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Why Conservatives Must Dump Trump to Defeat Biden in 2024

Why Conservatives Must Dump Trump to Defeat Biden in 2024

By Marcial Bonifacio

1/9/24

My American and conservative friends, first and foremost, I am not a Never Trumper.  On the contrary, I strongly advocated for Donald Trump’s presidency over Hilary Clinton’s in 2016 (after Ted Cruz lost the Republican nomination to him.)  Consequently, I have commended him for exceeding my expectations, as well as those of other conservatives as president.  For example, his tax cuts brought the economy out of Obama’s recession (record low unemployment rates—especially for blacks, Hispanics, and women, low inflation, job creation) to prosperity, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Trump appointed three conservative judges to the Supreme Court (which led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade).  Israel’s capital and the American embassy transferred from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the Abraham Accords occurred under Trump’s term.  Some of these outstanding accomplishments were unreachable goals for previous presidents for many years, but I digress.

If America needs “more of the same” of anything, it would be more of the same Trump policies, which have made America more prosperous, safe, and free (positive results).  For purposes of simplicity, let’s call these positive results “Point C.”  Before America can reach Point C, it must pass Point B, which is the election of Donald Trump to a second term.  Before America can reach Point B, it must reach and surpass Point A, which is the nomination of Trump by the Republican National Committee during the primary election.

Currently, America is poised to reach Point A.  However, Point B is highly questionable.  In order to reach Point B, Trump must either obtain an enormous amount of votes from a narrow base, exceeding Biden’s votes, or he must obtain them from multiple groups, comprising a broad base.  In the former scenario as it currently stands, Trump’s base narrowly consists of the white working class, conservative Republicans, and populist Republicans.  However, in the latter scenario, Trump lacks a broad, diverse base of suburban women, moderate Republicans, some conservative Republicans, Democrats, and independents, some of which are committed “Never Trump” voters.

Although many Democrats have become dissatisfied with Biden’s incompetence, their animosity towards Trump trumps (pardon the pun) Biden’s ill performance.  Hence, they are inclined to either vote for “the lesser of two evils” (which they somehow believe is Biden).  Even the evangelical Christians may be split, as the renowned religious leader, Bob Vander Plaats, formally endorsed Ron DeSantis in November, in spite of Trump’s advancement of the pro-life cause (the overturning of Roe vs. Wade), the transfer of America’s embassy and Israel’s capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, etc.

Aside from the aforementioned variety of votes, the independents can be the most consequential.  That is due to their historical role in deciding tightly contested races in swing states, such as Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia.  In fact, Biden won the independent vote in 2020 by a 9-point margin (52% to 43%) according to Pew Research Center.  Just 4 years prior (in the 2016 election), Trump won that bloc by 1 point over Clinton (43% to 42%).  Ceteris Paribus, other things equal, Trump is poised to lose independents in a rematch with Biden, either because they will stay home on Election Day, or they will vote for Robert Kennedy, Jr., who is currently running as an independent.

Many have chosen to electorally forgo Trump simply due to his willful absence in the primary debates (four as of this writing), which is the traditional and appropriate public forum for maximum public exposure in order to maximize votes.  His absences are viewed as shunning American voters, since many first-timers (often the impressionable youth) will be oblivious to Trump’s positions or policies and are only familiar with him in so far as his negative publicity is concerned.  I’m referring to his narcissistic demeanor, inutile behavior, ad hominem attacks, and scandals (some of which entail bribing a porn star and his mismanagement of the Capitol Hill riot on January 6, 2021), not to mention his 2 impeachments and 91 criminal charges (whether innocent or guilty).  In fact, a Harvard University poll shows voters aged 18 to 29 favor Biden over Trump 41% to 30%, and that 69% of those Biden voters are voting more in “opposition to Donald Trump becoming president again” than “support for President Biden and his policies.”

As a politician, Trump should be keenly cognizant of those electoral factors.  Given that he is, it would appear that instead of Trump aspiring to be president of the whole United States, he aspires to be president of only the parts comprising his base.  Had he appeared in the debates, at least Trump could defend himself.  Even if the media or moderators spin or distort his responses, the optics would show that he made the effort.  Anyway, he could always clarify any willful distortions on Twitter or his own platform, Truth Social.  The same holds true of his policies and scandals, which some may find questionable or objectionable.  Again, Trump refuses to avail himself of the public forums to explain or defend himself, which could cost him potential votes.

Having discussed Trump’s shortcomings, it would appear that the path to Point C (positive results) will no longer be feasible, at least not with Trump as the nominee.  However, there is another route leading to Point C through another presidential candidate, whose qualifications remain unmatched by any other.  More importantly, the electability of this accomplished public servant is made evident in a Wall Street Journal poll, which ranks this contender 17 percentage points ahead of Biden (51% to 34%) in a hypothetical head-to-head match, whereas Trump ties or beats Biden by only 1 to 4 percentage points according to various polls.

Ideally, if Trump sincerely wants to “make America great again” again, then dropping out of the race and enabling a new generational leader to resume and improve his policies, is the most patriotic thing he can do, before retiring honorably.  However, in reality, we all know there is little chance that Trump is capable of humbling himself, in spite of the potential, negative repercussions on the country.  Therefore, my American and conservative friends, I request, nay, implore you all to dump Trump, and pick a winnable conservative leader!  Please click here to find out more reasons, aside from electability, why this candidate is the most qualified of all.

Long live a free, safe, and prosperous USA!

Five Reasons Conservatives Should Be Picky and Give the Presidential Primary to Nikki

Five Reasons Conservatives Should Be Picky and Give the Presidential Primary to Nikki

By Marcial Bonifacio

1/10/24

My American and conservative friends, America has taken a negative turn with the election of Joe Biden as president in 2020.  Inflation permeates the economy, hiking the price of essential goods (e.g., food, gas).  The national deficit and debt continue to grow.  The Woke Left continues to corrupt traditional American culture with the values of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” in the military, public schools, and entertainment industry.  Illegal immigration on the southern border has skyrocketed.  Russia invaded Ukraine, and Hamas attacked Israel resulting in an ongoing war.  For all these reasons, stellar national and international leadership is imperative in order for the U.S. to restore its greatness and glory.  That is precisely why conservatives need Nikki Haley in the White House.

  1. Haley has the most diverse executive experience of all presidential candidates, which makes her ideal to preside as America’s chief executive. That is to say, she has directed, managed, and supervised, corporate management, workers, teams, committees, processes, and organizations, all of which are executive functions in one way or another within the public, private, and civic sectors.

As governor of South Carolina, Haley served as the chief executive of that state.  In the state’s house (as a law maker), she chaired some committees, namely, the Freshman Caucus and Women’s Caucus (Vice-Chair) and the Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee.  In the private sector, Haley was a supervisor for a recycling company, sat on Boeing’s board of directors, and served as the chief financial officer of Exotica International (a women’s clothing business started by her mother).  In the civic sector, Haley sat on the board of directors for both the Orangeburg County and Lexington Chamber of Commerce.  She served as president of the South Carolina chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and chaired the Lexington Gala in order to raise funds for a local hospital.

  1. Haley is an accountant by trade, not a lawyer, as many politicians are. While attorneys are mandated to serve the law, many of them exploit their legal expertise for financial gain or advancing their political ambitions. That has put Haley in a unique position to look at the federal budget through a non-partisan lens, hence prompting her to be critical of both political parties on excessive federal spending.  It was such a fiscally conservative perspective, which appealed to the Tea Party and catapulted her into South Carolina’s gubernatorial office in 2010.
  1. Haley is an accomplished public servant.
    • As South Carolina’s first female and Indian governor, she enacted tax-cutting and regulatory-descaling policies that turned the state’s 11% unemployment rate to 4%. More than 20,000 manufacturing jobs were created from reputable companies like BMW, Boeing, and Michelin. The economy was so robust that it was coined as “the Beast of the Southeast.”
    • She signed an election integrity bill into law, which requires voters to present a photo ID.
    • Being the daughter of legal immigrants and a defender of the rule of law, she enacted strict immigration laws that empowered law enforcement to check the legal status of immigrants, and enforce South Carolina’s E-Verify program.
    • She signed a charter school bill that broadened school choice and eliminated the federal government’s Common Core standards in South Carolina.
    • She signed a bill that repealed some of South Carolina’s anti-gun laws and a bill that expanded concealed carry rights to bars and restaurants. She herself is a concealed carry permit holder.
    • Assuming the role of a crisis manager while governor with the onset of Hurricane Matthew, she successfully evacuated South Carolinians, and kept them updated twice a day on further developments. Haley’s performance was so stellar that even one of her critics, state Rep. Mike Pitts, commended her for her “leadership during a very stressful time” and described it in South Carolinian lingo as “Top Shelf.”
    • As UN ambassador, she demanded countries receiving foreign aid align with U.S. policy on the threat of being defunded.
    • She urged Trump to transfer America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
    • She condemned Iran for its development of ballistic missiles, aiding and abetting terrorists throughout the Middle East, and refusing to cooperate with international inspectors, hence persuading President Trump to repeal the Iran nuclear deal that President Obama put in place.
  1. Haley has the most foreign policy experience and is a military spouse and sibling. As UN ambassador, she has dealt with America’s allies and enemies on a daily basis.  Haley’s expertise in this area is most suitable for the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Israelis and Palestinians, and the specter of China with regard to trade, fentanyl smuggling, technology theft, and expansion in the South China Sea.

She has even demonstrated her grasp of geopolitics in her admonition of presidential rival Ron DeSantis’s characterization of the Russian-Ukrainian war as “a mere territorial dispute,” in which the U.S. should not prioritize.  “If Russia wins,” stated Haley, “there is no reason to believe it will stop at Ukraine.  And if Russia wins, then its closest allies—China and Iran—will become more aggressive.”

The active military service of Haley’s husband and brother would give her a personal stake in her decisions as commander-in-chief.  Not only would she be able to empathize with other men in uniform and directly know and apprehend their needs, she would think twice before deploying troops overseas or engaging in hostilities with other countries.

  1. Haley is the most electable candidate. A Wall Street Journal national poll shows her leading by 17 percentage points (51% to 34%) in a hypothetical one-on-one match with Biden.  The same poll shows DeSantis at a tie (45% to 45%), and Trump leading by only 4 percentage points (47% to 43%).

As I have pointed out in my commentary entitled “Why Conservatives Must Dump Trump to Defeat Biden in 2024,” Trump’s excessive baggage of scandals and controversy (whether innocent or guilty) could cost conservatives the election in a Biden-Trump rematch in 2024.  Haley, on the other hand, has no such baggage and could garner the support of independents, as well as Never Trump conservatives, moderate Republicans, suburban mothers, and perhaps, conservative Democrats.  The independents, in particular, are significant, since they frequently decide tight races in swing states, and would be more inclined to pick Haley over her other Republican contenders.  This is due to the public perception of her as being a unifying public servant, although she is simply being a practical conservative.

Consider the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s capitol.  This was the result of the 2015 mass shooting in which the lives of nine blacks in a Charleston church were taken by a white supremacist.  Due to the deep divide between South Carolinians of opposing sides with equally strong convictions (blacks who perceive the flag as a symbol of racism and slavery and whites who perceive the flag as a symbol of southern culture and heritage), the task of removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol necessitated the collaboration of community leaders and a bipartisan group of state legislators—a seemingly impossible task, considering the failed attempts by previous governors.  However, Haley succeeded, as former GOP executive director Alex Stromon pointed out via “her diplomacy in navigating tough issues and getting things done by having people come on board who were initially completely opposed to bringing the Confederate flag down.”

On the heated issue of abortion, Haley claims, “I am unapologetically pro-life, not because the Republican Party tells me, but because my husband was adopted, and I live with that blessing every day.”  That is her personal perspective due to her personal situation and religious faith.  However, Haley is keenly aware of influential contrarians who are pro-abortion, but could be persuaded on a national, bi-partisan “consensus.”  For example, banning late-term abortions, encouraging adoptions, not forcing doctors who don’t believe in the procedure to perform it, and making contraception accessible.  “It’s about saving babies and supporting moms,” stated Haley.  “I am fighting for all of them.”  Who could argue with that?

Another area in which Haley could get bi-partisan support is on her policy of mandatory mental competency examinations for public office holders or aspirants, who are over the age of 75.  She noted the dysfunctional demeanor of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Mitch McConnell, and President Joe Biden when they appeared or spoke publicly, or, in Feinstein’s case, was excessively absent from the Senate due to some health complications.  According to NBC’s poll, “68 percent of voters said they’re concerned Biden doesn’t have the necessary mental and physical health to be president.”  Even the liberal NBC host Chuck Todd admitted, “The concern among Democrats [about Biden’s overall health] has doubled since 2020.”

Those are just a few issues in which independents and other voters could “reasonably” align, not to mention that should Haley defeat Biden in the general election, she would be the first female American, born to legal immigrants from India, to be president of the United States.  All of those factor her into posing a serious threat to Democrats, so much so that even renowned Democrat strategist Chris Hahn admitted, “I worry about Nikki Haley. . . . She would have cross-partisan appeal. . . . Joe Biden would lose to Nikki Haley, as it stands right now, without a doubt in my mind.”

Consequently, Haley’s electability could bring Republican House and Senate majorities and gubernatorial wins, which many commentators and pollsters erroneously predicted Trump would do in the 2022 midterm elections.  Their expectations were so high, they referred to the anticipated victories as a “red wave” or “red tsunami.”  Perhaps they should have been more accurately coined a “red drop” in the political bucket.

In conclusion, my American and conservative friends, vote for Nikki Haley in order to defeat Joe Biden in 2024.  Despite acknowledging her stellar presidential qualifications, many conservative voters are simply guided, or, rather, misguided, by the current polls, wherein Donald Trump appears to be far ahead in the race for the Republican nomination.  Hence, they believe they are erring on the side of political caution by putting their support behind him.  However, the journalist Jeremy Markovich observed that in South Carolina, everyone warns, “Do not underestimate Nikki Haley. . . . Do not underestimate her ability to move the needle, even in a race that Trump is forecasted to win. And do not underestimate her ability to fight back. Especially if Trump starts going on the offensive against her.”

My friends, that sounds like a president America needs. Indeed, Haley was Trump’s first challenger to join the primary.  We can make her the last candidate standing as champion before stepping into the White House.

Five Reasons Conservatives Should Be Picky and Give the Presidential Primary to Nikki