Jay Am­brose: The per­ils of de­fend­ing Trump

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I am not a Repub­li­can, I did not vote for Don­ald Trump. I cas­ti­gated him dur­ing the pri­maries, fo­cused more on the out­landish al­ter­na­tive dur­ing the gen­eral elec­tion, but still hold him in low re­gard. The tweets, the mostly ig­no­rant, buf­foon­ish tweets, sum up the worst of him in my opin­ion, but what I wrote af­ter the elec­tion was that we should give him a chance. The op­po­site has oc­curred. Not only have crit­ics over­stated al­most ev­ery flub he has made, gov­ern­men­tal of­fi­cials in the ex­ec­u­tive and ju­di­cial branches have shoved aside rule of law through felo­nious leaks, phony de­ci­sions and much more in try­ing to get him no mat­ter what. Through such means, the left has il­lus­trated re­peat­edly why it is twice the dan­ger to our re­pub­lic that he is.

It has in fact been a dan­ger for some time. Con­sider the limp ar­gu­ment about Trump’s sup­posed au­toc­racy and then com­pare him to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. To the ex­tent Trump is a tyrant, it’s mostly in what he says, not what he does, as in ref­er­ences to “fake news” sup­pos­edly ru­inous to our press.

Obama was a man of ac­tion. His ad­min­is­tra­tion ac­tu­ally spied on re­porters. It threat­ened them with jail if they did not re­veal sources. It set a record in re­fus­ing to re­lease govern­ment in­for­ma­tion re­quested by cit­i­zens. And his ver­bal jabs at Fox News were just as vi­cious as Trump’s jabs at the New York Times and CNN. By the way, CNN did have three re­porters re­sign af­ter an in­ac­cu­rate story about a Trump ad­viser hav­ing a se­cret meet­ing with an of­fi­cial of a Rus­sian in­vest­ment fund.

Other ex­am­ples of au­toc­racy?

His ad­min­is­tra­tion set records for ma­jor, costly reg­u­la­tions that stymie busi­ness and re­duce your free­doms even if some do some good. His Clean Power Plan would have dic­tated to states that they had to get rid of cer­tain laws. His ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment told col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties they must aban­don due process for any male ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment. He granted le­gal sta­tus to il­le­gal im­mi­grants af­ter say­ing some 20 times it would be un­con­sti­tu­tional to do so. He uni­lat­er­ally rewrote laws. He re­fused to en­force oth­ers.

He also skipped the con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ment of hav­ing the Se­nate vote on treaties, thereby mak­ing them mere ex­ec­u­tive or­ders that Trump could re­verse, and for­tu­nately has in the case of Iran. As sure as any­thing, an en­riched Iran is still pur­su­ing nu­clear ar­ma­ment and Mid­dle East hege­mony. The Obama phi­los­o­phy was to ask for lit­tle, to get less and then to declare the United States a win­ner. Obama

Trump is said to have done noth­ing good, but, even with its faults, the GOP tax re­form was maybe the sin­gle big­gest gift to work­ing- and mid­dle­class Amer­i­cans in decades, and that in­cludes mi­nori­ties. Af­ter the worst re­cov­ery since World War II, much had been trending in the right di­rec­tion, but here was a mighty push we would not have had un­der Hil­lary Clin­ton.

At the same time, I do be­lieve Trump’s in­ter­na­tional trade games could be eco­nom­i­cally ru­inous and his ca­su­al­ness about the debt is enough to make one shiver. I be­lieve in bor­der se­cu­rity but think the idea of a wall is overkill.

Trump can still be less a threat than the Democrats and I de­fend him when I think he is, thereby earn­ing down­right trashy, hate­ful emails along with a few thought­ful ones. Even many of the sup­posed in­tel­lec­tu­als out there seem to think any de­fense of Trump at all puts you in a bas­ket of de­plorables.

All of this along with what we see from ac­tivists pretty well sums up how many Trump op­po­nents are dog­mat­i­cally sure of them­selves, as shorn of norms as he is and dis­re­spect­ful of their na­tional in­her­i­tance. Fol­low­ing good luck in midterm elec­tions and his im­peach­ment, the hope is to en­force more semi-socialist, lib­erty-im­per­il­ing cen­tral plan­ning.

They make me want to de­fend Trump all the more.

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