The Perils of Preaching Despair

Left: President Joe Biden speaks about the administration’s coronavirus response at the White House, March 2, 2021. Right: Then-president Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Henderson, Nev., September 13, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque, Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
American optimism is fading, offering lessons for President Biden and Donald Trump and those who would follow in their rhetorical footsteps.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I tem: Donald Trump, speaking at a Turning Point USA event in Phoenix on Saturday:

In Georgia, they had an election. We did so well. And everyone knew we won by hundreds of thousands and they stole it from us. And what happened is we had two senators running a couple of months later and you know what happened to them? The Republicans said, “We’re not going out to vote because this is rigged. This election was rigged,” and they know it.

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As President Joe Biden completed 100 days in office, the country was optimistic about the coming year, but now, just after

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