It is no secret that President Donald Trump has been treating the presidency as a reality television show and the American people as his viewership. El Jefe has on multiple occasions demonstrated his goal to make the presidency exciting by keeping Americans in suspense, all of which could very well be a guise to hide his own indiscretions and illegal doings.
For instance, Trump used useless visuals to perform a ribbon cutting ceremony in the White House, and filmed the entire event. Trump tweeted live from the ceremony, stating:
‘In 1960, there were approximately 20,000 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations. Today there are over 185,000 pages, as seen in the Roosevelt Room. Today we CUT THE RED TAPE! It is time to SET FREE OUR DREAMS and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’
The event was fit for a television demigod, and it can be assumed he thought it would draw high ratings.
In 1960, there were approximately 20,000 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations. Today there are over 185,000 pages, as seen in the Roosevelt Room.
Today, we CUT THE RED TAPE! It is time to SET FREE OUR DREAMS and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/teAVNzjvcx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2017
Now as rumors circulate that Trump will pardon former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, Trump seems ambivalent to clarify his intentions. In fact, he has been treating the matter as if it is a preview of next week’s episode of The Apprentice.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 15, 2017
Just this morning, NBC News tweeted a brief interview with President Trump in which the reporter asked about the status of Michael Flynn. Trump waved off the reporter, and basically refused to answer the question. He stated:
‘I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We’ll see what happens. Let’s see, I can say this. When you look at what’s gone on with the FBI and the Justice Department, people are very, very angry.’
Trump dismissed the reporter with a “thank you very much,” and walked away from the media as if there are no consequences to be had for his actions and statements, as if he has no responsibility to tell Americans the truth about the goings on in his administration.
JUST IN: Pres. Trump declines to rule out a pardon for Flynn:
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) December 15, 2017
In the same media interface, Trump blatantly dodged a question about Flynn. A reporter asked Trump when he found out Flynn lied to the FBI, to which the president responded:
‘What else is there… you know the answer. How many times has that question been asked?’
The problem is, the question may have been asked on more than one occasion, but the president has failed each time to acknowledge the question, let alone answer it.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 15, 2017
Trump’s resistance to speak to the media is definitely on brand, and perhaps the reasons behind his hatred for the media are more obvious than it seems. Trump thrives on having an audience and feeds off high ratings. As long as he continues to sweep problems under the rug to heighten the scene and draw out actions as if they are plot lines in a story, he will continue to have that audience. The problem is, Americans deserve transparency, and they deserve to know the truth about what is going on with their elected officials. This is the principle on which Trump based his entire campaign: draining the swamp and complete transparency. However, when it comes to holding people accountable for their words and actions, the president refuses to even hold himself accountable.
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