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Partisanship Trumps Policy in Reacting to North Korea

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with the news media from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Reactions to White House plans to meet with Kim Jong-Un highlight the damaging impact of partisan polarization and obsessive Trump hatred.

Had Barack Obama arranged to negotiate with the brutal North Korean dictator, some of the same Democrats now deriding Trump would have hailed their hero as a bold visionary, deserving of a second Nobel prize.

Some of the voices that blamed Trump for incendiary rhetoric leading toward needless war now attack him for reckless concessions in pursuit of peace. Of course, this new initiative could still collapse in a U.S. setback, but Americans should give the president broad support to strengthen his hand. Yes, Trump true-believers can sometimes embarrass themselves by claiming the president can do no wrong, but his die-hard critics damage our politics by insisting that he can do no right.

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  1. Rizzo  •  Mar 13, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Partisanship Trumps EVERYTHING for the LEFT.
    Their hatred and relentless pursuit of Trump's impeachment is unending, and it is BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
    They have enough mindless drones, that they may actually make it happen.

  2. Jim Bird  •  Mar 16, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Hopefully the 2018 election, with no help from the GOP leadership, will be a massive defeat for liberals. That may get the decrepit old white Leftists leadership overthrown by moderate dems. Then possibly the deep state can be eradicated, voter ID enacted and rule of law once again transacted for all Americans. I’m sure that’s wishful thinking! It is sooooo simple to follow the rule of law like most Americans do (not democrats of course). Parents can go to jail by taking their kids out of public school because they’re learning the Communist Manifesto in third grade but Hillary, Obama, McCabe, Comey, et al, will go free. Michael if you and your ilk succeed in overthrowing Trump, there will no more rule of law and no more GOP. Trump does everything right, with possible exception of tweeting too much, He is NOT a totalitarian thug or a coward. Are you happy Mueller wants Trump’s financials so he can frame him?

  3. Terrence D Gallagher  •  Mar 16, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    I sure wish the never-Trump Medved wing had voted for this man.
    Hillary would have been destroyed. I'm still disappointed with
    Michael's purity when a Patton style persona was absolutely called
    for. Yes, he's crude, yes, he's gruff, yes he tweets…HE FIGHTS, and
    that is our Country's need. There's a line in the sand, you're either
    in or out.

  4. Jim Bird  •  Mar 17, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Kudos to Rizzo and Terrence. When will Sessions go after the Deep State? How many more years does Mueller get to impeach and harm Trump with a nonexistent case? Republican voters look at the Republican leadership with their childish timidity to do SOMETHING, ANYTHING about the corruption in the FBI, DOJ, IRS, State Department and DNC! WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? Afraid Democrats won’t like you? They will never like you until you let them fundamentally transform America into a Social Democracy of sanctuary terrorist cities. Trump, almost single-handedly, has more goodness in the world than the RNC has in decades. We Republican voters don’t trust, we want to fundamentally transform the Republican Party.

  5. Rizzo  •  Mar 17, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Jim…
    To your point, do you know who the 2 BIGGEST douche-bags are EVER?
    Steve Schmidt, "Republican" strategist, and Nicole Wallace.
    They are both MSNBC, KNOW-NOTHING TURDS, and they get to parade around bashing Trump, while holding the banner of "Republican".
    These 2 are COMPETE HACKS. ONLY MSNBC would hire these whacko's.

  6. Jim Bird  •  Mar 18, 2018 at 10:54 am

    How about Morning Schmo, former US Republican congressman, and sidekick Comrade Bryzeekazoo Dumbkovski on PMSNBC?

  7. Rizzo  •  Mar 19, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Seriously, has she contributed even a single note-worthy thought or comment in her life? I can’t believe they actually pay someone, who’s only job is to grimace and shake their head in righteous indignation…. and occasionally groan.
    WTF is that shit-show?

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