But consider: The man has showered disrespect on the office he now holds from the moment he descended from the heights of Trump Tower to announce his candidacy. That announcement was a masterpiece of incoherence, a virtual panoply of non sequiturs and verbal pirouettes. After greeting the crowd, he crowed ...
This is beyond anybody's expectations. There's been no crowd like this.
And, I can tell, some of the candidates, they went in. They didn't know the air-conditioner didn't work. They sweated like dogs.
They didn't know the room was too big, because they didn't have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS? I don't think it's gonna happen.
Huh? Soon we heard ...
Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East. They've become rich. I'm in competition with them.
They just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel. When I have to build a hotel, I pay interest. They don't have to pay interest, because they took the oil that, when we left Iraq, I said we should've taken.
(Read the full campaign announcement here. Be prepared. Your head may spin.)
Trump was clearly unprepared, not only for the office itself, but for the simple task of announcing his candidacy, and lack of preparation telegraphs deep disrespect.Trump was--and is--profoundly unprepared. And many of us know it.
Lack of preparation for the campaign launch foreshadowed his disdain for the electorate. He ridiculed the handicapped, insulted all people Mexican, put forth reams of “alternative facts,” and careened from one topic to another like a drunken dervish. Campaign events became verbal brawls appealing to the baser, and often belligerent, instincts of his misled fans.
Now that he’s in office, he continues to show indifference to the high post he holds. How else to explain those golfing weekends in Florida while hundreds of crucial offices remained vacant awaiting his appointments. How to explain his ignorance of history, his disregard for the critical issues of nepotism, his river of lies, his inability to speak with precision and clarity, his elementary vocabulary? (His favorite adverb: Very, very. His favorite adjectives: Good, bad, great.) Does the man ever read?
(For a related take on Trump by a masterful columnist, click here.)