Somehow I knew this day would come. In a battle of two loudmouth blowhards, the moment I heard Donald Trump and LaVar Ball mentioned in the same sentence, I knew this small nightmare would manifest itself into a situation I’d want to discuss.
That happened on Sunday when Trump, being the petulant buffoon that he is, sent out the following tweet in response to Ball’s assertion that the “president” didn’t have much to do with his son being released from China:
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
First, I’d like to point out how incredibly sad it was that just a couple of days ago, this current “president” felt the need to publicly seek praise for doing his job. If for some odd reason you thought Trump couldn’t make himself look like any more of a weak, pathetic loser, you were wrong.
While most folks have focused on the childish response Trump had to Ball’s comments, for me this tweet is a perfect representation of what makes him unfit for office.
A president should never ask for praise from anybody. It’s their job to protect all Americans. The decision of whether or not to do something shouldn’t be based on if they’re going to receive the proper gratification for their actions.
What if Trump’s ever faced with having to rescue Americans he doesn’t like from a dangerous international situation? Is he going to not do everything he can to bring them to safety just because they might not like him?
That’s not how this works.
Not that anyone should be surprised by Trump’s comments (I certainly know I wasn’t), but this was Trump effectively saying that he doesn’t feel he should have done anything to help Americans, not because it was the right thing to do, but simply because he doesn’t feel as if his effort was appreciated enough.
That’s appalling — and dangerous.
No one in this country should support any president who seems to think their responsibility to Americans is contingent on how much praise or attention they’re going to receive for doing their job.
This goes back to what I said about Trump before he was even elected. For him, this isn’t about respecting that office, leading this country, or representing and defending Americans — it’s about his ego.
Nearly every decision he makes isn’t based on what’s best for Americans, or the nation as a whole, but what’s best for him. It’s always about what’s in his best interests.
That’s not the mindset the “President” of the United States is supposed to have. Every decision they make should have but one focus; what’s best for the country, not themselves. I’m not naive enough to believe that petty politics doesn’t play some part in the decision making of every president this country has ever had, but Trump essentially saying that he shouldn’t have helped Americans return home safely because he didn’t get the type of gratitude he wanted from one of their fathers is absolutely shameful and disgusting.