Former University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said, “Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything that comes in second.” No truer words have been uttered or written about President Trump and the upcoming election.
Nikki Haley, former U.N. Ambassador, said at the Republican National Convention, “Joe Biden and the socialist left would be a disaster for our economy. But President Trump is leading a new era of opportunity.” Charlie Kirk, at that same event, said, “America is a gift from God, preserved only by heroes who dared to fight and protect it as their own.”
The future of the United States is on the ballot on November 3rd. In fact, millions of people have already cast a ballot. Polls and prognosticators drone on about how Trump is trailing and can’t possibly win.
As I’ve written before in this space, I don’t think so. Here’s why I remain optimistic for four more years.
First, In the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Florida, Republicans have been registering more new voters than Democrats.
In Florida, Republicans registered 146,644 voters more than Democrats since the pandemic hit in March.
In Pennsylvania, which Trump won with 44,000 votes in 2016, the GOP added 103,171 more voters since November than Democrats did.
In Arizona, where Democrats have steadily been chipping away at the GOP’s advantage among registered voters due to a growing number of young Latinos voters, Republicans added 30,000 more voters than Democrats since mid-August.
This is a positive sign. People want to vote for Donald Trump. They are signing up, especially in the battleground states, to do just that.
Second, Trump supporters believe in him and love him. They cannot wait to vote for him. I’m not suggesting no one loves Joe. I’m sure some do, but his voters, as a general rule, are not motivated by Joe. Many are simply voting against Trump. The literary fan in me believes that love always trumps hate.
The realist in me, though, sees this most clearly in the size of the rallies and crowds that Trump draws compared to the paltry crowds that come out for Biden. Biden’s voters don’t match the enthusiasm and passion of Trump voters.
I understand the prevailing school of thought on crowd size. Crowd size is not an indicator of voting preference. Liberals across the board are espousing this while they disparage those who do attend rallies. My answer to that is simply this. Crowd size is not an indicator of votes, until it is. I believe, as I always have, that there are millions of Trump supporters who refuse to participate in media surveys and who know that showing public support for Trump can be dangerous. They are not included in polls. They are not answering surveys. They do, though, attend rallies. More than that, they vote. They will come out big between now and November 3rd and bring on four more years.
A third reason is admittedly not empirical, but more of a gut feeling. I think regular Americans are sick and tired of being called racist by Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Democrats. They are outraged over the disrespect shown to Law Enforcement by the Biden Democrats. They are fed up with the Democrats and the media coddling Antifa and the riots. They’ve had it with the condescension and arrogance Biden and his party show regular working people. They don’t want to see packing the Supreme Court and they don’t want to ban fracking. They cherish the traditions of this great country. They love and support our military and are tired of endless, pointless wars. They want to see their children go back to school. They want their country to open up and they don’t want any national mask mandate from a guy who rarely leaves his basement. They enjoyed a booming economy under Trump for three years and they know he can bring it back. They don’t believe in killing babies in the womb and they believe Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a good person. For these reasons and a thousand others, I hope they tell Kamala and Joe the answer is no.
Will it be a close race? I’d love for it to be a landslide for Trump. I pray it will. I’m guessing, though, that it will be tight. I’m encouraged, though. We can win and I believe we will.