After a tumultuous several weeks in which the Trump-Russia investigation has undergone multiple new developments, Trump finally shared what he saw as the “excuse” for the appointment of a special counselor: his Electoral College victory.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 18, 2017
Trump said that it “happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election that they should have easily won because of the Electoral College being slanted so much in their way. That’s all this is. I think it shows division, and it shows that we’re not together as a country. And I think it’s a very, very negative thing. And hopefully, this can go quickly, because we have to show unity if we’re going to do great things with respect to the rest of the world.”
By invoking the Electoral College – again – Trump has continued his streak of mentioning the election results on more than a third of the days of his presidency. It should be noted that the election occurred 174 days ago. Since then, Trump has very few major accomplishments to boast of, aside from actually becoming President, and that was by an unremarkable margin in the Electoral College and a 3 million-vote loss in the popular vote.
Moreover, Trump’s plea for unity is as transparent as glass. After hearing Trump speak, David Gergen, who has been an adviser to four American presidents, said, “This was the most divisive speech I’ve ever heard from an American president.” This is the same man who called the entirety of the non-FOX News media “the enemy of the American people” for no reason other than the fact that they were – rightfully – critical of him. Furthermore, the topics on which they were critical of Trump are the same ones for which Trump is now under federal investigation.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) April 30, 2017
Another day, another mention of Trump’s Electoral College victory. After more than 100 days in office, Trump might realize that now is the time to govern, rather than extend his never-ending victory lap. Were it not for his hubris, perhaps the wildly unpopular President wouldn’t be on the verge of impeachment faster than any other President in American history.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.