U.S. President Donald Trump used part of his speech to the United States Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday to complain about how the media treats him.
The speech, which was a commencement address to graduates, was delivered amid swirling controversies which have engulfed his administration.
Trump whining about the unfair media to Coast Guard cadets who are graduating. So inspiring.
— Robert Quigley (@robquig) May 17, 2017
We are getting to the point where there are actually too many controversies to name.
In roughly the last week, Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, given away classified intel to the Russians and been accused of asking then-director Comey not to investigate former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Trump: "UNFAIR! No politician in history who obstructed justice and gave away state secrets has been treated as unfairly as I have."
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) May 17, 2017
Whew, has he only been president for just over 100 days? Feels like four years already.
“Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted,” Trump told the graduates.”But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight.”
“Never ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine,” Trump continued, in what was starting to sound like Trump reassuring himself.
“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly,” Trump claimed.
As usual, Trump is way off the mark with this statement.
You only have to go back as far as Barack Obama to find a president who was treated pretty unfairly by the media. During Obama’s time in office, Fox News and other right-leaning outlets absolutely went to town on the former president, calling him a “socialist“, a “secret Muslim“, and – of course – questioning his citizenship (we all know who was behind that).
And how about Lincoln? And Kennedy?
I can spot some holes in Trump's complaint of unfair treatment…Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and JFK… pic.twitter.com/hLtjxXacpV
— Jessica Spenny (@AbylityMaren) May 17, 2017
Looking abroad, two guys who Trump may have heard of, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, would have something to say about this “treated unfairly” business. Both men served prison sentences for their beliefs and are still widely considered the fathers of their nations.
Despite seeming increasingly unfit to serve, Trump is proud of his accomplishments as president. He points to his confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, tightening of immigration laws, killing of Obamacare and plans for tax reform as jewels in his crown.
But the disconnect between how he sees himself and how Americans see him is growing. Gallup currently has Trump’s approval rating at 38 percent and protests such as the March for Science and Women’s March are tinged with disdain for his administration.
It’s almost as if people don’t want him to be president. And if he thinks the resistance to him is strong now, as they say in the U.S: he ain’t seen nothing yet.