Frequent Trump critic George Conway reacted to Trump’s admission of being sometimes “not at all Presidential” today by saying that Trump was not ever presidential at all, by calling Trump “mentally unwell“, and by saying Trump’s behavior would have led him to be fired from any other job by now. Conway, who is the husband of Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s chief apologists and propagandists, made the comments on Trump’s favorite venue, Twitter.
Last night Trump had tweeted, “I know it is not at all ‘Presidential’ to hit back at the Corrupt Media, or people who work for the Corrupt Media, when they make false statements about me or the Trump Administration. Problem is, if you don’t hit back, people believe the Fake News is true. So we’ll hit back!” Trump is hardly in a position to argue that he is the arbiter of truth, as he says outright lies and makes misleading statements at an ever-increasing pace. Trump calls any report that is critical of him “fake news”, regardless of its veracity. Trump is very clearly more interested in a positive spin on him, on being lavished with praise no matter what he does, rather than on the truth.
This led Conway to respond to Trump with multiple tweets earlier today, two of which read, “You’re not ‘presidential’ at all, period. You’re mentally unwell. You engage in bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior, which prompts criticism of you, which triggers more bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior. You would have been fired from any other job by now.” and “Do yourself and the country a favor. Resign and seek the psychological treatment you so obviously need.”
It is an interesting point that Trump is supposed to be working for the American people, but hasn’t really known what it means to be working for someone else, since he has worked for himself almost his entire life. Trump put himself in positions where he could and did fire other people, but could not be fired himself, which is ego-protective certainly. Trump appears to bristle at following the rules, following protocol, perhaps even following the law, and very much dislikes being told what to do. Yet he is supposed to be working for the American people, and there are laws, responsibilities, and protocols to which he must answer. Congress, at least the Democratic-majority House, is working to provide the oversight of Trump and his administration that is their responsibility to undertake. No matter how much Trump complains and obstructs and lies, he is subject to that oversight, and is at the mercy of his bosses, the American people, at the next election, who could, if they like, issue a resounding “You’re fired” to Trump by voting his opponent into office.