Trump Admits Attacks Are “Not Presidential” But Pledges To Continue

I have often criticized President Donald Trump for personal attacks and insults against critics as well as the media as a whole. We have discussed how the name calling and abuse is unpresidential. Now, in his latest attack, Trump has admitted that his attacks are “not presidential” (including his most recent statements regarding MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch). However, he then pledged to continue such unpresidential statements because they work. I am not sure which is more disturbing: not recognizing unpresidential conduct or recognizing it but pledging to continue it. Principle often requires us to forego actions or comments that would be otherwise beneficial or satisfying.

The latest tirade was triggered by Deutsch objecting (as many have) to Trump using an interview during the D-Day commemorations to attack his political opponents like Nancy Pelosi. I was one of those disturbed by the interview during the solemn events surrounding the 75th anniversary. (Even stalwart Trump supporters like Rep. Pete King criticized Trump for the interview). Trump was representing the nation during these events and it should have been a time reserved for honoring our fallen from World War II.

Trump responded to Deutsch with a tweet stating

“Little @DonnyDeutsch, whose show, like his previous shoebiz tries, is a disaster, has been saying that I had been a friend of his. This is false.” He then added “He, & separately @ErinBurnett, used to BEG me to be on episodes of the Apprentice (both were bad), but that was it. Hardly knew him,..other than to know he was, and is, a total Loser. When he makes statements about me, they are made up, he knows nothing!”

Trump then added “I know it is not at all “Presidential” to hit back at the Corrupt Media, or people who work for the Corrupt Media, when they make false statements about me or the Trump Administration. Problem is, if you don’t hit back, people believe the Fake News is true. So we’ll hit back!”

First, there are in fact many surrogates for Trump who will “hit back.” However, that is not the point. Being presidential — like being principled — demanded that you sometimes take a course that it not to your advantage. It means not yielding to every temptation or fighting for every political advantage. I have previously objected to the bias shown by some in the media in reporting on Trump. However, that is not license to engage in petty and personal attacks. That is indeed the very test of “being presidential” rather than just “being president.”

One can accept every criticism made by Trump and still object to his making those criticisms as president. It is also fair from clear that these attacks are helping Trump. He has antagonized many voters who will be essential in the general election. Many voters do care about “being presidential” . . . even when you see the benefits of not being presidential.

172 thoughts on “Trump Admits Attacks Are “Not Presidential” But Pledges To Continue”

  1. To Mr. Kurtz
    To “Here, Jewish Dennis Praeger discusses this…”
    To All others of of a similar mind set

    “Did it start with:

    Did it start with:

    Yinon Plan

    Did it start with:

    “Of course, we say it’s our land, the Torah says it, but they (Palestinians & Arabs) don’t believe in the Torah. So that’s the reason there is not peace.” – Senator Chuck Schumer’s speech at AIPAC.

    8:52 PM – Mar 6, 2018

    Did it start with:

    Wesley Clark 7 counties in 5 years

    Did it start with the Balfour Declaration of 1917.

    “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

    ( The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government in 1917 during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a small minority Jewish population. )

    Did it start with:

    It did not start with the First Zionist Congress held in Basel (Basle), Switzerland, from August 29 to August 31, 1897.

    Zionism aims at establishing for the Jewish people a publicly and legally assured home in Palestine. For the attainment of this purpose, the Congress considers the following means serviceable:
    1. The promotion of the settlement of Jewish agriculturists, artisans, and tradesmen in Palestine.
    2. The federation of all Jews into local or general groups, according to the laws of the various countries.
    3. The strengthening of the Jewish feeling and consciousness.
    4. Preparatory steps for the attainment of those governmental grants which are necessary to the achievement of the Zionist purpose.
    — Formula adopted by the First Zionist Congress

    Did it start with:

    Book 5 of the Torah
    Attributed to a Moses
    So-called: Deuteronomy 20:10-17
    King James Version (KJV)

    10 When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it.
    11 And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee.
    12 And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it:
    13 And when the Lord thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:
    14 But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.
    15 Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.
    16 But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:
    17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee:
    King James Version (KJV)

    [ Is it not curious how some people on this blog cannot but fail to get off topic and on to their own favorite topic. ]

    dennis hanna

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