Societal division is in the eye of the beholder so I will stretch- to the breaking point- my hold on logic and give President Trump the benefit of the doubt when it comes to several of his recent proclamations. This is in deference to his supporters who believe these proclamations are an example of leadership rather than raw division for the narcissistic pleasure at being at the center of chaos. Start with Hilary. It divides the electorate to continue to call the defeated leader of the opposing party “crooked”. But, hey, from a Trump supporter’s point of view she is still in the game as a political leader and a fair target. He’s not showing political decorum but remember he’s not a politician-that’s why he was elected. Or consider criticism of a war hero with terminal brain cancer. Nothing wrong with stoking a vendetta worthy of middle school with John McCain. He gave the big theatrical thumbs down for political effect when voting against a Trump supported bill so he should be able to take it. He’s a big boy in the eyes of a Trump supporter. And then there is the sport that cuts across party lines- professional football, discussed and enjoyed by republican and democrat alike. The “knee taking” could have played out as important discussion involving free speech, contract law, and racial discrimination. Instead Trump elevated it to (high school this time) “fire the SOB”. But again, a Trump supporter might believe standing during National Anthem is so essential to being an American that it takes a leader like Trump to remind us of the dastardly nature of this act.
But the benefit of the doubt cannot be stretched to include disrespecting those who have fallen in service to this country. As a nation we have been collectively taught how to respect the fallen- The Gettysburg Address. “We have come to dedicate a portion of this field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live.” Comparisons to Abraham Lincoln are humbling but when you run for the presidency with statements like “only I can fix this” it comes with the territory. What did President Trump say when given the opportunity to discuss the nature of sacrifice? “I call every family, not like my predecessor.” Shows the man’s inability to understand that the nature of his job includes uniting us, not dividing us. If he can get this so wrong what hope is there that he can get anything right. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, he is not fit to be President.