WASHINGTON: Historically, Presidents have been strongly disliked by Americans. The source of the dislike stems mostly from said president’s policies. For instance, George Bush was strongly disliked by many Americans for his Iraq war policy.
The current dislike for President Trump, however, goes much deeper. Some people actually hate the president. Some people are so hateful that they react violently toward Trump supporters. But why do people hate him?
1. Hating the President because he won, she lost
There most significant reason for hating President Trump is simply that he is President Trump. Meaning he did beat Hillary Clinton. Far too many people are unable to get over that truth. A truth fueling hate from the moment of his golden escalator descent.
Some who hate the President are responsible for illegally based Special Counsel investigations. Others simply crow, impeach, impeach, impeach.
The hate for Trump seems to be fed by some of his personality flaws. He also is very straight forward, quick to respond and he has many of the “in your face” traits found in people from Queens New York where he was raised. And sometimes he does say things unfiltered. His opponents, as well as the vast majority of the mainstream media, always seem willing to add to the hate when his communication is not clear.
2. Many hate Trump because they say he is a racist.
That mostly stems from Trump not clearly expressing himself and not in a politically correct manner. Examples are his travel ban and his position on border security.
Opponents of the travel ban called him a racist because he only banned travel from seven countries that were predominately Muslim. He also spoke about it in a manner that made it easy for his opponents to label the action a “Muslim” ban, which is a racist position.
Of course, the ban was for travel from any country that could not adequately vet the travelers to ensure security.
Whether they were mostly Muslim, or mostly any other characteristic, was not the primary consideration. His ban didn’t refer to race, but rather to countries who could not vet travelers.
They just happened to be predominately Muslim countries.
3. Hating Donald Trump over Illegal Immigration
On immigration, what he meant to say was that within the vast majority of good people entering our southern border illegally, are also some really bad people. These bad people must be stopped from entering the US.
Security, including The Wall will greatly assist in keeping those bad people, rapists, drug smugglers and human traffickers, from being able to easily walk into the U.S.
Other haters say that Trump is prejudice against women, African-Americans and Hispanics, and he does nothing to help them. However, the President has given each of those groups the one thing they really need and really want: economic and job opportunity.
Women, blacks and Hispanics have taken advantage of the new opportunity that Trump’s growing economy has provided, by finding good jobs. Unemployment rates for all three groups are at historic lows. And millions of Americans no longer need food stamps.
4. Tax Breaks to the Wealthy create Trump hate
Some haters say that Trump convinced Congress to give huge tax breaks to wealthy individuals and corporations while forgetting about the middle class.
Trump’s primary goal for income tax policy was to stimulate economic growth. To do that, in a capital intensive economy, new capital must be created. Trump tax cuts also apply to middle-class households. That is except for households who live in high tax, high real estate value states where American taxpayers had been providing a subsidy allowing unlimited tax deductions for real estate taxes and mortgage interest.
The Trump tax cut is providing new capital. That increases growth today and will likely accelerate growth in the future. However, hate him for that as well, they do.
5. Others say they hate Trump because he is against unions.
That’s because Trump selected two conservative judges for the Supreme Court. In the Janus decision, the court ruled that workers who freely choose not to be represented by a union have a right to bargain as an individual. Therefore the union cannot force these individual pay union dues.
6. Some hate Trump because of collusion with Russia.
They believe he colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election and/or he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey. If the special prosecutor’s report shows that isn’t true, then the haters will look for different reasons to hate him. They will examine Trump’s financial transactions and the transactions of 81 people associated with Trump.
It remains to be seen if the haters will follow through with this. If they do, they are likely to find one “I” not dotted or one “T” not crossed. That will likely feed their hatred.
7. Many of the haters are against Trump’s values.
Trump favors expanded individual freedom over limits to freedom. He generally favors individual responsibility over social responsibility. He favors low tax rates over higher tax rates. And he favors less government over more government.
Those are the haters that are most worrisome. Some of those who hate the man still believe in the core values that made this country great.
Those who hate him because of his values, really hate what made America great.
Trump has accomplished much in his first two years despite the hatred. Imagine if people gave him a fair chance, how much more he could accomplish to move the country forward.