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Polite Politics 

President Trump continues to disturb many of his supporters by his petty vindictiveness and his frequent violations of the norms of polite political intercourse.  There are others, of course, who cheer him on. They are delighted that they finally have a fearless leader who is willing to fight back against the scurrilous attacks from the left.  When the Democrats and their supporters throw verbal bombs at him, he throws them right back.

Perhaps the more ardent Trump loyalists are correct. The political left and their allies in the media and the entertainment world are absolutely vicious in their raging war against the President.  Why should he remain silent and make it appear that they are winning the war of words? 

The following are just a few examples of the outrageous calumnies hurled against Trump and his family. 

  • Actor Michael Rapaport stated that the United States is being run by a “con-man” and his “hooker” wife. He urged Trump to encourage his children, including his “little f—-” fourteen year old son Barron, to leave their houses and expose themselves to COVID-19.
  • According to New Yorker editor David Remnick, “The cocktail of all his [Donald Trump] worst qualities is mendaciousness, his constant telling of lies, his narcissism, his lack of empathy for people in general, his obsession with money, classes, etcetera.”
  • Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote that “The Trump death toll equals the number of total dead minus those lives that would have been spared had the President acted on warnings. The rest are victims of Trump’s stupidity and narcissism.”
  • On MSNBC, host Joy Reid commented that “It’s hardly news that Trump has always had designs on reigning as a monarch with unlimited power, rather than serving as a mere president in a democracy. But with the country facing an unprecedented public health crisis, what lengths might Trump go to . . .to expand his power under the guise of national security.”
  • Singer/actress Cher tweeted, Trump IS A LIAR & MURDERER. OPEN UR [eyes].”
  • Full Frontal host Samantha Bee tweeted, “Trump wants to open up the nation by Easter because he clearly observes Christian holidays. For example, he gave up your grandparents for Lent.”
  • In a tweet by Ron Perlman, the actor observed, “Probably the most fascinating thing about this uniquely cretinous being (Trump) is that as he dismantles civilization with every breath he takes, as he is called to reckoning by every thinking, feeling human worldwide, he seems like he’s doing just fine. Giddy even.”
  • During an interview with a reporter with the New York Daily News, singer Bob Geldorf opined, “Trump will reduce the American republic to a state of infantilism and a plutocracy run by the very few, very wealthy, to its own ends. We’re looking at something exactly like the fall of the Roman Empire.”

This is but a small sampling of the “hate-Trump” mouthings and writings that appeared in the media from mid-March to early April 2020, and the vitriol continues unabated to this day.  How does one fight back against these outrageous attacks?  How can one ignore them? 

I am sometimes astonished by the depth of anti-Trump feelings among so many of our citizens.  Yes, there are many facets of his personality that I find disagreeable, but I do not believe him to be an evil man.  I think he truly desires what is best for our nation.  Many of the programs he espouses appear to be positive and well-intentioned.  Despite charges by his critics, I see no real evidence of racism, militarism, or fascism in his make-up; and though Trump’s behavior is sometimes unpleasant and difficult to stomach, I find that I can overlook his dysspeakia, braggadocio, and occasional pettiness and see evidences of a better nature.  More importantly, the general direction of his administration aligns with my own beliefs and priorities.

There is no doubt that the deep antipathy toward Trump has been fueled by members of the news media and the entertainment industry.  Many of them appear to absolutely hate him, and they wield enormous influence on American public opinion.  They considered him a charlatan from the outset, and they accused him of colluding with the Russians to win the Presidency.  Those charges eventually sputtered to a ugly whisper, but the hatred of Trump continued unabated.  Indeed, animosity toward Trump increased when he, the most unlikely of champions, took up the banner of Christian Evangelicals and conservative Catholics, those whom many on the left considers to be pro-life, anti-LGBT, tradition-bound rubes. From that point their attacks against Trump reached a fever pitch of intensity.  They hurled epithets against him, and he hurled them back. Trump learned alley fighting in the back streets of New York, and turning the other cheek is not in his nature.  Leftists are not accustomed to a response like Trump’s, so the ferocity of their attacks continues to increase. Any possibility of a thoughtful and polite political exchange appears to have been lost in the conflagration.

Who will win the struggle for the minds of our people?  November 3rd will tell.

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