There is a petty little argument put forward by Trump’s team that makes clear one of their most serious shortcomings.
They complain repeatedly that liberals and especially the media are trying to delegitimize the election. Those who are not enthralled by Trump keep responding inappropriately by denying the charge. It is an endless and pointless battle.
What has gone wrong is that the Trump team has set the parameters of the conversation and the other side has allowed this to happen.
Here’s what I mean: Kellyanne Conway and the Trump team accuse the media of trying to prove that the election was illegal, though they misleadingly use the term “delegitimize.” The charge is patently false but it does no good merely to argue against it, since the Trump team has no regard for truth or good sense. The issue for which the press and others (myself included) is not that the election was somehow illegal but that Trump is not morally legitimate.
Trump is morally not fit for his office for many reasons, including:
- He has absolutely no regard for truth or morality, lying almost constantly and bragging about predatory behavior. He seems to think his own top-of-his-head and flippant remarks are good substitutes for knowledge. And his team thinks “alternative facts” are actually facts.
- He very obviously is more concerned with his own ego than with the good of the nation and the world which looks to us for leadership. That makes him immature and amazingly petty.
- He is mean-spirited and vengeful, using personal and utterly fake charm now and then to throw people off balance. His meanness is going to become more and more obvious as the resistance to him grows.
- He is clueless about what it means to be a president in a democracy, valuing the style of a tyrant above that of a democratic leader. Conservatives complained about Obama’s use of Executive Orders, even though he issued fewer than almost any president since WW II. When will they catch on that Trump thinks they are nearly the only tool he can imagine using?
And the list, of course, could go one. In fact, I suspect each day will bring further proof that he is a pretender in his office, a total fraud. In his first 6 1/2 days he has already disqualified himself from office.
What, then, does it reveal about the Trump team that they complain of the press trying to delegitimze Trump’s election? Their argument demonstrates that they are simply blind to moral values and can think only in amoral terms.
As an aside, I think it is cute — childish but cute — that Trump complained about a rigged election until he won. Then when the Green Party wanted a recount, he insisted that the election had been fair. Now, with his ego being challenged about the size of the crowd at his inauguration, he has decided there were in fact 3-5 millions illegal votes and that all of them went against him.
Again, this is revealing. First it reveals that he is guided by hubris and second it reveals that he has no interest in evidence, fact, or knowledge. But of course we’ve known that all along. And a third revelation is that Trump does not know the difference between registration and actual voting. Again, he is simply an ignorant man.