Donald Trump roared to victory in the Iowa caucuses Monday, winning by record margins that no one has ever equaled in a totally dominant performance. Trump won more than 51% of the caucus vote. Ron DeSantis finished a distant second at 21% and Nikki Haley came in third at 19%. $123 million dollars was spent on these campaigns in Iowa with DeSantis spending $35 million, Haley spending $37 million, and Trump spending $18.3 million. With their results a direct inverse of the amount of funds expended it should be noted that the Never Trump Billionaire Hysterics (the appropriate brand for the major funders of both Haley and DeSantis) appear to be desperately setting more and more cash on fire. Maybe this is a new religious exercise required of those seized by Mammon.
Vivek Ramaswamy who came in at 7.7% ended his campaign in the only rational response to the Trump steam roller. He energetically endorsed Trump and by Tuesday evening he was enthusiastically campaigning with him, side by side, in New Hampshire. Ramaswamy, in his fiery New Hampshire appearance noted that America was in a “1776 moment” and Trump was the man to bring the dream of our founders back to life.
In his Iowa victory speech, Donald Trump was magnanimous, congratulating DeSantis, Haley, and Vivek and noting that his major focus now was uniting a badly divided nation. “We want to come together, whether it's Republican or Democrat, or liberal or conservative. It would be so nice if we could come together and straighten out the world, and straighten out the problems, and straighten out all of the death and destruction that we're witnessing that's practically never been like this. It's just so important. And I want to make that a very big part of our message. We’re going to come together. It’s going to happen soon.” He reiterated that he wanted to collaborate with Democratic mayors to rebuild the nation’s failing and increasingly ruined cities.
In Davos, where the World Economic Forum is meeting, and across the liberal corporate media in the U.S., however, the Iowa result was greeted with what might be called a collective primal scream.
It was reminiscent of the mass bed wetting which occurred in the same crowd on November 8, 2016, when Trump first won the presidency. Maggie Haberman’s headline in the New York Times captured the dynamic: “After Iowa, Trump Is Back to Command the National Psyche. He Never Actually Left. The former president’s detractors own no earplugs effective enough to block out his steamrolling bid for a third nomination.” MSNBC flat out refused to cover Trump’s victory speech, declaring it misinformation before he even spoke. Later, the same network’s Joy Reid declared that Trump won because the entire state of Iowa was composed of “white evangelicals” and Trump’s victory over the establishment darling, Nikki Haley, obviously had something to do with nativist Christian nationalism or racism permeating the entire Hawkeye state.
In addition to Trump’s huge victory, exit polls showed that the majority of Iowa Republicans would vote for Trump even if he is convicted in one or more of the sham prosecutions now ongoing and believe the 2020 presidential election was rigged. In addition, college educated women and men broke for Trump for the first time. All of this has sent the American establishment into its rug chewing fit.
At the World Economic Forum, which we are monitoring and will cover in full at the end of the week, Christine Lagarde of the European Central Bank declared Trump “a threat” to Europe and beyond. Philipp Hildebrand, the vice chairman of Blackrock, upped that to “existential threat.” Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6 who led some of the British Empire’s dirtiest interventions in American elections from 2015 forward is already awash in new efforts to defeat Trump. That is not the whole picture, however. Realist leaders of nations in attendance were eager to tell journalists about their efforts to reach out to Trump. “Realism,” of course, means simply recognizing that Joe Biden’s current approval ratings have crashed to a historically low 31%,
As Tucker Carlson detailed, the present week will see last ditch emergency dirty tactics in New Hampshire where everything will be thrown in Nikki Haley’s direction in order to staunch Trump’s momentum. New Hampshire has an “open” Republican primary. Democrats have been courted to change their registration to “undeclared” so that they can vote for Haley rather than Trump. Independents outnumber Republicans and Democrats. Haley, backed by billionaire Democratic donor Reid Hoffman and others, and Trump hating libertarian Charles Koch, is burning through $3 million a week courting the independent vote.
Haley, of course, is not MAGA. She is a NeoCon fervently supporting endless slaughter in Ukraine and elsewhere, a free trader who favors illegal immigration and cutting social security and Medicare, an advocate of internet censorship, an apologist for the riots of 2020 and COVID policies which produced the next stage of our national devolution.
Haley, or “birdbrain” as Trump has tagged her, came out slamming Trump in her Iowa caucus night speech. Refusing to acknowledge her third-place finish, she preposterously asserted that she now had the “momentum” going into next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary and it was a two-person race now between Trump and Haley. She got so wrapped up in denying the reality that she karate chopped her arms around like an overwrought grade schoolteacher holding back on punching a kid throughout the speech.
DeSantis insisted that we “got our ticket punched” out of Iowa, “despite everything they threw at us” borrowing a football term from the current playoffs. A twitter post by Charlie Kirk characterized both responses appropriately. It was comparable, Kirk tweeted, to the Philadelphia Eagles, who had just been shellacked 32-9 by the Tampa Bay Bucks and eliminated from the playoffs, announcing publicly that they had “prevailed,” “despite everything thrown at us” and were now marching forth to the next playoff game. DeSantis and his wealthy donors put all their bets on Iowa and did not win a single county. Haley did win one county by one vote over Donald Trump.