Today, class, we’re going to “compare and contrast” the expressed views of two 2016 Trump voters who have both been following the special counsel spectacle with extreme frustration. Both of their letters arrived in response to my commentary, “Impeachment: Keeping our heads while others are losing theirs.” (Many thanks to both for writing so thoughtfully; I’ve reprinted pertinent excerpts here with slight editing.) One reader strongly supports Trump in the face of all the attacks against him; the other has had enough of him and thinks he’s making the situation worse.
First, from Kathleen:
I had to stop listening [to the media], at least daily. The hate got to me. The lying got to me. The violence got to me.
This is no longer the America I loved and knew as I grew up. We are truly in danger. Trump was not the one I would have chosen as President when I voted for him; the alternative was simply not even close to what we could stomach, let alone vote into office. There will be a great civil war coming if equal justice under law is usurped by those pushing for the removal of this President.
I do not think anyone but this President could stand what has already been thrown at him and still accomplish so much. He tweets too much, he is "brash" NY, and he simply loves this country. He is smart and he has thrown the kings and queens on their gilded thrones on their heels and I can forgive him just about anything for that alone. If he keeps out more illegals and updates our immigration system, in history he will be one of the best Presidents ever elected.
I hope the nation survives the war that continues to accelerate with every lie and every civility that dies. God keep our President –- he could have just let it go and had a much easier life.
Thanks again, Kathleen. And now, representing a different view is reader Vicki:
...While I voted for President Trump, it was with gritted teeth because of his character and brash behavior. [Since then], his verbiage has worsened and unless this changes, he will not have my vote in 2020.
I abhor his tweets, his name-calling; just this week, his reference to Rex Tillerson as ‘dumb as a rock’ was totally unacceptable. I would not allow this behavior from my kindergartener! In addition, when he does these things, he shows his hand and feeds the very ones who resist him day in and day out, making it worse! He has no restraint, and the accomplishments are forgotten because his behavior overshadows anything favorable he has done.
I am a very conservative Christian and will never vote for a Democrat. Their party platform is abhorrent. There is no inclusion of others with differing beliefs, merely arrogance, and a real movement to stifle believers is becoming clear. So, I guess, I will not be voting at all in 2020.
Me: Thank you so much for your response, Vicki; it must have been painful to write. I hope you see the irony, though, that getting you to not vote at all in 2020 is part of that very plan to stifle believers (and all us who don’t share their leftist views). I think that as time goes by, a lot of us who were put off by Trump’s personal style are discovering a deeper side to him that dearly loves America, sees what is going on to change the country for the worse, and fights back. He also is operating with some "big picture" information that (because it's most likely classified) we don't have. Please keep in mind that a lot can happen between now and November of 2020. I hope that before then, you will find a compelling reason not to sit the next one out.