Letter: Partisan political games

For several days, the media and Democrats have obsessed over reports that our president said a bad word in a meeting.

 

Assume for the moment that the reports are true. Disregard, for the moment, reports that other individuals used similar salty language in the same meeting. Likewise, disregard the fact that several previous presidents were well-known for their private use of coarse language – Nixon, Johnson and Kennedy immediately spring to mind.

The specific verbiage was allegedly used in a private meeting, which at that point was closed to press and public. A member of the opposition party, seeking no doubt to politically damage the president, assembled the press and, in a fit of feigned outrage, tattled.

If President Trump had used such coarse and intemperate language in a diplomatic setting, or in public discourse, outrage would perhaps be justified. But he did not. He spoke frankly, if crudely, in a private meeting with individuals assumed to understand the concept of confidentiality.

A member of the opposition party violated that confidence for political gain. In doing so, he, not our president, embarrassed our country.

Further, by encouraging the ensuing furor, the tattletale Democrat in question has caused significant delays in the passage of important legislation: a resolution of the DACA issue, passage of a budget or continuing resolution to continue operating the government, legislation to tackle immigration reform, legislation to properly fund the U.S. military and more.

So now, Corey Booker and others grandstand, Republicans circle the wagons, and partisan gridlock continues. I am not so much ashamed of my president as I am the behavior of politicians who act the tattletale and play partisan political games when there is important work to be done – work we elected them to do.

Mike Daniels

Aiken, S.C.

 

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