I apologize for featuring this same photo of Donald Trump that I used in another blog post. The fact of the matter is that there are so many sides of Trump that you can never tell which of them fit his real character. One side I wish he’d do away with is the part of himself that believes he lives in an alternate reality where he is considered a hero and everyone else is the villain.
Trump stood in front of a group of United States Coast Guard Academy graduates yesterday and gave the usual rah-ah speech that you probably heard thousands of politicians give before. In the midst of telling the graduates waiting for the “brave new world” that awaited them, Trump made a statement about never giving up while using himself, and his current fights with the media, as an example:
“Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media,” he said. “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down, you can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.”
Sometimes you have to listen to someone else to figure out what’s wrong with you. Granted this is a challenge considering some folks have their own impression of your character that might not be accurate. The problem with Trump’s statement is that he creates this universe where pushing through terrible executive orders, firing FBI directors and fighting leaders of other countries weren’t mistakes of his own creation; he shifts the blame – sometimes to his own party, other times to Obama.
And here’s the other thing – Barack Obama for the most part wanted to transition The White House to Trump, get the hell out of dodge and live a peaceful existence for awhile. Nowhere in the days following his presidency did he try to speak on what he was doing because, as part of us like to believe, there’s a chance that he will turn it around. This is exactly where some of us where when Barack Obama let us down sometimes during his presidency and how a country navigates the tricky aspects of living under a two party political system.
Unlike Obama, who worked to try to correct his mistakes in spite of constantly being questioned, Trump kept fighting against those who disagreed with him. This bullish thinking has mangled his ability to lead and carry out the directives that he promised would benefit his coal-mining base during the election last year. I strive to fully comprehend how people who voted for Trump ignore that he didn’t care about actually being president; he just wanted the seat of power and have everything done on auto-pilot.
I have to say – what else can be really said about this man? He’s a bad president, he can’t do his job and it’s time for him to go. Using Obama or past presidential mistakes as an excuse doesn’t cut it anymore when Trump keeps making ones way worse than those who previously held that position. I may try to move on to other political matters – in particular, ones within the city I currently live in (Chicago).
There’s more to life than an angry orange cat with a wig.