Here we analyze and grade President Trump on the following topics: Hollywood, Hurricanes, NFL National Anthem, Nobel Peace Prize, Removal of Statues and The Trump Foundation/Business
Before the 2017 hurricane season, the United States went a historic record of 12 years (over 4300 days) without a major hurricane strike.
7/17/17: Hurricane Harvey was an extremely destructive Atlantic hurricane which became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year span in which no hurricanes made landfall at such an intensity in the country. Trump and his administration received high marks from all sides for his initial response to Hurricane Harvey including his arch nemisis Jeb Bush. Experts said Trump's first week as chief executive leading the federal government's Harvey response went as well as they had hoped. Trump visited the hurricane victim evacuees in Houston Texans stadium (his second trip to Texas for the hurricane) serving food, giving hugs and kisses and taking countless photos from the people. During his first visit (making sure not to to take away resources from the relief efforts) cheered on the Texan people, held up the Texan flag and told everyone he was 100% behind them. He also immediately signed a $15 billion Hurricane Harvey disaster aid package.
8/30/17: Hurricane Irma was an extremely powerful and catastrophic Cape Verde-type hurricane, the strongest observed in the Atlantic since Wilma in 2005 in terms of maximum sustained winds. It was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on record, followed by Hurricane Maria only two weeks later. It was also the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005, and the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005. Once again President Trump received high praise for the way he and his administration handled another historic hurricane. He visited the storm battered Florida handing out hoagies and reassurance. As of September 5, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding was running dangerously low due to its response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas the previous week, so Trump ordered an immediate $8 billion in additional funding as Irma approached Florida.
9/6/17: President Donald Trump , crossed party lines and reached across aisles by agreeing to support a three-month extension of the debt ceiling and government funding through Dec. 15, siding with congressional Democratic leaders over his own party. The deal, which would tack on the limited extensions to Hurricane Harvey relief funds, was announced following Trump’s meeting at the White House with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders. "We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer," Trump told reporters on Air Force One after the meeting. "We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred -- very important -- always we’ll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it."
9/16/17: Hurricane Maria was regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, as well as being the tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. The thirteenth named storm, seventh hurricane, fourth major hurricane, and the second Category 5 hurricane of the unusually active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Maria caused catastrophic damage across the Northeastern Caribbean, compounding recovery efforts in the already struck areas of the Leeward Islands, who were still recovering from Hurricane Irma just two weeks prior. Once again President Trump acted swiftly. This time he waived the Jones Act, which temporarily lifted shipping restrictions on Puerto Rico and enabled the hurricane-ravaged island to receive necessary aid. He also orderd over 10,000 federal workers on the island of Puerto Rico to help with the releif efforts. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló praised President Donald Trump for his response to the island after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Trump also visited the ravished island to show his support. However San Juan Mayor, who once supportedterrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera, exposed herself as a left wing, biased, politically motivated figure. She did not try to hide her political bias toward President Trump by wearing a Hillary supporting "Nasty Woman" t-shirt in a televised interview. Her behavior was most evident when she criticized President Trump for not sending aid while actually standing in front of a shipload of supplies sent by Trump, leaving many people scratching their heads. Now the FBI is investigating local Puerto Rico government officials after receiving multiple allegations from residents across the island who say local officials in the territory have withheld needed FEMA supplies. In fact the San Juan Mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, whom infamously picked a fight with President Trump is under investigation for corruption.
10/1/17: Trump dedicated a golf trophy to the victims of recent powerful hurricanes that tore through Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, all the while defending the government's response to the disasters. "On behalf of all of the people of Texas, and all of the people — if you look today and see what is happening, how horrible it is but we have it under really great control — Puerto Rico and the people of Florida who have really suffered over this last short period of time with the hurricanes, I want to just remember them," the president said.
This is a losing battle for the NFL and a winning hand for President Trump. Why? Four simple reasons:
1: Over 70% of NFL fans view the NFL players kneeling/sitting for the National Anthem as unpatriotic and 65% of the fans want the players to stand.
2: The last thing sports (NFL) fans want to see on a Sunday is politics. Fans of all races, creeds, colors and background come together as one to root and cheer for their favorite players and teams every single NFL Sunday. But now the NFL players have ruined that. The NFL league should have put an immediate stop to it when the first player/protestor back in 2016 kneeled before a preseason game and continued to so during the regular season. Several other NFL players during the 2016 season joined in.
3: In any other work place if an employee offended 70% of the customers, you can be rest assured that employee wouldn't last longer than Trump's next tweet.
4. The reason why NFL players are kneeling is based on a completely false narative. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” However the facts don't support their claim. According to FBI statistics, there are an estimated 12.1 millionarrests each year in America. The number of fatal police shootings average just under 1,000 each year. This results in 0.00008% of fatal police shootings annually (and most are clearly proven to bejustified as police were protecting themselves from being attacked and/or killed). That percentage is even lower when considering about 250 of those fatal police shooting areblack victims.
5: The NFL players protesting the National Anthem completely disregard the real issue in the black communities. First the staggering black on black crime and second, the nearly 75% of black babies born out of wedlock. Both which have nothing to do with oppression but everything to do with individuals' own behavior.
UPDATE: The NFL announced the league is now prohibiting players from taking a knee on the field during the national anthem — or they can choose to remain in the locker room without penalty. The leauge stated "it created a false perception among many that thousands of N.F.L. players were unpatriotic.”
8/11/16: The NFL has shown to be incredibly conflicting and hypocritical on this issue. Although the NFL openly supported players for protesting the National Anthem,
1: The NFL did not support , or allow, players to wear decals honoring police offiers whowere shotin a terrible incident back in Dallas of 2016.
2: The NFL did not support, or allow, players to wear cleats honoring 9/11.
3: The NFL did not allow players to wear pink cleatsfor the duration of the season to support breast cancer.
4: The NFL did not allow player RG3 to wear a Jesus shirt.
5: And the most astonishing, the NFL had no problems allowing player/activist Colin Kaepernick to wear socks that depicted police officers as pigs without any consequences.
9/22/17: NFL fans sent their first real effective message to the NFL with less than capacitystadium attendance.
9/23/17: President Donald Trump criticized some in the National Football League during a rally for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange, saying team owners should fire players for taking a knee during the national anthem.Trump added that if fans would "leave the stadium" when players kneel in protest during the national anthem, "I guarantee, things will stop." Trump said NFL owners should respond to the players by saying, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he's fired. He's fired!"
9/23/17: Astonishingly the NFL front office, owners and commissioner reponded to President Trump's remarks as "devisive". This showed just how out of touch the NFL leadership was with the overwhelming majority of the American public and NFL fans. Why? Nobody from the NFL bothered to mention how "devisive" it was for the players to be kneeling/sitting for the National Anthem.
9/24/17: In response to President Trump's criticism the NFL Players from all 28 teams in the league that played participated in some form of protest. Some teams declined to take the field at all for the pre-game ceremonies.
9/24/17: Adding salt on the wound of the already upset NFL fans, the NFL players in two different games played in London, not only sat and kneeled for the National Anthem but then stood for England's anthem "God Save The Queen."
9/24/17: NFL fans also responded by tuning out the NFL which has seen its ratings drop. In fact the 9/24/17 Sunday night's nationally televised game on NBC was the lowest-rated Week 3 game since 2006 and overall so far the 2017 season viewer ratings is down 11%from the previous 2016 season.
9/25/17: NFL fans sent yet another, this time overwhelming, message to the elistst NFL players and owners when Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva has highest-selling gear. A former Army Ranger who earned a Bronze Star and served three tours in Afghanistan, Villanueva was the only Steelers player who came outside the tunnel during Sunday's national anthem, after the team collectively decided not to be on the sideline during the song. Pictures and video of Villanueva standing, with his hand on his heart, filled social media networks.
9/25/17: President Trump tweeted: "Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our contry.
9/25/17: Many on the left, including the likes of bitter Hillary Clinton, perpetual race baiterSpike Leeand left wing leaning CNN all claimed President Trump to be a racist by simply wanting players to respect and stand for the National Anthem.
9/26/17: President Trump tweeted: "The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!"
9/29/17: A Morning Consult survey said 17% more Americans view the league favorably than those who do not, which is down 13% from Sept. 21, the day before Trump called on team owners to fire any “son of a b---h” who takes a knee during "The Star-Spangled Banner." The 17% mark is a new low in the company's history of tracking the NFL's favorability.
10/8/17: A new survey shows that the NFL is now least liked sport with core fans down 31%. Over just one month of player, coach, and owner protests of the flag and National Anthem, the National Football League has gone from America's sport to the least liked of top professional and college sports, according to a new poll.
10/8/17: Vice President Mike Pence weighed in after tweeting: "I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.". He later stated "While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem," he continued. "I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and National Anthem." Mike Pence attended for Peyton Mannining's jersey number being retired.
10/10/17: Unbelievably, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a complete about face after watching the NFL ratings tank. After initially supporting the NFL players protesting for the national anthem for two season and then watching ratings slip deeply, he wrote a letter to all 32 league owners regarding the protests that have taken place during the national anthem. In the letter Goodell wrote that the “current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
10/16/17: Fans booed New Orleans Saints players who knelt before the presentation of the American flag and the singing of the national anthem at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The boos rang down during a moment of silence for fallen NOPD officer Marcus McNeil, who was killed in the line of duty.
10/16/17: NFL fans send yet another message to the NFL. Throughout the league, stadiums could be seen with thousands of empty seats at kickoff, and, in some cases in the middle of the game.
10/18/17: The NFL players prostesting the National Anthem has taken its toll on the NFL. Over the first six weeks of the 2017 season NFL ratings are down 7.5% as compared to last season, per Nielsen. And they're down 18.7% from the 2015 season. So since the NFL players starting protesting the total decline in tv ratings is over 25%.
10/26/17: A new Fox News Poll finds that since 2013, the league’s favorable rating has dropped by 18 points.
10/29/17: Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell decided to get into the action. He was the first, and so far only, MLB player to take a knee during the national anthem. Ironically he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after pointing a gun at a female delivery driver in Arizona. While being arrested Maxwell was making anti-policestatements. He also made up a story about an Alabama restaurant denying him service because a pro-Trump server refused to serve him.
10/30/17: The NFL players continue to protest on the playing field. This time the Houston Texans team kneeled after Texans owner stated in a special owners/players protest meeting that owners “can’t have the inmates running the prison.”. All but six Texans players kneeled before their 10/29/17 game with the Seattle Seahawks.
11/1/17: Papa John’s International Inc. founder John Schnatter went after the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying weak handling of the league’s national-anthem controversy has hammered sales of his pizza.
5/24/18: The NFL announced the league is now prohibiting players from taking a knee on the field during the national anthem — or they can choose to remain in the locker room without penalty. The leauge stated "it created a false perception among many that thousands of N.F.L. players were unpatriotic.”
5/25/18: NFL fans overwhelmingly support the league's national anthem policy. 53% of self-described NFL viewers said they support the policy, with 32% opposing and 15% saying neither or no opinion.
6/6/18: Trump abruptly calls off Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to White House after the Eagles announced they were only sending a handful of players a couple of days before the event. The Eagles initially said they were sending 80+ players. The implication from the administration is that that Eagles were trying to embarrass the President and make a political statement.
5/2/18: President Trump is formally nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. A group of 18 Republican lawmakers have signed their names to a letter formally nominating President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize -- the latest development in a growing push to award the president the honor for his work toward peace in the Korean Peninsula.
6/13/18: Norwegian lawmakers representing the populist party in the country’s legislature have nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
8/10/17: The trend of removing prominent Confederate symbols has picked up steam since 2015, following the mass shooting by a white supremacist at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, but the symbols remain commonplace in many states. The reason why these statues are being taken down? The left in America claim they are racist, celebrates slavery and are offensive.
8/17: Unfortunately a number of left wing extremists have taken the removal and destruction of statuesinto their own hands by illegally destroying public property. Some have beene arrested for their criminal behavior.
8/17/17: Trump denounces the removal of "beautiful" Civil War statues by tweeting: "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!
8/25/17: There has since been a running list of historic statues being removed across America by local liberal community leaders. These statues now include America's first President,George Washington.
9/6/17: America answers back to the unhinged and unpopular removals of historic statues with a booming rise of historic statues and monuments....on private land. In fact confederate memorials are turning up faster than they can be removed.
Here are 3 facts on why removing historic "racist and offensive" statues is just plain wrong and why President Trump is right:
1: Not one statue was, is, or ever will be responsible for the astounding black on black crime (over 90% of blacks are killed by other blacks), high homicide rate (blacks account for 52.5% of all homicides but are only 13% of the population) or for the astonishing child out of wedlock rate of nearly 75% in the black community. Even if every last statue is taken down, it would not help stem in any way, shape or form, these real problems in the black communities.
2: America defeated and abolished slavery in less than 90 years. The civil war statues don't celebrate slavery but in fact celebrate how slavery was defeated and abolished in America. Lets look at the facts:
A: The history of slavery started in ancient times and spans many cultures, nationalities, and religions (not just historic white Americans). Slavery existed everywhere for thousands of years before it was brought to America by the British colonies.
B: America fought a civil war to end slavery. Over 2.2 million fighters for the winning side that represented the Union were mostly all white . Of that 2.2. million there were between 600,000 and 825,000 casualties. The Civil War ended in 1865, just 89 years after the birth of America. The losing side, Confederates, had an estimated 1 million fighters.
3: If America is going to remove all offensive and controversial statues why stop at historic white figures? There are countless black statues across America, including the very controversial Malcolm X which are offensive to many. Why shouldn't all "offensive" statues and monuments be taken down?