2017-03-16 / Viewpoint

President needs a time-out

Andrew Heller — Columnist

It’s becoming clearer by the day that we’ve elected a child as president. I don’t say that to be insulting or partisan.

I say it as a parent. I raised three kids and recognize child-like behavior when I see it. In a child, childish behavior is normal and to be expected.

In a president, it’s just plain scary.

Example No. 1: Do you remember when your kids would torment each other with “I’m rubber, you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you”?

Trump does that. He did it again the other day, in fact, when he tweeted this: “Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, ‘Tell Vladimir that after the election I’ll have more flexibility?’”

He (the rubber) was referring to President Obama (the glue), who was seeking re-election at the time he asked for a message to be sent to Putin. Shocking? Evidence of wrongdoing on Obama’s part? Uh, not quite. Point of order: When you’re president it’s OK to send messages to foreign leaders. In fact, it’s your job. It’s not OK, however, when you’re not yet the president, which is what Trump’s team did. Trump knows that. But he tweeted it anyway.

Just like a kid.

Example No. 2: My kids also used to try to divert my attention if they were trouble.

“I might’ve broken the lamp but Henry didn’t sweep the garage like you told him to. And Annie hasn’t brushed her teeth in a week. And mom dented the car.” I used to call that the “Look! Over there!” move.

Trump does that, too. After reports that the Obama administration worked to protect potential evidence of Trump’s Russian connections, Trump tweeted this: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process? This is Nixon/ Watergate. Bad (sick) guy!”

Wow. The fact that the president of the United

States either can’t spell ‘tap’ or doesn’t bother to edit his work is sad enough. But accusing a former president of a high crime without a shred of evidence is shocking, dismaying and decidedly unpresidential.

It’s also perfectly in keeping with our commander-in-chief’s behavior thus far.

Then there’s the lying. Trump, like my kids when they were young, tells whoppers. Huge whoppers. Epic whoppers. Whoppers that are so audaciously false that people chuckle or gasp – Mexicans are rapists, immigrants are out to get us, the economy is terrible, millions of illegals voted, unemployment is rampant, the nation is crumbling, he inherited a mess, only he can fix it all.

But it isn’t funny. This guy’s childishness could cause real damage.

Too bad his parents aren’t still around to tell him to knock it off. andrewhellercolumn@gmail.com

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