Despite The Negative Press, President Trump’s Support Remains High — Here’s Why

Written by Bill Thomas on January 9, 2019

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, in late November of 2018, in an MSNBC interview, discussed how important it was for Democrats to separate President Trump from his base. David Coates, in a January 1, 2017 piece in the Huffington Post writes, “Support, anger and loyalty – three features of the Trump electoral base that need to be fully understood by those who would reject him.

The Left continues to struggle to define and understand those of us who support President Trump and why we still do.

“Never Trumpers” do the same thing. Jonah Goldberg, in a January 8, 2019 article in The Record attempts to defend his recent attacks on President Trump’s character and chides those who would defend him. Utah’s newest senator, Mitt Romney, began his senatorial career by writing a Washington Post column rebuking the president’s character.

What these two so-called conservatives do by attacking the president and belittling him supports the liberals and the Left who have been on a seek-and-destroy mission ever since Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

What about President Trump’s character? Despite the daily onslaught from the Left and their media allies, why do so many of us still support him?

The answer, I think, is that we see character a bit differently. For us, character is more than the words you say or how you say them. It is deeper than that. It’s actions and deeds. It’s things like being true to your word and your convictions. Christian author Charles Naylor once wrote about men who have character. He said, “If they make us a promise — then we do not expect it to be broken. We rely upon them, because they have shown by their conduct that they themselves place a high value upon their own word. Of such people it is often said, ‘If he makes a promise — then he will fulfill it.’ Such men wield a strong influence in a community. People can easily believe and trust in their character.

Ira Stoll, in the New York Sun, has an interesting article. He asserts, “Donald Trump just may be our most honest president since Abraham Lincoln.” I can hear the liberals, if any are reading, gasp. After all, The Washington Post claims, “In 710 days, President Trump has made 7,645 false or misleading claims.

Stoll’s point, though, is different and thought-provoking. He writes, “another dimension of integrity, though, doesn’t involve precision about details or about anything personal. It has to do with the president’s commitment to following through on his campaign pledges. In that department, Mr. Trump has been astonishingly — almost unprecedentedly faithful.

Let’s take a look.

The partial government “shutdown” in Washington is correctly understood as President Trump attempting to be true to his word to voters that he would build a wall along the border with Mexico to prevent illegal immigration.

Score one for integrity.

President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw American troops from Syria — clarified some over the weekend by the national security adviser, John Bolton — is best understood in the framework of President Trump attempting to keep true to his campaign themes. Throughout the 2016 campaign, then-candidate Trump promised to get us out of wars that never end. He’s keeping his word on that, too.

Score another one for integrity.

President Trump promised to nominate judges to the Supreme Court from a list of qualified, conservative judges. He’s done just that in Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh.

Score yet another for integrity.

President Trump promised to revive our stagnant economy, especially in the manufacturing sector, and create a climate of more jobs for more people. He was ridiculed by the economic experts and by then President Obama for such talk.

What is our economy like today? Reuters, hardly a conservative voice, reported on January 8, 2019 that “Job openings are outnumbering unemployed workers across increasingly wide swaths of the United States.” The article continues, “In October, there were 7.1 million job openings nationwide, about 1 million more than the number of unemployed workers.

We not only see more jobs and people working. We are finding that we have more money in our pockets. CNBC reported in September of 2018 that wages, the last missing piece of the economic recovery, increased by 2.9 percent year over year to the highest level since April 2009. That made it the best gain since the recession ended in June 2009.

We don’t have to have experts to tell us this, though. We all know it. Is our economy better under President Trump? Yes! Score this one for integrity and keeping his promise.

Goldberg, at the end of his column in The Record writes, “I often like to ask my AlwaysTrump friends, ‘What can the next Democratic president do that you won’t look like a hypocrite for criticizing?’

His question is condescending, and there are many who could answer it as well or better than I might, but here’s my reply.

Jonah, it’s pretty simple. We’ll criticize a Democrat or Republican president who doesn’t do what s/he says s/he will do. We won’t get wrapped around the axle of how they communicate or if they hurt people’s feelings or don’t. We’ll simply judge them on whether they keep their promises, or they don’t. That’s character. On that issue, President Trump is doing well and has our support.

Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.