What in the world is Donald Trump up to?

A political look at Donald Trump’s most outrageous mistakes this summer

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What in the world is Donald Trump up to?

Written By Beth Turnbull and Jordan Slobodinsky

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Summer is a time to kick back, relax and enjoy all of life’s carefree pursuits. So, it’s understandable that while you lounged by the pool with your margaritas and your Instagram-worthy baseball caps, you may have missed some political news. We can’t blame you. The high volume of Trump news is enough to deter anyone from following along.

Let’s be honest, we can barely stand to look at the guy.

Here’s your recap, so that you can sound fully educated on President Trump’s shenanigans when your professors and peers start debating them.

This summer, we became all too familiar with Mother Russia when it was revealed that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. Trump’s response? “Most people would have taken that meeting.”

The president later called the investigation into collusion with Russia a “witch hunt” and is rumored to be carrying a grudge against Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation.

He even went so far as to blame former President Barack Obama for any “Russian meddling” that occurred during the campaign. Call me crazy, but if Obama was responsible for any election meddling, do you think Trump would have won?

While it is easy to focus solely on Trump, many (if not all) members of his administration are also overwhelmingly dysfunctional. Come on, he couldn’t pass an Obamacare repeal and Republicans control every branch of government.

One such example of this dysfunction is former press secretary Sean Spicer, who once remarked that Hitler never used chemical weapons on his people. Spicer resigned in July after loud-spoken Long-Islander Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci arrived in the West Wing.

To be quite honest, I don’t care why Spicer left or why Scaramucci was hired. I’ve had leftovers last longer than the Mooch’s time in the White House. What troubles me most, is that our country is being run like a circus. It’s no wonder most circuses have gone out of business.

It can be easy to look at Trump and everything that transpired this summer and say, “Well, none of those things are really a big deal,” but I believe recent events truly merit that “big deal” status.

For instance, the gatherings in Charlottesville, Va., were a disaster that only further proved Trump’s status as an ignoramus.

Sources indicate that the rally of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis began because of the city’s plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.

Robert E. Lee, the guy who led a rebel army and almost succeeded in tearing apart the United States. You’re really wondering why the statue was going to be removed in 2017?

These extremists gathered to march on the city with their confederate flags waving and Nazi salutes ready. They marched around the city spouting off their chants and clashing with police and other protesters. An outbreak of violence occurred and the city was caught in complete turmoil. A life was lost.

So where was President Trump? At a private golf club in Bedminster, Nj.

Now, we cannot criticize him too harshly, as the West Wing was under renovation at the time. Trump called this time away a “working vacation.” A vacation, as the President of the United States. An issue which Trump heavily criticised former president Obama on.

Trump was slow to respond to the protests after reports came in, and when he did decide to respond, he did not condemn the actions of the KKK or the white supremacists. Instead, Donny Boy decided that the best possible measure was to blame people “on many sides.” He blamed some of the violence on people who were saying that racism is a bad thing. Let that sink in.

Two days later, after intense criticism and questions of his resignation were raised, Trump held another press conference in which he said, “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

It took him two full days to say Nazis are evil, for the love of God. Yet another example of Trump failing to properly address situations as a leader.  His excuse? Unlike most reporters, he wanted to wait until he had all the facts. If that logic doesn’t astound you, I’m not sure what will.

The common thread throughout this entire presidency is that Trump is always looking for someone else to blame. Usually, the “fake news” media or another member of his administration.

So what is there to be done really? We can tweet #ImpeachTrump all we want, but Trump is a powerful man, and power is not given or taken away easily. We must be vigilant. We cannot ignore or brush aside what our president, yes, our president, is doing. He is not harmless. As Americans, we need to stand up and fight back.

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