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PRESIDENT SCHEDULES RALLY IN FLORIDA … 

U.S. president Donald Trump will return to the campaign trail this weekend – less than one month after assuming the office for which he spent the last two years campaigning.

Everybody done that math in their heads?  Twenty-nine days.

Trump’s rally – scheduled for Saturday, February 18 in Melbourne, Florida – was immediately panned by the liberal press corps as a sign of desperation.

“There aren’t many opportunities in the White House for him to get the sort of support he craves,” noted Philip Bump of The Washington Post.  “So he’s manufacturing one.”

“This is simply a rally in support of President Trump’s self-confidence,” Bump added.

Left-leaning Julie Hershfield Davis cited Trump’s “extraordinarily swift return to politicking after a tumultuous first month in office” in her ostensibly even-keeled report for The New York Times, adding that the new president was “eager to get outside of Washington and relive the rapturous reception that greeted him during the presidential campaign.”

Others liberal mouthpieces chided Trump for engaging in a “permanent campaign.”

“Trump’s choice to hold a campaign rally less than a month into his presidency breaks new ground,” wrote David A. Graham of The Atlantic. Where his predecessors practiced electoral politics between cycles, none was willing to do so as baldly, as quickly, as Trump.”

Meanwhile taxpayer-subsidized PBS regurgitated an Associated Press wire from “reporter’ Julie Bykowicz that discussed the rally from the standpoint of Trump’s psychosis and his crass commercialism.

“Trump responds well to the supportive crowds, who often chant, cheer and applaud enthusiastically when he speaks,” she noted.  “The rallies serve a practical purpose by enabling his campaign to continue building a list of supporters. To attend, people must register online, giving their email address and other personal information that the campaign can use to maintain contact and raise money.”

Why are we quoting only negative responses?  Well, these were the top four articles to appear in a Google search for “Trump Florida Rally.”

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(Cap via Google News)

Guess former U.S. president Barack Obama doesn’t need to “curate” the news, huh?  Google is already doing it for him …

Has it been a rocky first month for Trump?  Yes.  Absolutely.  And some of the solutions to his early problems could actually wind up creating even bigger headaches down the road.

What did anyone really expect, though?

On January 20, the new president entered into a capital city where virtually every single inhabitant is dead-set against him – and has made it clear they will do anything and everything in their considerable power to sabotage his agenda.

Democrats are against him.  Republicans are (increasingly) against him.  The media has demonized him.  The Dark State?  They’re spying on him.

Can anybody really blame the guy for wanting to spend an hour in sunny Florida in front of a friendly crowd?

We can’t …

Trump is not perfect.  He’s had plenty of missteps since taking office (including a ridiculously petty spat over the size of the crowd at his inaugural address).  And to be clear: He has some issues inside that carefully coiffed head of his that probably need to be addressed sooner rather than later if he wants to have an effective presidency.

His insatiable need to be loved?  His inability to ever admit when he’s wrong?  Those things simply aren’t realistic.  Or natural.  Or endearing.  And if Trump continues to cling to them, Washington could very well eat him alive (assuming it isn’t doing so already).

Anyway, we’re glad Trump is breaking out of the Washington spin cycle and spending some time with the nodding throngs that propelled him to last fall’s upset victory.

That doesn’t bother us one bit …

As we’ve said from the beginning, we will judge him – as we have judged all the presidents before him – on his outcomes.   We care about what he accomplishes – not his personality flaws, not the size of his crowds and (sure as hell) not his Obama-curated press clippings.

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