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Trump’s Only Real Weakness
Is His Style

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Posted By: Garnet, 9/12/2019 9:49:45 AM

This is the time for President Trump to deprive his enemies of the last weapon that could be employed against him that could cause him any harm: the largely false, but still troublesome, issue of his personality and routine behavior. Other lines of attack have come to naught: Collusion with Russia, accusations of racism provoking outbursts of mass murder (by uttering “racially charged statements,” in the inadvertently Orwellian words of CNN’s most witless talking head, Don Lemon), the verbal recession confected by the world-renowned economists of CNN and MSNBC, all of it has collapsed. Illegal border crossings are in sharp decline as the wall is steadily extended,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: fb2002 9/12/2019 9:58:40 AM (No. 177899)
Trump is Trump. He will neither change nor moderate. We elected Trump, we got Trump. He only attacks when being attacked. He must have been sick during the Sunday school lesson to turn the other cheek. However, Bushie did this, and the media destroyed his administration in the second term. Bushie was "above it all" but this did not prevent the media from hanging his administration, and ushering in Madame Pelosi as speaker. Everything went south after the 2006 election.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: starboard 9/12/2019 10:04:58 AM (No. 177903)
Conrad, an undoubtedly classy kind of guy, generally likes President Trump but can't quite understand or tolerate his bombastic personality. He's not alone. However, there are millions of us average American people out in the boonies who accept our President's foibles and enjoy his free spirit of expression.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: StrikingViking 9/12/2019 10:07:03 AM (No. 177907)
My brother doesn't like PDJT personally, so I tell him to imagine the Prez as a Black Box from which comes judicial appointments, tax cuts, foreign policy wins, deregulation, and other things dear to conservatives. Ignore the human baggage, I say. But I personally admire PDJT. I can't imagine anyone else with the strength and courage to fight against the relentless attacks, the smear campaigns, the betrayals, etc.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird 9/12/2019 10:19:24 AM (No. 177917)
Dear Conrad, And all this time I thought you were a really smart guy. Now you would have us believe that our President should change his “personality and routine behavior”. Are you about to change yours? Could you? He’s doing just fine. Leave him alone.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ARKfamily 9/12/2019 10:21:18 AM (No. 177921)
Turn the other cheek? I see nothing wrong with defending my character or credibility. And the smearing of his character and credibility has been relentless.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: EQKimball 9/12/2019 10:22:08 AM (No. 177922)
Why must fighting back require personal insults, taunts and 24-7 occupation of the limelight? But for such behavior he would be unbeatable.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 9/12/2019 10:24:10 AM (No. 177926)
I thought his style was one of his strengths... Thanks for setting us all straight Conrad.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird 9/12/2019 10:24:17 AM (No. 177927)
If this had been the first Conrad Black piece I ever read, I never would have read another. His hoity-toityness is offputting. Pretentious, supercilious, and effectively setting himself up as an arbiter of correct behavior for presidents. “Being presidential.” Conrad just went down a few notches. Just another jealous Canadian...
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Reply 9 - Posted by: HotRod 9/12/2019 10:31:02 AM (No. 177938)
President Trump's style does seem to distract his detractors while he quietly advances his agenda, unnoticed until it's too late. People who can't logically or intelligently argue against policies also seem to gravitate to the style criticism, which is nothing more than OPINION.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Timber Queen 9/12/2019 10:33:53 AM (No. 177942)
For a smart man Conrad Black is sure is dumb. I usually enjoy Black's articles, but I won't open this one - even for the $3 words. His total premise is wrong. It is precisely Trump's "style" that has enabled the long list of accomplishments that Black admires. Garden Party sensibilities do not clean up street gangs, and the Left is the political equivalent of the Crips and Bloods. President Trump is truly a president for the people and for the Constitution. He is all that stands between us and disaster. I'll not question any device of his. MAGA - Whether they like it or not.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird 9/12/2019 10:35:17 AM (No. 177944)
People who can't logically or intelligently argue against policies also seem to gravitate to the style criticism, which is nothing more than OPINION. Post of the Day!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: LesUNo 9/12/2019 10:45:56 AM (No. 177950)
I agree with Conrad Black. President Trump’s personal attracts are cringe worthy and do not attract new supporters. He must pull out all the stops to win re-election. Is it really too much to ask him to tone it back when so much is at stake? I know he is capable of behaving in a more gracious manner. We see his easy charm when he welcomes people to the Whitehouse.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: CharlyG 9/12/2019 10:49:18 AM (No. 177953)
How many successful people from Queens aren't like that? just sayin...
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Reply 14 - Posted by: bigfatslob 9/12/2019 10:50:56 AM (No. 177955)
Sit silent like George Bush did and let enemies take you down like Trump bashers try to do. That really worked out well for Bush. When I get really excited is when President Trump and First Lady are on the world stage to watch in awe how polite and glassy they both are unlike the clutcy stupid Obamas . Leaders of other nations gravitate to them some are jealous but supporters, the real Americans, are proud. Conrad Bleeck is stupid and doesn't know a thing about 'the man' Donald J. Trump the President of the United States.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Jennie C. 9/12/2019 10:59:13 AM (No. 177966)
In a lot of ways, I think his style is one of his strengths. He takes no BS from anyone. Look how far Dubya's above-it-all mind-set got him when he was being maliciously trashed. I use the word maliciously intentionally, since "absence of malice" applies to slander / libel. I'd far rather a president to stands up to bullies, domestic and abroad, and takes no guff. People are always saying, "I wish he'd stop tweeting," as if that would make the haters back off, but it wouldn't, and the low-info voter wouldn't even know he had stopped.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: ARKfamily 9/12/2019 11:05:34 AM (No. 177975)
One more comment that I forgot to mention previously. Donald Trump is resolute in defending his character and credibility. He does not use vulgar language but he is swift and matter-of-fact in his delivery. Some may find this to be uncomfortable but George Bush's silence was very confusing to his supporters. I used to admire him but the way he has handled situations recently about Donald Trump, I find it to be double-speak confusion.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Geoman 9/12/2019 11:06:48 AM (No. 177979)
I want President Trump to be re-elected, which is not a sure thing for 2020, despite the optimism from the A-men corner, that didn't foresee losing the House to increasingly open communist wannabes in 2018. Over the course of life, career-wise or personal, most adults willingly modify their behavior in order to achieve a higher-level purpose. Would not a 30-year Navy Chief Bosun Mate who retires to become an ordained minister be expected to make a few modest "adjustments" in speech patterns? Aren't the truly accomplished warriors in history who display a touch of humility and grace celebrated in Western Culture? I'm thinking of Lincoln and the words of a Johnny Horton song come to mind ":..but he asked the band to play the song, 'Dixie,' for you Johnny Reb and all that you believe." I believe that if President Trump knew that the stakes of him losing to any of the democrats increases the probability of America going down the tubes, that he'd not kill a friendly messenger trying to help his reelection odds and he'd embrace few adjustments not in conflict with his core beliefs.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 9/12/2019 11:20:00 AM (No. 177990)
Just another attempt to convince everyone that Trump should be quiet. It won't work. Trump's style is one of his strengths, and he knows it. Surprising this came from Conrad Black. Have a hard time this is about style, so what is really bothering Conrad Black? Have to admit if I worked for Trump, I would presume it would be a temporary job. :-)
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 9/12/2019 11:48:51 AM (No. 178014)
Is this the same 'A President Like No Other' guy?
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Reply 20 - Posted by: earlybird 9/12/2019 12:01:54 PM (No. 178029)
His daughter Ivanka said “He is blunt”… That pretty well covers it. Some don’t do blunt. Direct. Straightforward. They will use the knife in a velvet sheath? Or maybe they will just dance around tough issues and hope they go away. I have seen absolutely nothing about President Trump that I would call “cringeworthy” (is that even a word?). Those who cringe are too often snowflakes… or trying to be the manners versions of social justice warriors. Manners warriors? Manners nannies? Interesting: To cringe is to bend one’s head in fear or in a servile manner.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Mushroom 9/12/2019 12:09:48 PM (No. 178034)
Since I am not one of the beautiful people in this world, I would like to thank every employer I ever had for valuing me by my results, not my appearance. From some of the past threads here, I understand if some here don't agree with that concept.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: bpl40 9/12/2019 12:58:50 PM (No. 178076)
Trump's employers - the voters of America don't seem to be concerned. As many on this thread have said - it is the results that count. Are you tired of winning?
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Reply 23 - Posted by: john56 9/12/2019 12:59:54 PM (No. 178077)
Yeah, I know, Conrad. All those New Yorkers I've ever met are quiet, reserved, non-opinionated genteel sorts that wouldn't hurt a fly or say a cross word to anyone. Where does Trump get that edge he has? (Sarcasm key now firmly in the off position.)
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Reply 24 - Posted by: David Key 9/12/2019 2:13:55 PM (No. 178128)
when you've won an election, successfully revitalized the american economy, rebuilt the Military, undone much of the unconstitutional damage the O'ster did, punch back when the Dem's lie and lie and lie. Maybe I'll listen to these whiners. Otherwise shut the F*&^ up, and go away talking heads.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: PostAway 9/12/2019 5:25:23 PM (No. 178251)
Maybe it’s just me but I am sick and tired of famous people from other countries jumping in the fray of American politics and sounding off. It’s just rude. I’m referring to people like Conrad Black, Jim Carrey, Eric McCormack, Seth Rogen, Mick Jagger, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, etc. I lived in Canada for many years but stayed away from commenting on their politics and leaders. I lived in Germany, too, but bit my lip about their politics when they sounded off on ours. Conrad Black may believe Trump isn’t polite enough but Black was born and raised in another country and his native country right now has perhaps the most ridiculous leader of any civilized nation I know of.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: earlybird 9/12/2019 7:51:18 PM (No. 178365)
You all might want to read this article from May 2019. Conrad should reread it as well. "After a two-decade friendship and waves of lavish praise, Trump pardons newspaper magnate Conrad Black” https://beta.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-a-two-decade-friendship-and-waves-of-lavish-praise-trump-pardons-newspaper-magnate-conrad-black/2019/05/16/d89317b0-77eb-11e9-bd25-c989555e7766_story.html
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Reply 27 - Posted by: anniebc 9/13/2019 4:51:44 AM (No. 178515)
President Trump, we love you just the way you are. Don't go changing trying to please. Be ever wonderful, and stay as you are, alright? You're a Shining Star. They don't know. I could go own and own.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: RayLRiv 9/13/2019 12:12:04 PM (No. 178871)
NOT a weakness. If you've spent ANY time in New York it's a typical New Yorker's in-your-face bluntness.
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