It’s my belief that once Donald Trump’s out of office, even many people within the Republican Party are going to do their best to pretend like his “presidency” was all just a really bad nightmare that never happened. Personally, I don’t feel like this country even has a “president,” we just have some racist, unqualified clown who, with the help of a sophisticated Russian cyber attack, stole last year’s election by colluding with an enemy.
Since he was sworn into office, there have been many pathetic days in Trump’s “presidency.” However, he’s rarely looked as weak as he did on Saturday, September 23, 2017.
First, there was the swift backlash from the NFL and the NFLPA which harshly criticized remarks Trump made Friday night in Alabama where he mocked the league for improving player safety on the field and called players who sit or kneel during the National Anthem “sons of b*tches.”
Whether Trump supporters want to face reality or not, it’s not a good thing when the most powerful sports league in the country, and its players union, are having to issue public statements condemning comments made by a current “president.”
This wasn’t just the NFL and the NFLPA issuing a bland, “we disagree with that assessment” type of statement in response to Trump’s remarks. The NFL’s statement was surprisingly direct, calling Trump’s comments “divisive” and a “failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
Then there was Trump’s usual morning Twitter hissy fit, once again whining about the likelihood that Republicans are going to fail to repeal Obamacare. As he often does, Trump took to social media to try to belittle and bully Republicans, hoping to pressure them into doing what he wants. It’s a testament to how weak his influence is over the GOP that he feels the only way they’ll listen to him is by trying to use social media to intimidate them so that they’ll give in to his demands.
True leaders with the respect of their colleagues don’t need to lash out at them on Twitter hoping that they’ll do what they want.
Though perhaps the most embarrassing part of Saturday occurred when he announced (on Twitter, of course) that he was withdrawing his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House.
Sure, it’s fairly childish and petty that a “president” would make such a move. It’s one thing to cancel the annual ceremony, but it’s quite another to publicly announce it — on Twitter. That in and of itself is just sad.
But what made this tweet even more pathetic is that it was sent just minutes after Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told Fox & Friends that he wouldn’t be visiting the White House.
So, let’s think about this, shall we?
The current “President” of the United States, the most powerful person on the planet, was sitting there watching cable news morning shows (as he seems to do every morning), when he saw Curry tell the hosts of Fox & Friends that he wouldn’t be attending the White House ceremony. Apparently furious that one player (albeit one of the team’s best) told his favorite morning show that he wasn’t going to accept the White House’s invitation — Trump scurried to Twitter to immediately withdraw the offer.
That’s the behavior of a petulant, immature child who didn’t get their way. That’s not how a “president” is supposed to act.
For the record, Curry deciding not to visit the White House isn’t “breaking news.” Weeks ago he said he wasn’t going to go to the White House if invited because of who the current “president” is. It’s just that Trump’s too damn ignorant to have known that, only hearing about it after Curry said it on Fox & Friends.
We should be making a bigger story out of the fact that the current “president” seemingly spends hours every morning obsessing over what’s said about him on cable news. Ordinary people don’t typically have that kind of time, let alone someone with all the responsibilities that go along with being the “president.” One would think that time could be better spent, I don’t know, perhaps reading intelligence briefings or doing practically anything else.
But this is how little respect most people in this country (and around the world, for that matter) have for this “president.”
The NFL, caring so little about what Trump’s response might be, instantly condemned the ignorant remarks he made during his speech Friday in Alabama. Then that same “president,” desperately trying to get a Congress controlled by his own party to pass anything he supports, tried to bully his fellow Republicans on social media because his influence is so weak that many of them couldn’t care less what he thinks. Finally, like a spoiled child throwing a hissy fit, Trump rushed to Twitter to withdraw the White House’s invite to the Golden State Warriors within minutes of seeing Stephen Curry tell Fox & Friends that he wouldn’t be going.
Confident people who are secure with themselves don’t act like this. Weak, insecure, mentally unhinged egomaniacs do.