Donald Trump has been in the limelight for years. He was a successful businessman and entrepreneur long before being the host of “The Apprentice.” From there, he went on to become the 45th President of the United States. During all of his time in front of the public’s eyes, he’s made a number of memorable statements.
Recently, Trump took to Twitter to talk about a part of his job that he absolutely hates. While he’s generally seen as a happy guy, there are things that he says that makes people stop and think. He rarely complains about the job he has to do. While he may complain about the press or the Dems, he never complains about the job itself.
As such, when he follows up a statement with, “I hate it. I hate it.” people want to know just what he hates so much. It’s a memorable statement and one that has received complaints from both the right and the left. However, in order to understand why it’s so powerful, it’s important to read between the lines a bit.
Trump’s memorable statement was made on October 7. He talks about having to sign letters to parents of young soldiers who were killed in action. He follows it up by saying that it’s the “hardest thing I have to do” on the job.
Countless military veterans took to Twitter, tagging @RealDonaldTrump and @POTUS to say that he is “100% correct” and that they agree with him. Many also identify how the government is constantly working to keep troops in “forever conflicts.”
It was surprising how many people wanted to fight Trump on what he was saying. Even Nikki Haley, the former Permanent Representative to the United Nations said that it’s important to have the backs of allies, remarking about the Kurds and the fight against ISIS. While yes, it’s important to have the backs of allies, having American soldiers die and have to write letters to the families is difficult. Trump was not saying that he’s going to pull any of the troops out of where they have been committed. He was making a statement of how hard it is to have to write the letters because, unfortunately, there are going to be casualties in war.
Bill Kristol, a neo-conservative, also missed the point that Trump was trying to make when he talked about how dangerous a second Trump term would be because Trump has been willing to withdraw troops from Syria and other areas. Kristol, who never served in the military himself, is quick to send American troops to anywhere they need to go without thinking about the consequences. We should be so lucky to have Trump in the position as commander in chief over Kristol because Trump at least feels remorse when American troops die when defending the country. Kristol is quick to criticize and even quicker to send more troops over to their imminent death.
Max Boot, another neo-conservative, also with no military service under his belt, is quick to comment about Trump – and even has his own column in The Washington Post. Yes, Trump reduced the number of troops in Syria. Yes, he pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. If it were up to Boot, Trump would have left thousands of troops in Syria to face their death, causing Trump to sign even more letters to the parents of young soldiers who died.
President Trump has made it clear: he’s unwilling to squander the lives of Americans. His tweet expressed his belief that there is a significant amount of value to life. When he has to sign his name to hundreds of letters because of people in wars that the US shouldn’t even be involved in, he feels remorse. It shows that he’s human.
In light of impeachment, many Dems want to portray Trump as someone who doesn’t feel. They want to show that he’s incapable of taking care of the country or feeling sympathetic to America. They want to show that he’s only in it for himself. However, Trump makes sure that people see another side of him: the one who understands the value of human life. He doesn’t want to send troops to various parts of the globe where they might not come home. While it’s important to have troops fighting for various causes, he’s not going to send them into a battlefield where he knows they’re going to lose.
A number of Dems could learn a great deal from Trump. Before being Democratic or Republican, our president is human – and that is what makes his tweet such a memorable statement.