Tommy: Let it go, President Trump!

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
July 17, 2018 - 5:22 pm

In case you haven’t heard, President Trump took part in a press conference Monday with Vladimir Putin.  It turned a tad controversial when the President didn’t call out the Russian President for meddling in the 2016 electionn, and he seemed to take Putin's side over his own intelligence community.  Reaction ran wild from some with words like “treasonous” and “disappointing” and lots of adjectives that fall somewhere between.  Others opined that Mr. Trump’s comments were proof positive that he’d been compromised.

Notice I said “some” and “others” and not everyone.  The majority of calls I took from the President’s supporters found nothing inappropriate or disloyal about his comments.  Candidate Trump famously said "...I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s incredible."  I think President Trump enjoys the same, if not more, support from his base. 

Speaking of his backers a common response to any of the President’s misspeaks inevitably includes Clinton, Obama and an occasional conspiracy theory.  President Trump sets that tone when he still talks about Hillary’s missing emails and “missing servers”.  One of our favorite guests, Andy Smith, the Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, tried to shed some light upon to what the President was referring.

Is President Trump compromised by the Russians?  Did he merely use the wrong word?  Can he trust his own intelligence community?  Is there a “deep state” determined to derail the Trump presidency?  Hell...I don’t know.

But I DO know this.

The President needs to stop looking into the rear view mirror and accept the fact that he won the election.  He should let the Mueller investigation play out and stop obsessing over it.  If he’s innocent, he’s got nothing to lose.  If he isn’t it will all come out anyway.  Meanwhile there are some very important issues facing the country to which he should be attending.

President Trump tried to clean up the press conference fiasco by saying he meant to say “wouldn’t” instead of “would” in reference to the Russians meddling in the election. Reading from a prepared text he said “I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russians meddling in our 2016 election took place.”  But, in typical Trump fashion, he couldn’t or wouldn’t let it go. He had to ad lib “It could be other people also.  A lot of people out there.  There was no collusion at all.”   

“YES,” happily exclaimed the 400 pound man on the bed.  “You remembered me”.   

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