So here we are in April, the month of taxes, showers and… fools. T. S. Eliot thought to call it the “cruelest” month, but with two-thirds of the year remaining in Trump Americana, I wouldn’t dare go that far.
Painfully, the president gilded his re-election campaign for 2020 with a fly-in to Richfield. He revved up an invitation-only group of unionized operating engineers by assuring them that he was fully on their side in his relentless battle to make America great again against the evil forces called Democrats in Ohio
The visit was to be all about infrastructure, or that’s how the speech was billed. It left little doubt that it went over big with unionists favoring the state’s Republicans who never retreat from the party’s historically long failed efforts to make Ohio a right-to-work enclave.
We got a strong clue about his own sensitivities to the issue when he encamped former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as our ambassador to the United Nations. During a confrontation with organized labor while governor, she boasted for all to hear: “We don’t have unions in our state because we don’t like unions.” So there’s that.
Actually, Trump wanted to talk about his efforts to keep Americans safe by building that wall on the Mexican border.
In Richfield, he asserted that construction was proceeding as planned, whether Mexico would pay for it or not. That typical Trump flaunting of reality was quickly denied by a network reporter at the scene who described the border work as repairs on the fencing here and there.
Our uphill path to Trump honesty was heightened by a worker who attended the speech, who praised Trump for leading the rebounding of America. She happily told the Plain Dealer that her union was quite busy the past year.
One of the first Ohio candidates to embrace Trump when he arrived was Rep. Jim Renacci, an original Trump surrogate more than a year ago. The congressman is running for the U.S. Senate now and apparently has decided to hang on to Trump’s sideburns for dear life.