110217-bara-opn-tim-mccumber1030

This past weekend, President Donald Trump issued another barrage of tweets. While the media constantly seeks to undermine and discredit his administration, Trump’s use of Twitter to speak directly to the American people gives him the upper hand.

Months before the 45th president took office, the national media narrative turned its attention toward Russia. This week it has again taken center stage. Since the beginning, the Trump-Russia dossier has taken center stage, which we now know was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign. This week’s indictment is a token reminder of the millions of dollars spent on this modern-day Salem witch hunt.

We already know the Russians are the bad guys, we know that Russians have long been attempting to influence our elections, and we know that candidates will spend a lot of money digging up dirt on their opponents – even when that dirt is as shifty as the sands of the Saharan desert.

The only real problem with the president’s tweets is they drive the national media nuts. So nuts, in fact, they don’t report about the accomplishments that have occurred in the short nine months of this presidency. They’re fixated on his tweets.

The media is obsessed with opposing anything that President Trump does. When Tim Tebow took a knee honoring his Christian faith, the media drove the man into unemployment. When Trump tweeted opposition to NFL football players for disrespecting our veterans and the flag by taking a knee, the media elevated Colin Kaepernick to martyr status.

The media prefers tweets over actual accomplishments. The unemployment rate is at a 16-year low as more than 1 million people have found jobs since the president took office. The stock market is at record highs and has grown more than 30 percent since his election. Your retirement plan administrator should send President Trump a personal thank-you note.

Signed into law was the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. This law overhauls the VA and not only gives whistleblowers more respect, it makes it easier to fire employees for misconduct. This is not only common sense, it is long overdue. It is inconceivable that the VA scandal took this long to resolve. President Barack Obama kept authorizing more money. Trump targeted the problem.

According to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office, the president also signed The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. This bill increased defense funding by $21 billion and gave service members their largest raise in eight years. No one wants to fund wars, but we have been in a battle since 2001. The men and women who have been fighting this war deserve everything we can afford to give them.

The president also signed into law a bill to help fight the opioid epidemic. Even after approving the funding, he took the additional step of declaring the problem an emergency. Not only is this problem serious; it is critical. Too many people are dying. These drugs include heroin, fentanyl, Vicodin, and Oxycontin. Seat belts and airbags won’t solve this crisis. More people die from drug overdoses than from car accidents.

The Justice Department also settled a lawsuit about the IRS targeting conservative groups. Under Obama, the agency gave unprecedented scrutiny to political groups that disagreed with their political philosophies. This was not just a serious breach of public trust, but of the Constitution. Unfortunately, when the government sues itself, no one goes to jail. It issues apologies.

North Korea also hasn’t made headlines lately. There was a ton of rhetoric surrounding the Twitter battle Trump got into with the communist leader of this rogue country, but his “lack of” diplomacy style got people nervous. Whether Twitter diplomacy is desirable or not, China decided to pay attention to Kim Jong Un — who still may be saber rattling, but with big brother watching, he knows his biggest threat may no longer reside on the other side of the ocean.

Trump’s tweets, while lacking detail because of a 140-character limit, have resonated with his supporters. Trump proved his Russia problem was politically driven when he said Obama spied on him — which was later proven correct. It also seems he proved that Clinton was the one in bed with the Russians.

It is a shame. Until the media learns to lay off of Trump’s Twitter bait, he continues to get the upper hand.

Tim McCumber believes a bankrupt nation feeds no one.