The World According to Trump – By Cary Ichter
In a movie called “The Survivors,” Robin Williams is fired from his sales job by his boss’ bird. The boss just could not scare up enough courage to break the news face-to-face. The website for the movie said it was a parrot, but I could swear it was a duck. Regardless, it was a fowl way to be discharged from an employment relationship.
Back when he was a reality TV star, citizen Donald J. Trump had no problem proclaiming with authority and aplomb, “You’re Fired.” It became his trademark—well, one of them anyway. There is also the orange skin and the yellow mop. For a TV audience, Trump would rationally explain his reasons for terminating someone and, to the face of the soon-to-be-unemployed, he would announce his decision. So, one would expect that if Trump showed that much regard for people who were occupying fake jobs for a TV show, he would at least do the same for one of the highest-ranking government officials in the country.
Well, perhaps not. Fast forward to earlier this week when President Trump unceremoniously terminated his real, live Secretary of State on Twitter. Now, I am not one of these folks who is constantly looking to criticize everything Trump does. I actually agree with some of the things he has done, and, given sufficient time and information, I might agree that firing Rex Tillerson may have been one of them. But, even when what he does is right, Trump has an uncanny way of making you feel wrong for agreeing with him.
Is there a more classless way to terminate someone’s employment than to do it and to leave them to learn about it from a third party—a very public third-party, like Twitter? I guess you could have your pet duck do the deed, but at least that suggests some creativity—or least a long memory for B movies.
Rex Tillerson may have been a less-than-perfect Secretary of State, but he is a good man who deserves more respect than he has been accorded.
I once heard George Stephanopolous speak, and on the subject of Bill Clinton, he said, “He was a good president. I wish he had been a better man.” Donald Trump may turn out to be a decent president—only time will tell, but so far, there is very little to suggest that he is a good man.
There are some things money cannot buy, like morals, manners, intelligence and class. I don’t think Trump would know where to shop for three out of four of those.