A Petulant Donald Trump At Press Conference Should Make American Pause
At times acting peevish and clearly petulant Donald Trump held a press conference this morning. The event proved that not much personal growth has taken place within Trump since the last time he took questions from journalists.
What made this press conference so interesting, other than it being the first one since the election, was that it occurred just hours after news reports of an embarrassing type surfaced about Trump. Both Trump and President Obama were briefed on Russia’s efforts to help Trump politically with the larger goal of creating instability inside the US and potentially gathering blackmail material. None of the allegations have been verified, but apparently intelligence officials believed the information was credible enough to bring it to them.
In addition some news outlets reported that some of the information was personally embarrassing to Trump such as his reported urging for paid “sex workers” to go to the bathroom on each other. (It should be noted as a reader of history and a life-long politico I am simply appalled at what the American voters have allowed to happen.)
Trump has little grasp on the foundations of democracy as demonstrated by the way be conducted himself and the campaign in 2016. His insults and utter disdain for the Fourth Estate has long been a most troubling aspect about him that has been met with continuous condemnation on this blog.
Today when he rudely insulted a reporter from the highly-regarded BBC and totally rejected in a confrontational style a question from CNN only underscores the prickly and thin-skinned person who has been allowed to sit in the Oval Office. The nation needs to heed the inability for Trump to act with rational thoughts when pressed on matters that deserve a complete and transparent answer.
I do fear that his nasty and uncontained character will one day do our nation severe damage. It is clear that the man can not even handle a simple press conference. Can you even imagine the way he will act when the actual pressure of governing is added to his day?