The Feb. 22 story “Raucous crowds greet Iowa’s senators” reported that “Chuck Grassley, steering clear of the state’s population centers to hold town halls in Iowa Falls and Garner, was nonetheless confronted by hundreds of people at each stop who shouted questions and insults” and that “Joni Ernst, who tried to focus a town hall in Maquoketa on Veterans Affairs, still was confronted by a crowd carrying signs and interrupting.”
It’s our perception that Congressman Rod Blum also evades face-to-face contact with urban audiences, including our own Cedar Rapids. While they may perceive this as being smart politics, the best leaders build trust between themselves and the people.
We’ll now segue to the subject of President Trump’s news conference on Feb. 16. That evening the PBS NewsHour showed long, uninterrupted segments from the president’s speech thus allowing ‘Trump to be Trump’ in the fullest meaning of that phrase. The only ‘fake news’ were the words that he uttered.
He clearly showed himself to be a man with no interest in earning the trust of Americans who did not vote for him.
There it is. While we have no hope for President Trump to become a better leader, we do expect better of our Senators and Congressman.