FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump casts his ballot, in New York. (AP)

Now Donald Trump cares about "honor" when it comes to presidents

Remember when the president-elect had a different opinion of how to cover a sitting president?


Jeremy Binckes
December 6, 2016 3:06AM (UTC)

In the first of what is likely to be a long four years of whining about how he's treated by "the media," President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to complain about how members of the press are treating him.

(Question: Why did he need to use quotes around the word tweet? He has used that word before in previous posts and never used the scare quotes.)

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A president facing an adversarial press is unsurprising. That it's Donald Trump — a walking, talking conflict of interest — should be even less surprising. But it doesn't matter to Trump, whose hatred of the press has been his go-to crutch whenever he's upset.

What's interesting is now that Trump himself is in the seat of power, he's worried about being treated "accurately" and "honorably," a favor he didn't exactly extend to his predecessor. Remember that Trump is the man who clung to the theory that President Obama was not born in the United States. 

And this is the man who went on Fox News — literally, part of the media — to argue that the birthers (whom he called "really quality people that just want the truth") were uncovering what could be "one of the great scams." He saw "too many things" back in 2011 to make him really doubt that President Obama was born in the U.S.

If President-elect Trump expects respect because of where he'll reside in a few weeks, it would be a laughable double standard. See how Trump treated President Obama in recent years.

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President Obama and our negotiators are failed checker players playing against Grand Master Chess champions. Very sad to watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Feb. 19, 2015

Trump also has had trouble spelling the president's name, something that likely a future President Trump won't stand for:

And the tweets about President Obama continued much in the samevein this year.


Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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