AINSWORTH: What I wish Trump would say in "debate"

August 14, 2020 |

If (when!) Joe Biden’s campaign manages to weasel out of any debate appearances with President Trump, Trump's campaign should just buy some prime airtime, put him next to an empty chair (or maybe a cardboard cut-out of Biden), and have him give the opening statement he might have made in a real debate (but significantly longer, since Joe's not there). Here's what I wish he would say:

PRESIDENT TRUMP:

"My fellow Americans, I love my country –- I love America, with all my heart. I always have. And I feel really bad right now, because millions of Americans, just because they don’t like ME –- don’t like my style, don’t like my tweets, don’t like things they think I’ve said (most of which are twisted-up versions that convey something I never intended) –- are ready to vote for anybody but me. Anybody. I mean……..ANYBODY. That’s what “never-Trumper” means, after all; I know that. And THAT means, right now, this country is in big trouble.

“Because they don’t like ME, some Americans might unwittingly put into power a radical political machine that will decimate their most basic freedoms, with ruthless, violent tactics and a long list of demands that will change America into something unrecognizable, probably forever. (Some of this has been a long time coming, but because the virus hit, they’re jumping on the crisis as a way to take control quickly.)

"Because they don’t like ME, some Americans might unwittingly offer inroads to groups that literally want to destroy American cities --- that are ALREADY destroying American cities, GREAT American cities.

“Because they don’t like ME, some in our government abused our own justice system to try to bring me down, and if they get away with what they did, mark my word, they’ll do it again to the next leader they don’t like. They went so far as to accuse me, with no evidence at all except for what was falsified, of working as an agent of Russia. It was crazy –- 2020 will go down in history as “the year America went crazy.” Who needs Russia to interfere in our elections when we’ve got our own bureaucracy to do it, as well as various outside influences with virtually limitless resources, pouring money into radical leftist anti-American groups?

“Because they don’t like ME, some Americans ignore all that I did --- before the virus arrived from China to at least temporarily undo much of it --- to bring the economy back like gangbusters after years of weak semi-recovery. They ignore the incredible benefit that came out of that to hard-working Americans, men and women, of all races, in all walks of life.

“Because they don’t like ME, some Americans even ignore the legitimate work of some doctors and researchers because they think it’s more important to believe I’m wrong. And they forget that I was the one to stop incoming travel from China and Europe, which likely saved thousands of American lives, when my opponents ridiculed that.

“Because they don’t like ME, some Americans paint me as someone I don’t even know. Really, I don’t even recognize myself from what they say. If I met that person, I wouldn’t like him, either! They’ve said I only care about myself, when that is such a lie. I know, I know, it’s just politics. Say whatever you need to, right? (Like Kamala, she knows all about that.) But those of you who don’t like me need to understand: the object of your hatred is a phantom, something made up. My own style –- which can be misinterpreted, I know –- may have helped fixate that in your mind, as I’m obviously not a slick politician, but it’s still false.

“I don’t care a whole lot about that part of it, because I knew when I got into politics that it would be rough. I got into it anyway because I love my country and had a beautiful vision of what we could do. I kind of expected the lies from the politicians, but the media –- you have a lot to answer for. Because YOU don’t like me, you have become a shameful propaganda machine for my opponents. You are to journalism what potted meat is to chateaubriand. And it doesn’t seem to matter to you how this might damage our country in the long run. You just wanted Americans to hate me.

“And now, because you did your job and some of them DO hate me, they may be on the verge of putting into power a group of people, those on the far left, who don’t know what in hell they are doing. I mean, they don’t. We can all see they don’t, unless pure anarchy really is what they want. They’ve shown they can’t run cities. They can’t run states. They won’t enforce the law. They’ll gladly take away your police AND your means to defend yourself.

And everywhere they look, they see racism that in most cases isn’t even there, except in their own minds. They don’t understand that in our country, in just the past several decades, most hearts and minds have changed drastically about race, which is fantastic. And it was only going to get better. It’s as if for some reason they weren’t comfortable with that and wanted to do something, quite deliberately, to make it worse again. I wonder why that is?

These people don’t care about law and order. They don’t care about your personal freedom. They don’t care about learning from history; they want to rewrite it to fit their own agenda, which is to tear down the results of hundreds of years of hard work and incredible advancement.

“Now, simply because some Americans don’t like ME, America is in jeopardy of losing everything that makes it...America. I want you to be aware of this when you cast your vote. PLEASE don’t put our beloved country into the hands of people who are set on destroying its very foundation, and I am not exaggerating, not one bit. I love this country. I’ve showed you the kinds of things I can do for this country, to make it better for all. We’ll get through this virus, and you know I’m the one who needs to be in charge of the vibrant recovery we’ll need afterwards.

So I’m asking for your vote. Remember, it has to be a landslide vote that can be counted right away because so many people will be mailing in their ballots –- vote in person! –-and it has be decisive to save this country from even more chaos. More is at stake now than almost ever before in the history of our country, and I know you realize that. Thank you with all my heart, and God bless America.

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  • C. Michael Roberson

    08/18/2020 11:47 AM

    So-o-o-o well said Laura. I thank the Lord for you and your wonderful husband, Pat, and all the work you do with Mike to keep us informed and knowledgeable about current events. Love you guys!

  • Pam Davis

    08/18/2020 07:53 AM

    Excellent... Attention has to be paid to Congress and Senate becoming republican and also more emphasis on American way, capitalism vs globalism, thus communism. Good vs evil, right vs wrong and the absence of Freedom to worship God...

  • Carol S Moreno

    08/17/2020 05:41 PM

    I agree with your approach of people who don’t like Trump just voting against him for that reason. Do they understand the consequences? It’s really sad to me. I wish the President would comment on this & understand how some people feel about him. I supported Obama when he was President even though I didn’t like him & how he governed our country. Media is terrible. I never heard anything about Peace treaty on other news stations. It’s a shame.

  • Edna Earle Edgeworth

    08/17/2020 11:05 AM

    Laura, I love your post on what you would like for Donald Trump to say to Joe Biden. You hit on everything he needs to bring to the front of all Americans. I am fearful for our country no matter who wins the presidency. I believe there will be a war here that we have not seen. I believe it will be devastating to the majority of Americans. The left now has a taste of destructive violence and they like it. I feel it will continue to get worse. All of our family and friends are buying up as much ammunition as possible. I am hearing this from social media also, that's a lot of people. I believe God is in control and it will be what he wants and it will usher in The Rapture and the antichrist. Thank you.

  • Stine Violet

    08/17/2020 10:36 AM

    The president has our prayers, support, and vote!
    Ron and Vi Stine

  • Nancy Heppeard

    08/17/2020 09:19 AM

    This is the perfect speech for President Trump to convey the urgent need for people to look past their dislike of him as a person and look to the best interests of AMERICA and its citizens. I dislike some of the things he says but he has accomplished great things for AMERICA and the world. We really need him to win this election....we need AMERICA to continue on with the freedoms and growth we have, to conserve Christianity and freedom of religion, and to again be viewed as the country that has learned from its past and maintains a high profile in world leadership. I have been blessed to be living during the hard time and the good times....but if Republicans don't regain control of government, I fear for my children, grandchildren and now my great grandchildren's liberties and life. God bless you and President Trump and God bless our world. Thank you.

  • Muriel Greenawalt

    08/17/2020 08:03 AM

    Great idea. All points are spot on. We who love Trump could deal with it and those who are are
    Republican and don't care for him could agree.

  • Alice I Claar

    08/17/2020 07:15 AM

    Right On. If only we could open up the top of their heads and pour this all in. Thanks for being a true American. God Bless you, your family and all you do.

  • Susan Durnan

    08/17/2020 07:14 AM

    I have read this Article almost twice now. I get what you are trying to do but for a president to say ‘’People don’t like me’’ is the wrong way to go. It sets the idea into people’s minds they are not suppose to like the president. You don’t vote for someone you don’t like. It would be better to be more PATRIOT, List your ACHIEVEMENTS, show/express your LOVE for the people of the US and how so many came to this Land to be ONE PEOPLE. Telling people look after your neighbor and not just the ones in your neighborhood but across the nation. Wear a mask not for yourself but for others, bring food to shut ins, donate to your favorite charity. Government is not the answer to your problems or needs, YOU are he answer. Government is just a back up

  • Debra Parcell

    08/17/2020 05:53 AM

    This is fabulous and I hope someone sends it to the POTUS and his campaign. This would be a great televised statement. No matter what it costs to air- it’s perfection!

  • Johna Meyer

    08/17/2020 01:56 AM

    This article is so good and I agree with everything she said. Trump has done a wonderful job of bringing back the economy and jobs. He gives us hope for our country. God he!p is if the dems win as I have watched the years of destruction they have done

  • Eugene Fucetola

    08/16/2020 10:44 PM

    Fantastic idea.... I think he should buy time and deliver it right after the last debate! Of course, if Sleepy Joe sleeps though his alarm and misses a debate.. that would also make a fantastic venue to deliver this! Trump 2020!

  • Lorna Davis

    08/16/2020 10:07 PM

    Well written. I wish he would read what you wrote that he should say. It may be a little humbling for him, but well worth it.

  • Elaine Doss

    08/16/2020 08:36 PM

    Laura,
    This is beautiful!! I plan to forward to the "never-Trumpers" I know. It's tactful and true. Thank you for being a voice of reason.

  • Derrick Hachtel

    08/16/2020 08:21 PM

    Laura,
    You need to be hired as a Trump speechwriter, STAT!

  • Kay Goodrow

    08/16/2020 08:13 PM

    Huck give that speech to Trump. You say exactly what is happening and what is going to happen. The end times are gearing up. More citizens should be reading the BIBLE instead of TWEETS.

  • Millie Abbott

    08/16/2020 08:11 PM

    This is spot on. If Trump does not win, we will not do well as a country. I hope the President reads this.

  • Jane burdick

    08/16/2020 08:10 PM

    Love your speech for President Trump..Have you read George Orwell’s Book 1984? It describes what the far left is doing to destroy America as we know it..

  • Gary Stilwell

    08/16/2020 07:50 PM

    I have tried to reply directly to you/your site through email.
    These emails have been blocked by the service provider--Centurylink, claiming they contain policy violations/spam. Those replies contained NO text from me other than an "fyi"---only three letters-, no attachments, no nothing except those three characters, but yet those replies were blocked--I think you can see where we are headed here

  • Saranne Penberthy

    08/16/2020 07:47 PM

    This column expresses the thoughts of many. Please send it to the Trump Campaign!!!!!!!

  • gary stilwell

    08/16/2020 07:33 PM

    I wish he would use this----

  • Laura Smith

    08/16/2020 07:22 PM

    I love what you wrote! Everyone I see and we chat carefully while waiting in line seems to be on the a Trump side. Don’t get discouraged. Ask our Lord to help! He will!

  • Angela Martignetti

    08/16/2020 07:00 PM

    I wish the President Trump campaign would use some of this in an ad. He needs to give an address from the Oval Office during these unprecedented times. Hope you sent him a copy and gave him permission to use it word for word. He is our only hope. Great article. Praying for his re-election.

  • Thomas M Anderson

    08/16/2020 06:53 PM

    Yes, exactly what President Trump should do whether or not Biden is present or in his Delaware basement. The President should stick to the facts on exactly all he has accomplished despite the efforts made by every single Democrat, a number of Republicans and the DC entrenched establishment, from the day he took office (and even before that), to remove our duly elected President.

  • Caroline Anthony

    08/16/2020 06:33 PM

    I love your Trump's letter!