The most predictable variation of a headline today is this: “Donald Trump attacks ______ after feeling threatened by them.” It’s happening once again, this time in the form of South Caronlina Congressman Trey Gowdy. Before Gowdy endorsed Marco Rubio, Trump commended him on Benghazi. The only thing that’s changed is Gowdy’s endorsement, but it’s enough to rewrite Trump’s opinion on what happened during the Benghazi hearings.
When interviewed by Hugh Hewitt the day after Hillary Clinton had her latest hearing, Trump thought that Gowdy had done a nice job on Clinton:
“You know, when I watched Trey Gowdy on, I think it was Face The Nation this weekend, it sounded to me like he was not going to go after her that much, Hugh, because he was sort of saying well, we have other people, and she’s just a small part of it. It sounded to me like he was pulling back. But as I’m hearing it today, they’re not pulling back at all. They’re really going into it, and I’m just hearing she’s looking very bad. Maybe Biden did the wrong thing getting out yesterday.”
He even went so far as to post a Tweet when someone called for Gowdy to be Trump’s Attorney General:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2015
It doesn’t matter whether someone is good, bad, or indifferent. For Trump, the only thing that matters is how they feel about him. If someone damaging to America, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, says something nice about Trump, he returns the favor. Just because Putin paid him a very light compliment, Trump called him a “strong leader” among other niceties. If someone is not supportive of Trump, he calls them a loser. It’s the most predictable sentiment in politics.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 27, 2015
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t approve of Trey Gowdy supporting Marco Rubio, either. However, his endorsement does absolutely nothing to sway my perspectives on what Gowdy has done during the Benghazi hearings. They’re two completely different things. Trump can’t praise the Benghazi hearings one day then bash them the next day based upon liking or not liking someone involved. It’s childish.
A President cannot take into consideration whether or not someone is being nice to them when it comes to policies foreign or domestic. For Trump to be more swayed by what people say about him rather than their actual actions and perspectives is a dangerous (and juvenile) methodology that doesn’t belong in the White House.