Update: Remember that 7-year-old boy in Texas whose mother went to court to try to force his father from having any say in her giving him hormone treatments to turn him into a girl? The judge didn’t go along with the insane verdict in the mother’s favor and granted joint custody. And the father just shared some photos of how the boy dresses when he chooses for himself how he wants to go to school.
This is looking more and more like a case of a psychological issue, but not the boy's.
I think I can safely assume that most of my newsletter readers don’t spend their Sundays leisurely reading through the New York Times for the latest instructions on what to think about President Trump (I’ll save you a lot of time: “Grrrrrr!!!!”) So you probably missed the big 10-page section last weekend in which the paper paid eight reporters for months to go through, reprint and “analyze” every tweet sent by Trump since he took office in January of 2017.
The spin here is that you must, at all costs, not read what the President is telling you directly; you must instead listen to what the New York Times tells you that he really means. Their rationale for this is that Trump tweets and retweets all sorts of horrible racist attacks, conspiracy theories and falsehoods.
For instance (grab your smelling salts), he’s “falsely accused” the Obama Administration of spying on his 2016 campaign! He’s claimed there’s a nefarious “deep state” that’s trying to undermine him! (Would that be the same “deep state” that the Times denied existed before it started lauding it for saving our institutions from our elected leaders?) He’s promoted racism by attacking people of color, like House “squad” members AOC, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who vowed to impeach him in unprintable terms the moment she took office (the implication being that no matter what someone says or does, if they’re a minority, disagreeing with them is “racism” – which by reducing all their ideas to a matter of skin color seems remarkably racist on the part of the Times.) Why, he’s even retweeted accounts that have been suspended by Twitter (are there any conservative commentators or news sites that haven’t been suspended by Twitter at one time or another?)
Now, don’t drop your monocles, but here’s their conclusion: “Since he became president, the most frequent targets of his ire have been Democrats, investigations and the news media.” (Imagine him being angry that his Administration has been constantly hamstrung by expensive, pointless investigations based on nothing that have been ginned up by Democrats and cheered on by the media – incidentally, New York Times, how did that Mueller investigation you kept assuring us for two years was going to prove “Russian collusion” work out in the end?)
It’s genuinely astounding to me that the Times doesn’t realize how laughable is their claim that Trump is using Twitter to undermine “Democratic institutions” after we’ve all seen quite plainly over the past few years just how badly the Democrats who run those institutions have undermined them themselves.
I support Trump, but I admit that some of his tweets have not been to my taste in terms of word choice, and there have been times when I’ve wished he’d given a little more thought or a second pass at the verbiage before hitting “send.” But this pathetic, all-out assault on free speech (again: eight reporters and 10 pages!) has a very obvious partisan goal: either to get Twitter to ban or censor Trump or to convince you not to read his tweets (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!), which he uses to go around the self-appointed guardians of public discourse like the Times and talk directly to the people. Why would you want to hear what your President is doing or thinking straight from him when you have New York Times “journalists” who despise him to tell you what he’s doing or thinking?
I suppose I should thank the Times, though, for compiling all those tweets in one easily-accessed place. It's the first time in years that anything true and well-sourced about Trump has appeared in that paper! If nothing else, reading back through all of Trump’s outrageous tweets about the “witch hunt” Mueller investigation, the “Russian collusion hoax” and the “fake news” about his Administration is a great reminder of just how much more factual and accurate Trump’s Twitter feed is than the New York Times.
Stop the presses! Rep. Eric Swalwell (whose presidential bid lasted about as long as it takes to make a cup of instant oatmeal) has discovered a new impeachable offense committed by President Trump. According to Twitchy, it’s even dumber than usual, and when the usual impeachment grounds are that someone else who works in the building and hates Trump heard thirdhand about a telephone call where Trump might have said something he didn’t like, being dumber than that takes serious effort.
If President Trump isn’t really a New Yorker because he doesn’t agree with the ruinous and intolerant leftist policies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio, then he has a funny way of showing it. Trump just became the first sitting US President in history to accept an invitation for himself and the First Lady to appear in the New York City Veterans Day Parade.
For those who will try to accuse him of only doing this for political reasons, the organizers remind us that he’s been a big supporter of veterans for many years. When the parade was in financial trouble in 1993 and nearly had to cancel, Trump wrote a “ginormous check” and saved it. He was honored at the Pentagon for that (those were the days!)
Here are my predictions for this event: There will be some malcontents on the sidewalks, jeering Trump and yelling, “Lock him up!” The media will treat them as if they represent the entire crowd. And none of them will be veterans.
Amid all the stories in the news of people acting in selfish and self-serving ways, here’s a refreshing and inspiring story of an 18-year-old college student who’s setting a great example in more ways than one.