In a phone call to Mexico’s in-over-his-head head-of-state, Enrique Pena Nieto, President Trump said he won in New Hampshire because it is a “drug infested den.” Not long after, NH Governor Chris Sununu weighed in with a carefully measured response, one tailor made to suit the political dissociative identity disorder of a state that votes overwhelmingly for Republican legislators but sends a fully Democratic delegation to the US Congress.
And sometimes New Hampshire will elect a Democrat governor and other times it will elect a Republican; from time to time, it’s a Sununu. No one can ever really be sure what New Hampshire will do next but there’s always an exception to every rule.
New Hampshire does a lot of drugs. You can bet on that. I know because I live there and as a resident of the “603,” I can tell you without any equivocation that what President Trump said about the Granite State is absolutely true. I’ve seen it and lived within it for many years. I know these people, many of them are irredeemable scumbags to be sure, but some of them are near and dear to me and have been victims, directly and indirectly, of our state’s opioid crisis.
New Hampshire is ranked second in the nation for opioid deaths relative to population, and we’re number one in fentanyl deaths. For your information, if you don’t already know, fentanyl is upwards of one hundred times stronger than heroin. The situation is spiraling out of control. Sununu wasn’t wrong when he said New Hampshire has “great things” to offer, but his milquetoast denunciation of our president’s candid and realistic observation does a disservice to the opioid crisis in the Seacoast region of the Live Free or Die State.
The good things about our state don’t negate the bad things. The great ski country up north doesn’t cancel out what’s happening down here in Nashua, Exeter, Concord, Manchester and in the Tri-Cities where I live. I do not accept as valid the lukewarm apologetics of feckless dynastic politicians whose only life purpose is to fleece leaf-peepers each tourist season and suck up to a waffling centrist voting bloc. New Hampshire is a drug infested den and Sununu should have the stones to say so in the plain language us little people prefer.
There are two other things that are only tangentially related to the reaction to President Trump’s remarks on New Hampshire. The first thing is that every leftist hyena/vulture out there is pouncing on the president’s statement that he won in New Hampshire. The immediate response has been, “He didn’t win in New Hampshire! He lost! Hillary won!” President Trump was, of course and obviously, referring to his Republican Party primary victory. He did win in New Hampshire and he achieved that victory in no small part to the fact that he directly addressed our drug crisis. We haven’t seen much action yet.
The second thing is liberals are actively adding to their litany of epithets to hurl against Trump supporters. We used to simply be racists, sexists, transphobes, Islamaphobes, xenophobes, etc. Liberals are now adding “drug addicts” to the list. We voted for Trump because we’re bigoted and we’re on drugs. Duh, why else would we have ever voted for the man? The tacit boast here is that by opposing Trump and his supporters, one is by default a lover of all races, a champion of gender equality, a proud supporter of the LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ community, and a welcomer of poor disenfranchised refugees seeking shelter on our golden shores. And sober.
Using New Hampshire’s tragedy to mock your political opponents and virtue-signal is beyond despicable.
Finally, if President Trump is remembered for anything, it’ll be his ability to incite a cacophony of voices with one sentence. He speaks once and the world goes crazy, it’s a hell of a trick. The unfortunate part of our future history will be that his manner of speech will be the story and what he actually said will be a footnote, if the Left hasn’t outlawed footnotes by then for being micro-micro-aggressions. Very small aggressions. His exact words will either be expunged from the record, or they’ll be deliberately misrepresented. I don’t know which is worse and I don’t particularly care.
I don’t buy everything President Trump sells, but I buy enough of it. This time around, he hit the nail right on the head. New Hampshire is a drug infested den. The truth hurts. Instead of agreeing with a simple but honest statement, the Left would rather play it safe and play politics and many on the Right are joining in.