The Huffington Post has been widely criticized for its decision to cover Donald Trump’s run for President as entertainment instead of politics. Although Trump’s inability to take criticism without unleashing a vocal nuclear assault of personal attacks can be extremely entertaining, the role of responsible, professional media outlets is to push beyond the facade of events and provide a story that matters to their readers.
Considering Donald Trump’s 2012 Presidential run focused on proving President Obama was born outside of the United States, as well as Trump’s recent disparaging remarks that essentially framed all illegal immigrants as rapists, criminals, and undesirable in general, the Huffington Post’s decision is understandable.
Trump’s decision to declare John McCain is not a War Hero appears to only serves support the Huffington Post’s rationale. Obviously, being captured during Vietnam does not make John McCain a hero. He is considered a hero for serving his Country and not betraying his Country to the Viet Con.
For anyone who has ever listened to a Donald Trump interview or read one of his books, the man actually has a great deal to offer the American People. This writer does not agreement with a great deal of what Trump says, but there is a reason Donald Trump is a billionaire. He understands business on a national and international level. He also understands how public policy can affect business, thus he can be a constructive force in public policy debates that focus balancing the interests of the American People and with those of business.
In the book “Why We Want You to Be Rich,” which was cowritten by Donald Trump and “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” author Robert Kiyosaki, the authors discuss the hazards of failing to grow one’s income above the inflation rate. Trump might not be the best writer in the world or offer solutions that will work for most people, but he does understand the problems facing the American People and he does care about the welfare of people.
The problem with Donald Trump is that he feels he always has to go one-step too far. Instead of showing some grace and humility, he has to be right at all costs, even when he is wrong. Because politics has grown increasingly negative, filled with intensifying personal attacks, and defined by blatant generalities intended to unite supporters at the expense of others, Trump feels compelled to be the best at being the worst of the worst.
Instead, he needs to show he is truly a leader worthy enough to be US President by learning when to shut his mouth, apologize, and focus on economic policy. In other words, he must provide what the American People need. He must learn to be a public servant.