Are Republicans becoming concerned about the mid-term elections?

by | July 30, 2018 9:10 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

In a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, Donald Trump told the audience, “This country is doing better than it’s ever done before, economically. But it’s all working out. Just remember: What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

Then he went to his old standby of saying any news reports and reporters that don’t agree with him or question his policies, programs, statements, and tweets, are all “fake.”   There is a contradiction with his statement, because even when the so-called “fake news” broadcasts or writes about what he has actually said and done, how is it possible that it can be “fake.” I understand that he has a right to complain when he feels the media isn’t treating him fairly. I get that. What I don’t understand is why is he the only president, in my memory, that has had an ongoing battle with the media since the day he won the nomination from his party?   Yes, other presidents have expressed disdain for some of the news coverage of their speeches, policies, and decisions they have made, and some of them publicly ridiculed the media at times. I don’t remember them lashing out like Mr. Trump does on a daily basis.

Last week, Donald Trump tried to clarify his one comment, in Helsinki, about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. What he glossed over, for a time, was the response Vladimir Putin gave to an American reporter when he was asked if Putin ordered his people to interfere with the election because he wanted Donald Trump to win the election. Mr. Putin proudly said, “Yes, I did. Yes, I did.” If you didn’t see the original broadcast and the news reports directly following the press conference, you might have missed that question and answer. It was certainly ignored in the controversy of Trump’s somewhat incoherent explanation of what he should have said but didn’t. This week, we have found out that the White House and Russia have edited their versions of the press conference to eliminate that particular question and answer and anything else that may put Trump or Putin in a bad light.

Some Republicans and Fox News commentators were up in arms about the press, and those same people were fine with his “clarification” explanation. Their outrage was gone and their complete support of Mr. Trump was back in place. Then Trump’s office had another hot potato on their hands when it was announced the White House was considering turning over 11 Americans to be questioned by the Russians about various activities they might have been involved in while they were in Russia. Republicans in the Senate were surprisingly quick to put a stop to that. Good for them. Then it was back to business as usual as they tried to continue to ignore or at least play-down the chaos surrounding the probability of any involvement or collusion with Russia to interfere with our Democratic election process.

In the meantime, Donald Trump sent out a tweet to Iran, in all caps, threatening a disastrous military strike “like the world has never seen.” That got a lot of people and the media off the Russia issue quickly. This is basically the same tactic he used with Kim Jong Un of North Korea. I wasn’t the only one who thought that may not have been the best way to approach the fact that North Korea was testing nuclear missiles and trying to show America it was a power to be reckoned with, but it did result in a meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump. Mr. Trump declared it was a wonderful and successful meeting, but, so far, it has been hard to tell exactly what was achieved in that meeting. The same can be said of the one-on-one meeting that Donald Trump had with Vladimir Putin. No one really knows what happened and what, if any, agreements were made.

The successful thing Donald Trump is accomplishing with his style of governing is that he is keeping himself in the headlines with the turmoil he creates and seems to be doing his best to distract from the upcoming elections. There was one very strange “bone” he threw out to the public and the media in the form of a tweet last week stating: “I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming election. Based on the fact that no president has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!”

I’m sure I was not the only one who was completely baffled by that particular tweet. According to what Mr. Trump has said, in the past, he didn’t believe Russia interfered with the 2016 election and he is working with Vladimir Putin to improve relations between the two countries. So what sense did his tweet make? Did one of his advisors, a member of his cabinet or a senior Republican legislator, tell him the upcoming election may not turn out as well as they hoped it would for the Republicans, so now he’s trying to set up Russia if Republicans don’t win? What he says and what he does just doesn’t make any sense.

Perhaps the American public is growing weary, disgusted, and a bit frightened of the constant chaos and turmoil that seems to be created by the current administration and the Republicans in both the Senate and the House that do so little for the majority of Americans. Are more people realizing they can no longer sit back and hope things change without their participation in the process can bring about change by getting out and voting? Is it possible that many Republicans and Democrats alike know something must be done about our current hodgepodge of immigration laws? Do they still believe that our government should be separating children from their parents and housing them in “camps”? Is it possible that the legislators who allowed this to happen, by their refusal or ignorance of what the Trump administration was doing, are now finding it difficult to explain to their constituents how they allowed this to happen in the first place?   Are they having trouble justifying that they stood by and did nothing because they were afraid to go against Trump’s policies?

I have seen and heard more people putting forth a great deal of effort to examine the voting records of the candidates who are running for re-election or election for a different elected position. They may not get the chance to ask a candidate personally why they did or did not vote for some proposed legislation, but they can follow the patterns that become pretty apparent when you know where to look. I know it isn’t easy to see some of the connections certain legislators may have with some citizens, groups, corporations and/or lobbyists, especially when those very experienced legislators have learned the so-called “tricks of the trade.” It doesn’t take a very “stable genius” to connect certain dots and realize that too many of our state and federal legislators do not have the best interests of the majority of their constituents’ utmost in their minds.

I also believe some Republicans are beginning to question Donald Trump’s loyalties and those of his staunch supporters in Congress. I never remember a president, in my lifetime, who has ever been accused of being a traitor to our country and his Congressional supporters being suspected of some kind of treasonous collusion with their support of such a president. I have been amazed and, I dare say, hopeful by more outspoken Republicans who are questioning the actions, policies, and behavior of Donald Trump.

In this upcoming election, I don’t think we have a cloudy situation of picking the “lesser of two evils.” I believe we have some very definitive choices between candidates who know the majority of the PEOPLE want their issues to be represented in a fair manner. I know we may not see a Blue Wave sweep over the state of Tennessee, in November, but I am hoping we will see a tinge of purple. The tide is changing, and we need to support those who are willing to step up and do what they can to bring us back from the brink of more turmoil and chaos brought to us all by the current Republican Party.

comments » 2

  1. Comment by Linda Houston

    July 30, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Excellent article!

  2. Comment by Sylvia Burkett

    July 30, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Great article. Learned a lot from your summary, as always. I’m hoping for a blue wave for Tennessee, but agree with your assessment.


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