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It’s hard to ignore the fact that a past president is the subject of four separate indictments the year before an election where that person is the leading candidate the left might face. The timing of this prosecution is suspect. The indictments are questionable and may very well be thrown out on appeal after they are no longer necessary to bring Trump down.

Victor Davis Hanson summed it up well in an Epoch Times interview: “They are prosecuting Donald Trump for election interference, and they are interfering in a way that has never happened in American history. With the 2024 election, they are going after the leading candidate and trying to emasculate him, neuter him, and effect the way that people have a choice, a choice to vote for him or not vote for him. Not if he is in jail, and that seems to be the aim.”

There also seems to be no question that the Trump indictments have been orchestrated to take away the sting of negative news about his likely opponent, President Joe Biden. On March 17th, Hunter Biden accidentally admits that the laptop is his, and on the 18th, Trump acknowledges that he will be indicted. On June 8th, an FBI document claims that the Bidens were allegedly bribed with $5 million. On June 9th, Trump is served with the Mar-A-Lago indictment. On July 31st, Devon Archer testifies and on August 1st, and the Trump indictment for January 6th occurs. Trump’s Fulton County indictment is introduced in Georgia as more evidence of the Biden bribery scheme is explored in the House and Washington reacts to the biased appointment of David Weiss as the special counsel in the Hunter Biden tax case. The goal is clear—keep the media focus on Trump’s indictments to justify why Joe Biden’s problems are not even covered.

Yes, President Trump has been wronged in how he has been treated. He’s joked that with his growing popularity in the polls all he needs is another indictment and his election is guaranteed. With candidate Trump’s growing popularity in the presidential polls, it would appear that the Democrats are either very stupid or very smart. If they thought his indictments would negatively effect his candidacy, then they are stupid. It increasingly looks like Trump is most likely to become the Republican presidential candidate in 2024. But if their assessments indicate that former President Trump is the candidate they want to face, they may be smarter than they appear.

There is no question that many faithful Trump supporters are mad as hell and can’t wait to vote for the man whether he is in jail or not. But what of independents? What about the never Trumpers in his own party who continue to reject his candidacy? Trump is popular now, partly because people feel he has been wronged and singled out to keep him from running or at least seriously damaging his chances of victory.

Americans do not like one-sided justice. Trump faces multiple indictments, and Joe Biden’s bribery schemes hardly get coverage, much less calls for his impeachment. There are clearly two standards of justice—pain and suffering for leading Republican candidates and the sound of media crickets for Democratic wrongdoing.

It’s time for both parties to face that reality that both Biden and Trump could be in deep legal trouble by the time the 2024 election comes around. Is that what we want? No American from either party should want such a mess. We don’t need a dangerously divided country trapped in the rearview mirror of determining whose candidate was the worst criminal. America deserves better.

President Trump is now acting like an embattled king worthy of coronation without having to earn it. He questions appearing in any debates. He calls for loyalty but refuses to promise support for the eventual Republican candidate chosen through the state primaries. He has even called on the other candidates to drop out to clear his way to the victory he feels that he alone deserves. He attacks. He cajoles. It’s his way or the highway. His most faithful may like it, but it will not endear him to many voters he needs to win.

Let’s be clear. If Trump is able to survive the indictments, runs the primary gauntlet, and wins the nomination to face whoever the Democratic standard bearer is, most Republicans will vote for him. But will enough independents join the faithful? That is not clear. With Trump and Biden, the focus will be stuck on the legitimacy of all the indictments and the blame game.

There are many good candidates on the Republican side who deserve to be heard. Let them focus on the issues that will shape our future. Weigh their plans to improve the economy, lower inflation, secure the border, provide school choice, and deal with our foreign enemies.

Unfortunately, it’s clear that former President Trump does not trust the American voters to give him the victory he feels he deserves. If he did, he would be at the debates. He would welcome the competition, and he would promise loyalty to the party and support the candidate who earns the nomination.

Being wronged doesn’t make Trump the right candidate to support. The winning candidate should have to earn it the old-fashioned way, by winning the hearts and minds of voters throughout this great land. With President Biden’s disastrous record, the eventual Republican winner has an excellent chance of being our next president. May it be so!

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Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and author of The Optimism Advantage, They Shoot Managers Don't They, Speak Like a Pro, Meditations for the Trail, and The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have. Since founding Paulson and Associates, Inc. in Agoura Hills, CA, Dr. Paulson has presented to such companies as IBM, 3M, Kaiser, Nationwide, SONY, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of hospitals, government agencies, and associations. Dr. Paulson is a past president of both the Global Speakers Federation and the National Speakers Association. He’s been inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor given to less than 230 speakers worldwide. Dr. Paulson is a long-time conservative Republican who has spoken to numerous Republican groups. He currently is a regular op-ed columnist for townhall.com and politicrossing.com. Terry brings knowledge, tasteful humor, and a passion for conservative principles to every presentation. Dr. Paulson graduated with honors from UCLA and received his PhD in psychology and an MA in theology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.



 
 
 

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A Way Forward after Trump Found Guilty

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This is not the America we have known and loved. This is legal warfare striking at the heart of our republic. For the first time, an American President has been found guilty on 34 counts in a New York courtroom. As it now stands, he will be sentenced on July 11th. It may be unlikely Trump will be sentenced to prison, but even if the verdict ends up being repealed, what will be the result of this unanimous conviction on the November election and our growing political divide?

Will Americans rally behind a President wronged by a partisan assault on our legal system? Those who support him will clearly rally to his side. Within hours Trump doubled the record for daily contributions with a commitment of over $34 million, over twenty percent of which was from first time contributors. Right now, his support is growing.

That small New York jury, influenced by a biased judge, will not decide the future of America, voters will in November. Americans will have the opportunity to vote the verdict that counts most by reelecting Donald Trump President. But as positive as polls may appear right now for the past President, those voters who hate Trump are happy with the result and will show up at the polls to defeat that “felon” Trump.

The “Hate Trump” vote gave Biden the Presidency in 2020. Biden didn’t win on his personality or platform; it was the “hate Trumpers” who came out in record numbers to defeat Donald Trump. They have not gone away, and they now have more ammunition to fuel their hatred of the man.

Conservatives know that this next election is critical to the future of our republic. Candidate Biden presented himself as a harmless centrist ready to unite the country. But he governed as a progressive extremist using executive orders to end our energy independence, open our border to millions of illegal aliens, and spend our way into crippling inflation leaving many living paycheck to paycheck. Biden will claim that the rate of inflation has come down, but the result of months of inflation remain, putting more and more American on the brink of insolvency.

If people vote on whether they are better off after 4 years of Joe Biden, Trump’s conviction will mean little. Far too many Americans are hurting. No matter your age, politics, or race, if you can’t put food on the table for your family, you want a change. You remember what your life was like under Donald Trump. They will compare that to life under Joe Biden. The choice should be easy for another Trump victory.

But will that be the case in November. Now, there are strong reactions engendered by this kangaroo court and the travesty of these convictions. But it is a long way to November, and we are yet to see what the long-term impact of this court decision and possible additional convictions that may yet come. Some legal analysts have suggested that the New York case was the least likely charge to result in a conviction. Will Americans get weary of a wounded warrior, a President that is fighting against one partisan persecution after another?

Republicans are united in the belief that they must win this next election. Will there come a time that the baggage Trump carries into the election make his election unlikely? As of now, he is facing a failing opponent who has a hard time putting sentences together. But more and more Democrats are calling for Biden not to run and to find a new candidate to put forward.

What would happen if Biden steps down as President Johnson did? Who would Democrats put in his place? Would it be Michelle Obama? Some question putting a person up for election that has never been elected to any office. On the positive side, Michelle has no record to defend, she would bring back the aura of President Barack Obama’s Presidency, and she could easily disavow support for Biden’s controversial decisions. In short, she could be the Democrats dream candidate to rally behind.

On the morning after the verdicts and record donations to his campaign, Donald Trump said to America, “I will do what I have to do to save our country.” What if the early poll numbers for Trump begin to fade the closer we get to November? Would Donald Trump put America first if it looks more and more like he might lose to the candidate Democrats choose? Could he step down and campaign in support of a candidate with no negative baggage and powerful Contract with America? The Republicans have a strong bench of ready candidates and winning issues to support.

Right now, it is not clear his stepping down is necessary. But if it is, I hope that Donald Trump would put his love for country first. He has been wronged, but winning in November is more important than whether Donald Trump is our next President. Whoever Republicans elect would bring the right people to Washington and the policy priorities that matter to Americans would once again drive the focus of this great country.

Rest assured that if Trump is the Republican candidate in November, we must work to rally support for him. Just know that with the election irregularities that are sure to surface, our candidate must win big. If the GOP wins big, Democrats can’t cheat their way to victory. May Trump live up to his promise to do whatever he has to do to save this country, whether that means running himself or supporting someone else better positioned to win. But win we must! May it be so.

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THIS is Who Is REALLY Running the Country – and the Event That Made it Possible

How did this man in the shadows get Biden into a blackmail situation?

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Who EXACTLY is running the United States of America? We all KNOW it isn’t Joe Biden, but who is really in charge? And how did this man in the shadows get Biden into a blackmail situation? Well, Chris Widener, Founder of the Red Referral Network, tells us in this short video… Enjoy and then tell us if you agree!

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