Yesterday, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate any links between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. This comes after a memo written by fired FBI Director James Comey, who was in charge of the investigation, was brought to attention alleging that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Trump reacted to the appointment of Mueller by calling it the “single greatest witch hunt” in political history.
Of course, it’s not. You don’t have to be a historian to look back and find many other figures in history treated far more unfairly than Donald Trump has been treated. And, really, all the treatment Trump is enduring is not entirely unfair. Certainly, he and his administration have earned whatever suspicions people have about them. It’s not unfair to investigate this. Also, Trump’s poor character and boorishness are matters of public record and worthy of ridicule. But even when failing, Trump just has to fail “bigly.” It’s always got to be about him.
Even when speaking to the 2017 graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy Trump managed to make it all about him saying, “Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media…No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” So these young graduates are about to embark on the next great adventure of their lives and they have to listen to a 70-year old man complain that people are mean to him.
Trump’s self-centeredness may not be the biggest thing wrong in American politics, but it is one of the many things that are. We have elected not a leader to be the President of the United States, but an entertainer who thrives on personal attention at the expense of anything and everything else. If we are to consider the perspective of Tony Schwartz, who co-wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump, we have elected not a man, but a boy in a man’s body.
Trump’s not being treated unfairly. Only a spoiled brat would think so. Trump is being treated as he should be in a free and democratic society. I’ll be the first to admit that our republic is far from perfect, but in this case we are doing something right, and if we weren’t on Trump’s ass every day in the media, in public protest and with official investigation then
I’d be scared and disappointed.