This man’s shallowness never ceases to amaze me. On the day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union – what could be a monumental moment in world history – when asked to comment on Brexit, Donald Trump took the opportunity to extol the amenities of his newly revamped hotel and golf course property in Scotland instead.
While standing on Scottish soil – literally IN the United Kingdom – and at a watershed moment in the history of the UK, he was asked about the Brexit referendum and after a superficial touch on the issue, he went into a self-promotional sales pitch for his resort.
Instead of offering informed, insightful comments about the vote, perhaps his opinion on why the “leave” forces won, and what he saw as the future of the United Kingdom and the European Union, he chose to talk about his Trump Turnberry resort in Ayrshire, Scotland.
That vote wasn’t a referendum on fixing potholes on Main Street in Flyover, USA; it was a serious matter of historical significance that could impact politics, economics, and international relations across the globe.
And yet, Donald Trump chose to talk about his new commercial resort, zoning problems, the “incredible suites” on the property and how he was spending £100m on renovations.
It seems to me that we were given a little glimpse into the psyche of The Donald and where his priorities lie. Obviously, his renovated Turnberry resort warrants more of his valuable interview time than a monumental decision by our closest ally and America’s best friend in Europe.
What a colossal, single-minded egotist.
I wasn’t the only one with that opinion. I read articles from Fox & Friends and Morning Joe, both taken aback at the commercial misuse of Trump’s celebrity as the U.S. Republican candidate for president. They interviewed him to get the thoughts of a man who could become America’s next president, and instead, what they got was an infomercial for his Turnberry golf resort.
Following is a 7:51 video of the Morning Joe antics during Trump’s press conference (in case you’re interested). They all took their shots at him and the inappropriateness of his infomercial.
This illustrates exactly what worries me about Donald Trump. He was apparently oblivious to the optics presented by spending more time talking about his commercial venture than an issue that would have a certain impact on our next president – a position for which he is auditioning.
Whether Trump’s Turnberry Resort is successful or fails will have no impact on the United States or international relations, yet he expends much more time talking about something that could affect him personally than he does the possible fracturing of the European Union and how that could affect U.S. foreign policy and world affairs.
Where are his priorities? I think this occasion makes that plain.