There’s no such thing as a completely evil person. Hitler was an avid dog lover. When he was forced into the Fuhrebunker, the subterranean complex where he would eventually take his own life, Hitler brought his German Shepherd “Blondi” along with him. He even let her sleep in his bed.
President Trump, on the other hand, doesn’t own a dog. He doesn’t seem to be particularly interested in pets at all, but does that make him a bad person? What about the vile comments he’s made about women (so vulgar I won’t even cite them here). Or the way he referred to Haiti and El Salvador as “sh*thole countries.” Or how he mocked a disabled reporter, complete with trembling hand gestures and a stuttering imitation…
Do those offenses make him inherently bad?
It’s not for me to decide a man’s heart, but I will offer this quote: “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to find fault in the rest of us.”
In other words, we’re people. None of us are all good or all bad. Our lives exist in shades of gray, not black and white: Hitler loved dogs. Joseph Stalin was a huge (metaphorically speaking) fan of John Wayne. People are strange and beautiful, wicked and saintly. We’re good and evil, all rolled together and baked on high heat.
Which started me thinking: The only stories I ever hear about Donald Trump are negative. That fact alone got my attention because, as I stated earlier, life is rarely so one-sided. Surely, there are some nice things out there about our 45th president.
After a little research, here are three good things I found about Donald Trump:
1. He donates his $400,000 presidential salary to charity. His second-quarter earnings went to the Small Business Administration where money will go toward a 7-month intensive program for veterans.
2. He’s raw. He says what he’s thinking, Tweets what he’s thinking — we’re never at a loss for what’s on the Donald’s mind. Which, in some ways, is refreshing. Gone are the days of politicians and their double lives, this idea that a president must be a man of high moral character. History tells us that that was never really the case anyway: JFK had an affair with Marilyn Monroe while he was still married to Jackie; “Slick Willie” Clinton “did not have sexual relations with that woman” (yeah, right). But somehow we’ve held onto the idea that our presidents must be of a different, higher caliber. When in fact, they’re just like the rest of us: they’re human.
3. Trump has made politics popular again. This might be his single, grandest achievement. Americans across all age groups are talking about our country’s critical issues, often times spurred on by a Tweet or a sound bite from the president. His reality-show approach has garnered more buzz for hot topics in our country than ever before, and that alone is something to be thankful for.
Anytime I’ve ventured into political waters with this column, I’ve always tried to be fair, always tried to paint the picture differently than what many consider the norm. Living in a red state and an even redder county, I’ve worked at exposing the problems inherent with our president and his policies, especially his moral code.
But I am willing to admit there is a problem with the way he’s portrayed in the media. Anytime a news source simplifies a story, anytime something is explained as only “bad” or “good,” you should be suspicious, because that’s just not the way life works.
In the end, I want these columns to make you question the president — and — the news.
I want to make you think.
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