Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.
Donald Trump Versus FDR
President Donald J. Trump is once again very much a part of the American pop culture scene. Actor Alec Baldwin portrayed him again on an episode of Saturday Night Live on the night of December 3, 2016. However, the objective of this written piece is to show the reasons why Donald Trump will never be as great as Franklin D. Roosevelt. Please note that at the time that this article was first written, Donald Trump had not taken the oath of office yet. Note: as of July 2020, an additional reason will be added to this article thus here are six sufficiently explained reasons why Donald Trump will never be as great as FDR. Below are six reasons that demonstrate why Trump will never be as good a president as FDR.
Reason #1: His Overuse of Twitter
We now have a President that loves to use Twitter and he uses it so much that I refer to it as his overuse of Twitter. An article titled “Trump Tweets SNL is Unwatchable after Sketch about His Tweets” by Jillian Sederholm was published on the online edition of NBC News. The article is about Alec Baldwin mocking Donald Trump and making fun of him as he turns to the use of Twitter.
The sketch features then President-Elect Trump seated inside of Trump Tower with Kellyanne Conway (played by Kate McKinnon) as he is being questioned during a security briefing but he loses his focus and turns to using his mobile phone instead! As he brags about the latest greatest tweet, one of the advisers in the sketch informs him about the seriousness of the security briefing, the fact that Pakistan has become increasingly unstable, and that North Korea is working on its nukes again. Trump in the sketch asks questions which have nothing to do with the issues. Just an hour after the end of the sketch, the real Donald Trump came on Twitter and wrote a tweet “calling the show unwatchable and biased," (Sederholm 2016).
Donald Trump Has Become Very Much A Part Of American Pop Culture
The reason that this event is significant and part of American popular culture is because the sketch is trying to show Donald Trump’s fascination and love of Twitter as he tweets in order to criticize and demean those that point out his flaws and mistakes. Donald Trump is very much a part of pop culture not only because he “won” this year’s 2016 Presidential Election but he has always been in the public eye and with his Twitter rants, he shows that he is not very presidential at all.
I believe that Alec Baldwin is mocking Donald Trump to try and bring awareness to the American public at how unfit Trump is for the American Presidency. The sketch also shows that in a way, Donald Trump cannot live without Twitter and this social networking giant has been a tool that he uses to go after his opponents.
Reason #2: Trump Has Zero Political Experience and Low Approval Ratings
Through his use of Twitter, Donald Trump has expressed his views about certain things while even making spelling errors. For instance, do you remember that time where he was supposed to write the word unprecedented, yet he wrote “unpresidented” instead? How is it possible that a now 74 year-old businessman, real estate guy and father of five can make such obvious spelling errors?
This is one of the reasons that he will never be like the great FDR. Franklin could have at least done spelling much better than this rich, spoiled New Yorker! It was Trump who mentioned during the campaign that he would be the greatest jobs president since FDR. That is a very tough task considering that “The Donald” has absolutely zero political experience.
I warned about the dangers of voting for Donald Trump but now that he is set to take office on January 20th, he will go into Washington DC having the lowest approval rating for his transition team in the history of the Gallup Poll. According to a poll that was done by Gallup, 44% of Americans approve of the way that the transition team is handling things while 51% disapprove of this. This is terrible news for Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Rex Tillerson (if he is approved), and Steve Bannon and the rest of that team. It takes a certain kind of knowledge to have if you want to bring more jobs back. Donald is a businessman but the Presidency of the US is not like a business and it certainly is not a reality show.
Note: as of April 26, 2018, Mike Pompeo is now Secretary of State. Before this appointment, he served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from January 2017 through April of 2018. He replaces Rex Tillerson.
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Reason #3: He Lacks the Personality and Character
The third biggest reason why Donald Trump will never be as good as FDR is because even though his proposed Muslim ban is similar to the way that FDR put Japanese Americans in internment camps, Donald Trump does not have the personality or the character of an FDR. It was FDR who rose to popularity by way of his radio fireside chats. He took the time to meet with people in their homes and to listen actively to their concerns. Donald Trump will not do this simply because he does not care about us. He will only care about his rich buddies and friends while the average person in the Rust Belt States will be left to care for themselves. He may have meant well when he sent that New Year’s message through Twitter but he also ended up insulting over 54% of those that did not vote for him in the General Election. A cardinal sin in politics is if you call those who didn’t support you “enemies,” Donald Trump will only draw more division and anger across this country.
It was FDR himself that gave a speech in 1936 in which he warned about the dangers of what he called organized money. He said: “We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred,” (Tognotti 2015). The Trump nominees for his cabinet are like a mob of men who are very much insiders. Although Donald Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” during the campaign, he is part of the problem. I hope that we do become an economic giant like we were after World War 2 but it will be extremely tough and slim to do this with a man of Donald Trump’s caliber. Donald Trump will never be another FDR because he is simply too busy using his mouth to hurt people like actress Meryl Streep who did not even mention his name on the night of the Golden Globe Awards. FDR would never have done such a thing through the radio because he had a good heart and he cared about people! Donald Trump even went after Bernie Sanders calling him a socialist and communist. He also said that Sanders would tax people at 90% and take away everything. Sanders would have only taxed the richest of people in this country. The bottom line is that Donald Trump proves that he has no clue what he is talking about and shows himself to be a big ignoramus.
Reason #4: Donald Trump and the GOP Don't Care About Those in Need of Help
And the final reason why Donald Trump will never be like FDR is because he is thinking of repealing Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act). This is a program that Mr. Obama and his cabinet spent so much time trying to pass just so people in this country especially me that has cerebral palsy can have access to health care. FDR introduced Social Security which is something so many of our seniors require in order to live. We also have Medicare and Medicaid which that fool Speaker Paul Ryan wants to privatize. If they repeal Obamacare, they will end up throwing 20 or 30 million people under the bus! This is not something to be proud of. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, losing your health care means that you will have to cover the cost of any medical expenses from your own pocket!
Donald Trump will not be as great as FDR but he will most likely become a president worse than any in US history and he may be judged by historians as the worst only to be tossed into the ash heap of history. Most of the Midwest and South who voted for Donald will see after about two or three months that he will not do anything for them. The answer is to resist this unqualified, spoiled businessman from New York while remembering what America is good for. The United States used to elect honorable men as President of the United States but that will not happen until at least 2020 or god forbid longer. FDR is a man who had character, heart, tenacity, and a willingness to help those in need. Donald Trump will only help his family, closest friends and his ego!
Reason #5: He Shows No Real Sign of Being a Leader
Let us add yet another reason why Donald Trump will never be as great as Franklin Delano Roosevelt. That reason has to do with the fact that it is being reported that he was out golfing yesterday August 4, 2019 while this country was still busy recovering from the incident in Dayton, Ohio. It shows that he is showing no real leadership even though he did address what happened in Texas and Ohio however, this gesture will be seen only as lip service. If Trump wanted to show leadership, he could have at least tried to reach out to the people that have suffered as a result of the incidents in Texas and Ohio.
Reason #6: Bad Handling of the Corona Virus Pandemic
This last reason may be the clearest example of Trump’s failure and why he will never be as great as FDR and this reason has to do with his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I know that FDR came onto the political scene at a totally different time but had there been a pandemic in his day, he would not have botched the response to the pandemic as badly as Trump has. Before some of you try to point out that this is biased and exaggerated, let me explain that what you are about to see here is actually factual. Vox reports that at a rally in South Carolina on February 2020 Trump accused the Democrats of politicizing the corona virus! Nothing could be further from the truth. Here is the rest of what Donald Trump actually said about what he called the “new hoax: “One of my people came up to me and said “Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia, that didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax that was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they’ve been doing it since you got in… And this is their new hoax,” (Peters, 2020). There is no hoax involved here when you have over 143,000 Americans now dead because of this pandemic. I could go on and on but the response by the Trump Administration to the biggest health problem affecting the world has been absolutely abysmal.
Donald Trump and Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Donald Trump Ranked as Worst US President Ever
Update: it is now November 2020 and not only will Donald J. Trump not be as good of a President as FDR was but he has now been ranked as the worst president ever according to a survey by CSPAN, which polled 91 different historians. Historians ranked these presidents by judging them based on categories such as economic management, international relations, and crisis leadership. In this survey, Trump was ranked as worse than James Buchanan. This is just one survey but it shows how far Donald Trump has fallen and cemented his place in history as the worst president ever.
- Sederholm, Jillian. 2016. NBC News. December 3. Accessed January 14, 2017. http://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/tv/trump-tweets-disapproval-snl-sketch-about-his-tweeting-habits-n691666.
- Tognotti, Chris. 2015. Bustle. December 8. Accessed January 14, 2017. https://www.bustle.com/articles/128499-donald-trump-compared-himself-to-fdr-but-the-candidate-is-different-from-the-32nd-president-in.
- Peters, Cameron. 2020. Vox. June 8. Accessed July 22, 2020. https://www.vox.com/2020/6/8/21242003/trump-failed-coronavirus-response.
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© 2017 Ara Vahanian