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"Donald Trump is the president I didn’t want, but now I know we need"

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From Wednesday's McPaper.  A never-Trumper changes his mind.

 

Whatever you think of Trump as a person or his politics, his business background makes him results-oriented.

 

I think Americans are catching on to that.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/07/11/how-went-donald-trump-critic-president-trump-supporter-column/774925002/

 

Donald Trump is the president I didn’t want, but now I know we need

 

Published 11:05 a.m. ET July 11, 2018 | Updated 12:46 p.m. ET July 12, 2018

 

I admit that I was wrong about Trump. He's not a clown, and he is delivering on his promises.

 

Over the years, my caricatures of Donald Trump have evolved but not as much as my opinion of him.

 

When Trump announced he was running for president, I admit that I didn't take this millionaire, hotel magnate, reality TV show celebrity as a serious candidate. I doubted his ability to do the job. So I drew him as a clown. In fact, my cartoons were as critical of him as many of my liberal cartoonist friends.

 

Then Trump started a war with the news media, tagging major news outlets as “fake news.” Ahem, I'm in the media. 

 

And while Trump promised to pursue conservative policies, this conservative cartoonist doubted his sincerity. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that he was on the left. 

 

In the crowded primary field, Trump got the most attention by being the loudest. His tweets could not be ignored by the media and resulted in Trump dominating news coverage.

 

I found his personal attacks sophomoric. I mean, calling his opponents "Low-energy Jeb," "Lyin’ Ted," "Little Marco," "Crazy Bernie" and "Crooked Hillary" was not presidential. It was childish, but it worked. He won and they lost.

 

In this braggadocios “I’m the greatest” culture, Trump became the Muhammad Ali of politicians. His claims of, “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” “I’m really rich,” “I’m very highly educated,” “I’m the best (fill in the blank)” stretched credulity but was certainly entertaining. 

 

In one of the debates, Trump admitted that he was an entertainer but said that he was more than an entertainer, that he was "a businessman, and that's the kind of mindset this country needs to bring it back." Soon his rallies were filled with people who believed that he was the real hope and change America needed.

 

In 1992, millionaire businessman Ross Perot said that the country needed to be run like a business. He was great at listing the country’s problems, but he didn’t communicate how he would fix them. 

 

Trump identified the problems and fixes. His political promises were simple, repeated often and easily remembered — build the wall, repeal and replace Obamacare, cut taxes, destroy the Islamic State group, renegotiate better trade deals and make America great again.  

 

So how in the world did Trump change my mind? He started keeping those promises.

 

Trump is delivering on his promises


First, he picked Mike Pence as his running mate. As I’ve written before, I’ve known Pence for over 20 years and he has the conservative bona fides. So, of course, I supported this decision.

 

Then, after taking office, Trump began to reverse President Barack Obama's executive orders and burdensome regulations on businesses. He approved the Keystone XL pipeline. He cut taxes and the economy picked up steam. Again, I supported these decisions.

 

Sure, he failed to repeal Obamacare, but its individual mandate was repealed in the tax-cut bill. 

 

As a Christian, I have been accused of hypocrisy and my faith has been questioned for not condemning Trump's past extramarital affairs, his language and treatment of women. Look, I know he is a deeply flawed man. So am I. The Bible says we all are. But evangelicals believe in grace and forgiveness and are commanded to pray for our leaders. So I support him in prayer.

 

Trump has proven to be pro-religious liberty, pro-life and pro-Israel. He moved the American embassy to Jerusalem, pulled out of the Paris climate agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and began negotiations to denuclearize North Korea. I support all of these policies.

 

There have been a few hiccups. Trump signed a budget bill that increased the national debt, which is now over $21 trillion. The Russia probe is still a cloud over his administration, and I don't like trade wars. 

 

But here’s the dominating reason I’ve changed my mind about Trump's ability to lead: judges. I support his picks of Justice Neil Gorsuch, his new U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the host of conservative federal judges that Trump has gotten confirmed. 

 

I shudder to think of the activist judges that a President Hillary Clinton would have picked.

 

In my opinion, Trump has had the most successful 18 months as president than any other I've ever drawn. So yes, I support his presidency. 

 

I admit that I was wrong about Trump. He's not a clown. He's a businessman, entertainer, and now the president that I didn't want but now think we need.

 

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The dems are making a$$es of themselves with a lot of help from lefties.  

 

DJT has momentum.

 

The average voter has to wonder ... w.t.f. dems?

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25 mins ago, Mike S123 said:

Or is this Donald now? 

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Have you read some of the banners or examined the groups marching in London right now? Commies and leftists mostly, many immigrant groups, every aggrieved cohort, all with their own reasons for being there. Khan gave the approval for this because he is a Trump-hating, no borders type and that opened the doors to every grievance group showing up. As many placards about May and the UK government as there is Trump. 

 

And Trump avoids staying in London so this is more shooting blanks than anything meaningful. 

 

But the turnout is quite impressive given the wide range of rages being marched against. 

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25 mins ago, Mike S123 said:

Trump brand diapers? 

 

 

Yeah, no kudos for your Mike. None. 

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1 hour ago, Mike S123 said:

Or is this Donald now? 

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What a joke. Is that the best they got? A couple hundred idiots blowing air.....good luck with that strategy. 

 

Mid-terms are coming. 

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Why stay in London when you own a golf course in Scotland?

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Mayor Kahn is all for freedom of speech when it comes to bashing President Trump.  But don't you dare speak or write anything against these Muslim thugs that are ruining London and the rest of the UK and Europe. You'll end up in jail !

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Drag queens opinions don't count when they can't even decide what gender they are.

 

I think the reporter is speaking openly what many of his colleagues are afraid to admit.  We will see in 2020

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42 mins ago, Baccigalup said:

Drag queens opinions don't count when they can't even decide what gender they are.

 

I think the reporter is speaking openly what many of his colleagues are afraid to admit.  We will see in 2020

Bac...... I think the November, 2018 mid-terms myself :th:

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9 hours ago, PCstriper said:

Mayor Kahn is all for freedom of speech when it comes to bashing President Trump.  But don't you dare speak or write anything against these Muslim thugs that are ruining London and the rest of the UK and Europe. You'll end up in jail !

Seriously - you all need to look into this. They have no first amendment the way we do and people are being jailed for speaking out. England is strangling itself to death with immigration and PC talk.

PCstriper is dead correct on this, the hypocrisy by Kahn is unbelievable

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