The president is committed to his talking points to the point of absurdity. It evidently doesn’t matter much to him if he looks like a fool to certain — large — segments of the American population, as long as he gets the chance to get his point across.
To that end, on Sunday morning the president took to Twitter to announce that his ridiculous invention the “Fake News Awards” would be pushed off to Wednesday, January 17, instead of being held on the previously set Monday date.
‘The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!’
The interest that Trump may be referring to includes multiple mocking pleas from late night comedy programs for one of the awards being offered, among other morbid jokes about the president taking his despising of the American news media to this ridiculous extreme.
However, even though a few late night hosts did, in fact, joke about the whole thing, the fact remains that it’s disturbing at best for the president of the United States to be speaking of holding “Fake News Awards.”
Just imagine if someone like Barack Obama or even George W. Bush had done such a thing — it never would have went over with the vast majority of the population besides the fact that it’s hard to imagine them doing such a thing in the first place.
And yet here we have President Donald Trump using his position to push the “Fake News Awards.”
Besides the fact that the president’s behavior is hardly fitting for what’s supposed to be the respectability of his office, it also may be illegal — at least if other White House officials participate in it.
Both longtime ethics expert Norm Eisen and former Office of Government Ethics chief Walter Shaub pointed this out on Twitter.
As Shaub put it, directing his comments at White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah:
‘If you or *ANY* WH staffers work on this or post it on the WH website, it will be a violation of the Standards of Conduct. Beware of laws on using federal appropriations too, if there are any visuals, certificates, handouts, or trophies.’