Stop projecting blame

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

President Donald Trump has been in office for six months now, and it hasnít been all that great. While campaigning, Trump promised to defeat ISIS and overhaul the Affordable Care Act. Well, ISIS still exists, and the Affordable Care Act hasnít been replaced yet.

I understand these things take time. Itís impossible to eradicate a terrorist group in six months, and our countryís healthcare problems are too complicated to solve in half a year. If Trump gave any indication that heís been working on these issues ó or any issues, really ó Iíd be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Itís not entirely on him, anyway. Weíve got senators and representatives who should be working behind the scenes to execute the presidentís plan. In an alternate reality where our president has no clue whatís going on or what to do, these elected officials would hopefully work with our leader to create a plan. Neither of those things seem to be happening.

Instead, Iíve been overwhelmed by the chaos at the White House. Somebody quits, resigns or gets fired from Trumpís cabinet at least once a month. Press briefings are erratic, while Trump has been caught confiding classified material to a Russian ambassador. Speaking of Russia, Trumpís ties to the country are becoming more clear by the day. His family denies working with Russian officials during last yearís election, but you donít have to do much research to figure out thatís a lie.

In the meantime, Trump has continued to criticize Hillary Clinton. Just this week, he tweeted about Clinton in regard to the investigation into his administrationís ties to Russia. ďSo why arenít the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?Ē our president wrote on Twitter, the platform he uses most to connect to his constituents, on Monday.

Heís not the only person who turns the conversation to Clinton when criticism starts coming his way. In the few political discussions Iíve had with family members since Trump took office, Clintonís name always comes up. Iíve seen it most on social media in the comments section.

ďWell, Hillary wouldnít have been any better.Ē

ďIf Hillary Clinton was president, theyíd investigate her a lot more than Trump.Ē

ďJust imagine what it would be like with Hillary Clinton.Ē

Some of that could be true. All of it could be true. We have no way to know, though, because Hillary Clinton is not our president. Donald Trump is our president. If Clinton had won the election, Iím sure she would have had scandals of her own. She would have been criticized and many would have considered her unfit to serve.

But sheís not our president. She didnít win the election. Donald Trump won the election, and he should be held accountable for his actions ó good and bad ó without Clintonís name popping up for comparison. Bringing her into conversations about Trump is just a way to glaze over whatever Trump is being criticized for that day. It distracts from the conversations we should all be having about our president and our government on the whole.

This isnít about choosing between Trump and Clinton. That choice has already been made. Hillary Clinton isnít our president, and she probably never will be.

Letís focus on the person Americans did elect. Letís hold Trump accountable when he does something wrong, and letís support him when he does something right.

You canít get much more American than that.

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Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is†