Former President Barack Obama broke the tradition of Presidents not attacking their successors (especially during a national emergency) by criticizing President Trump’s response to the coronavirus. At this link, Matt Margolis of PJ Media reminds us of why Obama has no room to talk, having botched the response to two pandemics during his term, Ebola and H1N1 (swine flu.)

Speaking of violating long-established protocols, Bob Ehrlich has a good piece at Western Journal about six ways in which Donald Trump has changed old rules that everyone used to follow.

It’s an interesting read, but to put in my two cents: I’m constantly hearing about how Trump has upended all the agreed-upon rules and previously-revered niceties of politics, media relations, diplomacy, etc. In some ways, he has (usually by telling us what he honestly thinks, which ironically gets him branded as a “liar” by people who think he should have been honest enough to keep telling the same lies they’ve all agreed to mouth for years.) But the charge that Trump is responsible for inventing personal attacks on opponents and “lowering the tone of political discourse” is laughable. And I ought to know.

If you recall, I stood on the debate stage with Trump, competing with him for the nomination at a time when he was being assailed for giving mocking nicknames to his opponents. Do you know what he called me? “Governor Huckabee,” or “Mike.” Do you know why? Because I said I knew that Hillary Clinton would be far worse for America than any Republican, so I was going to observe Reagan’s 11th Commandment and not attack my fellow Republicans. I didn’t call Trump names, and he didn’t call me names. Imagine that!

In virtually every case where Trump has been accused of attacking people, breaking the rules and “lowering the tone,” he was attacked first. He was called a phony, a con man, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, a liar, a crook and someone who was only running to enrich himself, surely the most hilarious of all the false charges. And a media that had just spent eight years giving Obama shoeshines with their tongues declared themselves to be open advocates for Hillary and threw any pretense of journalistic standards out the window as they attacked Trump like a pack of baying hounds.

But he didn’t do what Republicans are supposed to do when they’re unfairly maligned, which is to roll over and apologize for their shortcomings. No, he punched back. And for that unforgivable act of self-defense, he’s the one who’s blamed for “lowering the tone of public discourse.” Maybe he should point out that he’s just following the Obama principle of “if they hit you, punch back twice as hard.” Or would it be uncouth to remind the Democrats and the media (pardon my redundancy) that he’s not the first President to disregard the niceties of polite discourse when attacked?

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  • Robert Conrad

    04/28/2020 10:27 AM

    Spot on Mike..grace abounds!!

    Micah 6:8

  • Walter V. Woodrome

    04/24/2020 10:17 PM

    Well done MR.PRESIDENT, SIR, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!!!

  • Lena Estep Gipson

    04/24/2020 07:28 PM

    He’s president because he did and does stand up for the American people, the Constitution , Bill of Rights., free enterprise and the freedom to chart one’s own course. The left want to rule over the people and intent on making that happen by misrepresenting our president. We must pray for Trump to keep speaking truth. He is the only thing standing between our freedom and a complete take over of our country to globalism and Marxism.

  • Lisa Ford

    04/24/2020 04:01 PM

    It makes me wonder why people listen to O'bama, like he's an expert. He was an idiot & we had to suck it up for 8yrs. He has nothing I want to hear. Saw his actions against America. He's a traitor! Wants to give us away. Is Siberea still open?? Take the whole lot of selfish, America hating Dems & parachute them out of a plane. Atleast we would give parachutes, instead of a heavy weight to hold on to.

  • Johnny Davis

    04/24/2020 03:33 PM

    You certainly nailed it, good job. TRUMP/PENCE 2020!