“If Obama attacks Syria and innocent civilians are hurt and killed, he and the U.S. will look very bad!”
“How bad has our ‘leader’ made us look on Syria. Stay out of Syria, we don’t have the leadership to win wars or even strategize.”
“Don’t attack Syria – an attack that will bring nothing but trouble for the U.S. Focus on making our country strong and great again!”
These were the tweets by President Donald Trump on Aug. 30, 2013 in response to President Barack Obama’s proposal to intervene in the Syrian civil war. Fast forward more than three years later and Trump is doing the opposite of what he initially said.
“I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapon,” Trump said.
On Apr. 6, 2017, Trump ordered a military strike against Syria. United States warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a war base in Syria. This was the first time a president took direct action against the regime of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The argument to favor this action or not, is open to interpretation. However, the issue lies more in the hands of hypocrisy rather than support.
As Trump is approaching his first 100 days mark as President, analyzing what he has done during that time frame shows how the platform used during the election cycle goes against the actions made. Before analyzing Trump’s presidency, it is important to note that changing your views on a particular topic is okay. However, when you make a claim during the election season and then do the complete opposite once you are an elected official, it is not a concern of merely changing your political views, but a concern of distrust from the public.
In October of 2016, when Trump and democratic nominee Hillary Clinton were debating about their platforms, during the election and against Obama’s actions while in office.
His deceiving statements and actions are seen beyond the intervention in Syria. His most recent executive order titled “Buy American and Hire American,” also shows hypocrisy. He first introduced the executive order in Wisconsin during a speech he gave to the Snap-on Tools—a manufacturing company that buys Chinese, Argentinian, Brazilian and Swedish companies and products. The argument is not to criticize Snap-on for putting factories overseas, but rather to show how strange of a location to have a “Buy American” announcement, meaning that the United States government should prefer U.S. made products. Seeing as Snap-on has many of its factories in other countries, it is hypocritical to lead a “Buy America” movement within this factory.
This is very similar to the time Trump praised the Boeing Everett Factory, an airplane assembling company, for having many jobs at the same time the company was laying off their workers and shipping jobs to China. During the election cycle, Trump’s platform had a heavy focus towards job creation within the United States, however his actions have gone against his initial claims.
Beyond his policies and platform, Trump has also been hypocritical when it comes to the media. After slamming numerous media outlets for allegedly publishing propaganda and incorrect information, labeling them as “fake news,” Trump went on to claim that the information he uses were “alternative facts.” What this means is that Trump will shoot down media outlets that present statements that he does not agree with, even when the statements are factual. To present an “alternative fact” is to present an incorrect fact because it is going to be skewed towards his own political beliefs and will say exactly what he wants it to.
Trump’s hypocrisy takes on many forms, ranging from the Syrian military airstrikes to criticizing Obama for taking on too many golf trips and then making 16 golfing trips in less than 100 days. There is a huge distrust created with the misleading statements Trump has made. Trump was elected for the platform he proposed during the election cycle, the fact that he is now doing the opposite of what he said, now that he is an elected official, shows that you cannot trust everything he says.