Op-ed: President Trump is doing his best to restore American values

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  • Thimk Preston, ID
    Oct. 26, 2017 2:15 p.m.

    I could not disagree more with the author. I need not rehearse Trump's words and behavior for any alert American to recognize that this man represents almost none of the values that I was raised to believe that America stands for. I have never in my life been more disappointed in the direction of our country.

  • Aephelps14 San Luis Obispo, CA
    Oct. 24, 2017 7:29 p.m.

    That’s the whole problem. He has no sense of the reality that there is a large chunk of the American people who don’t and have never shared what he has the audacity to claim are “American” values. In reality, they are merely a sub-group of a large and diverse country.

  • Lib on Planet Zion Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2017 7:18 p.m.

    Rifleman -

    "When given the choice between Trump and Mrs. Bill Clinton the democrats went to the voting booth on election night and helped make Trump the winner".

    Over 3 million highly disagree comrade. The only question remaining is will yourself and the rest of the enabling faction abandon ship before or after the impeachment proceedings begin? Country before party! Thank you and keep digging.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2017 6:02 p.m.

    Peay: "Here are some interesting lines from his values speech, that, for some reason, got zero press in Utah."

    Hardly "zero press." Mr. Peay must not have seen the AP article "Trump, unlikely religious favorite, hails Christian values" that was published in this very paper on Oct. 13. The KSL website has two stories posted on Oct. 13 covering Trump's remarks (one duplicates the DesNews story). That other daily in town had several opinion pieces responding to Trump's remarks at the summit. Even opinion pieces should be factual.

    By my count, 286 of 545 words (or 52%) in this column were direct quotes of Donald Trump. Mr. Peay needs to share the byline credit with the president and even then Peay would get second billing. Cutting and pasting someone else's words (even when put in quotes and properly attributed) is lazy writing. Surely Mr. Peay can make his case for Trump's values in his own words.

    The DesNews should demand more intellectual rigor of its contributors.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2017 11:55 a.m.

    @vern001 - Castle Rock, CO
    When given the choice between Trump and Mrs. Bill Clinton the democrats went to the voting booth on election night and helped make Trump the winner.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    Oct. 24, 2017 5:31 a.m.

    Mocking the disabled, engaging in petty Twitter fights, calling Mexicans rapists, using demeaning nicknames for those he doesn't like, and saying that John McCain isn't a war hero because he got caught are not American values.

    And pointing to his children as an example of how Trump must have done something right...based on what his children have said, Trump was mostly an absentee father. Those kids were raised by their mothers, grandparents, and nannies.

  • mamiejane Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 1:28 p.m.

    Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. He has been subject to multiple accusations of sexual harassment. He demeans women by talking about their appearance in disparaging terms and does so publicly. I could entertain forgiveness but I think I missed the apology. I understand Republicans see him as a means to a long sought policy goals. But swimming in a filthy gutter as a way to achieve an end has never been consistent with Utah values.

  • Lib Living on Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 12:56 p.m.

    The low information, enabling demographic have clearly become a danger to not only themselves and America but the entire global community! Those which continue to constantly defend the indefensible at the daily frivolous attempts at defending all matters regarding their supreme leader. This demographic clearly has no signs of decency but most important no comprehension whatsoever regarding the subject matter. Just shout "Obama"! The daily excuses & parroting of fake news from booming metropolises such as McAllen, TX and Springville, UT are as nauseating as defending the open mic bragging of sexual assault. Ongoing bigotry. The mocking of the disabled. The attack of the Muslim, Gold Star family. Continued misogyny. Tweets which could begin nuclear proliferation! Continued attacks directed towards Trump's own cabinet! The list is unfortunately endless. Furthermore. The ultra right leaning Rasmussen/Faux are THE ONLY POLLS which give Trump an approval rating of at least 40%! Yelling "fake news" will not change the factual information involved. In conclusion. At the identical time of President Obama's first term his approval ratings averaged 53%. Thank you and keep digging comrades!

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 12:31 p.m.

    The low information, enabling demographic have clearly become a danger to not only themselves and America but the entire global community! Those which continue to constantly defend the indefensible at the daily frivolous attempts at defending all matters regarding their supreme leader. This demographic clearly has no signs of decency but most important no comprehension whatsoever regarding the subject matter. Just shout "Obama"! The daily excuses & parroting of fake news from booming metropolises such as McAllen, TX and Springville, UT are as nauseating as defending the open mic bragging of sexual assault. Ongoing bigotry. The mocking of the disabled. The attack of the Muslim, Gold Star family. Continued misogyny. Tweets which could begin nuclear proliferation! Continued attacks directed towards Trump's own cabinet! The list is unfortunately endless. Furthermore. The ultra right leaning Rasmussen/Faux are THE ONLY POLLS which give Trump an approval rating of at least 40%! Yelling "fake news" will not change the factual information involved. In conclusion. At the identical time of President Obama's first term his approval ratings averaged 53%. Thank you and keep digging comrades!

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 11:53 a.m.

    Those are great words...way beyond the capacity of Barack Hussein Obama or Hilary Clinton.

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    Oct. 23, 2017 11:39 a.m.

    Trump restoring American values? That's funny. Thanks. I needed a good laugh.

  • KENNY JIMNO MULBERRY, FL
    Oct. 23, 2017 9:40 a.m.

    He doesn't even go to Church on Sunday let alone with his family.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 23, 2017 8:28 a.m.

    Finally a positive article on the duly elected president of the United States from the Deseret News. Thank you! So many commenters seem to prefer the smooth talking Bushes and Clintons but many of the people see what he does, not what he said eleven years ago, egged on by a member of the Bush dynasty.

  • dotGone Puyallup, WA
    Oct. 22, 2017 7:05 p.m.

    Trump is the target of a nasty smear campaign by the Washington DC establishment, main stream news media and late night comics. There is so much slander, rumor, gossip and distortions, it's hard to find out what's really going on. Even Jimmy Carter said the press is going too far in trashing him. Yes, I think he talks too much, tweets too much and needs to ignore some people rather than spar with them. But he is doing some good things we barely hear of. While Clinton is given a pass - she's the one with ties to Russia (uranium deal) Trump is being demonized by the left that thought they would be in power from now on. And they go too far. Constant double standards.

    Anyone who says they support Trump will be shouted down by the left, so many of us keep quiet. The left will probably continue to be surprised by election results.

  • utahcoyote Saint George, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 5:06 p.m.

    if there is one person in america who doesn't represent american values at all its probably donald trump. he continually uses the bully pulpit to attack ordinary americans, even parents who lost their children in iraq or afghanistan. he also reinvents the truth on a daily basis. his lifelong attitude towards women is abysmal. he has no concept of basic decency.

    as a young, his father bailed out him out of many misadventures. if his brother hadn't died and left him to inherit his father's real estate holding in new york city, he would likely have become a fuller brush salesman. he has drifted from woman to woman throughout his life, including while married.

    the irony is that he is no more a republican than a man in the moon. he has lived his life as a so called progressive liberal. he continually uses tort law to damage small businessmen who have been foolish enough to believe him. he bent over backwards to avoid military service, and makes fun of those who served (and spent years as prisoner of .war). he has no values other than me-ism.

    he saw a leadership void in the gop, and was able to take advantage of an electorate sick of bush and clinton.

  • Centrist Mormon Democrat Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 3:47 p.m.

    Trump's children are not a testament to his values. From a LA Times profile of Trump Jr.:
    “Every memory I have of him is of him stumbling around campus falling over or passing out in public, with his arm in a sling from injuring himself while drinking."

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Oct. 22, 2017 10:15 a.m.

    The only sensible decision related to values within the Trump administration is to keep the youngest child Barron out of public eye and -- we can only hope -- out of earshot and reach of Trump.

    Seriously.

    Whatever else might be said of Melania, to her credit, she seems keen on buffering Barron's exposure to Trump.

    Sad and weird as it seems that Barron does not exist if we were to only watch and listen to his father, Melania may be justifiably protective over her son. I suspect any of us would do the same if our spouse exhibited the same destructive symptoms as Trump does.

  • Kelly Judy Gilbert, AZ
    Oct. 22, 2017 10:11 a.m.

    Against all odds, the powers that be, both parties, and the media trying to destroy him, Donald Trump is bringing love of our country and good American Values back. Please pray for him and support him.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 10:03 a.m.

    Donald Trump carried on a very public affair in the early 1990's with Marla Maples while married to wife Ivana.

    The New York Daily News on 10/8/16 dug up an old 1994 ABC "Primetime Live" interview with Trump where he said, "My life was so great in so many ways. The business was so great... a beautiful girlfriend, a beautiful wife, a beautiful everything. Life was just a bowl of cherries."

    Those are Trump's values that this writer is gushing about.

  • SMIT SLC, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 9:48 a.m.

    You can praise your creator and extol 'values' all you want, but we elect politicians, not pastors. The GOP today is all about tax cuts and regulatory breaks for big money. Nothing else. Notwithstanding Trump's person vendetta against all things Obama, the health care repeal efforts are motivated by repeal Obamacare taxes on the wealthiest. Repeal of an 'onerous' 3 percent medical device tax on what are essentially patent-protected monopoly profits. Tax reform is nothing but trickle down on steroids. Follow the money people.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 9:03 a.m.

    @worf;

    Trump apologized? Please show a reference; he's ever apologized for anything in his life - he just doubles down on the lies.

    @punknhead;

    I voted for the Republican back when Clinton ran. There are very few Republicans left that I could bring myself to vote for these days though.

    @weightless skittles;

    You don't bring America together by denigrating and destroying everyone and everything; that is what Trump does.

  • Jeffh Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 8:17 a.m.

    You could not have written this with a straight face. Encouraging people to say Merry Christmas is draining the swamp? Guarantee he rarely saw the inside of a church until he needed votes. Based on his words and actions, this guy IS the swamp.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 22, 2017 7:23 a.m.

    Here is the problem with Trump. He is obviously not an idiot. He is a master marketeer. He has been successful in his business life in the aggregate - though had some very spectacular failures. But all successful businesses have. So that isn't really an issue for me. He has some good ideas, or ideas that are at least worth trying.

    But where I and many others run off the tracks with him is not his business acumen, but his ego. All Presidents have been - let's call it by friendly terms - self confident. You would have to be to run for office. But it is the moral low ground that Trump sets that is just so frustrating. It is Trump's constant barrage of gutter comments that detract from the good he could be doing.

    Trump's ego is so delicate that he tries to constantly make comparisons to those who came before - in most egotistical and easily fact checkable ways. This last week where he claimed the former Presidents didn't contact the families of those who died in service is most easily disproved. Why he makes such outrageous and factually challenged comments - who knows. Trump's lies in attempts at self promotion are the most concerning aspect of his Presidency.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 22, 2017 7:04 a.m.

    @Worf..... your comments are rather sad to me. I know we don't agree politically, but the fact that you to you "most" men make those kinds of comments reflects on those who hang out with. I can honestly say I don't associate with anyone who would talk in such terms. And I certainly would hire anyone who would brag about such - not at a teen ager or young buck - but in their 50s and 60s as Trump did - to someone in the media who he really didn't even know. He bragged about trying to seduce a married women - offered to buy her furniture for her place. I can honestly say I don't associate with people who refer to women in such ways.

    "Most all men have spoken crude things somewhere in there life ."

    Not buying it. Maybe in your circle "most men have spoken crude things" about women. Not mine.

    As for forgiving him.... sure. Not an issue. But I am not going to hold Trump up as a pillar of Christian values. If "forgiveness" is the topic, have you read Trump's tweets. Comparing Trump to Lincoln or Washington is almost blasphemous. Neither of these men sought to divide this country through insults. Trumps issues are the result of his own comments. Not the media.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Oct. 22, 2017 5:00 a.m.

    @ weightless

    "The majority of Americans believe this country was headed in the wrong direction on almost every front."

    Factually incorrect. The majority voted for someone other than Trump.

    Also, according to Real Clear Politics, seven polls taken these last two months gauging American opinion of right track/wrong track show that 2/3rds of Americans feel we're on the wrong track. The best Trump did in any of them was 40%. The average was 31%. I'm no math whiz, but I'm pretty confident neither represent a majority.

  • Netsrik1 Draper, UT
    Oct. 22, 2017 3:16 a.m.

    You have GOT to be kidding. Trump is the worst thing to happen to this country - well, I won’t say since it was established, but if he equals American values, we’re in deeper trouble than I thought.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Oct. 22, 2017 12:11 a.m.

    @UtahBlueDevil ,

    Really! Most all men have spoken crude things somewhere in there life. At least Mr Trump has admitted to this and apologized.

    I give him the benefit of the doubt, and venture to say that he's not meeting privately with an intern.

    Except for one, there has never been a perfect person to hold political office, but there are many good enough to serve well. George Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson,etc. Even Alma senior and junior had baggage, but where faithful servants, as well as Captain Moroni and his aggressive ways and speech.

    As for Trump, the challenges are as severe (or more) as those of Washington, and Lincoln. Instead of bitter disrespect, and insults, we should pray for him.

    Digging dirt from things he said many years ago isn't helping anything.

  • CA transplant Pleasant Grove, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:28 p.m.

    Thank you Don Peay! And the Des News, for allowing something positive to be written about Trump. Many of us are ecstatic about his policy victories (Google them if unfamiliar), and love his willingness to talk about our need for God. For the pious deniers, familiarize yourselves with the first several verses of Omni. God was able to work through him for a purpose, and will now successfully work through Trump. Many of us appreciate action and outcomes over rhetoric and style. Thank you President Trump!

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 10:21 p.m.

    Just because a speech writer creates the words that Trump manages to actually say instead of going off on his own does not mean that those words actually reflect what Trump means. His actions and own words are so reprehensible that I am always shocked when someone admits to supporting him. Where is your decency Trump supporters?

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 10:01 p.m.

    "President Donald Trump’s five amazing children should speak volumes about who the man really is."

    I know little about the president's children, other than one blatantly tried to swindle people by selling over priced condos. Charges were close to being filed until favors were called in.

    I judge Trump mostly by his own actions and words. Bragging about sexually assaulting women, his multiple affairs, the many times he has cheated people out of money owed to them. How about his swindling of those taking his real estate courses?

    The US, the world even, does not need Trump's values. Not today, tomorrow or ever.

  • punknhead Lehi, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:46 p.m.

    and to think these same liberals who offer nothing here but ad hominem attacks --- ist, ist ist, ist, ist, --- were the same ones turning a blind eye to the personal moral failings of clinton, kennedy, roosevelt, et al., not to mention their hollywood heroes, for years on end.

    nothing on economy, security, military, ...just their hurt feelings and offended selective sensibilities. the level of sore-loser-ness is truly mind boggling.

    no matter .... if this is what draining the swamp and its acolytes looks like then so be it.

    I imagine this comment will be blocked for mysterious reasoning, and the opposition will respond with the typical monstrous labels.

    take care...

  • citygrrl SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:13 p.m.

    If Mr. Peay thinks that greed, avarice, racism and sexism are American values, then I guess we've got the greatest president of all time.

    The underclass who supported him are starting to figure out that their hero doesn't give a fig about them, while we "elites" are getting richer by the day with the ballooning stock market. That will burst and then we will ALL be destitute.

    I love the comment that Trump loves God, country and family. He's just like another famous son of New Jersey: Tony Soprano! Seriously, I can think of specific scenes in which Tony espoused his love for all three, but would you vote for Tony? Yes, I know, Tony is fiction and Trump is real, but New Jersey is filled with real-life Tonys, and now we've got Tony in the White House. If only he'd stayed at the Bada Bing...

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 8:22 p.m.

    Donald Trump's "five amazing children" take after their father; they're liars and cheats (for instance, Ivanka steals other designer's designs and claims them as her own).

    Donald Trump has no values whatsoever, it would be impossible for him to "restore" anything.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 7:50 p.m.

    Thank you Don Peay for an outstanding article. I think Donald Trump is doing a great job as President of the United States. I don't know of anyone else who could withstand the liberal left and their constant bashing on a daily basis. He is fearless, strong, and courageous and is accomplishing great things! Our economy is strong; unemployment applications for benefits are at their lowest since 1973; business are coming back to this country, and the Southern border is more secure. Our country has more respect around the world, and we have a greater military presence. The police are more respected. Many more great things are being accomplished. And, oh yes, he does have a great family!

    And I would also like to commend the Deseret News for printing this positive article on our President. I have continually asked for it, and you did it....finally!

    God bless America, and God bless President Donald J. Trump!

  • weightless skittles Hewitt, Texas
    Oct. 21, 2017 7:01 p.m.

    Sadly, the intense negative comments about a speech given at a Moral Value Conference by the President, is the very reason he was elected. The majority of Americans believe this country was headed in the wrong direction on almost every front. The speech echoes similar speeches by Roosevelt, Kennedy, Reagan, Jefferson, and others. If we are to ever heal as a nation, we are going to need to communicate with each and not scream your leader is this or your leader is that or you are this and you are that. If we love America, we can solve any problem and respectfully disagree on issues and still remain united.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 6:38 p.m.

    If what trump is doing are "American values," we are REALLY in deep doo-doo.

    Make America Sane (and Safe) Again

  • SLW Riverton, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 6:25 p.m.

    How ridiculous. The writer fails to acknowledge the lack of morals Trump continues to display now and throughout his life. Trump's lack of transparency, immoral behavior and disrespect that his constantly shows evidences his lack of honesty and without doubt he will be known as the worst president in the history of the US. If he finishes his 4 years without putting the US into a deep depression, I will be very surprised.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Oct. 21, 2017 6:15 p.m.

    "For too long, politicians have tried to centralize the authority among the hands of a small few in our nation’s capital. Bureaucrats think they can run your lives..."

    Said the politician who sought to get NFL owners to do his bidding by using his influence to hurt their bottom line. And this is but one example of the daily hypocrisies committed by this man.

    When Trump supporters start holding their boy to the same standards they hold others, then they can call themselves "values voters." Until then (IMO), all they're doing is showing their contempt for values.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 21, 2017 4:38 p.m.

    Worf.... I guess it depends on what media you choose to believe. Some chose to no believe Trump at his own words... or maybe you agree with how he has described his views on women. Some see absolutely wrong with attitudes like Trump... that wealth buys you certain rights to do to others what you will.

    You have to wonder if the #metoo movement happened before the election is so many conservative christians would have given Trump a pass on his comments... but I am willing to bet today that would be less the overlooked.

    The pretense that Trump represents conservative values is just dang hard to comprehend. Trump and Clinton are just two different sides to the same coin. Neither had moral high ground... and neither were the good choices....

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 4:11 p.m.

    I don't know which America you're talking about, Mr. Peay, but the values Mr. Trump espouses are not the American values I grew up with.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 3:11 p.m.

    @worf;
    "@Impartial7,
    Bigotry, misogyny, vulgarity, adultery and deceit are not American values?

    Hmm? What about Hollywood, political leaders, redefinition of marriage, high out of wedlock pregnancies, etc?"

    Hmmm. This op-ed is about Trump. Please try to stay focused.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 3:03 p.m.

    He does NOTHING to promote American values. Nothing. Unless of course one thinks that bigotry, vulgarity, adultery, deceit, sexual abuse, lying, cheating, stiffing his contractors, etc., are somehow American values. How about this -- they aren't, and he is a perfect example of what it is to be anti-American.

  • TMR Los Angeles, CA
    Oct. 21, 2017 2:48 p.m.

    At first I thought this op-ed would be a spoof. Someone actually has the nerve to make this argument! My response is quite simple: I would do everything I could to dissuade my daughters from working or being in the company of Trump. One more point - having lived on the East Coast and worked in NYC, I take exception to excusing his behavior as NY. My friends and colleagues in NYC feel the same way about his boorishness as do my friends in SLC and elsewhere.

  • Reality-Check Guy Orem, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 2:12 p.m.

    This op-ed is utter nonsense. Most of these Trump quotes are, at best, pandering to an extremist audience to get their continued support. It may have been a good job by his speech writers for that particular audience of cruel and bigoted people masquerading as “values voters,” but coming from Trump’s mouth, any appeal to virtue, values, or religion is a lie. Trump’s own life and behavior show that none of this is real to him. I continue to be stunned that anyone claiming to understand “American values” can support this man’s utterly disgraceful and embarrassing presidency. Mr. Paey, do you REALLY want to hold this guy up as a supporter of values?

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 1:18 p.m.

    I object to those who keep calling Mr. Trump a liar. Anyone who calls him a liar does not know the difference between a liar and a pathological liar.

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 12:46 p.m.

    Yikes! What does it take to recognize the corrosive effect of Donald Trump on America? The unprecedented onslaught of degrading behavior and deceit spewing from the Trump White House day after day is staggering. And unfortunately, America, from stem to stern, is diminished by it.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Oct. 21, 2017 12:27 p.m.

    Good news is the vast majority of Americans including the tried and true Conservatives reject this President as unqualified, unfit, and dangerous.

    It's a sad story to tell when a poster tries to compare the honesty of Obama with that of Trump by rehashing two or three old stories with a man who just this week, lied about his conversation with a gold star family ( I didn't say that and I have proof), told three different stories about his support for the bipartisan health care bill, and took off for the third weekend in a row to golf (I will be too busy to golf)....This is this week..this week, in recap.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:58 a.m.

    @Impartial7,

    Bigotry, misogyny, vulgarity, adultery and deceit are not American values?

    Hmm? What about Hollywood, political leaders, redefinition of marriage, high out of wedlock pregnancies, etc?

    Forsake the media brainwashing.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:50 a.m.

    @J Thompson
    Trump and his team are the swamp. They're so full of corrupt activity that 4 secretaries wasting tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on private plane rides ends up being a footnote.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:46 a.m.

    Op-ed: President Trump is doing his best to restore American values

    ===

    ???

    Like what?

    Liar?
    Cheating on your wives?
    Liar?
    Sleeping around for decades?
    Liar?
    Dodging a Draft during a war?
    Liar?
    Taking away access to healthcare?
    Liar?
    Greedy?
    Fraudulent?
    Liar?
    Misogyny?
    Forced "patriotism"?
    Bigotry?
    Liar?
    Not speaking out against [Silently condoning] White Supremacists, KKK, and Neo-Nazis,
    Trampling the Constitution?
    Free Press, Free Speech, Free Religion, Free Expression?
    Name Calling?
    liar?
    Threatening Wars?
    oh, and did I mention liar?

    Sorry --
    I'm LDS.
    Donald Trump's "values" from top to bottom are the polar OPPOSITE of each and every moral value Jesus Christ ever taught!

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:28 a.m.

    @J Thompson: "...after having a President who signed an executive order requiring schools to allow grown men to enter little girls restrooms and shower areas."

    Absolutely false.

    No Executive Order.

    The guidelines from DOJ and Education outlined current rules and court decisions on transgender students and gave multiple, multiple examples of school systems across the country successfully addressing the situation.

    At no time were rules issued allowing adult men to enter little girl's restrooms - a beloved boogie-man of the religious right. This was only and always about students.

    Meanwhile, on the Howard Stern Show Trump openly bragged that owning beauty pageants means he can wander freely through dressing rooms where women and underage teens are changing clothes.

    There's your family values.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:25 a.m.

    Wow! Something pro-Trump for a change.

    And look at the reaction from the Left.

  • UncleArtie Brigham City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:14 a.m.

    Yea!!! The Deseret News finally published something good about Donald Trump. I voted for Mr. Trump and I am proud of that, and I am thankful for the direction he is headed and where he wants to take America.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:10 a.m.

    Ha ha ha ha ha, whew that was a good one tell us another!

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:07 a.m.

    Mr. Paey, Do you really mean what you said about the character of Donald Trump?

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Oct. 21, 2017 11:04 a.m.

    Media brainwashing of low information people.

    Self thinking & reasoning is dwindling. Fools are people who believe lies.

    Media hype is leading to chaos.

  • Fat Chance St George, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 10:55 a.m.

    Nice guys finish last (ask Ty Detmer). Trump may not be popular, but he's getting the job done.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 10:51 a.m.

    The conservative magazine "National Review" recently published a long piece about what conservatism has become under Trump. Here is a small exert:

    "The populist Right’s abandonment of principle has been accompanied by a repudiation of good taste, achievement, education, refinement, and manners — all of which are abominated as signs of effete “elitism.” During the Clinton years, Virtue Inc. was the top-performing share in the Republican political stock exchange. Fortunes were made, books were sold by the ton, and homilies were delivered. The same people today are celebrating Donald Trump — not in spite of his being a dishonest, crude serial adulterer but because of it. His dishonesty, the quondam cardinals of Virtue Inc. assure us, is simply the mark of a savvy businessman, his vulgarity the badge of his genuineness and lack of “political correctness,” and his pitiless abuse of his several wives and children the mark of a genuine “alpha male.”"

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Oct. 21, 2017 10:38 a.m.

    Trump is so pro-family that he has 3 of them.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 10:35 a.m.

    We need to remember that Don Peay takes Trump Jr. hunting, for profit. He's hardly an unbiased source. He knows that Trump Sr. loves praise. Think there may be a financial interest?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 10:28 a.m.

    @Whatintucket;
    " Just a simpler tax system would cause thousands of tax attorneys,accountants, clerks lose their jobs, but as the US taxpayer shells out $600 billion plus just for tax compliance it is worth it."

    Did you see the local news, in depth analysis of Trump's proposed tax plan? Do you know who is going to lose bigly here? No more tithing deductions. No more child deductions. The study showed that most Utahn's (church members with big families) would be impacted the most. OK by me. Be careful for what you wish for.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 10:25 a.m.

    @j Thompson

    Trump is morally bankrupt just like his casinos.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 21, 2017 10:01 a.m.

    Trump is taking the Washington political swamp and turning it into a snake pit. Trump might be an entertaining TV funny man, but he is in no way presidential material for the greatest nation in the world. America and the world will suffer gravelly for his silly political antics.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:56 a.m.

    Black Knight,
    Thanks for the dialogue. Perhaps we need then to consider what are 'American' values, and what are 'liberal/socialist/Marxist' values, which are, I assume, those held which in some way contradict or oppose trumpism.
    Are those values of trump, including infidelity, lying, defrauding, wilful ignorance, vulgarity, bullying, misogyny, adultery, and so on...are these 'American' values? Are American values so opposed to basic human decency and dignity? Can anyone who opposes them be simply written off with the pejorative of liberal or socialist? If so, then perhaps we're getting closer to the real problem in America today.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:52 a.m.

    Trump tells the truth the media lies. Cleaning the swamp is not easy and a lot of people object to it. Just a simpler tax system would cause thousands of tax attorneys,accountants, clerks lose their jobs, but as the US taxpayer shells out $600 billion plus just for tax compliance it is worth it.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:48 a.m.

    Trump is a breath of fresh air after having a President who signed an executive order requiring schools to allow grown men to enter little girls restrooms and shower areas. Trump is a breath of fresh air after Obama lied about every family in America saving $2,500 PER YEAR if we passed ObamaCare. Trump is a breath of fresh air who honors American heroes who paid the ultimate price in stead of lying to their families as Obama did when he told the families of those killed in Benghazi that they were killed because the people in Benghazi rioted after watching a movie.

    Of course the Left hates Trump. He's not one of them. He's showing us how corrupt the Left really is. He's draining the swamp. They're terrified. They should be. America rejected their ideas in the last election. Their rioting, looting, and arson didn't improve things for them. Their support for NFL protests only destroyed the league. Their close friendship and support of Harvey Weinstein is the straw that will break their backs.

    The Left is roaring in rage. No one cares because no one is listening anymore.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:41 a.m.

    The writer praises Trump's present family. What about his treatment of his past families? Take a look Mr. Peay. It's not inspiring.

  • Black Knight American Fork, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:42 a.m.

    Impartial, Hutterite, Marxist, and Lou:

    According to the title of the article, the subject deals with AMERICAN values, not liberal/socialist/Marxist values.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:40 a.m.

    George W. Bush gave an eloquent speech about how America is at serious risk for regressing into "a lesser" version of ourselves, turning away from the inclusive spirit that led to the American Dream, etc.

    In response, Trump's recent chief strategist Steve Bannon gave a speech at the California State Republican Party Convention directly attacking Bush, and ended up getting a standing ovation.

    Those under the Republican tent need to seriously consider where they are being led (by people who historically didn't consider themselves to be Republicans).

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:33 a.m.

    You are kidding me, right? Trump is supposed to be a moral example of a family man?

    Estimated, 150 million dads who work hard for their families and teach morals to their kids and do not talk about women in the manner Trump does. I salute those dads.

    It was a disgrace in the manner which Trump talk to her boy scouts, it is a disgrace how we talk to our fallen soldier's family and he has disgraced this nation by how he has choosen to represent our country. Trump is sincerely a disgrace to what being a father really is.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:29 a.m.

    America's values include those of organized labor. Trump doesn't know the meaning.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:21 a.m.

    Trumps' appeal to so called 'values' voters is the most blatant example yet as to why people rightly continue to abandon religion. All trump had to do was reference 'god' a few times, and his audience lapped it up. But values? American values?
    Do those values include lying? Infidelity? If his American values include owning casinos, can I share in those values and open one up here in Utah? Is bankruptcy a value, or stiffing ones' creditors? How about bragging about sexual assault, or vulgarity, and petulant crudeness? And the assault on knowledge, when was fear of science and American value? Or wilful ignorance?
    Whomever trump paid to raise his children did a reasonable job. But that doesn't mean the man has anything I'd consider values. Any attempt to equate him to American values is laughable and shameful at the same time.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 21, 2017 9:13 a.m.

    Bigotry, misogyny, vulgarity, adultery and deceit are not American values.