To un­der­stand why Trump won, look at Demo­cratic hys­te­ria

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - OP/ED -

If you want to un­der­stand why Don­ald Trump is pres­i­dent (and why he could win a sec­ond term), look to the Democrats’ hys­ter­i­cal re­sponse to two of Trump’s ma­jor for­eign pol­icy achieve­ments over the past week. Last Thurs­day, the pres­i­dent trav­eled to Joint Base An­drews to greet three Amer­i­can hostages whose re­lease he had se­cured from North Korea. Un­like his pre­de­ces­sor, Trump did it with­out send­ing the of­fend­ing regime an un­marked plane loaded with hun­dreds of mil­lions in hard cur­rency. The re­turn of these Amer­i­can cap­tives should have been a mo­ment of cel­e­bra­tion and bi­par­ti­san unity.

So how did Democrats re­spond? By blast­ing Trump for the way he wel­comed the U.S. hostages home.

The pre­text for their out­rage was Trump’s com­ment thank­ing Kim Jong Un, who he said “re­ally was ex­cel­lent to these three in­cred­i­ble peo­ple” — by which Trump ob­vi­ously meant re­leas­ing them. No mat­ter. Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., took the Se­nate floor to at­tack Trump for his “trou­bling” re­marks. “Kim Jong Un is a dic­ta­tor” who “capri­ciously de­tained Amer­i­can cit­i­zens,” Schumer de­clared, chan­nel­ing Cap­tain Ob­vi­ous, and warned that, by prais­ing Kim, Trump “weak­ens Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy and puts Amer­i­can cit­i­zens at risk around the world.”

Se­ri­ously? How do Democrats take a pos­i­tive event such as the re­lease of Amer­i­can hostages and turn it into an ex­cuse to at­tack Trump?

Ap­par­ently, Trump Derangement Syn­drome is so de­bil­i­tat­ing that Democrats can’t bring them­selves to say “Good job, Mr. Pres­i­dent,” even when he brings our hostages home.

Be­fore, Democrats com­plained that Trump was too bel­liger­ent to­ward Kim; now, they’re up­set that he is too ef­fu­sive.

This is ab­surd. Trump is lay­ing the ground­work for a high-stakes nu­clear sum­mit with Kim; of course the pres­i­dent is not go­ing to pub­licly crit­i­cize him.

Peo­ple in Mid­dle Amer­ica lis­ten to the Democrats’ re­ac­tions and think: Can Trump do noth­ing right in these peo­ple’s eyes?

Then, a few days later, Trump racked up an­other ma­jor achieve­ment when he ful­filled his prom­ise to move the U.S. Em­bassy to Jerusalem. Four Amer­i­can pres­i­dents pledged to do it, but only Trump ac­tu­ally did.

How did Democrats re­spond? Not a sin­gle con­gres­sional Demo­crat trav­eled to Is­rael to at­tend the his­toric open­ing of the em­bassy.

Sen. Lind­sey O. Gra­ham, R-S.C., said that he per­son­ally in­vited Democrats to join the con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion, but no one took him up on the of­fer.

“I am dis­ap­pointed that not one Demo­crat came,” Gra­ham said. “What does that say?” It says not a sin­gle Demo­crat could bring them­selves to join in a cel­e­bra­tion of what Trump had done.

House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat, blasted Trump’s de­ci­sion when he an­nounced it in De­cem­ber, declar­ing that “mov­ing the U.S. em­bassy to Jerusalem now may need­lessly spark mass protests, fuel ten­sions, and make it more dif­fi­cult to reach a durable peace.”

Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein, an­other DCalif., did the same, declar­ing, “The fu­ture of Jerusalem is an is­sue that should be de­cided by Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans, not uni­lat­er­ally by the United States.” Sen. Chris Mur­phy, DConn., called Trump’s em­bassy move a set­back while former Demo­cratic presidential can­di­date Sen. Bernie San­ders, I-Vt., de­clared that Trump’s ac­tion would “se­verely, per­haps ir­repara­bly dam­age” peace ef­forts.

Keep in mind, the past four Demo­cratic Party plat­forms had called for the recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael. And last June, the Se­nate voted 90-0 (with the sup­port of Fe­in­stein, Mur­phy, and San­ders) for a res­o­lu­tion that “reaf­firms the Jerusalem Em­bassy Act of 1995,” which man­dated the em­bassy move (a bill that passed two decades ago with Pelosi’s vote).

Amer­i­cans see Trump be­ing crit­i­cized for do­ing ex­actly what Con­gress de­manded, and his Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can pre­de­ces­sors promised, and they rightly see hypocrisy.

No mat­ter what Trump does, the Demo­cratic re­ac­tion is the same: Out­rage. When Democrats can’t even praise Trump un­re­servedly for bring­ing Amer­i­can hostages home or show up when he ful­fills a plank of the Demo­cratic Party plat­form by mov­ing our em­bassy to Jerusalem, it fur­ther con­vinces mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who aban­doned the Demo­cratic Party in 2016 that they made the right de­ci­sion.

Marc A. Thiessen

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