What Trump’s Voters Continue To See In Him That Washington Can’t

It is worth looking through all the fireworks and noise that President Trump and the media symbiotically create, each to their detriment and advantage.

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” — attributed, incorrectly, to James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States.

If he had applied this to his own case, Garfield would have been prescient: He was freed from earthly concerns by an assassin’s bullet after only 200 days in office, enduring a wretched death. Historians dismiss his brief presidency, but Garfield did not leave the office without accomplishment.

He strengthened presidential power and promoted new agricultural technology, civil rights, and educating the common man. He proposed civil service reforms that became law two years after he passed. All we remember today, however, is how his time came to an end.

Today, most of Donald Trump’s adversaries, with the repellant exception of Kathy Griffin, hope his presidency will end differently, but end just the same. A stunning 43 percent of voters would drag the country through the wrenching process of impeachment to remove Donald Trump from the Oval Office. And the Washington press corps would cheer, leaving them mystified that Trump’s voters stick with him. How could the rabble have a different understanding of this presidency? What do they see that Washington doesn’t?

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