disrespectful” because it covers the face of medal of honour recipient James McCloughan. When the Times asked McCloughan if he was offended by the photo, he “interpreted it as Mr. Trump recognizing the dog’s heroism. He certainly was not offended and laughed when he compared the two images.”
A member of the press asked First Lady Melania Trump if she would adopt Conan for Barron, the couple’s youngest son. Trump and Melania laughed, but Melania said no.
The United States has once again called out Canada’s underspending on defence.
Sources told Global News that the U.S. government recently sent a “blunt” letter to the Department of National Defence calling out Canada’s lack of spending on military, failing to meet the NATO target of two percent of GDP.
Global News didn’t obtain a copy of the letter, but were told by sources it was a “frustrated, critical tone”.
“There are very serious threats to our freedom and our security and if NATO is going to be effective, and if we want to put our money where our talk is, we got to spend that money to defend ourselves,” U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien said at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday.
“The relationship with Canada and the U.S., the defence relationship, I think, is even stronger now, because they see a tangible plan that we have created,” Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Sunday on The West Block, downplaying the significance of the letter.
In 2017 the Liberals announced deferred and incrementral increased spending on the Canadian military to $33 billion annually by the next decade, although it was also widely reported in 2017 that $8.5 billion in military procurement will be deferred until 2030.
In the 2016 U.S. election Trump ran on telling Americans he would get NATO partners to meet their obligations of spending two percent of their respective GDPs on military.
“It’s a legitimate concern, [Trump’s] empirically correct, we are not spending close to our contribution. And that’s been going on for a very long time,” said Sprott School of Business professor and public policy expert Ian Lee to The Post Millennial.
At the 2014 NATO summit Canada said it would reach the two percent target within 10 years, but Lee and other experts say that Canada is not on track to meet that promise.
According to NATO, Canada is set to spend 1.27 percent of the country’s GDP on defence this year.
The Trump administration has previously put tariffs on Canadian steel on the pretext of “national security” concerns during and after NAFTA renegotiations.
“He could, theoretically, because it is Trump, say ‘I’m going to invoke some sort of sanctions on your exports to the United States because you’re not playing ball over there,” said Lee.
“It’s an election year starting in January. If he’s feeling vulnerable he may be looking for some hot-button issues to rejuvenate his campaign. And if he starts arguing, ‘Those freeloaders up north, they not only cheat us on our milk, but now they’re free-riding on their defence. He can gin it up for political purposes.”
The Democrats’ breathless efforts to impeach Trump are an unconscionable waste of time at this point. A recent Marist poll shows that pretty much no Americans care about the impeachment, and none of this rending of garments in Congress will have any impact on their vote.
“65% of Americans say they can’t imagine any information or circumstances during the impeachment inquiry where they might change their minds about their position on impeachment. Just 30% say yes, it’s possible.”
Either people’s minds are already decided along partisan lines, or they’re just so bored of the Democrats anti-Trump rhetoric that nothing the left says rings true. In light of the botched Russia scandal last year, and all the vague charges lobbed at Trump, the latter seems most likely.
The Democrats have been pushing the idea that Trump is a total catastrophe since 2016, and nothing they’ve thrown at him—sexual harassment issues, the attempt to discredit Brett Kavanaugh, tax questions—has stuck. The more Democrats complain about what a national disaster Trump is the more Americans roll their eyes and want them to shut up.
At issue is whether or not Trump “pressured Ukraine to conduct investigations of conspiracy theories related to the 2016 presidential campaign and Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter in exchange for military aid and a White House meeting for Ukraine’s president.”
Americans love to dabble in conspiracy theories, but this lacks all the hallmarks of a good impeachment hearing. The last time we had an impeachment inquiry, there was a cigar, a dirty dress, and an Oval Office sex scandal. Before that, we had actual evidence of Nixon lying, on tape. Phone calls where we have to read between the lines and squint really hard to find the crime just aren’t going to cut it.
What the Democrats should be doing is actually attempting to govern and re-earn the trust of the American people. This incessant finger-pointing at the Commander in Chief, clutching of pearls, fainting on couches has gotten quite tiresome.
Congress has far more power than the President, and they should be wielding it to draft and enact actual policy, not sitting in endless hearings, wasting time and money on an impeachment where no one even cares if it will happen or not.