Every day the sun rises in the east and slowly heads to its inevitable fall in the west. Every day the Trump presidency equally inexorably continues its transformation into a reality TV show strangely blending elements of the Jerry Springer show, “Jersey Shore” and “Hogan Knows Best.”
And every three weeks when I pick up my pen to write one of these columns I swear it will be my last Trump column for a long while only to wake up the very next day to yet another installment of “As the Tweet Turns” or “Trump Knows Best.”
The latest episode started when four U.S. soldiers were tragically killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. Reportedly, the dead soldiers were with a small group of green berets helping train native soldiers in Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa in the middle of its own battle with radical Islamic groups. The four Americans were killed in a firefight when they were ambushed by fighters possibly associated with ISIS affiliate al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
Details were slow to be released, and President Trump made no public comment or tweet about the incident for 12 days. Then during an unscheduled news conference on Oct. 16, a reporter asked the president the simple question, “Why haven’t we heard anything from you so far about the soldiers that were killed in Niger?”
As usual the answer and the ensuing chaos made the Jerry Springer show look tame. Rather than answering the question truthfully, or even deflecting to one of the many generals he surrounds himself with, Trump immediately falsely accused Presidents Obama and George W. Bush of failing to call parents of U.S. soldiers killed in the line of duty.
Before the dust settled Trump lost a war of words with Myeisha Johnson, the widow of deceased soldier Sgt. La David Johnson. He picked a Twitter fight with Johnson’s congresswoman, Frederica Wilson, and then hid behind his newest puppet Chief of Staff John Kelly, who bizarrely lied about a speech the congresswoman made in 2015 about the dedication of a building.
Now there is no doubt that Trump TV is entertaining if your idea of entertainment is one of the countless Kardashian shows or maybe professional wrestling. But after almost one long year of this presidency one thing is becoming very clear.
Being President of the United States is different from starring in your own reality show. Our thin-skinned chief executive is absolutely clueless when it comes to communicating with anybody outside of his rabid base or unusual world view including what is fast becoming a majority of Senators from his own party.
As a result nothing is getting done. No health care reform. No tax reform for the middle class. No rational immigration reform and definitely no swamps drained. On the other hand, Steve Bannon and a few billionaires are turning cartwheels and Trump has made America great TV again at least for every cable news channel.