Let me lay all my cards on the table.
I think the President’s behavior is highly abnormal for any person, but very abnormal for and unbecoming of the President of the United States. He does himself more harm than good and he is driving away a lot of people who would hold their nose and vote for him because he cannot help but single-handedly generate more drama than a a dozen high school girls infatuated with the same boy.
If the President could just stay off Twitter for a few days and stay out of the spotlight, he’d probably go a long way to helping himself. I don’t know how much he and his advisors have concluded all polling is wrong, but the polling is actually pretty damn consistent.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote just like the polling suggested. If the election were called tomorrow, Joe Biden would beat the President by double digits and that is enough to offset the California-New York population at the polls. The President would lose states he needs and his behavior puts Republicans in jeopardy in places like Texas and Georgia.
What is really remarkable is that, in general, if he would just stop tweeting and talking to reporters, most people would have a chance to get their blood pressure down. His constant drama is causing even some who voted for him 2016 to just want to stay home.
But we are rapidly crossing the point at which the President can just behave a few days to change things.
The President has pigheadedly refused to end his trade war and the economy is sinking. I don’t even know if Larry Kudlow is being honest with the President behind closed doors on this. Instead of blasting Democrats for talking down the economy, they need to consider instead that Germany is going into recession with a quarter of negative growth already. A hard Brexit looks likely, which is going to push the rest of Europe into recession. China is cooking the books on its economy and is already on hard times. We know this because tech companies like Apple have been talking about slowing sales in China for a while.
The President’s tariffs are causing, in part, Del Monte to lay off over 800 workers. The President’s tariffs are causing, in part, a steel manufacturer to close up shop. The President’s tariffs are hurting farmers and causing Americans to spend more on things like beer and cars. Americans cannot buy as much because each item costs more.
All the President’s horses and all the President’s men can say China is paying the tariffs, but the horses and the men are full of the same foul substance and everyone knows it. Americans are being taxed. Congressional Republicans were derelict in their duty to stop the President. The people who wanted the President to drain the swamp never expected he’d also drain their retirements and pocketbooks through reckless fiscal policies like tariffs.
Adding insult to injury, all the stuff the free marketeers said would happen is happening. They were right. Peter Navarro was wrong and should be run out of town.
In suburbia, all the President has to do is stop tweeting and avoid screwing with people’s 401(K)’s and he is doing his damnedest to mess it all up. Those voters are going to mess him up and mess up his party if their 401(K)’s are impacted.
The good news for the President is that November 2020 is a long way off and he has time to fix things. The bad news is that it takes a while to steer the ship of state out of rough economic waters. The best news is that the Democrats are awful.
For all the talk about the President being insane and for all the stuff I wrote above, I still plan to vote for him because while the President’s behavior is abnormal, if not insane, his policies are mostly normal, with exceptions like tariffs.
The media and the left absolutely do not want to confront it, but I’d rather take a man who wants to buy Greenland and tweets outrageous things than a Democrat who doesn’t tweet at all, but wants American tax dollars going to kill babies.
I’d rather a President whose behavior makes other people feel comfortable being braying jackasses than a Democrat who wants to take away my healthcare while giving healthcare to illegal aliens.
I’d rather a President who doubles down on stupid comments like American Jews are disloyal to Israel for voting Democrat than a Democrat who’d undermine Israel and fund Iran.
I’d rather a President who spends half his day watching Fox News than a Democrat who spends even an hour trying to advance socialism in this country.
I’d rather a President who wants to build a big beautiful wall than a Democrat who pretends there is no problem at the border.
I’d rather a President who moves our embassy to Jerusalem than a Democrat who’d put one in Havana.
I’d rather a President who imposes tariffs than a Democrat who wants to ban paper straws, plastic bags, and human consumption of cows while imposing a carbon tax.
I’d rather a President who makes it difficult every day to support him than a Democrat who would make it difficult for a person of faith to exercise their religion in their work and daily life.
The President may be nuts in his behavior, but I’ll take his crazy over the insanity the Democrats would unleash on the United States.
There is a concerted effort by the media and left to paint all of Donald Trump’s supporters as enabler of racism, intolerance, and bigotry. They are helped by a feckless band of brown nosing evangelical sewer dwellers who worship at the altar of the President and maybe, possibly, occasional pool boys. By the way, you should really order Ben Howe’s book.
The President absolutely contributes to an atmosphere that brings out the worst in a lot of people, but the President has also helped expose so many reporters for political hacks and others for opportunists. So many of the people who accuse the President of terrible things engage in the exact same behavior of which they accuse the President. See e.g. the New York Times, which regularly accuses the President of dividing the country up on racial lines and is now trying to “reframe” American history to divide up the country on racial lines.
It is no easy thing to wake up every day and support a man who accuses American Jews of disloyalty to Israel or suggests native born American citizens go back to where they came front. He makes it hard and he generates too much drama. He wants loyalty and no criticism.
On top of that, too many of the President’s most ardent supporters treat anyone who offers up any criticism of the President as heretics while ignoring the heretics in their midst. Too many conservatives have been willing to sell out their values and convictions and serve as apologists for things they just simply cannot be proud of.
If the President doesn’t change course soon, I think Joe Biden blows him out of the water and, if he does not change soon, he will kind of deserve it. But I will gladly take the President, his behavior, his tweets, and his policies over the socialist social justice warrior nonsense from the Democrats. They may put Biden in charge, but he’d be a muppet with a progressive’s hand up his butt steering the action. Contrast that with President Trump who has an outstanding Vice President, outstanding advisors led by Mick Mulvaney, a national security team making real progress in Venezuela led by John Bolton, and some impressive cabinet secretaries.
Between Donald Trump and progressivism, I will take Trump. The actual policies implemented by this administration are far more mainstream than the left and media want to give him credit while the Democrats pursue a radical agenda that puts Americans last.