While the vast majority of Donald Trump supporters view him as some “tough-talking alpha male,” this “president” is actually one of the most insecure cowards I’ve seen. Like most bullies (and Trump’s most definitely a bully), he’s fine whenever he’s in a position of power over someone he feels is weaker than he is or can act “tough” at a safe distance where no one can push back against him. Yet whenever he can’t get his way, or someone does stand up to him, he’s an absolute crybaby who always portrays himself as the victim.
As I like to joke, Trump will go down as the only rich white male born into a wealthy family in history to spend most of his life claiming that the system is rigged against him.
That’s why he likes Twitter so much. It’s an easy way for him to lash out at his enemies, or say whatever he wants to say, and there’s nobody there to challenge him directly. Like an Internet troll, which is really what Trump is, he uses the safety of a keyboard to say things about people he’d never have the guts to say to their face.
On Tuesday, following the news that Rex Tillerson had been fired as Secretary of State, CNN’s Jake Tapper mocked the fact that Trump fired him via Twitter instead of to his face like he did during his time on The Apprentice.
“The man made famous for telling people ‘You’re fired!’ doesn’t seem to be able to say to it people’s faces,” Tapper quipped.
While not exactly subtle, Tapper’s jab at Trump’s cowardly way that he went about firing Tillerson matters because it brings attention to the fact that this “president” is a fraud. Sure, on a TV show where it’s mostly scripted drama and an environment where he feels “safe,” Trump had no problem “firing” people to their faces.
However, in the real world, where it takes maturity, and a little courage, to fire someone — Trump’s shown that he has neither. That’s why he ran to Twitter to fire the Secretary of State; it’s his “social media safe space” where he doesn’t have to be afraid of someone actually standing up to him.
I was never a fan of Tillerson, and thought the hire was terrible, but the position he held deserved a whole lot more respect than for him to have learned that he had been fired on Twitter.
Then again, the position of President of the United States deserves a hell of a lot better than to have some foul-mouthed, incompetent, vile bottom-feeder like Donald Trump representing it, as well.
Watch Tapper’s comments below via CNN:
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