Women in white will never give Trump credit
I am without question one of those “America First" folks. I always put the welfare, sanctity and security of this nation above anything else. I'm the guy the ultra-progressive, upper-east-side crowd might describe as hopelessly out of touch, a real dinosaur, another deplorable.
But truth be told, I wasn't one of the deplorables who jumped on the Trump Train in the beginning. I just don't have that hero worship in me; it's never been in my nature. In fact, I sometimes find it very difficult defending some of the things this president does and says. But I also recognize Trump’s accomplishments, including a strong economy, elimination of burdensome regulations and helping make the United States a net exporter of energy.
Given the 2016 presidential choices, the decision for many Americans and for myself was easy.
But in the wake of a result they cannot accept, most on the left spend every waking hour trying to minimize this president’s achievements and denigrating anyone who supports him. Donald J. Trump is my president, and like all the presidents before him, he deserves the honor and respect that office brings. Nothing short of that is acceptable.
So, when I sat in front of my TV on February 5th anticipating the president’s rescheduled State of the Union Address, my hopes were that the office, if not the man, would receive some sort of open minded consideration from the left side of the aisle. I was wrong. The House chamber was filled with hostility and partisan sarcasm: Wandering eyes; subtle, Cheshire cat grins; and disrespectful whispers filled that room like stale cigar smoke from a 1920s’ speakeasy.
When Trump announced, "The State of the union is strong," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi furrowed her brow, mockingly shook her head and looked away in utter disgust. She later made herself an instant MEME with her condescending golf clap.
As Trump was pointing out his desire to put "ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers and human traffickers out of business," presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris of California did a similar dismissive Pelosi head-shake, adding a mouth-twisting scowl for good measure.
Proper etiquette was sadly lacking. Perhaps some time in finishing school would help.
The most disrespectful and regrettable performance came from the Women in White.
These women, puffed up with pride and self-accomplishment, managed to show the world little more than petty anger and low-brow partisanship. While the president pointed to a booming economy, historically low unemployment, particularly among minority groups, massive tax cuts and a re-energized military, the ladies of suffrage sat on their collective hands, refusing to acknowledge any of it.
Even when patriotic chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” were bouncing around the rafters, these ladies sat sullen and stone-faced.
It wasn't until President Trump pointed out the huge gains for women in the workforce and in Congress did they finally stand up and cheer. The only topic that actually moved the needle for them was the one that was self-serving.
Shame on them.
I’m no pom-pom waver for this president. However, there are times and places where you must honor and respect process and tradition. The State of the Union is one of those traditions. The men and women who were in attendance for the SOTU speech are some of the most powerful, privileged people on this planet. But the way some of them acted on February 5th was, dare I say … deplorable.
Lee Elci is the morning host for 94.9 News Now radio, a station that provides "Stimulating Talk" with a conservative bent.
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