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March 19, 2020

During a recent social media debate, a Trump hater threw out some of the same ol' talking points that I always hear. Allow me to address some of them.

Trump lies all the time.

I hear this one a lot but when I ask for examples, they can't seem to supply any. Disagreement does not equal a lie. If they're counting embellishment and Trump's frequent mild exaggerations ... well, they might have a point but more often than not, they're hearing that Trump lied from a source that has been lying about Trump for three years.

There are serious credibility and standing issues with the people lamenting that Trump lies. These people were silent when we were promised that "you can keep your doctor"; Benghazi was because of a video; I heard about it when I read about it in the paper like everyone else, etc.

Heck, their presumptive 2020 nominee has truth issues himself. Don't take my word for it, take Bernie's advice and go to YouTube and watch Joe Biden himself call for cuts in Social Security and Medicare. While you're there, you can also watch the video where he lies through his teeth about his academic achievements.

Trump has no respect for women or veterans.

It amazes me that the people from the party of Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, Al Franken, Joe "hair sniffer" Biden, have the gall to say anything about disrespect for women. Again, standing and credibility issues.

These are the same people who defended Bill Clinton when it was found out that he was being naughty in the Oval Office, with an intern half his age, while he was on the phone with a military general discussing troops (talk about disrespect for the military).

They would still be calling Monica Lewinsky a crazy, lying stalker if she wouldn't have been smart enough to save that pretty blue dress with the presidential DNA.

Respect for vets? Vets love Trump. Cops LOVE Trump. He actually shows vets and cops respect, unlike Democrats.

Trump voices support for vets and backs up his words with action. He got stuck with a military that was pirating parts from one aircraft to keep another in the air. The Obama administration, through the "sequester" made crippling cuts to the military, resulting in deficiencies in training and shortages in supplies and spare parts. The Air Force cut combat squadrons and only 50 percent of navy aircraft could get off the ground. That was the "respect" that Obama gave to the military and Trump made it a priority to fix it.

Trump also saw to it that vets could go to doctors closer to home rather than drive long distances to VA hospitals AND if their wait for a VA appointment is too long, they can see a doctor of their choice. He also pushed for and achieved the ability to fire incompetent VA officials.

He downplayed the

coronavirus.

The 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden had this to say back in January after Trump imposed travel restrictions on China: "This is no time for Donald Trump's record of hysteria and xenophobia - hysterical xenophobia - and fear mongering."

So they criticized him for acting too soon but now they want you to believe that he didn't act soon enough. By the way, many experts credit Trump's early ban with preventing the spread and saving countless lives.

Trump has hurt our standing in the world.

Says who? Trump has reestablished the U.S. as the big dog on the world block, not to be messed with nor taken advantage of.

Leaders of other countries may not like him but they've been put on notice that he's not Obama. If he says something, he means it. If Trump says there is a red line, you can bet that other countries listen.

There's a reason why the Iranian response to the killing of Soleimani resulted in no U.S. deaths. It was a retaliation that could save them face while having little risk to American lives. Why? Because they took Trump at his word. Kill Americans, pay the price.

Lots of countries don't respect the U.S., regardless of who is in the White House. Respect is good but in the absence of respect, fear is sufficient. At least those countries that never respect the U.S. are now fearful of her again.

He's divisive.

I'll be the first to say that sometimes his tweets even make me cringe, but I don't remember any of these critics ever saying a thing about Obama dividing us even when he was making it a point to do so. Henry Louis Gates, Treyvon Martin, Michael Brown ... all in the wrong but based solely on their race, he took their side in each case and fanned the flames of racial division for political gain. Barack Obama is also single handedly responsible for much of the hatred still being directed at cops every day.

Trump has been

impeached.

Yes, it took them three years and when they couldn't actually find a high crime, misdemeanor, bribery or treason, they just lowered the bar and made some stuff up knowing it would never make it through the U.S. Senate. I can't wait to see how all of these Trump haters feel when the time comes – and it will – when a Republican House comes up with an anonymous "whistleblower" citing third-party hearsay and they use that hearsay to initiate impeachment proceedings on a Democrat president.

I'll remind them that they were perfectly OK with it in 2019.

Author's Note: It would be stupid to assume that the views expressed in this column are necessarily held by the Morrisons Cove Herald, its employees, owners or advertisers.

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