Donald Trump is his own worst enemy. That is the gist of the criticism of Trump coming from people who are glad that Trump became the 45th POTUS instead of Hillary Clinton but who are also dismayed by Trump’s behavior.
In particular, it is his mouth – either by speech or via tweets – that gets him into trouble.
Town Hall political editor Guy Benson writes, “As far as impeachment and obstruction are concerned at this point, Trump has the facts on his side, even if he looks like an ignorant, meddling boor. He should pound those facts, not delve into non-credible bravado. But he can’t help himself.”
The Hill quotes Senator Lindsey Graham as saying to President Trump, “You may be the first president in history to go down because you can’t stop inappropriately talking about an investigation that if you just were quiet, would clear you.”
From CBS News, 06/11/17:
“Senate Intelligence Committee member James Lankford called President Trump’s conversation with fired FBI Director James Comey about the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “very inappropriate,” but said that the president took a “light touch” approach that doesn’t reach obstruction of justice.
“I would say it’s very inappropriate,” said Sen. Lankford, R-Oklahoma, in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “As Jim Comey said it’s awkward, to be able to have the president of the United States sitting down with someone in the FBI, the leadership of the FBI, to be able to have direct questions and for the issue to come up about the Michael Flynn investigation. It’s inappropriate.””
Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman writes, “The White House can dispute what the president said in one-on-one conversations with Comey, though Trump’s long habit of pathological lying does not give him an advantage in the credibility contest.”
Then there is this from National Review columnist Kevin D. Williamson:
“What sort of man is the president of these United States? We know he is a habitual liar, one who tells obvious lies for no apparent reason, from claiming to own hotels that he does not own to boasting about having a romantic relationship with Carla Bruni, which never happened. (“Trump is obviously a lunatic,” Bruni explained.) He invented a series of imaginary friends to lie to the New York press about both his business and sexual careers. He has conducted both his private and public lives with consistent dishonesty and dishonor. He is not a man who can be taken at his word.”
President Trump’s ham-handed approach to his job is troublesome for the GOP to say the least, but, according to Senator Marco Rubio, it should have been expected by those who voted for Trump.
From CBS News, 05/21/17:
“I don’t understand why people are that shocked,” Rubio said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” following a tumultuous period for the Trump White House. “This president ran a very unconventional campaign. I was there for a big part of it at the beginning alongside being one of his competitors. And that’s what the American people voted for. And in essence, you know, this White House is not much different from the campaign.”
Rubio’s comments come after two weeks of White House blunders for the Trump administration, leaving many in Congress questioning the future of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.”
In short, the Trump who now occupies the Oval Office is the same Trump that people saw on the campaign trail in 2016.
Trump won in part because voters hoped that Trump’s presidency wouldn’t be like his campaign. Those who voted for him weren’t certain what they would be getting from a “President Trump”. They only knew that Hillary Clinton was too dishonest to be trusted in the position of POTUS.
Being that he is only five months into his current job, President Trump has time to learn from his mistakes and to correct course.
If he fails to do so, then come Year 2020, voters might decide that they have had enough of him. All that it would take for voters to say to Trump “You’re fired!” would be for the Democratic Party to have a 2020 presidential nominee who isn’t Hillary Clinton.
Personally, I hope that President Trump will learn from his mistakes and correct course, but I won’t hold my breath while waiting for him to do so.