The (not so) United States of America

noah wilkens, Staff Writer

It is easy to judge others without looking inward. Author Stephen Covey defines this concept succinctly: “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” President Donald Trump has been exceedingly unpopular since the outset of his term, sparking an inextinguishable inferno of unnecessary protests, conspiracies and “not my president” hashtags. The infallible media bias, misunderstanding of President Trump’s administration and the public’s lack of concern regarding the media’s pervasive lies has lit the fuse for assumptions concerning his aptitude to run the United States of America.

Donald Trump is not a racist. Donald Trump is not a bigot. Donald Trump is not a fascist. These accusations are perpetrated by the far left who, without substantive criticisms, have fallen back on name calling as their primary weapon of political attack. The thing is, the group slandering Trump is banding together like sheep, mindless, easily swayed and skiddish. As the left has so often pointed out, Trump is not politically correct or overly sensitive, often taking bold statements to Twitter. President Trump’s first year in office has proven his ability to be unwavering and confrontational, exactly what modern day America needs.

The left continues to argue that the Trump administration is wreaking havoc in Washington with little political achievements. But this is far from true. President Trump has faithfully delivered on his campaign promise to lower the unemployment rate, and at 4.3 percent, the lowest since 2001, the American people should be thanking Trump, not protesting him. Furthermore, the stock market index has soared under Trump’s presidency, climbing 30 percent, a record high, due to tax cuts and boosted earnings. The 45th President has made history.

The media has clung to Trump like a parasite, without a shred of journalistic integrity, digging deep into his past to reveal any iota of useless gossip that may decrease his popularity. But I encourage the left and the media to look past Trump’s initial abrasiveness and try to understand the moderate and conservative wings of the political spectrum. Only then will liberals be able to accept the path of Trump’s presidency and recognize the future is not as dark as they may see it.