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OPINON: Why I’m Glad Trump is the President

Even though President Trump is striving to divide us, in reality, he’s actually bringing us together powerfully. Although hate crimes have exceeded the standard level, protests have also been rapidly increasing.

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OPINON: Why I'm Glad Trump is the President

Even though President Trump is striving to divide us, in reality, he’s actually bringing us together powerfully. Although hate crimes have exceeded the standard level, protests have also been rapidly increasing.

Trump has fed on hate and fear of the American people promising to “drain the swamp”.

He’s instigated a travel ban which clearly discriminates Muslims and favors Christians.

He has mocked a reporter with a disability and has emitted filthy words about females.

He pretty much has the intellectual mind of a five-year-old.

But these are the strong perspectives that resonate to the rural America, people who clearly are not educated on culture and choose to stay in a racist perspective or blame the fact that they are fearful of the unknown.

But what about the fear of immigrants being torn from their families? The fear of Muslims wanting to travel? The fear of gays wanting to marry? The fear of being a person of color?

Little do these people realize that the real majority of Americans are immigrants, Muslims, people of color, Jews, gays, transgenders, etc.

As a Muslim myself, I have always feared that people would view me differently simply for being a Muslim. Because of the media, Islam has been paralleled with terrorism. But now, with Trump as president, people who don’t discriminate based on religion or ethnicity have cleared the fog of uncertainty and have boldly stood up for us and other minority groups.

These protests have eradicated fear and have saturated a powerful form of resistance and unity.

People gather for the Women’s March in Washington U.S., January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

From the Women’s march to the Immigrants March, people have risen to reject racism and discrimination that still vividly exists in 2017.

The Oscars this past Sunday projected a wide variety of awards for a group of diverse people.

Viola Davis is the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy, and a Tony award.

An Iranian immigrant who boycotted the Oscars due to Trump’s degrading travel ban won best foreign film.

Anousheh Ansari, center, accepts the Oscar for foreign language film on behalf of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who boycotted the ceremony in protest of President Trump’s immigration policies. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time ever, a whole black cast won an Oscar for Best Picture.

No matter how hard Trump will try to segregate and ostracize groups of people, he has only confirmed the negating perspectives of his supporters and the people will continue to rise in an even more compelling way than ever before.

 

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Trump Holds ‘MAGA’ Rally in Orlando to Kick off 2020 Re-Election Campaign

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Vice President Mike Pence introduces President Trump in Orlando, Florida where the Trump 2020 re-election campaign will officially begin with one of the president’s signature ‘MAGA‘ rallies. Trump rolls out his re-election bid just as tensions heat up in Congress over growing calls for his impeachment.

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Trump Campaign Fires Pollsters after Leaked Numbers Show Him Trailing Biden

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is in rough shape for a sitting president, according to its own internal polling. A 17-state poll conducted in March showed the president trailing former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in 11 states.

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Trump campaign fires pollsters after leaked numbers show him trailing Biden

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is in rough shape for a sitting president, according to its own internal polling. A 17-state poll conducted in March showed the president trailing former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in 11 states.

ABC News obtained some of the actual data that showed “a double-digit lead for Biden in Pennsylvania 55-39 and Wisconsin 51-41 and had Biden leading by seven points in Florida. In Texas, a Republican stronghold, the numbers showed the president only leading by two points.”

The Trump campaign responded with an odd mash-up of denials. Trump told his aides to claim that the polls, which were conducted in late March, didn’t actually exist. When Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale was confronted with the actual numbers by ABC News, he said, “These leaked numbers are ancient, in campaign terms, from months-old polling that began in March before two major events had occurred: the release of the summary of the Mueller report exonerating the President, and the beginning of the Democrat candidates defining themselves with their far-left policy message.” Trump himself called the numbers “phony polling information” and asserted that his polling was actually “the strongest I’ve ever been.”

And, now, the campaign has, according to the New York Times, fired three of its five pollsters to minimize the chance of damaging leaks in the future. That includes the Polling Company, previously run by Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager and current White House counselor. The campaign also fired Adam Geller, who worked for former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and Michael Baselice, a pollster for former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, both of whom were on Trump’s 2016 campaign. Only pollsters Tony Fabrizio and John McLaughlin are staying on the 2020 campaign for now.

The fierce reaction isn’t entirely surprising given that Trump is notoriously obsessed with polling data on himself, and his staff has been known to hide polls from him if they show red flags for his approval rating. They also put together scrapbooks of flattering headlines and present it to him multiple times a day.

National polls also show Trump trailing leading Democratic contenders. But even if internal polling is more useful as a snapshot rather than a way to predict results (especially 18 months out from the general election), Trump’s internal polling might be more troubling to his team. The 2016 presidential election, when Trump claimed victory despite the majority of polls showing it was far out of his reach, may have shaken people’s faith in the accuracy of electoral polling, but Cambridge Analytica, working for the Trump campaign, actually managed to predict the final results just weeks before.

“We came to realize the way folks were polling in terms of their samples and who they consider likely voters, it’s probably been incorrect,” Matt Oczkowski, then-director of product for Cambridge Analytica, told Wired immediately after the election. He added, “This is not something that political intuition would tell you, but our models predicted most of these states correctly.” At this early stage, the pollsters he’s working with aren’t quite as positive on his chances.

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AOC warns of ‘very real risk’ of Trump win in 2020, says frustration with Pelosi is ‘quite real’

In her first Sunday morning show appearance since taking office in January, New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned that there is “very real risk” President Trump will win re-election in 2020, and acknowledged that progressive frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is also “quite real.”

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In her first Sunday morning show appearance since taking office in January, New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned that there is “very real risk” President Trump will win re-election in 2020, and acknowledged that progressive frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is also “quite real.”

The comments struck an unusually defensive tone for the 29-year-old progressive firebrand, as Democrats seek to winnow their large list of 23 presidential contenders. Ocasio-Cortez also spoke bluntly on her initiative to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars most federal funding for abortion — and 2020 Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden’s abrupt reversal on the issue earlier this month.

“I think that we have a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change in the lives of working people in the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez told ABC News’ Jon Karl on “This Week” Sunday.

“I think that if we elect a president on half-measures that the American people don’t quite understand — the agenda of a president, you know, that says we’re fighting for higher wages but we don’t want a $15 minimum wage, fighting for education but we don’t want to make colleges tuition-free, fighting for women’s rights, et cetera, but we don’t want to go all the way with that, then I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.

Ocasio-Cortez said she did not see herself endorsing a particular candidate “any time soon,” however.

Responding to an NBC News poll showing growing support for an impeachment inquiry, Ocasio-Cortez called an impeachment investigation a “constitutional responsibility.” That prompted Karl to press Ocasio-Cortez on reports that progressive Democrats are frustrated with Pelosi, D-Calif., who has resisted calls for impeachment proceedings.

“I think it’s quite real,” Ocasio-Cortez. “I believe that there is a very real animus and desire to make sure that we are — that — that we are holding this president to account.”

A growing progressive anger has also targeted Biden, who said earlier this month he could “no longer support” the Hyde Amendment, which he had backed for decades. Biden said the law makes a woman’s right to an abortion “dependent on someone’s ZIP code.”

The Hyde Amendment prevents the government from providing abortion funding except in cases of rape, incest, or when the health of the mother is at stake.

Last week, an abortion activist questioning Biden on his Hyde Amendment flip-flop said the former vice president got in the activist’s face and attempted an arm grab. “I thought he was going to hit me,” the activist said, after posting a brief viral video and photo of the encounter.

The activist also noted the numerous accusations by other women that Biden has made them uncomfortable in close personal encounters.

“In every poll, a plurality of Americans opposes public funding of abortions.”

— Slate writer William Saletan

The Biden campaign did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the matter.  Ocasio-Cortez, asked whether Biden has handled the misconduct accusations appropriately, told Karl, “I think that’s something that he has to kind of show the electorate, I think that I, you know, I think that it is an issue where there is a struggle, I’ll be completely honest.”

She continued: “I don’t think that he has — I don’t — I wouldn’t say that it is an incredibly severe — like I don’t think that voters think that he is necessarily guilty of sexual misconduct or anything like that.”

Ocasio-Cortez also said Democrats “probably” made a mistake by not pushing back on Bill Clinton’s treatment of women during his presidency, but said the country has gone through an “evolution” in the years since.

But on the Hyde Amendment, Ocasio-Cortez has been more forceful.

“It’s not the 70s anymore,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an email to backers on Saturday, building support for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment. “This is 2019, and none of our leaders should be willing to stand by a policy that disproportionately harms low-income Americans and people of color just to suit the interests of anti-choice zealots. That ends now. We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment, and let people access the care that they need. Sign your name if you stand for repealing the Hyde Amendment.”

On Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez said Biden’s new stance on the Hyde Amendment was the bare minimum for a Democrat candidate in 2020. As recently as the last presidential cycle, the Hyde Amendment enjoyed mostly bipartisan support.

“Well, I’m encouraged by the fact that he is now against the Hyde Amendment. I think that that’s where — I think it’s a very base level where all candidates need to be,” Ocasio-Cortez told Karl. “I’m excited to be introducing a repeal of the Hyde Amendment via amendment — we’ll see where it goes — for incarcerated women and the maternal and reproductive health care of incarcerated women is — it should be guaranteed as it is with all women in the United States. And so I think it really depends — and that’s really what the Hyde Amendment is about.”

Ocasio-Cortez continued: “The Hyde amendment isn’t about abortion per se. The Hyde amendment is — is truly about equality of health care and health care access for low-income women and women of color and women that get caught in our — in our mass incarceration system.

“We’re talking about 50, 51 percent of the American public being impacted by the realities of the Hyde Amendment,” she concluded.

But Democrats risk overplaying their hand on the issue, analysts warn, even as an increasing number of conservative-dominated states pass aggressive pro-life measures. A recent article in Slate by William Saletan, titled “Abortion Funding Isn’t As Popular As Democrats Think: Recent polls debunk much of what progressives believe,” contains a sobering analysis of the issue for the Democrat field.

“In every poll, a plurality of Americans opposes public funding of abortions,” Saletan wrote. “In every poll but one, that plurality is a majority.”

Saletan concluded that while most Americans generally agree with Democrats on the issue of abortion and don’t support defunding abortion clinics, the recent progressive push goes too far.

“On the question of direct payments [for abortion],” Saletan wrote, “most voters agree with the GOP. If Democrats make that question a litmus test, they’ll regret it.”

Nevertheless, last week Illinois enacted a sweeping pro-choice law that eliminated spousal consent, waiting periods, criminal penalties for abortion providers and restrictions on abortion facilities, such as licensing requirements and health and safety inspections. It also repealed the state’s Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act and established “that a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the law, of this State.”

The Thomas More Society, a pro-life law firm based in Chicago, declared the bill tantamount to “legalizing the death penalty, with no possibility of appeal, for viable unborn preemies.”

Karl did not ask Ocasio-Cortez about her role in torpedoing Amazon’s plan to locate a headquarters in New York, or a range of her policy proposals, prompting conservatives to dismiss the ABC sit-down as a softball interview.

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