Perhaps I should be writing about President Obama’s announcement regarding the deadly raid on Osama bin Laden, and his glowing praise of the countless men and women in our military and special investigative units who, over the past decade, have played a role in this victory.
Instead, I’m (reluctantly) focusing on bonehead billionaire Donald Trump, who loves himself more than life and who said he indeed plans to seek the office of President of the United States, although he hasn’t made a formal announcement.
Imagine the Donald delivering the news that Obama made regarding bin Laden. It probably would have gone something like this: “I’m so proud of myself for what has been accomplished. I’m the first person who has done anything meaningful in the war on terror. No one else has been able to achieve this.”
Of course, he’d be spitting into the microphone and stabbing his finger in the air, his trade-mark comb-over flapping in the wind.
I mean, can’t you hear it? The ego? The gloating? The glorifying of self?
Do I have a problem with the Donald running?
Nope. Entirely his right….um….as long as he was born in the country and agrees to release his tax documents. (Okay, and hire a stylist).
Do I think he’d make a good President?
A good bully? Absolutely. (And yes, I realize the phrase “good bully” is oxymoronic).
Bullying is the Donald’s M.O. Catch him using the F-word in a speech in Las Vegas. Listen to him muse about bossing China on business issues and the Middle East on oil prices, while saying little of substance about actual foreign policy and trade matters.
Witness him demanding the President’s long-form birth certificate — and when that’s produced — refusing to review it, then going on to question Obama’s stellar Ivy League academic record, without presenting a shred of evidence. Instead, he gossips, pulling figures from his orifices or saying he read something in the press, but never once citing a source. He is as slimy as a fish in the East River.
Finally, watch the Donald during an interview. It’s a slap fest, with the Bully, i.e. the Trumpinator, interrupting and blaring, “Excuse me, excuse me” until he drowns out the interviewer. Surprised his Aqua Net doesn’t collapse under all his self-generated hot air.
If the Donald can’t be in control, he can’t deal. Look at how stone-faced he was at the Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night when Obama nudged back, making Trump the butt of jokes. The Donald sat stone-faced throughout the speech and afterwards said he was surprised by the President’s words.
He can dish it out but he can’t take it. That’s the psychology of bullies. They have to be the aggressors because they don’t know how to be anything else. They are too insecure to handle scrutiny or to shoulder even a watered-down version of the barbs they heave towards others. They are cowards. Wimps. Emasculated boors.
Which makes what the Donald forced the President to do last week all that more sad.
Don’t get me wrong; it was right for President Obama to come out with his birth certificate in an attempt to silence both Trump and the Birthers. He was spot on when he said that, we, as a nation, “do not have time for this kind of silliness.” The President, as usual, was the adult in the room. But it was sad, nonetheless, that the opinions of conspiracy theorists had to even be acknowledged. Sad that this kind of proof hadn’t been demanded of a president in years. But now that there’s a black man in the White House, well…some in this country can hardly think straight.
So what can the rest of us do? The ones who believe this President is honorable and intelligent and well-meaning? The ones who believe he is a true leader?
What are we obligated to do in the face of remarks such as Trump’s?
The same thing one does when anyone is bullying another….Stand up! Say something. Don’t sit by as morons like Trump mouth off. Tell people you find him and his ilk offensive. Call a senator. Call the Republican National Committee. Call your neighbor. Boycott Trump’s show, his hotels, his golf courses, his casinos.
Do something. This kind of maliciousness and obvious lack of both intellect and compassion are not what our country needs — now or ever.