Recently, I have concluded the following: Donald Trump loves and is committed to protecting Israel. So is New York Times columnist Bret Stephens committed to protecting and defending Israel in print. But at the same time — and this is not going out on a limb here — Stephens, a former editor of The Jerusalem Post, detests Donald Trump and, even more so, the Trump presidency.
Stephens, whose column I enjoy for its breadth and erudition every weekend in the Times, is a Never Trumper to the extent that he refuses in some ways to recognize Donald Trump as the legitimate president of the United States. The long list of Never Trumpers includes noted intellectuals such as William Kristol and George Will. And while these folks may agree with many of the Trump policies to date, they just cannot absorb the fact that a man they consider such a deficient intellectual is actually the Republican president of our country.
Regardless of the subject matter, Bret Stephens never misses an opportunity in his columns to ridicule or denigrate something Mr. Trump said or did during the preceding week.
As I have said in this space numerous times over the last year and a half, the primary issues here are twofold. First, there is the matter of Mr. Trump’s lack of prior political experience, and then there is his inability to clearly articulate what he is thinking.
It is one issue when Democrats oppose the Trump agenda; it is an entirely other, disconcerting, matter when members of the traditional Republican Party seek to undermine the president’s agenda as well. And here is another thing — it seems that within the party itself, there are Democrats who do not agree with one another, but they do not display the same type of hostility we witness almost daily within the Republican ranks.
The gamble here on the Democrats’ part is to convince the rank and file of America that President Trump is unhinged or, as Nancy Pelosi says, that he does not have the temperament to be president. Chuck Schumer has parroted the same words and ideas about Trump’s competence, though he has been quiet of late. It just might be that Mr. Schumer has come to the realization that this negative and critical strategy in order to retake Congress is not going to work.
If George Will, Bret Stephens and others are simply concerned that Mr. Trump does not meet up to what they consider a presidential standard, then how is it that they and their colleagues in the media continue to bring the national conversation to a level dominated by the most unimportant and salacious topics?
This week that issue is Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Omarosa, as she is more commonly known, is an American reality television show participant and former political aide to President Trump. She is best known for her appearances as a contestant on The Apprentice, The Celebrity Apprentice and All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, as well as for serving as the Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the White House during the Trump administration. She has dominated the news this week with unsubstantiated accusations about President Trump. This demonstrates that the mainstream media are not just the “enemy of the people,” as Mr. Trump suggests; they are also their own worst enemy as well, performing a disservice to the American people.
At the White House briefing on Tuesday, senior correspondents for the major networks were only able to focus on one matter. And that was the question of whether or not the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had any suspicion that President Trump may be a racist. One NBC White House correspondent asked one of the dumbest questions I have ever heard at one of these sessions: “Sarah, can you guarantee us that the president will never use the ‘N’ word?”
To her credit, Sanders responded that she could not guarantee anything but that the Trump track record of many decades speaks for itself. Still, the reporters in the briefing room could not restrain themselves. There were terror attacks that morning in both England and Sweden where people sustained injuries. The U.S. continues to ratchet up sanctions on Turkey, whose government refuses to release an American pastor being held in prison since 2016. The American sanctions and tariffs on some Turkish goods have thrown that country’s economy into a freefall.
At the same time, the defense attorneys in the Paul Manafort trial in Virginia rested their case without calling any witnesses or mounting a defense. Closing arguments began on Wednesday and the case will then go to the jury. Manafort is being tried for bank and tax fraud, but as he is a former director of the Trump campaign for president, the prosecutors are hoping that a conviction will make it possible for them to squeeze Manafort to spill the beans on Trump — whether or not there are actually any beans in there.
It appears that the defense feels that the prosecution has not successfully proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt and therefore decided that there was no need to present their case. We should hear the jury’s decision in the next few days.
These are pretty big issues that the American people should want to know about. Instead, the Washington press spent a White House news briefing pressing the president’s spokesperson about whether or not she was aware that Mr. Trump may have once used the ‘N’ word.
As you see, Mr. Trump is enduring an attempt from the intellectual top to topple him. This comes in the form of the lies from Bret Stephens and Thomas Friedman of the Times who cannot get over the fact that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, and from the intellectual bottom represented by a hardnosed, empty-headed media who believe that the world should stop rotating on its axis until the international community can determine conclusively whether Donald Trump ever said the ‘N’ word in any context or on any occasion.
They are digging in that direction because from their shallow, lowbrow perspective, this might finally be the route to undermining or even ending the Trump presidency.
The important thing to know, though, is that Trump’s fall is unlikely to happen at any time or under any circumstance. To my mind — and I think that Bret Stephens may believe the same thing — it’s because of Mr. Trump’s unhesitating support for Israel that he is succeeding.
I’m sure that the president knows — perhaps he has been made aware by his daughter and son-in-law — that there is a clear Biblical dictum that says about non-Jewish support of Israel, “Those who bless you shall be blessed…”
With all the petty bickering around, the Democrats may not be able to succeed in their goal to bring down the president because, more than anything else, Mr. Trump is blessed. So as we head into the Yamim Noraim and after that the midterm elections, let’s hope that G-d continues to bless President Trump along with the United States of America.
Read more of Larry Gordon’s articles at 5TJT.com. Follow 5 Towns Jewish Times on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and live videos. Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome at 5TJT.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.