Three Thoughts After Trump’s Rally in Monroe
Three Thoughts After Trump’s Rally in Monroe
President Trump held a rally in Monroe, Louisiana where thousands of supporters waited hours to hear him speak. The POTUS came out in brash confrontation against the Democrats and the attorney representing the Ukraine whistleblower. The political heads took the opportunity to blame him for the recent GOP loses in VA and KY. Meanwhile the crowd of thousands remains indicative of the sheer cult of personality that is Donald Trump. And, to the entertainment of all, CNN’s Jim Acosta was overshadowed by “the worm.”
The President opened his rally by reading tweets from the lawyer representing the Ukraine “whistleblower.” For someone who sells himself as “non-partisan” the tweets are dredged in dark blue sauce. His tweets are anything but non-partisan, though ambitious considering POTUS had been in office less than a year. Like so many others called out after being caught, Mr. Zaid pulls out the “R card.” Law and Crime quotes his response as,
“In the time since that tweet was posted, which was referring to lawyers serving as the force of good to prevent this president from doing harm to our democracy, I’ve probably represented more Republicans, including White House officials, than Democrats,” Zaid said. “This is nothing more than the continuing partisan deflection to desperately avoid discussing the substance of my client’s whistleblower complaint.”
I bet he mentions that he has Black friends too. I mean, what better way to defend perceived bias than to highlight your affiliation with those you are accused of opposing? His “R card” is for Republican. Because … he can’t possibly be partisan or on a witch hunt for this POTUS, he has represented Republicans. Last time I checked plenty of Republicans were lighting torches with their Democrat counterparts. Mitt Romney is out buying gas right now.
Mr. Zaid further states that he’s justified in his belief because, well, “everybody else” feels the same way!!
“I referred to any lawful methods that exist, whether impeachment, if justified, or voting him out. My views are in sync with the majority of the country,” he said. “In fact, there are tweets I made that speak out against impeachment.”
Hmmm. Using majority rule as a defense for your actions sounds a lot like telling the traffic court judge that “everybody was speeding, so I wasn’t doing anything wrong…” Please, just own your opinion for what it is, and disregard using the feelings of others as a prop. I’d have more respect if you’d said, “hell yes I wrote that! I feel this way because…”
Major media outlets are showcasing the recent Democrat victories as a referendum on POTUS. While this may play a small role in specific elections, the two they are touting as “BIG” wins, are not.
Kentucky’s gubernatorial race was won by the Democrat challenger to the current Republican, Governor Bevin. The outcome was billed as a Blue flip, but in actuality was a return to the party that held the office for two decades. The National Review explains,
For one thing, Bevin is the most unpopular governor in the country, according to data from Morning Consult, which at last count found that just 32 percent of registered voters in the state approved of the job he was doing while 56 percent disapproved. These weaknesses were likely the biggest factor in his loss to Beshear, who had the added advantage of being the son of the man who served as Kentucky governor just before Bevin. For another thing, until Bevin’s election in 2015, Democrats had held the governorship in Kentucky for almost the entirety of the past two decades.”
This certainly tamps down the victory celebration. An unpopular governor lost to the son of his predecessor. In a state that has a party legacy on the office. Okay then.
The other big election reflection on Trump is the Democrats takeover of the house, giving them complete control in Virginia. This one is slightly accurate. But only in the way we measure Warren’s Native Ancestry (with a huge lick of salt). Virginia has been blue in every presidential election since 2008. The shift has been happening over a decade. The 2018 congressional election ousted the last Republican inside the Beltway, largely due to shifting demographics and expanding suburbs. National Review explains,
The trend toward supporting Democrats, particularly in the wealthy, populous northern Virginia suburbs, had been underway before Trump appeared on the scene, but it also has accelerated enormously during his tenure. But it makes little sense to blame the president entirely for the GOP’s woes, especially given the unpredictability of off-year elections.”
The “Flip” doesn’t seem all that impressive with context.
I can think of nothing less exciting than watching CNN’s Jim Acosta. Well, one thing. Watching him awaiting his prompt. Thanks to a young man attending the Trump Rally, Jim Acosta became entertaining.
Nice work kid! https://t.co/svqAJ5fXKM
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 6, 2019
This brings me to a conversation I had with my husband. He’s firmly in the “Trump is going to get trounced” camp. I blame the Economist, and Foreign Affairs for his denial. I’m no fan of POTUS, but I see the way people respond to him and know people who work with him. All accounts are that he’s magnetic, and imparts the feeling that he truly cares about the average person. It’s a talent shared by Bill Clinton (I know people who strongly dislike him but are still in awe of his personal charisma).
Trump is brash, and unpolished. This appeals to his fans, and they are fans, because he’s unapologetically wealthy while unconstrained by the dictates of his position. He doesn’t drink beer, but he will offer you something domestic from a can. His supporters show up in the tens of thousands to attend his rallies and hear him speak. Many know they won’t get inside the arena, but are willing to watch on a Jumbotron outside the venue. They could easily watch from the comfort of their own homes, but they want to bask in the glow of the cult of personality that is Donald J. Trump. Especially when he fires up his speeches like this,
“The American people are fed up with Democrat lies, hoaxes, smears, slanders and scams. The Democrats’ shameful conduct has created an angry majority. And that’s what we are … We’re a majority, and we’re angry, that will vote the do-nothing Democrats out of office in 2020.”
Hopefully he’s not wrong.