April 16th, 2021


Don't confuse demeanor and demeaning

Greg Crosby

By Greg Crosby

Published Jan. 27, 2020

Any fair-minded person who has been paying attention and actually looks at the domestic and foreign policy, economic actions, and executive decisions that President Trump has taken these past 3 years should see that he has done absolutely nothing wrong. He has violated no rules, nor has he done anything illegal. He has not gone beyond the bounds of what other past presidents have done throughout history.

Those of us who have a conservative bent are very satisfied with President Trump's administration. But even those who may not agree with his policies or politics should, if they are being honest, understand that as president the man has acted within the legal power of his office. So why do so many hate this man and want to see him not simply out of office but completely crushed? Why the rage?

It's not really about the actions he's taken or his politics or his leadership. It's really all about his personal style. It seems to me much of what many people dislike about President Trump is his deportment, his manners or lack of them. His language, his name-calling, and his bluster offend them.

Never mind great judicial appointments or a roaring economy or low unemployment or getting people off food stamps. None of that matters because, well, he calls people names. He pokes fun at his opponents, he laughs at the democrats, and he brags on himself. He exaggerates, he makes faces, he pushes back hard at those who take shots at him. Donald Trump doesn't act "presidential" they say.

How ironic that the left complains about President Trump being uncouth and not acting "presidential" when those same people have been at the forefront of our disgusting, crude culture. It wasn't Donald Trump that brought foulmouthed movies into the theaters. It isn't Donald Trump who writes and records the disgusting, hate-filled songs in today's popular music. It isn't Donald Trump who produces the vulgarity so prevalent on television these days.

Compared to all the rest of modern day society President Trump's demeanor is actually pretty tame. Donald Trump is a product of New York, no doubt about it. Yes, he's a braggart. His style is big, brash, over the top. Everything about him is large and loud. But that's New York.

New Yorkers exaggerate. They brag. They push back. They're not shy or demure. New Yorkers tell it as they see it whether you like it or not. New Yorkers are tough. They are determined. They are opinionated. They don't take any cr-p. They're forthright and in your face.

But New Yorkers also have big hearts and will help anyone who needs assistance. They're actually eager to help. And they're persistent. They do whatever it takes to get the job done. Those qualities are all part of President Trump's makeup. And if you think about it, many of those same qualities could also describe the average American.

Now consider the things that President Trump is NOT. He's not a politician, that's for sure. He's not a quitter. He's not a liar. He's not a crook. He's not a say-anything, go along-to-get-along type. He's not politically correct. And, no matter what the media tells you, he's not a hater. He likes people. He doesn't need the presidency. He doesn't need the approval of the media. He knows who he is and he's quite comfortable being himself.

For all those reasons, the left hates him. The Democrats and "never Trumpers" really don't know how to deal with a person like this. They can't understand a man who doesn't change his principles based on poll numbers. They are completely flummoxed by a man who speaks (or texts) his mind out loud to anyone who is in earshot. Not only doesn't he behave like all the rest of them, he calls them out and he makes fun of them. This drives them nuts.

In short, Donald J. Trump is not like them. He is not keeping the old status quo going. And worse than that, he is succeeding in everything he does. Doing it "his way" and succeeding at it. This is why they must destroy him. They know they can't win against him in the 2020 presidential election with the sorry pile of candidates they have. They also know he will not be thrown out of office by their fake articles of impeachment. Their only hope is to try to turn public opinion against him.

A booming economy, a soaring stock market, lowest unemployment in decades, high consumer confidence, a country at peace, and a president who keeps his campaign promises. And they think they can turn the country against him? Just how stupid do they think the American people are? Better question is, just how stupid are they?

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. He's been a JWR contributor since 1999.