When it comes to Donald Trump, clearly there’s no shortage of topics to discuss. From the moment he launched his campaign in June 2015, he’s dominated the news. Especially since he was sworn into office where it’s been an every-single-day task keeping up with the circus he calls his administration.
With so many scandals constantly swirling around Trump, and new ones springing up all of the time, it’s understandable why some important stories don’t get the coverage they deserve. I’ll be the first to admit that some days I feel overwhelmed by this chaos we’re all having to endure. Before I can fully grasp one outrageous thing he’s said or done — he’s already done something else.
Nevertheless, I think there are a few pathetic facts about Trump that, while infrequently brought up, haven’t been given the attention I feel they deserve.
1. The unprecedented amount of money taxpayers are spending on his personal travel: While this controversy has been brought up fairly often, I still don’t think it’s being given the attention it deserves. Sure, it’s easy to mock the hypocrisy of someone who plays as much golf as he has after frequently criticizing Barack Obama for having a fondness for the game, but that’s not really the main issue here.
Right now Trump’s on pace to cost taxpayers more on “extracurricular personal expenses” during his first 365 days in office (if he makes it that long) than we spent on Barack Obama during his 2,920 days as president. Just on golfing trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort, alone, Trump’s projected to cost taxpayers between $400-500 million if he serves four years.
To compare, taxpayers paid a total of $97 million in eight years on all personal “extra” expenses for the Obamas.
2. He has a young 11-year-old son that he almost never sees: Seeing as Trump’s wife and son are still living in New York, they’re not around him in a more normal, day-to-day capacity like most families before them. However, as I just pointed out, it’s not as if Trump’s making sure to spend as much time with his youngest son as possible since he’s been away from him as much as he has. While he has an 11-year-old son he hardly sees, it seems Trump’s more focused on spending any free time he has golfing, traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort, or holding ego-boosting campaign-style rallies to make his fragile ego feel better.
I’m not here to judge anyone’s personal lives, but I do think it says something about the values, or lack thereof, of Trump that he seems to be an absentee father who has almost no role in his youngest son’s life. Though I’m sure that doesn’t surprise anyone reading this article.
3. He’s possibly the most ineffective “president” in history: First it was House Republicans blaming the Democratic-controlled Senate and Barack Obama for the inefficiencies in our government. Then when Republicans took the majority in the Senate, they still blamed Obama for nothing getting done.
Yet, here we are, months into Trump’s administration, with Republicans controlling both houses of Congress, yet they haven’t much of anything. Aside from signing executive orders, which can’t really be considered accomplishments, we’re seeing possibly the most inept display of “leadership” in our nation’s history.
If a president — any president — can’t get any sort of major legislation passed when their party controls both the Legislative and Executive Branches of our government, that’s absolutely pathetic.
4. His approval rating is even worse than most people realize: While it fluctuates daily, Trump’s Gallup approval rating has hovered around 40 percent for most of his time in office. Making him the “president” with the lowest approval rating at this point in their presidency in modern history.
For comparison’s sake, here’s Barack Obama and George W. Bush’s final approval ratings:
- Obama: 59 percent
- Bush: 34 percent
So, what does that mean? Simply put, with an economy that’s just as strong as it was when Barack Obama left in January with a 59 percent approval rating, Trump’s number sits much closer to Bush’s, who left office in the midst of the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.
Point being, if the economy falters, even a little, all things being what they are now (aka his unhinged behavior remaining what we’ve seen thus far), Trump could reach never-before-seen levels of Americans who disapprove of the job he’s doing as “Commander-in-Chief.”
So while an approval rating hovering between 35-40 percent is never good, seeing as it’s this early into his administration, and the economy is still strong, Trump’s numbers are actually worse than they appear.
5. He spends several hours practically every morning obsessing over cable news: Despite what Trump thought going into this, being president is extremely difficult. It’s a non-stop grind where you’re never truly “off the clock.”
However, despite the fact that presidents have a never-ending list of things to which they need to attend, it seems as if Trump spends several hours nearly every morning obsessing over what cable news morning shows are saying about him.
If you look at most of Trump’s Twitter rants, they mostly occur in the morning, around the same time most cable news networks are airing their morning shows such as Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, and New Day.
Some have even pointed out how Trump’s tweets often mirror things he clearly just heard on his favorite morning show, Fox & Friends.
This is how obsessed he is with what people are saying about him. To say nothing about the fact that a person with practically unlimited power to get whatever information he wants still seems to rely heavily on being “informed” — by cable news.
Every day Donald Trump is in office, I’m still blown away that there were millions of people in this country who were naive enough to think he should be in charge of it.
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