Did you see, hear, or read about when Donald Trump met the three American prisoners just released by North Korea when they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base early Thursday morning? These three men had been held captive in an authoritarian regime for months and, in some cases, years. And yet, Trump inexplicably said, “We want to thank Kim Jong-un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people.”
Seriously? Kim was excellent to these three men? I wonder if they thought they were receiving excellent treatment while in those North Korean labor camps.
But what really amazed me about that early morning meeting at Andrews AFB was when Trump was addressing the media and said:
“I want to thank you all. It’s very early in the morning. I think you probably broke the all time in history television rating for three o’clock in the morning. That I would say.”
It’s three in the morning and Trump is standing with the three released captives and he talks about how many people must be watching on TV.
So there it is. If you’ve ever wondered where our president’s priorities lie, just take a look at what he focused when on he was there, allegedly, to personally greet the three former captives. It’s all about ratings.
I saw presidential historian and author Jon Meacham in one of the late night talk shows last week and he said something that resonated with me. He said, “Donald Trump thinks of us not as citizens of a country but as a reality show audience.”
Trump is so sure that the most important thing about his presidency is ratings that he’s convinced that ratings are the key to his being re-elected in 2020.
He said, “The reason that I’m going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes.”
Trump added, “And eventually, probably six months before the election, they’ll be loving me because they’re saying, ‘Please, please, don’t lose Donald Trump.’ Okay?”
So, America, we have a man in the Oval Office who really doesn’t want to be president. He just wants to be the host of the world’s greatest reality show, not the world’s greatest nation.
Yes, I know. This is my second consecutive rant about Donald Trump. Sorry, but that’s the mood I’m in.