Donald Trump is a terrible U.S. President. Really.
Before you strongly criticize me for the above paragraph – or worse yet, e-mail me death threats less coherent than even the motives behind that senseless shooting spree in Las Vegas from a few months ago – please read what I’ve got to say, if only to respect my First Amendment rights. Today marks the first anniversary of Trump being sworn in as U.S. President – the end result of many Americans voting him into office, while completely ignorant of his many shortcomings as a politician, which have been exposed and magnified to a sizable degree since, as proven by yesterday’s shutdown of the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C.
It’s clear, from looking back at the past year, that Trump leaves much to be desired as a politician – not helped by both his personality and ego, which also played roles in his many past failures as a billionaire businessman, and who almost makes the late J. Paul Getty look like a saint (with the emphasis on the world “almost”). Trump has become a different kind of U.S. President – unfortunately, the kind who’s already upended almost everything that our country stands for, and which is no doubt causing the most stellar of our past leaders to turn over in their graves. I’m already a registered Republican – but based on Trump’s first year in office, he’s already stained his party’s reputation, and made a significant number of people who voted him into office regret the folly of their actions. No doubt, many Republican politicians who helped insure Trump’s election almost two years ago have seen regretted doing so – including U.S. Senator John McCain, who’s still feeling the sting of Trump strongly criticizing him for being a P.O.W. during the Vietnam War, while ignorant of what McCain was forced to endure. If Trump ended up as a P.O.W. defying his captors – the captors themselves would have more than just the upper hand.
I can’t help wondering if Trump’s performance as U.S. President over the past year – and his overall attitude – was due in no small matter to him believing that fans of The Apprentice TV series failed to come to his defense when NBC fired him as the show’s host a few years ago, when he went too far in criticizing Barack Obama’s status as a natural-born U.S. Citizen (and yes, Obama was definitely born in Hawaii – two years after it became part of the U.S.). But then, if I were a NBC TV executive (or an executive at the other American TV networks) when Mark Burnett first came up with the idea for The Apprentice almost fifteen years ago – I would have had ended Burnett’s producing career for good (and had him thrown him out of the Producers Guild of America forever, too), and The Apprentice would’ve never gotten on the air, insuring Trump’s fall into obscurity. Of course, I would have also rejected the concepts of Survivor, Big Brother, American Idol, and any other Reality TV shows to begin with, considering how much they’d end up damaging the medium’s reputation since.
But real life isn’t Reality TV. And sooner or later, the American public will realize that Donald Trump as President of the U.S. is no better than Richard Nixon was when his both professional mindset and conceit helped bring down his presidency almost forty-five years ago (made worse by a certain 1960’s TV series – three guesses what I’m referring to — in which Nixon himself made a brief cameo appearance, and which got him elected U.S. President in 1968). And the chances of Trump’s legacy changing the U.S. for the better after he leaves the White House will no doubt be next or nothing, despite him being rich and famous. One thing’s for sure – the next U.S. President who gets elected definitely won’t use “Make America great again” as a campaign slogan – at least for the rest of this century. Providing that the world’s still intact by the end of this century, that is.