Some unsolicited presidential advice


The nation has been observing the behavior of President Donald Trump now for well over a year, if you count the raucous presidential debates where the name-calling began. It was “Lying Ted” for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and “Little Marco” for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and “Crooked Hillary” for Sec. Hillary Clinton. Add “the devil” and “nasty woman” to the list of names referring to the latter.

Apparently this kind of tactic worked for Trump because he came out on top after the Republican presidential debates and went on to handily defeat Mrs. Clinton in the general election last November. We were among many who hoped that the name-calling and juvenile behavior of this president would cease after he was elected and that he would act much more “presidential” which implies some level of professional civility and statesmanship.

He has failed to meet our expectations miserably and continues on his tweeting rants by referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un as “rocket man” and Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” which she, no doubt, deserves after falsely claiming Native American heritage to help get a position at Harvard. None of this is helping to advance Trump’s agenda, which should be his primary focus.

Do not ever say that Arizona Sen. John McCain is not a hero “because he was captured and I prefer heroes that were not captured.” That is an idiotic thing to say and did not endear you to anyone, especially your loyal supporters. And do not ever pick a fight with Gold Star parents. Ever.

He also continues his attack on the press, mainly the big television networks and newspapers like the New York Times for putting out what he refers to as “fake news.” He has a point in that these news outlets fell all over themselves in supporting the Clinton candidacy in last November’s presidential election. They did all they could to see that Clinton was cast in a favorable light and Trump was not. Chalk that up to obvious media liberal bias.

Former presidential advisor to four presidents, David Gergen, pointed out in an article on CNN earlier this week that 80 percent of the coverage of Trump’s first 100 days in office was negative, according to Tom Patterson, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center. Patterson, who has been following press coverage of presidents for decades, found that Trump got significant negative press coverage during the campaign and also during the first few months of his presidency, which was described as brutal.

No wonder Trump continues his ranting at what he continues to call negative coverage which looks past any accomplishments his administration may have had, like deregulation of the energy industry and a robust economy. If we could give any advice to Trump it would be to knock off the juvenile name-calling and stop attacking the press. You are the President of the United States of America. Try acting like one.

Try not to always be the center of attention. Try not to always have to be right. Sometimes you are wrong. Admit it and move on. People will think more highly of you if you are not always so combative. Try to be more conciliatory.

All this being said, Trump, as controversial as he is to Democrats and even those in his own party, and with all his faults, is 100 percent better than the alternative we had in last November’s election. We know he is a fighter for America which is a welcome change.

For the good of the country, we just wish he would stop fighting with everybody else and work with members of Congress in both parties in order to advance the agenda that got him elected.