Longtime public servant and political commentator Robert Reich made a point of calling out President-elect Donald Trump for his recent vitriolic “New Year’s” message.
The former Secretary of Labor under former President Bill Clinton and Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government professor knows what makes a president great. Reich has worked with former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, too, and knows what America wants and expects from its presidents.
And the snarky, even hostile New Year’s message from Donald Trump from the grounds of his luxury resort in Florida, where he is still raking in plenty of money, is not the kind of inspiration that America is looking for. Especially if things are as dire as the president-elect wants us to believe.
‘Donald Trump issued the following tweet on the last day of 2016: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”’
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
‘The man who is about to become President of the United States continues to exhibit a mean-spirited, thin-skinned, narcissistic and vindictive character.
‘Trump sees the world in terms of personal wins or losses, enemies or friends, supporters or critics.
‘He hasn’t yet figured out that a president holds a position of public trust that transcends personal animus. A president is supposed to represent all Americans, including those who voted against him and may continue to oppose him.
‘In a democracy, those who fight against a president’s policies are not his personal enemies; they are political opponents and critics. A democracy depends on the freedom to oppose those in power, without fear of reprisal, without being denigrated or labeled an enemy.’
After schooling Trump on how a president is supposed to act, Reich offered the president elect some helpful advice:
‘Happy New Year, Mr. Trump. You have 20 days in which to learn how to act as a president. All of us – even those who oppose your policies and worry about your character – sincerely hope you do.’
Trump could also check out his predecessor, who truly knows how an American president is supposed to behave on social media.
The day before, Reich shared his own list of New Year’s resolutions.
My top dozen New Year’s resolutions:
1. Resist Trump.
2. Resist Trump.
3. Resist Trump.
4. Get 7 hours sleep… https://t.co/Ckd1Wt5uDI
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 31, 2016
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