President Trump's constant attacks are divisive (Ted Kaufman)
What does President Trump do every day? According to former Sen. Ted Kaufman, “he attacks someone or some organization, and then, when the person or organization answers, he complains about how unfair they are to him.” Surely when Teddy Roosevelt coined the term “bully pulpit,” he “never imagined a president who would turn that presidential prerogative into a daily platform for a habitual bully.”
The targets mentioned: Hillary Clinton, former presidents (from Bush 41 through Obama, none of whom ever got anything right, so now only Trump can fix it), the media (with the exception of Fox News and Breitbart), Democrats (Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and many more), Republicans (Sens. Bob Corker, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitch McConnell), people of color (a constant right up to the recent attacks on LeBron James and TV interviewer Don Lemon), foreign leaders (Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau), highest-ranking National Security officials of both the Obama and Trump administrations (who happen to agree that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election), his own appointees (Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosentstein, Rex Tillerson, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus), and major corporations (Amazon, Boeing, Delta, Facebook, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Merck).
We know Trump is not going to change, so “perhaps we should remind ourselves that this too shall pass. Eventually we will return to the kind of leadership that helped unite us in a country we could be proud of.”
Kaufman has found it helpful to remember an 1858 speech in which Abraham Lincoln boiled down a biblical passage (Matthew 12:25) to “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” This maxim “is as true today as it ever was.”
Compare SAFE letter, 8/25/18.