Gilmore, our American friend, writes us to say,
PRESIDENT TRUMP, SIX MONTHS ON
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for six months yesterday. The last time I wrote for Blazing Cat Fur, in March of this year, I said he had nuked the “deep state” by claiming the former Obama administration had surveilled his campaign. It’s been a whirlwind since that time, one even many Americans who follow politics have a hard time keeping on top of.
The update on the surveillance claim is that it has been proven largely true. Congressional investigations are continuing into the matter and things don’t look good for those former officials who were involved. “Unmasking” refers to making known the identities of Americans incidentally caught up in spy operations. There is substantial, credible evidence that several former administration officials abused their power in unmasking and then leaking the names of innocent people to the press.
Media continue their relentless war on Trump, fastening on anything that can be used to make him appear bad. In the process, they have destroyed what was left of their credibility with Americans. Cancer polls higher than the media.
Trump’s accomplishments are either ignored outright or glossed over briefly by the press. But voters are paying attention and they like what they see. Trump has followed through on many of his campaign promises.
“Fake news” was a term originally created by the media in an attempt to shore up their reputation by disparaging outlets they don’t control. Instead, it has backfired, sticking to them in a permanent way. Deliciously, media run stories that are later, often very quickly, shown to be wholly untrue. CNN has become synonymous with fake news and its ratings have plummeted. Americans don’t mind media coverage from an upfront, admitted position on the political spectrum. They do mind partisan hacks trying to pass themselves off as objective and unbiased.
Trump’s accomplishments are either ignored outright or glossed over briefly by the press. But voters are paying attention and they like what they see. Trump has followed through on many of his campaign promises. The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was a triumph. He sends to the Senate on a regular basis well-qualified nominees to fill out important lower court vacancies.
Trump’s travel ban was blocked by far left activist judges. The Supreme Court exonerated him unanimously. Once it did, the media lost interest because the only narrative they have is a negative one toward the President.
Optimism is palpable everywhere except in the dying mainstream media. Trump’s unabashed patriotism is a tonic to a country weary of a president who wasn’t proud of it and who all too often seemed eager to disparage it at every opportunity.
Other successes abound although they fly mostly under the radar of a corrupt & hostile press: massive reductions in federal regulations of business, vigorous and unapologetic enforcement of immigration laws already on the books, a successful visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel and, more recently, acclaim in Poland where he delivered a civilizational defining speech. His elaborate welcome by President Macron of France bothered both the media domestically and abroad. His speech to a joint session of Congress in February was a tour de force. Even the fiercest critics grudgingly agreed with others, who called it the best presidential speech ever given in that chamber.
The economy is recovering and Wall Street routinely reaches new highs, only to be eclipsed the next week. Optimism is palpable everywhere except in the dying mainstream media. Trump’s unabashed patriotism is a tonic to a country weary of a president who wasn’t proud of it and who all too often seemed eager to disparage it at every opportunity.
Yet the media overlay to all of this has been a deeply pathological insistence on Russian meddling, not just in the recent election but to this very day. Comical, absurd, grandiose: the legacy media is all in on this narrative that has no actual, factual support. No less than Walter Kirn, novelist, critic, essayist and thoughtful man of the Left recently tweeted: “Dems found a losing formula and are sticking with it. Big political media & pollsters also doubling down on wrong. Titanic level hubris.”
Healthcare remains the biggest obstacle facing Trump but none of it is his doing. To the contrary, the Republican House & Senate remain what they were before his advent: the swamp. Still owned by the donor class, many in the party have no wish to see Trump’s agenda succeed. Eventually, something will have to be done because not even an ensconced, hide-bound establishment can resist the demands for change that propelled Trump into the White House.
I have no idea how Canadian media is covering Trump; I can only assume as badly as most American media, perhaps worse. But the reality is that things are much better, less dire, than you may have heard and read about. My prediction is that when the media exhausts itself from trying to delegitimize him, Trump will begin to be seen for what he is in the process of becoming: the most consequential president of the modern age.