It should be obvious by now President Trump can’t say anything without being attacked by political jackals longing for opportunity. Trump knows this is inevitable, but, unlike many in politics, he fears neither biased media nor the opposition feigning hurt.
Trump says what he wants. He practices his First Amendment right to free speech with relish, bluntness and a bit of contempt for those who complain but do little to help. In Washington these exist in abundance.
Trump’s style is confrontational. He doesn’t try to appease the permanently dissatisfied Democrats as did Bush 41 or attempt to ignore them as did Bush 43 at times. Liberals have become accustomed to having their way and to having their narrative blared by associative big media. They don’t like being challenged, but that is what Trump does to his great credit and to the left‘s indignation.
Trump‘s tweets are a voice the left can’t control and to which they can only react. It is the president’s message, and he states things that need to be said even if they aren’t politically correct. Millions read his tweets daily, and they are a powerful political tool.
The left would love to neutralize Trump’s tweets and have made that clear since his first day in office. Because the tweets are a problem for Democrats, they fashion mountains from mole hills using Trump’s statements as their shovel. This was especially evident from the furor engineered from remarks Trump made a couple of weeks ago regarding a so-called congressional squad of four particularly rancorous in their assessment of America and the prez.
Here’s what Trump said, thereby causing the sky to fall: “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all) now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done…”
So! Where’s the controversy?
There is none.
Democrats took nothing and built it into phony outrage. Their purpose was to grab something political from Trump’s advantage. Their position was convoluted and absurd but they pander to those who may not think about his meaning or just don’t care about other views.
Trump was obviously making the point that those who criticize but don’t help, who attack but don’t defend, and who are perpetually negative and critical do not appreciate what they have in this society. He suggested they compare life here to that in other countries, including ones of origin. What’s wrong with that?
Politicians have been doing that for years. It is tied to appreciation and patriotism. In America, if you don’t love it, you are free to go just as you are free to leave the town you live in or the job you may not like. That’s all Trump was saying. He wasn’t even calling out critics of himself; he was defending his country.
Because the congresspersons in question were women of color, Trump’s detractors predictably framed his words as racist, but, of course, they weren‘t. He didn’t mention race or specific countries. Perhaps you have noticed matters brought up by the left are invariably tied to race, the left’s bread and butter, and, yes, they use it to divide us for political gain.
Liberals are dividers who thrive on controversy they create.
I suggest President Trump continue to tweet vigorously, knowing all will be deliberately misinterpreted by liberals feigning pain. They love being victims, even when it is nonsensical.
Heck, if Trump was to tweet about white clouds in a blue sky, the left would want to know why he didn’t mention the dark thunderheads gathering on the horizon. They would sense racism in the white clouds and ominous intent. That’s what the left does and why you must be aware.
I submit Donald Trump is the most effective president we have had since Ronald Reagan. I’m not going to abhor him for that. I’ll leave the hate to the squad and their woeful defenders so skilled at hyperbole, misinterpretation and manipulation.
Larry W. Anderson is a retired educator.