More Bothered By Trump’s ‘Appalling’ Tweets, Or By This Obvious Corruption?

Written by Bill Thomas on May 29, 2019

Alex Ward, a writer for Vox, published a column on May 28, 2019, that lamented that President Trump broke a cardinal rule for being an American president. What horrific act of the president’s brought about this national disgrace? In Ward’s words, “The president of the United States endorsed a foreign government’s nasty insults of America’s former vice president — and did so while standing next to the leader of a top American ally.”

As they might say in my native state of Kansas, “Insults, ridicule and hurt feelings. Oh my.” For the liberal, to agree to characterizations of Joe Biden, with which many of us on the right would support, is tantamount to appalling behavior. 

With all due respect to Mr. Ward and the host of liberals out there, no sir, it isn’t. That is not appalling behavior. It might be unprecedented, perhaps, but appalling? Let’s look at what is really appalling. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines appalling as “inspiring horror, dismay, or disgust.”

The leadership of the FBI and the Deep State working together to undermine and undo an election whose result they hated. That would be appalling. Has Vox or Mr. Ward covered that? No, they haven’t. Their definition of appalling is only confined to what President Trump does, not what is done to him and to those of us who voted for him.

Byron York, in The Washington Examiner, writes about Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) memo in a May 28, 2019 article. He notes, “It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that some of the loudest voices denouncing Nunes were angry about the exposure of the FBI’s questionable actions and not the fact that the FBI’s actions were indeed questionable.” So, the FBI used questionable actions with respect to the Trump campaign and Russia. That would be appalling, don’t you think?

The fact that the FBI and the Deep State used an unverified, political hatched job called the “Steele Dossier” is becoming more widely known. Eric Felton, for Real Clear Politics, writes, “There are a growing number of indicators that the leading players in the 2016 election drama are turning on one another, making a mad dash for the lifeboats to escape being dragged under with the political Titanic that is Christopher Steele and his dossier.”

The principal players are turning on one another as the pressure mounts. Why? Because, though they haven’t been telling it, they know the truth.

What is appalling is the attempted coup perpetrated by the Left, the Deep State, and their media accomplices.

Appalling isn’t accurate to describe agreeing with the North Korean dictator about the improper behavior of Joe Biden. Appalling might, though, fit in explaining the Democrats’ push to deny personhood to the unborn and support for abortion at any stage of pregnancy.

The Democrats unveiled their appalling view of life on May 23, 2019, with the introduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act. John McCormack, in National Review on May 28, 2019, writes, “The measure wouldn’t merely prohibit states such as Georgia and Alabama from banning abortion early in pregnancy if Roe v. Wade were overturned. It would also invalidate most state laws limiting late-term abortion.” One particularly appalling part of this legislation is that it would require states to permit abortion after an unborn child is viable (that is, old enough to survive outside the womb) if a single doctor asserts that an abortion is necessary to protect the mother’s health.

Did you catch that? The Democrats are okay with late-term abortions. Many of the Democrats running for president support this legislation. Harris, Booker, Biden, Gillibrand, and Sanders have all voiced support for this measure or others like it.

In many places where regular American people live, it is appalling to be able to kill a baby that is viable outside the womb.

It isn’t surprising that those on the Left continue to smear and attack our president. They resent his election and abhor everything he represents. What is appalling, though, is the elitist, arrogant assertion that we who voted for President Trump are less than desirable. Neil Buchanan, in Newsweek, August 21, 2017, asserts, “a lot of Trump’s voters really do hold deplorable views.”

Leonard Pitts writes of progressives, “we have the moral high ground.” He asserts, “right wingers are deeply angry and profoundly terrified by the writing on the demographic wall. Said writing foretold — and for that matter, still foretells — the declining preeminence of white, Christian America. As several studies now show, a sense of alarmed displacement among white, Christian America is the soil from which the weed of Trumpism grew.”

He concludes that there can be no compromise. “What they need to be, is defeated. The left-wing media elites believe you and I are ignorant, racist and backward. They seem to particularly note the word “Christian,” too. Does the word appalling fit here? I’ll let you decide.

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.