Donald Trump needs to admit that not only has he lost the 2020 election, but he has lost his power. He has 18 days left in office, yet he is allegedly concerned about “bringing our troops home,” which he claimed as part of his reason for vetoing the bipartisan defense bill. Later, we find the real reason for Trump’s veto: “it failed to limit social media companies he claimed were biased against him” according to Market Watch. Me, me, me. That is all Donald Trump has ever thought about, which is why it is very unlikely that he cares about bringing home troops. If he is so concerned with the troops, he would not have vetoed this bill. Examining some of the things included in the bill shows that Trump is full of it.
Under the newly passed defense bill, troops will receive a 3% pay raise. According to Market Watch, the bill “guides defense policy, cementing decisions about troop levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, personnel policy and other military goals.” Vetoing this bill not only denied our troops a raise, but it would have held up military construction projects. So much for Trump’s concern for our troops. He is more concerned about his perception that social media companies were mean to him. He even tried, according to Newsweek, to say that the failure to limit social media is a “gift to China and Russia.” Trump gave more gifts to Russia than the last few presidents combined, but he is suddenly concerned? Virtually everything Trump says must be examined to find the “what’s in it for me” portion because you better believe there is something in it for him. That is and has been his method of “governing” from the very beginning. Jack Reed of Rhode Island likened Trump’s veto of the bill two days before Christmas as “a parting gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin and a lump of coal for our troops.”
Donald Trump has always thought us too stupid to see through his machinations. He is far too transparent for that. His leadership skills are nonexistent, and he does not know when to stop or how to work with others. The defense bill is a classic example of bipartisan effort, and both Democrats and Republicans alike implored Trump not to veto the bill. Bloomberg reported that just before the final override vote, Jack Reed (D-RI) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) called the bill “the most significant vote we have.” Once again, Trump was on an island of one.
Instead of taking care of our troops — and by association, us — Trump is still stewing over the election he lost by over seven million votes. That is not going to change, no matter how much Josh Hawley, Mo Brooks, and anyone else in Washington objects. Come January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States, and Trump can crawl back into the hole from which he came. We are already well on our way to having a very happy New Year.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years