Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci had an asinine defense of President Donald Trump’s claim that he’s “presidential” on Sunday.
On Saturday night, Trump bragged about how “presidential” he is during the same rally in which he attacked NBC anchor Chuck Todd by calling him a “son of a bitch” and referred to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as a “low I.Q. individual.”
“You know how easy it is to be presidential?” Trump asked the crowd at the rally. “But you’d be so bored because I could stand up, right?”
Trump then demonstrated what he thinks “presidential” sounds like while talking about Pennsylvania Republican House candidate Rick Saccone and his wife.
“I’m very presidential. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here tonight. Rick will be a great, great congressman. He will help me very much. He’s a fine man and Yong is a wonderful wife. I just want to tell you on behalf of the United States of America that we appreciate your service. We appreciate your service.”
“See, that’s easy,” Trump bragged. “That’s much easier than doing what I have to do. But this is much more effective. If I came like a stiff, you guys wouldn’t be here tonight.”
Tell that to the bigger crowds former President Barack Obama often drew throughout his eight years in office, including both of his inaugurations.
But during a panel discussion on CNN, Scaramucci defended Trump and argued that he is “very presidential.”
First, Scaramucci claimed that Trump agreeing to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un makes him “presidential.”
But, Trump is also giving Kim Jong-Un something he wants without getting anything in return. Saying you might denuclearize isn’t the same as taking action to denuclearize, which would involve dismantling their nuclear program and giving up their missiles and nuclear materials, something that most likely won’t happen. In the meantime, Trump will have given Kim Jong-Un a prestigious meeting that he can use to embarrass the president and the United States while claiming legitimacy as a nuclear state.
Trump’s diplomatic fumbles don’t make him president. They make him look like a buffoon.
Fellow panelist Bakari Sellers chimed in by pointing out that paying off a porn star to keep quiet about an affair isn’t presidential either, prompting Scaramucci to try pin the whole scandal on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
And when that didn’t pan out, Scaramucci resorted to the dumbest argument yet:
“The guy is presidential because he is the president,” he said as the other panelists disagreed.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
The fact is that merely being president isn’t presidential. You have to play the role in a manner that pays respect to the office. Trump has to be president of the entire United States. He represents the United States. The president is supposed to be dignified, humble, and diplomatic. Trump’s behavior is embarrassing and his words are offensive.
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