Trump has rare strengths that help him in this cri­sis

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

If any­one can beat the cur­rent im­peach­ment drive, it’s Trump.

Don­ald J. Trump: The “blue col­lar bil­lion­aire” busi­ness­man who took on the Wash­ing­ton swamp, has a num­ber of rare strengths to help him do the job and take on a be­wil­der­ing num­ber of chal­lenges — a truly his­toric fig­ure.

Strengths: Un­abashedly “pro-Amer­i­can,” puts Amer­ica first, de­clares that he loves Amer­ica. Has taken on the “Wash­ing­ton swamp” and “fake news” me­dia, work­ing with­out a salary, has kept hun­dreds of cam­paign prom­ises — econ­omy, bor­der pro­tec­tion. Gets things done. Adored by blue col­lar man­u­fac­tur­ing and heart­land. A master ne­go­tia­tor and “chess player,” has unique rap­port with busi­ness lead­ers, other for­eign lead­ers, in­clud­ing ad­ver­saries. Speaks ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ously from the heart, blue col­lar worker lan­guage and tweets con­nects with de­voted base sup­port­ers; packs record ral­lies. Doesn’t quit.

Weak­nesses: Out­sider de­spised by the coasts, the Belt­way, me­dia, Democrats, Hol­ly­wood lib­er­als and es­tab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans — the “swamp.” Anath­ema to left wing. Brash fighter style, tweets and crude lan­guage earn him lots of en­e­mies. Ac­cused of an ar­ray of “ist”s and “ism”s. Faces im­peach­ment alone (where’s the GOP?) Ray Bet­tys Red Hill

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