Mike Huckabee, May 20, 2017
President Trump gave a press conference on Thursday in which he spoke more freely about the special counsel appointed to investigate alleged Russian interference in the US election. He said he believes “it hurts the country terribly because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country. And we have very important things to do right now,” yet everyone is totally consumed by an investigation into partisan allegations for which no evidence has yet been found. Trump said he respects the special counsel process but this is “the single greatest witch hunt” in the history of American politics.
It’s instructive to look at the reaction to those comments because they are a perfect illustration of the disconnect between the liberal/Beltway political media who are still shocked and furious over Trump’s election and the voters who elected him. To the former, it was another outrageous, unfiltered outburst and an attempt to meddle in and obstruct the investigation. And that comment about respecting the process while calling it a witch hunt showed both disrespect and stupidity, since it was obviously self-contradictory.
But I’d wager the typical American who doesn’t suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome probably heard those comments, knew exactly what he meant and nodded in agreement. His voters sent Trump to Washington to help bring back jobs, rein in government, secure the borders, stand up to our enemies and appoint judges who’ve read the Constitution. They didn’t need Vladimir Putin to tell them that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have done any of that. And they’re sick of manufactured outrage and scandals preventing it from getting done.
As for the “respect/witch hunt” comment, that’s hardly an oxymoron to regular working Americans. They know exactly how it feels to have to show respect to government entities (pick any three letters at random: IRS, EPA, NSA, etc.) that they personally think are being abused by partisan scoundrels. They show due respect to the OSHA inspector who pops up when they’re trying to finish getting a roof put on before it rains, but that doesn’t mean they don’t personally think he’s a pencil-pushing meddler who doesn’t know which side of a step ladder to stand on. When Trump said that, DC elites were so shocked, they dropped their monocles into their plates of caviar. Meanwhile, most other Americans outside the blue enclaves just thought, “Finally, someone in Washington who tells you what he honestly thinks instead of spewing a lot of focus group-tested gasbaggery.”