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)

Dear @RealDonaldTrump, You Best Pay Attention To What’s Happening

President Trump did in Syria what Barack Obama should have done. He fired missiles to defend people and respond to a chemical weapons attack. Barack Obama’s supporters were outraged.

President Trump then sent more troops back into Afghanistan and let commanders on the ground decide what actions were best to eradicate ISIS, which began making inroads while Barack Obama was President. The commanders dropped MOAB and Barack Obama’s supporters were outraged.

President Trump then released an executive order on religious liberty and refused to curtail the language Barack Obama had drafted at the behest of the gay rights movement. President Trump did this despite explicit promises to the contrary made to evangelicals during the campaign. Barack Obama’s supporters were outraged.

President Trump then gave in to Democrat demands on the continuing resolution, including funding Planned Parenthood, just to keep the government open. Again, Barack Obama’s supporters were outraged.

Now President Trump has fired James Comey, a man the left demanded be fired since last July. And again, President Obama’s supporters were outraged.

The political left is outraged. They are outraged at everything Donald Trump does. President Trump’s mere existence and use of oxygen to stay alive angers and outrages the left.

President Trump needs to pay attention to this. He needs to understand that the left will not work with him. They will give him no credit. They will attack him for doing the very things Barack Obama did. Just look at President Trump inviting the Supreme Court to a dinner. Barack Obama did it and the left was fine. Donald Trump did it and they’re screaming about a constitutional crisis.

They’re now screaming about a constitutional crisis over Donald Trump firing James Comey, despite the President having the constitutional authority to do so and the left wanting Comey fired.

They will seek no accommodation with Donald Trump and, most importantly, should they take back Congress next year they will no doubt begin a daily parade of Trump cabinet secretaries before congress to harass them, badger them, and try to drive them from office.

The only way to stop this is for President Trump to crush the opposition. The only way to crush the opposition is to demoralize the opposition and turn the left in upon and against itself. The only way to do that is to shut the government down and make the left beg for it to be reopened.

There is time to fight this fight and plot it to its conclusion. President Trump must be willing to dangle before Democrats those things they want, like Planned Parenthood funding, that the public itself could not care less about. Refuse to give in on that point and watch the Democrats shut down the government. Then, using the bully pulpit, raise the public’s awareness of Planned Parenthood selling body parts of children.

Find other issues to use against them. Study George W. Bush’s playbook against Max Cleland in 2002. Though Democrats cry and lie about what happened to Cleland, Bush set him up perfectly where Cleland was prepared to hold up passage of the Department of Homeland Security in order to benefit his union cronies. Cleland’s actions resonated in Georgia and the voters threw him out of office.

President Trump must play hardball. He has it within his power to pour gasoline on the simmering internal fights within the Democrats and push them so far left that much of the Democrats’ own base refuses to support them.

The Democratic Party is on the verge of their own crack up between the few remaining moderates, the left, and the far left. If President Trump can force Democrats to concede on budget initiatives including, but not limited to Planned Parenthood funding, the Democrats will turn in upon themselves and fracture heading to 2018.

That is the only way to stop the left’s energy. They must be crushed through demoralizing tactics and concessions. That can easily be done by pushing the leftwing fringe on transgender issues, abortion funding, and other hot button cultural issues that offend mainstream voters, but are sacrosanct to the far left.

President Trump, please pay attention to this. The left will not stop until you are driven from office. They will give you no credit. They will afford you no praise. They will only attack you. You must fight back. You must stop making concessions hoping for collaboration. It is not coming.

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