Opinion: Does Trump Really Deserve Our Respect?

President Donald Trump has been in office for more than 7 months. Way before he was elected, he had been spewing one controversial statement after another. With the personality he is showing, it is ironic that he holds the highest position in the most powerful country in the world.

The presidency deserves our loyalty

Are U.S. citizens supposed to hold the President of the United States (POTUS) in the highest regard and give him steadfast respect? Of course, by virtue of his position alone, the current president has the right to the loyalty of the people he serves, especially those who elected him and trusted him to be the most capable leader in the next 4 years.

The frustrating thing, however, is that he has done almost everything to make people lose what little respect they have for him before he assumed the highest position in the land. His tweets alone prove how he has gone out of his way to show to the world the exact opposite of how a president must conduct himself.

Although most of us have been taught since childhood to respect the presidency and the person who holds the title, Mr. Trump has been making it hard even for the most diplomatic person on Earth to give that to him.

Respect is earned

Respect is earned. If a leader is expected to be a role model to his followers, then what is Trump showing us? If the leader who is supposed to champion people’s right against discrimination, then why are we hearing about his hate speech against certain races? Why are we seeing a president demeaning the disabled? Where did he get his guts boasting his sexual assaults in public?

All these behavioral issues point to one thing: the president severely lacks diplomacy, self-control, and good judgment.

This piece is not meant to just bash the president. Our aim is to hold him accountable for his words and actions. After all, he is the POTUS.

About the Author

George Davis is a political science professor who believes in accountability and integrity of public office. His views do not represent that of the October Surprise editorial board.