Running the United States is difficult enough, let alone trying to run it via 140-character tweets. It's certainly made even more difficult when doling out unsolicited business analysis.

In the midst of recent developments when President Donald Trump apparently reached a compromise on “Dreamer” immigrants and continues to stage a verbal battle with North Korea, he also felt compelled again to comment on the entertainment industry.

ESPN anchor Jamele Hill issued a tweet calling Trump a “white supremacist.” That's among the milder things said daily about the president on social media, where the world feels compelled to post every idea without a second thought — or sometimes even without a thought at all.

Yet Trump felt compelled to respond. He tweeted “ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!”

As has been stated before, we have a president who cannot stand to let meaningless comments lie without a response, and one who appears to be fascinated with what businesses are failing, whether or not he has the facts on his side.

His obsession with the television ratings of ESPN, NBC, CNN and MSNBC is his version of counter-attacking, and it doesn't wear well. Businesses are doing poorly, the president thinks, if they employ people who are not fans of the Oval Office occupant.

We won't make the argument that everything else must be solved if the president is demanding an apology from a sports anchor, even a sports anchor who, by Trump's Twitter logic, is seen by the American viewing public in ever-decreasing numbers.

Politicians, like all of us, can be occupied by more than one thought at a time. That's why Illinois has an official state amphibian (the eastern tiger salamander) and an official state reptile (the painted turtle), both adopted in 2005.

But Trump is the leader of the free world and has much better things to do than waste his time being occupied by such piffle. 

His plate is so full, as it is with every president, that he has plenty to do and myriad problems to solve than to be bothered with such counter attacks. Really, who cares what an ESPN anchor thinks about anything outside of whether Tom Brady is still the best quarterback in the NFL? 

Criticism has always been a part of the job. As a walk through the political cartoon display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield shows, American politics has always brought out the nastiest in people.

Terrible things get said, and responding to them and demanding some kind of (often-insincere) apology is a waste of the office's energy.

Even those who voted for Trump must agree they weren't casting ballots for a new entertainment editor-in-chief.


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