Cable news outlets aren't recognizing Trump's accomplishments

Sep 20, 2017

(Editor's note: This letter is in response to one written by Arthur Sandland, published Sept. 7.)

To the Editor:

Mr. Sandland, after reading your opinion my wife and I think the information you’re saying comes from cable news channels that have little respect for our president. The same cable news that had three journalists resign and retracted their stories for not fact checking. They also gave us Clinton’s impressive poll numbers throughout the election.

Trump has been in business 40-plus years and employed tens of thousands of people during that time. All these years, not one of our intelligence agencies have pick up any information about Trump and the Russians working together or attending hate rallies with David Duke.

Where are the discrimination lawsuits against this man from his employees? If there were any the cable news would be telling us about them hourly. If either Cruz or Rubio were elected president the headlines would stay the same only the name changes.

Mr. Comey dug his own grave. He drafted a statement clearing Clinton months before her interview. The investigation was a sham and he was in her pocket.

You ask what has this administration done. Obama and Trump had to deal with a lazy Congress.

Term limits may change that. Both presidents used executive orders to move their agendas forward. Here are a few things Trump has done: signed over 30 bills into law, new Supreme Court justice and two more coming, cut business regulations, Dakota Pipeline moving forward, changes in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Paris Climate deal gone, stock market and jobs up unemployment and illegal crossings down, TPP trade deal gone saving America over 400,000 jobs, renegotiating NAFTA, shaking up the United Nations, ceasefire in Syria, thousands of lives saved in Iraq because of changes in how we fight ISIS. My favorite, reaching across the aisle asking Democrats for help re-building our bridges and roads, tax reform and DACA. Not bad for a non-politician in his first year.

A year ago, I was anxious about the election. About the same time, voters found out that the Clinton campaign was in collusion with the Democratic National Committee and CNN working together to cheat Bernie Sanders out of his chance of becoming president. I felt they cheated in the primary and may do the same in the general election. On Nov. 9 around 3 a.m., I realized our country would be in good hands for the next four (hopefully eight) years.


Roy Folsom

Comments (22)
Posted by: Rosebud | Sep 21, 2017 11:16

It's in vogue to trash our President, as was exhibited by the "Demmy" awards the other night.  President Trump is not a politician, and you can expect that he will not behave like your average politician.  I'd rather have Trump than the lying, corrupt Clintons any day.


Posted by: jjjjjj | Sep 21, 2017 21:36

With all due respect to you, Rosebud, you shouldn't use "lying" and "corrupt" as reasons why you might consider Trump better than the Clintons.

Trump's a pathological liar - willing to lie publicly about things so easily proved otherwise.  He has a long history of corruption ranging from business dealings to personal interactions.  His guiding principles are naked greed and self-aggrandizement.

If you don't know he's a fraud, you haven't been paying attention.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Sep 22, 2017 07:52

I would rather have Trump than treasonous socialist scum like Obama and Clinton. I have been paying attention and the only fraud is that being perpetrated against America and the President is by foul souls of the Alt Left.

Posted by: desertsky | Sep 22, 2017 10:01

The Clinton's lie, cheat and steal to promote their personal agenda and they've finally been stopped and they can't believe it! Maybe we should all buy Hilary's new book to find out what happened??! I can tell you what happened...;people got fed up with the crap these two have been shoveling for years and said enough is enough. Go away and fade into history and do us all a favor.

Posted by: Archangel | Sep 24, 2017 16:22

Trump is just a "Thug" hiding under a 2 piece suit and a very bad comb-over.

Posted by: jjjjjj | Sep 24, 2017 19:21

It says an awful lot when the prevailing defense of Trump takes the form of comments about Clinton or Obama.  Classic "whataboutism" - point out someone else's flaw when you can't honestly defend your person.


By the way, it's entirely possible to disapprove of Clinton, or anyone else, without supporting Trump. Doesn't have to be one or the other.


And to Mr.Folsom - your letter comes straight from cable news, too.  Regurgitation of the Fox News/Trump talking points.  I find it difficult to give credence to anyone who cites a Supreme Court appointment as evidence of Trump's accomplishments.  He had almost nothing to do with it.


Scalia died in 2016.  Are you suggesting that was Trump's doing?  McConnell engineered a shameful obstruction of Senate process - not so much as a hearing or vote on Garland's nomination.  Also not Trump's doing, he was busy selling Chinese-made hats.  After taking office, advisers gave Trump a list of names, from which he picked Gorsuch.  He didn't know the man or his legal philosophy - doubtful he'd ever heard of Gorsuch before.  I'd wager Trump is more familiar with the menu at KFC.  Then the Senate does the job they should've done the year prior - holding hearings and votes leading to confirmation.  Trump's involvement was selecting an unfamiliar name from a list - like ordering food at at foreign restaurant.  Don't make it sound like he's some master tactician.


Not that I even have to bother going there.  A hostile foreign power acted to influence our elections.  That constitutes an attack on our country.  Federal agencies and some of Trump's own advisers publicly admit this is a fact.  Except Trump doesn't seem to care.  Regardless of whether he or his campaign sought to conspire with Russia - how/why does a sitting president dismiss such an attack on our country?  It's unheard of and I hope we find out.

Posted by: Davidsgirl | Sep 25, 2017 14:36

What I have learned from all of these letters to the editor:

Our education system has failed us.

Americans need to travel and read more.

Rupert Murdoch should be tried and when found guilty executed for treason.

Don could shoot a black man on 5th avenue and his supporters would find a way to blame the black man, HRC and Barack Obama and then give Don a medal for his shooting skills.

Americans would happily cede our country to the Russian government rather than have a woman president.

Hypocrisy and partisanship are killing us all but don’t worry about any of this because the dumbest person on the planet is in a verbal slap fight with the craziest and we all may die in a nuclear winter soon.

Posted by: Davidsgirl | Sep 25, 2017 16:08

Headed home now so that when the Monday night game starts I can be ready to take a knee. In honor of our new comrades I shall burn a Russian flag this week!

Posted by: cranky pants | Sep 25, 2017 16:56

Not 100% sure what protesting the flag and national anthem has to do with Trump, police brutality, and the friggen all colors matter phenom..

How many black on black crimes were committed in Chicago in just this weekend alone ? Why isn't anyone protesting gang violence, or drug related deaths ?

This country sure is getting overly sensitive. I'm not agreeing with Trump and his honorary foolishness that he's blurting out on tv. Then again I'm certainly not excited to see these overpaid athletes protesting the flag that millions of people who believed in the flag gave their lives so these dopes could play ball on a Sunday.. And be highly overpaid for doing such.

Taking a knee certainly proves that ignorance holds no prejudices. If they were so influenced and worried about humanity they would shed the big name brand clothing and leave the athletic gear alone.. Most of that stuff is made in counties that are far worse to their people than ours.

Take your ball and go home, leave my money on the field though please.


Posted by: SammieJfive | Sep 26, 2017 12:46

It will be interesting to see in the coming weeks how the majority of this country will "vote" on the protests we see on the athletic field. Every time a stadium seat is empty, you tune your television to something other than the "game", or watch high paying sponsors pull their money, it affects the bottom I hope that their distain of this country, as well as their disrespect of our flag and what it stands for will show up in their paychecks. Common sense tells me that if you don't like where you live, you move. It has nothing to do with who is in charge of this country, what color your skin is, sexual orientation, etc. At the very least, stop slapping the men and women who fought and died so you can have your protest. I will be "voting" by not watching them "play", while making more money in a year than I will ever see in my lifetime. Just my small contribution to honor our country. Just out of curiosity, I actually pulled out my (not googled, but an actual hard cover) Webster's Dictionary, and looked up the meaning of Patriot. Amazingly enough, it says: "one who loves his or her country". What is the symbol of our country you ask? The American Flag. Honor it, or get the hell out!

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Sep 26, 2017 14:12

Cranky - While you are wondering about last weekend's crime statistics for Chicago, why limit yourself to wondering about "black on black" (your word choice not mine) crimes? Don't crimes by "all colors" matter to you?

Posted by: cranky pants | Sep 27, 2017 10:26


Of course all colors matter to me. I was just speaking on terms of the players that are doing the protesting. They are the ones making it about race and racism, not me.

Taking a knee certainly proves that ignorance holds no prejudices. The problem seems to be amplified more now that Trump had to go and babble about it on television. Now it's just becoming the trendy thing to do. I saw on the news some kids in Maine are taking a knee at a soccer game. Give me a break..

Taking a knee today is the electric slide of yesterday.

I fail to see what the anthem and flag have to do with police brutality, racism or even reverse racism.. Then again I'm not a special snowflake so I can take things a little easier than some of these crybabies out here.


Posted by: Archangel | Sep 27, 2017 20:29

"Are you willing, gentlemen, to abandon your country, to permit it to be taken from you, and occupied by the abolitionist, according to whose taste it is to associate and amalgamate with the negro? Or, gentlemen, on the other hand, are there laws in this community to defend you from the immediate abolitionist, who would open upon you the floodgates of such extensive wickedness and mischief?" - Francis Scott Key

From the Star Spangled Banner:

"No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave" - Francis Scott Key

Maybe that will help clear things up for you, Cranky.

Posted by: cranky pants | Sep 28, 2017 07:30

Clears it up for you perhaps.

Try explaining it to the families that have had loved one's lifeless bodies shipped home in a box draped with our flag..

Let me guess, you'd vote to have the anthem removed entirely.

Posted by: Archangel | Sep 28, 2017 13:34

Many of those families, especially those with a history of distinguished military service like mine, would know that those in the military take an oath to serve and protect the Constitution not Old Glory or the National Anthem.

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Just because you don't like them taking a knee, Cranky, it doesn't mean its disrespectful. On the contrary, it is the perfect example of how men and/or women of a free nation can express themselves in a very peaceful and public display.


Posted by: cranky pants | Sep 28, 2017 13:55

Just as you're trying to justify to me that's it's not offensive and I'm supposed to respect your views..

You have to respect mine.

That's primarily the issue, it's about respect or lack there of.

Posted by: Davidsgirl | Sep 28, 2017 14:32

Cranky you are very confused, no one is telling you what to do, stand kneel, pray, do whatever you want, we respect your rights. You are telling people that kneel that they are disgraceful that they cannot kneel because the very sight of someone kneeling makes you melt with indignation, you are indeed a snowflake.

Posted by: cranky pants | Sep 28, 2017 17:25

I was going to come back with some witty or slightly defensive comment but I'm learning to not battle over an idiocrasy on the internet..

The general public can't distinguish who's who.

At this point I'll simply laugh and you can carry on being you.


Posted by: Archangel | Sep 28, 2017 20:28

"Slightly defensive"? Definitely!

"Witty"? Not likely!

Posted by: cranky pants | Sep 29, 2017 07:29

Looks like the windbag dropped in to shed knowledge..

Duly noted.

Posted by: Dick Paulsen | Oct 05, 2017 11:20

It appears that the "conversation" has shifted from the orignal topic, that is is the press treating Trump properly.  For the record, and on balance, I belive they are.


But let me stay on what appears to be the issue that most commentors here are focussed on, the kneeling issue, as to whether it shows such disrespect that it should be punished.


In 1989, a case was ajudicatedby the Supreme Court in Texas vs. Johnson.  The case was very straightforward, Johnson had burned a United States in protest, certainly something that I believe most people today, would be more demeaning of the flag than refusing to acknowledge it.


The vote was a narrow one, 5 to 4 against Texas and for Johnson, saying, in effect, that he was within his rights to do as he did, that is burn the flag.


And the deciding votre, the tie-breaker?  It came from arguably the most conservative voice on the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia.


In my own way of thinking, he essentially took a "knee," accepting that the burning was a form of feee speech, and therefore protected.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Oct 09, 2017 11:06

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