Have you ever woken up in the morning and opened up your phone, grabbed a newspaper, or turned on the TV—only to be confronted with a story about something Trump said or did that just made you want to go back to bed immediately?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been reading through my news feed and then suddenly come across a quote or a Twitter post that makes me want to face-palm as hard as humanly possible.
If this hasn’t happened to you, you either don’t care what Trump says or you just haven’t been paying attention.
As president, Trump has done some incredible things.
Honestly, the world probably won’t realize just how good he was until the history books can show the long-term effects of his leadership.
But even with his many successes, a skilled orator he is not.
He’s never really been much of a public speaker in the traditional sense, and that’s fine. Given the choice between a smooth talker and a man of action, the smart person goes with the man of action every time.
A Man Of Actions, Not Words
Now, it’s one thing to not be a great speaker. It’s another thing entirely to make statements that aren’t fully thought out.
Trump often tweets or talks in haste. He doesn’t take the time to consider the full consequences of his words, and that often gets him—and by extension, his supporters right along with him—into trouble.
There are times when this off-the-cuff attitude has worked in Trump’s favor. His quick-draw responses have often been witty, and on point (think of his ability to come up with lasting nicknames for people, for example)—but there are other times when his statements not only fall flat but miss the mark entirely. When that happens, it opens the door for his detractors to say, “See?! I told you! He’s an idiot!”
For instance, one of his latest dumpster-fire tweets was about the protests and riots breaking out in Minnesota and spreading around the country following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. In this tweet, the president said, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Just reading made me cringe a little. This is NOT a good look for a president, regardless of which side of the aisle they’re on. The last thing any president should ever do is suggest that the government is willing to take violent actions against its own citizens.
(*Editor’s Note: Twitter seems to agree, and this tweet is currently flagged for violating Twitter’s usage guidelines, accompanied by the following message: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” For more about the ongoing disputes between Twitter and President Trump, click HERE*)
How To Defend Trump’s Mistakes
And this statement was not an isolated incident. Trump’s presidency, although filled with many successes, has also been filled with similarly-controversial remarks.
In light of this, how could any of us as Trump supporters offer any kind of defense for this?
It’s a hard thing to do…and that’s why most people don’t even bother trying. There really IS no good defense for it, so there’s no point in fighting it.
But see, we understand what he was trying to say. We know he was trying to take a position of authority, offering security to the business owners in Minneapolis and supporting the good cops that are on the city’s police force.
But the Left only hears what they want to hear. They saw this tweet as an authoritarian threat to the American people.
So, how do we defend it?
Simple: we don’t…
We simply say, “I can’t defend that… it was a stupid thing to say.”
We don’t try to explain it because it only makes things worse. We simply acknowledge that our president is human and makes mistakes that are indefensible. Trump has a big personality with a big ego, and he can put his foot in his mouth just like the rest of us.
But once we recognize that, we can move past it.
We can make the conversation about his actions, not his words.
Make those who criticize him—and us along with him—acknowledge that it was Trump’s actions that got the FBI and DOJ to investigate the murder of George Floyd in the first place. Derek Chauvin, the former police officer responsible for killing Floyd, has been arrested and is awaiting trial, and all because the justice system was directed towards this case. It was in large part Trump’s actions that led to such speedy progress being made.
So, yes, we will concede that our president can say some ridiculous and indefensible things.
But in all the ways that count, his actions speak much louder than his words.
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ― William James