POINT

Trump-bashing: Is it real or is it justified?

Pinocchio and the fake billionaire
By Reade Brower | Nov 21, 2019

Randy, reading your recent column (“How many Kurds died in Kentucky?”) leads into this month’s “Point.”

You begin your column blasting ABC news for its “beyond shame” use of a Kentucky gun club video incorrectly identified as footage of the Syrian slaughter of Kurds in October. You perpetuate the fake news mantra for every mistake, continuing the extreme hypocrisy and attack dog mode that is meant to discredit anything critical of President Trump.

Doubling down you write that news coverage of an impending economic slowdown is “ridiculous” and then set about to paint our unemployment numbers and our economy in your version of truth, citing numbers and statistics that “prove” your point.

Meanwhile, Trump is threatened with impeachment for improper influence in Ukraine; circumventing money appropriated by Congress is the very definition of “quid pro quo” by demanding investigations in exchange for an in-person meeting and $400 million of already appropriated military aid.

You continue to ignore the moral character of our president as if it’s irrelevant; it’s not. The name-calling is beyond absurd and disgraceful, but I’ll bite this one time.

Perhaps an appropriate nickname, for a president who The Washington Post reports has made 13,435 false or misleading statements before being in office 1,000 days, is Pinocchio.

With a real billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, poised to enter the race, perhaps our president will be exposed as a “fake billionaire” when his taxes are released. It’s a good bet his reluctance to release them has little to do with an ongoing IRS audit, as he has claimed. It’s another “Wizard of Oz” moment with Trump asking us to ignore the man behind the curtain.

Disputing the process, calling the impeachment a witch hunt and an attempted coup, is diversion; few Trump supporters want to consider Trump the con man described by “little Mike,” but he is. The fact he was recently convicted in civil court and fined $2 million for misappropriating millions intended for veterans who, unlike Trump, served the military to protect the freedoms he flaunts (he acts as if he is above the law, claiming immunity for him and his henchmen) is unconscionable.

This is not Trump-bashing; it’s a moment of conscience and calling out the truth, telling Pinocchio character matters.

The second point is to dispute the fact our economy is bullet-proof, humming along at unstoppable proportions.

You don’t have to be a Boy Scout to start a fire, although rubbing two sticks together is a method leading to red-hot embers; that’s what’s needed to sustain a fire. Instead, one can continue to throw gasoline on it, watching it roar; that is not sustainable long-term. In the case of the Trump economy, Randy, explain how the mounting debt shouldn’t worry us (set to go over a trillion dollars in 2020).

Who couldn’t keep an economy going if they had the ability to spend irresponsibly? Explain to us how continuing to run record huge deficits doesn’t catch up to us down the line.

We have near-full employment because we’ve cut off a huge supply of labor, namely hardworking immigrants looking for a shot at the “American Dream,” keeping them out with impenetrable walls (that can be cut through with saws purchased at Walmart); Trump’s answer: moats with alligators.

My point is, can you trust the fake billionaire to run this economy? He has six bankruptcies in his history; explain why that is irrelevant.

Trump’s foreign policy is all over the place; conducted over Twitter, it undermines the experts, while claiming he knows more than the generals and his Cabinet appointments. Perhaps his approach to North Korea and China will work, but diplomacy by bullying lasts as long as you’re in control; eventually, as in his bankruptcies, reality catches up and the smoke and mirrors fail to mask the truth. Help us understand his “genius” and why his phone call to Ukraine, asking for a “quid pro quo” was “perfect.”

Finally, many agree we have to deal with immigration, but help us understand how caging innocent children and erecting walls are the best solution; do you agree “moats and alligators” might be the answer on the Rio Grande?

It’s time to step up and be counted; our voices heard.

Are we really bashing President Trump or just trying to call out President Pinocchio?

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“Your voice dries up if you don’t use it.” ― Patti Page, singer (1927-2013)

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