Some readers of this blog — those who support Donald J. Trump — keep calling me out because I continue to “bash” the president.
Two answers are in order. The short answer: So what? The longer answer: There’s going to be more of it; allow me to explain.
Donald John Trump Sr. campaigned for the presidency with a campaign that was awash in insults and innuendo against his foes in the Republican Party primary, then against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and also against the media.
What he’s getting from critics, such as me, simply is a payback for the kind of campaign he waged to attain the nation’s highest office.
Never in my many years of watching politics at this level have I seen a politician employ such negativity, such anger, such outrage. Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017 by giving an abbreviated, but quite grim inaugural speech.
I didn’t hear a call to our nation’s better angels. I heard anger and rage at what he called the “American carnage.”
What does the president expect in return? He should have anticipated that the reaction from those on the other side of the vast political chasm would take the form it has taken.
O.n the very first day of his campaign, the day he announced his candidacy, Trump went for the throats of illegal immigrants, calling them “rapists, murderers and drug dealers,” while admitting “there are some fine people, I’m sure.”
That’s where it started. It is where he continued on his way to the GOP nomination and then to the election. It is the path he has chosen since he settled into the Oval Office.
Yes, I’m going to continue “bashing” the president. And, yes, I also am going to speak positively about him and his policies when circumstances merit it.
Believe it or not, I truly am tired of speaking badly of the president. I’ll let up when I feel like it.