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Gary Bauer / Sep. 10, 2020

Trump: The Peace President

President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, nominated the president for his success in securing the historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, nominated the president for his success in securing the historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

That historic agreement — the first Middle East peace deal in more than 25 years — will be formalized at a White House ceremony next week. And it is already yielding results.

Kosovo and Serbia announced late last week that they are opening embassies in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed this breakthrough, saying, “Kosovo will be the first country with a Muslim majority to open an embassy in Jerusalem.”

Tybring-Gjedde said of Trump’s nomination, “I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees.” Well, he’s certainly done more than Barack Obama did when he was nominated.

Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize less than eight months after taking office in 2009. He won simply for “inspiring hope.” In other words, he hadn’t done anything yet.

And by the time Obama left office, Russia had seized the Crimean Peninsula, Libya was in a civil war, China was on the rise in the Pacific, and the Middle East was in crisis with the barbarians of the Islamic State and the mullahs of the Islamic Republic of Iran fighting for control.

I’m sure Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will congratulate Trump today. After all, they say they want to bring the country together and what better way do that than by congratulating the president for his Nobel Peace Prize nomination. But I am not holding my breath.

Speaking of peace, the Pentagon announced yesterday that the U.S. is significantly reducing our troop presence in Iraq from 5,200 soldiers to 3,000.

Police Chiefs Quit

Tuesday, the police chief of Rochester, New York, announced his resignation. A deputy chief and commander also resigned.

Chief La'Ron Singletary denounced the media’s reporting on the death of Daniel Prude as a “mischaracterization” and “politicization” of the facts and an attempt to destroy his character and integrity.

Chief Singletary isn’t the only police chief stepping down. In recent weeks, the police chiefs of Atlanta, Dallas, Portland, Richmond, and Seattle have all resigned. Three of these six police chiefs were black and two were women. None of these individuals were remotely close to the infamous Bull Connor. Quite the opposite.

For years the goal of the civil rights movement was to make police departments more diverse. America’s big city police departments are the most diverse they have ever been in the history of our country.

And yet we’re constantly told there is “systemic racism” in our police departments, meaning the entire department is racist. Officers are being forced to go through diversity training and sensitivity training to get rid of their racism — even as we have more and more police departments led by minority chiefs and supervisors.

Operation Legend

Attorney General William Barr gave an update yesterday on the progress of Operation Legend, a targeted effort by federal agents to crack down on violent crime. More than 2,500 criminals have been arrested, with 600 facing federal charges.

Barr added that the success of Operation Legend has been “most dramatic” in Chicago. The attorney general said:

Over the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, murders dropped by 50% over the previous five weeks. August ultimately saw a 45% decrease in murders compared to July, and a 35% decrease compared to June.

2020 Update

The Trump campaign is expressing confidence as we head into the final stretch of the 2020 campaign. Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, told reporters that the campaign has mapped out various strategies and scenarios that range from an electoral landslide to winning by a bare majority.

Stepien noted that the campaign is confident in its private polling, which shows a significant increase in the number of swing-state voters describing Joe Biden as “very liberal.”

In addition, polling shows Trump gaining ground with black and Hispanic voters. And we also know more about so-called “shy Trump voters” and how many polls are missing them.

Meanwhile, former White House stenographer Mike McCormick, who worked with Joe Biden for six years, confirmed what the rest of us have also seen: that the former vice president is “a shell of his former self.”

That said, the Trump campaign is raising expectations for Biden’s performance in the upcoming presidential debates. I think it is wise to do so.

Biden has done several debates this year. Trump hasn’t. Yes, Biden had some bad moments, but he obviously held his own.

More importantly, he will have sympathetic moderators, who I guarantee will insert themselves into the debate by aggressively fact-checking the president, just as Candy Crowley did to Mitt Romney. But of course, unlike Romney, Trump will fight back!

Trump’s List

In related news, President Trump yesterday announced his latest list of potential Supreme Court justices should another vacancy open up.

Judges are an extremely important issue to conservative voters as the courts, and the Supreme Court in particular, often end up deciding fundamental issues like the sanctity of life, our Second Amendment rights, and the fate of religious liberty.

If President Trump is reelected, he will continue appointing conservative judges to the federal courts at every level. And he has a tremendous chance to make one or even two more appointments to the Supreme Court as left-wing Justices Ginsburg and Breyer are in their 80s.

Two more Trump justices would tip the Supreme Court’s ideological balance decidedly in favor of faith, freedom, and life. This issue alone is reason enough for every conservative to vote for the Trump/Pence team!

COVID Update

The number of new reported COVID-19 cases Tuesday (22,219) was the lowest daily total in nearly two months. The number of COVID deaths Tuesday (358) was the lowest in two weeks. It was also the first time in two months that we had five days in a row with death totals below 1,000 a day.

This is encouraging news that the media are largely ignoring. Instead, they are fretting over a possible post-Labor Day surge in order to keep people panicked.

In related news, Dr. Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health, reassured members of Congress that his agency’s “top priority” is the safety and effectiveness of potential COVID-19 vaccines.

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