It has been a very rough week for President Trump. Very rough.
The same could be said about many weeks President Trump has been in office, but this week was especially bad.
There were reports late Wednesday night that Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice for his actions in firing the former FBI Director James Comey.
Instead of simply letting the investigation proceed, President Trump’s comments and tweets about the investigation has become increasingly hostile and troubling this week.
Trump seemed to confirm the report that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. Then, there were reports that Trump might actually be considering firing the Special Counsel and the Acting Attorney General. He frustratingly tweeted out his fury with the investigation.
Then, on late Thursday afternoon, Trump tweeted out, “Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?”
Soon after, Trump tweeted, “Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, ‘bleached’ emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?”
Trump won the election so it makes little sense that he keeps dredging up Hillary Clinton. He should not be childishly tweeting about the 2016 Election. The fact is, he, not Clinton, is President now. While it’s not certain whether or not Trump understands just how serious an obstruction charge would be, one thing is for certain: Trump can’t seem to let go of the results of the 2016 Election.
It was the best day of his life.
Despite everything he had done in his life before; whether it was amassing over a billion dollar net worth or becoming an international TV celebrity, nothing beat his “upset” win in the 2016 Election.
For Trump, it was a big “screw you” to all the elites, former politicians, and those in the news media who mocked his candidacy and believed he wasn’t capable of winning. It was undoubtedly a huge slap in the face to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, who believed they had the election “in the bag.” But most of all, it was a reminder to everyone, whether you voted for him or not, that he was right and everyone else who doubted him was wrong.
Most Americans have let go of the election and have accepted the election result. President Trump appears to be the only one that can’t seem to let it go. He brings up his win every chance he gets. He constantly talks about it at his rallies and television interviews. Large, framed electoral maps were seen being brought into the White House, seemingly to serve as a constant and permanent reminder of the biggest win of his life.
And it was a HUGE success. It was the biggest upset in U.S. political history and, possibly, in the history of the modern world.
Yet, therein lies his potential downfall.
Trump was not prepared for the onslaught he would receive. For him, a new politician, he thought his job was essentially done after he won the election.
What Trump didn’t realize, however, is that with great power comes great responsibility, and that once he won the election, he would be scrutinized and criticized unlike ever before. He believed that because he had won and defied all odds that he should be held in higher esteem than Presidents before him. He also believed that, with his win, he quashed, silenced and overcame all of the criticism about him as a person and his qualifications for the office of President. He assumed that his refusal to reveal his tax returns would no longer be an issue. He believed that questions relating to his divestment of business interests and his pro-Russia reset would be silenced by his win. He thought these questions had been essentially resolved in his win in the election.
He couldn’t be more wrong.
Since the election, questions concerning Trump have multiplied. Criticism of Trump has become even more pronounced. Everyone is watching his every move and listening to (and reading) his every word. And no matter how much Trump brings up the election and tries to deflect blame on Hillary Clinton, the investigation isn’t going away. If Trump has done nothing wrong, as he asserts, he should let the Special Counsel do his job and complete his investigation. If Trump hasn’t committed a crime, he will ultimately be cleared. He should stay out of the investigation and refrain from commenting on it. He should actually govern, as he was elected by the American people to do.
By constantly tweeting and criticising the Special Counsel and the investigation, he is only making himself appear guilty and giving evidence supporting a potential obstruction of justice charge.