Yes, this was a real headline on CNN last week. It was displayed at the bottom of the TV screen as a video showed President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walking down the steps of a plane.
“Obsessive-compulsive President: Why DOES Donald Trump constantly need to rearrange the things in front of him?”
This headline came Wednesday via the news site Daily Mail. The article went on to speculate whether the president should be diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder because a video showed him fidgeting with cups of water during a meeting.
“Finally, There’s Proof That Donald Trump Has Small Hands.”
This headline came courtesy of The Huffington Post back in August. The story went in-depth about how Trump’s hands were found to be smaller than 85 percent of those of American men.
All of these headlines could spark numerous different opinions, but they should bring up only one question: Why?
Why do we care so much about these things? It is certainly true that Trump is no ordinary president, whether it stems from his consistent and aggressive use of Twitter, his personal attacks on celebrities and fellow politicians or various other controversial topics. What is a fact, however, is that he is the president of the United States. Shouldn’t we care more about Trump’s governing than his phobia of stairs?
We live in perhaps the most politically charged period in recent history. Immigrants are worried about their safety. Millions of Americans fear the fate of their health care. The whole world is on edge because of international terrorism and ISIS. Yet some of us have instead chosen to focus on personal habits of the president that have nothing to do with the way he governs.
Even worse, some media outlets have gotten caught up in all the speculation. Instead of practicing what they preach and reporting the straight news, some outlets are instead providing clickbait-type content that is doing an injustice to readers who are actually searching for the real news.
We believe everybody needs to refocus and examine the important issues. If American citizens want to criticize Trump about his policies, that is fine. People have the right to do so because of the First Amendment. But pointing fingers at one another and posting articles about the president’s idiosyncrasies serves no purpose. Nobody wins.