Letter: Elect someone who will hold the administration responsible

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  • Copy Cat Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 4:37 p.m.

    "91 percent of Trump campaign coverage was negative, 96 percent of media campaign contributions went to Democrat Hillary Clinton, and 55 percent of the public is weary of the anti-Trump tone in coverage." From the Washington Examiner.

    I am sure the leftists will blame Trump for the unfair coverage he receives, but it's okay. He's the guy who can take it and spit it right back in the grossly biased press's face. The liberal press earned the name "fake news". President Trump just points it out.

    If they want to be credible again, they have a lot of apologizing to do, and a lot of changes to make. Heads should roll, from the top on down, until they are balanced with democrats and republicans, so they aren't just their own echo chamber, aka superpac.

    It'll never happen.

  • Breitbarts Ghostđź‘» , CA
    Oct. 25, 2018 1:48 p.m.

    The President has been doing wonderful things, and we have a wonderful, constitutional system of checks and balances. I am happy to vote for candidates that will help move along the President's agenda.

  • fight4liberty Herriman, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 1:45 p.m.

    As if.... a newly elected congressman, no bigger than a misquito, can land in the putred DC swamp and DEMAND his opinion to be the "all being" authority, that can hold the "adminstration" accountible! LOL

    The DC swamp has existed since the inception of the US government. It has only gotten bigger deeper and more putrid, as new Presidents have come and gone through the decades.
    There has never been a perfect President, they have all had their flaws, many worse than others. The US has continued to exist because of the checks and balances of the Constitution and term limits of Presidents, but damaged by the congressional seats held for decades. We have good and bad times in the country through the growing pains of each administration, US history has recorded that. There has been since the inception of the country, a movement to destroy it, to make it fail, namely the swamp.

    The creatures in the swamp come and go, some stay for decades as the rules of the swamp protect them. The last 4 POTUS, fed the swamp, giving the swamp more power to swallow the Constitution. Now the swamp creatures do not want to lose their seats by any means possible, their power depends on it!

  • NewsFlash Kearns, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 10:21 a.m.

    Fred44- "What is your evidence of media hate for the President? "

    According to Pew Research which is a non partisan organization, they found News Coverage Of Trump More Negative Than For Other Presidents

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 25, 2018 9:09 a.m.

    2 bits,

    What is your evidence of media hate for the President? They report what he says, he frequently doesn't just misrepresent things, he tells bold faced lies. What would you have the media do when literally every day he tells multiple lies? Would you have them ignore them? Support the lie?

    I know you can pull up quotes from President Obama but I assume you are smart enough to realize that in know way shape or form did the number of even shading the truth by President Obama even come close to the number of out right lies by this President.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 8:24 a.m.

    @Impartial7
    RE: "Not many GOP politicians in congress have the spine to stand up to Trump"...
    ---
    If you check the record you will find that Trump has often clashed with Rs in Congress. No Democrats opposed Obama's agenda. Never. Ds voted in unison the whole time. No Democrats stood up to him.

    Trump has clashed with Republicans many times. They stood up to Trump many times. Even the majority leader. Ds never stood up to Obama. Not once.

    If you watch the news you would know many Republicans have stood up to Trump.

    Initially he couldn't even get the majority leader (who's supposed to push his agenda) to cooperate with him. Trump got so frustrated with this lack of support from his own party that he called in Senate DEMOCRATS to make a deal to pass his budget, leaving Rs on the outside looking in.

    If your news didn't cover it... Google "GOP leaders 'shocked' following Trump deal with Democrats - CNN"...

    Ds never stood up to Obama. And Obama never stood up to Senate Ds. Even when they changed the locks not allowing Rs to work on his ACA bill.

    Google "Democrats on House committee lock out Republicans - Washington Post"...

    Please name a time when Ds stood up to Obama.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Oct. 25, 2018 7:48 a.m.

    Oh Geez! Trump didn't have anything to do with Kashoggi's death. He didn't cause it. Frankly the US can't do much to Saudi Arabia without putting strategic agreements in jeopardy. I do agree with Mike Lee that we should withdraw support for their war in Yemen.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 8:10 p.m.

    Would that we had someone to vote for who actually would hold the administration accountable. Our election system doesn't allow real leadership anymore.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 4:41 p.m.

    I agree. I feel very unsafe when bad actors don't get the consequences due to them.
    We need to elect someone that will push the administration to prosecute the cover-up of the Fast-and-Furious gun running scheme that ended up in the death of Utahns.
    We need someone to support investigating and prosecuting those at the IRS that targeted many of the 501c's run by Utahns.
    Someone to hold the administration responsible for not responding to the invasion of the sovereign Ukraine by Russia.
    ...
    See how this works? too easy and yes, the Obama years were very corrupt with scandal after scandal that had real consequences.
    The Trump years have had scandals about what he might have meant when he said this or that, but no real negative impacts other than a hurt feeling here of there.
    On the other hand, the Economy is great, jobs are a plenty and the only issue with safety is coming from the supposed victims that are terrorizing republican lawmakers. Very sad.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 4:09 p.m.

    To "FT " but the GOP is doing the exact same thing that the Democrats did under Obama. So, why do you care about checks and balances now?

  • Lew Elton Jeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 3:40 p.m.

    Stewart whitewashed Trump.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 1:59 p.m.

    If the GOP would have truly understand the responsibilities of their office, their role in the government and done the oversight and the checks and balances called in our constitution they would have no problem holding on to their offices. Trump should be under congressional investigation for multiple things but currently only the Senate is looking into one of them.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 12:54 p.m.

    To "Bryce Turner" maybe they did what the Democrats did when Russia took over the Crimean Peninsula. The Democrats didn't care about that, and I am sure that more than 1 person died during that event.

    To "Impartial7" the Republicans are standing up to Trump just like the Democrats stood up to Obama. You didn't mind it then, why should it bother you now?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 12:38 p.m.

    @patrioticAMERICAN
    Don't know if you're aware of this but... Barack Obama tweeted too. When he didn't want people in the media to twist and modify his words he tweeted.

    I know you probably think his tweets were better than Trumps (I agree). But that's subjective. Some of Barack and Michelle's tweets were controversial. Especially those aimed at his "Enemy"... Republican Americans.

    He tweeted about Immigration. He tweeted about North Korea. He tweeted about the press...

    Barack Obama said his biggest regret was he felt he wasn't able to get his message to the people accurately. And the media was kinda on his side! Imagine if they were against him!

    From watching the news during many administrations (R and D) they do twist the words and message of all Presidents for their agenda/bias. Obama, and Trump.

    I'm not shocked a President who sees the networks as his "enemy" (and they do see the President as their "enemy")... I don't blame him for going around them and trying to get his message out. It worked during the campaign. He just kept it going.

    I wish Presidents didn't tweet so much. But I also wish the media didn't hate our President so much.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 12:36 p.m.

    @Opinionated
    "as he bucks their long-standing traditions of back biting and self-indulgence. "

    You'd make a fine comedian with jokes like that.

  • barfolomew Tooele, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 11:16 a.m.

    @ Impartial7

    "Not many GOP politicians in congress have the spine to stand up to Trump."

    This is such a twisted view of liberal ideology. By making this kind of statement, you infer that everyone must think like you. You assume that everyone who doesn't oppose him must only be doing so because they're scared. Well, let me clue you in on a little secret: there are a great many people in this country who actually want the changes he is making, restoring our values and prosperity. Believe me, the American people don't want a country where anyone who wants to can just walk on in. Where your gender depends on your mood. Where being successful is frowned upon. Where only the criminals are armed. Where the urban elites make all the decisions. Where I have to tolerate you but you don't have to tolerate me.

    Trump is doing the right thing for this country. He may be a bit over the top in his style, but his success is overwhelming. I've never felt better about the direction our country is going. Obama gave many of us despair disguised as hope. I have real hope again. I like it.

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 11:06 a.m.

    @Opinionated: "He (Trump) drives the media crazy because he tweets out his information instead of allowing the media spin doctors to work their "magic".

    I think by "information", you mean "misinformation", or as Trump likes to put it "truthful hyperbole" (the ones that aren't outright lies) or as Conway labels it "alternative facts" (backed by the sycophantic Giuliani's "there is no truth"). Considering Trump has been caught in 5,000 + easily proven lies or misrepresentations since his inauguration, your statement is laughable (incl. such whoppers as "Kim is an honorable leader" whose "people love him", "I will sign any DACA legislation a bipartisan committee puts before me" & "It [crying immigrant babies in cages] bothered me as it bothered everyone at this table")! The only media "spin doctors" I see are the entertainers pretending to be legitimate journalists pretending to disseminate legitimate news, such as Hannity, Carlsen, Pirro & most of the Fox News lineup, & their "spin" has obviously lured millions of Americans into believing it's web of deceit and lies.

    "He is a breath of fresh air"

    If your idea of "fresh air" is being locked in a room w/cigar & pot smokers!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 10:47 a.m.

    @Thomas Jefferson
    RE: "If I could I would certainly vote against stewart"...
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    You can't vote "against" someone. You can only vote FOR somebody.

    That's the problem. That would require voting for Shireen and all the baggage that comes with electing her (her positions we don't agree with, the likelihood she would vote with her Democrat cohorts most of the time, etc).

    You saw the debate right? She didn't do very good.

    If you want us to vote Against Stewart... you really need to bring a better candidate we can for for (not just against him).

    She hasn't inspired me enough to elect her to vote with Democrats back in Washington.

    Would she have fought against Feinstein's attempt to assassinate Kavanaugh's character? Nope. Only 1 Democrat stood up against her tactics. And I don't think she would have had the courage to be the 1 Democrat. I'd like to hear her take on Feinstein's tactics.

    I hope Feinstein's behavior opens voters eyes on Democrats. I'm more partisan now than ever. I don't know if I will ever vote for a Democrat again (although I have in the past).

    That's going to hurt Dems in Utah. We can't give them that vote they need in Congress.

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 10:24 a.m.

    Back in March of 2016, Stewart told students attending a Hinkley Institute forum at U of U: "
    "He's our Mussolini. As a Republican, I'm telling you: Donald Trump does not represent Republican ideals."

    I feel the same way. But since Trump was elected, Stewart, like most of the GOP in Congress, has changed his tune entirely, even going so far as to back up Nunes' push to disempower the FBI & DOJ, and discredit the Mueller investigation. Nunes, who was on Trump's transition team, & therefore might credibly be implicated during the course of Mueller's investigation, obviously has a stake in discrediting Mueller's team, but it's hard to understand why Stewart jumped on that bandwagon, unless it was perhaps to get in Trump's good graces, or to raise his political profile in an election yr., since the SL Trib reported on 7/8/18 that results of a recent Trib/Hinckley Institute poll showed 30% of his voting constituents couldn't even remember his name, despite his being their Rep for 6 yrs. I know I hadn't heard of him before he started echoing Nunes', but then, he's not MY Rep.

    How do you empower a bully (Trump)? You give power to those who say "How high?" when the bully says "Jump!"

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 9:58 a.m.

    If I could I would certainly vote against stewart. He isnt a leader, he is a sycophant following orders from his big money 'donors'. He has proven it over and over again with his actions.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    A couple of years ago, I still expected our GOP representatives to stand up to the more egregious conduct of our GOP president. Unfortunately, they've never done anything more than issue meek little tsk-tsky comments. Trump once bragged he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and his followers wouldn't much care. At the time, I thought that was shocking and absurd, but the last two years suggest he may have been right.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 9:23 a.m.

    Of the entire House delegation, Stewart is by far the worst when it comes to Trump love. He seems to have forgotten that as a Member of Congress, his job is to be a check on the Executive, not a sycophantic rubber stamp. Hatch is leaving, which is good, because he is pretty bad on the Senate side. Sadly, I don't think Romney is strong enough to stand on his own and push back.

  • Boberino Farmington, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 9:03 a.m.

    Democrats and accountability. They just don’t mix. Trump is much more likely to take action against the Saudis than any Democrat you care to name.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 7:54 a.m.

    I agree 100%, but what you’re suggesting is principal over party. It just will not ever happen in Utah.

  • Opinionated Sandy, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 7:42 a.m.

    We did elect someone who would hold government responsible. He is now sitting in the oval office. He drives the inner circle of D.C. crazy as he bucks their long-standing traditions of back biting and self-indulgence. He drives the media crazy because he tweets out his information instead of allowing the media spin doctors to work their "magic". He is a breath of fresh air (albeit not perfect, but then again, who is) among the stagnant, bickering, babyish congress.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 7:34 a.m.

    Not many GOP politicians in congress have the spine to stand up to Trump. Especially those from Utah that praise Trump, no matter how crude his words and behavior.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 24, 2018 7:34 a.m.

    Bryce,
    I think you mean, "Vote for someone who would vote to impeach (with or without evidence of a crime)". And, "Vote for someone who would have voted with Democrats and use the MeToo movement to destroy Brett Kavanaugh's life (with zero corroborating evidence of an accusation of a sin he may or may not have committed when he was 17). And "Vote for someone who would vote with Democrats on federal land issues in Utah". And "Vote for someone who would vote to enact Clinton's agenda".

    Am I right?

    I know... I shouldn't Assume he thinks these things, but that is what you would be voting for if you voted for her.

    She would be doing more than one thing (holding the administration responsible). She would be voting on Many things, and voting with Democrats most of the time. That's the problem. Most of us don't want our representative voting with Democrats most of the time, on most of the issues. Especially on issues in Utah. We don't want a representative who would have joined with Democrat's scorched earth tactics when trying to take Brett Kavanaugh out (by hook or by crook) , and take Trump out (by hook or by crook).

    She could be the vote Democrats need.