TIME recently published a mind-boggling interview with Donald Trump dealing mainly with Trump’s rather peculiar perspective on what’s fact and what’s fantasy. It concludes with Trump saying, “Hey look, in the meantime, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not,” an argument that only makes sense if you’re under twelve years of age.
But the fact of the matter is that Trump’s presidency thus far can’t by any stretch be considered a success unless it is within the context of Trump’s own distorted perceptions. Let’s have a look:
First was the travel ban executive order, which was blocked by a federal judge. A success? No.
Next was the second travel ban executive order, which was also blocked. A success? No.
And now the success of Trump’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act looks iffy. After postponing the vote for his bill proposal a full day, Trump has now told Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to pull the bill rather than face a devastating defeat. Liberals didn’t like the bill; conservative didn’t like the bill; seems like Trump can’t please anybody. A success? No.
Trump may think of himself as doing a pretty boss job as president, but the scorecard sure looks like he’s not that effective. Of course, it’s still early in his term as president, but this rocky start isn’t promising. Trump is unlikely to acknowledge his own faults, though. Instead he will blame the liberal media, fake news, Obama, Muslims, the CIA or whatever bogeyman is conveniently available. He has not been successful so far, and that’s a relief.
I’ve heard some people say stuff like, “Well, I don’t agree with Trump, but he’s the president and we’re all in this together, so, I want to see him succeed, blah blah blah.” I have to call BS on talk like this. No, I don’t want to see him succeed because if Trump succeeds then America fails. Trump has failed thus far as president precisely because his ideals are counter to the spirit of a free America. A success for Trump is just that: a success for Trump (and, perhaps, whatever hidden interests are supporting him). No Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, independent, or whatever you are should wish to see Trump succeed.
In Trump’s mind there are two kinds of people: winners and losers. “…I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not.” I suppose he’s right in that respect: he won the election, so that puts all the rest of us on the losing end.