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Hatred for Trump? Never Mind Policy — It's Personal

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President Donald Trump holds a copy of The Washington Post as he speaks in the East Room of the White House one day after the Senate acquitted on two articles of impeachment. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Thursday, 06 February 2020 01:22 PM Current | Bio | Archive

First of two parts

National Public Radio (NPR) gave us a glimpse of the blindingly obvious the other day: "Every presidential election revolves around this simple question: Are you better off now than you were four years ago? For most people — at least in terms of the economy — the answer is yes. Unemployment has continued to tick down the last few years, and the stock market is booming."

Yup. Yet the hatred of President Trump continues unabated.

The more he keeps "winning," the deep, abiding resentment of him by the haters seems only to grow. I have spent the past month exploring why, asking liberal friends the reverse question:

How has your life gotten worse since Donald Trump became president?

In my conversations with a dozen people, no one mentioned the cascade of controversies since the first day Trump took office. The build-a-wall efforts at our southern border. Walking away from the Paris climate-change accords. Cutting taxes for business. Slashing thousands of burdensome regulations, supposedly endangering our water, air and the environment.

Or, hey, what about the travel ban Trump imposed on half a dozen Muslim-majority nations when he took office? It prompted thousands to march in protest. Last week he added six more countries to that list, including Nigeria. Where are the Trump-hating protestors on that? Guess they were otherwise preoccupied with impeachment.

None of my liberal friends mentioned any of those things.

They just despise @realDonaldTrump personally. His extemporaneous, shoot-from-the-lip style, his bent for braggadocio and hyperbole, his lack of couth, kindness, as well as his lack of respect for protocol.

His penchant for bullying and jeering at his foes. He is just so . . . unpresidential.

"I just hate it every morning, when I wake up and hear him on the radio," says the owner of a tea and spice shop in Brooklyn Heights that I have frequented for more than 20 years. Likewise, the mother of a 19-year-old son and a diehard Democrat, says of Trump: "He's just so awful. Every. Single. Day."

Same goes for a friend in Boston, who can be viciously funny in arguing how dumb the president is and criticizing his apparent proclivity for prevarication. Asked how life is worse, he shakes his head and tells me: "I don't know. He's just such an a******."

Only one pal, a political adviser in New York, cited any specific policy change at all. "My taxes went up!" he told me. The Trump tax cuts capped deductions for SALT (state and local taxes.) So that, now, when we pay way too much in taxes to New York state and New York City, we also must pay federal taxes on those tax payments.

That one hurt me, too.

That reason, however, is disqualified. All of the Democratic candidates for president vow to raise taxes by trillions of dollars on "the rich," and investors and business. Though taxes on the rich usually filter down to the rest of us.

For all the bluster and two-fisted fury of President Trump, I'd bet he is deeply hurt by the vituperative animosity his foes feel for him. He came up in the business world where relationships are everything, and he succeeded in part because of his ability to charm others. He wants to be liked — by everyone, if possible.

Radio personality Howard Stern has fretted about this.

The Democrats could have used this eager-for-approval trait in Trump to co-opt him and draw him into compromises that would accrue to their benefit (and the nation's.)

Instead, they chose to hate him.

It's a matter of perspective, and things are more divided than they have been in decades.

President Trump's abrasive personality, his willingness to be off-color — these traits, so offensive to liberals, are prized and praised by his supporters.

Finally, an outsider non-politician with the chutzpah to tell the rest of Washington to flip off and go to h**l.

Dennis Kneale is a writer and media strategist in New York. Previously he was an anchor at CNBC and at Fox Business Network, after serving as a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal and managing editor of Forbes. He helped write “Wealth Mismanagement: A Wall Street Insider on the Dirty Secrets of Financial Advisers and How to Protect Your Portfolio,” by Ed Butowsky, published in August 2019 by Post Hill Press. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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