Since firing former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, President Donald Trump has been saddled by scandal and leaks. The recent 5 P.M. news dumps revealed he compromised extremely classified information to Russia, may have tried to influence Comey to drop investigation into Michael Flynn, and told Russia he fired “nut job” Comey to ease pressure from FBI investigations. His aides repeatedly leak internal strife highlighting a portrait of a man many believe is mentally unfit and unstable to act as a competent Commander-in-Chief. While the substance of each leak may be true, too many American parade an unfortunate joy in Trump’s failure.
Both Democrats and Republicans on social media wait for new Trump scandals like an eight-year old waits for the ice cream truck. The tone of some reporters appears to delight in Trump’s shortcomings while some activists outright pray for his forced removal from office. Because each Russian headline seemingly proves their belief that Trump colluded with Moscow, progressives and conservatives alike gleefully parade the president’s potential criminality as a wonderful source of validation. Each accusation of Trump’s mental instability confirms his detractors’ conviction that he’s unfit to lead the United States. Overall, many members of the Left and Right take great joy in seeing the president validate their assumptions of his failures as a man and as a president. It’s quite unfortunate, really.
For all the joy many Trump critics on the Left and Right take in his failure, they refuse to acknowledge his successes, few as they be. Far too often Trump critics completely disregard his success because it doesn’t fit a narrative of failure and incompetence. Why? Well, it isn’t fun to commend a man who defies expectations.
As a pronounced critic of Trump, I believe many of his policy goals and behavior is ultimately misguided for the nation. Frankly, I believe he will continue to fail as president. However, I certainly take no joy in watching the most powerful man in the world stumble and falter on the biggest stage. I may mock his insecurities and his hypocrisy and critique his superficial policy, but every day I hope and pray he proves me wrong and guides America on the right track.
Although I believe Trump acts as a negative force on America, he is not the end of the world. America has survived bad presidents before and it can survive President Trump. Unfortunately, too many wish Trump was the end of the world in order to advance a narrative of failure or a goal of forceful removal of Trump.
Should Americans display blind loyalty to the president? Absolutely not. Trump has serious flaws and shortcomings that must be checked by all Americans. Conversely, should Americans display a unique joy in Trump’s failures? Again, absolutely not. Trump’s failures are America’s failures, and all Americans should pray for his consistent success.
The unfortunate joy gleaned from Trump’s failure fractures the culture of America. Now more than ever, Americans must unite in their hope and expectation of U.S. leadership and success. Critique Trump when he warrants criticism. Commend Trump when he warrants compliment. More importantly, however, take joy in Trump’s success and do not delight in delight in his failure.