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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Celebrities and pols who won’t stand for values are life’s biggest wimps

You will be forgiven if you failed to notice it, but earlier this week 1990’s country music superstar Shania Twain revealed if she could’ve voted (Twain is Canadian and presumably unable to use the U.S. franchise) in the 2016 election she would’ve gone for Donald Trump.

Upon getting wind of Twain’s confession, however, social media and leftist dominated mainstream news outlets Shania Twainwent nuts on the singer. Apparently feeling the weight of her non-politically correct sins, Twain then did what all jelly-spine celebrities do whenever they’re petrified of losing their meal ticket due to some snowflake inspired boycott – she took her Trump support back – issuing the standard public apology and “explanation” as to what she really meant when blurting out a positive observation about the man all liberals hate so passionately.

RealClearLife.com reported, “…’I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,’ the 52-year-old singer said. ‘Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bull—-. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?’

“Her quote went viral on social media, with many people criticizing her comments. The hashtag #ShaniaTwainCancelled had hundreds of tweets, reports The Washington Post. By Sunday night Twain, the highest-selling solo female artist in country music history, had apologized. She called the answer to The Guardian ‘awkward.’ She also said she wished she’d given it more context, and wants to be clear that she does not endorse Trump.”

Twain’s tweets contained the apology and hastily scribbled rationale for committing such an egregious public relations error. Twain concluded, “My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him.  I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”

Of course a music star would desire to be “inclusive” – the more people who buy her records the more money she makes. Twain all-but disappeared from the entertainment scene for the past fifteen years (partly due to family issues including a nasty divorce), having released her latest album last fall.

Sure, Twain’s is just the latest example of a famous person treading lightly around the subject of Donald Trump, but what would motivate anyone to express a heartfelt opinion and then retract it before the sun went down the same day? Twain’s initial impressions were correct, after all – Trump does come across as sincere to many of the people she sings to; the country music audience is as conservative as it gets where showbiz is concerned.

But the greater mystery is why would leftists jump down someone’s throat just because they expressed an affirmative sounding opinion about the President of the United States? There are more than enough celebrities who’ve done the exact opposite – and some even became cult heroes to the liberal cognoscenti at places like CNN and MSNBC because of it. Conservatives pay for opinions too (by reading publications that publish them) – why is there such a rush to exclude one side of the ideological spectrum?

Much has been written the past three years about Trump and his supposed contradictory nature. On one hand there are his public statements and tweets, often laced with acerbic tone and some non-presidential language – and then there are his official appearances and interviews where the candidate-turned-president is gracious and overtly accommodating. Simply stated, ask Trump a question and you’ll usually get a real answer, not some phony talking points.

The same can’t be said for most politicians who are well-versed in fielding queries and disposing of them in a manner of their own choosing, usually paired with a healthy dose of canned rhetoric sprinkled in for added effect. Trump’s “candor” is spun by the media as being something it’s not; Trump is portrayed as being selfish and ambitious instead of generous and caring.

His hyperbolic statements (like saying his inauguration day crowds were bigger than Obama’s) are utilized by the media as proving he’s a liar and exaggerator.

Where’s the truth? Should we all be like Shania Twain and rush to disassociate ourselves with Trump’s “values?” Or is there something more “real” about Trump? Journalist and New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler wrote at The Daily Caller, “When Trump came up with the idea of branding his condos and office buildings back in the 1980s, everyone in the real estate business thought he was nuts: Traditionally, obscure companies that no one had ever heard of sold and leased real estate.

“But the Trump brand came to stand for quality, prestige and success. In the same way, Trump brands his presidency, marketing himself by making provocative comments to get attention. That brand consists of the tough-guy image Trump wants to project, never admitting a mistake or showing his softer side, keeping his emotions in check, always counterpunching when he is attacked, thus enhancing his power.

“The fact that Melania Trump is a powerful influence in the White House is another example of Trump’s personal side that he doesn’t want out. She will sit in on meetings, summarize points others are making, and come up with her own strategy. Aides say her judgment is impeccable.”

Kessler’s article includes a couple brief anecdotes concerning Trump’s kind treatment of people and Melania’s behind-the-scenes sway over the president’s behavior. As has been extensively covered in the press Trump is notorious for showing quick flashes of temper – but then he invariably comes back later and offers some gesture as if to say “I’m sorry” without actually uttering the words.

For example, Trump verbally dressed-down his butler in the private living quarters (at Mar-a-Lago) but then subsequently (after Melania spoke with him) gave the man an envelope with $2000 in twenty dollar bills as a goodwill offering.

One wouldn’t think Trump observes similar practices in the White House (government employees, right?); but it just goes to show all the media’s portrayals of Trump being an irredeemable abusive egotist are probably only a smidgen of the whole truth. Nearly everyone who’s known Trump a long time describes him the same way – a boiling cauldron of confrontation in public and a man with a softer side away from the lights and cameras. Kessler conveys that Melania enjoys an oversized effect on his “conscience,” something that shows up often when Trump is allowed to be himself.

Trump’s public “tough guy” image (“values”) are what Twain was likely referring to – as though praising Trump the hothead would bring about some sort of scorn from the hypersensitive left.

One can only speculate whether enough American voters will recognize the difference in Trump’s personas ahead of election day this year – and in 2020. But there are a number of signs indicating Trump may not be as bad off (in terms of polls) as some claim he is.

J.T. Young wrote in The American Spectator, “Critics will say Trump drew to an ‘inside straight’ in 2016; in poker and politics, you do not win that bet twice. True, he did… in 2016. He may not need such breaks in 2020. On approval/disapproval, he is ahead of his 2016 position, and doing very well among the non-aligned, where he most needed improvement. Hardcore voters may dominate less-attended midterm elections, non-hardcore voters decide more broadly-attended general elections. They are not the ‘Silent Majority,’ but the ‘deciding minority.’

“Trump also benefited from facing Hillary Clinton; Democrats may nominate a stronger 2020 candidate. Undoubtedly Hillary Clinton had a magician’s touch of turning two political unknowns (Obama and Trump) into presidents. However, Democrats may nominate a weaker one too...

“Despite appearances of trouble, Trump is stronger than most realize. He is ahead of where he was when he won in 2016. More significantly, he is moving to where he needs to be to win again in 2020.”

Young utilizes data from the Rasmussen daily tracking poll for his analysis and presents a good case that Trump’s approval rating is ticking up ever-so-slightly among those who don’t have strong opinions for or against Trump. In other words, voters on the margins (who only tangentially pay attention to politics) are beginning to warm to Trump, while he’s gaining some ground with the hardcore base as well. Not so with the “resistance”, however.

The haters are going to hate. Not much anyone can do about it. These are the people who jumped all over poor Shania Twain for admitting she would’ve voted for Trump, judgmentally assuming that whomever chose Trump is automatically a “deplorable” dwelling in one of Hillary Clinton’s “baskets”. It’s the same kind of disapproving liberal scrutiny conservatives engender whenever they speak out on issues the media deems off-limits – like abortion and traditional marriage.

There’s also a reasonable possibility Trump’s poll numbers are actually higher than reported by experts and analysts. Because voicing support for Trump so often comes along with its own degree of cultural rebuke – see Shania Twain above – some fence-sitter fans of the president are likely still wary of publicly declaring one way or the other.

Trump could be on the rise quicker than we think, just in time for this year’s midterm elections. Any kind of boost couldn’t happen fast enough because the political situation remains dire. The left is as determined as ever to fight Trump’s America First agenda in favor of a leaderless globalized sovereignty-free existence steered by ruling class elites instead of American citizens.

President Trump staked his 2016 campaign on returning America to its past greatness. At least for now, some of his Republican rivals appear to have bought-in to the message. Sen. Marco Rubio wrote the other day at National Review, “By our example, we have inspired the world to favor the side of liberty. But if we fail to correct our current course, we could end up emboldening the cause of autocracy.

“This is why I am, now more than ever, committed to doing all I can to help reinvigorate a national American conservatism that puts the strength of family, community, faith, and work first. Our policy agenda must follow from this goal.

“Rebuilding the American project cannot be the work of conservatives alone. It will require a broad civic awakening, one that restores our ability — as one people with many different views — to discuss these issues, recommit to our founding principles, and ensure that we preserve the blessings of American freedom for generations to come.”

Rubio’s lofty/puffy words could just as easily have been taken from one of his campaign appearances two years ago. But the Florida senator now seems to come down stronger on the populist notion of placing this country’s interests above the world community’s. Maybe Marco’s really getting the message – or perhaps he's merely laying groundwork for his next presidential run in 2024 and will need Trump supporters. He is only 46, after all (will turn 47 next month).

Standing up for what you believe in takes a lot of guts. Whether it’s Shania Twain, a person answering a public opinion survey or a United States senator there’s always going to be someone criticizing you. How you defend your values reveals a lot about your character and judgement.

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