During the rally at Nashville, Tenn. Wednesday night, President Donald Trump continued to live out his weird and troubling fantasy that he is still campaigning. He high-tailed out of Washington earlier in the day in an attempt to escape mounting troubling news for his presidency and himself. Trump made a stop in Michigan and then went on to Nashville to seek the therapy he craves: adulation from his supporters.
What is noteworthy is that although he ventured to friendly terrain in Nashville, his appearance in the relatively small arena had many empty seats. The days of filling up huge stadiums may be over for the president.
In discussing another legal defeat on his Muslim ban at the hands of the U.S. District Court in Hawaii, he managed to take yet another swipe at his defeated foe, Hillary Clinton.
Trump said, “[The judge’s decision] is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach. The law and the Constitution give the president the power to suspend immigration, when he or she – fortunately, it will not be Hillary she.”
Immediately thereafter, the Trump supporters joined in the all-too-familiar chant of “lock her up” as they so often did on the campaign trail. And the president did nothing to squelch it; instead, he strutted around much like a boxer would as his opponent is left lying on the ring while the referee is counting to ten.
What Trump has failed to grasp or accept is that the majority of voters did not vote for him. Taking potshots at Mrs. Clinton is not helping build any kind of support. In fact, it motivates the resistance further. #hocopolitics
This lame and cheap shot directed towards her divides the country even more. Ironically, he lamented this division later during his speech that he read off the teleprompter.
Remember Mr. Trump, you are not in campaign mode; you are president of all the people in the U.S. not just your supporters as well as the leader of the free world. Try acting like one. You are making the Divided States of America even more divided. And it’s on you.