By Chris Zuver, A&E Editor

Mr. President,

I have been very nuanced with you. I have not jumped the gun and taken the easy approach of calling you out for saying something silly. We have all said some silly things. I’ve given you, and continue to give you a chance, though that is because you are the only president we’ve got. You’re not Hitler, but so far, neither have you proven yourself to be one of the greats.

As of right now, you are more of a continuation of the same old establishment that we saw under Obama, W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. You were given rise because your only opponent, Hillary Clinton, was exposed for her corruption and widely distrusted. She, the DNC, and the mainstream media cheated Bernie Sanders out of the primary elections and let’s be honest, Sanders would have been far more of an opponent for you to take on in the general elections than Clinton ever was. His ideas for change toward a single-payer healthcare system and free education resonates with many to this day and I, for one, would have rather seen Sanders in the executive chair than the likes of you.

During the elections in 2016, I heard many of your supporters repeat the same phrase over and over: “He tells it like it is!”

No, Mr. President, you tell it like a businessman, at best. And before anyone says “we need a businessman,” ask yourself, how is a businessman any better than these career politicians that he’s been working both with and against? Trump, your mouth is a loose cannon, and no, I am not about to attack the silly things you have said/tweeted like “covfefe” or “fake news” accusations, but rather your words which have proven to be hypocritical, and sometimes dangerously provocative or suggestive of attack on the First Amendment’s free speech.

Let’s not forget last year on October 11, in response to an NBC article describing how you asked about increasing the U.S. nuclear arsenal tenfold, you took to Twitter and responded: “Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!”

You later tweeted: “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”

You, along with CIA Director Mike Pompeo have made accusations and threats against the media. Pompeo has sought means to prosecute news outlets like Wikileaks for posting leaks from the CIA, which Wikileaks labeled as “Vault 7” which extensively describes their means of monitoring private citizens through cameras and microphones in smart devices, just to name a couple of details from the extensive article. The real threat here is that Wikileaks has not been the only news outlet to share this information. Mainstream U.S. outlets have as well, and would that not leave them open to prosecution?

Mr. President, you have been known to flip on issues just like Hillary Clinton did on same-sex marriage. Before you were president, you criticized Obama for both not being more aggressive against Syria and also for attacking Syria. Then, last March, you ordered an attack on one of their air bases in response to a chemical attack attributed to their leader Bashar Al-Assad without proof. Then, this April, you did it again and once more, the attacks were not proven to have come from Assad.

So, Mr. President, I could go on about how you have little regard for finesse in what you say and how you childishly lash out at almost all provocations, though the mainstream media does a pretty good job of that already. I could continue writing on how you demanded a military parade for your honor and approved further government spending on warfare and infrastructure, and then having the nerve to turn around and call yourself a conservative. I could get into how you have fed in to xenophobia and Islamophobia to stir up fear and exaggerate the threat of terrorism and illegal immigration.

But at the end of it all, you’re still the president and unless you’re impeached and convicted, we’re going to have to work together for two and a half more years. As with anyone with common sense, if you do good for the nation, I will congratulate you, but I will be there every step of the way to speak up if I have a concern.


A U.S. Citizen