Regular readers of this column know where I’ll be putting my X on Nov. 3. Four years ago, however, I wasn’t thrilled about voting for Donald Trump. His personality was repulsive. His gratuitous insults were off-putting. It didn’t bother me, however, that he called his final opponent  “Crooked Hillary, “ because she was crooked. During one of their debates, Hillary said it was a good thing we didn’t have Donald Trump in charge of the law in our country.

  “Because you’d be in jail, “ said Trump. His timing was exquisite and I was thinking,  “Who is this guy? “ I could have kissed him.

 It bothered me, however, that he had badly trashed his fellow Republican candidates in the primaries. Most of them were decent people and didn’t deserve it. During the ensuing campaign against Crooked Hillary, I agreed with nearly everything Trump said he would do, but doubted he would follow through. Politicians all make promises — you know the rest. Meanwhile, the Democrat media — and that’s just about all of it — gave him enormous attention. Trump charged up their viewership because no one who talked like he did had ever become the nominee of a major political party.

 If mainstream media knew then how much they were helping his election chances with the exposure they gave him, they never would have done it. Against all odds, he won, making fools of media pundits. Hillary lost and  “charitable “ contributions to the Clinton Foundation dried up immediately. Liberals were in shock. They cried openly. Me? I found myself cheering, and that surprised me. I had to sit down and think about why I was so happy. Part of it was the shock on the faces of smug mainstream media pundits. They didn’t know what to say. They never saw it coming. Neither did I actually, but I liked it.

 The day after Trump won, Democrats and their media allies began plotting to reverse the election and overthrow Trump, by hook or by crook and mostly the latter. Obama was still in office, so he and his lackeys in the intelligence agencies continued what Crooked Hillary was doing — working with Russians to smear Trump. They used the Steele Dossier which was bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee and tried to convince us all that Trump was a Russian asset.

 Trouble is, they had no evidence. Nothing in the Steele Dossier was true, but that didn’t stop them. Trump haters in the deep state conspired to appoint a special prosecutor to dig up evidence. There was none to dig up, but it took Robert Meuller and his huge staff two years and over $30 million before he was forced to admit it. They lied; they spied, and Trump was still standing. After Democrats won control of the House in 2018, they impeached him for a phone call he made to Ukraine about Biden family shenanigans, but he was found not guilty in the Senate.

 Then, ironically, Hunter Biden left a laptop with a computer repairman in Delaware and forgot to pick it up. On it are emails indicating that both Hunter Biden and his father, Joe, were indeed involved in shenanigans with Ukraine — and elsewhere. Also on it are videos allegedly showing Hunter Biden having sex with minors. A further irony is that, four years ago, Anthony Weiner’s laptop fell into the hands of the NYPD pursuant to their investigation into Weiner exposing himself to underage girls online. Also on it were over 30,000 of Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.

 Meanwhile, Donald Trump remains in need of a personality transplant — but he has followed through on his campaign promises. I don’t have to like him, but I am going to vote for him without misgivings. Why? I’ll quote a nameless young lady whose video explaining that in less than a minute was posted on Gateway Pundit. A partial transcript follows:

  “If you are liberal and can’t stand Trump and can’t possibly fathom why anyone would vote for him, let me fill you in. We can’t stand you. You’ve done everything in your power by trying to destroy this country by tearing down our police, our borders, our history, systematically destroying our schools and brainwashing our kids into thinking socialism is the answer to everything. Demonizing religion and faith and glorifying abortion, violence and thug culture.  And calling us racists… We are voting for Trump because of you! “

 Maybe this sums up why you, too, vote for Donald Trump. If he’s reelected, I’ll enjoy watching mainstream media pundits go nuts again, but I’m afraid of what their followers will do in the streets.

Tom McLaughlin lives in Lovell, Maine. Reach him at

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(5) comments

Scott Shallcross

This is profoundly misleading. I suggest McLaughlin read and then reread both the second part of the Mueller report and Pope Francis's recently issued encyclical entitled Fratelli Tutti (All Brothers), taken from the "admonitions" of St. Francis of Assisi. Relevant to someone who holds your views and platform, the Pope writes, "Things that until a few years ago could not be said by anyone without risking the loss of universal respect can now be said without impunity, and in the crudest of terms, even by some political figures. Nor should we forget that "there are huge economic interests operating in the digital world, capable of exercising forms of control as subtle as they are invasive, creating mechanism for manipulation of consciences and of the democratic process. The way many platforms work often ends up favoring encounter between persons who think alike, shielding them from debate. These close circuits facilitate the spread of fake new and false information, fomenting prejudice and hate."

Sally Wally

Economic and foreign policy failures? Peace with Israel and UAE? Sudan? ISIS largely defeated while huge under Obama. Ecomony, even during the shutdown, grew 33% in the last quarter. Randel, what ever you're smoking, put it down now.


The economy grew based on a stimulus package that Congress passed. Trump just added his grandiose signature. The deficit, which Republicans hounded Obama over, ticked up to 3 trillion for this year alone and not a peep out of Republicans or Fox. Trump refuses to release his tax returns, has a Chinese bank account (imagine if Obama had one), has fired anyone who doesn't agree with him, called the Covid Virus a democratic hoax, had his charity closed because of misuse of funds, has numerous lawsuits against him for sexual assault, and is a person who you would never let your own daughter date. i don't smoke but I do read and not watch Fox propaganda.


Both sides stink, they don't work for us. But the fake religions hypocrite republicans are the worst. I doubt Biden will win, but it would be the lesser of two evils for this country. Unfortunately, that is how we have to vote.


You have a very twisted view of history, the state of our nation which is in tatters because of Trump, and the cause of our social ills. You of course did not mention his economic and foreign policy failures along with his constant attempts to bypass our constitution. Facts are stubborn things as Benjamin Franklin said but easy to ignore by those who care not for them. You are on the wrong side of history just as those who stood by Nixon were.

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