When Donald Trump went to the Pittsburgh suburbs to campaign for GOP congressional candidate Rick Saccone, people probably figured that there wasn’t going to be much news made at the rally.
Boy, were they wrong.
Trump pretty much lit up the room — and the internet — with almost every single line. He called Maxine Waters “low IQ” and mocked her for her impeachment talk. He dropped hints that he might be pursuing an Asian-style law enforcement strategy to deal with drug traffickers — in other words, the death penalty. He practically begged Oprah Winfrey to run against him in 2020.
Oh, and speaking of 2020, he also decided to use the event to unveil his slogan for that race. And it was every bit as Trump-tastic as you might imagine.
“Our new slogan when we start running in, can you believe it, two years from now, is going to be ‘Keep America great, exclamation point,’” the president said through applause, making the exclamation point through a hand gesture.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 11, 2018
“We can’t say ‘Make America Great Again’ because I already did that,” Trump said later in the speech.
And, admittedly, “Make America Great Again, Again” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Plus, it wrecks the balance of the hat.
Trump added that his administration could only keep America great (exclamation point) “if we elect people who are going to back our agenda and fight for our values,” a not-too-subtle endorsement of the embattled Mr. Saccone.
“The world is watching,” Trump told the audience. “Get out on Tuesday and vote like crazy.”
Saccone is running against Democrat Conor Lamb to succeed disgraced former GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned after it was revealed he had an affair with a woman he later encouraged to have an abortion.
The district outside of Pittsburgh would normally be a safe Republican seat, given that Trump won there by 20 points. However, a combination of factors — Murphy’s disgraceful exit, Lamb receiving an unusual degree of mostly uncritical media coverage, and the fact that Saccone is a relatively uninspiring candidate who has refused to do much fundraising on his own — has led to the race being considered a tossup.
If Lamb manages to win, it would be the second major Democrat congressional upset in less than a year — and while it certainly has less direct import than Doug Jones winning over Roy Moore, a Lamb win would be an unpleasant augury for what might happen this fall. However, the president seems devoted to “keeping America great,” which means keeping Democrats away from the tiller of government.
And, in fairness, he can certainly argue both he and the GOP have done a great deal to improve the trajectory of the country: lower taxes, more jobs, a better economy, and now a face-to-face meeting with the leader of the greatest existential threat the country currently faces.
This is why America got behind “Make America Great Again” in the first place. They saw an economic “recovery” that excluded them. They saw an America that was becoming less safe by the day. They saw a Democrat government that had no intention of lowering the onerous tax burden they faced.
Trump can certainly make a pretty good argument that he’s been “Keeping America Great!” And we’ll say this much: it’s going to look absolutely perfect on a hat.
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