Trump faces barrage of negativity

To the Editor:

Throughout Donald Trump’s first year in office, Fox News has railed against what it calls the prejudice and unfairness of the “mainstream media’s” negativity in their abusive reporting on Trump.

It is certainly true that no other American president — with perhaps the exception of F.D.R., whose long tenure in office gave his enemies 12 years in which to vilify him — has been the target of such an unrelenting flood of hostile and denigrating attacks.

Trump has been called a “jerk” (Jeb Bush), a “pathological liar” (Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders) a “short-fingered vulgarian,” a con man, a snake oil salesman, a racist, a white supremacist, a sexist, a neo-Fascist, a sexual predator, an “egomaniac,” a narcissist, a xenophobe. “Saturday Night Live” and such late-night TV hosts as Stephen Colbert have revelled in Trump jokes and caricatures. Some eminent psychiatrists have defied their own profession’s code of conduct to offer diagnoses of Trump as mentally and emotionally ill.

My personal choice among the many epithets hurled at Trump was provided by Charles Fried of Harvard Law School. Fried labeled Trump a “malignant buffoon.”

But years from now, after he has left office, will those writing and commenting on Trump treat him with more consideration and generosity than he now receives?

I don’t think so.

Trump devotees such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Boston’s own Howie Carr may sneer at university professors as nerdy, eggheaded elitists who have the gall to consider themselves intellectually superior to “real Americans” living out there in fly-over country. Nevertheless, these professors write textbooks that play a large role in influencing how a future public will judge today’s political leaders.

These historians will be merciless in their portrayal of Donald Trump.

Trump’s children should prepare their own children for what they will hear and read about their grandfather when they take a prep school or college class in history or political science and the subject for discussion turns to the Trump Administration. If they are sensitive adolescents, it will be a painful experience.

R.E.L. Knight
West Tisbury


  1. Where were you when Obama was President?? On the Moon!!?? Ha!

    We reap what we sow. Trump deserves no quarter. This man openly mocked a disabled person on live television and Trump supporters laughed!! He’s a despicable man who cheated on every wife he’s had. Donald Trump has virtually no honor, compassion or any other endearing qualities that would make one “Presidential”.

    Everyday it becomes more clear that Republicans don’t actually stand for anything. They’ve become drones of Fox News and the only thing cohesive about Republicans is their absolute hatred for so called “liberals” (a word they hear said in disdain a thousand times a day). Fomenting Anger and confusion might get out the vote, but it’s not a political platform worthy of the United States of America. That Trump was given the Presidency with 3 million less votes then his opponent shows the deck is stacked in the favor of Republicans, not that they have anything productive to offer the citizenry.

    Incoherent rants and shouting is Trumps forte so it makes perfect sense that’s what he gets in return. I’m not going to feel sorry for him.

    • Don’t forget how he treated Gold Star families, especially of Army Captain Humayun Khan and the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson.

  2. Vanadium. We are reaping what we sow. We now have a strong economy,energy independence, ISIS virtually gone, regulations repealed, China on notice, Kim on notice, lower taxes,no climate nonsense agreements, Iran agreements to be torn up, wage increases, even lower unemployment. All you folks can ruminate on is stormy daniels when everyone knows and knew that Trump is a ladies man BEFore they elected him. 66 million voters I might add.

    • 62,984,828 Republicans and it didn’t bother a one of them. Didn’t bother when Russia was mentioned either. Or when he insulted veterans. And let’s include the prestigious Trump Tower, I hear people are dying to live there.

      Pay attention. Stormy Daniels isn’t the story, it’s the cover-up.

    • andrew– 66 million voters if you include the fictitious 3 million illegal votes that trump claimed, spent millions of dollars to prove, and then disbanded the task force when it was clear that no such voter fraud occurred.
      Youare correct about some points– we have a strong economy– it has been growing for the last 10 years- we have energy independence because of technological gains — such as led light bulbs — which republicans fought hard against– and more efficient cafe standards. More solar panels, more recycling, more wind power. isis is gone because of international fighting forces and co-operation with the world community– Did Trump put boots on the ground to defeat isis — no– unemployment rate has been dropping for 8 years — Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program — lives are at risk with the reckless abandonment of carefully crafted environmental legislation, and the trump administration is mired in corruption, sex, and racketeering scandals, as well as outright treasonous behavior. Good thing he plays golf every weekend.
      Forget the trade wars that virtually every economist worth their degree says will cost american jobs.

      • dondondon. strong economy becauseof Obama? You are kidding right. He killed the economy. It is now growing faster than anything under Obama. energy independence due to LED light bulbs. You are laughing right?. Iran doesnt have a nuclear weapons program. what world are you living in> Oh I forgot its Marthas Vineyard–the open air asylum. All of a sudden liberals are concerned about sex and mores. What corruption exactly? do you have proof or are you projecting the Muller investigation. what is the racketeering exactly. Solar and wind and recyling is what boosts our energy? Please. its more oil and gas coming out of our ground. AT LEAST BE FACTUAL EVEN THOUGH YOU DISLIKE DREADED CARBON.

        • You are completely delusional Andrew. Obama oversaw some of the largest growth in the history of the stock market. He inherited a slumping economy left in shambles by the previous Republican administration. You are delusional to say it’s growing faster than under Obama. Show me a chart or report demonstrating this. You can’t cause you are trapped in delusional laa laa land where you have to defend the intolerance and misogyny of that terrible person currently in the White House.

          China isn’t on notice and wages aren’t increasing except in States that are liberal because of minimum wage laws. Regulations aren’t the enemy as you’ve been programmed to think. A country of woefully informed individuals such as yourself who have demonstrated a vacuum of morals voting for your oragned faced messiah are far more dangerous to our country then an unidentified regulation.

          You and Trump are pees in a pod. You can barely make a coherent argument, and want to take credit for everything but responsibility for nothing.

          • Stock market grew because the FEd printed money and interest rates were so low there was nowhere else to go but into equities. You can look up year to year GDP growth under Obama and same for Trump. Would you like to compare resumes Vanadium? My morals are just fine. I voted for Trump because he was better than Clinton.

        • My retirement account more than doubled during the Obama administration. Count one year into Trump’s time; the first year of any president’s term in office is on the budget of the prior administration. The IRA continued to grow. Super. I grudgingly gave Trump for not breaking anything.

          Then Trump decides to do something to “fix” the economy: tariffs. Consensus among economists (most of who seem to be conservatives) is tariffs are a bad thing, isolationism is really bad. The economy is worse than flat, it’s behaving like a yo-yo.

          Was Trump first in his economics class at Wharton? Here’s a link to the published Dean’s list 1967-1968. He’s not on it.

    • Get it straight, Andrew. Trump is not a ladies’ man. He is an immoral, misogynistic pig who forces himself on women.

  3. Stormy Daniels is a story to get you talking about something else besides what is really going on in the White House. I personally don’t care about his sex life but I also don’t want to hear about it every time I turn on the news.

    • It’s a bizarre dilemma. My impression (and that of others) of Trump is he’s a narcissist, he likes seeing his name in the news. Problem with Stormy and alleged tapes of other activities is the potential for embarrassment. I believe Americans would appreciate a leader with the sense of humor and honesty to simply admit it. Call me an idealist, Americans will move on to something more worthy.

      Two problems with that. Our leader hasn’t the sense of humor or honesty to do this and frankly, I don’t think he understands Americans either. The second is the lengths he’s going to attempting to make this go away. The expectation of his opponents is he’s hiding something worse, something truly damaging.

      If you don’t want to hear about Stormy, I think it’s now safe to listen to Sean Hannity.

  4. Last night Trump spoke these words, written for him to read to the American people: “The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep.” This is true. It is also true that the President of the United States can be judged by the friends he keeps. The National Enquirer. A porn star. Bannon. Michael Cohen. Michael Flynn. Jared Kushner. Rick Gates. And so on. The President is an immoral, unethical, proven liar. Supporting him, overlooking these facts of who he is, says a lot about a person’s character.

    • And Obama? Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, TERRORISTS. Rashid Khalidi. Al Sharpton (Tawana Brawley) And so on. He was an immoral, unethical, proven liar. Supporting him , overlooking these facts of who he is, says a lot about a person’s character.

      • Meaning you acknowledge Trump’s associations are a problem, yet you accept them and thus encourage the continuance of the behavior. You just argued against your own side.

        • And from a NY Times editorial:“Mr. Trump has spent his career in the company of developers and celebrities, and also of grifters, cons, sharks, goons and crooks… He cuts corners, he lies, he cheats, he brags about it, and for the most part, he’s gotten away with it, protected by threats of litigation, hush money and his own bravado.” Try and focus on the present POTUS, person who is a proven liar who brags about it and makes fools out of people like you who buy the lies.

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