When did Qualifications and Experience Become a Bad Thing?

By Persephone

Last week, Federal Judge James Robart effectively suspended the recent travel ban placed on immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries.  He cited his reasoning as the safety of American citizens and the legalities of the executive order.  Several other judges had made counter-rulings preceding this edict, but it was Robart’s ruling that halted the ban nationwide.

Predictably, Trump is majorly offended that anyone would stop him.  He’s gone crazy on twitter, calling such a check on his power “outrageous,” and Robart a “so-called judge.”  Let me tell you, President Cheeto, you cannot mock and malign individuals just for doing their jobs.  James Robart is a George W. Bush appointee who received a unanimous vote.  He’s spent more than a decade working for the federal government in his post, and he has gathered surprisingly few critics in that time.  Before then, he’d worked in law for thirty years.  He’s everything I like in a conservative: hard-working, honest, and fair.

Yet Trump already belittles Robart’s experience and qualifications.  This is a habitual problem.  Whenever someone opposes him, Trump mocks his power.  Such an occurrence is all too frequent.  For instance, hundreds of career civil servants have signed a dissent memo in protest of some of Trump’s policies.  He’s responded by telling people who’ve worked in government for years who have dedicated their lives to this country that they should just quit if they don’t like it.

We could also talk about how he responded to Hillary Clinton’s many years of political wisdom.  Or Attorney General Sally Yates.  It doesn’t matter just what they’ve accomplished.  You oppose Trump, and you’re suddenly classified an incompetent that’s only in his way.

I’d like to point out, President Cheeto, that as someone who’s only held political power for a little over two weeks, you’re by far the least qualified and the least experienced individual out there.  You might want to start listening to the people who actually do know what they’re doing.

And when I say that, I mean the people that actually say no to you occasionally.  So Steve Bannon and Paul Ryan don’t count.  Try finding a member of your staff with some balls and some smarts.  Then, you listen to their advice, act on their advice, and–this is crucial–don’t fire them.

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