KAMLOOPS — Donald Trump’s mouth must be getting stretched from putting his foot in it so many times. We’re going into a new month now, so let’s see if things get any better.
So many things in May, capped by the revelation that he has been giving world leaders his cell phone number, asking them to call him directly any time. Aside from a major breach of protocol, it is downright dangerous. With GPS units on cell phones, unless they’re disabled, you assume that someone could access the GPS, track Trump and send a missile on its way to blow him out of the water. I know TV exaggerates a lot of stuff with their hypothetical scripts, but I think my scenario is quite possible.
Then, of course, there is his move to pull out of the Paris climate accord. Despite the buy-in from high-polluting countries like China, and the heavily-industrialized European Union, the U.S. is setting itself up apparently to ignore the facts regarding climate change and go its merry way, spewing smoke into the atmosphere, burning fossil fuels, and suggesting that we don’t really have a problem, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
And then there were the antics on his recent overseas trip. One columnist called it his last trip. He was referring to an opinion that Trump has shown himself to be so ignorant of world affairs that world leaders are disregarding the U.S. as any sort of future influence on other governments. He seemed to push other world leaders out of the way to preen in front of the cameras, he tried to tell Muslim countries how to deal with world problems, only God knows what he told the Pope, and then went to the G-7 Summit and failed to impress anyone with his blowhard rhetoric. All this in a short time on his first visit overseas.
Yet despite all this, it’s still impressive to see the hold he has on some segments of the population. I cannot believe the number of people I see on social media who continue to think he’s doing a great job protecting American jobs and getting ready to stimulate the American economy. Much of what he promised during the campaign just isn’t doable, as farmers and miners in the Midwest are finding out. He can’t bring back all the mines that have shut down, he can’t bring back farming as it was in the old days, and he can’t just wave a magic wand and make things better. And yet people still want to believe in the myth. The myth that the caped crusader will heal all wounds and activate the money trees that these people believe were savaged by the Obama regime.
People highly respected in the world, like newsman Dan Rather, have been trying to point out Trump’s follies, to no avail so far. It will be interesting to see when, or if, Americans ever see through the veil of shadows that Trump is casting and realize they made a big mistake.