Donald Trump took to Twitter today to defend Goya after a firestorm erupted because their CEO dared to suggest support for the President.
This wasn’t quite his best work, but the dude knows how to troll.
Just posted on the president’s Instagram pic.twitter.com/kAs4f3QaB0
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 15, 2020
Pro-tip: The cookies on the right are really, really good, but I digress. If you want to see an absolute meltdown of human kind, just read the replies to his tweet. They range from wishing him death to insisting he broke the law by promoting Goya products.
In reality, the President is not subject to the Hatch Act, nor does the Hatch Act cover promotion of products a public official doesn’t benefit from. It is perfectly legal for someone to say “I like coke” or “this book was really good.” But expecting these people to actually understand what they are talking about is probably asking a bit much.
Regardless, this isn’t just about the trolling. This is a reminder of why so many Republicans outside the beltway political sphere like Donald Trump. Would George W. Bush have ever taken time to defend Goya’s CEO after he got treated so unfairly for a harmless statement at the White House? I kind of doubt it.
Some will say this is petty stuff a President shouldn’t concern himself with. I say it’s exactly the kind of care a President should show to those who support him. Much of the angst against Mitt Romney, for example, was the realization that he was never willing to return the favor to those who went to bat for him. In fact, he’d be more likely to spit in their faces and hug a Democrat if he thought it made him look prim and proper. Trump, for whatever faults you may lay on him, is willing to use his office to defend those who defended him. Despite what the “omg decorum” crowd may think, that’s actually a good quality.
Trump sticking up for Goya here was not only funny, it was the right thing to do.