Donald Trump recently tweeted yet another silly meme. In the middle of a pandemic, and with the economy in freefall, shouldn't he be working?
Donald Trump loves Twitter.
Every day, it seems he’s tweeting about something or other. Some days, he’s attacking journalists who dare to print valid criticisms. Some days, he’s sending the stock market into freefall. And still other days, he’s just being plain foolish.
Today happens to be the latter of those days, as Trump tweeted a video of himself superimposed on Bill Pullman’s body. The video, which was taken from the hit film Independence Day, positions Trump as a great leader uniting all Americans against a common foe.
As of this writing, the tweet has more than 77,000 retweets and 241,000 likes.
And that’s pretty impressive.
But it’d be even more impressive if Donald Trump would stop tweeting and just do his job.
Pullman, a fine enough actor who doesn’t court publicity or problems, spoke up after Trump’s tweet and made clear that nobody owns his voice but him.
For Pullman, it’s not about politics — it’s unclear if Pullman supports, or is against, Donald Trump, and it doesn’t even matter at this point. For Pullman, it’s about professionalism.
Trump may have come from the entertainment world — albeit his efforts to “break into” Hollywood were mostly thwarted, and he contented himself with hosting The Apprentice and hawking fast food — but he is not an entertainer.
He is not an actor.
At this point, he’s not even a billionaire or a millionaire.
Donald Trump is the president of the United States, whether we like it or not. And he will be for the next 170 days or so.
There’s certainly no shortage of things he can do in those 170 days to salvage some semblance of dignity for both himself and the Oval Office.
Let’s summarize the mess the United States is in, as of this writing, so Donald Trump can decide what he wants to tackle first in the remaining days of his presidential term.
First off, the stock market is headed for another crash. As it stands, all of the gains from the past ten years have been completely wiped out, and there’s nowhere left for the Dow to go but down.
Next, there’s a housing crisis that’s quickly reaching critical mass. There’s been a great exodus, already, from Silicon Valley. Neither the Fed nor the Trump administration has made any provisions to stave off the impending storm. And any further failure to do so will make 2008 look like a cakewalk.
Then there’s the unemployment rate. As of this writing, nearly 15% of all Americans are out of work, the highest rate since the Great Depression. Yesterday, it was announced that another 3 million Americans filed for unemployment. That brings the total of unemployed Americans to a staggering 36.5 million.
And of course, let’s not forget the current coronavirus pandemic. As of this writing, there have been more than 1.5 million people who have tested positive for COVID-19. And the current death toll in the United States is at a jaw-dropping 90,000 — and that number is steadily climbing. Yet, instead of taking action, Donald Trump continues to claim that COVID-19 deaths are “political,” as though exemption from disease is dependent on your political affiliation.
No matter which side of the political aisle you sit on, we can all agree that these issues are paramount to the survival of this country. Donald Trump needs to get off Twitter and get to tackling these very serious issues.
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This article was edited by Samburaj Das.
Last modified: May 18, 2020 7:54 AM UTC