Trump vs. the Enemies of the People
It's true that Donald Trump cannot yet claim a major legislative accomplishment. It's also true that he himself bears some of the blame for that: the distractions of his chaotic style have given cover to a divided and spineless GOP legislature. Nonetheless, those of us who voted for him with misgiving can still feel more than well pleased with his three major achievements so far: the appointment of an excellent Supreme Court justice; the battle against the Giant Squid-like beast of the regulatory state; and the fact that he's not Hillary Clinton, a felonious battle-axe who would've continued the Chicago-style corruption of the Obama administration and destroyed the American Experiment with freedom-smothering socialism. Speaking personally, I'd put Trump on Mount Rushmore for that last achievement alone.
But there's a fourth major accomplishment too, unofficial and extra-governmental though it may be: Trump's emotional torture of the press.
This is no small thing. It's hero work, for my money. Trump hasn't assaulted the First Amendment — as Obama did with his corruption of the IRS and Hillary would have with her pledge to overturn the Citizens United decision. But he has given sweet, well-deserved and genuinely holy hell to that corrupt arm of the Democratic Party that is generally called the Mainstream Media: the New York Times and the Washington Post and the like, the network news, and of course tiny little unwatched and unwatchable CNN.
That speech Trump gave on Tuesday in Phoenix calling out the media for their lies and bias — it was wonderful. It was so great I had to check with friends to make sure I was seeing the beautiful thing I saw. After a week and a half of dishonest and overblown media coverage of Trump's remarks about the violence in Charlottesville, he crushed those lying skunks like Godzilla crushed Tokyo. I laughed and laughed with pure delight.
Now, I didn't like the way Trump handled the Charlottesville affair much myself. As long as white supremacist slimebags call themselves the "right" and express support for him, the president should make double efforts to slap them silly and reassure our black citizens that they're included in his vision of restored American greatness. But he never defended these racist creeps — as the Times and CNN and other outlets claimed he did. And he never said there were "very fine people" among the Nazis. He's not the most articulate bloke, but I think it was clear he meant there are fine people who oppose the taking down of statues. He's right, of course: I oppose it, and I'm an absolutely wonderful guy. Trump is also correct when he says that the masked and violent fascists who call themselves anti fascists are just as blameworthy as the Nazis-types. Even if you shout "equality" while you're hitting people over the head, guess what? You're still scum. There is no moral difference between balaclavas and white sheets, no matter what you pretend to espouse.