Each day, I receive thousands of comments and emails. Below are three of them from the past 24-hours, and the response I’ve given to each. NOTE: I do not include the last name of the sender unless they explicitly request that I do so.
FROM: Stephanie A. (email)
“Hello… I’ve been a fan and follower of yours for the past year or so, and I enjoy the w&t every day…. but I feel like you are starting to lose a lot of credibility with me by defending and making excuses for everything Trump does or says. Not everything he says and does is ok or excusable. He is going to say some dumb things and make bad decisions, and it’s your job and everyone else that claims to be honest, to call him out on it. Your followers can’t trust that you are honest if you’re not willing to criticize Trump for the dumb things he does. I am a Trump fan and voted for him proudly, but that doesn’t mean I’m willing to turn a blind eye to everything our president does. I listen to people like you because I trust the information I’m getting, but if you are going to continue to make excuses for him and try to defend every behavior I think I may need to move on to someone that is willing to be a little more honest with themselves and their listeners.”
DML: Stephanie, Stephanie, Stephanie. Where do I start? How about I start with sharing with you an email that hit the inbox on or about the same time as yours. “DML: Recently, you came down a little hard on Trump, and tonight you knocked it out the park with kindness and positivity. Your frustration with Trump is understood and he definitely needs some polishing etc. It just makes my day to hear the good things and to appreciate the big picture. Again, thank you for your best show ever. — Jeanette M.”
Stephanie, if you’ve been following me for a long time, then you know I never cave in to pressure or kiss buttock. That said, I’m left to assume that you are upset over my defending President Trump’s comments about Sweden. If I thought he was trying to spread “fake news” for political gain, I’d rip him a new buttock. Doing so would no doubt cause me to lose a few followers, but I wouldn’t care. I am not for sale, nor is my integrity something I play around with.
I really believe it was a slip of the tongue on President Trump’s part. Even so, I ended my Walk & Talk on Sunday by emphasizing his need to stop with the silly tweets and focus on making America great again. In closing, if you need to move on, that’s your choice, I wish you the best of luck finding someone who actually knows what they’re talking about and gives it to you straight 100% of the time, like yours truly.
FROM: Kevin L. (submit news tab)
“President Trump is speaking at CPAC. DML, will you be attending CPAC? I’d like to meet you there and say thanks for all you do. P.S. – Will you please run for office in the future! You have my vote.”
DML: Hi Kevin. No, I will not be attending CPAC this year or next year, or the year after. Listening to politicians for three days in a row is like pulling the hairs from my legs. Painful. That said, when I do run for office one day I must remind myself not to attend as a speaker. LOL. Either way, I appreciate your support and hope you have a blast at CPAC.
FROM: Kimberly (Twitter message)
Hi Mr Lynch. Just wanted you to know that I love what you do and commonly share some of your talks. In doing so, I’ve gotten complaint after complaint about how long it takes you to get your point across. Speed it up already! lol 😉
DML: LOL is right. Sadly, we live in a world where Twitter blasts, Facebook updates, and abbreviated talking points on cable news fuel the brains of those people who are “too busy for long explanations.” The Walk & Talk is like a radio show. It’s a conversation where I drill down into topics. That takes time. I use the time to blend my opinions and insights with facts and statistics. This is done with the intent to provide information people can use in making their own decisions, and when having debates with naysayers. I find it sad and strange that a society complaining about “fake news” and not knowing who to believe, isn’t willing to stick around to hear the facts that support the story being told. If your pals want fast talking, bullet-pointed commentary, there is no shortage of “experts” on both sides of the aisle begging for the clicks. I’d list them, but it would take too much time. LOL.
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