With Power Comes Responsibility: Did the Trumps Not See This Coming?
By JULIA HOFFNER | June 15, 2017
President Trump and his family have been in the media’s spotlight for nearly two years; this is not to detract from Trump’s business and reality show careers preceding politics. There has not been a day in recent times where the infamous last name has not dominated headlines across the globe. Defined by outspokenness, frequent controversial comments, and what many categorize as aggressive speech, Trump’s campaign and presidency have been far from reserved. Not surprisingly, media platforms have covered his every public word.
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, described the media’s coverage as “vicious” and was “surprised” by the “intensity” of popular articles about her father, according to CNN. "It is hard. And there is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting… My father and this administration intends to be transformative, and we want to do big, bold things and we're looking to change the status quo. So I didn't expect it to be easy. I think some of the distractions and some of the ferocity was — I was a little blindsided by on a personal level,” she stated in an interview with CNN reporter Betsy Klein on Monday.
Similar sentiments were expressed by Donald Trump himself on multiple occasions, but most notably on May seventeenth at the Coast Guard Academy commencement. Taken directly from CNN’s video coverage of the event: “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately. Especially by the media. No politician in history… has been treated worse or more unfairly.” Trump seems to have forgotten about countless global leaders who were tragically assassinated, including Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Ghandi, and Anwar Sadat. Apparently harsh coverage takes the cake for mistreatment.
Ironically, this “mistreatment” characterizes the offensive taken by the Trump campaign supporting the entitlement to free speech. The same assertive language used by Trump himself to promote his platform is used in the media against him. Not only does this hypocrisy invalidate Trump’s complaints, but there is a given that the President of the United States will, inevitably, have critics.
The President of the United States is not solely a politician, but a celebrity in his own league as well. Arguably, they are the most famous face of the country during their presidency. That being said, anyone running for the position should know that harsh critics will attempt to, and sometimes succeed in, discrediting them. Complaining about the words of the media seems to be a hypocritical and even pitiful move from our country’s leader.
So I remind you, Mr. President (and family), that with great power comes great responsibility. If you are able to assume the duties of our Chief Executive, President, Diplomat, Legislator, Commander in Chief, and Chief of your Party, you must be able to respond to critics in a professional, non-petulant manner.