Democrat John F. Kennedy was president of the United States from January 20, 1961 until he was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.
The Kennedys were media darlings since they were rich Democrats. The media built up JFK in a sycophantic fashion that is mirrored directly opposite in their hatred and negative coverage of Republican Trump.
The two presidents had some similarities. Both were/are charismatic but JFK was massively hyped through the media while Trump’s charisma is genuine but gets negative media coverage since he appeals to people that the Fake News media despise.
Just look at Trump’s rallies in which tens of thousands of supporters cheer wildly for more than an hour as he talks extemporaneously. While tens of thousands wait outside.
Trump does not need a teleprompter; he simply loves to talk. Kennedy was nowhere near as talented a speaker that Trump is; Kennedy was highly scripted and staged and was hyped by the media.
Trump just lets loose. He is comfortable doing what he does. He is naturally talented as a speaker and at connecting with his audience. Kennedy’s connection was largely fabricated by the media.
If you watch videos of the JFK presidency you see a media complex that hung on his every word. For instance the slavish media have been replaying with reverence Kennedy’s canned statement from his 1961 inaugural address, “Ask not what you country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country…” They act like this is the greatest wisdom ever uttered.
Yet president Trump says vastly more meaningful things every single day but the media ignore every word. For instance Trump said in September 2018, “We have been ripped off by China. We’ve been ripped off by the European Union. We’ve been ripped off by everybody. I want to protect the American worker, the American farmer, the ranchers, the companies.”
This is hard-hitting and substantive honesty coming from a real leader. It is totally true.
Every time that JFK cracked any type of joke or made a statement that was supposed to be humorous the media rolled on the floor in laughter as if it were the funniest thing ever said. It was bizarre.
Today we see the opposite. When president Trump is truly funny in his brutally honesty way (like when he joked about whether Russia might find Hillary’s 33,000 missing emails) the media hate him and hiss about him and say that it not only is not funny but is a sign of malice. In short, the media have zero sense of humor when it comes to Republicans.
The media idolized Kennedy for every word that he uttered even when he embarrassed himself sympathizing with the people who were being held behind the communist Berlin Wall.
In 1963 he said in a speech on the ‘free’ side of the wall, “Ich bin ein Berliner!” This was meant to show solidarity by allegedly saying “I am a Berliner…”
Unfortunately ‘berliner’ is also the name of a German jelly donut and the way that Kennedy worded the statement said “I am a jelly donut…” It is a famous gaffe that the global media have been desperately seeking to cover for since 1963. You can always find it under an internet search for ‘I am a jelly donut’.
If Trump ever said such a thing it would be the most talked-about gaffe of the century.
On the other hand conservative Republican president Ronald Reagan went to the wall in 1987 and gave a speech demanding unapologetically of the Soviet communist leader, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” And two years later the wall came tumbling down. Trump definitely would have done the same thing.
Democrats today have nobody to match Trump. Not even close. The leading presidential candidate for 2020, Joe Biden, recently attracted a few hundred elderly people to a rally in a school gym in Iowa. Shouldn’t there have been thousands enthusiastically cheering if Biden is allegedly so popular?
Of course. Hillary Clinton appeared before miniscule crowds in 2016. Other 2020 candidates are little-known and attract small crowds.
The media act like the huge crowds at Trump rallies are not worth noting yet deep down inside Democrats and their media cronies are terrified about Trump’s ongoing popularity. They know exactly what the Trump crowds mean, i.e., that Trump is going to be re-elected.
You could see it in the reverse with Kennedy. When he went to Dallas on that fateful day that he was assassinated massive crowds greeted him along the motorcade route. Republicans at that time were very concerned that JFK could draw these crowds – especially in conservative Texas – but that Republicans had nobody who could do the same.
Today Democrats are extremely nervous about Trump’s mass appeal. If Trump rode in a motorcade through Dallas today his crowds would be vastly bigger than JFK’s and this would be terrifying to Democrats.
The Kennedy family was wealthy; their fortune would be $1 billion today. Family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy amassed that fortune mostly through bootlegging in the prohibition years of the 1920s and through stock market fraud in the same decade. So if you wonder why there is a ‘Kennedy curse’ you have the answer.
JFK, who was assassinated at age 46, was wealthy based on money that he inherited from his crooked father. In today’s money JFK would be worth $100 million.
On the other hand president Trump is worth $3.5 billion and he earned that fortune himself through hard work building quality residential structures and resorts all around the world. His buildings are located in places as diverse as the US, Canada, South Korea, Panama and Istanbul, Turkey.
This type of real estate empire represents an old-fashioned construction business like the “tycoons” of the 19th and early 20th century who actually produced valuable commodities like cars, railroads, oil and steel.
Today Mark Zuckerberg is worth 20 times as much as Trump – at half Trump’s age – just for establishing the Facebook website.
Kennedy’s rich father then helped to steal the presidential election of 1960 for his son from Republican Richard Nixon.
On the other hand Donald Trump won the 2016 election on his own by running a masterful campaign despite total media opposition and against the alleged wisdom of all of the political “experts”. There has never been any fraud detected in his campaign.
Kennedy took office at the age of 43 which was far too young to be president. He had never held any office where he made executive decisions, like as a governor; he had only been a congressman and a US senator.
President Trump took office at the age of 69 after building a successful mega-business and media career over many decades. So he is very different from JFK. After all an older man, and one who has made myriad decisions in a tough business like real estate, is always much wiser.
The Fake News media of the 1960s absolutely idolized Kennedy’s wife Jackie, who came from a wealthy American family. They made her out to be the most glamorous woman who ever lived. The media also slobbered about JFK Jr., who died in a plane crash in 1999 at age 38 after achieving very little in life except to trade on the Kennedy name.
Yet the same media ignore first lady Melania Trump even though she came from humble roots in the nation of Slovenia and is much more naturally glamorous than Jackie Kennedy. The media also ignore first daughter Ivanka Trump, who is beautiful, well-mannered, diligent and successful. Or they launch endless diatribes against Donald Trump Jr., who is handsome, hard-working and gentlemanly.
President Trump said: “If Ivanka Trump were a Democrat or a liberal democrat, even better, she’d be the toast of the world. Same thing with our great first lady, who people love by the way. If our first lady, if I were a Democrat instead of a Republican, she’d be Jackie O times twenty. Instead, they go after her.”
Even after a terrible first year in office in 1961, including the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the media treated JFK like an infallible hero. Yet after a very successful first year in 2017 the media savaged president Trump ruthlessly.
JFK was a famous womanizer. The stories about his sexual encounters with White House staff secretaries, movie star Marilyn Monroe and even allegedly an East German communist spy named Ellen Rometsch are legend. The Rometsch affair is said to have been such a serious national security breach that some historians believe that Kennedy would have been impeached over it if he had lived.
Even JFK’s brother Bobby Kennedy was alleged to have been in Los Angeles on the night that Marilyn Monroe died under very suspicious circumstances. So the Kennedy sleaze had many tentacles.
On the other hand there is no proof that Trump ever had such affairs but only hearsay charges ginned up by the Trump-hating media.
And while Trump has been remarkably healthy all of his life and looks and sounds vigorous even in his 70s with no major diseases JFK was sick most of his short life with Addison’s Disease which the media covered up for. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2009:
President Kennedy’s Addison’s disease, which came to light only after his election in 1960, was most likely caused by a rare autoimmune disease, according to a Navy doctor who reviewed Kennedy’s medical records. The disease, autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 2, or APS 2, also caused Kennedy’s hypothyroidism, according to a report published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Hard though it is to believe these days — when a celebrity’s smallest sneeze is analyzed — Kennedy’s family and advisors were able to keep his medical history virtually secret. Kennedy, at 43 the youngest president ever elected, was portrayed as healthy and vibrant. In reality, he suffered various problems controlled by a daily regimen of steroids and other drugs.
Addison’s disease is characterized by the withering of the adrenal glands, which produce adrenaline and other hormones. Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, muscle weakness, weight loss, difficulty standing up, nausea, sweating, and changes in mood and personality. Tuberculosis accounts for about 20% of cases; the rest are autoimmune in origin.
During the 1960 campaign, Kennedy’s opponents said he had Addison’s. His physicians released a cleverly worded statement saying that he did not have Addison’s disease caused by tuberculosis, and the matter was dropped.
Kennedy collapsed twice because of the disease: once at the end of a parade during an election campaign and once on a congressional visit to Britain.
If Trump had this kind of health problem it would have been exposed and he would have been run out of the 2016 campaign.
The same media hype has elevated the value of everything that JFK ever owned, like golf clubs or a cigar box from his desk, which sold for $575,000 at auction. That is ridiculous.
Meanwhile Trump properties, including his golf courses, are vandalized. We shall see in 30 years if his belongings have any of the historical cachet of Kennedy. Then again, who cares!?
Fortunately there are no more Kennedys to possibly run for president. Despite a large family they are fading away.
Yet president Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son Donald Jr. both look like potential presidents in the future. They are not alcoholics or drug addicts or lunatics like many of the Kennedys have been. President Trump has never even drunk any alcohol.