Trump Need to Stop Temper Tantrums if he Wants Respect

February 10, 2020

Mike Wilcox
Mike’s Musings Columnist

Well that’s finally over. President Donald Trump has been impeached, but the Senate has exonerated him. The majority of senators have proclaimed the President was not guilty of the two articles of impeachment that the House of Representatives had utilized in an attempt to remove him from office.

Despite having done much to improve the American economy, Trump always manages a way to get in to “hot water.” One never knows when he will fly off the handle and tweet out something inappropriate. His temper is legendary and unfortunately, has caused his political opponents to go to great lengths to attempt to remove him from office.

He is not the only president, however, to allow his temper to get in the way of governing. Our second president John Adams, is widely regarded as the president with the most notorious temper. Adams, once called George Washington a muttonhead. His own Secretary of War, James McHenry said Adams was “totally insane.”

Believe it or not, Bill Clinton, “had the mother of all tempers, vying for that title with Adams,” said Politico. They added, “Clinton’s tirades, dubbed ‘purple fits’ by his aides, were often accompanied by a wagging finger and threats.” Gee whiz, I always thought Clinton was an easy going, very likeable sort. I wonder if Hillary ever felt the brunt of his anger?

Talk about anger, Warren G. Harding had a temper rivaling the best. One White visitor recalls an incident in 1923, when he saw Harding choking a man against the office wall. The victim was gasping for breath, waving his arms, while Harding raged at him. “You yellow rat,” Harding screamed. “You double-crossing bastard.” Then Harding noticed the visitor and loosened his grip. Who knows what would have happened if the timely visit hadn’t occurred. The official Harding was choking was Director of the Veterans Bureau, Charles Forbes.

Harry Truman, much like Trump, couldn’t resist putting his temper to words. Politico said he was out of control in print. In one instance a music critic gave his daughter, Margaret, a bad review after a piano recital. Truman wrote back, “Some day I want to meet you, When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below.” He described his top general, Douglas McArthur as “Mr. Prima Donna, Brass Hat, Five Star McArthur.”

I didn’t know this about my favorite president, Abe Lincoln, but apparently his temper often got the best of him. But it wasn’t because he was naturally an angry person, instead it was because of the medication he was taking. Lincoln took mercury pills to combat depression, but a side effect was that the pills sent Lincoln in to sudden rages. Thus Lincoln could be perfectly calm and calculating much of the time, but when taking a pill, he would act quite the opposite.

Thus Trump and his temperament have plenty of company throughout history. George Washington has quite a temper when he entered office, but he spent a great deal of time learning to control his anger. It would serve President Trump well if he could do the same.

What do we hear most about Trump? Well he has accomplished a lot, but he’s gotta stop his angry tweets. He’s a boorish, truth stretcher that spends too much time bashing his opposition. Wouldn’t it be nice if he could be less like Harding and more like Washington, and learn to control his temper. Maybe then he would gain the respect he so covets from his political opponents.





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