Has there ever been a leader (or, in this case, a ‘leader’) who has so dominated every minute of every news cycle the way Donald Trump has?
In the pre-Trump era, you could easily go a few days without hearing or seeing one word from the President of the United States. Today, we can’t go 24 hours without some new outrage from Donald Trump, or his chaotic, lunatics-running-the-asylum White House. There are days when Trump packs two or three newsworthy outrages in a single day. This guy tweets like a 13-year-old girl who just HAS to comment on everything she sees, no matter how stupid it may sound.
Consider this week. After a panel of judges let stand another judge’s decision to overturn his travel ban/not a ban on seven mostly Muslim countries, Trump tweeted: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Yes, he’s taking the courts to court. On Thursday, he called Sen. John McCain a loser for questioning Trump policy, even injecting some sarcasm into a tweet, by calling McCain “our hero”. On Wednesday, he tweeted about three different polls, all supporting his travel ban and how truthful he is with the media. He also posted this baffler: “Big increase in traffic into our country from certain areas, while our people are far more vulnerable, as we wait for what should be EASY D!” No one is quite sure what an Easy D is. The same day, he tweeted a link to a story headlined “16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won”. And on the SAME DAY, he tweeted this about the decision by department store Nordstrom’s to stop carrying Ivanka Trump’s poor selling clothing line: “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” Wait, what? Trump needs sometime to push him to do the right thing? And is that ‘terrible’? On Monday, he tweeted a series of attacks on the ‘failing’ New York Times. On Feb. 4, he spat out 10 tweets, including the random “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump may be the first president with ADD.
Trump, by the way, has 24.5 million followers and has tweeted 34,500 times. But how many people does he follow?
The answer, incredibly, is 42 … 15 of which have the name Trump in the handle.
Trump v. Trudeau
On Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau finally has a face-to-orange face meeting with Trump. Trudeau, seen by some as the standard-bearer for liberal policies in the west, is under pressure by some to stand up to Trump about his immigration ban. This would be foolish; right now, Canada is not noticeably on the Trump administration’s radar. If you have a neighbour who’s a bit of a psycho and who is feuding with his other neighbour, why get involved? Trudeau should, and will, talk trade with Trump (for a few seconds, anyway; Trump’s ADD will kick in quickly), and do everything he can to avoid the ban/not a ban controversy. It is not the place for a Canadian prime minister to comment on internal affairs of any other country. I suspect Trudeau will find some way to insert the fact that Canada has allowed 30,000 Syrian refugees into the country … and just leave it at that. For a little historical perspective, please read my column from Edmonton Prime Times about past meetings between prime ministers and presidents.
Richard Hatch, 71, star of the old Battlestar Galactica series … Irwin Corey, 102, a stand up comic often called Professor Irwin Corey, the World’s Foremost Authority … Mike Ilitch, 87, owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, and more importantly the man who inflicted Little Caesars pizza on the world.