An apPRehensive 4th

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.

Your thoughts?

4 thoughts on “An apPRehensive 4th

  1. Alexys Lucas

    I agree that the president should not use Twitter so freely and in the way that he does. Many of his tweets reinforce his reputation as a reality TV star, not a respectful leader of our country. His actions and careless social media posts have often been harsh and offensive. I think it is extremely unfortunate that we have a “leader” that acts in this way and it is also unfortunate that people who support him also stand behind his ridiculous views that he often makes public on the internet. I can’t imagine that anyone on his team is encouraging him to continue these outrageous tweets, but what can be done if he won’t listen to those telling him to stop?

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  2. John Grillea

    The negative press for President Trump continues and something like this is certainly his fault. As I’m for our President being active on social media, I believe he needs to tone it down with the things that he posts. Sadly though, this worked for him offensive or not. His following likes his attitude and that’s a major reason why he got into office. As President of the United States though, he needs to be more professional on social media. Either his PR team supports this or he certainly doesn’t listen.

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  3. Daniela Gagliano

    It’s funny because as the face of the United States, Trump does not realize his tweets are indirectly a reflection of our country and its principles. It’s bizarre that someone with so much controlled power insists on tarnishing his name through Twitter. It almost seems as though he’s got the position for the next few years so he doesn’t care how he’s perceived so he will continue to do whatever he wants. This definitely seems childish, and it must be a real peeve for PR professionals. What should we say when the president of the United States has bad PR?

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  4. Aliyah H.

    I see President Trump’s online behavior and lack of gravitas as more than a reflection on his character. These actions and incidents work to degrade the position of POTUS in general. We expect leaders of any entity, public or private, to hold certain qualities and capabilities that somehow place them above everyone else. We expect them to be wiser, smarter, savvier, and able to deal with situations and people better than the rest of us. This is what we expect out of the POTUS, regardless of the incumbent. The actions and words of Pres. Trump have not only brought him negative press but have, by extension, cast a shadow on “the Presidency.”

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