Trump. Russia. Trump. Twitter. Trump. Investigation. Trump. Impeachment. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump.
When Donald Trump tweets, it becomes a national news story for days. Heck, one misspelled word carried headlines for nearly an entire week!
While there are actual, real events going on in our nation and around the world, the entire sphere of news & politics can’t seem to focus on anything but Donald Trump. Even on the debate over healthcare legislation, the topic almost always turns from substance into a debate over whether Donald Trump’s agenda will succeed or fail.
Can we just stop already? Pretty please?
It was similar during the Obama administration. It was all Obama, all the time…from the liberal media constantly harping on how great he was, to the conservative media always harping on how horrible he was.
Frankly, there are few better arguments for smaller government than this constant obsession with the President. The power of the President of the United States should not be significant enough to warrant this constant harping over his every Tweet. In fact, I would surmise that most people don’t want to be so obsessed with what’s going on in our government, but we’re all driven to it because the government is so obsessed with what’s going on in our lives.
We have so many laws and regulations, it’s impossible to escape them. President Trump’s latest tweets matter because for all we know, “covfefe” could be Donald Trump’s next executive order!
I remember several conservative media personalities going to great lengths to avoid talking about President Obama, because the constant harping on Obama everywhere in the media was getting so tiring. I think that started fairly late in his first term. But now, we’re six months in to the Trump Administration, and I would love to see a similar movement from media figures across the political spectrum.
But, I also know I have to live in the real world. This is the era of presidential celebrity, and Donald Trump is the star of the reality show. This phenomenon isn’t going away anytime soon, which is why traditional media will continue to wither, while non-traditional media continues to rise.