Politics

You read that right. But no, I am not going to run for public office – not now, not in the foreseeable future. What I will be writing are about some of the controversies that the Trump presidency has figured in.

My interest on this subject started during the 2016 US presidential elections. I thought it was a foregone conclusion that Hilary Clinton will take it because how could Americans vote for someone like Trump over her, what with her credentials versus? But I was wrong. To my surprise, it was Trump as the victor.  It was a monumental upset.

One of the first controversies that the new administration figured in was the size of crowd that attended Trump’s inauguration. It was clear as day that the crowd size was larger in Obama’s, with snapshots of the two juxtaposed. It was not even a controversy but it became one because of a claim by the press secretary is was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” No, it was not. This instance gives somebody the idea of who Trump is and how he operates — people around him and he himself will mislead or tell a lie in order to protect his ego.

For about half his term, Trump and his campaign were under a formal scrutiny by a special counsel regarding an allegation that Trump and people in his orbit colluded with the Russians to interfere in the 2016 elections. Who would think otherwise, when on the same day he asked ““Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”, hackers tried to break into her and her campaign’s email accounts. Ultimately, the special counsel could not establish that there was a collusion, but the report did not exonerate him from multiple obstruction attempts. These occasions demonstrated his desire to deter the investigation from bringing to light any unlawful acts.

 In just the past month, when a hurricane battered the southeastern region of the United States, from moment to moment, he put out tweets about where the hurricane is and where it is headed. Nothing really wrong there except that in one tweet, he mentioned that part of Alabama will get it. He was contradicted by the official government weather agency in that area, emphasizing that it is not going to directly impact them. Trump did not budge. He insisted that based on several forecast models and with 95% accuracy, it will be. There was a small hint of truth to that in that, there were models that predicted that Alabama will get a piece of the hurricane; however, this was a few days before Trump made the pronouncement. And to further prove that he was right, he showed a map showing the scope of the hurricane and its track — only, it was proven that the part where it showed part of Alabama will be impacted was clearly doctored.

The latest controversy hounding Trump is his phone conversation with Ukrainian leader. A whistle-blower came forward to say that Trump it seems was advancing his personal interests rather than his nation’s. He claimed it was a “perfect call” but in it, he was urging the president of Ukrainian to open an investigation to his political opponents. This incident lead the opening of an impeachment inquiry, which essentially, tries to find out if he is abusing his power.

It is maddening, is it not? I couldn’t wait for the day when this president is out of office.

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