President Trump's Press Conference

May 19, 2017

President Trump gave a press conference yesterday in which he spoke more freely about the special counsel appointed to investigate alleged Russian interference in the US election. He said he believes “it hurts the country terribly because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country. And we have very important things to do right now,” yet everyone is totally consumed by an investigation into partisan allegations for which no evidence has yet been found. Trump said he respects the special counsel process but this is “the single greatest witch hunt” in the history of American politics.

It’s instructive to look at the reaction to those comments because they are a perfect illustration of the disconnect between the liberal/Beltway political media who are still shocked and furious over Trump’s election and the voters who elected him. To the former, it was another outrageous, unfiltered outburst and an attempt to meddle in and obstruct the investigation. And that comment about respecting the process while calling it a witch hunt showed both disrespect and stupidity, since it was obviously self-contradictory.

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But I’d wager the typical American who doesn’t suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome probably heard those comments, knew exactly what he meant and nodded in agreement. His voters sent Trump to Washington to help bring back jobs, rein in government, secure the borders, stand up to our enemies and appoint judges who’ve read the Constitution. They didn’t need Vladimir Putin to tell them that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have done any of that. And they’re sick of manufactured outrage and scandals preventing it from getting done.

As for the “respect/witch hunt” comment, that’s hardly an oxymoron to regular working Americans. They know exactly how it feels to have to show respect to government entities (pick any three letters at random: IRS, EPA, NSA, etc.) that they personally think are being abused by partisan scoundrels. They show due respect to the OSHA inspector who pops up when they’re trying to finish getting a roof put on before it rains, but that doesn’t mean they don’t personally think he’s a pencil-pushing meddler who doesn’t know which side of a step ladder to stand on. When Trump said that, DC elites were so shocked, they dropped their monocles into their plates of caviar. Meanwhile, most other Americans outside the blue enclaves just thought, “Finally, someone in Washington who tells you what he honestly thinks instead of spewing a lot of focus group-tested gasbaggery.”


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  • Annita Rackley

    05/22/2017 03:30 AM

    The Trump-bashing going on in the media just makes the point: There are snakes old enough to drive in The Swamp. Now that the actual draining of The Swamp is really happening, all manner of swamp creatures are coming out slithering and snapping. Disgruntled Republicans working against their own party is the real scandal.

  • Debra Shepherd

    05/20/2017 09:37 PM

    Thank you for clearly stating what I believe is really happening. Trump is different. He simply is not a rear kissing politician. He never will be. He is a real American. He talks and thinks like a real American. I mean all the deplorables and working people like me and my family. I like that he is thinking outside the political box. I love it that he truly loves our country and wants to make it strong again. It it is not just a slogan to him. He really intends to do what he says. I like that he uses twitter. He is not afraid to go around the stupidity waiting lie, he goes right to the people. When it comes to having a presidential demeanor, he is showing that he is able to have such. He is actively working with other countries to really make a difference in the war with Obama's feckless brothers, ISIS. We see progress being made. I think we need to open our eyes to the treason being done all around the government to cause OUR president to fail. They are proving they will lie, cheat, steal, maybe murder to get what they want. Our government is clearly corrupted. The shadow people are making themselves known. We know they are encouraged, educated, financed by Soros, Obama, and Clinton. We need to find every one of the shadow people. and their facilitators and prosecute them. What they are doing in treason. Any American working against a duly elected President, is treasonous. The political, social, or economic status of an offender should not give they any right or reason for treason.

  • Vicki L Shutters

    05/20/2017 09:54 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, I respect you so much and am grateful for your non-partisan insight. If I want to know the truth in a story, I read what you have to say. Thank you.

  • Carol Shreffler

    05/20/2017 09:53 AM

    Threats of impeachment have been looming over President Trump almost from the time he was sworn in to the office of President. Judging from post of social media, President Trump has tremendous support from the general public. Newt Gingrich has stated that now is the time for the citizens to fight this awful movement that unscrupulous politicians have mounted against President Trump. I would like to know Mr. Huckabee where you think this will all end at, and how can the many supporters of our President clearly, loudly, and firmly display our support for PRESIDENT TRUMP! Personally, I'm tired of the politicians such as John McCain spewing false information and keeping our Nation divided. Please Mr. Huckabee give us some information on how the citizens can help President Trump. Calling the White House isn't enough. We, the citizens need to get tough about this horrible injustice.

  • Margaret martin

    05/20/2017 08:32 AM

    We are our own worst enemy.a wise man once said a house divide can not stand. Trump's not going to be impeached, just like obama wasn't. Maybe if we attempted to get along, we'd make a little progress. I support President Trump even tho he was not my immediate 1st choice. I think he is and will continue to improve. I wish he could ignore the baiters and stay off socual media and just twnd to business. He's his wost enemy. No response is better than a misconstrued one.