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Trump Re-Frames the Narrative

Updated on April 29, 2019
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Mike has a keen interest in the effects of politics in our culture. He has a unique way of simplifying complex concepts.

Disclaimer

This article is my opinion based on my observation of Donald Trump. However, I have made every effort to be be as factual as possible. Everyday there is something newsworthy about Trump, therefore, this article is a snapshot in time of how he re-frames issues to his advantage.

Nuance and Details

Trump seems to have a hard time with nuance and details. He generalizes almost all of his claims, proclamations, and declarations. The following are just a few examples of his generalizations.

  • Obama’s fraudulent birth certificate- Never appeared
  • Mexico paying for the wall-Never happened
  • Voter election fraud- Never proven
  • Completely Repeal and Replace Obama Care- No plan, even though he claims republicans have a plan. Now it has been postponed until after the next election
  • Southern Border National Emergency-Taking too long to be a national emergency,
  • Bring coal miners, steel workers, and auto workers back to work – Technology has replaced most of them
  • Defeated ISIS - They are now re-constituting themselves and attacking other countries like Sri lanka
  • Bring troops home from the Mid-East – They are still there
  • Meeting with Putin- Secret meeting, don’t know what happened
  • Meeting with Kim – Missile program still active

Some may argue that given enough time, he will fulfill all of these claims, but time will tell. My point is because he generalizes his claims and never considers the details and consequences, he either has to flip-flop on what he claims or they just go by the wayside, just like Obama’s birth certificate. He generalizes to re-frame the narrative. Did you know that re-framing is also a technique used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, herein after called CBT?

What does CBT have to do with Trump?

I learned CBT many years ago and it literally saved me from going off the deep end with depression. The concepts of CBT are actually very simple. There are two main concepts: re-framing and changing your focus. Trump uses both of these concepts to change the narrative and motivate his supporters to believe him.

Re-framing

Imagine that you are looking at a scene of two people sitting on a beautiful, serene beach. The scene is framed in a very light complimentary color. That scene and that frame make you feel serene and calm. Now imagine that frame is replaced with a black frame. More than likely, you will feel bad, disturbed, and unsettled.

Light blue frame makes you feel good.
Light blue frame makes you feel good.
Black frame, don't feel as good.
Black frame, don't feel as good.

Changing Your Focus with Journaling

Changing your focus is done by documenting or journaling the situation that most bothers you and how it makes you feel when it bothers you. Now look for something good in that same situation and document how that makes you feel, then document those feelings. The next time you are in that situation, focus on the good part of the situation, not the bad parts. It is basically the concept of the glass being half full or half empty.

How does all of this apply to Trump?

Trump re-frames the narrative of his opponents by using name calling, ridicule, and mockery. The main stream media is not fake news, but he wants you to believe it is and he wants you to focus on it being bad and the enemy of the people. He wants you to focus on the glass being half-empty in a broad-brush manner in order to change the narrative. He does it by constantly lying, repeating the name calling, ridicule, and mockery. He is doing exactly what is done in CBT only he is re-framing for the negative side, not the positive side. If he wants to take something that is positive about others, he will re-frame them in a negative light. If wants to take something that is negative about himself, he will re-frame it in a positive light.

What is broad-brushing?

One form of broad-brushing is what children sometimes do when they are creating a picture. They use sweeping strokes to make a general image of what they are presenting, but never any detail. It is all just broad strokes. Trump does not provide detail or even allow himself to delve into detail to understand what the ramifications are of his claims and how they affect others, policies and procedures. He just uses superlatives like beautiful, wonderful, fantastic, much like a used car salesman would without understanding anything internal to the car. He is re-framing the negative to make it look positive and/or the positive to look negative. It just depends on the situation.

Government Shutdown

He shutdowns the government without having an understanding of the effects on the economy and the people who were put out of work during that period. He executed a zero-tolerance policy at the border without understanding that children were being separated from their parents.

He declared he was going to shutdown the border with out understanding the ramifications of that action and the effect it would have on our trade with Mexico. Then he backed off with that because he was told it was a bad idea because it would have a negative impact on our economy. He now has stated that he will give Mexico a year before he shuts down the border. And if that doesn’t work then he will place tariffs on cars coming into to the U.S.

Completely Repeal Obama Care

He declared he was going to completely repeal Obama care, but keep pre-existing conditions, without understanding how it works and the effects it would have on the insured. He claimed he had a plan and congress was working on it. It turns out he had no plan. Further, he claimed he would remove pre-existing conditions. Again, he was told it was a bad idea and he backed off until after the elections in 2020.

Meetings with Putin and Kim Jung Un

With the Putin and Kim Jung Un meetings, he claimed everything is wonderful. We don’t know what he and Putin discussed, it was all just good and there was no collusion or interference by the Russians because Putin said so.

With the release of the Mueller report, we now know there was a concerted effort by Russian operatives to influence the 2016 election in Trump's favor while undermining Clinton.

Kim, has a meeting with Putin and tells Putin that the U.S. acted in bad faith, even though Trump says at their last meeting both sides left on good terms.

Completely Exonerated

Trump believes he was completely exonerated of obstruction of justice in Barr’s summary and Mueller's report, but neither document says that. It says he was not completely exonerated of obstruction of justice, but in his mind, he believes it and is broadcasting it to the world.

At an NRA convention, Trump tells the audience that Mueller's investigation was about a coup to overthrow his presidency, but he won. When we all know that is not the truth, but if he is questioned, he will say many people told him so, again the broad-brush re-framing without details.

Conclusion

All of these situations are due to broad-brushing and changing the narrative. With his constantly lying and changing his mind, his re-framing picture looks more like an abstract Picasso than a realistic coherent image.

I have been told by his supporters to overlook all of these situations and his behavior. And that I should focus on the good that he has done for the country, like tax reform, jobs, the economy, and foreign trade. But more than likely those people are also broad-brushing and changing their focus.

More middle-class people are not getting refunds, but are paying more in taxes. The job market in high tech sectors is increasing, but the coal, steel, and auto industry are still the forgotten ones. We don’t know what the long-term impact is going to be with foreign trade.

I believe his supporters don’t care about details in any of his policies, but they can relate to broad-brushing slogans about the glass being half empty. I believe when Trump makes a false statement, for that moment he actually believes what he is saying. But very shortly afterwards, he may change his mind and either blame that statement on someone or something else and claim that he never said it.

One may argue that as president, he doesn’t have to understand the details. But I believe, as president he should understand the details at least at the rudimentary level to understand the unintended consequences his claims may bring. That is not the same as broad-brushing, which is basically not based on anything other than proclamations without any consultation of others who may have more consequential information. Unsubstantiated proclamations and claims are what monarchs and dictators do, not The President of the United States of America. I think there are many times when Trump is lying, he truly believes in his mind, he is telling the truth, just like what is shown in the first picture in this article, he can''t tell the difference.

We all wake up in the morning with the expectation of certainty, but with Trump we are never certain of what the day will bring.

Epilogue

Joe Biden is now in the Democratic race and he called out Trump on his statements about Charlottesville. Trump in his own defense said, “There were very fine people on both sides and they were chanting about bringing down the statue of Robert E. Lee, a very fine general. When in fact the video shows they were white supremacist, neo-Nazi groups carrying tiki torches and chanting “blood and soil, Jews will not replace us."

Today (4/27/2019), a 19-year-old boy attacked a Jewish synagogue in Poway California and killed one person and injured several others using an AR15. Trump at his rally denounced the attack as a hate crime.

On the one hand, Trump calls a Jewish hating neo-NAZI group very fine people and on the other hand, he denounces a Jewish attacker for killing people in a synagogue. This is a classic example of how Trump becomes conflicted by re-framing the narrative and changing the focus on situations.

Below is a link to the Charlottesville video. I'll let you decide if the the people chanting are "very fine people."

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Mike Russo

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    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      20 months ago from Placentia California

      Thank you for your comments Diane. It is appears that the GOP is being held hostage by Trump and especially Lindsey Graham.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      20 months ago from Fontana

      He sells them lies that can easily be disproved. They like to hear what he has to say and it fuels more lies. What is amazing is the obsession w/ HRC, Obama and any perceived threat. He was a criminal before he ran, while he ran and why change now? GOP is being redefined from conservatives to sycophants. I do believe he is blackmailing Lindsay Graham and several others.

    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      20 months ago from Placentia California

      JC Scull: Thank you for the comment. I believe you are right. They love his rallies and he really knows how to sell himself to them.

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      JC Scull 

      20 months ago from Gainesville, Florida

      Hello Mike...great article as always. It's been interesting living through the age of the "low information" voters. They are an easy target for a N.Y.C. conman.

      Keep up the good work.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      2 years ago from Fontana

      U2 Mie!

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      It is well appreciated. Those who think you're nut will soon be good disciples of God. Enjoy the day.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      2 years ago from Fontana

      No problem Mie! I try not to include Christian perspective unless talking to Christian. It annoys people and they usually think I'm nuts. God bless you!

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, diane, I am glad you got me right. Thanks anyway.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      2 years ago from Fontana

      Mie, I am very well versed in the account of Saul and his personal pursuits and his jealousy of David and attempts to kill him. God "allowed" them to have Saul as king because they wanted a king! Thank God he hasn't given me everything I asked for. There are cyles where evil seems to prevail followed by redemption - this is that long arc of justice..

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Mike @Brad, you have given Brad a break enough. Thank you.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, G. Diane, you are very much welcomed. The same Bible or scriptures that sharps your thoughts are the very same that molds mine. I believe like almost all human beings, we are either very religious or superstitious.

      Do you remember in the book of Samuel where God definitely told us He wants to be our King or President? But in our pride and arrogance we told our maker and creator we want to be like King Pagan? All His advises and pleadings we turn deaf hears to like the legendary Cobra!

      Then trouble comes. On His very sovereign will, He comes on his own down at our level, and the worst part is that we hard hear! All these points to the fact that we had thrown Him out of our affairs when He is giving that necessary helping hand.

      Our Prayers almost become googling. But thank God, He still shows Himself in the affairs of men. We may vote any person as President or Governor, or Senator and so on. But God will be right there for us.

      Thank you, and enjoy the day.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      2 years ago from Fontana

      Thanks Vlad! I think!!!

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      Val Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Diane -- You are one fine human being, and you couldn't

      "bore" me even if you tried.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      2 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you for your agreement Mie!

      Thanks Vlad! We are all complex people and our hearts are deceitful. Most people who do what they do believe they are right! I have been forgiven many things in my life and ask God's forgiveness daily for my thoughts, actions and words that are not in accordance with His Word.. If I want God's forgiveness, I must forgive others.

      "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death." Proverbs 14:12

      "A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart." Proverbs 21:2

      I won't bore you with more but the Bible shapes my thought processes.

    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      2 years ago from Placentia California

      Brad: You don't get it do you? You overwhelm people with your lengthy comments and questions. People don't want to take the time to argue with you because you always put them down and then it becomes an exercise in futility, especially on articles.

      I have told you before your comments and questions lend themselves better to a forum format instead of an article format. Besides your comments in this article are just excuses to defend Trump. You won't allow yourself to see what he really is and does. You make excuses for everything that I pointed out and blame others for Trump's misgivings, just like Trump does. When in fact, he is the sole owner of his behavior.

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      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Mike

      I put the time and the details into my comment, and what you just wrote didn't address them. End of discussion.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Note, please.

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      Val Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Diane -- I agree that we shouldn't turn it into a Bible discussion. However, please note I didn't say that any of man's wrongdoings were a "God's will", I quoted you with "allowing it", not "willing it".

      As for the "long arc of justice", I hope you don't mind my expressing my own opinion about it. Namely, those immediately responsible have to be brought to justice --- not that justice gets satisfied "in a long run". As the history is clearly showing, those slave-runners got away with it, some even got rich and lived comfortable lives, assumed governmental positions --- only that some other, new generation of more conscious people would give the Black man back his dignity.

      To my understanding, this is the "long arc of justice" that you are mentioning.

      I obviously don't know much about Bible, I am simply trying to logically respond here from the data you are providing. The explanations in Bible would probably make me "wrong", but when it's about religion, I am altogether a wrong person to discuss it.

      I am a deeply spiritual dude searching for the Big Answers within my own nature, through meditation, self-hypnotic neutralization of ego, mental discipline, detachment from brainwashing assaults from social paradigm. To me spirituality means freedom to use my own mind and explore its limits, its weaknesses, its potential.

      So, now you know where I am coming from -- and now you have a whole fresh reason to repeat what you said before -- "I don't want to start a Bible discussion" -- because I wouldn't make a good conversant, trust me.

      And I will say it again -- Diane, I have a deep respect for your own version of spirituality -- we happen to be two humans, each seeking the truth in our own way, according to our respective intuitive drives. Peace.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, G. Diane, I agreed with you, and you are welcomed. Thanks.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      2 years ago from Fontana

      Vlad, it is not God's will that people get raped, killed, beaten, or killed in 911. Notice I said, "Allowed." Belief in God is not about what we can prove but believing in Him who is beyond comprehension. I don't want to turn this to a Bible discussion.

      Dr. MLK spoke of the long arc of justice. It often takes a long time for justice to take place (slavery) but God often works through people to correct injustice.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Mike, you're welcomed. And @ Vladimir, it is time we stop talking God into our politics. We had to realize that God did not and will never tell us that He is interested in politics. The church, Islam, and all religion will liberally allow us in political affairs. That is not the permission of God.

      We had to be careful. So that when things go wrong we had only to be blaming ourselves.

      We cannot bring God down in our politics with prayers. And, since we have rejected Him, what is the point in asking him to vote X or Y as our President?

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      Mike Russo 

      2 years ago from Placentia California

      Vlad: I'm truly honored to have you a Canadian, writer of poems comment on my article, after swearing off commenting on political articles.

      You are right, all people have to do is open their eyes and ears to observe Trump and his behavior. But I think when people vote for a person, they have a vested interest in that person and their support for that person filters what they observe as reality. And in Trump's narrative, the more they hear his lies and false information, the more they believe in him.

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      Mike Russo 

      2 years ago from Placentia California

      Brad: You are absolutely right, those are my opinions. That's why I put this disclaimer in the beginning.

      "This article is my opinion based on my observation of Donald Trump. However, I have made every effort to be be as factual as possible. Everyday there is something newsworthy about Trump, therefore, this article is a snapshot in time of how he re-frames issues to his advantage."

      All of your comments with questions are just another form of re-framing the narrative. When you bring up Obama, you are changing the focus of the discussion. Your criticism about my writing is your opinion. If I took as much time to answer your questions, I would never be able to write any articles. I'm not here to satisfy your ego. It takes time to write an article like this. But you revel in criticizing those who oppose Trump, we get it..

      This is from fact check:

      It took President Trump 601 days to top 5,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of eight claims a day.

      But on April 26, just 226 days later, the president crossed the 10,000 mark — an average of nearly 23 claims a day in this seven-month period, which included the many rallies he held before the midterm elections, the partial government shutdown over his promised border wall and the release of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the presidential election. 

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      Val Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Diane -- Every belief has its limitations, and since God also gave us this gift to think rationally, we shouldn't ignore that gift -- I hope you agree. Without thinking rationally the hell would turn loose on this planet, and then even our Creator might give up on us.

      Sorry, but, thinking now about those mentioned limitations, I don't believe that God "allowed Trump to be the President" -- any more than I would believe that God also allowed slavery, and innocent children dying in disasters...and alike. Not that I am comparing Trump to those terrible things -- it's only an example where an all-loving-god couldn't leave his fingerprints.

      In other words, I don't believe "everything is going in accordance with God's volition". We are responsible for our lives, our interactions, and our choice of those who are leading us.

      Belief is a tricky thing, Diane, because at one point we start thinking how our believing means "knowing". People "believe" in different gods, but all religions agree that 2+2=4, which means "knowing".

      So we also have something like political beliefs,and they can be just as strong as religious ones -- actually to a degree of fanaticism, where evidence is being cherry-picked by both political camps.

      In my modest view, American people are good folks who deserve their government to aim for a common path, instead of turning it all into a political soap opera. There is no end to this ranting going under umbrella of a "free speech".

      Just think for a moment -- if in a family every member would claim their right to decide about family spending and other issues -- where would that "freedom of speech" lead them?. Indeed, if there is no spirit of a tendency to find a middle solution, then all ranting is just adding oil to a fire.

      Now, not to understand me wrong, I admire your devotion to God, but spiritual matters and political stuff don't mix, just like water and oil don't. All the best to you.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      2 years ago from Fontana

      Mike, I voted, "I don't care." because my physical and mental health require that I take this whole situation as a "phase" we are going through. Thank God I believe in God! Yes, I believe God allowed him to be president. I also believe God allowed Obama to be president. He allows things to have for a reason.. We are to trust and depend on Him (God). Romans 8:28 "All things happen for God's glory and our good." This is causing a great tension within the church because we see what motivates people. Franklin Graham (son of Billy but not Billy), William Jeffries (pastor of a megachurch in Texas) and others are justifying Trumps actions by passing out mulligans, co-signing unloving actions hatred, etc.

      I'm trying to be faithful and trust God, knowing this will all work together for His glory and my good. I know it sounds crazy. However, you can't say what is going on is not just plain CRAZY!

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      Brad 

      2 years ago

      Mike

      "Nuance and Details

      "Some may argue that given enough time, he will fulfill all of these claims, but time will tell. My point is because he generalizes his claims and never considers the details and consequences, he either has to flip-flop on what he claims or they just go by the wayside, just like Obama’s birth certificate. He generalizes to re-frame the narrative. Did you know that re-framing is also a technique used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, herein after called CBT?"

      B:

      What is the point, we know you are an ardent Anti Trumper, and you don't want to or have given him any credit, any respect and look at what ever he says or does with a jaundice eye.

      Did you ask what other president's have accomplished based on their campaign promises?

      Did you ask what congress has done to help him accomplish things?

      Did you give him any credit for the things that he did accomplish, no because that is part of your criticism you give in the following list.

      How does the entire group of democrats in congress doing everything to resist him. That is not my words, it has been the boast of the democrats in congress since the day after he won the presidency.

      Your use of the word narrative is meaningless because you are using it simply for criticism of the president.

      Do you know the difference between flip flopping, and changing decisions based on new fact, or new inputs. Do you want a president that won't change his mind, if the situation changes and it warrants a change? That is the answer to your topic here.

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      Trump seems to have a hard time with nuance and details. He generalizes almost all of his claims, proclamations, and declarations.

      B:

      You say it as if that was a bad thing to do, but it is an intelligent thing.

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      The following are just a few examples of his generalizations.

      B:

      And let us see the importance of these examples.

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      Obama’s fraudulent birth certificate- Never appeared

      B:

      There was a valid reason for asking proof of citizenship of a presidential candidate or a president. Why, because it is a constitutional requirement of eligibility for even running for the presidency.

      You mean to say that you and the left wouldn't have done the same thing if the situation was reversed?

      The left goes on and on about Trump releasing his taxes, but while other presidential candidates have done it, there is no constitutional requirement to do it. But, the left won't let it drop, and you complain about Trump and his comments about Obama's proof of citizenship.

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      Mexico paying for the wall-Never happened

      B:

      And how does shutting down the government by the democrats over a $5 Billion dollar item for the wall. The democrats shutdown the government on that amount when the budget was $4.4 Trillion dollars. This is an intentional and costly way to resist and it was just to not give anything to Trump or the people in the country that elected him because he wanted to build a wall.

      So, our own politicians don't want to pay for the wall, and you are going to rail on Mexico. There are many things that president Trump said that could force Mexico to pay for the wall, but the democrats resisted any such attempt.

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      Voter election fraud- Never proven

      B:

      Does that mean it doesn't exist? The left has been against voter id and without voter id how can you tell who is voting, and how many times they have voted. Why don't we have voter id so that we can determine election fraud.

      This is more of a problem caused by the left and their desire to let anyone and everyone to vote. In CA as you know the polling places are not allowed to make any inquiries into the voter eligibility.

      How then would illegal aliens, convicted felons be stopped from voting? And how would we know if they were?

      That is a direct influence of our elections, and it is not the Russians or president Trump that is doing it. It is the left in congress that is making it possible, and you don't care.

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      Completely Repeal and Replace Obama Care- No plan, even though he claims republicans have a plan. Now it has been postponed until after the next election

      B:

      How good is a healthcare plan that forces millions of people that don't want health insurance under penalty of being taxed instead. A good plan would be welcomed but that is not the case.

      And don't call it a fee, it is a tax because that is what Justice Roberts decision called it when SCOTUS said Obamacare was legal.

      Also, why did as part of Obamacare, congress raise the medical deduction threshold from 7.5? to 10%. Obama could have helped the people by making the threshold 2% like our other deductions.

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      Southern Border National Emergency-Taking too long to be a national emergency,

      B:

      Taking too long because of the democrats resistance, and time only makes it a continuing emergency.

      The left cares more about illegal aliens getting into the country to vote for them, then they care about the criminals and their illegal drugs, and other contraband flooding the country.

      To prove that the democrats tie there illegal aliens and DACA to also getting them citizenship. Right the only reason is so they can vote. And why did California and some other states issue driver licenses to illegals? And why do they prevent the feds from deporting Convicted Illegal Alien Felons?

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      Bring coal miners, steel workers, and auto workers back to work – Technology has replaced most of them

      B:

      That is your opinion only!

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      Defeated ISIS - They are now re-constituting themselves and attacking other countries like Sri lanka

      B:

      What is the context for your statement. Who said that, and why did they say it.

      President Obama not only didn't defeat ISIS he allowed that to actually take countries and create ISIL.

      President Bush was wrong to invade either IRAQ or Afghanistan and president Obama didn't have any solution. Taking the troops out of IRAQ worked to the advantage of all terrorists.

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      Bring troops home from the Mid-East – They are still there

      B:

      Where are these troops and why are they still there? While you call my comments to detailed, yours lack detail to make any point but your opinion.

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      Meeting with Putin- Secret meeting, don’t know what happened

      B:

      What is your point?

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      Meeting with Kim – Missile program still active

      B:

      These were public and private meeting between Kim and Trump but you are complaining about it as still active.

      You don't think that since Trump got involved in N Korea that things have changed for the better. And it was the left that were worried about Trump getting us into a nuclear war, which he didn't.

      And at the same time, the left wanted president Trump to start a war with Russia. And that would have been far worse than one with N Korea.

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      It would be nice, if you could spend this kind of time and level of detail when commenting on my articles.

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      Val Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Mike -- Somewhere back there I made a promise not to make another comment to a post with a political theme. Now I will break that promise, not because I do it out of weak morals, but out of a belief that it ultimately depends on who are the people you gave a promise to.

      It's a very insightful hub you wrote. My comment would focus on a detail generally left on the back burner but - in my modest opinion - being maybe crucial in the whole issue of Trump's "style" of running the country.

      Namely, what about that pretty big group of some psychiatrists with impressive credentials coming out with their assessment of Trump as a person, under their slogan of "duty to warn"?

      I mean, when we really think of it, EVERYTHING that could ever be taken in consideration as critics of Trump's political bloopers could be placed under this one question -- Is the dude normal?

      For, if the answer is negative -- as those fine shrinks are suggesting with a great detail -- then nothing that follows matters anymore.

      I can understand the mechanism of brainwashing pretty well, since hypnotism has been my intellectual toy for decades -- and the question is not how soon Trump may snap out of his personality issues, but how soon his followers may realize they are being taken for a ride. They are the ones giving him the power, not his "charisma", not his ability to run the country -- which is so questionable. Like you so well presented in your hub, some markers of economy may point at improvement, but others are pointing at opposite direction.

      Back to my main argument, it doesn't take someone's "anti-Trump" narrative to start questioning his fitness for presidency -- just see and hear with your own eyes and ears all of his terrible speech and action bloopers available on videos, all contradicting himself, all lies, which someone has counted to over 10,000. Then you may not even need the professional opinion of those fine shrinks.

      Really, how can anyone be bluntly labeled as a "Trump-hater" if they are simply pointing at facts which are available to everyone to see? It's not a matter of "false interpreting", but of simply some watching and believing our own eyes and ears.

      His obvious motto of "anything goes because I am the President" may sound enchanting to those of the same mentality, but there are still more than half Americans who insist on some certainty, not a political reality which may change depending on what Trump had for his breakfast.

      I don't "hate" the dude, he is not my president, just like I don't "hate" my Prime Minister. Hate is bad for digestion. Cool logic is good though.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Doris, "I believe that every president should have a thorough understanding of the basic workings of government and to listen to their advisors as to the consequences of their decisions and actions. To me that should be the requirement of every leader in this democratic republic." I agreed with you. This is always a basic qualification. What did the incoming politician know about the whole set of governmental objectives and principles that the current technocrates did not know to warrant sound advise? This is what is destroying pure democracy. I bieve as Mike said that some pretend to agreed with himuntil reality downs on them, then they resigned. What a shame! I think this is what prompts the Mueller report and the "obstruction of justice" lately being talked about. Thanks for your understanding. Good day.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Mike, I am sorry to hear that the US is "divided" on the political front. What a pity! But I suppose it the not affect the economic and social fronts too much. These days, politicians will not think about you and me, and the people on the streets but how to enlarged more their pockets. Okay, when election time come, then, only then your votes will be they additional lot. That is why the executive and the judiciary should always enforce the "check and balance" rule in a practical manner. The check and balnce is the most important law in political settings. It defines democracy real time.

      Lately, I was talking on this with a fellow writer in the forum on post she initiated. Some are yet to catch on it, and I am expecting her next post or response.

      My pleasure discussing all these with you here. Many thanks and enjoy the day.

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      Mike Russo 

      2 years ago from Placentia California

      Doris: Thank you for your comments. When Trump replaces people who don't agree with him with those who do, it can be a very dangerous situation for the country. It creates a group think mentality that does not allow for diversity of ideas and process. He surrounds himself with people who will protect him and I believe most just pretend to agree with him, until they reach their limits.

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      Mike Russo 

      2 years ago from Placentia California

      Miebakagh57: I like checks and balances as well. The United States today is a very divided country.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      Mike, your analysis of Trump is a very good one. You stick to the points with no name calling. I disagree with only one statement in this article. "But I believe, as president he should understand the details at least at the rudimentary level to understand the unintended consequences his claims may bring." I believe that every president should have a thorough understanding of the basic workings of government and to listen to their advisors as to the consequences of their decisions and actions. To me that should be the requirement of every leader in this democratic republic.

      Citizens may cuss politicians all they want. I do that sometimes in certain circumstances, but if a prospective leader isn't already savvy in what it takes to lead this country, he or she should at least have the ability to be a fast learner. Trump isn't only a slow learner. He isn't a learner at all. I just hope the voters aren't slow learners, too, and we can do better in 2020.

      Great job you've done here!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Mike, I can understand things further here. Politicians do not like to conform to governmental rules and regulations. They know that they can change things.

      But it is the civil servants or public officers that suffer. Many like me tends to resign because of the bad laws they formulate.

      In my state at present, it is up and down always after the general elections. The ruling PDP party wins. There is much disagreement between the ruling party and the opposition. The House of Assembly is flexing its muscles against the Governor to conform to their laws. I like the check and balance. Thank you.

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      Mike Russo 

      2 years ago from Placentia California

      Thank you Miebakagh. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I believe when Trump does not follow our governments traditional policies and processes, it makes it very difficult for others in his administration to do their jobs effectively. That is why so many of his staff are resigning.

      I hope all is well with you and your River State.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Mike, my pleasure in reading such an informative article. When the late Ghananian and Secretary-General of the United Nations visit my country Nigeria and my Rivers State, he said he will come again. A reporter chanced to remark he is going away forever comes true.

      I have take full note of the pchchology involve in your story. In spite of that not despite that, every politician has his or her sytle. All you said about President Trump is well balanced. For instance, the coup Trump said he has overcome is a ploy by him to be merry in his heart of heart, as he is an old man.

      Some will said he is a mad person to be get rid off. You will realized that he is making many divides in all camps. Which politician can not and will not do such a trick? He may leverage that for good for his next re-election. Anyway, I understand you story, and welcomed the same. Thanks for sharing.

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