Saturday, February 18, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He campaigned for president.

On the 29th full day of his presidency, and 1,355 days before the next presidential election, Trump held what was officially designated as a campaign rally at a Florida airport. Trump formally declared for re-election at 5:11 p.m. on the day of his inauguration.

Presidents are permitted to hold unlimited public appearances where they advocate for their policies, but making this a campaign rally will also allow Trump to filter out non-supporters and sell merchandise.

During his transition and presidency, Trump has pined for the emotional high of the campaign season. His political allies have openly acknowledged that this rally is as much an attempt to soothe his frustrations with the actual job of governing as it is to shore up his unprecedentedly poor approval rating.

Why is this a bad thing?

  • A president who is emotionally compromised by the job itself is not capable of doing the job.