No way to win if you’re pres­i­dent

The Signal - - OPINION - Betty Aren­son Va­len­cia

In a re­cent Sig­nal com­men­tary, Jim De Bree jumped on the pop­u­lar band­wagon of crit­i­ciz­ing Pres­i­dent Trump. Ad­mit­tedly, there are things to crit­i­cize Trump for, but the main­stream me­dia and Trump-haters in gen­eral take it far and away from pru­dence.

The pres­i­dent’s adult off­spring and wife are at­tacked mer­ci­lessly. The youngest son, who was but 10 years old at elec­tion time, has been trashed and ridiculed, and too many crit­ics had no prob­lem la­bel­ing him autis­tic. Shame­ful. The ref­er­enced com­men­tary asks, “Why would a pres­i­dent make such dis­gust­ing re­marks about Mika Brzezin­ski and Megan Kelly?

There’s no over­rid­ing ex­cuse for the com­ments about Kelly, in my opin­ion. She met him head-on with tough ques­tions, and that’s fair game. How­ever, MSNBC’s Brzezin­ski and her co-host/boyfriend have been per­sis­tently vile in their at­tacks on Trump.

That cou­ple has a daily tele­vi­sion pres­ence with ev­ery day a theme of degra­da­tion and name-call­ing of Pres­i­dent Trump. They’ve called him the prover­bial ev­ery name in the book, and the kicker was the day Scar­bor­ough called him a name in Yid­dish that could not be printed here if I stated its trans­la­tion.

Trump was non-re­but­ting from the Novem­ber 2016 elec­tion un­til late June, when he fired back. Ab­surdly, these two state Trump is ob­sessed with them!

Prior pres­i­dents didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence this de­gree of de­spi­ca­bil­ity. Had this hap­pened to Barack Obama, there would have been vi­o­lence in the streets and else­where.

For those who think Trump shouldn’t re­spond at all: 1. He’s been sen­si­ble or silent on at­tacks on his wife, son, Ivanka and the state of his mar­riage. 2. He’s his own mouth­piece, not a del­e­ga­tor to at­tack dogs.

3. Ge­orge Bush did not re­spond to the in­sults foisted upon him. He re­mained a hushed gen­tle­man un­der the scorn, and as a con­se­quence he left the Oval Of­fice with a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing un­able to read or to orate – in short, as a big dunce.

That just goes to show that “act­ing pres­i­den­tial” doesn’t cur­tail the scorn at all.

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