There is a poll out that illustrates how some 96% of people who voted for Donald Trump last November would do so again. This seems to be interpreted as a positive sign for the President, but it occurs to me that he has lost 4% of his base. When your own constituency is eroding, even as slowly as this, it cannot be a good thing. Perhaps in light of President Trump’s disastrous first 100 days it is surprising that not more people have had their eyes opened.
On Saturday night the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) was held in Washington. The event is a fundraiser for young journalism students as well as an opportunity to present awards to several working journalists. Traditionally the president uses the dinner to humorously, good-naturedly skewer the various media outlets in attendance.
Unfortunately the current president is in a snit when it comes to the media. Not only did he not attend the dinner, thereby reducing the honour bestowed upon the young scholarship winners who would normally meet the president, but he held a campaign-like rally in Pennsylvania in direct opposition to the WHCD. In a long line of childish exploits, this may have been the most infantile. He spent the first ten minutes of his speech insulting the media. Carl Bernstein called it the most “venomous” speech he had ever heard by a president. Much like a child who has fallen out with a classmate and refuses to go to his birthday party, Trump revelled in his belief that by not being at the dinner, the event was doomed to fail.
How long will Americans put up with an allegedly duly elected president who on a daily basis demeans the Oval Office? How long will Americans continue to allow this buffoon to sully the reputation of the presidency? To incite violence at his rallies by urging police to ‘get him outta here’ when a protester dissents? How many more rallies will Americans foot the bill for so the thin-skinned President can energize his batteries by having a roomful of morons cheer on his inane actions?
I believe that contrary to some, Trump backers and not, who call for the media to ‘give him a chance’, it is incumbent upon journalists to call him out loudly whenever he lies or misleads. I can understand someone in a new job getting a chance, but you don’t get a chance to be president. It’s not Celebrity Apprentice. It’s not golf, there are no Mulligans. Much as Bernstein and Bob Woodward did with Watergate, reporters must dig up and expose Trumps foolishness even if they are frustrated by so many Americans refusing to believe irrefutable evidence.
Trump is keen on slogans and chants: lock her up, build the wall, repeal and replace. The time has come for sane folks to take up the banner. I suggest impeach and imprison, but only because I’m too nice to suggest Impeach and Impale!