‘Consensual Presidency’: What Did Trump Mean in His Tweet?

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U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House following a weekend trip with Republican leadership and members of his cabinet at Camp David, on January 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump tweeted a quote Sunday night calling his presidency “consensual,” an apparent misquotation of a New York Post column that called his time in office “consequential.”

“‘His is turning out to be an enormously consensual presidency. So much so that…there has never been a day that I wished Hillary Clinton were President. Not one. Indeed, as Trump’s accomplishments accumulate, the mere thought of Clinton in the W.H., doubling down on Obama’s…..,” Trump tweeted at 9:21 p.m.

Trump did not credit his source, but it appears to be this New York Post column from January 6 by Michael Goodwin headlined “We’re still better off with Trump than Clinton.”

“Meanwhile, his is turning out to be an enormously consequential presidency,” Goodwin wrote in his column. “So much so that, despite my own frustration over his missteps, there has never been a day when I wished Hillary Clinton were president. Not one. Indeed, as Trump’s accomplishments accumulate, the mere thought of Clinton in the White House, doubling down on Barack Obama’s failed policies, washes away any doubts that America made the right choice.”

Trump followed his tweet with a second tweet 15 minutes later, finishing the quote.

“….failed policies, washes away any doubts that America made the right choice. This was truly a change election, and the changes Trump is bringing are far-reaching and necessary.’ Thank you Michael Goodwin! (Please read entire column) mgoodwin@nypost.com,” Trump wrote.

Trump added a thanks to the author, who is a Fox News contributor, along with being a Post columnist. Trump also included Goodwin’s email rather than a link to the column after a note telling people to read the entire column.

Goodwin, a conservative columnist and Post editorial page editor, previously wrote for the New York Times and the New York Daily News. He was also the Daily News’ executive editor.

In his column quoted by Trump, Goodwin wrote about Steve Bannon and Michael Wolff’s much-talked about book, “Fire and Fury.”

“But what of Trumpism? Is “Fire and Fury,” the Michael Wolff book where Bannon leaks and vents, the beginning of the end of Trump’s presidency?” Goodwin wrote. “Maybe — but probably not. After all, every previous media-hair-on-fire moment has come to a forgettable dead end. … This is who Trump is, and a year into his presidency, there is no reason to believe he will change. A penchant for creating melodrama seems essential to his being.”

He added some of the reasons he thinks Trump’s presidency has been consequential and why Clinton’s would not have been:

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The economic boom is the most obvious difference voters got by electing him. The tax law he campaigned on, fought for and signed promises to add new dimensions to the boom and should fuel growth and new opportunities for millions of people. Generations of families will lead better lives as a result, while a Clinton presidency would have been an orgy of regulations aimed at strangling capitalism’s last animal spirits. How many thousands of points lower would the Dow be?

But the Trump effect is not limited to the economy. Think of the difference between Neil Gorsuch and a supreme court justice Clinton would have picked, now multiply that difference throughout the judicial food chain. Think of Trump’s policy toward Israel. Would Clinton dare to right historic wrongs and declare Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish state?

Never. Like Obama, she would have given the Palestinians a heckler’s veto — and paid them millions more for their obstinance. And what of North Korea? While Trump’s taunting of Rocket Man makes me uneasy, the big difference is that he refuses to accept a nuclear North Korea. Clinton, on the other hand, would have adopted the Obama policy of “containment,” which is a diplomatic fig leaf for appeasing a madman with nukes.

Goodwin also mentioned in his column that if Clinton had been elected, the reporting on Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo might not have happened, because, his is opinion, “I think not, for that would have embarrassed the Clintons because of their own sketchy past on the subject. In that case, the #MeToo movement would not exist and the predators, most of them media and Hollywood liberals, would still be in power.”

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