This Week: In Defence Of Trump
American President Donald Trump has been praised on the BBC! You read that right – I was as shocked as you are. I will understand if you don’t believe me. You can see for yourself by clicking here.
On This Week this week, host Andrew Neil said “In defence of Trump. Not words you hear every day, especially on this side of the Atlantic. The default mainstream position towards the President is a combination of despair, horror and grim, even embarrassed, fascination.” (Andrew is certainly correct in these assertions!)
“But he’s still there” he continued. “The US economy’s growing fast, the stock market’s at an all-time high and unemployment at modern record lows. He’s managed the first major tax reform since Reagan and even the North Korean ‘Rocket Man’ is now inclined to talk. So are we overdoing the anti-Trump hysteria? Are we suckers for the Trump circus while ignoring the substance?”
A recorded segment was shown of journalist James Delingpole, who began by repeating criticisms of the US commander in chief. “Somehow, though, this clown has become President of the United States” he remarked sarcastically. “Let’s cut the crap, Donald Trump is amazing!
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“The US economy is going gangbusters. The Dow is soaring. Growth is over three per cent. Hourly wages are two and a half per cent higher than this time last year. Unemployment for African Americans is at record lows. And after Trump’s sweeping tax reforms, something that lesser Republicans have been trying and failing to achieve for years, we can expect massive growth ahead.
“And because he’s so frank and fearless, he’s even dared to take on the green crazies. He’s brushed off all their scaremongering nonsense and told it like it is. Global warming is just an excuse to bomb the global economy back to the Dark Ages. Au revoir Paris Climate Accord. Hello freedom, scientific integrity and prosperity.
“President Trump is on a mission to make the world great again. He’s crushed ISIS. He’s blown the Middle East peace process back on course. And, as the President of South Korea said this week, he deserves big credit for bringing North and South Korea back to the negotiating table.
“So is President Donald Trump really an idiot? Well if he is, he’s the luckiest idiot in Presidential history!”
Back in the studio, Neil asked Delingpole “Why are his personal ratings so bad in America?”
“I really don’t care what his personal ratings are doing” he replied. “All I care about is what he is actually achieving so far. It seems quite possible that he’s achieved something that no other President has achieved” “for years – bringing about peace in the Middle East.” “He’s been negotiating with Israel and Saudi Arabia and now it looks like his policies are helping the revolution in Iran as well.” “He got so much stick for his kind of alleged warmongering gestures.”
The host asked again why Donald’s ratings are so low.
“Maybe it’s because if you want to get stuff done, you’ve got to be prepared to be disliked” James responded. “He’s a Marmite character and some people, for example, think that his use of Twitter is inappropriate for a President, but my god it’s effective!”
“Are we in danger” “of concentrating too much on the froth and the Twitters and the histrionics of the Trump Presidency and ignoring the substance?” Andrew asked Alan Johnson.
“Yes, probably,” Johnson answered, “because every time there’s a reaction against Trump, there is core support which have elected him because of his role as an outsider.” “Then the liberal elite,” “the more we throw rocks at him, the better he looks.” He observed that the President has not built a wall along the border with Mexico.
“He’s still talking about the wall” Andrew informed us. “What he’s saying is I’m going to renegotiate the NAFTA deal, the free trade deal with Mexico and Canada. America will be quids in. That’ll pay for the wall.” “The US economy is growing quickly now. It’s been gathering speed since last year.” “Unemployment, for example, among American blacks is now about eight per cent and falling. It hasn’t been eight per cent for years and years and years.” “The stock market is soaring.”
Michael Portillo opined “The personal ratings at the moment are really immaterial, because he would face re-election in about three years’ time and if the American economy’s going like this at the moment and if it’s having this impact on unemployment at the moment and if it has an impact on real standards of living, then all of those things are likely to add up to President Trump being re-elected.”
“I think, whenever there’s a Republican in the White House, the British Media falls into extraordinary laziness” Portillo added. “I mean they simply dismiss as moronic everything that any Republican President says.”
“Reagan had a terrible time” Neil concurred.
“It is lazy journalism” Michael continued. “You have to try and understand why this person was elected.”
“I think the mainstream right in America are part of the problem” Delingpole stated. “This is why what Trump has achieved already is remarkable. He’s not just fighting the Democrats, he’s also fighting the GOP, his own party.” “He’s fighting the media.” “I think that Trump will be recognised as one of the great Presidents.”
“It is the biggest tax reform since Reagan and other Presidents have failed to do it” the host said. “Despite all the bluster and the ‘Rocket Man’, again he says” “that he’s actually got a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” “and that he encouraged North Korea to come to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.” “You shake your head in disbelief” but “North Korea’s going to the South Korea Olympic Games and they’re going to march in together I’m told. And he hasn’t,” unlike previous Presidents, “actually declared war or invaded anywhere.”
So there you have it – admissions of media bias and positive opinions about Trump being enthusiastically expressed on the BBC! I think I see a flying pig.