This week Mathew Walther wrote a column for The Week titled “Stormy Daniels bringing down Trump would be the poetic justice America needs.” It’s an entertaining article and it did resonate with me as I paused to ponder the incredible irony of Trump’s alleged relationship with porn star Stormy Daniels back in 2006, bringing about his downfall. As I thought about it, I actually formed a view, and it’s this: Who cares?
You see, I didn’t support President Trump’s policies because he was a good church going kind of guy. I had no illusions about a billionaire, former “man about town” in The Big Apple, who’s been married 3 times and rumored to have had many affairs. (LINK). That Access Hollywood tape didn’t come from nowhere.
Nope, no illusions at all, so it’s funny to see the Leftist Media’s pearl clutching act over Trumpian peccadillos, especially, when many of the same people defended Bill Clinton who actually had sex with an intern in the Oval Office for goodness sake. Who can forget the “it’s just about sex” mantra?
Listen, I’d be shaken if a guy like Mike Pence, who by all accounts is a devout Christian, was caught up in this kind of thing, really disappointed in fact. But Trump never ran on his sainthood and decency.
You see, he was tuned into the voice of many Americans who were sick of immigration laws being flouted by our elite in Washington (from both Parties), the slow growth of the American economy caused by strangling red tape that cost business profits and jobs , unfair trade deals that have stolen jobs and ruined communities, and “leading from behind” in foreign affairs. That’s why this resonated and led to his Electoral College victory over the Establishment’s candidate, Hillary Clinton.
While this porn star thing is very titillating, it’s time to remember that everyone in Washington winked at JFK’s myriad extramarital relationships too, and before that, FDR. So let’s all grow up. I’m personally tired of judging Presidents by their flaws. I judge them by what they’ve done in office and I’m afraid their secrets don’t really hurt very much at all.
I don’t care and you shouldn’t either.
Here’s what I do care about: On Friday, the jobs data came out and in February, 313,000 new jobs were created, and that smashed economists’ expectations (200,000 was the expected number). African American unemployment actually dropped to 6.9%, closest to the lowest unemployment numbers for those Americans on record.
Then there’s this: Kim Jong-un has agreed to host President Trump in North Korea for talks about relaxing economic sanctions and possibly abandoning nuclear arms. The news so startled CNN show host Erin Burnett that she actually went off CNN script and said That if Trump is successful, he will go down as a “really great President” and she added: “there’s no way around that, that is the reality here.”
There is a silver lining in this for us, however. It’s just possible that Trump’s Presidency could be weirdly successful enough to stop us from caring about the extraneous nonsense about all politicians’ lives that gets dredged up constantly.
I’ll concede that it’s possible he’s not the world’s greatest fellow. Trump may be one of the few people to be elected to the Presidency who actually believed he had to keep the promises that got him elected. And he has so far. And that’s all that matters.
And that includes fair trade rules for all of our trading partners. I’ll have more on that next week. Trump exhausts me.
Jon Saltzman is the Publisher and Senior Editor of Political Storm