Last Friday, Donald J. Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States of America. Eager to get right to the crucial business of the people, his first official press release was whining about the media’s reporting on how many people attended his inauguration. Apparently, members of the media had compared photos of the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, where 1.8 million Americans were in attendance, to a photo of a more sparsely filled National Mall last Friday, with fewer than 600,000 people.
President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, despite all visual evidence to the contrary, issued a statement that “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe.” Trump’s many supporters of course now believe that the media is lying (they aren’t), Trump’s many critics believe the media is obviously telling the truth (because, in this case, they are), and many others are wondering why this is even something a 70 year old man, let alone the president of the United States, should care about.
While this fight between the biased media and the new President’s infamously fragile ego rages in the American media, many Republicans, including those that only reluctantly supported Donald after the primaries, are insisting that conservative critics “give him a chance“. What, exactly, are we supposed to give him a chance about? To prove the last 70 years of his life are not indicative of who he is or who he will be as president? To prove that he really isn’t a petty, hysterically thin skinned, narcissistic thug, who gets what he wants through lies, slander, intimidation, and gross propaganda?
No, Donald Trump has already had countless chances to demonstrate that he can conduct himself like a well adjusted adult, and he’s blown each and every one. From citing actual tabloid crony lies about his political opponents, to telling bold faced lies to his constituents, and, finally, to demonstrably gross exaggerations about his popularity, Donald Trump has proven that he is more qualified to be bridezilla-in-chief than the commander-in-chief. Give Donald a chance? Pass.
“For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.”
-2 Corinthians 11:19-
Just 8 years ago, President Obama took office armed with a sophomoric political agenda shielded from legitimate criticism by his soaring personal popularity. As his general popularity waned, however, an increasingly flustered Obama flailed at political critics and opposition press, genuinely shocked that he and his bankrupt policies weren’t universally adored. This combination of nonexistent self-criticism coupled with a world class fragile ego resulted in a legacy of economic flaccidity, repeated limp wristed foreign policy, shuttered factories, puzzled allies, and emboldened foreign foes.
If the first 72 hours of Donald Trump’s administration are any indication, though, we’re in for a brutal few years of cyclical preening indignation, political grand standing, and escalating adolescence from the White House that will make Obama’s clownish “Beer Summit” seem to have the gravity of “The Last Supper“. Unfortunately for Americans, this reality TV circus promises to be the norm for a Trump administration still in its infancy and in no danger of ever growing up.
By making an issue of how many people did or didn’t attend his political Quinceañera, Donald Trump manages to undermine not only his own credibility but now also the credibility and dignity of the Office of President. We’ll soon find out if there is a limit to how much adolescent drama the world will tolerate from the United States before it simply loses all faith and credit in us as a country.
Please forgive us conservatives if we demand President Eggshell to standards above sea level.
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