Earlier this month, I wrote a wildly popular piece called "Trump's Inevitable Comeback" in which I predicted, during Trump's deepest and most troubling polling deficit in early August, that we were beginning to witness the titular, inevitable comeback. It has arrived. Most can scantly even remember the Trump of two weeks ago because in just one months time, he assembled a new team, perfected new tactics, and chose an entirely new strategy. After the DNC, though a small core of meme machines and faithful alt-right monks saw no wrong in their God Emperor, even the most loyal Trump supporters began to have serious doubts about Trump's strategy or lack thereof. Around the clock, our populist champion was bludgeoned from every news outlet for every infraction against the politically approved lexicon of speech while Hannity and Ingraham watched on helplessly, offering pleading words of advice.
We forget how bad it was; and we forget how bad it was because today Trump made the single most effective play of his entire campaign to date, possibly the most effective and innovative play of any campaign in recent memory. President Nieto of Mexico offered an invitation, I'm sure, as a polite formality to meet with both Clinton and Trump to discuss immigration. Just business as usual, typical diplomatic protocol; after all, who would have the guts to meet with a foreign head of state in the middle of a presidential election? Who is so confident in their charisma and competence that they could call the Mexican President on a bluff to act as a representative of a future US administration? Donald J Trump, that's who. After being derided for a year by the Mexican government, that blonde lion's mane put down the Twitter, boarded his private 747, flew to straight to Mexico DF and firmly told their President to his face what the next four years are going to look like when the White House goes gold.
Trump's been saying it since he announced his candidacy last June, "Politicians are all talk, no action," and this month he was made that rhetoric a reality. When Louisiana was rocked by the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina, Donald Trump was there passing out toys for children and food for the suffering people while Obama golfed and Hillary slept. For 16 years both Republicans and Democrats in the Bush administration and the Obama administration have tried to achieve "comprehensive immigration reform" through cooperation with the Mexican government. Trump is starting negotiations with the Mexican President before Trump himself has even been elected President.
One of the biggest factors that diminishes Trump's electability in the eyes of the public is that for many liberals and independents who are used to unoffensive Mitt Romney types, they just can't imagine Trump being President. He just doesn't seem "Presidential." That doubt was obliterated today when millions of people around the world saw Trump the statesman, conducting diplomacy and doing so assertively. This was in stunning contrast to the community organizer's foreign policy of concessions and compromise. There are many episodes in this tragic saga: Obama is humiliated by the Cuban President, Obama bows to the King of Saudi Arabia, Kerry brings James Taylor to cheer up France after the Paris attack, Kerry seals a deal with Iran and the Ayatollah chants "death to America," Obama signs a climate deal with China that does not in fact bind China, and this has been the norm for eight humiliating years.
The world did not just see that a Trump Presidency is viable and increasingly probable, governments both friendly and hostile saw a glimpse of a future that felt eerily familiar. They saw in Trump that same indispensable nation inherited and squandered by Bill Clinton 25 years ago. They saw the tremendous economic and military might of the American people writhing like Gulliver, restrained by crumbling globalist institutions, just waiting to be unleashed by a billion dollar man attached to no such strings. And they're terrified.
But Trump's excellent adventure did not end in Mexico. Politely and cordially putting Mexico back in their place among nations, Trump returned to our side of the border to deliver his most powerful speech to date. There seems to be a trend with this guy and it's no coincidence. Every month, the hyperbolic man outdoes himself in spectacular fashion, just like one of his speeches an article on Trump talks of "the best yet," "the most powerful to date," "the most intelligent in recent memory." Tonight was no exception. This Trump appears to have done the impossible: he fused brilliant governance with brilliant campaigning. Early today he arrived in Mexico, respectful, assertive, and diplomatic; and tonight he came roaring back in the states with all the same brash bravado that we love him for without paradox. He reminded us that the American President doesn't have to forfeit his love of country and his expression of it to appease foreign interests.
This is a Trump that the people can fall in love with. Nate Silver says Trump is doubling down on a failed populism - wrong. Trump is doubling down on his authentic love of country and free expression, both of which have been stifled by the excesses of progressivism. The result is a message, a candidate, and a leader that every American can get behind. Trump shed the sensationalism and borderline racism of the primaries, put to rest accusations of flip flopping, merged the best elements of his extemporaneous and prepared speaking styles, and stuck to a tested, streamlined message that has bipartisan appeal. This Trump cannot lose.
Perhaps the most telling question of the day: where's Hillary? In the midst of all this excitement, all this enthusiasm which Trump attracts like a magnet wherever he goes, where in the world is Hillary Clinton? Trump is hitting the campaign trail every day and filling stadiums of people, he speaks for hours and delivers prepared remarks so naturally and with such candor. Hillary can barely fill a high school gymnasium, she delivers short speeches between coughing fits, and when she bothers to roll out of her hospital cot to eject one of these gems from her failing body, she puts her audience to sleep! This is the woman who is going to send Trump back to New York? Mainstream pundits have a hard time believing that Trump's support is as big as the rigged polls suggest, I have a hard time believing that Hillary's broken double digits. Facebook and Twitter are populated by Trump supporters, Trump haters, and a few aimless Johnson supporters, I have yet to speak with someone who wants this woman to be President more than they want Trump to not be President.
Today proved what some already knew but what most still doubt: that the Trump Train cannot be stopped. Think for a moment. Not one obstacle that has been put in Trump's way has slowed him down. Ted Cruz cheating? Beaten in a landslide. Coup at the RNC? Crushed immediately. Bad start to the general in June? Largest convention boost in years. Blitz by the media and double digit polling deficit? Overhauls campaign, recovers polling gap, meets with foreign head of state. When Donald Trump is elected President in November, he will have earned it. Our country will be in good hands.