Former President Obama didn’t need to give some long-winded explanation of why Trump is failing as president. He did it in just two sentences.
Obama: "If you have to win a campaign by dividing people… You won't be able to unite them later." pic.twitter.com/YRrLHQAlQK
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 20, 2017
Obama said, “If you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you’re not going to be able to govern them. You won’t be able to unite them later if that’s how you start.”
The seeds for Trump’s failed presidency were sown long before he ever took office. Trump laid the groundwork for his failure during the campaign. As a candidate, Trump won by dividing people and turning them against each other, but presidents need to unite people and bring them together. Trump only knows how to divide. He doesn’t have the slightest interest in bringing people together. Donald Trump governs for that 30%-37% of the country who still support him. The rest of the nation gets ignored.
Barack Obama showed why he was a successful president. Obama understood the enormity and psychology of the presidency. Obama led a country. Trump is leading a small faction.
From the moment that Trump announced his candidacy with a speech where he called Mexicans criminals and rapists, he was destined to fail if he won.
Obama understands the power of unity, which is why history will record him as a great president, as Donald Trump is on the path to being one of the worst presidents of all time.
Barack Obama is what Donald Trump jealously wishes he could be. As America faces a man intent on calling up its worst demons, Obama continues to summon our better angels. This distinction is why Obama was a success and Trump is failing.
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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