Donald Trump's favorable poll numbers went up last week. Contrary to what you hear from the mainstream media, his numbers are higher than Obama's were at the same point in his presidency.
Trump has disrupted Washington, which is what he was sent there to do. Tax and regulation cuts have ignited the economy, unemployment is at a 17-year low, and the stock market is rolling. Trump may even bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. There is talk of a Nobel Peace Prize; I bet Trump would kill for a Peace Prize.
Yet with all the revelations of Playboy bunnies and porn stars in his past, his biggest challenge will be if he can make peace with Melania.
In the tradition of the great peacemakers of our time, JFK (brokered the Soviet Union's removal of nukes from Cuba) and Bill Clinton (stopped "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia), now Trump fixes North Korea's nuclear buildup. I guess accomplished womanizers hate to see the earth blown to smithereens until they are done bedding as many women as they can.
His personal attorney and "fixer," Michael Cohen, has been the one paying these women for their silence. The $130,000 seems to be the number they arrived at for a one-nighter with Trump. So he is also bringing high-paying jobs to women. Winning!
If Cohen made a $130k illegal "payment in kind" to Trump, then how about formally prosecuting the media for their billions of dollars worth of "in kind," always favorable coverage for Democrats over the years?
Absent any workable ideas of their own, the left and their puppets in the media continue trying to destroy Trump with his base, the religious, middle-income working class. It's not working. Midwesterners and we Southerners seem unfazed by Trump's past. In fact, it was pretty much in his brochure when he was elected. We seem to be saying, "Yeah, he's a cad, but he's our cad."
Secular coastal elitists who drive the liberal narrative do not understand middle America. We have a unique relationship with religion, and we don't like to be told what to do by command-and-control Democrats. "God is my co-pilot" stickers are on a lot of our cars. I am not a church-every- Sunday guy. But I do believe God is always with me, a position I maintain when I am pulled over alone in the carpool lanes in Atlanta.
So if the left's game plan is to "get" Trump on his personal conduct, it ain't working. Transformative leaders have always had messy personal lives. Apple's Steve Jobs was a total ass, Winston Churchill a huge drinker and womanizer. Ditto for Ben Franklin and our other Founding Fathers.
No great man was ever a good man. We look beyond that and often even enjoy hearing about their foibles. It makes us all feel better about ourselves when flaws in our leaders are laid bare.
These 8- and 12-year-old allegations of groping or sexual advances are seen by Americans for what they are: money grubbing by opportunistic women, spurred on by the media. Under what other circumstance would Stormy Daniels appear on "Saturday Night Live," or triple her appearance fees?
The left is trying to promote a porno actress who slept with a much older and rich married man, got money for it, and then violated a legal non-disclosure contract as some paragon of virtue. "Virtue" in the porn business is keeping your clothes on for more than two minutes after the pizza delivery guy arrives at your house.
The petty and bureaucratic "deep state" attempts to destroy Trump, and his supporters reinforce why he was sent to Washington to change the place. They just make him stronger. America sees the situation for what it is: the mean and dirty politics the Democrats have always used.
To demonstrate how partisan political leftists are, they are suddenly McCarthy-like anti-Russian. They see Russian collusion in everything. While their socialist views are mirrored in the Soviet Union's doctrines, they now are hawks on Russia.
Politics makes strange bedfellows. I remember a time, not a decade ago, when Democrats had sex scandals and the GOP demonized Russia.
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