Yes, President Trump speaks to his base in his rallies, speeches, and press conferences, but no more than the Democrats do to their base.
The problem, however, is that the majority of the media also speak to the Democrats’ base.
But that’s not the whole–or worst–problem. The whole problem is much more complex because it involves former President Obama, George Soros, and the entire Democrat Party, including–and most dangerously for the American people–those bureaucrats put in place by Obama and other Democrats whose motivation is to cause disruption for the new president.
For example, even President Trump admitted and charged in his first press conference that the NSA and other Intel agencies leaked details of his private and privileged telephone conversations with world leaders, including the presidents of Mexico and Australia, as well as the conversation between National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn and Russia prior to the election. Details of those conversations are classified, and therefore it is illegal, not to say treasonous, to make that information public by leaking to the media, which, in turn, has no compunctions about reporting it.
Why is classified information being broadcast? Ask John Podesta or whoever is running the underground Democrat “dirty tricks” operation.
According to rumor, former president Obama is making it his mission, during retirement, to head up a leaderless Democrat Party and doing everything in his power to denigrate the effectiveness of Trump’s election. Reports speculate that Obama is staying in Washington in order to set up a shadow government to counter Trump’s policies and probably Trump’s daily tweets. Certainly Obama realizes that the media wishes he were still in office and will do everything in its power to publicize his counter-attacks against Trump. In short, what we are likely to witness is a mano a mano contest between Trump and the media, carrying water for the Democrat Party and Obama.
The Problem with Rancorous Rhetoric
A good argument can be made that Trump was elected president of all the people and, therefore, should reach beyond his base in his public speaking. Because of Trump’s ongoing war with the media, however, he seems more inclined to bash the media than make new friends.
Trump’s defense of his reputation is understandable, up to a point. But calling the media “an enemy of the people” is much too broad a counter-attack. In fact, Trump might find more friends among the press if he employed more humor and less contempt. Note: Trump insists he is only terming “fake news”—not the media—an enemy of the people.
His public absolutist remarks are sometimes too extreme and not helpful in generating diplomatic rapprochement or in calming domestic political rancor. For example, his hard-to-fathom defense of Russia’s thuggish dictator Vladimir Putin leaves most people wondering what he has in mind. When Trump was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly during the Super Bowl, the president indicated he hopes to get along with Putin. When O’Reilly noted that Putin is a killer, Trump’s comeback was that America also has killed many people. No doubt Trump was referring to wars, such as the Iraq war that he adamantly opposed. Still the comparison is inept because American soldiers were killed fighting to defeat a dictatorship, while Putin allegedly murders his serious opponents. In short, whether one agrees or disagrees with the Iraq war, America’s purpose was to free the Iraqi people from dictatorship, while Putin’s is only to protect his.
Update: The latest iteration of U.S. attitudes toward Russia indicates a definite change. In Vice President Mike Pence’s latest remarks from Munich, he pledges America’s loyalty to its European allies and NATO. Apparently the Trump administration has had a serious re-consideration of its relationship with Russia and is not pleased with that country’s hunger to swallow its Eastern European neighbors or its threatening gestures– buzzing American naval vessel, deploying a cruise missile, and planting its spy ship off the Delaware coast. As counter-puncher Trump stated in his response to a question about these incidents during his recent press conference, “Not good.”
The Underdogs Identify with the Underdog
Still, there’s no doubt that Trump remains wildly popular with the core of his middle-class supporters, as noted during his recent Melbourne, Florida, rally that attracted about nine thousand supporters crammed together in an airport hangar. There’s no question his base is rooting for him to overcome the antipathy spewed out daily by the media and entertainers who believe they are entitled to make political comments whenever they are in front of a microphone. All of this negativity makes Trump look like he is being bullied by opponents who are unforgiving because he won the election.
The Daily Roller-Coaster Ride
There is no question that Trump, like every new president, must go through a period of adjustment in order to figure out how to deal with his cabinet, the bureaucracy, and Congress. It’s an awesome and almost overwhelming task for any new president. Still Trump’s outspoken, pugilistic style of communicating makes his everyday announcements contentious and headline- grabbing, which, in turn, make it seem his administration is on a roller-coaster ride, rather than, as he proclaimed in his recent press conference, running smoothly, like a well-oiled machine.
It remains to be seen how well Trump and his cabinet will work together, and whether Trump’s counter-punching will wear well. Of course if Congress repeals and replaces Obamacare with a consumer-oriented healthcare plan and reduces corporate and individual taxes, millions of Americans will be grateful and the country should prosper. Positive results will certainly help Trump’s popularity and give him bragging rights that may subsume the negative stories put out by the media.
If you want proof of the axiom that prosperity obviates personal peccadilloes, consider Bill Clinton, who was re-elected president after his “bimbo eruption” because the country was on a heady economic upswing.
Amidst all the anti-Trump protests, which seem more like ambient noise than serious policy complaints, keep in mind that it was the Obama administration that kept taxes high, imposed regulations that impeded economic growth, and reset its relationship with Russia, emboldening that country to gobble up Crimea and enter the fray in the Middle East to aid its client, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Where were all the protests about those devastating decisions? And where were all the media slaps-in-the-face for Obama’s ACA lies, vanished red line in the Syrian sand and lack of coming to aid America’s ambassador in Benghazi and then lying to the families of the murdered military men, to the UN, and to the American people on Sunday news shows claiming the attack on the Libyan consulate was caused by an obscure YouTube video?
The simple fact is this: The media was ever polite to Obama, asking him softball questions, like what’s your favorite snack, rather than hard-driving questions about his wasting so much American tax money that the country is now twenty trillion dollars in debt.
Meanwhile the media delights in finding fault with the new administration for its style, rather than its substance, designed to correct the Obama administration’s job-killing policies and cowering diplomatic decisions. Or, as Trump likes to put it, the “mess” he inherited.
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