Let’s take a break from sports for a moment following a horrific week for the nation, perpetuated by the very worst of American politics.
Every presidential administration has a few moments where the president has an opportunity to bring the nation together in times of great turmoil. President Trump has had more than a few. He had an opportunity to unequivocally denounce white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville; had an opportunity to halt the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations; most recently, the president had an opportunity to backtrack from his divisive comments about the media and his Democratic opponents following pipe bombs being intercepted on route to 14 prominent Democrats, including President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and CNN offices.
Instead of providing leadership and unity, Trump managed to create more turmoil and divisiveness at every turn. He defended the neo-Nazis, mocked Kavanaugh’s alleged victim, and refused to budge from his combative rhetoric following the would-be pipe bombings.
Trump mentioned to reporters that he’d been “toned down.” In a rally at North Carolina he even called to end “the politics of personal destruction” and to “unify as a nation in peace, love, and in harmony.”
Yet the message of peace was short-lived, as Trump shifted the blame to the media, saying, “The media’s constant unfair coverage, deep hostility, and negative attacks only serve to drive people apart and to undermine healthy debate.” He also didn’t hold back on his opinion of the Democrats, accusing them of inviting illegal immigrants into the country, which was reciprocated by his followers with a loud chorus of boos.
In a time where one of his supporters attempted to single-handedly wipe out every one of his political opponents, really anyone of prominence who’s gone against Trump, the president, our supposed leader, reversed the negativity brimming against him, toward the parties under attack. In his presidential moment, he placed his vanity and his ego above the security and unity of his nation.
No Mr. President, the divisiveness and attacks aren’t on the media, or the Democrats, they’re on you.