It seems incredible that under the rule of Trump since January 20th, 2017, we have survived another year. Many believed (and frankly, so did I) that he simply would not last this long. And I wonder, whether he will last much longer, considering the sexual allegation claims he is facing, questions over his mental stability and the election scandal. It is hard to know what to begin with, when assessing Trump over the past year, but everything seems to fly past him regardless of how bad it is, but will 2018 be the year of impeachment?
Despite his projected appearance of strength and stability (like someone else we know!) Trump’s public support has drastically declined. It started off at 39,9%, and has declined by 5.9% since his inauguration. If public opinion is correct, it will seem a miracle if Trump gets elected for another term. But we should not hold our breath.
The defining failure of Trump’s first year has to be his declining relationship with North Korea and the threat of all out nuclear war. Trump is unable to keep his mouth shut and communicate in a diplomatic manner, and so has escalated the problem further. The only form of advice given to Trump from Barack Obama was to curb the North Korea problem, it seems that he has already failed, and ignored the wise words of former president. With Mike Pence as Vice President and a hand in military operations, it is a worrying prospect of what could come if Trump were to be impeached. What is so significant about this presidency is the extended use of social media, Trump is the first president to use this method in such a form. At one point in the year, it felt like every day there was some awful tweet that he had made, making it hard to believe it actually came from the president of the United States.
Since Twitter has played such an important role in Trump’s first year as president, it would seem unforgiving to not look at some noteworthy tweets of 2017. On the 11th November, Trump directed one to Kim Jong-un:
“Why would King Jong-Un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”
Here we have a classic Trump tweet full of childish rhetoric and hyperbole, which only aggravates problems even more. It is hard to believe that here, the president has issued a tweet about personal body weight and size rather than the important issues and challenges of diplomacy. But then again, given his state, maybe it is not? Politicians have been using Twitter for a while but this is a new phenomena of its own kind. It is worrying to think that a tweet could potentially cause the next World War. Twitter should take more action as Trump has more than breached its guidelines – first in re-tweeting his support for Britain First and secondly, constantly hyping up his views on engaging in nuclear war.
In his first tweet of 2018 there was no promise of peace and reconciliation for the year to come, but a continuation of the 2017 rhetoric. Trump exaggerated to the world and to North Korea, that his ‘button’ was bigger than King Jong-Um’s. Obviously, a completely mature attempt at foreign and diplomatic relations. Since, Trump has either deleted this tweet or it has been removed (I can no longer can find it on Twitter). Trump claims that he uses social media as everything else is FAKE NEWS. But aligning himself to this doctrine of universal mistrust of the media, only makes himself a bigger fool from school boy like tweets and insistent winging.
Trump believes that America is still great. His New Year’s Eve tweet reads:
“HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, and much faster than anyone thought possible!”
He is both deluding himself, and the American people (or more specifically, the white middle class, who made up the majority of his electorate). Trump still believes that America is the great Empire, the Empire of liberty and freedom and an example to the rest of the world. But with each day of 2017 it lessened and with each day of 2018 it will lessen even more. America is no longer the envy of the rest of the world, but a laughing stock and threat to world peace.
On January 12th, Trump is scheduled to undergo a mental and physical assessment under speculation that his mental health is declining and questions over his suitability for office is rising. Yale psychiatrists have briefed lawmakers and expressed concerns over Trump’s deteriorating mental health. Dr. Bandy X. Lee has said:
“We feel that the rush of tweeting is an indication of his falling apart under stress. Trump is going to get worse and will become uncontainable with the pressures of the presidency,”
At present, it seems that Trump is not dealing with the stresses of being in the White House. He is becoming more erratic and volatile. His mental fitness and suitability for office should be questioned. After 12th January when results are made public, we can only hope that suitable grounds for impeachment are laid. Today marks the release of a book written by Michael Wolff, ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.’ After White House attempts at banning the book – it is now available. Of course, Trump calls it FAKE NEWS! However, it reveals that the President has gained 7 stone since being elected and this is as a result of his consumption of McDonald’s hamburgers on a daily basis. Wolff claims that Trump is obsessive over food and fearful of anything being poisoned, and so opts for burgers every day.
The book currently already sits at #1 in the Amazon bestseller list – perhaps this public circulation of inner White House knowledge, will mark the beginning of the end. It can only be hoped that it will raise further questions over Trump’s suitability. We survived 2017, but will this be the same for 2018?