Yesterday I saw this article.
In it, Trump claims that controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't yet been signed by any team “because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.”
Really? The President of the United States, the most powerful man on the planet, has the time to not only argue with this man, but to make his feelings public enough to affect this man's life, and then further to crow about it.
Okay, let's get past the obvious buffoonery here. Trumps a bore, and I'm not going to delve into that.
What truly concerns me here is Trump's thought process:
1) He didn't like Kaepernick's choice to not stand during the anthem. Fair enough...everyone is entitled under democracy to their choice. That's enshrined in our constitution.
2) He has taken time to let it be known that he's displeased. Again, I don't have a problem with him having his own opinion on Kaepernick's choice...but he's got a hell of a mess, most of it his own making, to sort out. Why has he got time to go golfing 10 times in 8 weeks (much less bother with Kaepernick)?
3) He's gotten it in his head that coaches are afraid of going up against Trump. Just how many times has Trump spoken to coaches about this guy? One of two things has to be true here: a) the number is near zero, and Trump is claiming responsibility for something he's got absolutely nothing to do with, b) he has spoken to a bunch of coaches who've put the word out. WTF!?! Why is the President bothering with a Quarterback, when there's real problems to be solved?
4) Let's assume that that he did speak with enough coaches for word to get around...why would the coaches then be scared? Is it rule of law? Is it because of Trump's winning personality? No, Trump is suggesting that a negative tweet from him could have a material effect on the coaches or their teams.
Where does this go? If Trump is able to sway things simply by making threats...isn't that blackmail? How is it any different at all to someone calling you and saying "I have this leverage over you, now you have to do what I want"?
I've seen it written that Trump is a bully. I've called him a coward. He's demonstrated he cannot admit wrongdoing under any circumstances, and is willing to burn any bridge, no matter how fundamental to our society, to stroke his own ego.
That's far too close to being a tyrant or dictator to me. Trying to control society simply by expressing his displeasure.
He's proving us more and more right. This really can only end one of two ways: He either grasps power completely, and gets rid of the sham of Democracy that the US has, or he's impeached and removed from office.
Do it because he's demonstrably unfit to be in office. Do it because he colluded with the Russians and the ends justify the means. Do it because he's a colossal ass-hat...but do it, before it's too late.