Recently the actor Matthew McConaughey said of Donald Trump, “…it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact [that he is the president] and be constructive with him over the next four years.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Trump, but neither is it an indictment. Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general has been mostly critical of Trump, with the most obvious example being Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes. But some entertainers, such as Nicole Kidman and McConaughey have taken a more conciliatory stance without, at least in my opinion, directly supporting Trump.
The message I seem to hear them saying is that whether one likes it or not Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America, and whether or not one agrees or disagrees with him we all want America to succeed, so we should at the very least strive to work with him in the pursuit of this goal. Under normal circumstances and out of respect for the office I might tend to agree.
Under normal circumstances.
But there is nothing “normal” about the Trump presidency. We have never had a more underqualified president as Trump, nor one so mired in conflicts of interest. Furthermore, Trump has shown through both words and actions his lack of respect for the Constitution and the people who serve this country. The collection of cronies and yes-men who comprise Trump’s administration serve him –the president, not the country– with an almost fanatical loyalty and support ideals that are antithetical to American values. No, the word “normal” does not even come into play here.
But what now? Should we actually all try to get along? Trump complains about the country being divided but neglects the fact that it is he and his cronies who have divided it. Certainly, we can all get along if we all just shut up and do what the boss says, as if we were in North Korea or something. Then we’d all get along.
No, Matthew. I love your movies and I think you’re an awesome actor and I’ll continue to enjoy your work, but you are wrong on this issue. Trump himself has shown that his position is that compromise is not an option. Trump has shown no intent to compromise. I’d argue that it is not our job as citizens to work with him, but his job as president to work with us. He is our president; we are not his subjects. To sit back in silence is tacit approval of whatever insanity he and his administration are working toward. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. I don’t know who said that but it couldn’t be truer.
It’s way past the point of “giving the guy a chance.” He gets no breaks. If you disagree with him, let your voice be heard. That’s what America is about. Indeed, we should all work together, but not in destroying the values that truly make America great. I have utmost respect for the office of the President of the United States. I think it’s high time that Trump shows some respect as well.