Whoever shuts up in 2020 wins – Washington Examiner

Never one to miss the opportunity to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, President Trump decided to go on a diatribe against congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, criticizing their virulent anti-Semitism with some dual loyalty charges of his own.

This should really, really go without saying, but until 45 seconds ago, Republicans didn’t wink and nod at the alt-right and Democratic leadership didn’t elevate members of Congress who advocate for the elimination of the only Jewish state on Earth. Basic support for the rights of American Jews and sovereignty for Israelis was more or less an apolitical consensus, as it should be once more. So Trump deciding to one-up Omar with a secondary dual loyalty trope for political expedience is strategically incoherent at best and stoking racial animus as worst.

Take this as more proof that Trump isn’t winning because he’s particularly skilled at political fights that transcend petty trollery, but rather because his enemies are so gloriously stupid. Every time Trump opens his mouth, there’s a nine in ten chance that the average American likes him less, and if his enemies only kept their own mouths shut he’d be a goner.

Whoever can keep his trap shut in 2020 will win the White House. You just have to look at Joe Biden’s polling to see it.

Biden’s strategy is simple: Cut decent ads attacking Trump but not his supporters. Stay off the campaign trail as much as humanly possible.

It’s working because his competitors on both sides keep talking, and given the average IQ of the 2020 election, they keep saying moronic things.

This logic works for most of the Swamp battles Trump’s currently embroiled in. Omar and Tlaib will continue to pour out anti-Semitic slurs, and AOC will continue to Instagram live drivel. All he has to do is shut up, point at the Dow, and hug the flag (figuratively, although he’s fond of doing it literally as well).

Consider that Trump just successfully trolled Planned Parenthood into defunding itself. He’s also remade the federal judiciary, and in spite of his terrible trade war, his tax cuts have kept the economy roaring on. And none of these required a single tweet.

By every metric, Trump should win re-election. We’re in the longest bull market in history, balancing the lowest unemployment rate in half a century with limited inflation, avoiding new international duress while ameliorating much of the fracas in the Middle East, and Trump’s the incumbent candidate. He just has to know when to stop talking, and today’s gross remarks illustrate why.


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