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Independence Day: Show That America Is Greater than Trump

Donald Trump golfing
Keeping his eye on the ball….

Most Americans get this day off, and rightly so, for there is no greater holiday than the celebration of our Independence. The time off gives working Americans a chance to catch up with their President, who promised to “work my ass off” (after two years of Trump shouting, we are hardly surprised that this crudity now passes for the lingo of the leader of the free world) but has visited golf courses on 36 of his 165 days in office. Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail that as President, “I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” but he has played the links more than three times as frequently as President Obama did.

Our celebration of American Independence need not entail a celebration of every idiot who has bumbled or bought or bullied his way to elected office. Quite the contrary: our Independence demands that we stand up to tyrants foreign and domestic, including the one who between golf outings occupies our White House. Our daily pledge of liberty and justice for all demands that we criticize a President who spends more time surfing the white-supremacist underbelly of the Internet than studying the basic details of his single biggest domestic policy priority. Our commitment to freedom depends on protecting the independent press from a President who encourages violence against journalists.

Our American Independence demands that patriots look Donald Trump in the eye and say, “Mr. President, you’re a jerk. Stop disgracing America.” And knowing that Donnie-Boy is incorrigible, we can only hope that we have created a country so great that it can continue to function and prosper independently of one jerk in the White House. We Americans now must prove ourselves, our civic institutions, and our Constitution great enough to withstand a President who refuses to put America First above his own selfish impulses.

I celebrate this Independence Day in the firm belief that America can survive Donald Trump. But the fact that we can survive a disease does not mean we should let that disease fester. We need to rid ourselves of this harmful disease as swiftly as Constitutionally possible. While a 25th Amendment removal may be premature, Trump’s firing of James Comey and self-enrichment in office offer grounds for impeachment. Absent such an extraordinary change at the top, we can commit ourselves to change from the bottom in 2018 with the election of brave, principled Congresspeople, governors, legislators, attorneys general, and secretaries of state committed to resisting all of Trump’s abuses of power, followed by the full correction we can make in 2020 by replacing our own little Kim Jong Un with a woman or a man qualified to lead the free world, a true patriot who will work hard enough for all Americans to earn some time off on the golf course (or the bike trail, where I’m headed now) on the Fourth of July.


  1. jerry 2017-07-04 11:09

    A lot of dumbarse tweets, but no action for veterans as promised. Dude is a fraud and supporters hoodwinked.

  2. Roger Corenlius 2017-07-04 11:30

    The photo of Trump show that he is really a big ass.

  3. mike from iowa 2017-07-04 12:14

    New poll shows 23% of people polled either do not know or else chose Mexico as the nation our forefathers declared independence from in 1776.

    Wingnuts decades long attempt to dumb down public education has taken firm roots.

  4. Porter Lansing 2017-07-04 12:18

    ….. resist

  5. mike from iowa 2017-07-04 12:21

    Didn’t Drumpf promise last time NK launched a missile there would be serious repercussions? Maybe Drumpf will get rilly mad and fire his caddy. That’ll show NK he means business.

  6. jerry 2017-07-04 14:03

    Roger, that arse makes my country look small.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-07-04 14:18

    Well, Mike, it’s hard to tell what the President really means, since a real President would issue a fully vetted statement, maybe even hold a press conference to field questions and help us get a clear picture of U.S. policy.

    But don’t worry: Russia and China are working on serious repercussions. They have issued a statement calling on North Korea to suspend its ballistic missile program and calling on the U.S. and South Korea to suspend large-scale military exercises in the region. Russia and China say North Korea has “justified” security concerns and say “Other countries should make certain moves to resume the negotiations, creating a peaceful disposition and mutual trust.” Russia and China urge all parties to refrain from “any statements or actions that could lead to an increase in tensions.” Russia and China also contend the U.S. should reverse its deployment of the THAAD missile defense system from the region.

    If the U.S. were leading in the region, there’d be no equation of North Korea’s threats and offensive missile development with U.S. defensive agreements with its allies. But Donald Trump is making it easier for Russia and China to portray the U.S. as equally aggressive and dangerous as North Korea.

  8. jerry 2017-07-04 14:22

    Here is just another rainbow on Independence Day.

    Can anyone explain why we have such a need for more military spending? Who exactly are they protecting us from as we seem to be doing one helluva job in giving the farm away.
    “Saudi Arabia now has the ability to shut down the largest source of gasoline in the US overnight if so commanded by the Royal Family. The Saudi oil giant ARAMCO now also controls the huge network of Shell gas stations and presumably the prices set at those stations.

    This is an interesting conclusion to the story of 911 with its Saudi citizen highjackers and the $3 trillion spent in our efforts to control the international oil markets by attacking Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Saudi Arabia now controls the entire supply chain from the ground to the pump and can use this to economic and political advantage as they wish. We won’t know if this power will be abused for generations but we can be sure they will never sell the Port Arthur refinery back to the Americans.”

    Pop some firecrackers folks and have a hot dog. Look forward to the bilateral talks with Putin.

  9. Roger Elgersma 2017-07-04 15:14

    After going through divorce court I realized that there are total bad people in some top positions. Now we have a very bad one at the top. What is this world coming to?

  10. OldSarg 2017-07-04 15:22

    Gee, you all should stop hm before he does anymore of this:

    * Trump signed executive order Dismantling Obama’s climate change initiatives which resulted in the loss of more than one million American jobs.

    * Trump signed executive order Travel bans for individuals from a select number of countries embroiled in terrorist atrocities.

    * Trump signed executive order Enforcing regulatory reform.

    * Trump signed executive order Protecting Law enforcement.

    * Trump signed executive order Mandating for every new regulation to eliminate two.

    * Trump working towards Building a border wall.

    * Trump Cutting funding for sanctuary cities that are harboring illegal murders, robbers and rapist.

    * Trump signed executive order Approving pipelines.

    * Trump signed executive order reducing regulations on manufacturers.

    * Trump signed executive order Placing a hiring freeze on federal employees.

    * Trump signed executive order Exiting the US from the TPP.

    * President Trump decreased the US Debt in his first 100 days by $100 Billion. (President Obama increased the US debt in his first 100 days by more than $560 Billion.)

    * The US Manufacturing Index soared to a 33 year high in this period which were the best numbers since 1983 under President Reagan.

    * President Trump added 298,000 jobs in his first month alone (after President Obama said jobs were not coming back!).

    * Housing sales are red-hot. In 2011, houses for sale were on the market an average 84 days. This year, it’s just 45 days.

    * Illegal immigration is down 67% since President Trump’s Inauguration.

    * NATO announced Allied spending is up $10 Billion because of President Trump.

    * After being nominated by President Trump, Constitutionalist Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed and sworn in as Supreme Court Justice in early April.

    * The DOW daily closing stock market average rose more than 15% since the election on November 8th. (On November 9th the DOW closed at 18,332 – on March 1st the DOW closed at 21,115).

    * The US Stock Market gained $2 trillion in wealth since Trump was elected!

    How embarrassing. . . Happy 4th Trump, you have earned it!

  11. jerry 2017-07-04 15:31

    What goes up, must come down. That is the fact. We are loosing, but we do not know it yet. The stock market is a poor reflection of an economy.

    Nato is going it alone. Do we really want that?

    Gorsuch just sucks

    Summer hires are that, we do that here as well, we hire students from all over the world except here

    We are manufacturing what? Carrier stuff?

    The hiring freeze is not helping veterans, but you would not know that

    Yep, the wall continues as was directed some decades ago where needed.

    Of course, your name is Old so remembering the crash of 2008 is beyond your comprehension. Here is a flash, be prepared for the next one, it is gonna be a doozy (that was an old car).

    Get your gas while you can, the folks that bought us 9/11 are at it again. Life is funny like that.

  12. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-07-04 15:47

    Trump has earned nothing but scorn here and abroad. Trump added no jobs himself and boosted no stock. America’s economy continued to grow and add jobs despite Trump’s ineffectual leadership. Trump got o name Gorsuch only because Thune, Rounds, and McConnell refused to do their jobs in 2016 and hold hearings for the President’s nominee, irresponsibly leaving the Supreme Court understaffed for over a year.

    On increasing the debt, Trump didn’t have to launch an emergency stimulus package in the first month of his Presidency because Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress of 2009 saved this country from Depression by passing a vital stimulus deal that set the stage for modest but stable economic growth throughout the bulk of Obama’s Presidency.

    Many of Trump’s executive orders have been dog-and-pony shows, expressions of intent but no action. He has shown no ability to build consensus to get difficult things done, even with his own party controlling both houses of Congress. To say that this President is anything but an underachieving embarrassment requires enormous self-deception. As a patriotic American, I have to call things what they are, not live in fantasy land. Trump is a menace to democracy, liberty, and America’s role as leader of the free world. We must do better.

  13. OldSarg 2017-07-04 16:05

    “Trump has earned nothing but scorn here and abroad” Cory, when was the last time you traveled abroad.

  14. mike from iowa 2017-07-04 16:07

    Executive orders are worthless, OldSarg. Obama’s Clean Power Plan cannot be repealed, it has to be replaced because the Supreme Court ruled that carbon is a pollutant.

    In 2015 66000 coal miners had jobs. Green energy employed 3 million.

    DAPL was already totally in place except near Standing Rock Rez. Drumpf didn’t approve squat. Drumpf had nothing to do with decline in debt.

    Drumpf is taking credit for stuff that happened due to circumstances beyond his control.

    Did Drumpf defeat ISIS in thirty days like he promised? No

    Did Drumpf repeal and replace Obamacare the very first day? Not hardly.

    Did Drumpf worki his ass off and not taske any vacations or golf while there is work to do? You’re joking right?

    Is America great again? Bwahahahahahaha!

    OldfSarg is stuck in voodoo land with his fake stories of Drumpf’s fake accomplishments.

  15. bearcreekbat 2017-07-04 16:20

    Trump’s Supreme Court nomination was actually a huge failure. He was unable to make a deal and get the 60 votes required for the Senate to vote on Gorsuch, hence McConnell had to step in and change the longstanding Senate rules to get Gorsuch on the Court. And it was McConnell who refused to allow a vote on Garland. These two unprecedented (or should I say unpresidented) actions by McConnell make Gorsuch McConnell’s judge, not Trump’s.

  16. Porter Lansing 2017-07-04 16:24

    C’mon, Sarge,
    You get roundly ridiculed ten times in a row for posting FakeNews from invalid sources and now because you won’t tell us where that list comes from we’re supposed to believe it’s real? Why should anyone believe you were even in the military? Even a Sargent? Even old? From your record, posting invalid BS, it’s more probable you’re just a made-up piece of malware from Russia. Tell us where your list came from so it can be verified, please. Otherwise … just more FakeNews.

  17. mike from iowa 2017-07-04 16:41

    We are no longer Germany’s friend sez Merkel.

    Drumpf’s claim CNN ratings are way down is rated Pants on Fire by Politifact.

    Good call, Bear. Now we can make McCTurtle own Go Suck.

  18. jerry 2017-07-04 16:47

    Man you are on it today mfi! that link is way good. Here is another part of the link that shows why we are not on such smooth sailing regarding our personal spending. Transportation is killing the paycheck. We have little to no real money as it is all tied up in car payments and other payments, no saving for the rainy day because it is already raining. The federal government needs to step up with more public transportation availability. If we had it, we would use it.

  19. jerry 2017-07-04 16:58

    Meanwhile China, look what they got for 37 cheap trademarks to trump and his gang, China got real economic development by trading his cheap ties for long term economic ties. The Chinese call it the Art of the Deal, trump calls it the art of the steal. China proves it is better at this game than trump but longs for the days when they would actually work to make a deal. This is to easy.

    China proved that right here in cattle country. We get to unload some beef and they get to unload boatloads of cooked chicken. Some wheeler dealer.

  20. mike from iowa 2017-07-04 17:06

    * Illegal immigration is down 67% since President Trump’s Inauguration.
    Sorry,Sarg, but it ain’t true. Actual numbers are around 52%, Drumpf is claiming numbers for all of January, instead of the 10 days he was bogus potus.

    ChicagoTribune had a lengthy explanation on this-

    Lots of caveats Washington Times neglected to show for the numbers they posted.

  21. mike from iowa 2017-07-04 17:09

    Keep on him Jerry. We’ll get the truth out, or a closer version of the facts. Happy Fourth of July to everyone.

  22. jerry 2017-07-04 17:21

    We must resist my friend while telling the truth even if it hurts to tell it. A few hours ago, Bloomberg reported this about China and Germany. Mere months ago, I would have argued that this could or would ever happen. Now trump wants to water down sanctions on Russia for Putin’s aggression both in the annexation of Crimea and the Ukraine issues, this will not play so well in a Europe that is growing weary of our petulant boy.

    This old soldier will now go and have some hot dogs, those big ol’ boys from Hebrew National and some beans and fixins. Wash it all down with some homemade lemonade, woooee, that is good on a hot day like today. The best to all, enjoy this day in our history.

  23. Porter Lansing 2017-07-04 18:00

    Happy Fourth Jerry, Roger and MFI. You guys rock. 🇺🇸🤠🌭💥

  24. John 2017-07-04 18:31

    illegal immigration was on a downward path for years. In the long pull of history little changed with this little administration. Though soon enough the US will have a labor shortage which will translate to increased costs in the nursing home, grocery store, and all the other places where first generation Americans get their start. We need heed Einstein.

    “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of the mind.” – Albert Einstein

    Check out the sources in “foxnewsfun”. NBC, Forbes, Stanford, Kaiser, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NY Magazine, Washington Post, etc., which document that Fox News viewers were among the least informed, among the most malinformed, and among the most vacillating supporters on the same issue depending on whether the same thing was done by Obama or the pretender (i.e., bomb Syria).

  25. OldSarg 2017-07-04 18:38

    I’m actually not that “old”. I consider myself “seasoned”. I still work for “the man” and travel extensively. I was never even a fan of Trump but I am a fan of our Nation and the republic. I think it was a democratic election and as such have decided to support our new President. I think about these words today “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” Good words by wise men.

    No hot dogs today. It’ll be Kretz sausage and rum.

  26. Porter Lansing 2017-07-04 18:51

    Great sausages. Hey. Where’d your list of Trump accomplishments come from?

  27. mike from iowa 2017-07-04 19:38

    US Sinators visited Afghanistan and are unhappy because the duffer in chief has no military strategy for winning, losing, or even a tie. What could one expect from a guy who deplanes beside his limo and walks right past it?

  28. Adam 2017-07-04 19:51

    The blame for all of Trump’s psyco behavior and agenda belongs squarely on the conservative-voter.

    A prominent guy came to me the other day, asked if I could forgive him for having voted Trump … his ear was bleeding VERY BADLY from the make America great again brain hacking procedure – I said No!

    And THAT’S how you communicate with THE PEOPLE! When are Liberals ever going to learn? – lol

  29. Don Coyote 2017-07-04 21:16

    @John: “We need heed Einstein.”

    “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of the mind.” – Albert Einstein

    And yet Einstein the Jew supported nationalism when it suited his interests. Einstein may have been a genius when it came to physics but I never cared much for his thoughts on politics or religion. From the same Saturday Evening Post interview:

    ” I support Zionism in spite of the fact that it is a national experiment, because it gives us Jews a common interest. This nationalism is no menace to other peoples. Zion is too small to develop imperialistic designs.”

  30. Porter Lansing 2017-07-04 21:35

    Sarge went to Powers’ Safe Zone. You don’t get challenged, you don’t need to verify what you say and Pat deletes anything he can’t win an argument against. Very Very SAFE Zone. LOL

  31. Roger Cornelius 2017-07-04 22:18

    Back at you Porter, Happy Fourth of July and also to Jerry, Cory, and mfi.
    Since the Trump inaugural I have yet to meet anyone in person that has voted for Trump, if they did they sure aren’t admitting it.
    As to OldSarg’s list of Trump “accomplishments”, if you read them carefully there isn’t a single executive order that is positive and good for the people.
    And with six months into his administration he has not passed a single piece of legislation. Not One!
    Even if Trump were a miracle worker as he thinks he is, his Twitter behavior should negate anything positive you can possibly say about him.

  32. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-07-05 06:49

    Note Roger’s point: it’s one thing to sign a bunch of pieces of paper for the camera; it’s another to do concrete good for the nation. Bear puts the Gorsuch nomination in context; Mike points out some of the larger policy issues that require real work but on which Trump failed to keep his promises.

  33. mike from iowa 2017-07-05 08:22

    Drumpf, wingnuts and North Korea have something in common- none of them has a Seoul. None of them is likely to get a Seoul. North Korea, aided and abetted by Drumpf’s incompetency has the best chance to bag a Seoul.

  34. Porter Lansing 2017-07-05 08:29

    TRUMP LIE OF THE DAY … PSA — FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday: “Gas prices are the lowest in the U.S. in over ten years! I would like to see them go even lower.”
    ~As this chart shows, YOU’RE LYING AGAIN, DONALD
    *click on USA Average and then on 10 year and you’ll see several times prices have been lower. C’MON, MAN!!

  35. OldSarg 2017-07-05 12:36

    Trump has made himself a joke around the world:

    WARSAW—Like many of his fellow Polish pro-government lawmakers, Dominik Tarczynski is sending a busload of constituents to Warsaw on Thursday to cheer for President Donald Trump. The buses are being provided by a foundation close to the governing party. “It’s going to be huge—absolutely huge,” Mr. Tarczynski said of the coming welcome for Mr. Trump. “They just love him, the people in Poland—they just really love him.” ~WSJ, July 5, 2017

    NETHERLANDS–“Good for America, good for Europe. We need brave leaders.” Geert Wilders leader Dutch Party for Freedom

    JAPAN–“Japan is a very safe country and a lot of people here support Trump’s travel ban because they think it makes them safer.” Mayako Shibata student

    HUNGARY– Trump’s victory was great news. “Democracy is still alive”, Viktor Orban Nationalist Leader

    GERMANY–“It was high time that in the United States of America, people who feel disaffected withdrew their vote for the political establishment.” Prauke Petry leader of Alternative fur Deurschland

    AUSTRIA– “Bit by bit, the political left and the out-of-touch and corrupt establishment is being punished by voters and driven from the seats of power. That’s a good thing, because the law comes from the people. Once again Austrian mainstream media, which has been campaigning against Trump for weeks and prematurely declared Hillary Clinton the victor were embarrassed by the voting public.” HEINZ-Christian Strache leader Freedom Party

    INDIA–“He’s our hero, We are praying for Trump because he is the only one who can help mankind. He’s the only many who can put an end to Islamic terrorism.” Vishnu Gupta leader Hindu Sena

    EGYPT– “Trump has a “unique personality and is capable of the impossible.” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

    JORDAN–” We are very encouraged with President Trump’s determination to support Arab and Muslim states in their fight against terrorism. But it is not only the fight of terrorism inside of our societies, but we, as Arab-Muslim states standing behind the international community in being able to defeat this international scourge.” King Abdullah

    ISRAEL– “I’ve known the president and I’ve known his family and his team for a long time, and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.” Netanyahu

  36. mike from iowa 2017-07-05 13:33

    OldSarg won’t quit posting non-sense. Poland has gaggles of rentable bodies to show up and cheer for Drumpf.

    On Drumpf’s Muslim ban- the nations covered have committed zero terrorist attacks in the US. The other nations that weren’t banned have had terrorists in America plus they all have major Drumpf building s and projects in the work. Drumpf is raking in the dough while ignoring the real sponsors of terrorism.

    Drumpf’s admirer from the Netherlands is a white Supremacist and just got trounced in the election.

    Every country you mention has problems with Drumpf.

  37. jerry 2017-07-05 14:57

    Everyone listed on his post is alt right, so of course they support his agenda as did Henry Ford supporting Hitler. Birds of a feather. Look, there is clearly something wrong with a person, any person who cannot find his limo in front of him, or look at him here Dude looks kind of punchy, no?

    BTW, just about all those guys you mentioned have all been beaten like a pinata in their political races in their home countries. Nationalism was defeated in all of those countries and is having a lot of trouble in Israel as well.

  38. leslie 2017-07-05 15:21

    Einstein the Jew–huh?

    Old Sarge-see the Wash/Oregon distraction post from me

  39. Roger Cornelius 2017-07-05 15:54

    I randomly checked one name on OldSarg’s propaganda list, Geert Wilder, and found that he is called “the Dutch Trump”.
    He is also a Breibart contributor which says a whole more about him.
    Do we need to google all the names, OldSarg?

  40. Darin Larson 2017-07-05 16:31

    Oldsarge- the people around the world are embracing Trump as you can clearly see:

    The Netherlands-



  41. jerry 2017-07-05 17:08

    When trump announced for president, he could not get anyone to cheer so he hired them. “This won’t be the first time Trump has relied on paid “supporters” to make him look popular. You may remember back in 2015, on the day he announced his candidacy for president, he hired people to cheer and wave signs for him in Trump Tower. Talk about fake news.”

  42. jerry 2017-07-05 18:04

    You spelled it incorrectly, it is called mad hatters, we loves us some freedom, we just think the hat is outdated, like its owner. America has always been been great, ask any Native American.

  43. mike from iowa 2017-07-06 09:49

    Not That OldSarg- we are caring, forgiving people because we are of the liberal persuasion. We are trying to turn you away from a life of crime and a life of not knowing much.

    In the past 53 years, wingnuts have controlled the WH for 28 years. In that time there were 120 executive branch officials indicted. 89 were convicted and 34 went to prison.

    The good guys (that’s us) had the WH for 25 years. There were 3 executives indicted, one convicted and one went to prison. ( No it wasn’t Clinton)

  44. Adam 2017-07-06 16:31

    Over the last 70 years, Republican White Houses have also racked up roughly 3x the national debt as Democrats. Tax breaks for the wealthy haven’t paid for themselves [by stimulating the economy) since the 1960s – all they do is rack up debt.

    The snake oil salesman goes to rural America to sell his BS for the pretty penny; that’s the way it has always been. Trump is no exception, and it works, as rurals have a smaller and far more isolated context for what plausible BS actually looks like to the majority of the population. So, they buy more BS than just about everybody else out there. BS like, “Republicans are fiscally responsible.”

  45. leslie 2017-07-06 17:30

    cory-are any of these turkeys like “ol sarg” Russian trolls, as far as you can tell?

  46. OldSarg 2017-07-06 21:28

    I live in Rapid leslian. Never been to Russia but I see the old soviet propaganda worked on you. . .

  47. Roger Cornelius 2017-07-06 21:33

    You sound like one of those 200 Russian spies recruited since Trump was inaugurated.

  48. LuAnn 2017-07-06 23:00

    As an Indigenous person, I think it is important to remember that July 4th, 1776 is not something that we all agree on…it brought great pain and horror to Native nations across America… which we are still dealing with today. Didn’t the Declaration of Independence call us “merciless Indian savages? Just another perspective….. have a good evening

  49. Adam 2017-07-06 23:00

    Trump is the least approved of U.S. President EVER. He makes a laughing stock of the United States and even more so the Republican Party, rural voters, firearm advocates, permanently laid-off coal miners and real actual Christians.

    He makes America look like one big Twitter spasm, and that has contributed to Republican politics looking like a big bunch of stupid feral dogs jockeying for position at the expense of society at large.

    To continue calling one’s self a “Republican,” today, means trashing all one’s previously stated values over the last +16 years. Republicans didn’t opt to reinvent themselves with Donald Trump, they simply lost sight of/forgot who they are (or were). They’ve been coerced down this path by sinful temptation(s), and they’ve truly failed The [perhaps God’s] test.

  50. Porter Lansing 2017-07-07 10:22

    @LuAnn It’s probably worth little to your suffering but I personally apologize for my Anglo ancestors brutality, criminal conduct and horrendous theft of culture and property. What’s even worse is that it’s still going on. Indian Health Service is as corrupt and sexually perverse as the Catholic church and white people look the other way with impunity. I have a classmate who, as a physician with IHS, complained continually about this pervert.

  51. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-07-07 18:07

    Since OldSarg has validated using foreign observers to measure Trump’s success…

    Although he has only been in office a few months, Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world [Richard Wike et al., “U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership,” Pew Research Center, 2017.06.27].

    OldSarg cites ten people, a majority from right-wing parties. Pew surveys thousands of people in 38 countries. I feel confident in defending my response as more reliable and more representative of world opinion than OldSarg’s selective quotations.

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