On December 11, Donald Trump met with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to discuss the passing of a government funding bill necessary to keep the government open. Trump had a full blown tantrum, insisting that his border wall be funded with $5 billion. When Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer refused, backed up by the opinion of a majority of Americans that it would be a complete waste of taxpayer money, Donald Trump proudly proclaimed that he would shut down the government, and that he would take all of the blame:
After more squabbling in which Trump accused Schumer of letting funding lapse earlier this year, the president said he would take the blame for a shutdown over immigration.
“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government,” Trump said, as Schumer sat staring forward and not meeting the president’s eyes.
“We disagree,” Schumer responded.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down,” the president said.
Trump’s proclamation on December 11th that he would take the blame for a shutdown would seem to be consistent with Trump’s comments about a government shutdown that occurred when Barack Obama was President:
In a September 2013 Fox & Friends phone interview, Trump blasted Obama for failing to “get everybody in a room.”
“If you say who gets fired, it always has to be the top. Problems start from the top, and they have to get solved from the top, and the president’s the leader, and he’s got to get everybody in a room, and he’s got to lead. And he doesn’t do that, he doesn’t like doing that, that’s not his strength.”
Trump also said that further down in history “when they talk about the government shutdown, they’re going to be talking about the president of the United States, who the president was at that time. They’re not going to be talking about who was the head of the House, the head the Senate, who’s running things in Washington. So I really think the pressure is on the president.”
However, Trump’s proclamation on December 11th that he would take the blame for a shutdown is not consistent with what Donald Trump actually does: always blame somebody else. And Trump has proved that to be the case again. The day the government shutdown became a certainty, he did not take any of the blame. He instead blamed the Democrats:
The Democrats now own the shutdown!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
That Donald Trump decided to blame someone else should not come as a surprise. Blaming somebody else has come to be one of the most consistent philosophies of the Trump presidency. Former President Harry Truman was famous for keeping a sign in the Oval Office that stated “The Buck Stops Here”, expressing his recognition that the President of the United States has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions. Donald Trump is becoming famous for repeatedly doing the exact opposite. For Donald Trump, there is always somebody else to blame.
When Donald Trump receives criticism for cancelling what was a planned trip to visit a World War I cemetery to honor Americans who fought and died for their country, what does Donald Trump do? He blames the secret service for a decision that was ultimately his decision:
Still fighting political flaps that arose during his weekend in France, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the Secret Service nixed a visit to a cemetery in the rain because the motorcade would have shut down Paris.
“When the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving,” Trump tweeted. “Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown.”
When the stock market goes down, in large part due to the trade war Donald Trump started, he blames the Democrats:
The prospect of Presidential Harassment by the Dems is causing the Stock Market big headaches!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018
Or he blames the Federal Reserve Chairman he appointed:
President Donald Trump said he won’t fire Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell but blamed an “out of control” U.S. central bank for the worst stock market sell-off since February.
Trump also told reporters in the Oval Office Thursday morning that he knows monetary policy better than the Fed’s leaders and continued criticizing them for interest-rate increases.
“The Fed is out of control,” Trump said. “I think what they’re doing is wrong.”
The president added that the Fed’s interest rate increases are “not necessary in my opinion and I think I know about it better than they do.”
When a mass shooting happens in a bar, he blames mental illness, even though Trump signed a bill that made it easier for people with a mental illness to purchase a gun:
As investigators worked to figure out why an ex-Marine slaughtered 12 people at a country music bar, President Donald Trump on Friday blamed mental illness, describing the gunman as “a very sick puppy” who had “a lot of problems.”
At the White House, Trump touted his efforts to fund work on PTSD among veterans. He declined to engage on questions on whether the nation needs stricter gun control laws.
It was the nation’s deadliest such attack since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
When wildfires rage in California, spurred on by climate change that he believes to be a hoax, he blames California:
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
When Republicans lose their majority in the House of Representatives in large part due to the President’s unpopularity, he blames the media and other Republicans:
The day after his party lost its lock on the U.S. Congress, President Donald Trump walked into a White House press conference ready for political combat, name-checking Republicans who he blamed for losing their seats and lashing out at reporters who challenged his assertions.
When a mass shooting happens in a synagogue, spurred on by right-wing conspiracy theories that said a migrant caravan was being funded by wealthy Jews, he blames the synagogue:
President Trump said if the Pittsburgh synagogue that was attacked by a gunman on Oct. 27 had armed security, “the results would have been far better.”
When CNN is mailed a pipe bomb by one of Donald Trump’s supporters, after repeated verbal attacks on CNN by Donald Trump, he blames CNN:
A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018
When Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee is credibly accused of sexual assault, he blames the accuser for not reporting it when she was 15 years old:
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
When Trump’s former campaign manager pleads guilty to a number of felonies, Trump blames the FBI and DOJ for allowing Trump to hire him:
As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn’t the FBI or Department of “Justice” have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign? Should have told me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2018
When Trump’s stupid idea for a military parade finally gets cancelled, he blames Washington D.C. officials:
President Trump on Friday said he decided to cancel plans for a military parade this November in Washington, D.C., blaming local officials for an event that privately had little enthusiasm within the military.
When a DACA bill fails to get through Congress because Trump repeatedly shoots down any bipartisan attempts, he blames Democrats:
At the , President Trump blamed Democrats for the legislative impasse over the — even though it was his own executive action that put the program in doubt.
“The Democrats have really let them down. They really let them down. It’s a shame. A lot of people have taken advantage of DACA. It’s a shame,” Mr. Trump said Monday.
When a mass shooting occurs in a Florida high school by a former student who had been previously reported several times to authorities by former classmates, he blames the former classmates:
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
Then he blames video games and movies:
When the federal government’s response to a Hurricane that hit Puerto Rico is woefully insufficient and ineffective, he blames Puerto Rico:
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics and the mayor of San Juan complained his administration’s response to the U.S. territory’s plight was insufficient.
Trump, who plans to visit the island on Tuesday, fired off a series of angry tweets from his private golf club in New Jersey, taking aim at the mayor of San Juan, the island’s capital and largest city.
On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz criticized Trump’s administration and begged for more help, a plea that received widespread television coverage in the mainland United States.
“Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico who are not able to get their workers to help,” said Trump, a Republican. “They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
When the true horror of what occurred in Puerto Rico is made public via a university study, he blames the study:
3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
When Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible/probable collusion with Donald Trump causes relations to remain fraught with Russia, he blames America:
Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
When Trump’s own policy to separate families of asylum seekers causes a public outcry, he blames Democrats:
Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
When Trump’s purposeful divisiveness continues to divide, he blames the media:
President Trump, stung by days of criticism that he sowed racial division in the United States after deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., accused the news media on Tuesday of misrepresenting what he insisted was his prompt, unequivocal condemnation of bigotry and hatred.
“The only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself and the fake news,” he said.
When a Navy SEAL raid in Yemen that was authorized by Donald Trump results in the death of a Navy SEAL, he blames Obama and his generals:
In a television interview, President Donald Trump appeared to blame his military leaders for a Navy SEAL’s death last month during a troubled raid in Yemen, saying “they” pushed elite sailor into a dangerous mission.
During an appearance Tuesday on Fox News, Trump said the January raid on an al-Qaida stronghold “was started before I got here” and that generals within the Defense Department were insistent on moving ahead. The president did not identify the generals by name. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was killed and three other U.S. service members.
Winston Churchill once said “The price of greatness is responsibility”. Donald Trump is apparently unwilling to pay that price. Donald Trump’s continual refusal to accept responsibility for anything, and continual efforts to always blame somebody else, are the actions of a man who cannot accept his own incompetence, and who is unfit to be a leader of anything, much less a nation.