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100 Days of Trump: Has Trump’s fondness for tweeting gone over the edge?

Today marks the three-week point of Donald Trump’s presidency, twenty-one days filled with executive orders, Supreme Court nominations, Democrat stonewalling, Democrat whining, presidential tweets, leftist protests and a non-stop running battle with the press over the meaning of the new governing order in Washington.

It certainly hasn’t been boring. From harsh and biting Saturday Night Live skits to the incessant griping emanating from the daily editorial pages there’s been plenty to talk about. Many have been awed by Trump’s pace on the job, others disgusted. And some claim they’re already growing weary of the new commander in Trump tweetchief’s non-traditional style.

In a story titled, “Defending President Trump Is Becoming More Difficult,” Myra Adams wrote in National Review, “In my good conscience, I can’t defend a president who does not understand the power of his office. I want President Trump to be successful and to make ‘America great again.’ I am his ‘base.’

“But if Trump thinks childish actions are pleasing to all of his base, he is sadly mistaken. President Trump is an impulsive entertainer, and his going off teleprompter can have dangerous consequences. He has yet to learn that as president, he speaks and writes words that can turn into weapons, and weapons start wars, foreign as well as domestic.

“As president of a polarized nation where close relationships are being strained, Trump needs to be the president of all Americans, not just base voters who are more forgiving.”

Since Adams’ piece smelled funny, I wondered if it was merely an attack from the establishment disguised as honest advice from a longtime supporter. Upon checking, Adams’ National Review bio indicates she “is a media producer and writer who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign and on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team.”

It looks like Adams is Republican establishment to the core, though she described herself in the article as a “conservative Republican” and a Trump voter.

Further investigation revealed Adams was highly critical of Trump during the campaign, writing an article in the Washington Examiner last September that strongly implied Trump was only running for president (assuming he would lose) because he wanted to increase his brand and make money off the tens of millions of people who would vote for him in the election.

Adams’ establishment bona fides were confirmed when I discovered she’d advocated for a John Kasich-Marco Rubio ticket in August of 2015. She also penned this piece at the #NeverTrump den of snakes otherwise known as RedState, where she predicted unprecedented violence would plague last year’s election because of Trump.

In other words, the establishment-biased Adams wasn’t very good at assessing Trump back then, so why believe her now? Take her words with a grain of salt, I thought. Even though she claims she backed Trump last year it was clearly tepid support at best.

But on further reflection I also think there’s something to Adams’ basic criticism of Trump and his Twitter habit. Words – even if limited to a tweet – do matter. When President Trump took to Twitter to criticize Nordstrom for dropping daughter Ivanka’s fashion line the other day, I thought it was the first clear example of his crossing a line into territory presidents just shouldn’t go, especially when Trump’s background is in business and serious questions remain about favoritism and conflicts of interest.

Concerns about Trump’s Twitter habit are not limited to Adams and her friends, either. I’ve talked with a number of people, not necessarily all Trump supporters, who frequently mention his tweets as justification for why they think he’s unstable. And while I personally don't care – or even follow regularly – what Trump says in 140 characters or less, it’s pretty obvious there are a lot of people who do; and they’re not liking it.

Yesterday brought another blizzard of Trump tweets as the president electronically blasted Senator Richard Blumenthal (which is probably justified, by the way) for misrepresenting what Judge Neil Gorsuch reportedly told him in a private meeting and poor Senator John McCain received a presidential rebuke for critically commenting on the recent raid in Yemen where a Navy SEAL was killed.

There were many more tweets, of course, including one lauding an American businessman. “Thank you Brian Krzanich, CEO of @Intel. A great investment ($7 BILLION) in American INNOVATION and JOBS! #AmericaFirst”

That’s a little more like the kind of thing Trump should be remarking on.

While I personally do not share Adams’ difficulty with continuing to defend the president to acquaintances and detractors – after all, he’s only been in office three weeks – I agree that for his own sake and future popularity, Trump should place some subject restrictions on himself when it comes to expressing his thoughts on social media.

The internet is indeed a powerful tool and Trump has mostly used it wisely throughout his campaign, transition and brief stint as president. But it can also be a lightning rod for criticism if taken to extremes. Simply put, there are some topics that a president should not be talking about over social media. For Trump, anything having to do with his or his family’s businesses should be completely off limits.

That’s just good common sense.

President Trump is new on the job and it’s safe to say all of us who supported him during the campaign are still getting used to his non-typical approach to handling the office. Most of the changes Trump represents have been refreshing; let’s work on the ones that need some fine-tuning. There’s no need to provide more ammunition for your enemies, Mr. President.

Kellyanne Conway receives ethics counseling over Thursday morning call to “buy Trump”

It turns out the president isn’t the only one in hot water over a recent media communication. Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News on Thursday morning to talk about recent Trump tweets and to defend the Trump family businesses (because of President Trump’s comment about Ivanka and Nordstrom).

In the course of the conversation Conway said some things she probably shouldn’t have.

Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner reports, “Kellyanne Conway was ‘counseled’ Thursday on federal ethics standards after she encouraged consumers to buy from Ivanka Trump's clothing line, the White House said…

“’Kellyanne has been counseled and that's all we're going to go on,’ press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters hours after Conway appeared on Fox News. ‘She's been counseled on that subject and that's it.’”

In the interview, prior to discussing the Trump businesses Conway talked a little about the president’s desire to insist on fairness in the media towards his staff and the things he’s trying to accomplish in his administration. This could explain why the president feels so compelled to answer every little slight via Twitter – he’s just standing up for his own.

But Conway now knows she was out of bounds in saying she was “going shopping” to buy some of Ivanka’s “stuff.” I must admit – and I’m a big fan of Conway – that she sounded almost like an infomercial saleswoman in touting Ivanka’s brand. It was just a tad uncomfortable.

Meanwhile, Democrats were “outraged” over Conway’s use of a TV news interview to suggest that people should buy Trump products just because companies were weakly bowing to leftist calls to boycott the family businesses. Several Republicans expressed similar concern.

One Democrat bluntly stated Conway should face “consequences” for her mistake. Politics never ends with some people. If Conway were a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood, for example, I’m guessing Democrats would be falling over themselves to get in front of a camera to defend her.

Just like with Trump’s tweets, Conway is learning that she doesn’t need to provide extra ammunition to her enemies – they’ve already got all they need to keep up their relentless assault on her as an unapologetically conservative woman and public face of the Trump administration.

Conway’s accessibility to the media and always-friendly demeanor means we’ll be seeing her a lot in the coming years. Liberals know that’s bad news for their mission to depict Trump as a misogynistic woman-hater. Conway is a very accomplished woman and has earned everything she’s ever been given.

Let’s just hope a simple talk on “ethics” will steer her away from subjects that can get her into trouble in the future.

Democrats and some Republicans still don’t get the mood of the American public

In observing the behavior of the Democrats and Republicans over the past three weeks you really have to wonder if the two parties will ever see eye-to-eye again. With newly sworn-in Attorney General Jeff Sessions only receiving one Democrat vote (from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin) to confirm despite having served 20 years with his colleagues in the Senate, it’s clear the parties are about as far apart as they could possibly be.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen to what the Democrats are saying. For instance, unanticipated pearls of wisdom just came from Obama buddy Rahm Emanuel on Monday.

Jessica Chasmar of the Washington Times reports, “Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Democrats need to take a ‘chill pill’ and prepare for years-long fight to regain power…

“’It took us a long time to get this low. It ain’t gonna happen in 2018,’ he added. ‘Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul. And if you think it’s going to be a quick turnaround like that, it’s not.’

“Mr. Emanuel said it’s important moving forward for Democratic candidates to focus more on economic issues than cultural ones, particularly in Republican districts.”

Emanuel went on to say “winning” (elections) is everything since if you don’t win, you can’t govern. Check. Republicans learned that lesson after the 2006 congressional elections.

That’s kind of where our agreeing with him ends, however, since Emanuel seems to think the Democrats’ economic and environmental message is what’s going to bring his party back from years in the political wilderness.

The Democrats’ economic message won’t ever hit home unless they can somehow articulate it better than Senator Bernie Sanders did on Tuesday night during his healthcare “debate” with Ted Cruz. Cruz correctly tagged Sanders with the “government will solve everything” label, the typical Democrat solution to every problem. The live town hall audience didn’t look convinced.

People don’t want to hear what the Democrats are offering…but I’ll give Sanders credit for his honesty. For Republicans’ sake Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren need to keep talking as do House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her radical leftist caucus members like Rep. Maxine Waters. The more they say, the more Americans will turn away from the old and dying Democrat Party.

But it isn’t just the Democrats who are hopelessly out of touch with what the voters are wanting these days. A so-called member of the conservative community just put his foot in his mouth this week as well.

Alex Pfeiffer of the Daily Caller reports, “Weekly Standard editor-at-large Bill Kristol said Tuesday afternoon that the white working class should be replaced by immigrants as they have become ‘decadent, lazy’ and ‘spoiled.’

“…’You can make a case that America has been great because every — I think John Adams said this — basically if you are in free society, a capitalist society, after two or three generations of hard work everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled — whatever,’ Kristol said.”

Does Kristol really harbor such a grudge against capitalism? Kristol joked about how he hoped nobody would see the video of his talk, since his career would be over. He might be right.

Like Sanders, give Kristol credit for saying what he truly believes, because he’s been a big amnesty supporter from the beginning. As one of the leading #NeverTrumpers during the 2016 campaign, Kristol clearly doesn’t understand what makes Americans tick – at least those who aren’t illegal immigrants.

At the same time, Kristol was essentially just articulating the beliefs of the old Republican establishment -- you know, those who think Mitt Romney’s “47%” will never support the GOP because they’re poor and too stupid to understand how pro-growth economic policies will benefit them.

It’s the same kind of condescension of the “deplorables” that led to Donald Trump’s victory last year. Trump may not be personally wealth challenged but he speaks the language of the working class, people who just want economic opportunities and a government that looks out for their interests, not those who broke the law to come here.

Neither Sanders nor Kristol seems to understand why Trump is popular with his voters. They’re both characteristic of a Washington establishment that isn’t relevant anymore.

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