5 Words the Media Needs to Start Using When Describing Donald Trump

Even though I have my issues with how the mainstream media covers Donald Trump, I fully understand that folks who work for media entities such as ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, and The New York Times are bound by different rules than someone like myself. Being a self-employed co-founder of a political website allows me to have more freedom to write things that “professional journalists” cannot.

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That being said, we’re now living in unprecedented times. Never before has the American media been forced to deal with a “president” and a presidential administration that’s as incompetent, corrupt, and dishonest as the one we’re currently experiencing.

We are literally dealing with a “president” in Donald Trump who seems to believe that he determines what is or isn’t real or factual. Trump’s someone who doesn’t hold himself to the same standards to which he’s held others and clearly believes that the rules of society — or reality, for that matter — don’t apply to him.

The only predictable quality to Trump is the fact that, while we may never know what, exactly, he’s going to say, it’s all but certain whatever nonsense does spew forth from his mouth is going to be ridiculous, terrible, and probably not remotely true.

When it comes to Trump, I think it’s time the media sheds the normal rules of professional journalism and start calling this imbecile exactly what he is.

That’s why I decided to make a list of five simple words that I feel accurately describe Trump that the mainstream media really should start using.

1. Crazy: Merriam-Webster defines “crazy” as:

  • Not mentally sound :  marked by thought or action that lacks reason.

While I’m not a medical professional, I don’t really think a person needs to be one to look at Trump’s behavior and realize something’s not right upstairs.

This is someone who lies so often, it’s difficult to tell if he’s a pathological liar who can’t help himself or so mentally deranged that he actually believes his own delusions.

Does he really believe:

  • Obama faked his birth certificate.
  • The NFL sent him a letter complaining about the presidential debates.
  • He personally witnessed “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating 9/11 in the streets of New Jersey.
  • He only lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton because “millions of people voted illegally.”
  • That he has the largest vineyard on the East coast.
  • His inauguration crowd was one of the largest in history.
  • His electoral college victory was one of the largest of any presidential candidate.
  • That the economic numbers he spent years calling “phony” or a “hoax” are now all suddenly 100 percent real and, despite the fact that the numbers are nearly identical to what we saw during most of Obama’s presidency, that he’s the cause of the current economic data?
  • He’s accomplished more in his first few months as “president” than any of his predecessors.
  • Every single credible poll in the country right now showing him with historically low approval ratings are “fake.”

Because those are just a few of the many… many lies he’s told, repeatedly, that don’t contain a shred of evidence or truth to any of them.

If any ordinary person was walking around society who seemed to believe in a completely fictional world based on a whole lot of things things that could be easily disproven, yet they continued to believe in them anyway, what would we call that person?

I know what I’d call them — but I’ll let everyone else answer that for themselves.

2. Incompetent: Look, no president going into office fully grasps what it means to hold that position until they’re actually doing it. There’s always some level of a “learning curve” for each newly elected president.

That being said, there’s a huge difference between someone who needs to learn how to be “the president” and someone who doesn’t even seem to grasp the basics of how our government works.

I’m willing to bet everything I own Trump couldn’t pass a middle school-level Social Studies exam. He has absolutely no idea what he’s doing and the media needs to start pointing that out.

This isn’t about an “outsider learning how to work inside of Washington.” This is about a bumbling moron who doesn’t even know enough factual information about this country to pass a multiple choice Government 101 exam who has our nuclear codes.

3. Dangerous: Because the most powerful human being on the planet is in charge of the most lethal war machine humankind has ever assembled, that makes him being an unhinged, insecure, incompetent moron extremely dangerous.

As Hillary Clinton perfectly stated last year, “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

Donald Trump’s so mentally unstable that I’ve said all along that he’s dangerous enough to start WWIII — by accident.

Every day he’s in office, Donald Trump is this country’s top national security threat.

4. Corrupt: This is someone who has repeatedly called the very real on-going FBI investigation into whether or not his campaign committed treason “fake news”; fired the head of the FBI for refusing to give into his attempts at obstructing justice; has made several hints that he’s almost certainly going to eventually fire special counselor Robert Mueller; publicly humiliated Attorney General Jeff Sessions hoping he’d resign; had his eldest son get caught concealing a meeting he had with Russian officials promising him dirt on Hillary Clinton directly from Russia’s government; issued a blatant threat aimed at James Comey where he suggested he might have recorded their conversations — only to later admit that he didn’t; he’s continued to refuse to release his tax returns; and he still refuses to say a single negative thing about Russia or Vladimir Putin, the same country and serial-killing tyrant he’s accused of colluding with during last year’s election.

In other words, Trump’s displayed just about every textbook example of someone who’s guilty and desperately trying to keep the truth from coming out.

While I get why professional journalists don’t want to use the word “corrupt” when talking about Trump, based on everything we know about and have seen from him, I don’t think it would be out of bounds if some of them began using that word. It’s clear that we’re dealing with one crooked, unethical, and corrupt individual.

5. Liar: Not too long ago I spoke with someone who said the reason why journalists don’t like to call someone a liar (other than it being insulting), is that to accuse someone of lying means you have to prove that when they said something that wasn’t true, it was their intent to deceive people.

Well, based upon those parameters, I absolutely think it’s valid to call Donald Trump a blatant liar.

It’s one thing to bend the truth some, or even cherry pick information out of context, but it’s an entirely different situation altogether to do what Trump does — flat-out lie. Not only does Trump rarely tell the truth, he repeats soundly debunked conspiracies and, at times, just seems to make crap up out of thin air. I can’t count how many times he’s made some ridiculous, completely fictitious claim, using the “super reliable source” of “I’ve heard/hearing.”

Trump’s a baldfaced liar who absolutely knows that most of what he says isn’t true, but wants to manipulate and deceive millions of Americans with blatant lies, or he’s mentally incompetent and can’t tell the difference between fiction and reality.

It’s either one or the other — but it can’t be both.

Alright folks, I’ll end it there.

However, feel free to follow me on Twitter or Facebook to let me know some other words (please keep it PG) that you think the media should start using to describe Donald Trump.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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