With the weight of the magnitude of issues that are part and parcel of being chief executive of the United States pressing down upon his shoulders, President Trump often likes to blow off steam by playing make believe media critic.
Most of the time he restricts himself to devastating reviews of the “FAKE NEWS” media whose truthful reports about the corrupt behavior of himself and his administration irks him so.
This morning, however, Trump dove headfirst into the role of an indignant sports columnist upset over the ruling of officials who had to make a tough call that affected the outcome of a sporting event.
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He did so with all of the passion of a compulsive gambler who had this month’s mortgage payment riding on a winner who was disqualified at the last moment because of those officials’ decision.
The Kentucky Derby decision was not a good one. It was a rough & tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby – not even close!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2019
It’s interesting to note that Trump’s take on the disqualification of Maximum Security — the horse that crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs racecourse ahead of all the others — after racing stewards determined that the win was due to illegal interference — is diametrically opposed to his views on the 2016 presidential election race that so ironically parallels this year’s Kentucky Derby contest.
Like Maximum Security, Hillary Clinton was the clear winner of that race — in the popular vote at least.
However, in this case, despite accusations of interference by foreign supporters who had a large financial stake in the victory of the second place finisher, there were no protestations from Donald Trump when interference claims were ignored, and he was declared the winner of the race by the stewards applying the arcane rules of the race.
Although the outcomes of the two contests were quite different, President Trump is consistent in at least one regard — his belief that no amount of interference and no outside arbiters of fairness should overturn the victory of whomever he believes should win the race.
Trump may attribute the stewards’ Kentucky Derby decision to “political correctness,” but in essense, all that he is doing is admitting that he believes in ignoring the rules of the game when they are not rigged in his favor.
No matter what, it’s plainly apparent that the best candidate did NOT win the 2016 presidential race.