In our country the president is, above all, an employee. Some have done great things, some have been average and there are those who honestly messed it up. Legitimate presidents come in all types, but now we have one that isn´t even a legitimate president because he won´t do his job. I´m not talking about not doing well, I mean he won´t even try to do the basic things that are part of being president.
There are other reasons to question his legitimacy as a president of the United States.
One level of illegitimacy is the electoral college. It is an archiac device that does not produce outcomes in line with its intent. Ideally it would be used to overrule the popular vote in extreme cases, but it cannot do that because many states have fixed the electors to the state voting results. Instead it just distorts the power of rural voters in smaller states to over 20 times that of a voter in a large state. But George W. Bush also lost the popular vote and is still considered a legitimate president. So this alone is not enough.
A more serious issue is the collusion and intrusion of a hostile foreign power. It´s clear that Putin did not put Trump in power because he wants America to be great. Quite the opposite. How deep this goes is not yet known, but there is considerable evidence of an active connection between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
The REAL reason Trump cannot be described as a U.S. president is that he is not doing the job. At all.
A U.S. president has a lot of roles and responsibilities. It is a full-time job, not an honorary title. Trump appears to spend his time watching alt-news and raging on Twitter. Several incidents show he is just not thinking like a president.
The most recent was the crazy, rambling news conference during which a Jewish reporter asked him about rising incidents of antisemitism.
The question was really a softball wrapped in a towel. If you are a president, all citizens are your responsibility. If some group is being targeted, that is YOUR problem. If there are attacks on Jews, then you want to stop it and you want the Jews being attacked to know you are there for them. That is really so basic that it has probably never needed to have been said before.
The so-called president failed utterly to address the issue. Instead, he did what he usually does, went on a defensive, injured ramble. He was offended that anyone might think he was antisemitic, which the question did not even remotely imply.
He also has failed to attend intelligence briefings, failed to appoint qualified people to nearly 4,000 open positions, failed to take a passing interest in the constitution he is supposed to defend, and failed as Commander in Chief.
The president´s obligation to the military is to use the best information available to make the best choices. The military serves the country and follows the lawful orders of the president. But if the president shoots from the hip without getting solid information first, he is betraying those serving under him.
I don´t know how long this guy will last. He has already violated the constitution in several serious ways, but we have to wait for enough GOP members to grow spines to begin the impeachment process. That will happen eventually though. Actually, most of them will never gain actual courage, but there will be enough cover that they can act safely, at which point they will certainly claim to be courageous.
But let´s hope that on future President´s Days, maybe even next year, we will have an actual president, good, bad, or maybe great, to celebrate.