President Donald Trump, third from left, speaks during a reception for House and Senate leaders in the the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. He is surrounded by, from left, adviser Jared Kushner, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Left Can’t Stomach ‘Normalizing’ Trump

A herd of leftists are reacting like spooked palominos that Democrats may be “normalizing” President Donald Trump.

Just a few weeks ago, uber-liberal Dianne Feinstein said the words “good president” and “Trump” in the same sentence, drawing boos. Then Sen. Chuck Schumer was overheard on a hot mic saying Trump likes him. And perhaps worst of all, former press secretary Sean Spicer was legitimately funny at the Emmy Awards.

When “Chuck & Nancy” are on a first-name cozy basis with Trump, that’s got many in the party of abortion and permanent victimhood running for cover like apocalypse cultists fleeing Planet X.

POLITICO reporter Elana Schor broke out the old-fashioned Rolodex and began calling.

Nothing Trump has done should change the fact that he’s pursuing a toxic agenda, that he has been and continues to be divisive and disastrous,” said Justin Krebs, campaign director at MoveOn.org. “The American people at large know that, and Democratic leaders should not forget that.”

And:

“Let’s not fool ourselves,” [Virginia Rep. Gerry] Connolly added. “He is this person we know, and I just think there must be both political and moral limitations with how far we’re willing to cooperate with that.”

Here’s the best one:

“Schumer and Pelosi often tend to be out of touch with the zeitgeist of the progressive movement,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director at the liberal group CREDO Action.

“The Zeitgeist of the progressive movement.” That must be black-clad Antifa thugs beating up reporters and trashing their cameras or something.

Like Republicans fighting Obama, Democrats would rather demonize Trump than “normalize” him. It’s a whole lot easier to raise cash to defeat an enemy than to talk about politics with someone who negotiates like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

Democratic pols are painting this collaboration with Trump as getting their way on immigration (no wall, keep DREAMers) and health care (single-payer). What they are beginning to learn is that Trump wants those things too–or is perfectly willing to trade for them because Trump likes Democratic ideas.

But they’re scared because they’ve built their whole case on hating Donald Trump because he’s Donald Trump. What do they do when he agrees with their legislative agenda? What do Democrats do when the Great Satan of their political life is no longer devilish?

All they can do is whistle past the graveyard and ignore the Republicans already hard at work digging their own graves.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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