There are many things that bother me about Trump being our new president. Perhaps the worst is I believe he is a coward. Yes, the worse kind of coward. The type I call the basement hero who hides in the basement of his house and tells how outrageous things are but when in a face-to-face meeting with one of the objects of his scorn melts like the Wicked Witch of the West after encountering water.
Trump has no basement to live in but he has the equivalent. This is his little device attached to the Internet which allows him to tweet. He can be big and bold on the tweeter but when in a one on one situation he becomes a Casper Milktoast or a Shivering Sadie. All his life he has hidden behind lawyers and been in situations where he has not had to tell a person who was on an equal basis with him difficult news to that person’s face.
I would have to guess that is one reason he never was involved in public service. He would have to deal with people on his same level which would be difficult for him if he had to tell them something to their face they did not like. His life has been acting as a good time Charlie with his equals when dealing straight up with them; but when in difficult situation calling in lawyers and order them, his underlings, to do his dirty work.
What I am trying to get my head around is how this will cause him to act as president. When a guy like Putin calls him on the telephone and he cowers during his conversation with him will Putin take it as a green light to do whatever he wants. How about when he cowers when talking to the leaders of two nations which are antagonistic to each other like India and Pakistan? Will he send out confused signals which each one believing he is backing them up in a dispute?
I do not know if we have ever had such a cowardly president take office. And don’t think because of my dislike for Trump I am imagining his lack of fortitude. It is open and obvious to any of you who would take off your blinders and look at what he has done.
The first clear instance of this came with his signature selling point to his crowd that he was going to build a wall between Mexico and the United States and make Mexico pay for it. (He has backed away from that once elected.) Over and over he repeated it. Then, in the middle of the campaign, he flew off to Mexico to deal face to face with the Mexican president. What courage! He was going into the enemy’s camp and laying down his cards.
What happened? Trump said the subject of who was going to pay for the wall did not come up. What? How could that be? As one writer said: “But for a guy whose proposal to have Mexico pay for the wall has largely been dismissed as a ridiculous assertion, not bringing it up in a meeting with the Mexican president will only further that perception.”
That was my first indication that Trump lacked moral fortitude. It wasn’t like he was a spectator sitting in the audience, he was the one engaged in the conversation. How could he have not brought it up? The answer is simple it would have been an unpleasant subject that he feared talking about.
That thought passed back into the recesses of my mind until I read the transcript of his interview with the N.Y. Times. Here he was face to face with the people he excoriated during his campaign and on each issue they asked him about he backed down from what he said in his campaign. For an hour he crawled in front of the N.Y. Times telling them what great people they were and how their paper was the jewel of all papers. It made my skin crawl to see such cringing.
Then we have news of his call with Nawaz Sharif the prime minister of Pakistan. He has been excoriating this country over the past about harboring Osama bin Laden and other things. Here is what he said in a person to person conversation: “You have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy,” it goes. In addition, Pakistan is “a fantastic country, fantastic place” with the most “intelligent” people and “your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities” He ended by saying: “Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people”
We really are in trouble as a nation with this guy. The basement bully is going to severely damage much of what is left of our nation’s reputation. Let’s hope that terrific and fantastic guy Kim Jong-un doesn’t call him.