KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD
Conversations in and around The American Moderate generally are given a wide berth in which to operate. Contributors are free to write about a wide variety of issues as long as they stay within the realm of reasonability, logic, and, of course, moderateness. Writers, editors, and staff have come to expect that level of decorum and articulateness when they share ideas in the forms of articles, responses, and Facebook comment threads.
But unfortunately, the President of the United States doesn’t seem to have that same respect for the augustness of national government and the responsibility of the the position that he holds. Since President Trump burst onto the national political scene as a presidential candidate in 2015, the country has been regularly treated to his general distaste for women. Perhaps most (un)luckily for the country, then-candidate Trump and now-President Trump has made all of that distaste very public as he continues to constantly demean women to be the value of their looks alone.
President Trump’s most notorious (and recent) public spars with a prominent woman took off after then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly grilled him at a 2015 Republican primary debate for his previous comments on women in the news (especially his absurd beef with The View co-host Rosie O’Donnell). President Trump remarked that Kelly’s anger with him was clear as “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.” President Trump kept on with his attacks on Kelly and even retweeted some of his Twitter followers who called her a bimbo. From that moment, it should not have surprised any politicos that he would be an antithesis of presidential behavior. And yet he persisted.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, then-candidate Trump turned his ire on fellow GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Trump attacked several other candidates throughout the interview, but his words for Fiorina were particularly striking. “Look at that face!…Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” Trump’s voting priorities are pretty clear: 1) Are you me? 2) Are you attractive? 3) Will you make me pay taxes? 4) Will you lower my taxes? 5) Other things that probably matter.
Since assuming office, President Trump hasn’t changed much. Much more recently, for example, the President of the United States became distracted during a call with the Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland due to the presence of a particular Irish reporter. Catriona Perry, the Washington Correspondent of an Irish news network was called over to the President while he was on the phone with a foreign leader and said of her, “Come here, come here. Where are you from? We have all of this beautiful Irish press….She has a nice smile on her face so I bet she treats you [Taoiseach Leo Varadkar] well.” Perry was the only reporter singled out by the President. Her smile caught his leering eyes because his attention could clearly not be focused on discussing matters of international importance with the democratically elected leader of an ally. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Days later, the Tweeter-in-Chief continued his social media war with the co-hosts of Morning Joe on his platform of choice. He reignited his feud with Mika Brzezinski, claiming that she had come begging with her co-host Joe Scarborough to be allowed into his New Year’s party at Mar-a-Lago. Taking his lashing out twenty-times too far, President Trump petulantly claimed that Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.” Despite being proven wrong about the state of Brzezinski’s face, his attacks on her looks degraded the weight of his office.
The Leader of the Free World added another chapter to this book just last week when he met with French President Emmanuel Macron during his first visit to that country. Upon bidding adieu to the presidential spouses, President Trump creepily commented on French First Lady Brigitte Macron that she was “in such good shape. Beautiful.” Madame Macron is 24 years older than her husband the President. It is possible that President Trump was simply congratulating the First Lady on her ability to continuously exercise throughout her life. But that is unlikely.
President Donald J. Trump recently celebrated his seventy-first birthday. He is a grown man. And yet, Trump’s constant comments about women and their looks sound so much more like they come from the mouth (or the twitter account) of a horny teenager rather than from the mind of the most powerful man in the world. The President needs to wake up one day and recognize that he is (supposed to be) a role model for millions of children around the country who envision themselves as President one day. And they would go to the principal’s office if they behaved as he did towards their classmates. The President must grow up and start treating women as people with brains instead of as objects that he can gaze at, or he needs to consider another line of work.