I think you’d be surprised, Don. Even Fox News has more negative than positive press coverage for President Trump. There are a significant number of clearly left-leaning anchors/co-anchors and probably an equal number of right and left-leaning consultants. There are right-wingers as well, and then there are the straight-down-the-middle news people. Thus, a negative story by Fox News about President Trump isn’t actually much of an event. Just pointing this out.
Believe it or not, I spent a significant portion of the last couple days skimming this whole thread. It’s almost like listening to “The Way We Were.” The night of Donald Trump’s surprising victory seems so long, long ago–and yet not long at all. I remember. I was a mess, so afraid that Hillary Clinton would win (as ALL the news organizations predicted). I truly believe that a Clinton victory would have sealed the end to the Republic. Donald Trump is no knight in shining armor, but I thank God every day that he was the one we sent to the white house. He started out by divesting himself of control over his vast fortune, declined the presidential salary save the obligatory $1/year required as a minimum for most contracts. So did his family members working in the White House. So, if I remember correctly, have a number of his high-level staffers who had no need of the salary.
There was the “wire-tapping” scandal. As it turns out, DJT was right. Trump Tower was indeed surveiled. Not only that, but Obama’s administration surveiled a truly astonishing number of people who were in one way or another connected with DJT or his campaign. I believe there is now or soon will be an “INVESTIGATION,” whatever that really means. Unmasking and leaking the identities and private conversations of US citizens (to their detriment) without the required legal permissions has occurred. This is a felony. Surprisingly it was not done by Republicans or for Republican gain. It was apparently the upstanding, virtuous, lily white Obama administration’s work.
Then of course it was a constant drumbeat of RUSSIARUSSIARUSSIA. I watched it unfold. It started with unfounded allegations, was pushed forward by the infamous “dossier” that first saw the light of day at the hand of Senator John McCain. It was discredited almost instantly, with all agreeing the “information” contained within was nothing but spurious, scandalous, baseless, demonstrably false accusations. Nevertheless, this was the next step in the story being spun by the media. I’m serious–it was built on a fabric of lies that EVERYONE (individually taken) KNEW were lies. (Don’t ask me for links, Qaz; this is just my recollection.) Despite all this, there it tottered and grew–a house of nearly transparent cards wavering in the breaths of air but standing. After a while it began to look like a towering fortress of “facts.” I continually shook my head in wonder. “But there are no facts; there’s absolutely no evidence. In fact, there’s evidence AGAINST all this…” The MSM continued to tell their story, each time louder and more audacious and indeed more outrageous than the last. If you tell it enough times, people will begin to believe it. Well-known Marxist tactic, and it apparently is very popular with Democrats as well. Even President Jimmy Carter opined that the opposition of the press toward DJT was the worst he had ever witnessed. Wow! Someone forgot to give him the talking points, I guess.
While all this is going on, we have the smaller themes of Trump’s inauguration crowd size story (while he quietly sends forth the pipelines long held in check by President Obama, to the great ecological AND economic advantage of the nation), Trump’s “Muslim Travel Ban” which, despite his imprecise language, was neither a ban nor directed particularly at Muslims–but you’ve all discussed this at great length, and to be fair, no one had a problem with it when Obama decreed a very similar policy directed toward the exact same dysfunctional countries, so that potential immigrants/visitors could be properly vetted… Never mind. Activist judges usurping executive authority, the Supreme Court’s interim ‘ruling’ in favor of the president. The ongoing saga of the not-quite-republican house and senate “republicans” and their shock at having to actually DO something beyond just being ‘the party of “no”’.
The growing threat (and realization) of Islamic terror in Europe and the British Isles, the rage of the left with seas of “women” wearing “pussy hats” and screaming about what I never did figure out. They are (many of them) too young to have ever experienced an election in which they could vote and which they lost. It wasn’t supposed to happen that way! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! the primal screams raged against the brass heavens.
Antifa invaded college campuses, demanding the silencing of conservative voices, attacking a young woman with tear gas because of her MAGA hat, a crippled, aged veteran in a wheel chair, another old woman (pepper spray), carrying nail-studded clubs, threatening all who weren’t wearing Antifa black. They attacked Berkley–BERKLEY–their mother! I still don’t understand THAT one. Of all places the most friendly toward their cause of (I suppose) anarchy. A Muslim terrorist in France kills 80-some people at a Christmas market (how insensitive of them; they had it coming, I’m sure, attending a culturally offensive event like that) with a stolen truck. Terror spreads across Europe and blows up in a concert in Manchester–attended mostly by young girls. Rapes, murders, fear… Even here in the USA, there are smaller terrorist incidents. A man attacked people with a machete in a shopping mall in Minnesota–MN! That’s where we spent four months last summer–in Rochester while my husband underwent a bone marrow transplant. It seems very close to home. I now carry 100% of the time where not prohibited. So should you if it’s legal to do so where you live. I’m not joking. Not to protect yourself necessarily, but certainly to protect others.
I have to say. Add in Iran and NOKO to this toxic mixture and I would certainly not want to be the president of the USA just now at this time. DJT has his hands full. I do think in the circumstances and considering he is still new to the job, he is performing admirably.
No he is not perfect. On the other hand, he merely bragged in the obnoxious and offensive way of some men when he thought he was having a private conversation. He later apologized really quite abjectly imo (has Bill ever done THAT?) and when asked directly, denied having actually DONE the thing he had bragged about to his male companion. Oh yes, he’s been accused of plenty of things. That’s the only one I’ve seen with any credibility. I’ve seen plenty (some mentioned above) that were obvious lies (if you were paying attention to anyone in addition to Meeka or whatever her name is, and her ilk.)
I think that Father has put this man here for “such a time as this.” Instead of vilifying and hating and eagerly consuming every vile thing flung at him by those who hate him, perhaps we could (at least those of us in the USA) find it in our hearts to pray sincerely and often that God will work through him and even perhaps despite his own follies and faults, bring good through him to the people of this country (and of the world) who so badly need it. This world is in deep trouble. We don’t have time for fussing and fighting. I would love to see us all remember who our True King is, and petition the Father in His name as He taught us, to send the beautiful Spirit of Holiness to heal our land (you can think of this as all one person if that works better for you–God does not mind, I am certain.)
During the last eight years (which I personally found very traumatic and frightening), I reminded myself constantly that I am not so much a citizen of this world as of the next and that Jesus is my True King. For those of you now who feel about DJT as I felt then about BHO, keep that in mind as a comfort and trust GOD, not man, to bring about a favorable result. Jesus Christ is King–nothing can touch you except for your good and by His permission. Pray.