Every year, the Trump family holds a golf charity. The goal is ostensibly good: The event is on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, and the money goes to help sick children. But, according to Forbes, not all of it.
“And while donors to the Eric Trump Foundation were told their money was going to help sick kids, more than $500,000 was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests, including at least four groups that subsequently paid to hold golf tournaments at Trump courses.”
The Trump family lied to donors and caught paychecks using money meant for sick and dying children. And according to Forbes, it was President Trump’s idea.
“…The person who specifically commanded that the for-profit Trump Organization start billing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the nonprofit Eric Trump Foundation, according to two people directly involved, was none other than the current president of the United States, Donald Trump.”
Gun Control Meeting
Last week, the president held a roundtable meeting with senators to discuss gun violence in the wake of the tragic Parkland, Florida shooting. After the meeting, Vox released the transcript with the headline President Trump bucks the Republican Party on gun control.
Included was the caveat that “it’s not yet clear if Trump’s words will translate into policy,” but the headline remained, a glowing testament to something that, to be clear, never happened.
A familiar trope in the Trump era is that of journalists and news organizations waiting for a “pivot.” Outlets like Twitter refuse to ban the president, even for threatening nuclear war, and it’s clear that not having his insanity on their platform would hurt their traffic.
But other major news providers, The New York Times, in particular, have a different problem.
The Problem Of Character
Since the results of the 2016 election rolled in, news outlets solidified what they think the problem is: focusing on the president’s character.
They saw how the Clinton campaign centered on character and decided that it wasn’t productive. They don’t want to appear partisan. They don’t want to be accused of ad hominem attacks. But there’s no easy way around it – the president is a liar.
There is no way to engage his thoughts, ideas, or policies without engaging what kind of person he is. And he’s the kind of person that believes taking money meant for sick kids to enrich his businesses is a good idea.
That matters when he expresses support or opposition for something. Because in no way other than words has President Trump ever expressed that he’s interested in having a thoughtful, substantive conversation about gun violence – weighing factors, including diverse opinions, and using experts, science, and logic to get to the core of one of the most troubling issues facing America.
Furthermore, President Trump has, his entire life, caught ire for not following through. According to USA Today, he’s been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades.
In a video put out last year entitled ’10 Reasons Not To Vote For Donald Trump (That Aren’t Based On Race)’, I detailed:
“…And a large number of those lawsuits include ordinary Americans – a dishwasher in Florida, a glass company in New Jersey, a carpet company, a plumber, painters, 48 waiters, real estate brokers who sold his properties, and several law firms that used to represent him in these cases.”
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Waiting For The Pivot
It is nothing short of madness to believe that a 72-year-old lifelong pathological liar will somehow become less so over time. And it has real consequences.
Our desperation for good news in an era of hopelessness makes us ripe targets for nominal, ineffective, or worthless gestures on the part of the people with real power to make real changes. It leads to things like cable news fawning over a 46-year-old senator for doing the job he was elected for.
The NRA pisses me off but I have to say that I have new respect for Marco Rubio.
— Dy ? (@Dydywazza) February 26, 2018
Desperation for good news causes us to uncritically praise people on the right when they attack President Trump’s excesses, but do nothing to rein them in. It causes us to accept useless measures, even when we know they mean nothing.
Senators Flake and Corker have both been epicenters of praise, for their supposedly bold decisions to defy the president. Did no one care to point out that that did not stop them from voting ‘Yes’ on stripping millions of their healthcare?
So, in the rush to believe that President Trump means something good when what he says sounds good (or even to believe he may accidentally accomplish good), there are things we miss, like:
Executive Action Banning Bump Stocks
According to Vox, there’s no evidence the Parkland shooter even used one, “so any effort to ban or regulate the sale of bump stocks would not have changed the shooter’s ability to access the weapon he used or how he used it.”
Raising The Semiautomatic-Buying Age Limit To 21
Why is this a “solution” if the vast majority of mass shooters are not under 21?
Opposition To The Dickey Amendment
A fantastic idea… If you trust that the president follows through on his word. By now, you may have realized – he does not.
The president does not deserve a tabula rasa concerning each new, individual statement he makes as if we have no understanding of the person making it. He has carefully crafted his image throughout his entire life. He is a liar, and the fact that a majority of Americans don’t trust him is not their responsibility – it’s his.
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