Wednesday, November 22, 2017

'You're the President ... Why Don't You Act Like It?'

Fox News host Neil Cavuto is calling out President Donald Trump over his latest Twitter attacks. Over the weekend, in separate tweets, Trump went after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and LaVar Ball, the father of one of three UCLA basketball players arrested in China on shoplifting charges. Trump took credit for the players' release, and when Ball refused to thank him, he tweeted that he "should have left them in jail." Cavuto wasn't having it. ... "Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States," he said. "Why don't you act like it?"

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Technically, he is acting like it. Not being a douche isn't an actual job requirement, despite how much people think it should be.

#1 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-22 10:13 AM

Technically, he is acting like it. Not being a douche isn't an actual job requirement, despite how much people think it should be.

#1 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-22 10:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

I don't think Cavuto -- or the rest of us who criticize Trump -- are talking about the technical job requirements.

#2 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-22 10:16 AM

Not being a douche is the most important job requirement.

He embarrassed the country again this morning tweeting an insult at LaVar Ball at 5:30 in the damn morning.

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-22 10:16 AM

He's a narcissist, it's a mental illness.

#4 | Posted by Daniel at 2017-11-22 10:24 AM

Trump supporters are pathetic in their apologism

#5 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-22 10:30 AM

Not being a douche is the most important job requirement.

#3 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2017-11-22 10:16 AM | FLAG:

Then we'd never have a president.

Acting in the statesman archtype isn't required. If he had, he wouldn't even be president.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-22 10:42 AM

Then we'd never have a president.

Stop pretending Trump is normal.

You can tell the difference between how Trump acts and how his predecessors acted.

No president before Trump has ever publicly complained on a daily basis about he's not shown enough gratitude, not respected enough, not treated fairly, etc.

He's a whinging loser with a bottomless pit of neediness. We all can see it clear as day.

If you had a person in your life who threw this many pity parties you'd block their calls.

#7 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-22 10:48 AM

Neil Cavuto took a break from eating trumps ass? Must've needed air.

#8 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2017-11-22 10:56 AM

Stop pretending Trump is normal.
You can tell the difference between how Trump acts and how his predecessors acted.

#7 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2017-11-22 10:48 AM | REPLY

I didn't say he was normal. I said being normal isn't an actual requirement. You insist it is. If so, prove it, show me where it's a legal requirement.

We both know it's not. We also both know if he had acted like all of his predecessors, he would have lost. Time to move on.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-22 11:00 AM

There was a time when character mattered to voters, not anymore, stiz is right.

#11 | Posted by bored at 2017-11-22 11:12 AM

"The election butt hurt will live on forever."

are you stupid.. this isn't abou tthe election.. this is about the current president.. only you and bernie supporters are still stuck in 2016... its 2017 and TRUMP is president and should be answerable for HIS ACTIONS as president.. you are pathetic.

#13 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-11-22 11:12 AM

LaVar Ball is an idiot and it's no surprise that his son is also an idiot. When someone gets your son out of a foreign jail, the only proper response is thank you. If you don't have enough decency and humanity to show gratitude, then just keep silent.

#14 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-11-22 11:15 AM

We know why he doesn't behave normally. He's a baby who doesn't want to behave like an adult.

A better question would be:

If you don't want to act like a president, why do you run for president in the first place?

#15 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-22 11:17 AM

"He's a narcissist, it's a mental illness."

Yes:

To begin, however, here are DSM's requirements (slightly condensed, and with minor bracketed amendments) for "earning" the unenviable diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance.

2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.

3. Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).

4. Requires excessive admiration [regularly fishes for compliments, and is highly susceptible to flattery].

5. Has a sense of entitlement.

6. Is interpersonally exploitative.

7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling [or, I would add, unable] to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.

8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.

9. Shows arrogant, haughty [rude and abusive] behaviors or attitudes.

www.psychologytoday.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-22 11:17 AM

There was a time when character mattered to voters, not anymore, stiz is right.

#11 | POSTED BY BORED AT 2017-11-22 11:12 AM | FLAG:

* character relative to the times. Need to be hugely offended, read what the majority of our presidents said about black people. Truman liked to chase them.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-22 11:18 AM

Narcissist-in-Chief

6 Signs of Narcissism You May Not Know About

1. Are highly reactive to criticism.

2. Have low self-esteem.

3. Can be inordinately self-righteous and defensive.

4. React to contrary viewpoints with anger or rage.

5. Project onto others qualities, traits, and behaviors they can't -- or won't -- accept in themselves.

6. Have poor interpersonal boundaries.

www.psychologytoday.com

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-22 11:22 AM

Why Ball wouldn't publicly thank Trump is beyond me. Does he even know what China could have done to his son? He's only doing this to placate the blacks around him.

It should be an honor that the President went straight to another leader to get YOUR son out of prison for violating another countries laws. Trump is right, he should have left his son in jail.

#19 | Posted by boaz at 2017-11-22 11:22 AM

Apparently, Trump is the summation and encapsulation of all of the USA's faults, lies, and hypocrisies and we the current citizens must acknowledge this reality and somehow find a way to survive beyond the factional blitzkriegs required to deal with it.

#20 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2017-11-22 11:22 AM


Pres Trump is doing the Ball tweets probably to change the subject from his comments supporting Mr Moore yesterday afternoon. It is standard practice for Pres Trump - say something incredibly stupid that his base eats up, then do something else stupid to change the focus of the attention he craves.

Pres Trump, obviously, didn't want attention to linger upon Mr Moore's sexual molestation issues.

#22 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-22 11:27 AM

#16 Re the list of 9 narcissistic traits:

Because only the extreme, or "classic," narcissist fits all of these criteria, DSM specifies that an individual need meet only five of them (barely more than half) to warrant this unflattering label.

Trump, OTOH, meets all 9 criteria, which is why some psychiatrists have labeled him a malignant narcissist.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-22 11:28 AM

I said being normal isn't an actual requirement. You insist it is. If so, prove it, show me where it's a legal requirement.

Stop being so literal.

No one is debating the legal requirements for the job are. We all know them from the Constitution.

We're talking about the practical requirements as demonstrated by every president before Dumb Donald.

#24 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-22 11:33 AM

#21 | Posted by fishpaw

That's not it at all. The anger over trump comes from his obvious corruption, ignorance, cruelty, racism, and unstable behavior.

If you think those qualities belong in the white house, that says a lot about you, and none of it is good.

Trump earned every bit of hatred he receives. He works hard to create it every day.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-22 11:35 AM

There was a time when character mattered to voters, not anymore ...

Just because character didn't matter in 2016 doesn't mean it will never matter again.

It's possible that voters in 2020 will choose a president of unblemished character and high moral standing as a correction to the Trump nightmare.

Maybe not likely, but at least possible. We did choose a goody two shoes like Jimmy Carter after a crook like Nixon.

#26 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-22 11:36 AM


@#19 ... Why Ball wouldn't publicly thank Trump is beyond me. ...

Through all of this, I also wonder about that.

When someone does you a favor, you say, "thank-you."

In this instance, I am of the opinion that it was a big favor that Pres Trump and Pres Xi did for those idiot shoplifters.

#30 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-22 11:42 AM

"#13 A big part of it is. People like you can't be this obsessive with Trump hatred just because of his actions alone, it goes much deeper, you thought you had it in the bag and then it was a taken away."

Paying close attention to the President isn't obsessive. Well, if it is, it's standard operating procedure for America. Remember when you obsessed over "corpse-man?". NCAA bracket? Eating dog? Being Kenyan?

On the other hand, the President Tweeting at 5AM repeatedly about somebody most people have never heard of is in fact obsessive. Not in a healthy way.

Another part of the Trump obsession is captured in your retort, too. Trump voters and Trump are obsessed with Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton name is nearly always invoked whenever they defend Trump. (Substitute Hillary Clinton's husbsnd when it comes to sexual impropriety.)

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-22 11:44 AM

"@#19 ... Why Ball wouldn't publicly thank Trump is beyond me. ...
Through all of this, I also wonder about that.
When someone does you a favor, you say, "thank-you."

I agree with all of that.

And also with this: When someone doesn't say thank you, you don't tweet about it. Especially if you're the President.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-22 11:47 AM

Why Ball wouldn't publicly thank Trump is beyond me. Does he even know what China could have done to his son?
#19 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Why would he thank trump? He thanked President Xi publicly. Why does trump deserve praise for the actions of others? Boaz, have you been sucked into a cult before or is trump your first?

#33 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-22 11:51 AM

@#32 ... When someone doesn't say thank you, you don't tweet about it. Especially if you're the President. ...

Agreed.

If someone does not say thank-you, you do not lower yourself to his level. You let it go and continue on your way, allowing the other person to wallow in their own ingratitude.

#34 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-22 11:52 AM


@#33 ... Why does trump deserve praise for the actions of others? ...

There were two people in the room, Pres Trump and Pres Xi. I remain to be convinced that this could have been done without the participation of both of them.

#35 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-22 11:54 AM

If someone does not say thank-you, you do not lower yourself to his level. You let it go and continue on your way, allowing the other person to wallow in their own ingratitude.

Or just say: I'm glad they were released. You don't need to go out of your way to say: I should have left them there. If you know you did the right thing, that's what matters most. Someone else's gratitude is nice but optional. Or should be.

#36 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-22 11:59 AM

The athletes who were freed thanked Trump. But that wasn't enough for him. Nothing ever is.

Why Ball wouldn't publicly thank Trump is beyond me.

Anyone who has followed LaVar Ball for the past year knows why. He's a constant self-promoter as immature as Trump, constantly stirring things up just for attention.

Trump and Ball are in a competition to be the smaller person. Trump will keep tweeting until he wins.

#37 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-22 12:03 PM

Acting in the statesman archtype isn't required. If he had, he wouldn't even be president.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Oh the horror.
BTW your line of reasoning on this is BS.

Are you trolling or are you a Trump supporter with just enough shame to be coy about it?

#38 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-22 12:06 PM

I just realized something. By saying he "should have left them in jail," Trump made himself look worse than the ungrateful father. If he had kept his mouth shut, most would have questioned the father's lack of gratitude, but by tweeting out, Trump made people wonder about his own character and vengeful nature.

#39 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-22 12:07 PM

If so, prove it, show me where it's a legal requirement.

We both know it's not.

Lame.

Lazy thinking or plain old intellectually dishonest too.

We also both know if he had acted like all of his predecessors, he would have lost. Time to move on.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Again, you say this like it's a bad thing.

#40 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-22 12:08 PM

are you stupid.. this isn't abou tthe election.. this is about the current president.. only you and bernie supporters are still stuck in 2016... its 2017 and TRUMP is president and should be answerable for HIS ACTIONS as president.. you are pathetic.

#13 | POSTED BY KLIFFERD

You misspelled Traitor.

#41 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-22 12:08 PM

"Are you trolling or are you a Trump supporter with just enough shame to be coy about it?"

I'm afraid it's worse than any of that.
He's a Libertarian.

#42 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-22 12:10 PM

'You're the President ... Why Don't You Act Like It?'

LOL

And ------- is -------. Even if elected PotUS it is still -------.

#43 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-11-22 12:15 PM

He's a Libertarian.

#42 | Posted by snoofy

Ahhh so he's a proud rider of the political short bus.

#44 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-22 12:17 PM

I just realized something. By saying he "should have left them in jail," Trump made himself look worse than the ungrateful father. If he had kept his mouth shut, most would have questioned the father's lack of gratitude, but by tweeting out, Trump made people wonder about his own character and vengeful nature.

#39 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Trump mirrors his supporters: fat, stupid, whiny, and vengeful at the idea they've been wronged.

#45 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-22 12:19 PM

@therealdonaldtrump

Neil who? Never heard of him. But he'll never work in news again, believe me! I'm the best actor in the world. Didn't he see me on TV? Last time I checked he's a loser!

#46 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-22 12:33 PM

"Not being a douche is the most important job requirement.
#3 | POSTED BY RCADE"

"Then we'd never have a president.
#6 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG"

Sometimes I have to wait until the end of the day to determine what the dumbest post on the DR was that day. Other times, something like this gets posted and I don't have to wait at all.

#47 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-11-22 01:18 PM

If you don't want to act like a president, why do you run for president in the first place?

I'm thinking he intended to use an election loss as a springboard for a book/tv tour about the "rigged system." Never in his wildest dreams would there be enough stupid rednecks to get him to a win.

#48 | Posted by JOE at 2017-11-22 01:29 PM

Some of the biggest donors to UCLA are Chinese. That's why the basketball team goes to China every freaking year.

www.latimes.com

It has every bit to do with alumni influencing than Trump. He sees an opportunity to ride their coattails and takes it.

#49 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2017-11-22 01:33 PM

Trump ran for president as a publicity stunt. Publicity stunts is all he really knows. NBC was going to drop The Apprentice.

#50 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2017-11-22 01:37 PM

There were two people in the room, Pres Trump and Pres Xi. I remain to be convinced that this could have been done without the participation of both of them.
#35 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Trump could call Xi and talk ---- about the sun, that doesn't mean he did anything to initiate night time. Xi is not an idiot and wouldn't have held famous Americans captive for 10 years. Stop stroking trump's ego for him by crediting him for things he had no affect on.

#51 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-22 01:38 PM

Come on people!

It's Thanksgiving.

Now let's go around the room and each of you need to tell The Don why you are so thankful for him.

#52 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-22 02:41 PM

Boaz, have you been sucked into a cult before or is trump your first?

#33 | POSTED BY INDIANAJONES

I think that the Army qualifies.

#53 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-11-22 03:09 PM

It's Thanksgiving.

Now let's go around the room and each of you need to tell The Don why you are so thankful for him.

Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-22 02:41 PM | Reply

Yeah God damnit it's Thanksgiving. Maybe the Native Americans should have built a wall around North America so you know to keep the riff raff out.

#54 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-22 03:21 PM

It should be an honor that the President went straight to another leader to get YOUR son out of prison for violating another countries laws. Trump is right, he should have left his son in jail.

#19 | Posted by boaz at 2017-11-22 11:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

Dummkopt that's the duty of every president to do what they can to bring Americans home held in foreign lands.

#55 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-22 03:45 PM

It's not thanksgiving yet!

Let the insults fly as usual, at least for another 12 hours.

#56 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-11-22 04:26 PM

Trump and Ball are both show boaters.
I wouldn't shed a tear if either of them was the recipient of a thorough ass whooping.

#57 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-22 04:32 PM

I feel queasy when i reflect on how often these days i agree with talking heads on Fox News same as I would if I woke up with a hamg over in the gorilla pit of a zoo next to a very happy she ape. The entire situation is wildly unnatural!

#58 | Posted by Tor at 2017-11-22 10:05 PM

Dummkopt that's the duty of every president to do what they can to bring Americans home held in foreign lands.
#55 | Posted by LauraMohr

Not when they do stupid things. Are you really that obtuse? That father should be thanking Trump, but instead, he gives you an insight into how the black community feels about Trump. He is no doubt talking to all the people around him, all who whom are probably anti-Trump.

#59 | Posted by boaz at 2017-11-23 08:45 AM

You do realize that just about every community is majority anti-Trump, right?

The guy is a turd coated turd with turd filling.

#60 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-23 11:28 AM

#47 | POSTED BY MONTECORE AT 2017-11-22 01:18 PM

Open a history book. Read it. Hell, read the science behind why nice, honest people, the non-douches of the world, are at a critical disadvantage in politics.

We don't elect, from the bottom to the top, people that aren't generally douches. It's such a tiny drop in the bucket people that aren't simply don't have any power.

#61 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-23 04:49 PM

#Trumpvoter logic:
Because one greedy self-absorbed man doesn't say thank you, this justifies POTUS venting like a spurned eighth-grader.
No class. No morals. No ethics. No qualifications. No competence.

#62 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-11-24 08:13 AM

"You can tell the difference between how Trump acts and how his predecessors acted."

I'm not so big on many of his comments and tweets, but as far as how he ACTS, the difference is monumental. Especially compared to that last guy.

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