Ever since Donald Trump became president-elect Trump, I’ve noticed a dangerous trend in the mainstream media’s attitude toward him, and it frightens me. It seems as though all of a sudden, there’s a need to normalize Donald Trump, to make him more palatable to all of us who got to know him as the nasty, misogynist, xenophobe, racist, sexist, antagonistic rectal orifice he was during his presidential run. It has to stop! There’s no normalizing Donald Trump, and the notion that he will suddenly change since he will now occupy the oval office is ludicrous.
Throughout the entire presidential campaign, the mainstream media showed this obsessive desire to normalize Donald Trump, yet what they ended up doing was lower the bar of decency ever so low for this man, that any well-mannered capuchin monkey could have been Trump-like presidential. Whenever Trump abstained from hurling insults at someone through his infamous twitter account, when he uttered a string of intelligible words, when he mustered the energy to give a back-handed compliment to someone, we all applauded him as though he were a behaviorally challenged patient who was finally responding to some sort of trial drug; and now that he won the election, the media is doing the same thing.
On November 10, two days after his baffling electoral victory, Donald Trump met with President Obama at the White House and exhibited the side of his behavior which became known throughout the campaign as “Xanax Trump.” Xanax Trump is the weirdly calm; lethargically passive to an almost boring Trump we got to meet earlier this year when he visited Mexico and met with President Antonio Peña Nieto. The person we’ve come to know is politically clueless and shameless of that very fact. Even when it became apparent he had a serious chance at becoming his party’s presidential nominee, he did absolutely no effort to learn or become familiar with policies and knowledge of the actual task of governing. The notion that Donald Trump will be this business savvy boardroom style president the media is starting to sell us is an absolute fallacy. Donald Trump himself has told us in several interviews he doesn’t function with structure; he is unable to follow a plan because he is an improviser. He is a man who goes to his office on a daily basis without an agenda and randomly starts placing phone calls. In other words, this is a man who has a pattern of winging it in life without any concrete plan.
In the past few days, we’ve already started to notice this pattern of improvisation emerge with Trump’s transition plans. Most of all, we can already tell there’s no other Trump and there won’t be a different Trump. We must not be bamboozled by the mainstream media’s wishful thinking that somehow he will experience some kind of epiphany that will veer him towards decency. If anything, Trump will be a designator-in-chief; which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if he had any idea of what the scope of his job entails, but it’s becoming clearer and clearer that President-elect Trump is in over his head.
When we take a look at the ongoing chaos in Trump’s transition team, the replacement of Christie for Trump’s Vice-president-elect Mike Pence, the infighting, the failure to establish communication with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) as of Monday, November 14, should tell us all we need to know about the culture of cluelessness prevalent in Donald Trump’s world.
Above all this, the greatest indication of Trump’s abnormality can be seen in his cabinet appointments so far. It seems like every time we hear the names of potential cabinet members in a Trump administration we cringe; yet each appointment so far has been as cringe worthy as the next one. We are noticing Trump rewards loyalty above competency; hence the appointment of Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman, Reince Priebus as his chief of staff. Nothing wrong with Priebus per se, other than the fact he’s never held a government office and has no experience as a staffer for any government official. Then Trump appoints of Stephen K Bannon, a bona fide white supremacist who, in the words of Sen. Harry Reid, is the champion of the Alt-right, as his chief strategist and special counselor. The most unnerving part of Bannon’s appointment is that Donald Trump knew that half of the country, Democrats and Republicans alike, have been apprehensive about the mere fact Bannon was his campaign chief executive officer when Trump was only the Republican nominee, yet Trump never took that into consideration. This proves one thing, and that is, Trump intended to flirt with the alt-right faction of American society all along and he has no problem legitimizing it. Don’t let anyone tell you that Trump will be a different president than the candidate he was. Don’t drink the cool aid; don’t fall for it.
It’s best that we as a society understand and expect President Trump to be erratic in his actions, emotional in his reactions, and arrogant in the face of his own ignorance. If we resist the temptation of allowing the mainstream media to normalize Donald Trump, then we won’t fall into complacency; we will be more vigilant and won’t give him any latitude to break the law, and violate the constitution as he pleases. Trump must be kept in check and it’s our responsibility to do so, and the less we buy his supposed normalcy, the more we’ll be able to see through his shenanigans.