For nearly a year now, political scientists, pundits, politicians, and assorted pontificators have weighed in on the issue of whether or not the United States would be harmed by a potential Donald Trump presidency. Would he be good for America or would he be the end of the country as we know and love it?
Since Trump became the presumptive nominee on Tuesday with his overwhelming win in the Indiana primary, various members of the Republican Party have been running around in Henny Penny style shouting that the sky is falling. Some GOP voters have taken to burning their voter registration cards, GOP political figures from Ben Sasse to Lindsey Graham have said they will not support or vote for Trump no matter what, and the nascent #NeverTrump movement has taken on a new sense of urgency.
Of course, one cannot help but wonder why more of these same people didn’t speak up louder and more forcefully in the past several months. Why didn’t the Republican National Committee cut off Trump’s lifeblood and ban him from the debates the minute he began using personal attacks against his opponents?
If anyone truly knows the complexity and danger of being the most powerful person in the free world, it’s someone who either has been President, someone like President Obama. And today, President Obama weighed in on the issue of Donald Trump, telling the White House press corps:
“I think it’s important for us to take seriously the statements he’s made in the past. But most importantly, and I speak to all of you in this room as reporters as well as the American public. I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are in serious times and this is a really serious job.”
Listening to the President, you could tell this man understands the immense power we hand to a person when we elect them to the highest office in the land. The President went on to add:
“This is not entertainment, this is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States. And what that means is that every candidate, every nominee needs to be subject to exacting standards and genuine scrutiny.
“What I’m concerned about is the degree to which reporting and information starts emphasizing the spectacle and the circus. Because that’s not something we can afford.”
Donald Trump, much like a high-speed car chase we watch on the local news, can at times be exciting, audacious, and make our hearts beat faster as he dishes out his insults and one-liners like a bad guy character we see on a soap opera. At times he makes us laugh and provokes us in ways that leave us temporarily mesmerized. But this is the single most important job in the world, and it cannot be taken lightly or handed to a man as self-obsessed and delusional as the soon-to-be Republican nominee.
Watch the President from earlier today:
This article was originally published by the same author at BipartisanReport.com.