What The ‘Covfefe’!

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I have no support for what the comedienne Kathy Griffin did and though she rendered an apology that seemed genuine enough I think that she should at least be suspended for a good period of time to send out a strong message that what she put out  in the name of comedy was in no way acceptable by any standards and most distasteful in every way. We have enough evil in the world without anyone for whatever reason thinking that it is ok to use symbolic representations of the most reprehensible evil as a form of comedy or entertainment. It is simply not on.  I personally have no time for Donald Trump and the the tantrums of both him and his White House team (I mean in particular, Kelly Anne Conway and Shaun Spicer) BUT he is the president of the United States after all and still deserves respect regardless, for the office he holds, despite his displays of temperamental immaturity and worse.

What Kathy Griffin did was inexcusable and not one shade funny as I found it most offensive on behalf of a president who for all his flaws and failings is a husband, father and grandfather to those who love him for who and what he is and however much the mainstream public may find his conduct and mannerisms objectionable.

I don’t believe that just because we live a freedom of speech era, it is acceptable to be deliberately offensive and grotesque and Kathy Griffin’s so called ‘comedic’ piece could certainly be described as such. However, by the same token I think that the language and tone that Trump supporters adopt in speaking out against those who do not support their political point of view is almost as bad and quite distasteful.

However well intentioned Trump might be in trying to ‘make America great again’ he has shown time and again that he lacks the professionalism, the competence, the temperament and grasp of intelligence and knowledge required to be president of such a complex democratic and political system. He certainly lacks the ability to exercise reasoned judgement over complex world and political issues as part of his presidential remit. He is already becoming a disgrace to America and much of the world continues to shake their heads in bafflement that they could have allowed such a man to assume the most powerful political position in the world. The fact that he was questionably a successful businessman does not automatically qualify him for making a good president and almost every day he proves this with his pettiness and bizarre tirades on the press and on anyone who disagrees with him.

He and his team should stop whining about the imaginary media witch-hunt. Trump only has himself to blame for many of his political woes. He acted and believed that he was above the law and the obligations of due process; thinking he could simply waltz in to the White House and conduct his tenure as though he was on the American Apprentice show. The sweeping arrogance of both him and his White House team remain on constant parade and seem to be more in keeping with the behaviour of third world quasi-dictator. His main focus seems to be all about taking verbally aggressive swipes at the media and making sure that he undermines Obama’s legacy in any way he can, regardless of whether there is political merit in doing so. His feverish obsession with posting bizarre and constantly defensive tweets is beginning to make him look temperamentally dysfunctional at the very least. Where are his advisers. Can’t the more dignified Melania get him to stop? Obviously not.

As for the unwise standoff with mainstream media, this is the way they have always been and have always subjected people in high office to the same level of scrutiny, accountability and even witch hunt tactics.  The only difference is that other presidents have been able to rise above media scrutiny provocation with the objectivity and dignity their exalted position demands while Trump and his White House team instead display regressive behaviour by being blameful, politically uncomposed and downright unprofessional. Instead they’ve become increasingly given to conjuring up fake news and alternative facts as a form of retaliatory defense. Then they wonder that they are witch-hunted?

What we are witnessing from this president and his team is nothing short of a leadership debacle with a president who seems to be way over his head and a White House team who don’t seem to understand their role or to have a grip on their Commander-in-Chief. The toxic environment his lack of political acumen and finesse is engendering might soon implode if due care is not taken. Trump is now being given a dose of his own medicine as it dawns on him that it is not as easy to deliver on campaign promises as he kept boasting nor is it easy to be president. He is now eliciting the same disrespect and ridicule as he deliberately tried to heap upon his predecessor for no reason other than his racist mindset could simply not prevent. 

Well, my advice to Trump is this: He and his supporters should understand that what goes around eventually does come around! He needs to stop the bleating, stop the tweeting, stop the bullying and start governing with the dignity his office deserves. He is president of the US of A for heaven’s sake not a third world dictator; much as he would like to be! 

Well, that’s it till my next post. It is way past midnight at time of writing and just like Trump in typical gobbledegook speak, I bid you ‘covfefe’!

Kobi Emmanuella-King

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