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What if Trump wins … or loses?

What if Trump wins … or loses?

If President Trump wins re-election, it will be the biggest upset in American presidential history – beating out his surprise (to the establishment) 2016 election.

That election brought about an equally unprecedented reaction from the losers – an ongoing #NeverTrump Resistance Movement to undermine the legitimacy of the election and even have Trump prematurely removed from office.  Those who rue the chaos of the past four years, however, are largely responsible for creating it – although Trump has certainly done his part.

Frustrated by repeated failures to get Trump booted out of the Oval Office, the political left is even more determined – obsessed – in their desire to make sure Trump does not win re-election.  They have lost all sense of decency, integrity and fairness in their mad desire to get Trump out of the White House.

Like 2016, many of the Democrat politicians, pundits and press corps are predicting certain defeat for Trump.  They have even resurrected the old claim that “Trump has no path to victory.”  Of course, that is setting up the folks on the left for an even bigger disappointment should Trump prevail.  In fact, “disappointment” is too weak of a word.  They will be devastated …

… and they will go bonkers.  It would be surprising if we did not see another round of left-wing rioting, looting, arson and vandalism – maybe even a few deaths – in the wake of a Trump victory.  They took to the streets last time – more and occasionally less peacefully.  This time could be – and probably would be —  worse.

Of course, if Democrats retain control of the House, it would mean a quadrennial of investigations and, in all probability, another impeachment effort.  Hell, they were even talking about a second impeachment after the first one failed.

If Democrats and their radical left base – including the elitist east coast news media – could not accept the results of the 2016 election, you can just imagine how deranged they will become over a second Trump term in office.

But What if he loses?

Given Trump’s ego and pugnacious personality, we can expect that he will not go quietly.  That does not mean he will attempt to hold office by mounting a coup.  That is just fanciful Democrat gibberish.

But there could be a series of court battles in states where the vote count is close – or very controversial.  That is Trump’s right – and not anything unusual.  We see those situations in every election.  Remember how the 2000 presidential election was in various courts for weeks after Election Day.

What will be different is the bellicose nature of the candidate.  Trump will likely claim victory before all the results are in – and will cry foul of anything that does not support his contention.  That is just a personality thing – his nature.

If Trump does lose, it will be on him no matter how much he blames others.  I have often written of my dislike of the Trump pugnacious personality and his meaningless personal spats.  In many ways, he has invited and given credibility to the criticisms.

I have also written repeatedly of my belief that Trump is a terrible communicator.  He has had the best arguments on his side but seems incapable of selling them to the public.  Critics have taken full advantage of Trump’s lack of credibility, but he is the one that has damaged it.

For many of us, it was in 2016 – and is today – a matter of substance over style.  As bad as Trump is on the personality scale, he and his administration have still produced better results for the conservative principles of limited government and personal freedom than would a Democrat administration – and it is not even close.

As much as I am not a fan of the Trump personality, I think his re-election – and all the chaos that will ensure for four more years – is a far better option for America than the slippery slope of big government authoritarianism that a Biden administration would take us down.

I wish I had a champion I could more fully embrace, but as they say in war – you must fight the battle you have.  Not the one you would like to have.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Mike

    Glad you at least admit trump is far from a perfect candidate, but you seem to have overlooked the fact that he is an awful candidate. I guess you figure that you are smarter than the unprecedented number of Republicans who are voting (and speaking out quite vocally) for Biden. You say trump just isn’t a good communicator. Well, ignorant people seldom are, and we all know he is far from the brightest bulb in the string. You say he should dwell on his successes. Which are? He inherited a growing economy, and it continued to grow, but it never grew by the amount promised, GDP increased by about 0.1% more than it did under Obama-and that was with a massive tax cut (stimulus) that should have sparked the economy, but the majority of that went to rich and corporations who just hung onto their extra money, or bought their stock back. Job creator? Not so good, more jobs created under Obama during comparative periods. His wall? He couldn’t get that funded when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, so he robbed his military budget to achieve that after Democrats took the house. Trade wars? Absolute disaster as shown by the increasing number of small farm bankruptcies plus all the money that has had to be paid out to farmers to keep them from going under. Of course there is the deficit that he promised to wipe out in 8 years-which was increasing dramatically over the Obama years even before the pandemic. And then there are the continual lies to the American people, most egregious his lying about the contagion of the trump virus during a period that people should have been made aware of it so they could take precautions. Of course there has been the corruption that has resulted from his cabinet choices-unprecedented turnover there. He probably has enough ass kissers that there will be less of that should he be re-elected. Foreign policy? We are the joke of the world for electing a fool to our highest office. We have shown to our allies that the word of the USA means nothing when we sign an agreement. So, bottom line-I think he communicates very well to people that enjoy the taste of bull shit, but for the rest of us, his administration has been a nonstop disaster and there is little he can say truthfully about that.

    • Jim

      After reading a intelligently written article that tells it like it is ,I then have to read a commercial for CNN. Just keep believing all the media hope , that makes you a good little democrat.

      • Tommie

        Thank You!!!!

  2. Stealth

    ANYONE who would even CONSIDER voting for the Democrat party ( and Biden ) has lost their sense ( if they EVER had any ) of reasoning!!!

  3. Dan Tyree

    Hey Mikey. You’re not good enough to kiss Trump’s ass. So go kiss retard Joe’s ass. You fool. That guy’s so stupid his speeches are like stand up comedy.

    • Mike

      All of you folks detest facts-which was all that was included in my comments. I did not get into the “personality” aspect of the trump presidency, which in many ways is worse than the “achievements”. We need a leader of our great nation-not an insecure lier. None of you idiots have bothered to comment why an unprecedented number of Republicans are voting Biden. Do you really think you’re smarter than the people who have seen behind the curtain? Because you’re not…

      • Tommie

        Well Mike, I’ve seen the people behind the curtain!!!! And you have no idea as to what goes on behind said curtain…. But go ahead.. Vote for Joe…

  4. Dan Tyree

    Tommie it seems that Mike is showing cognitive failure. He’s got the facts wrong. Whatever. The Biden supporters are a bunch of fools.

  5. James Falcon

    All I want to say to Mike is for him to take the time to watch Tucker Carlson’s and Sean Hannity’s 1 hour segments on FOX NEWS on cable. Watch for only ONE night this coming week. If you still think Joe Biden and the Democrats will make a great president, then you should vote for him. If you learn about all the corruption from top to bottom of the Democratic Party and you are still OK with them trashing the country then YOU too will suffer along with the rest of us. I personally don’t think God is particularly happy that the Dems have taken Him out of their platform. Nobody beats God. If He wants to, God can take a grade school custodian and put him in charge. You must have NEVER read a Bible. So maybe it doesn’t make sense to you. But 2016 should be a clue as to what happens when corrupt people like Hillary Clinton mess with God. Three SCOTUS appointees, the Senate, and almost 4 years of economic growth. Jesus Christ is in charge, not Trump, not the Congress. Believe it or you’ll crying your butt off after the election like Rachel Maddow did in 2016. It’s a done deal! Anyone but Biden will be in charge. In this case it will be the current POTUS.

    • Pat K Dietrich

      Anyone that votes for Biden is as senile as he is. Can you imagine that Ho will be running the country & she is as evil as they come! God is on Trumps side & he will win again by a landslide! Take a look at Trumps Rallies then look at dead brain Joes! That is the best proof there is! Trump loves this country & its people & he keeps his promises that he made. He takes no pay for all the crap he takes from the demonrats! I thank God everyday that he is in charge of this country! This country will NEVER become a socialist country!