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October 13, 2020 · OPINION

Deeds, not words, make the case for President Trump

Photo/The White House
President Donald Trump at West Point in June.
By Hugh F.T. “Tim” Hoffman III

In my 30-year Army career, those who impressed me most clearly stated their objectives and then successfully accomplished them. In the military, this is known as “walking the talk.” Equally important was how well these leaders achieved their goals. It seems to me that these considerations are equally applicable to politicians, especially those who aspire to be president.

President Trump’s record is clear; he does what he says he is going to do, and he has achieved unprecedented success on multiple fronts.

Here are but a few of his accomplishments:

• Built the most robust economy in generations by implementing business and personal tax cuts that resulted in unparalleled job growth and record low unemployment.

• Slashed government regulations strangling the economy, which unleashed innovation and entrepreneurship, returned manufacturers to the U.S. and improved profitability of U.S. companies.

• Achieved energy independence – making America the world’s leading energy producer – and enabled energy producers to innovate in ways that significantly reduce carbon emissions.

• Confronted China’s trade abuses and renegotiated trade deals with Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Canada, which are delivering fair and reciprocal trade.

• Has vastly improved conditions in the Middle East by overturning the Iran deal; defeating ISIS; brokering the Abraham Accords peace deal between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, and solidifying our relationship with Israel by moving our embassy to Jerusalem.
• Made major investments in our defense capabilities and sponsored the largest military pay raise in a decade. These actions will greatly improve the U.S. defense posture versus countries that threaten the U.S. national interests – such as China, Iran and Russia.

• Built or rebuilt 400 miles of border wall, curbed illegal immigration, and challenged Democrats to reform laws that incentivize illegal immigration.

• Nominated and confirmed more conservative judges, including Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, than any other first-term president. Judge Barrett promises to be his third justice, which will give judicial “originalists” the decisive vote.

• Eliminated the Obamacare individual mandate, enabling the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act, which is neither affordable nor provides an improvement in medical care.

• Tackled neglected issues such as human trafficking and criminal justice system reform, both of which are important to minority communities.

• Has fought hard to prevent the erosion of our basic rights under the First, Second and Fourth Amendments.

Many people I’ve had conversations with over the past few weeks tell me that they won’t vote for him because he has “an unpleasant personality,” is “confrontational” or “tweets too much.”
To them, I ask, “Who would you rather have as president, Donald Trump, a man who does what he says he will do or Joe Biden, who fails to state his policy goals unequivocally, routinely reverses himself on previous positions, or arrogantly tells us, “You don’t have the right to know my position before I’m elected.”
My vote is for President Trump – and for “deeds, not words.”

A retired colonel, the writer is a West Point graduate, a career officer who served in command and staff positions at all levels in the U.S. Army and an Iraq veteran. After retiring he served in the Bush and Obama administrations as a senior executive in the civil service. During his service in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he had responsibility for a variety of policy portfolios in the strategy, operational planning and security cooperation realms.
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FairandBalanced · October 23, 2020 at 10:26 am
Luntz said the candidates’ answers to the final question — what they would say in their inaugural address to the Americans who didn’t vote for them — were indicative of why Biden looks to be unstoppable.

Trump went negative, arguing why Biden would be bad for the country rather than really answering the question. “If he gets in, you will have a depression the likes of which you’ve never seen. Your 401(k)s will go to hell, and it’ll be a very very sad day for this country,” the president said.

Biden went in the opposite direction, saying, “I’m an American president. I represent all of you. Whether you voted for me or against me, I’m going to make sure you’re represented. I’m going to give you hope.”

Luntz said Biden’s positive approach compared with Trump’s forceful but negative tone is the reason the former vice president’s message appears to be winning heart and minds of American voters.
Tony Bentley · October 22, 2020 at 8:15 am
The First Escort is as bad as the Impeached One.
FairandBalanced · October 21, 2020 at 7:18 pm
Melania Trump expressed surprise over Vogue selection of Beyoncé for 2018 cover
In a secretly recorded conversation, the first lady also spoke about Vogue's decision to choose a Black photographer to shoot the cover for the magazine's September 2018 issue.
FairandBalanced · October 21, 2020 at 12:33 pm
The New York Times recently revealed that Donald Trump paid no personal income tax to the IRS in 10 of the 15 years before he won the presidency. But the newspaper has now revealed that from 2013 to 2015 he paid almost $200,000 in taxes to China, where he still maintains a bank account and spent years pursuing business deals – a potentially major conflict of interest for a president who has fought both of his election campaigns on a promise to stand up to Beijing.
FairandBalanced · October 21, 2020 at 12:07 pm
19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Here's what their stories have in common.

Allegations of women who've accused Trump of non-consensual sexual contact share many details, from forced kisses to where it took place.
Linda Ward · October 20, 2020 at 10:29 am
"In other words, the basic analysis Republicans offer here is that Trump’s presidency had been a towering success before an incidental outside disaster slammed into it, like a meteor from outer space.

Putting aside the absurdity of claiming Trump built a great economy — in reality he inherited many of its trends — what Republicans cannot speak aloud is that Trump is likely to lose largely because of his actual mismanagement of the greatest public health crisis in modern times.

The closest Republicans come to acknowledging this is in the Times piece, which suggests they want Trump to do more to change voter “perceptions” of his handling of the virus. In this telling, perceptions are the only problem here, and recasting Trump’s actual performance simply requires sufficiently artful and properly focused messaging."
FairandBalanced · October 20, 2020 at 8:05 am
FairandBalanced · October 19, 2020 at 9:07 am
Uh OH! words out!

President Donald Trump sought to insult former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday by saying that his Democratic opponent would listen to scientists if elected president.

“He’ll listen to the scientists,” Trump continued. “If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression, instead of, we’re like a rocket ship. Take a look at the numbers.”
null · October 19, 2020 at 9:04 am
He appointed Ajit Pai to the FCC, straight up ignored the virus when it was starting, and continues to ignore climate change.
FairandBalanced · October 17, 2020 at 9:01 am
Donald Trump’s re-election campaign poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II.

Mr. Trump’s ruinous tenure already has gravely damaged the United States at home and around the world. He has abused the power of his office and denied the legitimacy of his political opponents, shattering the norms that have bound the nation together for generations. He has subsumed the public interest to the profitability of his business and political interests. He has shown a breathtaking disregard for the lives and liberties of Americans. He is a man unworthy of the office he holds.

NYT 10/17/2020
FairandBalanced · October 16, 2020 at 4:39 pm
More people watched Biden on ABC than Trump on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.
FairandBalanced · October 16, 2020 at 2:03 pm
jpebbets · October 16, 2020 at 5:46 am
Mr Hoffman. You are out of your mind. Fox much? You know they are a registered entertainment company right? Not news. Each one of your points can be negated by facts which can easily be found. If you can’t research the points you are trying to make I can’t help you. All of the trump cult members like yourself are not interested in facts anyway. Good luck.
FairandBalanced · October 15, 2020 at 11:37 pm
Deeds. Not words. Christ is coming.

The Trump administration has rejected California's request for a disaster declaration for six destructive wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres across the state, including a massive central California wildfire that has become the single largest in state history.
Rover 530 · October 15, 2020 at 7:44 pm
Tim Hoffman obviously knows very little about American politics citing erroneous pronouncements by a corrupt presidential administration as fact.
FairandBalanced · October 15, 2020 at 5:41 pm
Accountability is coming!

Fox News veterans face a hurdle in the job market: Having Fox on the résumé.

“Nobody wants to be the first to pick up a Fox News talent,” she said. “Once you’re at Fox three or more years, you are indoctrinated with that Fox News branding, and it becomes almost impossible to shake.”
FairandBalanced · October 15, 2020 at 1:48 pm
The Finance 202: Goldman Sachs profits surge as Main Street struggles, complicating Trump's pitch.

President Trump closed his 2016 campaign with a pledge to even the economic scales for workers by bringing the financial industry to heel. Now as he tries to make an economic argument for his reelection, workers are bearing the brunt of his botched pandemic response while Goldman Sachs reports zooming profits.

Four years ago, a two-minute ad summed up his populist pitch. Over a series of images of Wall Street — and then-Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein — Trump blasted a “global power structure” that “robbed our working class” and “put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.”

Fast forward, and Goldman Sachs is enjoying the best of times. The Wall Street giant reported Wednesday its third-quarter profit doubled over the same period last year — to $3.62 billion — as its rivals also continued raking in profits. The result comes amid an ongoing economic crisis that has doubled the unemployment rate and left the most vulnerable facing rising food insecurity, evictions and other hardships as Washington negotiators all but fold on efforts to extend emergency relief.

The candidate who ran less as a Republican four years ago than as an outsider tilting against a corrupt establishment is long gone. In his place is an incumbent defending a recovery that has delivered for the well-heeled while stranding millions of the down and out.
Mark House · October 14, 2020 at 9:04 am
"Here’s another way to think about it: Over the past few years, Trump has successfully alienated every bureaucracy — the FBI, the military, the intelligence agencies — that he would need to pull off any kind of organized extralegal action. Consider the reaction from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, when national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien announced intended troop cuts in Afghanistan. Milley went on NPR to respond with: “Robert O’Brien or anyone else can speculate as they see fit. … I’m going to engage in the rigorous analysis of the situation based on the conditions … and conversations with the president.” Milley is the one guy in the administration who will be staying on after Jan. 20, regardless of who wins. He sure does not sound like he is ingratiating himself to Team Trump.

The best supporting evidence is watching the president’s shambolic campaign in recent months. Trump is also intent on forcing the federal government into generating policy victories for himself and scandals for his Democratic rivals — and it looks like he will flounder at delivering either. His entire reelection effort has the whiff of an undergraduate deciding to plagiarize to get a good grade and choosing a bad paper to crib from.

The president’s position on a fiscal stimulus does not seem that of a calculating schemer. Trump was disinterested in a stimulus deal over the summer, flat-out rejected it last week and then performed a complete 180 upon realizing that this was an unpopular move. Trump’s problem is that he is so far behind at this point that he can no longer bend the will of GOP senators. A mastermind this is not."
Silii · October 14, 2020 at 9:04 am
And North Korea, headed by Trump's love letter pen pal, has brought out an ICBM carrying nuclear warheads capable of reaching the US. China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia now allowed to join the UN Human Rights Council. Putin continuing to ensure Russia interferes with our election. The US the laughing stock of the world but seen as severely weakened by Russia and China who are becoming better buddies as we speak. Trump businesses have made thousands on the backs of taxpayers. Middle class taxes raised - don't forget the $10,000 taxes paid limit on your Schedule A, line 7, Taxes you Paid. Over 210,000 Americans dead from covid 19 and growing by 1,000 dead daily, due to a total failure by Trump to manage the situation when he knew, as the Woodward tapes prove, how dangerous and deadly corona virus is. Results: crashed economy, massive unemployment, thousands about to be evicted, thousands food challenged. National debt in the trillions. Farmers committing suicide at an unprecedented rate. Science no longer respected. Environmental protections lifted, protections that will cause negative effects on your children and grands. And he says he will give people at his rallies a big fat kiss. (Hey, get in line - get your mouth kiss from him). That's the mentality that appeals to his supporters. Continuing to diss Gold Star families, most recently implying a Gold Star family spread the corona virus to him. Our dead soldiers - suckers and losers.
FairandBalanced · October 13, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Jim Good! read em and weep!

Conservative Activist Candace Owens Paid Travel, Lodging of Some Guests at Trump’s White House Event. The Black Lives Matter critic’s Blexit movement attempts to woo Blacks to the GOP.
badelectronics · October 13, 2020 at 8:47 pm
badelectronics · October 13, 2020 at 8:40 pm
The colonel (Thankfully retired) said in his bullet point,"Built the most robust economy in generations by implementing business and personal tax cuts that resulted in unparalleled job growth and record low unemployment."

The economy is in the toilet. Business and personal tax cuts have given us debt bigger than the U.S. GDP. There is no job growth. We have greatest unemployment since great depression. I think that the Colonel should seek help with writing his next article, maybe find someone that graduated from WP in the upper 3rd rather than the lowest 10th.
Constitutional Insurgent · October 13, 2020 at 7:38 pm
@Jim - the "rally" participants were transported and lodged by Candace Owen's "BLEXIT" organization.

Nice to see that the People's House gets pimped out for campaign appearances. You'll have to issue I'm sure, when a Democrat does likewise.
Constitutional Insurgent · October 13, 2020 at 7:34 pm
Tim - As one career Army Veteran to another, I'd like you to explain to me how pulling out of the JPCOA "vastly improved conditions in the Middle East" when it spurred both a return to pursuing a nuclear program, and a rash of indirect fire attacks on U.S. and Coalition forces stationed in Iraq.

Similarly, while ISIS was largely defeated during the current Administration, I think you know well enough that the heavy lifting was done entirely by the Iraqi Security Forces, and the hard-fought battles planned and executed during the previous Administration.

Where do you stand on POTUS giving partisan campaign speeches to troops in a combat zone, or using uniformed military members as props for PR stunts and campaign advertisement? Or how he [confusingly] continues to lie about passing the Veterans Choice Act?

Additionally, for extra credit, can you explain how Trump has fought the 'erosion' of our First Amendment [given his continued threats against Freedom of the Press]; the Second Amendment [given the unconstitutional ATF rulings re: bumpstocks and the 'Honey Badger SBR']; and the Fourth Amendment [given the ever-increasing scope of the surveillance-state and civil asset forfeiture]?

P.S. good call on including "rebuilt" for the border wall....otherwise your number would have to be laughably small. Still waiting for Mexico to send that check though.....
FairandBalanced · October 13, 2020 at 6:59 pm
And anybody who thinks the orange trash bag can throw this election just remember there are thousands of down-ballot candidates, from U.S. Senators to county clerks to city dog catchers who will NOT contest the election and who DO NOT have a problem about the way our elections are conducted. So, good luck with that!
FairandBalanced · October 13, 2020 at 6:53 pm
trump. right.

‘Unmasking’ probe commissioned by Barr quietly concludes without charges or any public report.

The federal prosecutor appointed by Attorney General William P. Barr to review whether Obama-era officials improperly requested the identities of individuals whose names were redacted in intelligence documents has completed his work without finding any substantive wrongdoing, according to people familiar with the matter.

The revelation that U.S. Attorney John Bash, who left the department last week, had concluded his review without criminal charges or any public report will rankle President Trump at a moment when he is particularly upset at the Justice Department. The department has so far declined to release the results of Bash’s work, though people familiar with his findings say they would likely disappoint conservatives who have tried to paint the “unmasking” of names — a common practice in government to help understand classified documents — as a political conspiracy.

the worst president in American history
FairandBalanced · October 13, 2020 at 3:28 pm
Hoff3 you're right:

*Taxes were cut for corporations and the rich. Unemployment was on a trajectory established under the Obama/Biden administration and now it is at 7.9% down from its peak in April of 14.7%.

*The Fair Housing Act was repealed. Emission standards under the Clean Air Act were repealed. White collar exemptions for overtime pay were repealed. The Clean Power Plan was repealed. The Fiduciary Rule was repealed. The Animal Welfare Rule was repealed.
Foreign direct investment into the United States — which measures spending from internationally owned companies to start, expand or acquire American businesses — sank drastically last year, to its lowest recorded level since 2006.
The NYT (7/22/2020) recently reported there is little data to support claims by administration officials that their trade and tax policies have already encouraged significant reshoring of manufacturing or created a “blue-collar boom.”

*As crude prices react to escalating tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, now is an important time to understand the key distinction between energy “independence” and energy “security” as the terms apply to the U.S.

*Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be. His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.
We have a new North American trade deal to replace NAFTA. But the new agreement isn't the "game-changer" it was supposed to be.

*A stunning and humiliating sign of America’s loss of leadership was the UN Security Council’s rejection on August 14 of the US attempt to extend the arms embargo on Iran. None of its traditional allies, including Britain, France and Germany, supported the US. Washington was only backed by one country: the Dominican Republic.

*Appeals court: Trump wrongly diverted $2.5 billion in military construction funds for border wall

*The Wall. Mexico ain't paying for it and it is already falling down in places.

*Trump’s appointees, ALL OF WHOM ARE WHITE and most of whom are young and boast sterling conservative credentials, make up nearly a quarter of the appellate bench. The Republican-controlled Senate has been critical to the success of Trump’s nominations.

*Attacks on ObamaCare during this pandemic is the key reason the republicans will lose control of the Senate this election cycle.

*Long before the Trump administration implemented its “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy in 2018, it was already separating children from their parents as part of a “pilot program” conducted in the El Paso, Texas, area and along other parts of the border.

*Republican claims that Democrats are attacking our Bill of Rights is like crying wolf.
martinkus · October 13, 2020 at 2:40 pm
jim goodwin:

Soros is evil as well.

People who still support Trump need their head's examined. Trump is absolutely the biggest piece of crap we have had as president in modern history. Going after Dr. Fauci now?
jim goodwin · October 13, 2020 at 12:48 pm
Martinkus, prove your allegation of paid participants or shut the hell up. Because if you want to play that game, let's talk about people allegedly getting paid by Soros (or organizations funded by Soros) to travel to cities for the express purpose of inciting riots.
martinkus · October 13, 2020 at 12:31 pm
All bow to our "Dear Leader" who has a "protective glow" around him! Benito Mussolini would be proud of his staged rally at the White House the other day with paid participants.

John McCain = HERO!

Defeat the Orange Cheeto!
DontTread · October 13, 2020 at 10:11 am
Well said! Praying the Lord will bless us with four more years. Thank you for your service.
Bettye Glascock · October 13, 2020 at 9:52 am
Thank you for your service and thank you for this article.
Most people in this county and across the country are afraid to stand up for our President in public. I proudly say my vote is for President Donald J. Trump. Thank you again Mr. Hoffman.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · October 13, 2020 at 9:02 am
Trump has been outstanding. Thank you for your service to our country. Seniors in Fauquier County do not have services available to them. Assisted living in this county does not accept seniors on fixed incomes. Senior housing has wait lists. Vote out the radical left who uses tax payers monies for illegals while our schools suffer and poor seniors receive a boot out of tge county d away from their families.
farmbum · October 13, 2020 at 8:08 am
Deeds indeed. Lets do the simple point by point in the reality of today:

The economy was indeed humming along until a few things happened that resulted in:
* The largest GDP loss in history
* Upwards of 40 million unemployed
* The largest fiscal stimulus packages to corporations ever, government investments directly into private businesses
* Manufacturing jobs "are trickling" to the United States shorelines - Alliance for American Manufacturing

Trade Policies via tariffs have crippled US Product consumption and delivery abroad. It is estimated that close to 2 trillion dollars in American corporation stock value has decreased. Along with elimination of over 300,000 jobs. American companies also absorbed close to 50 billion covering these tariffs.

The Middle East remains an enigma for the US. Our troops lack a clear mission in Iraq and now Syria. Our foes continue to taunt us and our Strategic positions to protect liberty and humanitarian interests and rights have dissolved. We walked back on our Allies abandoning them to a doomed positioning force as foes advanced their interests in the region.

The border wall and immigration remains a hot mess. Even after 4 years of constant badgering and positioning, the border wall remains unfunded by Mexico. Indeed funding at one point was to come out of the defense budget earmarked for our Military.

On judges and how they sit politically, after 4 years, we still have the same issues with crime and punishment and now have compounded those same issues with lawlessness and social unrest.

Elimination of part of ObamaCare, without a replacement strategy or plan to the American people should not be viewed as a success. Healthcare remains an issue both in terms of cost and coverage.
We cannot even figure out if wearing a mask is infringement on liberty or makes one a member of a healthy civil society.

This "unpleasant personality" description is describing an administration that has effectively turned back the clock globally and locally on American interests, socially, economically and militarily. The humanitarian crisis of 1,000 dead Americans every day further exasperates the need for removing this administration from power.

Our government must serve “we the people” and this administration has not delivered on the basics.

The opinion writer may be looking to a future, the reality of today is much more damaging.
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