Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Mr. Trump: Speaking of Grace…

 

I’m a conservative. I don’t like chaos, I’m not attracted to nihilism and social destruction. I like things to proceed in an orderly manner, following sensible rules, and leading to understandable results that inspire confidence. Having said that…

For four years I’ve watched the Democrats and their cohorts in the media (which is to say, pretty much everyone in the media) make a farce out of politics. It started with Hillary Clinton paying for Russian-made dirt on candidate Trump. It continued with Hillary Clinton making up a Russian collusion narrative in order to save face after her unexpected defeat in 2016.

It continued with leading Democrats and, again, their pet news media (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NYT, etc.) spending three years (!) pretending to have evidence to justify their absurd Russian conspiracy. It continued with endless speculation of scandal, of “beginning of the end,” of “walls closing in,” of “another bombshell.”

For all his flaws, President Trump was never, unlike his critics, comprehensively wrong. He spent four years presiding over an astonishingly robust economy, restoring Constitutional integrity to the nation’s courts, slowing illegal immigration to a crawl, getting the US out of pointless (Paris) and dangerous (Iran) international agreements. He was right about law enforcement, right about keeping the nation open, right about dealing with foreign powers.

Unlike the last guy, Trump was right about America.

Finally, in the midst of an absurd impeachment by petty men who had exhausted every other cockamamie scheme for his removal, and largely thanks to the President’s boldness, he presided over the dawning of an historical peace in the Middle East, as Arab states established relationships with Israel and became unified in their opposition to a still-dangerous Iran.

Now, after being defeated by a once-in-a-lifetime epidemic, the censorship and mendacity of a malicious press and tech sector, and an election riddled with fraud and misconduct, the President is not acknowledging defeat quite as quickly as his critics would like.

That’s tough. He’s been cheated out of the credit he deserves for an extraordinarily successful four years by a leftist elite that thinks he and every one of the 70+ million Americans who voted for him are snaggle-toothed illiterate racist haters huddling in flyover country.

He’s been attacked by graceless harpies for four years. I won’t demand a lot of grace from him now.

I’m just thankful for the enormous good he did while in office.

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  1. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Absolutely. May I please republish this on RushBabe49.com?

    • #1
    • November 22, 2020, at 9:27 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  2. MarciN Member

    Well said. Thank you. 

    • #2
    • November 22, 2020, at 9:27 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  3. Caryn Thatcher
    CarynJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Spot on, Hank!

    • #3
    • November 22, 2020, at 9:28 PM PST
    • 9 likes
  4. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Absolutely. May I please republish this on RushBabe49.com?

    RB, you’re always welcome to repost anything that I don’t flag as Members Only. — Hank

     

    • #4
    • November 22, 2020, at 9:30 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  5. Brian Watt Member
    Brian WattJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The frustration and fury of those demanding his concession is well-deserved. May they continue to stew in their own juices.

    • #5
    • November 22, 2020, at 9:31 PM PST
    • 16 likes
  6. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Henry Racette:I’m a conservative. I don’t like chaos, I’m not attracted to nihilism and social destruction. I like things to proceed in an orderly manner, following sensible rules, and leading to understandable results that inspire confidence. Having said that… For four years I’ve watched the Democrats and their cohorts in the media (which is to say, pretty much everyone in the media) make a farce out of politics. It started with Hillary Clinton paying for Russian-made dirt on candidate Trump. It continued with Hillary Clinton making up a Russian collusion narrative in order to save face after her unexpected defeat in 2016. It continued with leading Democrats and, again, their pet news media (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NYT, etc.) spending three years (!) pretending to have evidence to justify their absurd Russian conspiracy. It continued with endless speculation of scandal, of “beginning of the end,” of “walls closing in,” of “another bombshell.” For all his flaws, President Trump was never, unlike his critics, comprehensively wrong. He spent four years presiding over an astonishingly robust economy, restoring Constitutional integrity to the nation’s courts, slowing illegal immigration to a crawl, getting the US out of pointless (Paris) and dangerous (Iran) international agreements. He was right about law enforcement, right about keeping the nation open, right about dealing with foreign powers. Unlike the last guy, Trump was right about America. Finally, in the midst of an absurd impeachment by petty men who had exhausted every other cockamamie scheme for his removal, and largely thanks to the President’s boldness, he presided over the dawning of an historical peace in the Middle East, as Arab states established relationships with Israel and became unified in their opposition to a still-dangerous Iran. Now, after being defeated by a once-in-a-lifetime epidemic, the censorship and mendacity of a malicious press and tech sector, and an election riddled with fraud and misconduct, the President is not acknowledging defeat quite as quickly as his critics would like. That’s tough. He’s been cheated out of the credit he deserves for an extraordinarily successful four years by a leftist elite that thinks he and every one of the 70+ million Americans who voted for him are snaggle-toothed illiterate racist haters huddling in fly-over country. He’s been attacked by graceless harpies for four years. I won’t demand a lot of grace from him now. I’m just thankful for the enormous good he did while in office.

    Henry,

    Nailed it exactly.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • November 22, 2020, at 9:57 PM PST
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  7. Annefy Member

    He is obliged to no one. 

    And to be clear, I am speaking to both sides of the aisle. For that is where you will find the enemies who will happily dance on his grave.

    • #7
    • November 22, 2020, at 10:11 PM PST
    • 15 likes
  8. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Now posted over at RushBabe49.com. It will not be at the top, as I have the Thanksgiving Vow post pinned to the top for this week.

    • #8
    • November 22, 2020, at 10:46 PM PST
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  9. Henry Castaigne Member

    Henry Racette:He’s been attacked by graceless harpies for four years. I won’t demand a lot of grace from him now. I’m just thankful for the enormous good he did while in office.

    If it turns out that he lost the election. He still needs to accept defeat so American democracy can continue. I am grateful for what he did in office, and I know that every fiber in Trump’s being wants to go down fighting, but the peaceful transfer of power if one of American’s greatest gifts to the world and we can never abandon it. 

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    • November 22, 2020, at 11:29 PM PST
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  10. Sisyphus Member
    SisyphusJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Henry Racette:He’s been attacked by graceless harpies for four years. I won’t demand a lot of grace from him now. I’m just thankful for the enormous good he did while in office.

    If it turns out that he lost the election. He still needs to accept defeat so American democracy can continue. I am grateful for what he did in office, and I know that every fiber in Trump’s being wants to go down fighting, but the peaceful transfer of power if one of American’s greatest gifts to the world and we can never abandon it.

    This is a red herring. Hillary herself said it, don’t concede. At the far end of the Constitutionally mandated process there will be a decision and, on Inauguration Day at noon, that person is President of the United States of America. Trump is still waiting for his peaceful transfer of power after four years. I expect if it goes against him he will stage a rally a day for four years smashing Grifter Joe in the rhetorical nose at every stop. And on TrumpTV as well. More power to him. They wanted to make him kneel, turns out Trump is American. They never met one before that they knew of. And the only reason for him to attend the Inauguration if it isn’t his is ceremonial decorum. They have offered him nothing but war for four years, why pretend now?

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    • November 23, 2020, at 12:20 AM PST
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  11. EODmom Coolidge

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Henry Racette:He’s been attacked by graceless harpies for four years. I won’t demand a lot of grace from him now. I’m just thankful for the enormous good he did while in office.

    If it turns out that he lost the election. He still needs to accept defeat so American democracy can continue. I am grateful for what he did in office, and I know that every fiber in Trump’s being wants to go down fighting, but the peaceful transfer of power if one of American’s greatest gifts to the world and we can never abandon it.

    This is a red herring. Hillary herself said it, don’t concede. At the far end of the Constitutionally mandated process there will be a decision and, on Inauguration Day at noon, that person is President of the United States of America. Trump is still waiting for his peaceful transfer of power after four years. I expect if it goes against him he will stage a rally a day for four years smashing Grifter Joe in the rhetorical nose at every stop. And on TrumpTV as well. More power to him. They wanted to make him kneel, turns out Trump is American. They never met one before that they knew of. And the only reason for him to attend the Inauguration if it isn’t his is ceremonial decorum. They have offered him nothing but war for four years, why pretend now?

    COVID. He should declare social distancing and turn his back. Then head to a rally. 

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    • November 23, 2020, at 4:09 AM PST
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  12. Henry Castaigne Member

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Henry Racette:He’s been attacked by graceless harpies for four years. I won’t demand a lot of grace from him now. I’m just thankful for the enormous good he did while in office.

    If it turns out that he lost the election. He still needs to accept defeat so American democracy can continue. I am grateful for what he did in office, and I know that every fiber in Trump’s being wants to go down fighting, but the peaceful transfer of power if one of American’s greatest gifts to the world and we can never abandon it.

    This is a red herring. Hillary herself said it, don’t concede. At the far end of the Constitutionally mandated process there will be a decision and, on Inauguration Day at noon, that person is President of the United States of America. Trump is still waiting for his peaceful transfer of power after four years. I expect if it goes against him he will stage a rally a day for four years smashing Grifter Joe in the rhetorical nose at every stop. And on TrumpTV as well. More power to him. They wanted to make him kneel, turns out Trump is American. They never met one before that they knew of. And the only reason for him to attend the Inauguration if it isn’t his is ceremonial decorum. They have offered him nothing but war for four years, why pretend now?

    Hillary did a great disservice to the country and it’s traditions by pretending that she won the election. She also did so by telling Joe not to concede. Before the election of 1800, there was no peaceful transfer of power from one party to another anywhere. The person who lost was either killed or banished or put in the tower of London to rot. Being able to pull off power going from one party to another lets us lift ourselves out of the muck of perpetual war and terror. 

    I get that Trump was treated unfairly but that doesn’t justify a bipartisan agreement to do away with one of the greatest accomplishments ever achieved by the human race.

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    • November 23, 2020, at 5:04 AM PST
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  13. Front Seat Cat Member

    I’m thankful too, for the last four years and I think he’s showing extraordinary grace under the circumstances. Many have said the movement he’s started will continue, as a counter to the destructive policies Obama implemented. We’re seeing the rotten fruits of those play out and the progressives/radicals are hoping for continuity under the Biden-Harris team. I think O has been behind the scenes pulling strings all along. If you look at the World Economic Forum’s “Great Reset”, you’ll see O’s advisors in quite a few positions.

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    • November 23, 2020, at 5:47 AM PST
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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Beautifully said, Hank. Thank you for speaking for many of us.

    • #14
    • November 23, 2020, at 5:49 AM PST
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  15. TBA Coolidge

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Henry Racette:He’s been attacked by graceless harpies for four years. I won’t demand a lot of grace from him now. I’m just thankful for the enormous good he did while in office.

    If it turns out that he lost the election. He still needs to accept defeat so American democracy can continue. I am grateful for what he did in office, and I know that every fiber in Trump’s being wants to go down fighting, but the peaceful transfer of power if one of American’s greatest gifts to the world and we can never abandon it.

    Al Gore didn’t concede until December 12th. The Dems set the standard so I don’t see that anyone has any business complaining about this clearly established behavior. 

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    • November 23, 2020, at 5:55 AM PST
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  16. OldPhil Coolidge

    He’s been attacked by graceless harpies for four years. I won’t demand a lot of grace from him now.

    I can’t wait until someone I know tells me I need to act with grace and go all-in for “Unity.” I’m afraid it won’t be a graceful response.

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    • November 23, 2020, at 5:59 AM PST
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  17. EODmom Coolidge

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    I’m thankful too, for the last four years and I think he’s showing extraordinary grace under the circumstances. Many have said the movement he’s started will continue, as a counter to the destructive policies Obama implemented. We’re seeing the rotten fruits of those play out and the progressives/radicals are hoping for continuity under the Biden-Harris team. I think O has been behind the scenes pulling strings all along. If you look at the World Economic Forum’s “Great Reset”, you’ll see O’s advisors in quite a few positions.

    Totalitarians always – always – have to be beaten back, then pushed down and smashed. So far many have trouble even calling them totalitarians. I don’t think Obama is an actual director – he’s not smart enough nor willing to work hard enough to do this stuff. He’s probably pretty happy to be on the dominant side, living happily, doing dope. I do wonder if the real players will be known, or whether their chosen will be the public face of this iteration of evil. I for sure know Harris isn’t a real player. Dr Jill isn’t either. Whoever got Obama going is probably still back there doing their work, with a few of their closest friends. 

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    • November 23, 2020, at 6:03 AM PST
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  18. Ole Summers Member

    Excellent 

    • #18
    • November 23, 2020, at 7:14 AM PST
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  19. MichaelKennedy Inactive

    EODmom (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    I’m thankful too, for the last four years and I think he’s showing extraordinary grace under the circumstances. Many have said the movement he’s started will continue, as a counter to the destructive policies Obama implemented. We’re seeing the rotten fruits of those play out and the progressives/radicals are hoping for continuity under the Biden-Harris team. I think O has been behind the scenes pulling strings all along. If you look at the World Economic Forum’s “Great Reset”, you’ll see O’s advisors in quite a few positions.

    Totalitarians always – always – have to be beaten back, then pushed down and smashed. So far many have trouble even calling them totalitarians. I don’t think Obama is an actual director – he’s not smart enough nor willing to work hard enough to do this stuff. He’s probably pretty happy to be on the dominant side, living happily, doing dope. I do wonder if the real players will be known, or whether their chosen will be the public face of this iteration of evil. I for sure know Harris isn’t a real player. Dr Jill isn’t either. Whoever got Obama going is probably still back there doing their work, with a few of their closest friends.

    Exactly. We don’t know who is behind Obama/Biden or even where Obama came from. Look at the donor list for Prop 16 in CA for a hint. I’ve seen a longer list but can’t find it now.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2020/10/22/these-five-billionaires-have-donated-to-support-a-california-ballot-

    proposition-to-reinstate-affirmative-action/?sh=18c088f23772

     

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    • November 23, 2020, at 7:39 AM PST
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  20. Locke On Member

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Exactly. We don’t know who is behind Obama/Biden or even where Obama came from. Look at the donor list for Prop 16 in CA for a hint. I’ve seen a longer list but can’t find it now.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2020/10/22/these-five-billionaires-have-donated-to-support-a-california-ballot-

    proposition-to-reinstate-affirmative-action/?sh=18c088f23772

    List of pro Prop 16 contributors in this post at Instapundit, and a list of the biggest anti contributors linked from it.

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    • November 23, 2020, at 8:06 AM PST
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  21. MarciN Member

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):
    We don’t know who is behind Obama/Biden or even where Obama came from.

    This is what bothers me the most about Biden’s unlikely and surprising ascendancy.

    And I don’t know what he stands for on any issue. It seems he owes so many organizations and people that he can’t speak on any subject without stepping on some supporter’s toes. What others attribute to senility I think is more likely a confusing array of people he is now beholden to.

    We have enjoyed the Trump hiatus from crony capitalism. I have no idea what will happen under Biden.

    Biden is truly Trump’s polar opposite.

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    • November 23, 2020, at 8:34 AM PST
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  22. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Hank’s post has six “likes” on RushBabe49.com so far.

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    • November 23, 2020, at 10:27 AM PST
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  23. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Hank’s post has six “likes” on RushBabe49.com so far.

    I’m the oldest of seven children. Wait until my parents chime in….

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    • November 23, 2020, at 10:28 AM PST
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  24. Goldgeller Member

    Great post. I think a lot of the anger could probably be mitigated had there been an open accounting why most in the mainstream media were so wrong about Russia. If there was some recognition that there was a double standard (and not in just the form of a tweet or a 2 minute segment) then I think many people would be more willing to accept some of the criticism toward’s Trump’s behavior. But since there wasn’t, supporting Trump in an ongoing legal argument about the election is just the continuation of the discourse that began with accusations of Trump being a Russian asset. It’s all still one rolling disagreement even if the many in the media don’t see it that way, because they don’t know how they sound to half the voting population. 

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    • November 23, 2020, at 12:28 PM PST
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  25. David March Thatcher

    So I was watching a livestream last night, talking with one of Trumps former and soon to be rehired lawyers. Trump has made it clear that to him, he just wants to do right by all of his supporters. You. And that when he runs out of legal avenues he does intend to not be dragged out of the office.

    Hes just doing what every Democrat would do in his place.

    I am glad to see this post get put on the main feed.

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    • November 23, 2020, at 12:28 PM PST
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  26. WillowSpring Member
    WillowSpringJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    On top of how they have treated him for the last 4 years, they are promising civil and criminal investigations when he leaves office.

    And they expect Grace?

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    • November 23, 2020, at 1:36 PM PST
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  27. Duane Oyen Member
    Duane OyenJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I think that it is not unreasonable for Trump to act gracelessly right now. It is, however, counterproductive and he is doing his best to screw up our side as much as possible right now by his juvenile conduct, which is about what we expect from a 9 year old. He has done many good things in his term, and was treated horrendously by the Left and their media wing. But if he was a grown-up, he would have been able undercut a lot of that nonsense.

    I have fond memories of the last decent adult to occupy the office, initials GWB.

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    • November 23, 2020, at 2:20 PM PST
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  28. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    Duane Oyen (View Comment):

    I think that it is not unreasonable for Trump to act gracelessly right now. It is, however, counterproductive and he is doing his best to screw up our side as much as possible right now by his juvenile conduct, which is about what we expect from a 9 year old. He has done many good things in his term, and was treated horrendously by the Left and their media wing. But if he was a grown-up, he would have been able undercut a lot of that nonsense.

    I have fond memories of the last decent adult to occupy the office, initials GWB.

    The drama will leave the office with him. The judges, Israel’s improved position, and the renewed understanding of the press and our institutions and the example of how we can succeed while standing up to them, will remain.

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    • November 23, 2020, at 3:45 PM PST
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  29. MichaelKennedy Inactive

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    It is, however, counterproductive and he is doing his best to screw up our side as much as possible right now by his juvenile conduct, which is about what we expect from a 9 year old.

    You were about to explain to us how you made your first billion. Don’t let me interrupt you.

    Sorry. That should have been directed to @Duane Oyen

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  30. Henry Racette Contributor
    Henry Racette

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Henry Racette (View Comment):
    It is, however, counterproductive and he is doing his best to screw up our side as much as possible right now by his juvenile conduct, which is about what we expect from a 9 year old.

    You were about to explain to us how you made your first billion. Don’t let me interrupt you.

    My first billion what?

    (But seriously, I’m not the fellow who wrote what is quoted above. ;) )

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    • November 23, 2020, at 4:09 PM PST
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