Ben Shapiro: Dear President Trump

Written by Ben Shapiro, 5-18-17, at the Daily Wire:

Dear President Trump,

I’m under no misimpression that you give a damn what I think. Obviously, you feel you’ve been well served by listening not to your critics but to your sycophants; you clearly believe that being reinforced in your behavior by those around you makes you a stronger leader, rather than a weaker one.

I get it, too. I understand that you’re under fire nearly all the time, and that it’s dangerous to take every critique seriously.

But you’re running out of chances to get this right.

If you won’t take it from me, take it from Ann Coulter. If you won’t take it from Ann Coulter, take it from Michael Savage. If you won’t take it from Michael Savage, take it from the Senators and Congressmen who are now stampeding away from you.

You came into office with a Republican House and a Republican Senate and a massive legacy of Obama failure. You came in promising to get things done quickly and efficiently, to win and never stop winning. And you had the opportunity to fulfill some of those promises. Instead, aside from the wonderful nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, nothing of note has gotten done.

And that’s because of you.

Yes, dealing with Congress is like trying to herd cats. But you can’t herd cats if you’re too busy shooting yourself in the foot. Yes, dealing with media is like attempting to feed a pack of hyenas. But you can’t deal with them if you’re too busy providing them red meat to dissect.

Here’s the sad truth: your problems right now are of your own making. Democrats were always going to try to pillory you. But you had a defense: they had no evidence. And you could say that freely, because it was true! You could go along with their investigations, just keep saying that you wanted everything out in the open more than they did, and everything would have been hunky dory. If you’re innocent, sunlight would show it.

Instead, you decided that you were so irritated by the necessity of investigation or the possibility that aides had deceived you that you ignored input and then attacked the investigators. In doing so, you looked guilty, you bred accusations of obstruction, and you seemed petty and vindictive. Why is there a special counsel now looking at Trump-Russia issues? Because you hired a National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, that everybody knew had connections to foreign governments, despite all outside advice; you then fired him when those connections became apparent; you reportedly asked the FBI director to let Flynn off the hook; you asked your deputy attorney general to involve himself in creating a justification for firing your FBI director; you fired your FBI director and then admitted on national television that you fired him thanks to frustration over the investigation – necessitating that the deputy attorney general put forth a special counsel.

This isn’t on Democrats. This isn’t on the media. This is on you, because you decided that the political universe would bow to you, and when it refused, you crapped the bed.

Now, here’s the good news: you can fix this.

You can fix this by removing your ego from the equation. Your detractors will always believe that you’re guilty of something nefarious; your fans will always love you. But how you treat the special counsel will say something about how everyone else thinks. The appointment of Robert Mueller has removed Democratic ability to claim bias in the investigation; if you appoint a bipartisan FBI director, you’ll be able to remove their empty claims of quashing the investigation. Then, for the love of God, sit back. Sign off Twitter. Let people jabber and complain. Just keep saying over and over again that the investigation is moving forward with full speed, and you can’t wait to be exonerated.

And then work.

Pass your agenda. Bring the growth you promised. Sign executive orders.


Or don’t. Keep feeding your ego. Keep complaining. Keep castigating the investigation as a witch hunt and playing the martyr. Keep insisting that your aides defend every indefensibly stupid thing you do – even when four simple words, “I made a mistake,” will buy you loyalty and instill the image of honesty. Keep saying there’s nothing to see, then reacting in the most suspicious possible way every time negative information leaks.

Right now, Mr. President, it’s you. You’re the problem. You can solve it. But only if you get over yourself.

For the sake of country, I pray you do.


Although Trump has accomplished quite a few things in these early months, Ben is right about Trump’s current attitude and his situation. All this hullabaloo about collusion with the Russians, brought on by Hillary and the other over-achievers in the Dem party, is getting under his skin. It’s evident in his tweets and in his production. Other than give a couple of commencement speeches, he hasn’t gotten much work done lately.

Trump absolutely has to find a way to rise above it and move on. The longer it’s evident that the Dems are getting to him, the longer they’ll keep at it.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Ben?


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9 replies

  1. Does my message come through?


    • Yep Brandon, since it was your first post on PT, it awaits moderation so until it’s approved, you don’t see it. Once that first comment is approved, all subsequent comments will appear immediately. Garnet92.


  2. Ben! Stop shaming your president. This man has done more for us than anyone will ever know. He stopped WWIII, he is working to fix relations with China and Russia, and he’s fixed problems you can’t understand at all.

    Read your Torah, Ben. Leviticus 27. There you’ll find your Messiah, so come to Him. We’re all for Trump who are of the orders of Heaven because he’s doing what he can to keep this country from the brink. Your media has made lie after lie about him, and the media is at fault for nearly getting the whole world destroyed yesterday.


    • Wow, Brandon, that’s quite a comment, and while I’m mildly curious about how Trump stopped WWIII, I’m more eager to see him bring Congress around to fixing the wrongs that O’s administration has wrought upon us.

      There are people who seem to be overwhelmed with Trump, as if he were the second coming himself, when in fact, he is a mere mortal like the rest of us and makes mistakes (the incessant tweets, for one) like the rest of us.

      Ben’s critique was certainly accurate at the time and as we’ve seen, Trump continues to shoot himself in the foot because he can’t resist lashing out at people, some of whom he hand-picked.


      • Just pray, Kathy. Pray. I’m not a prophet, but I have seen the future. We’re in very troublesome times, and the more we blame the Media for trying to provoke a war, the less credibility they’ll have.

        Trump doesn’t shoot himself in the foot. Look closely at what’s being criticized. Imagine yourself being filmed 24/7, and then every little time your finger goes in your nose, you have a thousand reporters trying to make you look weak.

        This is a lie. I can tell you, Trump is a good man. I was told so by an Angel of the LORD, and I know that sounds hoaky, but believe in miracles.



  3. I also agree with Ben. If only Trump would wise up and reverse course, he could actually do some good things for the country. He should be thinking about his legacy – right now, most of what would be written about him would be that he shot himself in the foot – DAILY, and sometimes multiple times a day. He HAS been his own worst enemy. If that’s what he wants in the history books, good luck to him.


  4. Mr. Gowdy exemplifies the type of person’s the Country needs to be run by. Look at what we have up there. Sixty percent, no ninety seven percent of the worthless people sitting up there Hob-Nobing. Living like Kings and Queens doing absolutely nothing for the betterment of our Country. Mr. Howdy sets a fine example. D.C.V.


    • Indeed he does, David. I just wish he’d take that next step and accept the job of FBI Director, because he’s capable of so much more and that would be a huge help to Trump and this whole country.


  5. I agree with Ben 100%.

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