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Trump should help unite country

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Denton Record-Chronicle Editorial

Maybe you live in Denton, Texas. Maybe you live in Denver, Colorado, or Dayton, Ohio. It really doesn't matter. 2017 was the year of Donald Trump.

At first, Trump's candidacy was taken as a joke. Surely, the pundits predicted, America would not elect a flashy, orange-haired real estate mogul and reality television star to the highest office in the land.

Well, the joke was on the naysayers. They underestimated his marketing brilliance and the importance of hammering home simple messages such as "Make America Great Again." He effectively tagged his primary opponents as "Little Marco," "Lyin' Ted" and "Low-energy Jeb." And the derisive labels stuck to them like glue.

Trump's pro-life stance attracted the evangelical wing of the Republican Party. Conservative pastors -- the James Dobsons, Franklin Grahams and Jerry Falwell Juniors -- didn't care he was twice divorced and bragged about grabbing women by the genitals as long as he vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

"Build the wall" and "Muslim travel ban" appealed to white voters who feel besieged by society's emphasis on ethnic and racial diversity.

All of it worked. He beat Hillary Clinton in the general election and never looked back. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, he asserted that the crowd attending his inauguration was the largest in history. This lie set the tweeting tone for his administration.

With the possible exception of Andrew Jackson, no political figure with so many rough edges has ever ascended to the White House.

We give the Democrats no chance of winning back the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 2018. This means Trump will never be impeached. We don't believe the Russian mess will result in a criminal indictment against the president. Most likely, he will serve out his four-year term through the end of 2020.

By next year, it will be clear Trump has unleashed the U.S. military to destroy ISIS. He will be due credit for that progress.

Our hope is the president will find his footing and listen to the voices encouraging him to act more presidential. His success -- or lack thereof --will determine our nation's destiny for the next few years. And we want the United States to be successful.

If Trump truly loves America, he will stop taking its people on an emotional roller-coaster ride every day. Instead, he will use his political skills and ingenuity to unite people.