AINSWORTH: what I wish Trump would say during "debate" (UPDATE)

September 29, 2020 |

About a month ago, I offered my suggestion for what President Trump should say as an opening statement in a “debate” with Democrat candidate Joe Biden. At that time, I thought Biden would weasel out somehow and be a no-show, so my idea involved setting up an empty chair or podium next to Trump's and letting Trump go on with whatever he wanted to say.

Maybe Biden actually will be there after all, though I agree with Trump that they both should be tested for performance-enhancing drugs. If Biden drops out at the last minute and the debate doesn’t happen, I still hope Trump will use the statement below, or something very similar, in a paid TV ad and online.

The words seem even timelier now. A few things have happened, most notably the death of Justice Ginsburg, but opinions about Trump tend not to change much. Biden clearly intends to avoid specifics on issues, as he can’t keep them straight anyway, and just attack Trump to motivate “swing” voters to vote AGAINST TRUMP. Most Biden supporters really don’t know much about their own candidate –- his fading mind, his serious scandals, his lying and plagiarizing, his creepiness with women and girls, his singular lack of accomplishment, his malleability by the far-left and much more –- or even their radicalized party; they just know they don’t like Trump. And for that reason, they’re ready to put into power the worst group of people imaginable.

The “Trump” they hate is a fictional monster created by the left. (This is also being done right now to Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.) So I wanted the President to address the way voters feel about him, and, most of all, to show how dreadful for our country the alternative would be.

So here it is, President Trump’s opening statement.

"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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  • James Falkenberg

    10/01/2020 07:02 PM

    Nailed it Laura. Now the "debate" is over and we see that "fair and balanced" isn't really fair and balanced. Anyway, great well thought out article...Mike should be proud.
    God Bless America

  • Jeffrey Tubello

    10/01/2020 12:18 PM

    Laura,
    Although he did not use your opening statement, he could have taken your suggestion and worked in the words and phrases throughout the debate. He would have been miles ahead. Because of his unwillingness to listen and follow the rules of the debate, he came across as a hothead and very unpresidential. Although I will still vote for him, he could have turned the entire debate on Biden's head by doing just what you suggested...and smiled once in a while...like Reagan responded in one of his debates..."there you go again". This debate turned a number of undecideds against him. I have two in my family that are in this category. I hope he can recover, but time is dwindling.

  • Connie Wilson

    09/30/2020 08:50 PM

    AMEN! I agree 100%, President Trump should read that exactly as written! Great work. Please, PLEASE, Americans need to hear this. God Bless you and America!

  • bridget kooi

    09/30/2020 05:50 PM

    biden was wear a mike he had something in his lift sleeve and he took his lift hand and put it in the right side of his jacket and you can see the wire president trumps team need to get a copy of the debate and have the professional's take a real close look at it biden was cheating mike take a look at the debate closely and you will see this

  • Ken Burns

    09/30/2020 04:19 PM

    Excellent work, Laura. You wrote the truth with just the right emphasis. Our president loves our country and has shown his ability to improve it; both now and for our future. His making Jerusalem the rightful capitol of Israel and cutting abortion out of our legacy proves that he is wanting to bring our country back from its ungodly and wicked ways. (see: II Chronicles 7:14)

    Unfortunately, what I saw last evening was a "pre-school playground fight" between two undisciplined little boys. And a teacher (moderator) who was unable to reinstate order without raising his voice and make threats. It was a zero-sum game. No one who didn't like the president would have been drawn to him because his presentation was childish and undisciplined. No one who distrusts Mr. Biden because of his corrupt and self-serving tenure in office would have been swayed by his repeated and baseless denials.

    I was very disappointed by the "playground tantrums" that I observed by both of the
    participants. We, as intelligent and informed voters deserve better from the candidates.

  • Suzy Ferguson

    09/30/2020 01:20 PM

    Oh if President Trump would use these words to express to America. I really hoped to hear him say last night that he opposes any person(s) who is(are) racist toward anyone else. (BLM, white Supremists, etc) God made us all in His likeness. No man is better than another. We must love one another by not hating or returning their hate. Let us be a better version of ourselves. My prayers are that God will act and save us from tyranny for the sake of His Great Name.

  • Cindy Fassler

    09/30/2020 01:05 PM

    Laura, this is PERFECT! PLEASE find a way to get this to the President!

  • Gail Thomas

    09/30/2020 10:15 AM

    Someone please convert bce him to say these things. and please share what AG Barr has d classified about the Russia probe.

  • DJ Templeman

    09/30/2020 08:36 AM

    Awesome!! Forward this to President Trump for the next debate or portions of it for an ad

  • Judi Versluys

    09/30/2020 08:32 AM

    I hope and pray that someone will rake the time and opportunity to sit down and talk with the president and plead with him to tell the American people this , they deserve to know !!!!!!

  • STEPHEN PLACE

    09/30/2020 06:45 AM

    Your Excellency,
    Although your commentaries are, (probably), good, well thought out, and insightful, how many people do you think read the entire diatribe? Probably less than 2%. Please put it on the stove on high heat and "boil it down" to a readable 2-3 minutes. Nuf said?
    Steve Place 508-326-5457

  • Joseph Kleinsmith

    09/30/2020 04:29 AM

    Remind people; Biden is a Globalist. In a past victory speech he said “He will restore World Order”. Obama too is for a New World Order.

  • Ross W. Sanders

    09/30/2020 12:24 AM

    Well said Laura! wish you were the one doing the debating! I had to turn it off. It was like two boys in a school yard arguing over who could pee the furthest. I am voting for P. Trunps policies, not the man and against Joe Biden. I am very disappointed in P. Trumps performance. A standing president should be presidential and rise above the kind of rhetoric that happened at the debate. But it is what it is. He should have used you as a coach! Bye and God bless! Ross Sanders

  • Tenney Singer

    09/29/2020 10:37 PM

    Good word. I wish he had said those things in an orderly fashion, instead of the arguing and talking over each other I observed.

  • Mary Terril

    09/29/2020 08:19 PM

    Perfect ?? Just Perfect
    and thank you Laura??

  • Nancy Jones

    09/29/2020 07:54 PM

    Very well said!

  • Virginia G Moore

    09/29/2020 07:17 PM

    Bravo, Bravo, President Trump (I mean Laura!)! If he takes your word for it, it should change a lot of minds. I believe the bringing out of his tax returns were simply a planned thing of the left. They had probably been sitting on it waiting for the perfect time to release it. Hopefully, it won't make a difference with all of Biden's indiscretions. Thank you !

  • Tim Kniveton

    09/29/2020 07:09 PM

    I agree completely! I hope that he does say something just like your proposed words.

    May God Bless America!

  • Ch arles Teachout

    09/29/2020 06:56 PM

    Hi, Amy,
    I am very grateful that you addressed the very frightening aspect of this election: it seems as if millions want to decide who to vote for on the basis of vague feelings of "hate". Nothing could be more predictably disastrous. It is not "hate" that will accomplish anything. The right choice of our new President will be based on truthfulness, logic and the grit to evaluate and choose the best candidate based on "what has been done" about the problems we consider pre-eminent.

  • Carol Wilson

    09/29/2020 06:34 PM

    Wow, do you think the President read that suggestion? It is spectacular!

  • james fehr

    09/29/2020 06:33 PM

    Excellent, thoughtful opening statement.. Your right about his propaganda persona.

  • Mary Ruth Evans

    09/29/2020 06:10 PM

    God bless you! Your wish for what Trump should say has to be inspired from God. It is perfect and need to be done by any means necessary, front page news, tv ad, Etc. Etc., Because it is all true and the truth is crucial right now. Thank you so much. You are gifted! ?????????God????Trump????Pence????2020??Making America Great Again

  • Susan W. Russell

    09/29/2020 05:49 PM

    Thank you for this, it's excellent and will give me something to work with in trying to convince my liberal friends to vote for Trump.

  • Donna Petersen

    09/29/2020 05:43 PM

    I can only hope Trump will say at least a portion of what you have written. Well done.

  • Ron Tatlock

    09/29/2020 05:15 PM

    Very well said Laura. I don’t like everything about our President, but I think he is By far the most effective Since Ronald Reagan. Trump is the man we need in the Oval Office.