I think Donald Trump is the worst president this country has ever had. We’re told he doesn’t read and doesn’t listen to those who do. Every week he does something outrageous, stupid or unnecessary.

He hasn’t done anything right. If something he’s done is right that got past me, please let me know about it.

He’s pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal. Significant effort went into that and several nations were parties to it. The deal provided for ongoing oversight that would assure all parties that the treaty was being kept.

Now that Trump has withdrawn the United States from the deal, we have a risky situation that could lead to war. A drone was recently shot down, with all parties denying who was responsible.

Trump doesn’t understand the concept of “separation of powers.” Congress appropriates money and the administration then spends it. Trump has declared emergency powers, so that he can spend money on the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional appropriation.

Trump would have us believe that the people trying to cross the border are criminals — drug dealers, murderers, rapists, etc. These are people that are just trying to provide a better life for themselves and their families. If they want to get in, they will find a way.

There have been cases that people have died in the back of vans/trucks. They’ve paid big money, hundreds of thousands of dollars to get into this country. This nation, except for the Native Americans, is a nation of immigrants, Trump included. If we must have improved border security, drones could be used — much less expensive.

And what about climate change? Ocean water levels are rising, ice near the poles is melting, glaciers are breaking off and melting. Trump doesn’t understand this — he pulled us out of the Paris Accord. How can anyone not understand what clear evidence tells us?

I don’t like to use or hear these words together: President Trump. He’s not my president and he doesn’t represent me.

Recently, Trump changed his position on gun control. It regarded more thorough background checks. The National Rifle Association contacted him and he backed down.

One of his more recent actions is as follows: “Brothers ordered deported after waiting years (20 years) to enter legally. Houston family left reeling amid fallout of Trump ending program that reunites Central American children with parents in the U.S.

“Ariel Palacios and his younger brother strode down the halls of Aldine High School on the first day of school last month, uncertain if they would be on campus come September.”

Trump: I’m the president and I can do whatever I want — Tra-la-la.

I don’t like the sound of Trump’s voice. When I hear it on the radio I shut it off ASAP.

I don’t think that Trump should be impeached because he would rise to the level of others that’ve been impeached: Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon — who resigned before being formally impeached — etc.

He shouldn’t be assassinated either because then he would be linked to Presidents Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield and others.

Stephen Hodgson lives in Galveston.


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Mike Zeller

Stephen Hodgson [thumbup] This failed experiment will come to an end in 398 days, or sooner, if a few republican senators "grow a pair" and vote their conscience, not party, on impeachment. "Turn out the lights, the party's over".

Carlos Ponce

The party has just begun! Trump will win in 2020.

Kerry Riggs

I hope not we need a president that cares more about our people and coin than about what HE wants for himself. That is NOT Trump!

Claudia Burnam

One of stupidist articles I've ever read in GDN! E G Wiley

Charles Douglas


Kerry Riggs

Everyone has a right to there opinion Claudia even you😂

Claudia Burnam

If you look it's E G not Claudia!!!!!!!

Carlos Ponce

Stephen Hodges needs a reality check. Lowest unemployment in 50 years and that's across the board - Blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics, women, the young, etc. Stock markets have increased. Military in better shape. The majority of active duty and retired military support Trump. Promises made, promises kept - not all of them, but given four more years and a Republican Congress they will be. The appointment of judges who understand the Constitution. etc. etc. etc. indicate this this is NOT the worst president.

Anybody REALLY believe Iran was upholding their part of the nuclear deal? WRONG! The European nations bent over backwards for the promise of Iranian OIL. Sorry Middle East, The USA doesn't have to kiss your behind any more because WE HAVE OUR OWN OIL. Trouble in the Middle East used to mean huge increases at the gas pump. There is currently trouble in the Middle East. Have your gasoline prices gone up like in the past? No!

And Congress gave the president of the United States permission to secure funding for border control using military money BEFORE he took office in 10 USC 284. Doesn't understand concept of "separation of powers" is NONSENSE.

Some people crossing the border are trying to secure a better life. Why don't they do it legally? Have you noticed 64% of Federal arrests are non - citizens?


And they're in there not because of immigration status. There are murderers, rapists, drug dealers. What Trump wants in immigration reform is to " separate the wheat from the chaff" but Democrats want OPEN BORDERS including the chaff. But Congress will not work on immigration reform. They're too busy trying to impeach him.

The Paris Accord would not change one degree of temperature but it would mean sending US tax dollars overseas. It does not address the biggest culprits - China, India, etc. at all. The United States continues to reduce its carbon emissions without that worthless accord.

The gun purchase background checks already on the books should be enforced. But they're not. Criminals will bypass any additional background checks. Even if you banned all guns (against the Second Amendment) criminals will still be able to secure them. ENFORCE THE LAW!

"Trump: I’m the president and I can do whatever I want — Tra-la-la." You're pulling an Adam Schiff - the president never said that and his actions indicate otherwise.

There is nothing the president has done to warrant impeachment. It will not happen. You can count on it. Democrats are just playing a political pre-election game, trying to discredit a good president in an attempt to circumvent his re-election. But the majority of Americans are wise enough to see through these shenanigans - we can leave Stephen Hodgson's name off the wise list. And I see we have a few others who can also be left off that list.


Kerry Riggs

Taking about not listening, check your facts before judging this article Carlos!

Carlos Ponce

I have checked my facts, Kerry Riggs. Have you?

Emile Pope

The President's a criminal. Those are facts. And whatever else is going on doesn't give him a pass to violate the law. It didn't stop Clinton from being impeached and doesn't stop donald. Using military aid as a leverage to force a foreign government to interfere in an election is illegal. Even asking for aid from a foreign country in an election is illegal.

Carlos Ponce

"The President's a criminal. Those are facts. " No that is not a fact, Emile. That is your opinion, an unsubstantiated opinion.

"Using military aid as a leverage to force a foreign government to interfere in an election is illegal. Oh, like this:"I remember going over (to Ukraine), convincing our team … that we should be providing for loan guarantees. … And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from (then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko) and from (then-Prime Minister Arseniy) Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor (Shokin). And they didn’t. ..."They were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, ... we’re not going to give you the billion dollars. They said, ‘You have no authority. You’re not the president.’ … I said, call him. I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. ... I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a b*tch. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time."

Problem is that is Joe Biden speaking, not Trump. Trump never used military aid as a leverage to force a foreign government to interfere in an election."

Emile Pope

Garbage. he told the leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son if he wanted the weapons and aid that he stopped.

Carlos Ponce

"Garbage. he told the leader to investigate Joe Biden and his son if he wanted the weapons and aid that he stopped."

Show me where in the transcript, Emile. It isn't there. You made it up. It's a lie.


Robert Braeking

It is difficult to declare Trump as the worst President in history when Carter, Obama, FDR, and LBJ are on the list.

Me thinks the author has drunk some koolaide® that has reduced his brain to that of a parrot.

Carlos Ponce

There's a lot written about the author in the Galveston Daily News May 2, 2007: Name, address, email, phone number, (Wow, GDN was doxing!) and several questions: Question 4: Do you have any unpaid property taxes or Federal Income taxes? Answer: Yes. But he was a Democrat in 2007. I thought Democrats LOVED taxes.

Bill Broussard

That is a very ”Trumpian” cheap shot Carlos! Not one thing smart or worthy of an educator in it. Why not just jump him in the bathroom too.

Mike Zeller

[thumbup] Bill, that deserves two thumbs up. [thumbup]

Carlos Ponce

Bill, that the printed in the Galveston Daily News. Look it up. It is PUBLIC knowledge.

Mike Zeller

That does not make it ok, "Cheap shot Carlos".

Carlos Ponce

Mike, if one cannot play on the field best thing to do is turn in the uniform.

Mike Zeller

If you take a "Cheap Shot" at someone on the field, there is a penalty, and you get thrown out of the game. Just play the game by the rules, not even your own teammates like guys who take "Cheap Shots".

Carlos Ponce

Bottom line, the author submitted the material I re-posted on his own free will for everyone who reads the Galveston Daily News to read. It's not a cheap shot. We all re-post lines from others who contribute either in these forums, columns or letters to the editor.

Mike Zeller

No person on this forum takes "Cheap Shots" like Carlos Ponce. Own it!

Carlos Ponce

I do not take cheap shots. Replicating information provided by others to the Galveston Daily News which was printed is not a cheap shot.

Charles Douglas

I almost criticized the author of this Op-ed but then I had a change of heart. The First Amendment gives people freedom of speech no matter how far out their thought processes might be. So the only thing I will add today here is to say, I wonder what or rather how this author will feel after Trump wins reelection! I'd love to read what he will be thinking then. Here's hoping he will come back and give us another Op-ed concerning how bad off we are.

Ray Taft

Nothing to do with 1st Amendment rights. It’s The Daily News that gave this author space to express his personal, hate-filled, unsubstantiated rant. It’s much like Adam Schiff’s fraudulently made up version of President Trump’s Ukraine call.

Without TDN’s anti-Trump, anti-Republican bent, he would not have made it into print. TDN would not print such a piece directed at a socialist Democrat president.

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Bailey Jones

They say that people elect the government they deserve. My observation of the electorate, both right and left, leads me to the conclusion that Trump is very well deserved indeed.

Ray Taft

President Trump went to Washington and showed America that the things the establishment and Dems said couldn’t be done, could be done. Trump made a mockery of the do-nothing Congress on behave of the American people. Trump is keeping his promises, and is Making America Great Again!

Bailey Jones

woohoo! pew! pew!

Allan Scott

Mr. Hodgson hit on all the left wing liberal talking points. Except like all other liberals he failed to mention the economy and unemployment which affect more Americans than any other talking point he regurgitated from the liberal news media.

Emile Pope

Economy did better under President Obama...

Keith Gray

Well that is pure garbage...

Carlos Ponce

Yes, Keith is right Emile. The economy was NOT better under Obama.

Emile Pope

How's the deficit?

Carlos Ponce

The deficit is up but not at the same rate it was climbing under Obama. Doesn't help when you have a Democrat House that likes to spend. But they did give Trump what he wanted for the military. Under US law it was used to build the border wall/fence/barrier.

Mike Zeller

"Mexico will pay for the Wall"

Carlos Ponce

Yes they will, Mike. And the help they're giving us by holding their southern border and hanging on to those on their northern border is a good down payment.

Connie Patterson

Clearly a case of TDS

Maris Helfrich

Thank you for taking the time to publish your opinion . It is shared by me, and causes me to worry every day about our beloved country in the hands of the Entertainer -in- chief who is NOT funny!

Diane Turski

Trump has admitted to committing impeachable crimes. Therefore I believe he should be impeached. Once he is removed from the office he was never qualified to occupy in the first place, he can be indicted and convicted for his other crimes. Then he can wear his favorite color orange jumpsuit forever.

Carlos Ponce

Trump has not admitted to committing impeachable crimes. If you believe he did, please provide the quote where he admitted that. You cannot because he NEVER did. You're just parroting Liberal talking points - not facts. Don't worry. He'll be re-elected. Sit back and enjoy! [beam]

Emile Pope

He can have his own wing in prison with all of his lawyers, aides, and family. Call it Orangetown...

Carlos Ponce

They're going to use Gitmo for Obama's people. Are you saying Hillary will wear a n orange jumpsuit?

Keith Gray

Diane, that is simply not true... but if you repeat it enough and click your heals together, maybe you can convince yourself it's true.

Keith Gray

Funny.... you post a statement without facts.

John Cole

Galveston and Galveston County: This is what a Loser sounds like when he loses elections... Dr. John Cole

Dan Freeman

I used to think James Buchanan owned the top spot for worst president but by re-tweeting “If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, it will cause a civil war like fracture in this nation from which our country will never heal.” Mr. Trump is definitely in the running for worst ever.

As for economic performance, most of the credit must go to President Obama. The U.S. economy typically added more than 250,000 jobs each month in 2014 and 227,000 a month in 2015. Trump has not been able to top that yet.

The nation’s unemployment rate is at a half-century low, a source of pride for Trump. But many economists have pointed out that the rate has been falling steadily since 2011, making it difficult to see much difference after Trump took office.

The economy has been growing for a decade. In the early years of the recovery, growth was lackluster, but it started to pick up in 2014 and 2015. Trump’s record so far looks similar to Obama’s final few years in office. While his tax cut and deregulation boosted growth in 2018 that is fading as business owners grow concerned about the trade war.

Bailey Jones

Well, now - to be fair, that civil war remark was just Trump quoting one of his biggest supporters, Robert Jeffress, of the Dallas First Baptist Church. Who incidentally, believes that Jews, Mormons, Muslims and Hindus are all going to hell, and he's not sure about the Catholics - "This is the Babylonian mystery religion that spread like a cult throughout the entire world. The high priests of that fake religion, that false religion, the high priests of that religion would wear crowns that resemble the heads of fish, that was in order to worship the fish god Dagon, and on those crowns were written the words, ‘Keeper of the Bridge,’ the bridge between Satan and man. That phrase ‘Keeper of the Bridge,’ the Roman equivalent of it is Pontifex Maximus. It was a title that was first carried by the Caesars and then the Emperors and finally by the Bishop of the Rome, Pontifex Maximus, the Keeper of the Bridge. Much of what you see in the Catholic Church today doesn’t come from God’s Word, it comes from that cult-like, pagan religion."

So, yeah - that's our president.

Carlos Ponce

"and he's not sure about the Catholics" Some who call themselves Catholic will not make it to the Kingdom.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Holy cow Bailey, this Jeffress guy must be finding his messages from God at the bottom of a bottle. Eight years of the Sisters of St. Joseph and four years of the Jesuits and this dagon fish god and fishhead crown never came up. And that included four years of Latin. Big news for Jeffress: Pontifex Maximus does not mean keeper of any bridges, not even the Bridge of Sighs...but I do like to eat fish so...maybe I am a pagan after all.

Bailey Jones

Baptists have a whole theology of amazing facts about the Catholics (and the Jews, and the Mormons, and the Muslims, and the Hindus, and everyone else who's going to hell, but mostly the Catholics.)

Carlos Ponce

That's nice. I love Baptists. They're good people. And I'm Catholic.

Carlos Ponce

"Mr. Trump is definitely in the running for worst ever." No Dan. he is not. Good economy, strong military, decent gas prices, securing the border, etc.. These are good things. You must come from Bizarro World.

Emile Pope

Still early on trump. He's still in the running...

Carlos Ponce

Another Bizarro World resident.

Craig Mason

I can’t wait to see Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnel’s heads explode when Pence gets pulled into this and they are both removed from office. Then Nancy will assume the presidency.

Carlos Ponce

You have a vivid imagination Craig. What you propose, however, is sheer lunacy. There will be NO impeachment. Trump and Pence will be re-elected. Nancy is going off the deep end because her Congressional seat is being challenged by someone even loonier than she, Shahid Buttar, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist.

Keith Gray

Craig why would you wish trashing our economy for your ego.

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