American Elephants

The Associated Press, Donald Trump, and Forgotten Republicans by The Elephant's Child

Abject PropagandaJohn Hinderaker from Powerline takes on, deservedly, the Associated Press, for their ploy of promoting the sour grapes from losing Republicans. The AP calls them “the forgotten Republicans” meaning that they are the ones who don’t like President Trump.

They are not “forgotten”— the AP eagerly seeks them out for comment. Anyone who disapproves of the President of the United States is on their list. Whether they are members of Congress, governors or state party leaders they are “struggling to fit into President Donald Trump’s Republican Party.”

They cautiously acknowledge that the vast majority of Republicans think the president is doing a good job, but…

The overwhelming majority of elected officials, candidates and rank-and-file voters now follow the president with extraordinary loyalty, even if he strays far from the values and traditions many know and love.

AP apparently hasn’t noticed that President Trump is for free trade. He is playing hardball. “He starts bargaining sessions by proposing that participants reduce all tariffs to zero. Since there are never takers, he does the next best thing, he defends American interests and tries to improve our existing trade deals.”

In the meantime, U.S. Steel is going to invest $750 million at their 110-year old steel manufacturing plant known as Gary Works in Gary, Indiana, crediting President Trump’s protective tariffs on steel. Gary Works was once the largest steel mill in the world. It now employs about 3,800 American workers. The upgrade will improve the facility’s environmental performance, bolster competitiveness,  and benefit the local community.

The 25 percent tariff on imported steel is designed to protect American workers and do just what U.S. Steel is doing. Since 2001 free trade with China has cost millions of lost American jobs. About 2.6 million jobs were lost due to the U.S. trade deficit with China. Already Trump’s tariffs have created 11,100 American jobs in just 6 months.

It’s all very confusing. What to report? The president is trying to live up to his campaign promises, and the press just can’t seem to grasp the positive effects on the American economy. They are so determined to see the administration as beyond the possibility of doing anything right that they cannot see what is directly before their noses. The press and the attention they pay to anyone who has something nasty to say about Trump, his family, his administration overpowers some remarkable accomplishment. What a pity they’re so partisan.

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