Thursday Provided a Perfect Example of Trump’s Weakness & Incompetence as a Leader

Most people already know that Donald Trump is a rambling, pathological-lying buffoon. Aside from not having any idea what he’s talking about whenever he’s ranting about something, it’s obvious to anyone with even an ounce of common sense that the majority of his own party knows he’s incompetent, doesn’t respect him, and couldn’t care less about what he wants.

Similar to how many parents might handle a toddler, most Republicans seem to just do their best to appease the emotionally unstable idiot hoping to avoid a full-on public meltdown.

While Trump will obviously try to take credit for anything he feels he can use to make himself look good (while blaming anyone but himself for anything negative), the fact remains that he’s had almost nothing to do with anything legislative that’s taken place since he’s been in office.

Despite his threats and tempter tantrums last summer, Republicans failed to “repeal and replace Obamacare.”

When it came to the GOP’s big tax scam they passed late last year, Trump wasn’t really involved. Congressional Republicans knew he’d sign anything — literally anything — they sent him just so he could use it to brag about himself and claim he had “accomplished something.”

When it came to the government shutdown, once again, congressional Republicans did whatever the hell they wanted knowing that, at the end of the day, Trump would almost certainly sign anything they sent him.

Which is why we ended up with two official shutdowns (albeit one for only a few hours) in a matter of a couple of weeks. Despite all of Trump’s “big talk” and rhetoric, congressional Republicans were going to do whatever they wanted knowing that Trump would go along with it.

Now we have the gun debate where Trump’s doing what he always does, saying whatever nonsense pops into his head — no matter how idiotic or contradictory — and congressional Republicans are once again proving that he’s one of the weakest and most ineffective “presidents” in this nation’s history.

As reported by The Hill:

Senate Republicans say President Trump’s comments Wednesday calling for more ambitious gun control proposals won’t change the political calculations in their conference, which supports a limited response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school in February.

Trump surprised lawmakers at a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon when he voiced support for a five-year-old proposal sponsored by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to expand background checks for firearms bought at gun shows and over the internet.

Hours before, Senate Republicans said it had no chance of passing and wasn’t really on the table.

Trump also reiterated his support for raising the age requirement for purchasing assault-style rifles from 18 to 21, dispelling uncertainty on Capitol Hill about where he stood on the question.

GOP leaders at lunchtime Wednesday said that raising the age threshold wouldn’t have enough votes to pass.

In other words, Republicans aren’t going to do anything substantial to combat gun violence (shocker), despite Trump’s bold words and desires for Congress to make specific changes, including increasing the age to buy assault weapons from 18 to 21. As we’ve seen several times before, they couldn’t care less what he says he wants — they’re going to do what they want to do anyway because they know he’s going to sign whatever garbage they send him.

At this point, it’s safe to say that Barack Obama had more influence over a Republican-controlled Congress than Trump currently has.

While it’s true that a president’s power is, by design, always limited, typically when you have someone in the White House from the party that controls all of Congress, those lawmakers at least act like they actually care what they want to see passed.

However, since these Republicans don’t respect their own party’s leader, with most of them realizing he’s an incompetent moron who only cares about trying to take credit for things to make himself look better, they know all they have to do is ignore whatever he says, do what they want, then pander to his ego with full confidence knowing he’s an insecure egomaniac who can be easily manipulated.

Just look at the latest reports which are indicating Trump’s already backing off on his recent gun control comments. After berating other Republicans for being “afraid of the NRA,” Trump apparently had another meeting with the NRA where they set him straight on “proper” Republican policy.

This is all just more proof that, without a doubt, Donald Trump is one of the most incompetent, weakest, and ineffective “presidents” in our nation’s history.

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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.