Starting at the top can sometimes be crippling rather than empowering. Such is the case for President Donald Trump who never held public office and was considered by the mainstream political class to be the longest of longshots for President of the United States.
One could postulate this starting point has been perplexing and unnerving for many in this nation – especially to those on the left. To these people, President Trump is their worst nightmare, deranged and perhaps even mentally unstable.
Meanwhile, those on the political right have become weary of the constant obstructionist whining. The feeling is – let’s get over it and get on with it. Still, the partisan divide continues to widen in this country with each passing day Trump sits in the Oval Office. Sometimes the best way to see things more clearly is by viewing them up close. This is why Liberty Nation thought it would be a worthwhile endeavor to hear from someone who recently spent time in the same room as the president.
The following interview was conducted with Diana Davis Spencer who was part of an exclusive gathering featuring the president at the Heritage Foundation. Below, Mrs. Spencer offers Liberty Nation readers some fascinating insight into the man and his mission.
Leesa K. Donner: Have you ever met the President before? When he entered the room, what was the reaction of the people there, and what did you see on his face? It’s been said that when Bill Clinton walked into a room — the air changed. There was a sense of power and charisma. Did you get that sense from Donald Trump?
Diana Spencer: I did. I did. I think he has been so maligned in the media. You can tell he loves connecting with people. It was just like he was coming to an event where he knew we all had his back, and he was grinning, and just totally with the audience, and we were with him. In fact, when he first took the stage, people stood for five minutes clapping and cheering him. You got the feeling that he is just a very warm person.
Leesa K. Donner: Last week The Washington Post had an article on how the country should start thinking about invoking the 25th Amendment, suggesting that the President is mentally unstable. Did you see any of that?
Diana Spencer: No, no, he is totally on target. He believes passionately in our country, and he’s a man of action, and he has a plan to implement.
Leesa K. Donner: You didn’t get any sense that he was some kind of deranged individual?
Diana Spencer: Certainly not. No. The first thing he said was, “Well, the market’s just hit 23,000. Don’t you think the economy’s doing pretty well?” Of course, everyone applauded. I would say people clapped almost every two minutes during his speech. There was such feeling in the room. I think we all felt that he’s been so maligned that we want to do whatever we can to boost him. And he talked about honoring our values, our country and our legacy — looking at the Constitution as it was written, not what someone thinks should be imposed on it today.
Leesa K. Donner: Did he talk about how he’s portrayed in the media or did you get a sense that he’s just a man on a mission?
Diana Spencer: He didn’t really waste time on the mainstream media. He talked about our legacy, the Constitution, supporting law enforcement, supporting the military. He wants to deregulate so there will be more jobs for Americans. He has a plan of bringing companies back from abroad without a financial penalty. He also talked about simplifying the tax code so it’s a one pager.
Leesa K. Donner: Have you met any other presidents? How did President Trump measure up to them?
Diana Spencer: Well, let’s see. I’ve met President George H.W. Bush and President Reagan, and I would say he’s more like President Reagan.
Leesa K. Donner: How so?
Diana Spencer: Ronald Reagan had the stigma of, ” Oh, he’s just a movie star. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” Trump has to fight that as well with The Apprentice as if he doesn’t really understand politics.
Leesa K. Donner: Did you find him to be a rather intelligent man or not so much?
Diana Spencer: Totally. He spoke about comprehensive tax reform and so forth. As well, he plans to bring back manufacturing to boost our economy. He wants to bring back $3 Trillion in jobs with companies abroad.
Leesa K. Donner: Did you find the President energetic and looking healthy, or did he seem overwhelmed and tired?
Diana Spencer: Well, in person, he seemed energized and right on. When I saw the video later, I don’t think it portrayed him as I saw him. It didn’t show the energy that he really demonstrated in the room. It’s interesting.
Leesa K. Donner: Finally, you are an astute follower of politics, and you’re very much involved in the Washington political scene, why do you think there is such a great resistance to this president?
Diana Spencer: Because so many people are in The Swamp. They’ve gotten used to not being questioned, keeping their jobs for life, not really pushing an agenda the way Trump wants to. I think people feel threatened. He’s been pushing ever since he took office and I think that people — whether Republican or Democrat — sort of hide their head in the sand and don’t really want to address some of the hard issues.
Leesa K. Donner: Let’s say you had 60 seconds with the President. What would you have said to him?
Diana Spencer: I guess I would have just said keep on going. We have your back because we all want to make America great again.