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Opinion

Where Donald Trump Is Totally Lacking

In my lifetime, Trump was one of our most effective presidents.

Well, he did it again. Instead of thanking his New Hampshire supporters, laying out his plans for the rest of his campaign, and re-stating his vision for the country, Donald Trump spent most of his time that night lambasting his opponent, in this case, Nikki Haley. What a waste of free air-time, and the potential loss of millions of voters in November.

On the Verge of Greatness

In my lifetime, Trump was one of our most effective presidents. Had it not been for COVID-19, he would have turned in stellar numbers for the economy, employment, and so many other areas as a result of all four of his years in office. Similar to 75 million other Trump voters in 2020, I was disappointed by the election results and by gross irregularities perpetrated by Democrats across the country.

During the time Trump has been out of office, however, I expected him to have acquired greater perspective as to what type of person should be leading the United States of America. I had hoped that he would have developed a greater sense of tact. There is no need to belittle opponents with ad hominem attacks.

Joe Biden, as the prime example, is an easy target. He is corrupt beyond belief, a 50-year leach on our republic, and mentally and physically doddering day after day. Onstage during rallies and public appearances, when Trump mocks Biden, Trump is not doing himself any favors with independent voters.

Mockery Comes at Great Cost

Who actually pauses to consider why Trump needs to mock Biden and other political opponents? I belong to the National Speakers Association and began making speeches professionally decades ago. I’ve spoken to just under 1,100 groups. I can tell you that Trump’s use of mockery is to seek some cheap laughs.

Nearly all public speakers have an inborn need for approval. There’s no greater approval than when you say something humorous, everyone in the audience is on the same wavelength, and they capitulate in exactly the way that you had hoped. However, as the president of the United States, and perhaps president once again, Trump should be able to rise above seeking cheap laughs.

From the time Trump first started campaigning, to his last day in office, I would cringe at some of his remarks and tweets. I mean, why does he do so? At the 2016 G.O.P. televised debates, he referred to Senator Rubio (R-F.L.) as “little Marco.” Outrageous.

The number of people who Trump has verbally castigated is legion. He claimed that three-time Oscar winner, Meryl Streep, couldn’t act. He has referred to others as stupid, slow, and corrupt. What is the value of making such statements? For one, many are demonstrably false. Meryl Streep is the record holder for Academy Award nominations with 21. Amazingly 17 are for best actress; four are for best supporting actress, and Academy voters don’t lightly hand out such nominations.

Turnabout Doesn’t Yield the Desired Results

Granted, no matter what Trump or any other Republican does in office, the Left is continuously irked and seeks ways to diminish that person, 24-7. So, Trump’s acts and behaviors that upset the Left ought to be of a high level. Why incur wrath over low-level tweets and off-the-wall statements?

Antagonize the Left with tremendous policies, wonderful programs, and initiatives that actually help the majority of Americans. Incur hostility for something that’s worthwhile.

During these last three years, did Trump take time to reflect? He could have read a variety of opinions from those who supported him and from those who were upset about his demeanor, mockery, and mean tweets.

When Capitulation is Required

Barack Obama, the devil in disguise who personifies evil, maintained his demeanor as a figurehead. He rarely showed anger in public. When he put down others, he did it in a sophisticated way. No one should emulate Obama since he is the essence of duplicity, subterfuge, and sabotage. The face he put forward and the way in which he conducted himself, however, even if one can’t stand him, was vastly superior to Trump.

For 2024, Trump has the chops needed to put our country back on track, while often displaying infantile behavior. Most of the Republican politicians whom I favor, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Jim Jordan, Josh Hawley, and Tom Cotton, aren’t running for president.

If it has to be Donald Trump, like so many others, I will capitulate, but I can’t stand antics.

Jeff Davidson

Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people.

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