When will the Left stop insulting Trump?

The left will not stop insulting Trump even if it manages to expel him from the White House. Those who say Trump must make peace with the hostile media to avoid undue attention miss the fact that this fierce media will not stop attacking him even if he turns into another Barack Obama. The American president thus stands with his back against the wall and fights with his iPhone.

It is interesting to see how Trump managed to tarnish the reputation of some of his opponents, describing them as fake through some tweets. He is the opposite of President George W. Bush who the media preyed on and promoted false rumors about. He was even called stupid and evil. Trump, on the other hand, has managed to brand his opponents and gained a popular base that sympathizes with the victim especially when attacked by the corrupt arrogant elite.

The leftists have been Trump’s enemies even before he became president. The campaign against him worsened when he became a candidate but his unexpected victory shocked leftists and liberals who started rehearsing for the end of the world.

A book recently published revealed the confusion and delirium which many writers and intellectuals suffered from. As Hillary Clinton’s team prepared to set off fireworks to celebrate her certain victory, the shocking news came of the victory of a man they despise and saw as a clown.

One writer said the fear he felt when Trump won was similar to the fear he felt during the September 11, 2001 attacks. An intellectual and her husband stayed up all night holding hands and crying in fear. Another writer said: “something inside me died tonight,” while another lamented as he described his deep melancholy.

Hysteria and fear turned into fierce resistance and disobedience against Trump and his administration. It has been six months since he became president and some still raise banners: “He is not our president.” What is happening now may explain the deep psychological shock, which transformed into resistance that became stronger due to Trump’s sharp tongue. However, the question is does Trump deserve to be attacked this way?

It is early to say if Trump succeeded or failed but a logical and fair look into his term so far makes the bigger picture more objective

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Not without blemish

The truth is Trump has made several mistakes. The most prominent one is attacking Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions, who heads the Department of Justice in a move that is difficult to explain. The White House is in a state of overwhelming chaos that reached its peak when the unmanageable Anthony Scaramucci was appointed as the White House Communications Director. He was later fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Due to McCain’s mood swings, who is also unwell, Trump failed to end Obamacare. This is all in addition to the frequent leaks of Trump’s calls with world leaders – of which the most recent were his calls with the Mexican and Australian presidents – and that show him as an incapable and weak man who cannot even control his own team.

This clear failure stirs a lot of chaos and distracts people from the real successes achieved in a short time. A million job opportunities have been created, the economy was revived and Dow Jones hit all-time high, moving above the 22,000 point mark for the first time.

The number of smugglers and illegal immigrants decreased at the Mexican borders. A series of achievements are almost certain to follow, such as tax reforms and building of the wall between the US and Mexico, which even his opponents approve of.

Foreign policy

On the foreign front, Trump proved that he is much better than Obama whose almost all policies failed. The Riyadh Summit restored warmth and strong ties with allies and resulted in a clear strategy and policy to combat terrorism.

As for Iran, he replaced the policy of soft containment with confrontation and handed over the matter to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, aka the Mad Dog – who understands the brutality and barbarism of the regime better than anyone else – and repeatedly hinted at the possibility of toppling the regime. Sanctions have also been imposed on Iran recently.

The al-Shayrat air base in Syria was struck during Trump’s era. Trump’s speech about the pain of seeing infants suffocate following the toxic Sarin gas attack in Syria restored some respect to the principle of justice which was completely absent during the past eight years when women and children were killed and their killers escaped punishment.

ISIS in Mosul was defeated thanks to American troops’ support and it will be defeated soon in Raqqa. The mother-of-all-bombs was used against ISIS in Afghanistan and dozens of their members were killed. It was a successful operation because their presence meant more terrorist attacks that target innocent people.

Trump took a strong stance on Doha, its terrorist activities and support for extremists. With the help of his skilled team, Trump has restored balance in the international order. However, he also confronts major challenges now such as those related to North Korea. It is early to say if Trump succeeded or failed but a logical and fair look into his term so far makes the bigger picture more objective.

This does not mean that his fierce rivals will say a single good word about him. They will not stop insulting him. They either wish to see him fired soon or to see him lose the 2020 elections. The question which cannot be ignored now is what will happen if he wins again?

This article is also available in Arabic.
Mamdouh AlMuhaini is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya News Channel’s digital platforms. He can be followed on Twitter @malmhuain.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54
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