Written by Dennis Michael Lynch
In 2013 and 2014, I went on two speaking tours to help sell my films, They Come to America I & II. Altogether, I made 53 stops and met with more than 10,000 people. No matter where I stopped, I was always asked the same three questions:
(1) Why isn’t the government stopping Obama from using immigration to fundamentally transform America?
(2) Will anyone ever do anything to reverse the damage done by Obama’s immigration policies?
(3) Who did I think would be a good presidential candidate for 2016?
My answers were always the same:
(1) Nobody stops Obama because Republicans and Democrats both want cheap labor.
(2) There are a handful of people who, as president, would reverse Obama’s wrong-doings but getting them elected won’t be easy because the media pushes a liberal agenda.
(3) Donald Trump would be a great candidate because he has name recognition, business experience, money to fund his own campaign, sharp elbows, and media know-how.
Typically, most people would either laugh or scowl at my Trump suggestion. In fact, some people would actually walk out of my presentation. Those who stayed with me were given a disclaimer:
*The problem with Trump is his ego is so big, and he is so self-absorbed, that unless he can find a way to love America and Her people more than he does himself, his ability to be president will be hampered.
When Trump announced his presidency I knew he’d win as long as he could limit the impossible-to-ignore egotistical moments. During his 18-months of campaigning, there were several times when his ego nearly sunk his ship but, being as sharp as he is, Trump knew when to hit the brakes on his ego and shift attention to policy and issues. But now we’re in a new place. Being president is much different than being a candidate.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea that my president has a bit of an ego. I think his self-confidence is one of his best attributes, and it can help America if channeled correctly, but there is a difference between being “confident” and being “self-absorbed.” We can’t afford another self-absorbed presidency.
No matter what the political topic is during my Walk & Talk podcasts, I always prelude the conversation by saying: “President-elect Donald J. Trump, the man I proudly voted for….” I say this because it’s not easy being a Trump supporter, and I will keep my support in place until the day I am no longer proud of my vote. I assume you feel the same way.
If you’re reading this, odds are you support Trump. In doing so, you take heat from family and friends. Like me, you lick your wounds and stay the course because there is something about Trump that makes you feel hopeful about America’s future. Like me, you find a way to overlook some of the egotistical nonsense he tweets from time to time because you believe it will all disappear when he enters the White House. That said, I am more than anxious for the day when I can finally remove the “disclaimer” I placed on Trump in 2013 and 2014.
Each morning my routine is the same. I tip-toe over to Twitter to see what Trump has tweeted during the early morning hours. I check his Twitter feed in the same way I slowly lift my garbage can covers, hoping there isn’t a raccoon waiting to jump out. On most mornings the cans are clear. But this morning, there was a wild raccoon — and it jumped right at my face.
Did you know that actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is now the host of Trump’s old TV reality show, ‘The Apprentice?’ Who cares, right? Do you care about ‘The Apprentice?’ I don’t. I care about the fact that ISIS is growing, Israel is under attack by the UN, illegal aliens are crossing the U.S. border in record numbers, North Korea is building nukes, racial tensions are high, there’s a war on cops, and veterans now commit suicide in alarming numbers. Trump takes over the White House and absorbs these issues in two weeks. So why did he tweet this today:
Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got “swamped” (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Trump tries to play off his own tweet by writing, “Who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.” I’ll tell you who cares — Donald J. Trump.
If he didn’t care he wouldn’t tweet out such ridiculous, unpresidential comments. Let’s not forget that a LARGE number of people now in the Trump administration supported other candidates before they did Trump. For example, his most important cabinet pick, Rex Tillerson (Sec. of State), supported Jeb Bush for president. The woman who saved his campaign from imploding, Kelly Anne Conway, did not start off as a Trump supporter.
President Obama has placed America in such a bad place that any improvement will appear epic. Thus, President-elect Donald J. Trump has a remarkable opportunity in front of him. If he can remain focused on America and Her people, he can go down as one of the greatest presidents of our lifetime. The thought of this should be a sugar-rush for his ego. But, unfortunately, it’s not enough for him — and so he tweets about Arnold’s failures. This keeps me from moving the disclaimer I placed on him in 2013 and 2014.
For those of you who follow me on a regular basis, you know that loyalty is something I hold dearly. But you also know I take no BS, and I am not a propaganda machine for Trump. He works for us now, and my job as a member of the media is to hold him accountable for you. Thus, this op-ed here today is meant as a means of keeping him on track like every member of the media should, especially those who support him. Bottom line, I pray he can shake free of this sort of behavior because I truly want American to be great again. Perhaps Kelly Anne Conway and Rex Tillerson should remind the boss that right now he’s the apprentice and stupid tweets aren’t good for business.
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