Being president brings a lot of burdens that weigh heavily on the occupant of the White House. There are international relations, trade deals, economics, taxes, healthcare, and so many other pressing matters to attend to. And of course there are natural disasters. And all of this is happening in the boiling cauldron of politics. The hostilities that flow both between and within the parties are a constant irritation. Anyone who isn’t prepared for this conflict is too unfit to serve.
And speaking of unfit . . . Donald Trump.
Wednesday morning Trump woke up and fumbled around for his phone to express himself on the Twitter machine. Included in his daily tantrum was a particularly self-absorbed whine. It started out as a typical attack on the media that he despises so much. But it concluded with a display of incoherent victimhood:
After reading the false reporting and even ferocious anger in some dying magazines, it makes me wonder, WHY? All I want to do is #MAGA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2017
Oh, poor Donald. He’s the object of so much undeserved contempt when the only thing he’s ever want to do was MAGA. For those not initiated into his acronym club, that’s “Make America Great Again.” Nothing else has entered his mind since sacrificing his golden penthouse in Manhattan to serve his country. Never mind the bone spurs, he just wants to give something back.
Well, with everything else that the President has to deal with, perhaps his plaintive wail can be answered with a little help from his pals on Twitter. The first response he received literally spelled it out in the initials:
Really? Why? Let me spell it out.
— #DoSomethingGOP (@AHamiltonSpirit) August 30, 2017
That’s a pretty complete explanation for why Trump is wondering. The nation has concluded that he is an incompetent blowhard. He has the worst approval ratings of any president in modern history. And it isn’t personal. It’s based on his words and deeds. He has compiled an agenda that the American people reject and has embarrassed the nation with his crude demeanor. From his efforts to kill ObamaCare, to his climate science denial, to his pandering to the elites of Wall Street. Donald Trump has alienated our allies and cozied up to our enemies.
Add to that his recent defense of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. He doesn’t need to wonder why the alt-right, white supremacists are behind him a hundred percent. And as a five-time draft dodger, Trump earned more rebukes by casting aside transgender patriots who want to serve their country in uniform. His latest project to reform taxes is nothing but a give-away to the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.
Does he still wonder why he receives so much criticism in the press? That, after all, was what triggered this puzzling tirade. How about the manner in which he assaults the media and the constitutional protection of free speech. He has called them “the enemy of the American people.” Just this week an international organization warned that his hostile rhetoric could result in attacks on journalists.
However, for a more comprehensive view of why Trump is so reviled, let’s turn again to Twitter:
After hearing you LIE over and over again and angrily lash out so unprofessionally, it makes me wonder, WHY are you POTUS!!
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) August 30, 2017
Colluding with a hostile foreign power to overthrow our Democracy is not MAGA. America was already great until you took over!!
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) August 30, 2017
All you want to do is wipe your fat arse on everything good about USA and make loads of money while doing it. Quit whining and resign.
— TOBY STEPHENS (@TobyStephensInV) August 30, 2017
You only care about greed, self promotion, and getting revenge against Obama because you're so jealous of him.
— Holly GoLightly (@Princess_Holly) August 30, 2017
Have you ever noticed that the publications you refer to as "dying" and "failing" have yet to die or fail?
— Stacy Pershall (@LoudintheHouse) August 30, 2017
I dunno, I guess treason makes Americans angry, who knew?
— Momthra (@Momthra) August 30, 2017
— Vindra (@nylitgirl) August 30, 2017
And that’s just for starters. If Trump still doesn’t know why he has so many critics it can only be because he prefers being uninformed. His son Eric gave a pretty good reason during an interview on a wingnut radio show. He told Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo that his father had to “tune out” the criticism or he might become depressed and commit suicide. Well, that’s comforting isn’t it? And proof positive that Trump isn’t the least bit mentally unhinged.
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