Yesterday I posted the following on Facebook,
Dear President Donald J. Trump, please stop Tweeting. Focus your energy on leading our great nation, not on your next Tweet.
It resulted in a robust discussion, with strong voices in support of the President’s tweets, and those who agreed with me.
So why come out and challenge my President this way?
First up, the President has every right to tweet. One of the frustrations of Presidents over the years is the way they are cocooned, thanks to security, a busy schedule, and layers of well meaning bureaucrats. Trump wants to speak directly to the people he serves. He also states that he wants to sidestep, ‘Fake news’ and get the truth out to the American people without editorial influence.
My issue with President Trump isn’t political, its to do with his character. I am deeply concerned with how he treats others, the way he bullies others and at times abuses folks who dare cross him.
I am deeply bothered with his lies and the way he represents truth to suit himself. He talks endlessly about the scourge of fake news, and yet he constantly makes up reality.
I am utterly shocked by how he is handling white supremacists and neo-nazis.
I am saddened by his inability to get beyond himself, his insecurities and apparent need to be right and liked.
For me at least, leadership is all about character. Leading with love, lifting others up, not being focused on yourself, but on those you serve.
And I don’t see that in President Trump.
Whether Republican or Democrat, I pray for a President who is a person of impeccable character.