The New York Times has been puzzled
by two socially liberal men in New York who are drawn to President Donald J. Trump. How could it be? asks the Grey Lady.
Here’s the short answer from those two men (us): We are New Yorkers.
New Yorkers are thick skinned, quick on their feet, independent, impatient. We fight back when pushed, fight for what’s right, tolerant of people different from you, proud of our history, grateful for our freedoms and how we got them, and operate in a make-or-break kind of way. We’re survivors — if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Donald Trump made it here in New York, and he’s making it at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The question these two New Yorkers have is, why are so many New Yorkers violently rejecting our president while so much of the country admires and appreciates his no-nonsense style of shaking things up in Washington?
Is this a Trump problem or a New York problem? Have New Yorkers lost their mind, or have they just lost their spine? When did New Yorkers become so sensitive and unable to take a joke? We used to be tolerant and have a sense of humor. We have always loved our city for different reasons and had different political beliefs, but we used to respect our differences and discuss them civilly — even though we shoved each other to get onto that overcrowded 2 train at rush hour.
Which gets us to another reason we support the President these days: human compassion. The guy deserves credit and frankly some slack for all the guff he takes. He’s facing a 24/7 onslaught of hate, resistance, and pure torture. From stinky subways to rotten bosses, New Yorkers know what a hard time is and have sympathy for those who put up with it.
The majority of the media keeps trying to prove things that never happened (the election was stolen by the Russians) or blame the president for things he never did. The Establishment is so scared of this disruptive outsider they have literally been spying on him since he was elected. How can any human being not feel sorry for what President Trump faces every day?
It’d be one thing if he wasn’t getting anything done — New Yorkers like results, and if you don’t get them, to hell with you. But look at our GDP. Look at our employment numbers. Look at North Korea and our hostages returned. Look at what he’s doing on veterans health and properly funding our military, helping lower drug costs, protecting our children against opioid addiction, protecting our borders from human and drug trafficking, reforming criminal justice, holding NATO accountable, renegotiating one-sided trade agreements — the list is so extensive and impressive — how is he not exhausted?! But he’s just getting started!
President Trump has gone to Washington with tireless energy, bravado, and his non-P.C. sense of humor — which is pretty funny if you lighten up — and he’s accomplishing great things that we believe will likely make him the greatest president in our lifetime.
We also have an answer for those that say “He’s not presidential! And he tweets! Why does he have to tweet?” To the first part, we say, we voted for an outsider, not a politician, and while some find it abrasive, others find it captivating and we think it ultimately works for getting things done. To the tweets, there’s significant value to hearing directly from the president in real time, especially these days when the media is so heavily slanted against him.
We are taught in kindergarten to treat others the way we want to be treated. That respect should extend to the Office of the President. Protesting is American, but if you’re protesting because you’re bitter over not winning or because some Congressman told you to #Resist — then please calm down. Give the man, and yourself, a break. Is this endless stream of vitriol and hatred something we all want to continue?
Hillary said civility will start when the Democrats win back the House. Well, let’s hold ourselves to that — the House is now Nancy’s.
Let’s take some of the heat off the president, let him enjoy the holidays with his family, and do the same ourselves. As we sit around the table giving thanks, let’s toast our president who genuinely loves this country and is fighting for all of us. And let’s toast this country we all love.
Bryan Eure is an executive at a global insurance broker in NYC.
Bill White is the CEO of Constellations Group and is widely recognized as one of our nation’s foremost advocates for Military, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. White has raised over $1.5 billion for these heroes and is a respected businessman and philanthropist. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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