In the president’s world, you’re either for him or against him. It’s seriously doubtful that he has any practical understanding of nuance, preferring to instead stick to black and white. If you say anything negative about him — even if it’s just repeating something incendiary that he’s said — suddenly you’re an enemy of the American people.
On the other hand, if you work in any way to support a positive public image of the president, then suddenly, in his world, you’re a “Great American Hero” according to some of his latest Twitter ranting.
The context for the president’s latest ranting is one of his favorite obsessions — the Russia scandal. You’d think that if the president was really so worried about negative press coverage associated with the scandal, that he’d stay away from it and let it run its course and be over with.
Such has not proven to the case, with an endless barrage of public statements from the president seeking to undercut the legitimacy of the nation’s entire justice system, along with occasional moves like the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey last year.
The latest episode in this saga of Trump and the Republicans seeking to send the whole justice system up in smoke for the sake of putting an end to the Russia investigation came last week, when the “Nunes memo” was released.
This memo, compiled by House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, alleges abuses of surveillance power at the Department of Justice connected to the government’s investigation of the Trump team, and the going line from the Trump camp in response to this is that the whole Russia investigation has been proven to be a sham.
Such would be convenient for the Trump team — if only it were true.
Interests ranging from Congressional Democrats to the FBI have raised concerns about the accuracy of Nunes’ document, and at that, the Russia investigation has long included more issues than those associated with the supposedly overbearing surveillance.
Even still, in a feat of ignorance, the Trump team continues to press on with the line that the Nunes memo completely vindicates the president.
Even though four of the president’s former associates have now faced charges in connection to the Russia investigation, the president’s team is still looking to just make the whole thing go away as if U.S. national political affairs have the seriousness of a children’s fairy tale.
Trump echoed this line on Twitter Monday morning in praise of Rep. Nunes, writing:
‘Representative Devin Nunes, a man of tremendous courage and grit, may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!’
It’s somewhat an open question what it is that Trump is referring to here. Nunes has faced negative press coverage, sure, since he’s ignored law and order in favor of his own partisan politics.
The commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces evidently missed the memo, but “enduring” such is not what makes one a “Great American Hero.” Those who — like Arizona Senator John McCain, disparaged by the president in the past — have given much or all of their lives to the protection of the United States are great American heroes.
Those who work to promote the cause of the disadvantaged — those are heroes, not people like Trump and Nunes.
Check out Twitter’s response to the president’s latest ranting below.
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