Conservatives see through CNN’s op-ed calling for a truce between parties

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A CNN opinion piece calling for President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to make up and move on stirred the hornet’s nest in reactions.

Jim Daly, president of the Christian organization, Focus on the Family, called for the two leaders to forgive each other “for the good of the country,” in an opinion piece published by CNN earlier this month. The op-ed sparked impassioned responses on social media and continues to draw backlash from critics.

The conservative author and radio show host contended that “it’s time the President and the Speaker of the House — as well as members of both parties — forgive one another, find a way forward and tackle the pressing needs facing the nation.”

“Trump and Pelosi have been locked in a yearslong feud that has only intensified in recent months,” Daly wrote, pointing to the “boiling point” at the State of the Union address where Trump appeared to ignore Pelosi’s outstretched hand and she, in turn, tore her copy of Trump’s speech.

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Daly noted how the feud appeared to continue the next day as Trump addressed the audience at the  National Prayer Breakfast, saying he disliked “people who say ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that’s not so.”

Trump’s not-so-subtle dig at Pelosi came as the president also acknowledged how difficult he has found it to be for him to be kind and forgiving in light of how he has been treated by Democrats.

”We’re grateful to the people in this room for the love they show to religion. Not one religion, but many religions,” Trump said. “They are brave, they are brilliant, they are fighters, they like people and sometimes they hate people. I’m sorry. I apologize. I am trying to learn. It’s not easy. It’s not easy. When they impeach you for nothing, then you’re supposed to like them? It’s not easy, folks. I do my best.”

For her part, Pelosi slammed the president at her own news conference, calling his faith into question while defending her own actions.

“It may well be that Trump believes he’s doing his best — and that Pelosi does as well — but the fact remains their best is not enough,” Daly wrote.

“I say this as someone who is deeply appreciative of the President’s many accomplishments in the past three years. He’s been a fighter and a champion for so many of the causes Christian conservatives like me hold dear,” he added, admitting that “deep philosophical differences will always remain between people and parties.”

“Forgiveness doesn’t pretend that something didn’t happen. Forgiveness acknowledges the ugliness of it all, but then it sets us free — not the other person,” Daly explained. “So, after months of controversy and seemingly endless hours of debate and red-hot rhetoric, it is time to move forward, which is in the best interest of the American people. It is my hope that hostilities will now abate.”

The call for Trump and Pelosi to put differences aside and act like the adults in the room was initially met with mixed reactions. Days after its publication, the op-ed is still causing critics to lash out at Daly’s Christian ethic and call for healing.

But many Twitter users vowed to keep up the fight, slamming Pelosi and calling for Democrat heads to roll.


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