Senator Jeff Session Insults Me

This piling on must stop
– Senator Jeff Sessions in an editorial in USA Today, August 11, 2016

He goes on stating:

Within minutes, Donald Trump’s comments in North Carolina on Tuesday were deliberately twisted by the Clinton campaign. It rushed out a statement that Trump had called for violence against Hillary Clinton. This totally misconstrued his remarks.

Senator Sessions, do not insult my intelligence. I listened to Mr. Trump’s remarks and they were very clear. He said:

If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.

What is not clear about this? The context was very obvious, and what he was thinking shone out of his eyes. This was an open threat and a tacit invitation to some nutcase to assassinate a judge, or Clinton, or both. I didn’t need the interpretation of Clinton or the media to hear that. My jaw dropped, and I wondered when the Secret Service would arrest him. If I had said that, I would long be arrested. Do not insult me, Senator Sessions.

A president has to be able to control what he says and how he says it, and just like any speaker, he is not only responsible for what he says, he is responsible for how the listeners will hear the message. Trump seems to have to explain what he meant to say on a daily basis. Why doesn’t he just say what he means in the first place? Either he can’t, or he deliberately does not want to, and both scenarios are frightening.

Our president must be an excellent communicator above all.

Powerful, history-making messages are formed by presidents and their words.

  • “Ask not what you can do for your country….”
  • “Mr. Gorbachev, take down this wall!”
  • “Four score and seven years ago….”

These are the words of presidents I am proud of. Mr. Trump can’t seem to form a complete sentence, unless he reads it from a piece of paper. Mr. Trump, either purposely, or due to incompetence, keeps saying things his handlers have to clarify, correct or rescind later.

When you are the president, what you say matters, the first time around. Markets swing after you speak. People may die after you give an order. School children listen and form opinions about right and wrong. People look for leadership and inspiration in your messages. You can’t have a drove of handlers and Senator Sessions trailing you and clarifying for you.

And that is why Mr. Trump is eminently unqualified to be president. I have watched him now for over a year, and the conclusion is: he does not look or sound presidential.

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