CBS-‘Half of Americans Struggling to Afford Housing’ Claremont Chair Tom Klingenstein-Video Says War on American Way of Life Makes Case on Trump – Transcript w/Analysis; plus MHVille Markets


“High housing costs are forcing many renters and homeowners to make serious financial sacrifices, according to Redfin,” reported left-leaning CBS on 4.8.2024. Their report continued: “About half of homeowners and renters said they have periodically struggled this year to afford their mortgage payment or rent, according to a recent survey from online real estate broker Redfin. To keep up with their housing payments, some homeowners and renters report selling their belongings, picking up overtime shifts, canceling vacations, working a second job and even skipping meals. The cost of housing in today’s market means “some families can no longer afford other essentials, including food and medical care, and have been forced to make major sacrifices,” Chen Zhao, economics research lead at Redfin, said in a statement. Redfin based its findings on a survey of roughly 3,000 homeowners and renters in February. A 2023 survey from Clever Real Estate found that 62% of homeowners sometimes struggled to make their mortgage payment on time.” That is just the latest in a series of reports and surveys in recent years that point to what Claremont Institute Chairman Tom Klingenstein called a war on the American way of life.

“This is a war not over the size of government or taxes, but over the American way of life,” Klingenstein said in a video posted on X (formerly Twitter). Klingenstein’s timing may be propitious.

In an email to MHProNews, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said the following.

“We have to hold EVERYONE accountable: the left, the establishment, the RINOs [i.e.: Republicans in Name Only], and EVERYONE who wants to selfishly hold onto power and ignore the will of WE, THE PEOPLE.”

“The deep state’s establishment rot runs deep.”

With the help of patriotic citizens: “The Biden Administration and their Liberal Establishment allies will be stopped.”

The article with that X-posted video and transcript of Klingenstein’s remarks was made available to MHProNews by the WND News Center. That is Part I of today’s report. It is worth noting that both left-leaning CNN and right-leaning Newsmax spotlighted (see Part III) warnings from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) about serious problems with the U.S. economy. There is an array of challenges that make remarks by Klingenstein timely.

Part II is additional information with more MHProNews analysis and commentary.

Part III is the Daily Business News on MHProNews markets report.

Part I


Stunning video builds case for only Trump as commander-in-chief

‘We are in a war fighting an enemy of revolutionaries that kick and spit on America’

By Bob Unruh
Published April 15, 2024 at 1:15pm

A stunning new video has been delivered that makes the case for ONLY President Donald Trump as commander-in-chief.

The Gateway Pundit explains it is the “most powerful pro-Trump ad of the year” – “It is that good.”

It is from Claremont Institute chairman Tom Klingenstein, a philanthropist, public speaker, writer, and playwright.

He explains:

Now that President Trump is the Republican nominee for President in 2024, it’s time for Republicans, including those who doubt him or even can’t stand him to get behind him. The times demand it. We are in a war fighting an enemy of revolutionaries that kick and spit on America. I call our enemy the Woke regime or the Group quota regime. This war is a contest between those who love America and those who hate it. But we do not have a commander-in-chief. You can’t win a war without one. We shouldn’t much care whether our commander-in-chief is a real conservative, whether he is a role model for children, or says lots of silly things, or whether he is modest or dignified.

What we should care about is whether he knows we are in a war, knows who the enemy is, and knows how to win.

Trump does. His policies are important but not as important as the rest of him. Trump grasps the essential things. He understands the Group quota regime is evil and will not stop until it destroys America. He is a fighter, bold, brave, and decisive, who has confidence in himself and his country.

Trump never apologizes for America. He rightly believes America is the greatest country in history. Trump says, in effect, we have our culture. It’s exceptional, and that’s the way we want to keep it. And we won’t keep it if we usher in millions of immigrants with cultures different from our own. Trump knows his job is to protect Americans and just Americans. Protect them not just from enemies abroad, but from the woke globalists within. He knows that America does not need more diversity. It needs more cohesion. The woke radicals tell the Trump voters they are a threat to democracy. Think about that. They’re saying, You Trumpsters are a threat to democracy. The woke radicals also tell us ad nauseam that America is systemically racist. Trump knows this is deadly nonsense, and he says so. This charge of systemic racism bounces off Trump because he has no white guilt, or any guilt for that matter. Trump tells his supporters what they already know. They are not racist, and they do not have white privilege. The woke radicals shut up those who disagree. Trump will not be shut up. If they manage to put him in jail, he will still roar like a lion.

The woke radicals have the moral arrogance of fanatics. Trump, God bless him, knows we are all sinners. Trump rejects the utopian fanaticism of the woke radicals. He is a businessman who takes the world on its own terms and navigates by facts and common sense. Trump’s base knows firsthand the America that Trump wants to recover. They love him, and they know he loves them. They will fight for him because they know he will fight for them. Trump speaks to his supporters as fellow citizens without any condescension or poll-tested BS. Despite his billions, he is one of them, an outsider looking in, a man who takes catsup on his steak. And is as disgusted as they are with the anti-American elite.

This natural appeal has molded everyday patriotic Americans into an army. We cannot stop the left’s revolution and retake the nation without these men and women. Unlike most Conservatives, they will actually fight for America. But they follow Trump. Without him, they stay home. With him, they are united and determined. At his rallies, his audience invariably breaks into chants of USA, USA. In these moments, Trump and his audience mutually pledge to each other their fidelity and their sacred honor.

His enemies hate him with an indescribable fierceness. Another Hitler, they say. Elect him and he will be a dictator. We should take this hysteria as reason for hope.

The America-haters rightly fear that Trump and his party are on the threshold of a successful counter-revolution. Trump hates his enemies every bit as much as they hate him. His enemies are America’s enemies. Trump is the most towering figure of our time. He has changed politics, not just in America, but in the West. If we are to take back America, we need someone who is unmovable, who has proven that he can stand up against the immensely powerful army of woke modernity that will attack him with all its might. Someone who will go after the deep state without pity or compassion. And someone who has the conviction that America is still the last best hope of Earth. That someone is Trump. Trump, the politician, came out of the blue. An unconventional commander against an unconventional enemy. Almost inconceivable as President at any other time.

Trump fits this turbulent moment to a T. Is it too much to wonder whether the appearance of this most unconventional man is providential?

Lincoln spoke of Americans as the almost chosen people. Trump gives us hope that the God who has never forsaken his almost chosen people will not do so now.

Klingenstein previously explained that America is in a war, and one requirement is to understand the enemy.

That is the “totalitarian regime,” he noted.

Part II – Additional Information with More MHProNews Analysis and Commentary

Per the Claremont Institute website: “The mission of the Claremont Institute is to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life.” Their about us page explains: “Who We Are – We are a think tank that teaches, writes, and litigates.”

Claremont’s Klingenstein video harkens back to a 2016 viral video that was crafted by Trump supporters and is posted below.



In a report by left-leaning ABC News: “Donald Trump’s visit to a Chick-fil-A restaurant location in Atlanta near the campuses of prominent historically black colleges and universities electrified conservative media,” said the 4.12.2024 report under the subheading: “How a Black conservative activist arranged Donald Trump’s stop at an Atlanta Chick-fil-A.” Be that as it may, it doesn’t change the fact that blacks are coming over to Trump, per surveys, in record numbers. 

“Trump and his allies have argued he can win greater Black support due to his messages on the economy and immigration, a notion President Joe Biden’s campaign rejects,” said ABC which also reported this.

“But the campaign considered Wednesday’s photo opportunity at Chick-fil-A, a stop he made on the way to a fundraiser in Atlanta, a win that produced viral videos shared by his allies and widely discussed by supporters and opponents alike.”

QuoteMarksLeftSidePeople find it so hard to believe that there are young Black people who would have loved the opportunity to meet Trump,” said Michaelah Montgomery, a conservative activist and founder of Conserve the Culture, which recruits and educates college students and young alumni at Atlanta’s historically Black colleges and universities.”

Montgomery, a former Georgia Republican Party staffer who regularly coordinates events for HBCU students open to conservative ideas to meet with politicians and activists, said she was notified earlier in the week that Trump would visit Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood during his trip to host a high-dollar fundraiser in the city. She notified a private group chat of students she uses to coordinate events and job opportunities about the president’s visit. She received immediate interest in appearing alongside him from around a dozen students.

“Everybody got together at around 9:30 in the morning and walked on over to the Chick-fil-A and then we sat there and waited until the president showed up,” said Montgomery, who can be seen embracing the former president in multiple viral videos. “It’s really disheartening to see that the media makes it seem like we just stumbled into a Chick-fil-A and he bought us milkshakes.”

“The location was beautifully selected and I think it had an incredible impact,” said Bill White, a businessman and longtime friend of the former president who organized the high-dollar luncheon for the Trump campaign in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood the same day. “I just thought the day was a resounding success for him and for the people in Georgia who loved him and wanted to come out and show their support.”

MHProNews observes that there are plenty of people across the left-right political spectrum that are ready, willing, and able to sell the country out to anyone with deep enough pockets. Texas AG Paxton’s emailed remarks are apt:

“We have to hold EVERYONE accountable: the left, the establishment, the RINOs [i.e.: Republicans in Name Only], and EVERYONE who wants to selfishly hold onto power and ignore the will of WE, THE PEOPLE.”

“The deep state’s establishment rot runs deep.”

With the help of patriotic citizens: “The Biden Administration and their Liberal Establishment allies will be stopped.”

“A 2023 survey from Clever Real Estate found that 62% of homeowners sometimes struggled to make their mortgage payment on time.” It isn’t just renters who are struggling, home owners are having to juggle to make ends meet. This didn’t just magically occur when Biden took office, dozens and dozens of policy decisions were made by Biden and Democrats, that at times also drew sufficient “RINO” Republican support to get a bill through.

What made the Trump candidacy in 2015-2016 unique in several ways was this. Trump was not a typical conservative. He took on what was termed the “Bush wing” of the Grand Old Party (GOP-a.k.a. Republican Party) as well as Democrats. Trump dunked on the troubling history of former 43’rd President George W. Bush (R) for treacherous decisions that led the nation into 2 decades of conflicts in the Middle East (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc.) that cost the nation trillions of dollars, thousands of American lives, tens of thousands of wounded, and hundreds of thousands of lives of the people in those nations.

Painted by his opponents as a reckless war monger, Trump in several respects did the opposite of what Bush-Cheney, Obama-Biden or now Biden-Harris have done. It was what Paxton called “the deep state” and “the establishment” that benefited from those conflicts. That “establishment” was the donor class.




It is in a sense no surprise that some from the left and from the right are calling out that “donor class” “establishment,” what leftist Michael Weinstein called in the housing side of the issue “the affordable housing industrial complex.”




From the right, the Heritage Foundation’s E. J. Antonio pointed to what he called “Bidenvilles.” Bidenvilles are the new shantytowns that have spread across the country despite record spending under Biden-Harris. States like Democratically dominated California, also despite record spending on homelessness, have reported waste and abuse following an audit. Not only don’t Democratic policies not work, RINO Republican Bush era policies that reward the Establishment while costing average citizens in various ways are harmful too. The Trump campaign has always been about upending that donor-class establishment in both major parties.




After 4 years of apparently treacherous behavior from within the federal government, Trump and his allies have been preparing for a second term that limits the harms caused from within. The battle over Schedule F and Project 2025 is a focus of the left and anti-Trump RINOs. Which suggests that those plans are important for the potential for success of a second Trump term.




“Traditional” Democrats have to determine if they are going to stick with their party’s failed leadership that enriches the few at great cost to the many.  When figures like still-left-leaning but nevertheless longtime Democrats like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Nicole Shanahan is a threat on from the left to whoever will finally be on the ballot for what Weinstein called “Corporate Democrats.” While that party has as their de facto nominee Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, they are so unpopular that it would not be a surprise if Biden bows out.

Those “Corporate [backed] Democrats” are using what has been called election interference by both Kennedy and Trump.

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” said proto-billionaire Andrew Carnegie. Those remarks by Carnegie have inspired or are similar to others like those previously quoted by MHProNews.


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Lavin doesn’t sound off routinely on manufactured housing industry issues, even though he made a handsome living for decades due to his work in the industry.  When Lavin does sound off, it is often to reiterate something he has said before. Why? Isn’t it obviously because human nature doesn’t change, it is the details that seem to move around? Follow the money trail, meaning the evidence and motives of those behind the actions that are occurring. Pay more attention to what people are doing rather than putting too much stock merely in what they are saying.  Lavin didn’t use the words paltering or posturing, but his message is similar and arguably includes those concepts.

It would be understandable if the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) was trying to work with both major parties while aggressively pressing what is necessary to “make manufactured housing great again.” But that is demonstrably not what MHI leaders are doing.  Rather, as higher profile MHI member Frank Rolfe said in his own words in the deep dive report linked here, MHI has blown it.

While Rolfe’s business practices may often be problematic, there are times he makes a valid point. MHI ran out the clock on the Trump Administration, as the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) President and CEO Mark Weiss, J.D., previously observed.  Both Rolfe and Weiss recognized that MHI wasted an opportunity with former HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Instead of promoting a plan that would benefit all, for example, MHI stunningly have backed a plan that benefits conventional builders far more than it does manufactured housing.








MHI has bowed to the financial elites that dominate the companies that dominate MHI. No surprises, perhaps, on one level. But then MHI is demonstrably making false and misleading claims, as left-leaning Bing’s AI powered Copilot observed.




As Lavin has observed, “You get more of what you encourage, and less of what you discourage.”




Lavin specifically told MHProNews regarding MHI: “So the association is not there for the “industry,” unless the interests of the Big Boys joins the industry’s.”


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In a perfect world, there would be no need for associations. There would be no need for lobbyists and advocates. When a law is passed, that law would be properly enforced. But it is obvious to anyone paying even a modicum of discernment and attention that federal and state officials routinely fail to do what is common sense and properly enforce a given law. Thus, the need for advocacy groups. Thus, the need to have candidates that are willing to challenge the status quo instead of people who are part of the status quo.

Of course, “the rigged system” is trying to hobble deposed President Trump as much as possible. He represents an existential threat not to the world, nor to Democracy, but rather to the puppet masters behind that rigged system. An elaborate metaphorical kabuki theater exists. Posturing and spin are occurring on a regular basis. Thus the need to pay attention to what people are doing rather than what they have merely said. To learn more, see the linked and related reports.












As a closing observation on this segment. We can’t change the past. But we can learn from it.  But to learn from the past, we must have sufficient detail and clarity of mind to see what the past is teaching us. While he admitted that he and his party wittingly embraced policies that fueled inflation that is causing so much suffering, Rep James “Jim” Clyburn (SC-D) was correct and insightful when he said the following.


One may or may not agree with Clyburn’s politics. But the wisdom of this statement by Clyburn is demonstrably true.
Pumping trillions of dollars into the economy may have seemed like a boost to the poor or lower incomes initially. But increasing the money supply resulted in inflation, as then Democratic House Majority Whip James Clyburn (SC-D) plainly told MSNBC. Inflation hits the lower incomes harder. But even the middle class has been harmed, as some 50 percent of the U.S. now says they are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

It is the study of manufactured housing’s history and current events alike that have given MHProNews/MHLivingNews the superior insights that readers like you have come to crave.

Americans are struggling. Claremont Institute chairman Tom Klingenstein, a philanthropist, public speaker, writer, and playwright said it (Part I) like this.

ClaremontInstituteChairmanTomKlingensteinPhotoLogoMHProNewsNow that President Trump is the Republican nominee for President in 2024, it’s time for Republicans, including those who doubt him or even can’t stand him to get behind him. The times demand it. We are in a war fighting an enemy of revolutionaries that kick and spit on America…This war is a contest between those who love America and those who hate it. What we should care about is whether he [Trump] knows we are in a war, knows who the enemy is, and knows how to win. 

Trump does. His policies are important but not as important as the rest of him. Trump grasps the essential things. He understands the Group quota regime is evil and will not stop until it destroys America. He is a fighter, bold, brave, and decisive, who has confidence in himself and his country.

It is entirely possible that Trump could be the first candidate to be imprisoned and win election from a jail cell. Time will tell. Clearly, the “Corporate Democrats” and their RINO puppets want Trump out. Those are among the reasons why he is not only the sole remaining intelligent choice, but perhaps the best under the circumstances. Obviously, Trump’s enemies will heap scorn on him. But that is due in part because the record of the last three years is so terrible for most Americans. Any business owner or investor who looks at what Corporate Democrat run New York has done to Trump in targeting him and his business interests has to think, that could be me. Known for his left-leaning CNBC show “Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary is blaming New York for “tainting the American brand.” O’Leary slammed New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) attempts to seize assets from former President Trump, as the Hill, Fox, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and other media across the left-right media divide has quoted him. “O’Leary and others suggested that Trump’s bank fraud case is a victimless crime.” If that can happen to him, that can happen to others, O’Leary has argued.

While he obviously has resistance, it is apparent that millions are rallying to Trump as the possible solution to what has gone so wrong in the administration of the American system. See the related reports to learn and discern more.










Part III – is our Daily Business News on MHProNews stock market recap which features our business-daily at-a-glance update of over 2 dozen manufactured housing industry stocks.

This segment of the Daily Business News on MHProNews is the recap of yesterday evening’s market report, so that investors can see at glance the type of topics may have influenced other investors. Thus, our format includes our signature left (CNN Business) and right (Newsmax) ‘market moving’ headlines.

The macro market moves graphics below provide context and comparisons for those invested in or tracking manufactured housing connected equities. Meaning, you can see ‘at a glance’ how manufactured housing connected firms do compared to other segments of the broader equities market.

In minutes a day readers can get a good sense of significant or major events while keeping up with the trends that may be impacting manufactured housing connected investing.

Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – 4.16.2024

  • Stocks wobble after Powell warns that rate cuts will likely come later than expected
  • A final rule from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarifies the provisions of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
  • Employers must give their workers time off for an abortion or pregnancy care, according to final federal rule
  • Trump’s stock tumbles again after Truth Social announces it’s getting into streaming
  • One America News Network has settled a defamation lawsuit brought against it by the voting technology company Smartmatic.
  • Pro-Trump network OAN and Smartmatic settle 2020 election defamation case
  • Microsoft turns to the Middle East for its latest bet on AI
  • Workers stock shelves at the George J. Falter Company Inc. warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland, US, on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. The US Census Bureau is scheduled to release wholesale inventories figures on April 10.
  • IMF raises growth forecast for ‘overheated’ US economy and urges caution on rate cuts
  • The National Public Radio (NPR) headquarters in Washington, DC, US, on Saturday, April 15, 2023.
  • NPR suspends editor who claimed left-wing bias at outlet had ‘lost America’s trust’
  • People walk behind a logo of Meta Platforms company, during an event in Mumbai, India, 20 September, 2023 (Photo by Niharika Kulkarni/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
  • Facebook and Instagram’s response to deepfake porn is under review by oversight board
  • Did Donald Trump fall asleep in court? Why the trial is posing challenges for reporters and the public
  • Commercial featuring nuns taking potato chips for communion sparks outrage in Italy
  • Geopolitical strife is roiling Wall Street. Here’s what investors are watching
  • WSJ: Justice Department will sue Live Nation for antitrust violations
  • iPhone sales are plunging. Here’s why
  • Why Corporate America is keeping quiet on abortion
  • China’s economy expands by a surprisingly strong pace in the first quarter of 2024
  • Biden gives Samsung $6.4 billion in grants to boost Texas chip output
  • Trump stock tanks after announcing massive share sale
  • Boeing defends its planes’ safety ahead of whistleblower hearing
  • Some H&R Block customers faced hours of outages on Tax Day
  • Beyoncé is sending Levi’s and Western boot sales soaring
  • US stocks tumble as investors await Israel’s response to Iran’s attack
  • Today is the final day to claim your slice of a $100 million Verizon settlement


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