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Mercedes Schlapp

Mercedes Schlapp

Mercedes Schlapp is a columnist for The Washington Times.

Articles by Mercedes Schlapp

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after speaking at a rally at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton's trust deficit proving to be a glaring flaw

Both the president and Mrs. Clinton's strategy of lecturing the American people is becoming less palatable as they fail to convince voters that the nation is moving in the right direction under their leadership. Published September 8, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a campaign rally, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Wilmington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump will end complacency on the illegal immigration crisis

The mainstream media and the Democrats have become complacent on the issue of illegal immigration. President Obama and Hillary Clinton clearly see it as the norm simply to shrug and accept the idea that people can illegally enter the United States and stay indefinitely without penalty. For them, even raising the idea of curbing illegal immigration makes one a bigot or a xenophobe. Published September 1, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses to pose for a photograph as she talks with Jimmy Kimmel during a break in taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Big joke: Hillary Clinton's scandals are no laughing matter

Hillary Clinton believes the latest controversies dogging the Clinton Foundation and her State Department email exchanges and meetings are simply a laughing matter. The Democratic nominee is quick to blame Donald Trump and brush off any criticism over the cozy relationship with foundation donors during her time at the State Department as partisan sniping. Published August 25, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to retired and active law enforcement personnel at a Fraternal Order of Police lodge during a campaign stop in Statesville, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Trump's smart play for the black vote

Republican presidential candidates have a long history of failure and frustration trying to make inroads in the black communities, let alone actively campaign for their vote, so what Donald Trump did this week was especially unexpected. Even with the odds against him, he directly made a pitch for the support of black voters. Published August 18, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves after speaking to the National Association of Home Builders, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Doom-and-gloom Republicans need to get on the Trump Train

"Doom and Gloom for the GOP" -- the headlines speak for themselves as the media gleefully report that morale is low in the Republican Party and a growing number of traditional Republicans are expressing their discontent and unwillingness to support Donald Trump. Published August 11, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Still time to hit the re-set on troubled Trump campaign

Many in the Republican Party are feeling depressed these days following a brutal week of media coverage, infighting and disappointing poll numbers for Donald Trump. What is even more infuriating is that Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is vulnerable and beatable, but if Mr. Trump continues on this path of self-inflicted wounds and fails to broaden his coalition, he will hand over the election to Mrs. Clinton in the fall. Published August 4, 2016

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins wears a hat during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democrats live in fantasyland, ignore Americans' fears

Love will neither defeat the Islamic State and terrorism nor create sustainable economic growth, but at the fantasy world that was the Democratic National Convention, the party's leaders and star-studded lineup sidestepped the issues that poll after poll show are giving everyday Americans fitful nights. Published July 28, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, addresses the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Cruz lets the personal get in the way of the political

Just for a moment while watching Sen. Ted Cruz's convention speech, I was hopeful he would take one for the team, bury the hatchet and help heal the GOP during this divisive election cycle. Just maybe he would not think of himself and the next election in 2020, but instead about the urgency of winning this November, especially after the GOP has failed to win the presidency two times in a row. Published July 21, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets striking workers outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

In court of public opinion, Comey can't save Clinton

Both the Democrats and the mainstream media are celebrating FBI Director James B. Comey's decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton after he concluded this week that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case" despite "evidence of potential violations." The Boston Globe even reported that "the darkest cloud hanging over Clinton's presidential hopes [has] suddenly lifted." Published July 7, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a town hall-style campaign event at the former Osram Sylvania light bulb factory, Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A trade war at home, and Trump has a point

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is starting his own trade war — with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, with President Obama, with many in his own party. They are shocked that Mr. Trump would even consider scrapping NAFTA if our trading partners refuse to renegotiate its terms. His renegade approach is causing panic among free trade supporters who are satisfied with the status quo. Published June 30, 2016

FILE - In this May 6, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore. The city of Eugene plans to bill the Donald Trump campaign nearly $100,000 to pay for costs associated with last month's visit. Police Chief Pete Kerns said in an email Wednesday, June 22, 2016, that overtime compensation for police officers totaled $78,000 while firefighters and other city employees racked up another $10,000 in OT. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

With one speech, Trump changes the campaign narrative

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's speech Wednesday about Hillary Clinton represents the Democrats' worst nightmare, a speech that even the liberal news site called "terrifyingly effective." Published June 23, 2016

President Barack Obama waves to members of the media as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 16, 2016, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base to travel to Orlando, Fla. to meet with families of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Our timid philosopher-president misses the real threat

"What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change?" That was President Obama this week, sounding more like a timid philosopher than an impressive commander-in-chief as he tried to explain his refusal to blame incidents such as Orlando on "radical Islamic terrorism." Our president seems to spend more time these days trying to determine what terminology rather than how to deal with the actual threat of Islamic radicalization in our midst. Published June 16, 2016

Hillary Clinton (Associated Press/File)

Champion of women can't erase her history as attack dog

Many in the liberal media were overjoyed Tuesday night when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to clinch the presidential nomination for a major political party. The wall-to-wall coverage that followed her victory speech made it appear as if the mainstream media had closely coordinated with Mrs. Clinton's press team to ensure that viewers couldn't miss the pro-women talking points focusing on her gender and the presidency. Published June 9, 2016