President Trump is a terrible campaigner when it comes to fairness, decency and ethics. There's no respect for an opponent as a human being and a reputable public servant. I watched him and Joe Biden competing in Iowa. He was “at it” again with his bombastic, personal attacks.

I cringe to think in the upcoming campaign he will be bullying and attacking his opponents in this personal way, i.e., with no consideration of their dignity and personal worth. He calls them derogatory names”in a blatant attempt to belittle them and put them down personally.

It must require too much work or thought for him to campaign on the issues. This type of campaigning may work on some people. It certainly doesn’t work for me. I am disgusted, offended and embarrassed for our beloved country with the behavior of this president.

Maris Helfrich

Galveston

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(48) comments

Claudia Burnam

Obviously you haven't watched any of President Trump's speeches, only got your information from the media pundits. Get your head out of sand and learn something for a change instead of blindly following along. E G Wiley

Bailey Jones

It is what it is, and it will remain so until enough Americans decide to vote him out of office. Or 2024, which ever comes first.

Carlos Ponce

Try 2025, Bailey. The president elected in 2024 will not take the oath of office until January 20, 2025.

Bailey Jones

I plan on celebrating early.

Randy Chapman

I would make sure any contract you sign for celebration supplies or venues has a clause to allow you out of it or simply maybe change it to a Thanksgiving celebration.

Carlos Ponce

Look at the evidence. Those on the Left start an attack and Donald Trump counter punches. But Maris Helfrich only sees the counter punches not the initial attack. If you don't like him - fine. Don't vote for him. Express yourself in the voting booth in November. Trump will still win Galveston County and Texas. Why is Trump popular? The Left attacked George W. Bush and he just stood there and took it. The hatred for him was evident in the Leftist press. Candidate McCain was attacked relentlessly and he stood there .... and lost the 2008 election. Now he's the media's darling because Trump pointed out he did not keep his word. May he rest in peace. Then came Mittens Romney..... The Left attacked him relentlessly and he just stood there and took it and lost the 2012 election. But now he's the media's darling because he stood up to Donald Trump. If he had shown such fortitude during the 2012 election he would have won. You don't want a Republican candidate who stands up for himself and his country. You want a cowering whimpering dog. Donald Trump is not politically correct. He's a bull in the china shop. That's what makes him popular. He stands up for himself. He stands up for his family. He stands up for his country. He may not be a Texan but he has the Spirit of a true Texan!

Carlos Ponce

"He was 'at it' again with his bombastic, personal attacks." From Joe Biden's speech: "We saw it in Charlottesville. White supremacists and Neo-Nazis and the KKK came out of the fields, their faces lit by torchlight, chanting the same anti-Semitic bile heard in Europe in the 1930s. They clashed with a group of brave Americans who had the courage to stand up to hate. Trump’s response: There were 'very fine people on both sides.' Once he said that, I knew the threat this nation was facing was unlike any in my lifetime – and I knew I was going to have to run for president." Yes Joe Biden was "at it" again with LIES. The "very fine people" were the historical preservationists who wanted to keep the statues, NOT the Neo- Nazis, NOT the KKK. Despite the fact that Trump DENOUNCED these hate groups in his speech, Biden continues to LIE about Trump's remarks about Charlottesville. Lyin' Biden. And that's not all, "We see it at the border where Trump has ripped children from the arms of their parents and put them in cages." Trump NEVER ripped any child from the arms of their parents. Lyin' Biden again! And the so called "cages" were built when Biden was vice-president during Obama's presidency. And the rules followed by Border agents were in place during the Obama years. Many more instances from his speech that show Biden was "at it" again.

Kelly Naschke

What’s an embarrassment is the utter ignorance shown by sheeple like Maris Helfrich that blindly follows the pack, can’t think for themselves, and believes the drivel presented by the left. It’s got to be tough to identify with a party whose sole platform is hating Trump.

Paula Flinn

What an embarrassment is the utter ignorance shown by sheeple that blindly follow Trump and his base, can’t think for themselves, and believe the lies presented by Trump and the right. It’s got to be tough identifying with a party who believes the drivel of a narcissistic sociopath, a con-man, a bully, and a pathological liar who is our President. Trump is a danger to our country. He has polarized the people of this country by calling Democrats “Evil” and the Free Press “the Enemy of the People,” neither of which are true.

Carlos Ponce

Paula, Trump never called the Free Press the " enemy of the people". He called FAKE NEWS the enemy of the people. I can back my statement, can you? "Trump declares 'fake news' media 'the enemy of the American people' " https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/17/trump-news-media-enemy-american-people/98065338/ https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-ivanka-media-is-enemy-of-the-people-2018-8

Randy Chapman

" It’s got to be tough identifying with a party who believes the drivel of a narcissistic sociopath, a con-man, a bully, and a pathological liar who is our President." I didn't know we were talking about Obama again...

Connie Patterson

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Lisa Gray

I love my President, am extremely proud of him and his accomplishments. I'm so glad we finally have a President who believes in AMERICA FIRST! Our country is reaping the benefits of a wonderful economy, a stronger military, he is working on the safety of our country by enforcing immigration laws and trying to build a border wall. Despite the leftist media proclamations, the majority of Americans feel the same as I do. How embarrassing was it to have a president who bowed and scraped to foreign governments?? Now that was a true embarrassment

Keith Gray

I agree Lisa.... I can tolerate our President counter punching folks who try hit and run tactics on him and cry victim when they are called out. Besides, look at everyone working, contributing to the economy, my 401k... yeah, I can see through the mud that is thrown at us deplorable people...

Gary Miller

Discus issues? Issue #1 Hate Trump. Issue #2 Hate Trump. Issue #3 Hate Trump. Issue #4-#5 & #6 Hate Trump supporters. Angry haters can't stand the improvements from Trump. Obama and Biden's poverty and unemployment were better than Trump's jobs and prosperity. Hating Trump is better than loving America.

Paula Flinn

Wrong, wrong, wrong! This is exactly my point. Anybody who disagrees with Trump must hate America. WRONG! Republicans who liked Ike didn’t think Adlai Stevenson hated America, Gary. No one who liked Obama thought John McCain and his followers or Mitt Romney and his followers hated America. Trump has turned his followers into “haters of the other side.” No other President has done this. Why can’t you see that, Gary, and the rest of you? Democrats don’t like Trump, but they love the USA. Your statements just proved my point about polarization. Who are the haters still chanting “Lock her Up”?

Carlos Ponce

God Bless the USA! God Bless Donald Trump!

Keith Gray

"Lock her up"... well she did allow Americans to die, including our Ambassador when it could have been prevented. And, lied about it. Not a stellar leadership move.

Paula Flinn

60 people allowed to die in Embassies and sanctuaries during GW Bush Administration. Many hours of testimony for HC in front of that fool, Trey Gowdy. What did they find? Nothing. The Republicans decided she was at fault for 4 people dying, when the Ambassador knew the risk of going to Benghazi that night. The Ambassador’s own mother did not blame anyone in the Obama Administration. She said the decision was her son’s, he knew the risks, and no one could have saved them.

Carlos Ponce

The ambassador asked for help.......The State Department under Hillary let them die.

Lisa Gray

I truly feel sorry for those so severely afflicted with Trump derangement syndrome that they cannot see all the good around them. What I see in these types are folks who are acting like toddlers who didn't get the cookie they expected. They've thrown themselves on the floor in a tantrum that has lasted 3 years. If you could only see the good happening all around you, you might enjoy the beautiful life you have been blessed with. I pray for these people.

Paula Flinn

Good (?): Children separated from parents at the border. Put in separate enclosures. Some sent away to other cities and states. No records for reuniting with their parents. Tax cuts for the rich. Starving farmers going out of business with no markets for their products. Environmental regulations for clean air & water gone. Denying Climate Change while the polar caps and glaciers melt. Antarctica and Greenland losing tons of ice. Denying protection for species of endangered animals. No Healthcare Plan by Republicans. Unemployment lower ✅ Stock market up ✅ Russia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia conning Trump. Prices rising in USA (Inflation). Tariffs making steel goods and other goods higher priced for Americans. Companies moving to other countries. National Budget up dramatically. Expensive Trump Family trips abroad. Excessive Trump trips to play golf. Using his position as President to make money in his hotels and resorts. Dealing with the journalist, Jamal Kashoggi’s Saudi assassins and selling them nuclear weapons. Abandoning the Iran Deal without another “Deal.” Firing people who don’t agree with him. Calling 1/2 the population (Democrats) “Evil.” Calling the Free Press (except for Fox News) “Enemy of the People.” Being accused of assault by nearly 20 women, who didn’t know each other, (They were not friends of HC.) Being accused of rape. Promising that Mexico will pay for the wall. Promising we will cure HIV/AIDS. Promising we will cure Cancer. Promising we will make progress to go to Mars. President Trump has very little to do with my beautiful life. It was very good before Trump, and hopefully will survive him. I hope we are not headed to war with Iran. I, too, pray that people come to their senses and see that Trump is an embarrassment, and we can do so much better with someone else who doesn’t insult or call for the arrest of his/her competitors.

Carlos Ponce

More political rhetoric, Paula. "Children separated from parents at the border. Put in separate enclosures." That's because of the Flores Agreement. "Some sent away to other cities and states. No records for reuniting with their parents." Sent away because of lack of facilities at the border. Congress would not allocate requested funding. No records? Nonsense. More Leftist Lies. Tax cuts for the rich? Of course! And tax cuts for EVERYBODY! Why do you engage in class warfare? That's a Communist tenant.The ice is returning in Greenland. it's cyclical. Inflation is minimal. In 2019 it is 1.52%. Under Obama it almost reached 4% achieving 3.87% in 2011. Shall I go on?

Jim Forsythe

Some people have a Sense of Humor, and some do not! "Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their love of Donald Trump, to the point they will abandon all logic and reason. Symptoms for this condition can be very diverse, ranging from racist or xenophobic outbursts to a complete disconnection from reality. TDS can also often result in the sufferer exhibiting violent, homicidal, or even genocidal desires, particularly against residents from foreign countries. Sufferers have also been known to wish direct self-harm on themselves (such as increased tariffs, a desire for tax cuts heavily favoring corporations and the 1%, infringement of first amendment rights, and even the destruction of NATO for comrade Putin), provided that action was initiated by Donald Trump. Paranoia is also a common symptom of TDS. Sufferers have been known to believe that they are in some way being persecuted when their Trump related beliefs are questioned, and in some cases believe they are about to be a victim of an immigrant related crime. The paranoia does however not seem to be bad enough to make TDS sufferers attempt to actually becoming informed and think for themselves. If properly treated, suffers of TDS can make a full recovery. Many suffers have been known to grow out of TDS, yet many can only be treated by having their condition directly treated through the application of logical reasoning. It is also known that products containing mole can exacerbate the condition." If you did not find that funny, maybe you will find this funny. Trump derangement syndrome "A talking point intended to dismiss the majority of Americans who do not support Donald Trump as crazy. Generally unsuccessful, as supporting Donald Trump makes it clear that you are just about the dumbest human being imaginable." Calling people names shows that your position lacks!

Mike Zeller

[thumbup] Jim Forsythe [thumbup]. Trump Cult [thumbdown]

Carlos Ponce

Jim Forsythe made up that definition of TDS or got it from the Urban dictionary, Read how CNN defines it: https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/19/politics/trump-derangement-syndrome/index.html

Charles Douglas

Thank you Jim. I'm one of those cult followers of President Trump. I will even tell you why. It is because that man loves this country enough to not let anyone take it for granite. Go ask NATO how many billions of dollars they were ripping the American taxpayers off for every year. We are not only expected to send our young military people to DIE for them, but to pay their bills too? You spoke of Trump supporters wanting to kill foreigners, let me set the record straight, the only foreigners I WANTED to kill was the Viet Congs who wanted to take my life, just so you know! Now that Trump is the President, gone are Jihad fighters like Jihadi John who stood up on video with his head bent pointing a bowie knife at the camera seconds away from executing a western citizen. He had the man's head pulled head pulled back while he mocked OBAMA!!!!! Gone are the days when Iran's navy will board an American vessel and point assault rifles at our sailors, taking them captive, on their knees! Gone are the days when we have our President not knowing the difference between a RED LINE IN THE SAND, & A YELLOW STREEK UP HIS BACK! Black unemployment is the lowest in history now, and so is Hispanic, and Asian! Factories are moving back to the USA, and we are now the number one producer oil and natural gas in the world since Trump took over. So, yes, I'm the son of a man who was a black sharecropper, and who voted with the left, all his life and never benefited, but I refused to follow in his footsteps, because I know better! So yes say what you will or may but I am a irredeemably deplorable and proud of it. Thanks for bringing this issue up, it inspired me to respond. See you on the next big issue.....maybe.Lol.

Charles Douglas

Oh! Who was it who got caught on an open mike telling a high Russian official in a whisper, "tell Vlad ( Putin ) ..that I will have more flexibility after my next election?" Was that Trump? Who was it who let China rebuild their country into a super power off the backs of trade imbalances with America and other countries who did nothing to stop it? Was that Trump the sycophant? I, DON'T THINK SO!

Paula Flinn

No, it wasn’t Trump. Trump openly “bows and scrapes” to Putin, while pretending to be tough, because Russian money has supported Trump and he doesn’t want you to know. . His mouthy sons disclosed that fact, each in a rare moment of honesty. Trump is trying to lift the economic sanctions President Obama put on Russia so they can do their $530 billion deal, allowing Russia to drill in the Arctic. Yes, Trump is Putin’s sycophant, and if you cannot see it, you don’t want to.

Carlos Ponce

"Trump openly 'bows and scrapes' to Putin," Not true, Paula. This is mere Leftist political rhetoric. Russian diplomats were expelled, Russian Consulates in the US shut down, arms sold to the Ukraine, Russia condemned for the nerve gas attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Nikki Haley Russia criticized in the United Nations, Russian troops killed by American forces in Syrian bombings - Hardly bowing and scraping, Paula. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-actions-against-russia-sanctions-2018-3#trump-officials-repeatedly-criticize-moscow-6

Jarvis Buckley

Trump haters ruining our country

Charles Douglas

Trump openly bowing to other leaders? I'm sorry, silly me, I thought that was Obama who I saw on TV bowing to a Saudi Prince and kissing the hand of an Egyptian King. Another thing to ponder is, why is Trump ramping up American oil and gas producing capabilities and exporting opportunities to the rest of the world, if he wanted help Putin? Oil exports to the world is Russia's no1 economy asset. Not that I'm blind to the truth, but you and I will just have to agree to disagree on this. I deferr back to my previous comments. Shoot, Since Trump took over, I'm doing better than I ever have. Even the VA will take my calls now! "KAG" "KAG" Lol.

Jim Forsythe

The commits to my post was what I expected. I knew that about 30% (Republican's) would react as they did. If we continue to insult people by placing names on them, using Trump Derangement Syndrome, Lyin' Ted, Fake news and such instead of debating the facts, we will get nowhere. This is just the lazy way of trying to disagree with someone. By using a made up Syndrome it gives people the easy way, and requires no thinking as why you disagree. Hiding behind things like Trump Derangement Syndrome says that I do not know why they are wrong, but believe me they are. If you are saying that the ones you accuse of have a made of Syndrome is 100% wrong, you are the same as the one's accuse as, you are not looking at the whole and just placing a label instead of stating what you disagree with.------------------------------------------------------------ "Trump Derangement Syndrome is nothing more than a conservative attempt to dismiss real concerns of the American population. Regardless of the ultimate consequences–or lack thereof—of the fake syndrome, of the fake syndrome, it won’t stop a large contingent of voters who disagree with the president and his policies from voicing their displeasure."

Carlos Ponce

Your idea of TDS is completely off the mark, Jim. It must be your idea of a "joke".

Jim Forsythe

"Your idea of TDS is completely off the mark, Jim. It must be your idea of a "joke"." No Carlos, off your mark! Just because someone does not agree with Trump, does not mean they have a made up Syndrome! Try saying what you disagree with, and not use a Syndrome as a all encompassing shield. Just as I will say that I disagree with the way Trump has handled the Iran thing, I will not say what ever you response is some Syndrome. Maybe, just maybe, by both of us answering something can be learned. If all your or my response is just saying , you are wrong so you have a Syndrome, nothing will change and we will not advance from where we are now.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, everyone knows TDS Trump Derangement syndrome is pure hatred of President Trump. It was coined in 2016 following the election when Leftist media outlets openly sobbed when they learned Hillary had lost. Redefining it is sad! See "No cure for Trump Derangement Syndrome- By Justin Raimondo Los Angeles Times" December 31, 2016 https://www.fredericknewspost.com/public/ap/no-cure-for-trump-derangement-syndrome/article_7d658451-13a4-5a33-b881-15d3687e16e4.html Same article Dated December 29, 2016 https://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20161229/justin-raimondo-no-cure-for-trump-derangement-syndrome Unless you can produce an article earlier than December 29, 2016 --------- YOU'RE WRONG!

Carlos Ponce

By the way - the same definition appears in the Harrisonburg Daily News Record December 16, 2016, page A4 And the Barstow Desert Dispatch November 29, 2016 gives the following definition on page A4: "Trump derangement Syndrome" - a condition where 'alt Left' adherents lose their minds over the thought of a Donald Trump presidency."

Jim Forsythe

It makes not difference when a made up Syndrome first appeared. BDS and TDS are just a crutch to keep from discussing what someone thinks the other is wrong about. If one can not say, these are the points I disagree about, then they are lazy or do not have a point. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TDS Coined in 2016,means that is when it was made up. But the real date was August 2015 by Esther Goldberg, except you can go back further to it real roots traced to Charles Krauthammer, who originally coined the phrase Bush derangement syndrome in 2003 during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, Esther Goldberg referred to people with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) as those "who are dismissive or contemptuous of Trump". https://spectator.org/63786_trump-derangement-syndrome/ Using Esther Goldberg's definition, you have a severe case of TDS. Where did you get YOUR definition????? Urban dictionary???? SAD!

Jim Forsythe

Nowhere did I give a definition by Esther Goldberg. I just said she was the first to use it. You can say it anyway you want, but Esther Goldberg was the first to use Trump Derangement Syndrome.Others after August 2015 may have used Trump Derangement Syndrome, but she was the first. Other made up syndrome's, Bush derangement syndrome, Clinton derangement syndrome.

Carlos Ponce

Sounds like someone who hates Trump is deranged.[rolleyes]

Carlos Ponce

"Nowhere did I give a definition by Esther Goldberg." you did not because it does not match that silly definition you gave. But you DID mention Esther Goldberg in your post.[whistling]

Cary Semar

The Mueller report makes it clear that Donald Trump is unfit to be the leader of a free people. The testimony of Don McGhan alone is enough to convince a reasonable person that he should not be there. It is a shame that the Republicans are unwilling to admit their mistake.

Carlos Ponce

Cary, point out page and the specific sentences that show Trump is unfit..... You cannot because it's not there. And read all of McGhan's testimony. Trump asked him to look at dismissing Mueller because of conflict of interest. From the Mueller report, page 85: "On the first call, McGahn recalled that the President said something like, ' You gotta do this. You gotta call Rod.' McGahn also had made clear to the President that the White House Counsel's Office should not be involved in any effort to press the issue of conflicts." What were the conflicts? Mueller had membership in one of Trump's golf clubs then wanted his $15,000 back when he moved. The terms of the contract said he wasn't entitled to a refund. AND Trump interviewed Mueller for FBI director but rejected him. https://www.cnn.com/2017/06/13/politics/trump-robert-mueller-fbi-director-interview/index.html https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-claims-mueller-dislikes-him-after-country-club-dispute-2019-5 Looks like Mueller should never have been appointed due to personal conflicts of interest.

Cary Semar

The only source for Mueller's conflicts is Trump himself. Who you gonna believe? A man with a long and honorable record of public service, or Donald Trump?

Carlos Ponce

The only source? No, Cary. There are records that back those conflicts Mueller had with Donald Trump. Mueller is not the "saint" you portray. I believed his testimony on the presence of WMD in Iraq. Did you?

Charles Douglas

If Trump is not fit to be in office, then 2020 is right around the corner, how about letting the people who put him in office determine weather he stay or leave. We are talking about a democracy here, not some bottom dwelling republic where a bunch of special insterest groups pulling the financial strings of the left and the DC swamp can call the shots. We are done with that! "MAGA" & "KAG."

Charles Douglas

One other thought of concern here is Mueller spent close to forty million dollars of taxpayer money with unrestricted biased resources to bring charges against Trump and he came back with NOTHING with his tail between his legs. Now the swamp wants to start the whole process over again. Open borders, 40 acres and an army mule, unrestricted abortions, reparations, sanctuary cities, abolish ICE, and Lord what else. "The enemy comes not, but for to destroy....." John 10:10.

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