Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) wants public appearances made by President Donald Trump, including speeches like the State of the Union address, to include warnings to parents — and for good reason.
“This president, with his vulgarity and his disrespect for women and people of color, is a terrible role model for our children,” Waters explained in her response speech the day after Trump's address. “Whenever he appears on TV, there should be a disclaimer that says, 'This may not be acceptable for children.'”
Waters’s assessment may make some people uneasy because tradition dictates that the office of the president deserves respect. But these aren’t “traditional” times, and Trump’s behavior in office has gone in directions that don’t warrant that same kind of respect, especially in light of his racially-charged comments in his first year in office against NFL players of color exercising their First Amendment rights, and in defense of white supremacists.
The Congresswoman laid out her case for such an advisory, and pointed out how Trump’s calls for unity in his State of the Union speech earlier this week were absurd.
“... Donald Trump had the audacity to call upon people to set aside differences, when in reality he has divided Americans in ways no other modern president has done,” Waters said.
After Trump defended white supremacists, targeted Muslims with his travel ban, described Mexicans as rapists, and mocked people with disabilities, it's impossible to believe him when he tries to declare that he wants to bring the country together, she said.
Waters further explained how nothing has changed following Trump’s speech.
“One speech cannot and does not make Donald Trump presidential,” she said.
Indeed, unless Trump’s personality and behavior make a complete 180, Waters’ assessment seems spot-on. The president doesn’t act very presidential at all, and there’s no sign of him changing his ways in the immediate future.
Waters told it like it is in her response speech — she laid out evidence in support of her beliefs, and it’d be difficult for anyone with a sound mind to disagree with her. It may sound strange the first time you hear or read about it, but Waters’ idea that a parental advisory be issued before Trump shows up on television makes sense, given his deplorable, racist, and abrasive behavior this past year.