As Election Day neared, did you notice how the media was obsessed with the need for unity in the country to heal a divided nation? The gall; after they were directly responsible for causing that divide by the negative coverage of Donald Trump’s campaign, while ignoring the activities of Hillary Clinton, the most corrupt person to seek the presidency.*
Just as they once belittled Tea Party organizations, they depicted the people who made up Trump’s movement – people who were tired of establishment politics – as a bunch of crazies and yahoos. Clinton referred to them as her “basket of deplorables … irredeemable.”
Remember how Democrats despised President George W. Bush? His every move was criticized. Barack Obama’s election was going to change things … bring hope. Electing a black president would show the world who we were. He would guide us through our racial travails. Wrong. Six months into his presidency, he said the cops in the Cambridge arrest of Henry Louis Gates “acted stupidly.” And it didn’t stop there.
Surely you recall President Obama telling us there was but one America while campaigning. He later said there were no red states and blue states, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America.
Just three days after his first inauguration, however, during a meeting at the White House with top congressional leaders designed to promote bipartisanship, the collegiality ended. President Obama, responding to a challenge over the package’s spending and tax cuts by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), snarkily remarked, “I won.”
We are now ending eight years of division, thanks to a president who essentially said it’s my way or the highway. He used a series of executive orders and hundreds of regulations to have it his way. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) contributed to the division.
A recent pre-election New York Times/CBS News poll revealed that the majority of voters were angry with the current state of American politics, with eight out of 10 voters saying the campaign left them frustrated rather than excited for America’s future president.
In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 90 percent of Clinton voters said they wouldn’t feel comfortable with, nor inclined to support Trump, while just over 90 percent of Trump voters expressed the same feelings about Clinton. More than half in each candidate’s camp believed the country would remain divided after the election.
The gender issue of supporting Clinton because she is a woman was the subject of recent interviews of women by The Wall Street Journal. “If she gets in, I will be done with watching the news because I don’t want to have to see her face,” said Linda Dupere, a 69-year-old retired postal worker.
Hostility against Clinton astonishes Kerry Bowen, a 65-year-old retired telephone company employee, who said, “Voting for Hillary was something I’ve wanted all my life to do. I was so proud to cast my vote and remember all the women who struggled to have that right.”
Clinton finally emerged on Wednesday to concede in public. Showing her lack of character and compassion, she went to bed on election night while her faithful supporters waited for hours in the Jacob Javits Center. Yesterday she cited the necessity for unity to heal the division between Trump’s “deplorables” and her Alinskyites.
Trump didn’t disappoint. Even President Obama applauded his message of bringing all of the nation’s factions together, but I’m not optimistic that the likes of Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Pat Leahy will be agreeable after Jan. 20, 2017.
Anyone who thinks it’s possible to unite the entire nation is mistaken. Trump was elected, warts and all, because the people liked his America-first plan to make America great again.
As you know, John Kasich was my first choice, but he disappointed me greatly. Trump’s win in Kasich’s Ohio was special. I am hopeful that Trump will not disappoint.
*Note: During a 12-week period following the July political conventions, the Media Research Center (MRC) determined that Donald Trump received significantly more broadcast news coverage than Clinton, but nearly all of the coverage (91 percent) was hostile. More than half of Trump’s coverage (440 minutes or 56 percent) focused on controversies surrounding his campaign, while only 185 minutes or 38 percent was spent on Clinton’s controversies. Clinton’s reference to her “basket of deplorables” comment received just seven minutes of total coverage, and her handling of the Benghazi attack resulted in just two minutes of coverage.
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