Donald Trump’s incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer is whining that Trump is not getting the respect that he deserves. It is clear that the president-elect and his team are very upset about a perceived lack of respect from the media and the American people.
In an interview with The Hill, Spicer moaned about Trump not getting the respect that he deserves from the press, “There’s some positive aspects here and there, but largely it still continues to not treat him with the respect that he deserves. I think for a lot of folks inside the beltway, and inside pundit-world, they don’t fully appreciate the understanding that he has of where the American people are. They continue to mock him in ways, when it frankly just shows the lack of understanding of that they have of where the American people are and what they think.”
Spicer’s latest comments come one week after he complained to ABC’s This Week about Trump being mocked, “Everything he does right now, he gets — he speaks for the head of Sprint, gets 5,000 jobs moved from abroad. And everyone starts to mock him. Oh, those jobs were already announced. They weren’t. The sales jobs have been a previous announce. These jobs were coming from abroad to America. And instead of trying to mock him or undermine him, it’s time that people started to give him credit for actually getting things done.”
There has been very little mocking of Trump in the media. In terms of television, the bulk of the coverage has been soft on the president-elect. When Trump gets mocked, it is for his vain, petty, and thin-skinned habit of lying about things big and small.
One should not confuse mocking Trump with disrespecting the presidency. It is possible to respect the presidency and not respect the elected president. Presidents are not kings. They are not a divine embodiment of their position.
As the old saying goes, respect is a two-way street. If the president-elect wants to be respected, he needs to show respect to the American people. Even respecting the American people won’t be enough. Being made fun of is a part of the job of being president.
What’s obvious is that Trump is sending his press secretary out to do interviews complaining about the mocking and lack of respect, because it bothers him.
The majority of Americans who didn’t vote for Trump aren’t going to bow down to him.
The more Trump or his staff complains, the more they will be mocked.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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