4 Things You Don’t Want to Hear About Your President

Republicans spent the last eight years blaming Washington’s problems on the politicians elected to office. Starting with the 2010 Tea Party elections, the right wing advanced “everyday” candidates with no political experience — and, of course, tons of their own personal wealth to invest in a campaign —  claiming that if you put a “common man” in office, the government would sort itself out.

Electing Donald Trump as president is the pinnacle of that idea. And as we stare a possible nuclear war in the eyes as a result, it is clear that the idea that pretty much anyone can run the country is a bad one.

We usually expect a lot from our leaders: a calm head, the ability to sift through masses of intricate data, a knack for diplomacy, the desire to put the country’s needs ahead of personal ego. But with President Trump, we appear to be batting zero for four.

Here are four alarming things you probably don’t want to hear about the leader of the free world.

1. He has a habit of hyperbole.

When you are the commander in chief, every word can set off a literal chain reaction, and you can’t just wing it when it comes to public speaking — especially not when you have a tendency towards exaggeration.

Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale explains how this trait may have escalated the U.S. into a potential nuclear showdown with North Korea:

It is possible that Trump intended to make just such a nuclear threat. He has, after all, promised to eradicate North Korea’s nuclear threat ‘one way or the other.  But it is also possible that the president bumbled into the threat because he did not understand the ramifications of a favorite phrase he had in his head.”

After all, many believe the president’s claim that North Korea “[W]ill be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before,” could trigger a nuclear war.

A president who doesn’t understand that his words have the power to incite global conflict is likely to unintentionally start one.

2. He thinks he’s a nuclear expert.

Of course, President Trump may simply be unafraid of nuclear war because he already identifies as an expert on the topic.

“Trump has been obsessed with nuclear weapons for several decades, and has expressed his desire to coordinate with Russia on nuclear policy since the 1980s,” explains Sarah Kendzior. “In 1984 Trump, backed by Roy Cohn, the political operative who advised Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon, proclaimed his goal of negotiating nuclear deals with the Soviets: ‘It would take an hour-and-a-half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles,’ Trump said. ‘I think I know most of it anyway. You’re talking about just getting updated on a situation… You know who really wants me to do this? Roy… I’d do it in a second.’”

A president should know that learning about nuclear weapons requires more time than watching a Pixar movie.

3. He doesn’t read books.

During the 2008 presidential election, it became clear that vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin didn’t read newspapers. She was unable to name one written source when Katie Couric asked Palin where she got her daily news.

President Trump has the same issue today when asked what books he reads. He has stated repeatedly that he “doesn’t have time” to read books, both during his campaign and now that he is in office. Maybe that doesn’t sound alarming, but President Obama and President George W. Bush were both active readers even while holding office. Does our current president lack the attention span — or is he simply uninterested in anything outside his own right-wing echo chamber?

A president who doesn’t read books shows no real intellectual depth or capacity for complex analysis.

4. He has to be fed “pro-Trump” articles to be happy.

However, the president does read. It just so happens that most of that written material includes a daily diet of articles and social media presenting him in a positive light.

These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, don’t contain top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful,” VICE News reports. “One White House official said the only feedback the White House communications shop, which prepares the folder, has ever gotten in all these months is: ‘It needs to be more fucking positive.’ That’s why some in the White House ruefully refer to the packet as ‘the propaganda document.’”

A president who can’t hear bad or negative news is encased in a false reality.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

61 comments

Pamela A
Pamela Aabout a month ago

#notmypresident

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Clare O
Clare O'Bearaabout a month ago

Not mine thank goodness.

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Marija M
Marija Mabout a month ago

Americans voted...

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIEabout a month ago

Well be glad that you dont live in South Africa.

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Brian F
Brian Fabout a month ago

Well I’ve heard before that you dislike Jill Stein. Are you denying that?

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Regus S
Regus Slanteiabout a month ago

Brian F.,

None of my posts even mentions Jill Stein, so how is it that you claim to know that I "hate" her?...........you Tourrettes-infested little TWIT.

I hope your snuggle-buddy "The Donald" gave you what you were looking for.

Cletus

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Brian F
Brian Fabout a month ago

I see the political retard Regus is still posting. Regus hates Jill Stein because she is too progressive and supports free colleges, single payer universal healthcare, marijuana legalization, and a $15.00 an hour minimum wage. These are the policies that corrupt corporate Democrats that Regus supports don’t support. But Regus doesn’t care that Nancy Pelosi is worth 100 million dollars, and doesn’t support single payer universal healthcare, because she’s bought and paid for by big pharma. And our criminal healthcare industry, like the Republicans. Corporations own both corrupt parties, and most of the Democrats are refusing to support progressive policies that we desperately need like single payer universal healthcare, but corporate fake Democrats could care less, which proves he’s a moron.

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Denise D
Denise Dabout a month ago

You are right....I don't want to hear about #45 (see what I did there??)! I want to hear that #45, #45 1/2, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell got impeached!

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Margaret G
Margaret Gabout a month ago

Some people told me that if I voted for Hillary Clinton that then World War III could be very likely. They were right. I voted for Hillary Clinton. And World War III is becoming increasingly likely.

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Leonie Trevanion
Leonie Trevanionabout a month ago

Pity Trump and Kim Jong Un couldn't be put in a ring and just bitch slap each other to death. I don't mean to trivialise the situation between these to madmen But I just don't know what right they both think they have to put other countries in danger because of their dummy spits

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