Shermichael Singleton

REPUBLICAN POLITICAL CONSULTANT

Shermichael Singleton, Republican Political Strategist and Political Commentator.

With the right mindset, anything is possible

Today’s society is fixated on “gotcha moments,” sound bites, and headlines to formulate opinions. Instead of being impartial to the information we receive, many people are subjective instead of objective. Disregarding intent and opting to haphazardly formulate opinions lead to biases based off of fallacies and incomplete information. Not only is this dangerous in politics, but it has set a precedent for what has become an unfortunate norm in today’s society.

During my time working with Dr. Carson as a presidential candidate and as his communications director after his campaign, there is no doubt in my mind that he cares about bettering people’s lives. He is someone who has dedicated his life as a renowned neurosurgeon doing just that, and while some don’t always agree with his delivery and rightfully so, his heart is always in the right place.

He is a brilliant man, who like many of the people who now rely on the agency he heads, want’s nothing more than to foster an environment that allows those people to achieve as he would say, “all that God has created them to be.” I will be the first to admit that Dr. Carson is not a politician who always thinks about the political implications of his words. Instead, he speaks truth to power, and while that truth may sometimes be masked in complexity, it is the intent of his statement that should capture our focus.

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I want nothing more than Trump's success, but my hope is waning

In what appears to be a White House in chaos, President Trump’s recent behavior indicates what many already believe to be true: that he often lacks discernment.

The past two weeks have been extremely troubling for the Trump administration, starting with the president’s tweets after James Comey was fired, to the Justice Department’s appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into the possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. These developments have dramatically raised the political and legal stakes for a president who has only been in office for four months.

The actions by the president are troubling, in part because there is an air of expectation for the office of the president, and any person who holds that office should make every effort to live up to that expectation. As an American and as a Republican, I want Trump to be successful, but I am not certain he has the ability to live up to the standards of the office. While I have attempted to remain hopeful, his actions remove all hope and increase all doubt.

 

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Voters who wanted change deserve better than GOP healthcare plan

President Trump's attempt to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a Republican alternative appears to be in grave jeopardy.

Instead of taking the necessary time to methodically go through ObamaCare piece by piece and develop a solidly conservative plan, it would appear that the bill as it stands currently was a bit rushed. In an attempt to garner support at the last minute, Republican leaders in the House released a package of amendments Monday evening.

Since that still wasn't enough to secure enough votes, Trump went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with lawmakers and here we are today. A vote on the bill is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., but there is serious doubt that it will pass.

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Trump & Bannon Are Master Marketers

President Trump has surely had one of the most interesting starts of any American President.

For many observers, his presidency has been filled with problems. His brash style with reporters and bombastic tweets against those who oppose his agenda have left many D.C. insiders trying to understand this new normal. His relentless attacks on the media and his untraditional way of handling press conferences, telling reporters to "sit down" or calling their coverage "fake news," has dismayed the "mainstream" media and caused many pundits and analyst alike to go after Trump at every chance.

Some of their critiques are legitimate, but some may not be and based purely on fear and misunderstanding of the man and those who supported and continue to support him throughout it all.

What I have learned since observing and analyzing Trump during candidacy and now his presidency is the apparent strategy to his perceived madness — something most have missed, except for a few reporters and pundits such as CNN's Jeffrey Lord and New York Post and Washington Examiner writer Salena Zito.

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