Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues

Opinion: Trump vs. Trump


I have to profess a degree of respect and even admiration for Trump supporters these days. It can’t be easy to keep believing all the things that the faith requires you to believe, particularly when they so often contradict each other.

For example:

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According to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, “we don’t have a policy of separating families at the border.”

Also, according to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the Trump administration will continue its policy of separating families at the border. “We have to do our job. We will not apologize for doing our job. We have sworn to do this job.”

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It’s wrong to protest the Trump policy of separating parents and children at the border because as the Bible tells us in Romans 13, “God has ordained the government for His purposes” and thus government should always be obeyed.

Also, we have to honor the most extreme interpretations of the Second Amendment, because without a personal arsenal, how can we violently overthrow the government?

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We need a zero-tolerance policy for lawbreakers, which means that even misdemeanor violations of immigration law must be prosecuted aggressively. 

Also, it’s “very unfair” and even cruel to throw someone like Paul Manafort in jail and to prosecute him for crimes that he may have committed years ago. I mean, the man has children!

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Special counsel investigations are unconstitutional.

Also, we need another special counsel to investigate the first special counsel.

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It is a terrible infringement of First Amendment rights to require bakers to sell a wedding cake to same-sex couples.

Also, football players who choose to kneel during the National Anthem should be fired or even forced to leave the country.

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Under President Trump, the United States of America is finally regaining the respect of the rest of the world.

Also, who cares if the rest of the world now hates the United States?

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The Trump administration is finally taking the tough steps on immigration enforcement that previous administrations refused to take. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions put it, “The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute illegal aliens who entered the country with children.”

Also, the Trump administration is handling the issue of children at the border the exact same way that the Obama administration did.

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Tough enforcement policies implemented by Trump have finally slowed the surge of illegal immigrants across our southern border.

Also, the surge of illegal immigrants across our southern border in recent months has reached emergency crisis proportions.

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James Comey and top officials of the FBI were strongly biased toward Hillary Clinton and conspired to help her win the 2016 election.

Also, Comey deserved to get fired for how unfairly he treated Hillary Clinton.

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President Trump has the absolute authority to pardon himself for any crimes that he has committed, and he might also pardon Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn to “clean up” after the Mueller investigation, according to Rudy Giuliani.

Also according to Giuliani, President Trump hasn’t even thought about pardoning himself, Manafort, Cohen or Flynn because he knows the Mueller investigation won’t find anything.

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President Trump is itching to talk with special counsel Robert Mueller to clear his name and bring a quick end to this ongoing investigation.

Also, President Trump must never sit down to talk with special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Nobody in the Trump campaign ever had meetings or contacts with Russians. That would be crazy.

Also, members of the Trump campaign had so many meetings and contacts with Russians that it’s unreasonable to expect them to remember them all.

Also, unreported meetings with Russians during the campaign are perfectly normal.

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It’s time to end the investigation by Mueller, who was appointed special counsel way back in May of 2017.

Also, it’s time to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton, who resigned as secretary of state in February of 2013.

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It’s Barack Obama’s fault that Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, and if Trump had been president in 2014 he would have stopped it.

Also, Crimea should be part of Russia anyway because they speak Russian so we shouldn’t get upset about it.

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Finally, white conservatives and Christians are the most persecuted groups in this country.

Also, liberals are snowflakes and minorities should stop acting so victimized.


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About the Author

Jay Bookman writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.