Addressing 10,000 loyal Iowa and Nebraska supporters in the border town of Council Bluffs, President Donald Trump expressed concerns that Democratic extremism has festered into something truly dangerous.
“They’ve gone wacko,” the president told the crowd. “The Democrats have become too extreme, and they’ve become, frankly, too dangerous to govern.”
An unruly mob
The once-honorable party representing blue collar workers has quickly been transformed and replaced outright by an ideology teetering on the far-left edge of the political spectrum. In Democratic primaries this summer, once-immovable centrist candidates found themselves replaced by socialists and liberal progressives who espoused radical agendas.
According to a 2017 survey from the Pew Research Center, Republicans have only moved slightly to the right over the past 23 years, while Democrats have nearly fallen off of the precipice. This hardening of ideological lines compelled Trump to refer to modern Democrats as an “angry left-wing mob” during his speech on Tuesday night.
For Trump, this radicalization was on display during the confirmation process for his second Supreme Court nominee, now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He called the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh “a national embarrassment” that was the result of a Democratic smear campaign to “destroy that man.”
Nonetheless, Trump was happy to see his nominee sworn-in last week as the 114th Supreme Court justice. Tuesday’s campaign-style rally, the first of many that the president has planned over the next month, represented a victory lap of sorts for Trump after Kavanaugh’s narrow confirmation.
So much winning
While he was on the subject of victory, Trump took the opportunity to bring up the record-low unemployment rate, the recently renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement that is a boon for American automakers and workers, and the GOP tax reform plan that has sent the U.S. economy roaring into unchartered territory.
“The only reason to vote Democrat is if you are tired of winning,” Trump quipped.
And the president was actually being modest. He could have mentioned the defeat of ISIS, the warming of relations with Israel, the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the appointment of conservative federal judges at a record pace, massive deregulation, the travel ban, the end of the Iran nuclear deal, and nuclear nonproliferation on the Korean Peninsula.
However, Trump’s speech was only 76-minutes long — too short to expand upon his administration’s many victories over the last year. He did take some time, though, to talk about his political opponents failures.
“Democrats want to raise your taxes, impose socialism, dismantle law enforcement, eliminate ICE, and get rid of American borders,” Trump said, referring to the radical agenda that his opponents have slowly adopted in the face of successive GOP victories. “You don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob,” Trump added, warning that if Democrats would “turn our country so fast into Venezuela” if they win a congressional majority.
The president also reminded his constituents that the best way to derail the Democrats plans is to show up at the polls this November.
“In four weeks, you will have a chance to render your verdict on the Democrats’ outrageous conduct,” he said. The stakes couldn’t be higher.