If July 4th weekend is the time to celebrate America, then why, according to recent polls, is our nation so anxious? Perhaps it’s the behavior of the president that’s making many of us deeply apprehensive.
MSNBC co-anchors and real-life couple Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski were finishing their morning show Thursday when the president tweeted, “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore)…Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
“I think the American people elected somebody who’s tough, who’s smart, and who’s a fighter,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defending Trump’s latest misogynist tweet. She portrayed him as the victim of “media bullies” who criticize him every day.
Political strategist Ana Navarro tweeted, “As a woman, as an American and as a Republican, I am mad as hell at Donald Trump’s vile tweets and attacks on women.” “This is about common decency and what’s expected of the president of the United States,” remarked veteran newsman Dan Rather on CNN. Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara tweeted, “Much of the issue with Trump is not about party, policy or ideology, but lack of decency, honesty, character, temperament, adulthood, shame.”
In response to this week’s controversy, many GOP leaders begged Trump to stop tweeting. But as all PR people know, when dealing with potentially negative public opinions there’s nothing more frustrating than a leader who won’t listen to advice. The president continued his nasty Twitter tirade against Scarborough and Brezinski, as well as MSNBC, CNN and other media, throughout the next few days. Clouded by his thin skin and an insatiable hunger for praise, the president doesn’t see the damage his behavior is doing to our country’s psyche. His crude, childish diatribes against the media and his critics derail both his agenda and America’s place in the world.
Our president should reflect what’s best about America. This president clearly does not. Sad.