People have a choice in what they watch on teevee. I never watched the Apprentice. Never liked Donald Trump. Always thought he was a bigoted gas bag who wanted to see himself on television all the time in order to keep what must be a frail ego pumped up. When he ran for president the first time, I was gratified to see that he was a massively unpopular candidate and assumed it was, at least in part, because people don't like egotistical bullies who also employ conspiracy theories to press bigotry. I blame the media that gave him airtime, probably on the chance there was no way there would be enough people who wanted him for president and meantime they could snicker behind their hands.
The absolute petty crap that Trump tweets constantly is his right, under Freedom of Speech. (That same constitution includes Freedom of the Press, much as Trump hates it). And if there are media outlets who, for sensational ratings reasons, want to pay attention to Trump's ravings over, say, judicial or congressional business or the bills that Trump actually signs and what effect they will have on Americans, they can.
But i am tired of it. In real life, I don't watch some television shows or listen to some radio programs because they are, in my opinion. offensive. There are other shows to watch or books to read or radio programs to hear. On the assumption that Trump tweets out whatever vile thing crosses his mind because he knows it will get him attention, in the same way that a screaming toddler lays on the floor banging his hands and feet up and down, adults can choose to ignore such boorish behaviour. There will always be those tho think that such immature behaviour and tactics is something to admire, but equally there are a lot of people who believe that people who act that was are not civil, and should be censured rather than paid attention to. I would be utterly appalled if my own children acted this way and would consider myself a lax parent. I want my family to have heroes that truly to believe in the greatness of the world as well as the ideals of our constitution. Trump is not that one.
In our household, we cut cable and have free broadcast television. That allows me to avoid the type of cable *news* show, coming from ANY outlet, that employs a bunch of talking heads and attempts to do balance, while underplaying congress in favor of bad behaviour.
I am going to try very hard to quit paying attention to Trump's daily nutty barrages and sift past to that is actually getting passed that may affect my life. I believe that Congress on both sides of the aisle are appalled at this man, as are many people from other countries, and they may not believe that Trump even has the ability to get what he wants through since he constantly damages his credibility. Who knows?
But I'm changing the channel.
MORE... just saw this from Andrew Sullivan earlier in the year
With someone like this barging into your consciousness every hour of every day, you begin to get a glimpse of what it must be like to live in an autocracy of some kind. Every day in countries unfortunate enough to be ruled by a lone dictator, people are constantly subjected to the Supreme Leader’s presence, in their homes, in their workplaces, as they walk down the street. Big Brother never leaves you alone. His face bears down on you on every flickering screen. He begins to permeate your psyche and soul; he dominates every news cycle and issues pronouncements — each one shocking and destabilizing — round the clock. He delights in constantly provoking and surprising you, so that his monstrous ego can be perennially fed. And because he is also mentally unstable, forever lashing out in manic spasms of pain and anger, you live each day with some measure of trepidation. What will he come out with next? Somehow, he is never in control of himself and yet he is always in control of you.
One of the great achievements of free society in a stable democracy is that many people, for much of the time, need not think about politics at all. The president of a free country may dominate the news cycle many days — but he is not omnipresent — and because we live under the rule of law, we can afford to turn the news off at times. A free society means being free of those who rule over you — to do the things you care about, your passions, your pastimes, your loves — to exult in that blessed space where politics doesn’t intervene. In that sense, it seems to me, we already live in a country with markedly less freedom than we did a month ago. It’s less like living in a democracy than being a child trapped in a house where there is an abusive and unpredictable father, who will brook no reason, respect no counter-argument, admit no error, and always, always up the ante until catastrophe inevitably strikes. This is what I mean by the idea that we are living through an emergency.
The disruption is only going to increase, both because he’s facing criticism that seems to trigger him psychologically and because his theory of management involves the cultivation of chaos. He has shown throughout his life a defiant refusal to be disciplined. His disordered personality thrives on mayhem and upheaval, on vicious personal attacks and ceaseless conflict. As we’re seeing, his malignant character is emboldening some, while it’s causing others — the Republican leadership comes to mind — to briefly speak out (at best) before returning to silence and acquiescence. The effect on the rest of us? We cannot help losing our capacity to be shocked and alarmed.
We have as president the closest thing to a nihilist in our history — a man who believes in little or nothing, who has the impulse to burn down rather than to build up. When the president eventually faces a genuine crisis, his ignorance and inflammatory instincts will make everything worse.