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sup­port him. I be­lieve they are way off base — their judg­ment clouded by their bias against Trump — but I don't doubt that they be­lieve they are do­ing what is right. How­ever, they won't ex­tend us the re­cip­ro­cal ben­e­fit of the doubt.

They of­ten smear con­ser­va­tive Trump sup­port­ers as cultists — say­ing we would aban­don our prin­ci­ples, even our com­mit­ment to na­tional se­cu­rity, to sup­port Trump or cover up his mis­steps or tweets. There may be some Trump sup­port­ers who ap­pear that way, but rarely is this a cultish phe­nom­e­non, any more than is the loy­alty of sup­port­ers of other strong po­lit­i­cal fig­ures, such as Pres­i­dents Obama and Rea­gan.

I think the at­trac­tion to Trump is grounded in an abid­ing pa­tri­o­tism. His sup­port­ers are deeply con­cerned about the left­ist as­sault on Amer­ica as founded and the left's ded­i­ca­tion to com­plet­ing its fun­da­men­tal trans­for­ma­tion of this na­tion. I can't deny there's a charisma fac­tor, but if Trump had preached any­thing but a sin­gu­larly pro-Amer­i­can mes­sage, his cam­paign wouldn't have got­ten off the ground.

Now, con­cern­ing North Ko­rea: Yes, Trump ex­ag­ger­ated when he tweeted that North Ko­rea is no longer a nu­clear threat, but it didn't un­set­tle me, be­cause I know he didn't mean it lit­er­ally. We know from ev­ery­thing else he said that he is ap­proach­ing this soberly and has the long view in mind. A na­tional se­cu­rity hawk, he is aware of the traps and North Ko­rea's his­tory of de­ceit. He will in­sist on ver­i­fi­ca­tion. And he has sur­rounded him­self with very se­ri­ous and bril­liant for­eign pol­icy ad­vis­ers de­voted to Amer­ica's na­tional se­cu­rity.

I've never done this, but let me share some of my tweets

on why I am very up­beat about Trump's ne­go­ti­a­tions with Kim Jong Un so far.

"I'm not sure, but it seems to me that the dif­fer­ent re­ac­tions to Trump's NK ne­go­ti­a­tions this week, es­pe­cially among those on the right, are largely at­trib­ut­able to peo­ple's pre­dis­po­si­tions about Trump per­son­ally — sig­nif­i­cantly more so even than other is­sues & it's fas­ci­nat­ing."

"I think there's a ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween Trump re­joic­ing at NK's prom­ises & Clin­ton or Obama do­ing so. What­ever else you think about Trump, he is a pa­triot & is com­mit­ted to Amer­ica's se­cu­rity & those pri­or­i­ties tran­scend his de­sire to just make a deal, un­like Obama & Clin­ton."

"It was as if Obama was so ob­sessed with mak­ing a deal that he'd vir­tu­ally sell us out to do so — not vir­tu­ally, he ac­tu­ally did in some re­spects. No way I be­lieve Trump would do that, on in­spec­tions or any­thing else. I am sure many Trump skep­tics will scoff at this as­sess­ment."

"Peo­ple who are sav­aging Trump be­cause noth­ing con­crete is done yet are spit­ting in the wind. It's im­pos­si­ble that any­thing con­crete could be done yet. Those crit­i­ciz­ing any deal be­cause of dif­fi­cul­ties in ver­i­fi­a­bil­ity are also just naysay­ers. Of course there will be dif­fi­cul­ties."

"How is it le­git­i­mate to crit­i­cize Trump's out­line of a plan on ver­i­fi­a­bil­ity con­cerns when those steps have yet to be spec­i­fied? Just calm down and let the process un­fold. If Trump doesn't en­sure ver­i­fi­a­bil­ity then or is lax about it, go af­ter him by all means. I think he will."

"I also think there is a real chance that Kim be­lieves Trump might take mil­i­tary ac­tion if Kim be­trays us and goes for­ward. There is lit­tle chance he or his pre­de­ces­sors would have feared that with Demo­crat ap­pease­ment pres­i­dents."

"In the end, what are the crit­ics kvetch­ing about? Seems to me their crit­i­cism is way more pre­ma­ture than

Trump's cel­e­bra­tion. It is in­con­ceiv­able that much more could have been done sub­stan­tively than was done in the first meet­ing and Trump said much work re­mains."

"Is there even one left­ist critic who would op­pose a Demo­crat pres­i­dent try­ing to work to­ward de­nu­cle­ariza­tion? They didn't com­plain when Obama's [Iran] deal was com­pletely done and he'd given away the farm. Trump's deal is just in out­line form & he's given away noth­ing — not yet."

"I un­der­stand peo­ple freak­ing out over Trump's tweet on this, but do you RE­ALLY be­lieve this means he won't do ev­ery­thing he can to fol­low up — and en­sure ad­e­quate se­cu­rity mea­sures are im­ple­mented, or no deal? Be­cause I do, so his op­ti­mistic tweet is just that & noth­ing more."

"If Trump didn't give a da— about Amer­ica's na­tional se­cu­rity I'd be very skep­ti­cal. But I am con­vinced Amer­ica's se­cu­rity is his fore­most pri­or­ity here. That is why I'm not wor­ried — like I would be big time with Obama. And I'm right. Yep, I'm right on this."

"It seems that some con­ser­va­tive Trump crit­ics fear that con­ser­va­tive Trump sup­port­ers would com­pro­mise their pri­or­i­ties — like na­tional se­cu­rity — to sup­port Trump even if he were jeop­ar­diz­ing it. No way. We sup­port him, among other rea­sons, pre­cisely be­cause he's a se­cu­rity hawk."

"We are in the be­gin­ning stages of a process that has started off with great prom­ise. Noth­ing more; noth­ing less."

David Lim­baugh is a writer, au­thor and at­tor­ney. His lat­est book is "The True Je­sus: Un­cov­er­ing the Divin­ity of Christ in the Gospels." Fol­low him on Twit­ter @davidlim­baugh and his web­site at www.davidlim­baugh.com. To read fea­tures by other Cre­ators Syn­di­cate writ­ers and car­toon­ists, visit the Cre­ators Syn­di­cate web­page at www.cre­ators.com.

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