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Trump fumbles gracelessly through national tragedy

by Nathan Barker - Copy Editor
Tue, Feb 27th 2018 08:00 pm
Trump has never been one for being reserved and graceful in his public appearence. Quite the opposite, his boisterous, careless attitude is arguably a large part of what won him the presidency in the first place. Recently, however, his never-think-before-you-leap mentality has gotten him some criticism regarding to the recent mass shooting in Florida.
Trump has never been one for being reserved and graceful in his public appearence. Quite the opposite, his boisterous, careless attitude is arguably a large part of what won him the presidency in the first place. Recently, however, his never-think-before-you-leap mentality has gotten him some criticism regarding to the recent mass shooting in Florida.

Scrolling through any social media platform, I am bombarded with Trump-related memes and gags. Most of them are hilarious, but what makes them funny is the same reason why I’m also terrified: they often have some degree of truth to them. 

The latest joke, published by 8shit.net, is a fake headline that reads “Donald Trump Ends School Shootings By Banning Schools.” The page is enhanced with fake quotes from Donald Trump like, “If there are no schools, there will be no school shootings. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it.” Although this is completely fabricated, it’s only funny because it sounds exactly like something Trump would say; you know it, I know it, everybody knows it.

It’s evident that Trump doesn’t understand, or just blatantly doesn’t care about, the major responsibilities of a president. Chiefly, he speaks on behalf of all of us, and his demeanor represents the attitude of our nation; I think the majority of Americans have seen enough. We all cringe when we see Trump’s maniac Twitter tantrums, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to consider him an actual world leader. It’s shameful.

Recently, he visited the first responders of the Florida school shooting, and decided to pose with a thumb up for a photo that later became his Twitter header. I’m not great at social gatherings, and I don’t blame people for misunderstanding a que from time to time, but I think it’s obvious that a smile and thumbs up is the wrong gesture to respond to the massacre of 17 innocent lives. Trump seems incapable of knowing when a situation deserves empathy and compassion. But wait a minute, isn’t that exactly what a president should be a master of? Obama was graceful in his response to questions — you can tell he actually thought about his responses before voicing them. He was able to articulate himself intelligently and with purpose. You could see the emotion in his face and hear it in his voice. When I look at Trump, however, I see the exact opposite. Before a question is asked, I often know exactly how he is going to respond; he exhibits an extreme lack of vocabulary depth, and his proposed remedies to the issues at hand are simple-minded and elementary.

Ultimately, Trump is simply embarrassing. I feel personally embarrassed when Trump speaks, tweets, or just shows himself in public. Think about the impressions he is making on other world leaders, all the bridges he is burning. Most recently, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has called off an official trip to Washington  D.C. to meet with Trump in March. News of the cancellation came after a heated phone call between the two leaders about the border wall. Trump reportedly lost his temper after the President of Mexico expected him to denounce the idea of Mexico paying for the wall. It’s pathetic that Trump still expects Mexico to pay for a divisive wall that doesn’t have any meaningful benefits.

Just how isolated is Trump going to leave us after his time is up? That seems to be the question. During a time when the world needs to be coming together to reverse climate change, a feat that requires complete collaboration and commitment, Trump is cutting ties and wasting resources. His incessant need to praise himself is apparent in every speech, conversation and tweet. It’s just in his nature; what else would you expect from a billionaire celebrity who has been in the spotlight his whole life?

This presidency is certaintly something the American people have never seen the likes of. Trump's appeal revolves around his celebrity status, but he clearly lacks the necessary qualifications for the rigorous job as president. To be president, one should act in ways that show a deep appreciation of the office. Trump only knows how to entertain, and abuses his status to do just that. Trump might just appear on more headlines than any other president, but most Americans, I think, will try to act as if this bafoon never took office.

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