It would be nice if number 45 learned to act presidential in the face of the unspeakable human and animal suffering that Hurricane Harvey brought to Texas on Friday. But nice is not a word generally associated with the Narcissist-in-Chief. If he holds true to form, it’s only a matter of time before he says something insulting, divisive, or completely insensitive about this nightmare of nature.
After just a few months in office, the 45th president has turned the Oval Office into a freak show and countless Americans into jaded pessimists about the future of the republic.
In pandering to the Bible-thumping crowd, Trump is also capitalizing on emotions, rather than practical solutions to real problems.
As Dan Balz points out in the Washington Post,
Trump has set his presidency on an unambiguous course for which there could be no reversal. He has chosen to be a divider, not a uniter, no matter how many words to the contrary he reads off a teleprompter or from a prepared script.
In times of disaster, the nation needs a leader to help heal its wounds. Sure, he may have some staffer send out a few non-offensive tweets on his behalf. But that’s not enough.
Will Trump find a way to blame someone else for his gross incompetence, insensitivity, and self-serving babble when the voices of Hurricane Harvey’s victims call out for help? And will he figure out that a tweet storm won’t solve the problems of people who have suffered through a real storm?
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