William B. Turner
The reason a cult of personality has grown up around the so called president is that he has actively encouraged it, and because enough people have been dumb enough to fall for it.
That he got his initial fame in a “reality TV” show is only part of the problem. Trump is the Kim Kardashian president. Kardashian, of course, is a celebrity in the worst sense – someone who is famous for no discernible reason. Some time ago, her (current) husband, Kanye West, suggested that she should have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The authority that governs such matters, which has higher standards than the electoral college, replied that she did not deserve that honor, having exhibited no particular talent in any relevant field of endeavor.
By that logic, Trump does not deserve to be president, since he has exhibited no particular talent in any field of endeavor at all, especially none that is relevant to being president, except for attracting publicity. Certainly, becoming president is impossible without attracting substantial publicity, but there are better and worse ways to succeed at that project. Hosting a “reality TV” show is the absolute worst, for purposes of becoming president of the United States.
Unsurprisingly, Trump believes in his own cult of personality. He’s the founding member. His most recent display of fealty to his own cult came when he accused Democrats of “treason” for not showing sufficient adulation during his recent state of the union address, which most sane observers were not much impressed with.
This is typical Trumpian nonsense. It is true that part of the idea of a monarch is that the person of the monarch embodies the nation, so in that sense, failure to pay proper homage to the monarch can amount to treason. The obvious problem with this claim by any president of the United States is that we do not have a monarch. We only exist as a nation because we defied the monarch and removed ourselves deliberately and forcibly from his governance.
The Constitution defines “treason”: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.” Article III, Section 3, paragraph 1. Plainly, failing to applaud the president does not qualify. Many people have described Trump’s own cooperation with the Russians as “treason,” and with much better reason.
Trump’s idiotic allegation is just more evidence of his solipsism.