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Well, just what exactly did you expect?
Trump the Candidate was a loud, braggadocious, outrageous, counterpunching, reality show celebrity/businessman who never let an attack go unanswered. To refresh your recollection, you should go do a search for “2016 Republican debate highlights.”
You’ll see Big D lashing out at each of the 16 other Republican candidates, but only after they take a shot at him. Highlights include his takedown of Rand Paul at the beginning of the first debate after Paul lashed out at Big D at the outset. Then there’s the “little Marco” moment; the “low energy Jeb” jibe; the “lyin’ Ted Cruz;” and his disarming of Carly Fiorina by accurately pointing out her disastrous reign as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
I agree with what you are saying. Many of these moments are cringeworthy. But his labels resonate—e.g., “Crooked Hillary.” And they stick.
Trump is not nice. Republicans tried “nice” with Mitt Romney in 2012. They tried “experienced and professional” with John McCain in 2008. Both lost. One of the reasons? No matter who is the Republican candidate, the Democrat politicians, and the heavily-Democrat media are not going to be nice nor professional. They’re going to say and do whatever it takes.
In the general election, it was Trump against Hillary and the Clinton army’s $2 billion war chest. Aiding Clinton and debasing Trump were the usual liberal, leftist suspects: Hollywood, the music industry, 90% of the mainstream media, pollsters, academics, and the vast majority of Deep Swampsters, including 100% opposition from the public employee unions like SEIU and the national teachers’ unions.
Big D also had against him the “never-Trumpers” in the GOP, including John McCain, who personally dispatched an aide to fly to London to pick up the Steele Dossier and return it to D.C., where McCain personally delivered it on December 6, 2016 to now-disgraced FBI Director Jim Comey. McCain fully admits this dossier gambit in his recent autobiography, “The Restless Wave.”
Trump voters were labeled “deplorables” by Hillary. Peter Strzok referred to them as smelly WalMart shoppers in an email to girlfriend Lisa Page. But, even after the vulgar Billy Bush tape, Trump voters, whom Obama described as “clinging to their guns and bibles,” voted for Donald J. Trump in droves on November 6, 2016, resulting in an electoral landslide.
If you expected these left-wing losers to lick their wounds and walk away, you fail to understand their self-righteous, quasi-religious zealotry. Before and after Big D’s inauguration, top management at Obama’s DOJ, FBI, and State Department implemented what Peter Strzok called their “insurance policy.” FBI used non-agent informants to spy on Trump’s campaign and his transition team. These informants entrapped the hapless wannabes, Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, and FISA warrants were issued based on false allegations in the Steele Dossier, paid for by HRC and the DNC, and made up out of whole cloth.
These same Democrat interests who fought Trump in the campaign, continued post-election, to fight their dirty war against President Trump. The falsified Russia collusion claim was promoted by Deep Staters Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr (Bruce and Nellie), Brennan, Clapper and others, aided and abetted by Rosenstein and Mueller.
The elements leading up to the Mueller appointment: Jeff Session’s recusal, the rise to power of Rosenstein, the Comey/Clapper leak of the Steele Dossier to CNN, who handed it off to BuzzFeed for publication, were orchestrated seamlessly by these Swampsters.
This “insurance policy” could not have been pulled off without significant advanced planning and coordination. Of course, all developments were breathlessly reported by a mainstream media fed by incessant leaks from the Swamp.
So, when Big D demeans others who attack him (e.g., traitorous John Brennan, Omarosa, Schumer), or when he says something gauche or vulgar; or when he does anything that makes you wince, just remember that Trump would never have beaten his Republican opponents or HRC if he were a conventional politician.
And if Trump had lost, we would not have enjoyed 4% GDP growth in the last quarter. There would have been no tax cuts and no massive deregulation. The military would have continued to deteriorate; Big Government would have continued to expand.
So, just look the other way while Trump is “draining the Swamp.” The Swamp is not going to give up without a fight. And Big D is a fighter par excellence.