Better East Texas: The problem isn't Trump's message, it's Trump

Better East Texas: The problem isn't Trump's message, it's Trump

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - "Don't shoot the messenger."

At least that is how the saying goes.

But in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the messenger may be the problem.

I am speaking about Donald Trump. Trump's message continues to resonate with likely voters, but there is conflict when it comes to him accurately recalling his actions and words. And numerous times, they have not added up. Trump says he was not mocking a reporter with a disability – when video shows that he absolutely was. He says he saw thousands of protesters in America cheering on 9/11, but there is no video evidence to be found. And yet, his message overpowers doubt about his truthfulness.

So, in this case, the messenger is the problem, not the message. Trump's message is exactly what a lot of people, a seeming majority, want to hear.  Whether it is realistic or not to build a wall on our southern border and whether some of his other goals are realistic remains to be seen. Again, the message is more appealing to many than the messenger.

On the topic of getting the message right, I recently delivered a segment on the investigation into the Smith County Commissioners Court, where I stated it appeared that Judge Joel Baker may have acted independently of some or all of the other commissioners. While one commissioner was not there, Baker and three commissioners were present when the vote on the school zone cameras was taken.

At least one commissioner expected the final agreement to be brought back before the court, but that never happened. And the public's input was never received until the ink was dry. I just wanted to clarify that point, and that investigation continues.

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