Donald Trump: “The President of Betrayal”

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How do Democrats frame the impeachment process to voters going into the 2020 election cycle?

Donny Deutsch

Donny Deutsch, a marketing executive and frequent contributor on MSNBC (who had his own show on the network earlier this year), has a suggestion.

Speaking on Morning Joe the day after Fionna Hills and David Holmes testified to the Intelligence Committee (click on the link here), Deutsch, citing the low viewership ratings of the hearings, proposed that Democrats need to brand the 2016 Popular Vote Loser as “The President of Betrayal.” By doing this, Deutsch said that the Democrats should build on the impeachment inquiry and extend it to the:

“Kitchen table issues” showing how Individual One betrayed the “American Trust, the National Security, the Constitution, the Presidency, he betrayed us on education….taking our budget back ten percent, he’s gonna betray us on healthcare, he stills wants us to repeal Obamacare,…he’s betrayed you on taxes.” 

Deutsch went on further, saying that Democrats need to focus on the voters not glued to the impeachment hearings, convincing them that Trump is:

“A corrupter, a betrayer, this guy is an extortionist, this guy is a briber, and this affects me because how..he did the same thing he did the same thing to my taxes, he’s doing it to education, he will do it to health care, so take whatever adjective you like, corrupter, betrayer, and thief and bring it back to the issues that matter…”

Deutsch was then assisted by Republican strategist (and never Trumper) Susan Del Percio who suggested a potential sound bite stating:

“If you can’t trust him to protect our country, then how can you trust him to take care of your children’s education, how can you trust him to make sure you are going to have health care.”

Fareed Zakaria, a Washington Post columnist and the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS indirectly expanded on what Deutsch said, writing in a recent column that Trump is “upending U.S. Foreign Policy,” betraying and lying to allies like N.A.T.O. members, the South Koreans, the Japanese, and the Kurds to pursue his America First-Putin and China Benefits Policies.

Others have pointed out that Trump has betrayed his promises on major infrastructure initiatives, working hard, and getting Mexico to pay for the wall.

Over the last several days, Mr. Trump has betrayed the military codes of conduct by intervening in the punishment proposed by the Navy Secretary towards a convicted Navy Seal.

With Republicans in Congress living in the Trump Zone and Fox Island of alternative reality are oblivious to the what is going on around them, Democrats do need to be able, as Deutsch proposed, to pivot how the corrupt character traits exhibited by Trump during the Ukraine episode apply to how he and his policies are disrupting their daily lives.

(To be fair, there are plenty of Republicans outside Congress like Governor Phil Scott, Governor Charlie Baker, Joe Scarborough, Nicole Wallace, Michael Steele, David Gergen, Chuck Hagel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jennifer Rubin, Max Boot, George Will, Bill Kristol, Bill Weld, and Joe Walsh who are not cult members drinking the current Republican vintage of Kool-Aid.)

Most of the Democrats running for national, state, and local offices are capable of framing the message that Trump is “The President of Betrayal.”

They should also take that message and ask the Republican state and local candidates defending and enabling Individual One “Where were you when Trump betrayed Us?”

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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