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Opinion: We should want our president and country to succeed

(MGN Online) 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - We are going through a tough time in our country. Just this week, we saw the worst attack on New York City since 9/11.

Something said this week, by a Hollywood star of all people, did strike me as extremely refreshing.

Actor Bryan Cranston said in an interview that although he did not want Donald Trump to be president, he wants him to succeed.

"He is the president. If he fails, the country is in jeopardy…. I don’t want him to fail. I want him to succeed. I do. I honestly do. …” Cranston told The Hollywood Reporter.

I agree with Cranston’s sentiment wholeheartedly. We should want our president to succeed, because that means success for our country as a whole. To want our government to fail is to say that we want our economy to go down and for us to be less secure. That means people losing jobs and, potentially, their lives.

Of course, this is not a call for blind agreement. This is a call for wishing our country the best.

I worked on the McCain Campaign in 2008. When the votes came in, of course I was disappointed that my candidate had lost. But I was truly hopeful that our country could come together under President Obama.

Here is the bottom line: everyone believes that their views are what is best for the country. That does not mean that those holding different political views are bad people. Let’s get back to a place where we can disagree with the policies of our elected officials, but not want them, and our country, to fail.

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