It may sound like a silly question, but how many Americans were up at 3 a.m. last week to see the North Korean hostages return to Andrews Air Force Base? It may sound silly, but it is a question that should terrify Democratic strategists in this election season.
President Donald Trump has restored a patriotic fever to many in this country. His leadership has brought something that has been missing for a great while: good news.
There are two prime examples of that sort of glee in the past week. It is obvious the president’s detractors are unhappy by seeing their increasingly hysterical responses.
For instance, last Thursday, the president was doing the very thing Hillary Clinton made such an issue of in her failed presidential bid; he was up at 3 a.m. He was answering the rhetorical question of where your president is at that time when things are critical.
Trump was right on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base welcoming home hostages he was responsible for freeing. It was reminiscent of the Iranian hostages returning to American soil in early 1981, thanks largely in part to incoming President Ronald Reagan.
It made for great TV and even better reruns. Most Americans were not up to watch the president and first lady greet three tired but happy men home.
What angers the Trump-hating media is they were forced to cover it. The happy ending extended for many hours from the time of their release all the way to Washington, D.C. There was no ransom met for their release, like President Obama paid for the release of Iranian hostages in the Iran nuclear agreement. This was a straight-up diplomatic triumph and it put Donald Trump in a light many Americans had not seen before. Who knew he was capable of such a thing with the majority of his media ardently portraying Trump only in the negative.
It was a celebration of national unity. Trump further infuriated his critics by basking in the glory of the moment. They nitpicked how he handled it and his praising of Kim Jong Un.
The media suddenly became smug making references of how Trump could bow to a dictator. Incredibly ironic comments considering the media’s almost unanimous adoration of President Barack Obama’s 2009 worldwide apology tour on behalf of this country.
No, Trump was being the ever-wise businessman. He had previously played cat and mouse calling Kim “rocket man” in the past. This was no time for Trump to play the heavy in the midst of intense negotiations with North Korea.
But the thoroughly outfoxed Democrats we not through making their childish envy even more obvious. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., took the Senate floor to attack Trump for his "troubling" remarks.
The problem with this sort of two-edged hypocrisy is the American people — they have caught on to it. There is nothing this president can do that will satisfy the Democrats, specifically the left, and their media allies. Common Americans now understand this and sense the unfairness.
This is bad news for the Democratic Party and their fading aspirations for the upcoming elections. With each snarky comment, more people are beginning to realize the petty jealousies. The party’s strategists have made the fatal error of 24/7 Trump hatred. All at the expense of underlying issues like the economy and unemployment.
The Trump Derangement Syndrome is in full throttle. Not even moderate Democrats can slow it down. Trump is laying the groundwork for a high-stakes nuclear summit with Kim while Middle America hears comments from an envious media best relegated to daytime talk show gossip.
The Andrews Air Force Base incident was followed days later by yet another great achievement: Trump’s promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
Naturally the media was outraged and had nothing positive to say about it. Most outlets didn’t mention the fact that four American presidents pledged to do just what Trump had done.
Democrats did not send a single congressional representative to this historic event. The American people are smart enough to see the childishness of this. They won’t join in a celebration of anything Trump has done. In other words, whether it is de-nuclearizing the Korean Peninsula or opening an American embassy in the country of our closest Mideast ally, it is hate Trump over America itself.
There is little doubt moderate Democrats are concerned with this path. There are those who remain nameless that fear this lockstep mentality. It could very well be the downfall of the party itself. What was once being portrayed as a "blue wave" election in November is now anyone’s guess.
Should the Democrats continue to shoot themselves in the foot over their infantile behavior of losing the presidency, more bad news is coming? Since Barack Obama became president in 2009, the Democrats have managed to lose the House, Senate, and the presidency.
The Republicans replace more Obama federal appointments from the DOJ to the federal courts by the day. Republicans control the majority of the governorships, state legislatures, and state offices.
The blue tide is in actuality an ongoing red tide, and smart Democrats know it. The growing danger is the low opinion many of them and their media allies have for the common American.
Elitist Democrats may be right in the crosshairs of yet another historical election debacle this November. Millions of Americans have abandoned the Democratic Party. Their outward disdain for Trump is backfiring. Americans may not be as dumb as they think. It is obvious the last election has not taught them that.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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