Opinion: Trump plays victim at Value Voters Summit in DC

Drew Taylor

On Oct. 13, President Donald Trump found another way to make himself feel like he’s a victim.

At the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Family Research Council, Trump publicly declared America will be “saying Merry Christmas again.”

For those who don’t know, the Family Research Council is a Christian conservative lobbying group, so the idea Trump plays to them by making them feel like there is such thing as a “war on Christmas” is not surprising at all.

However, it shows a constant theme has happened over the past 10 months with Trump, his entire administration and those associated with him: a huge victim complex.

Trump and his administration feel like they are just so unfairly treated, Trump said the news coverage of himself is “frankly disgusting.” He even threatened to try to strip certain media companies of their broadcast licenses.

On top of being a clear violation of freedom of the press, it shows how he feels of any criticism of himself isn’t just a disagreement, but an attack on his character. He always thinks everyone is out to get him and that poor, pitiful Donald is not appreciated enough.

A big part of his ideology is being the victim, though, so it’s not a shock that he continues to feel this way. He clearly thinks being a Christian renders him a target of discrimination, given his speech at the Value Voters Summit. He thinks any investigation of him, whether it’s the Russia investigation or the lawsuit against Trump University, is a witch hunt.

Yes, I do think Trump has a point. He is criticized more than past presidents.

But, it’s because he is the one who creates his controversies. Nobody forced him to try to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Nobody forced him to get in fights with professional sports leagues or to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.

He is criticized because his actions aren’t just frustrating and annoying, but they are dangerous for the citizens of the U.S.

I truly wonder if Trump or some of his fans didn’t realize winning an election didn’t mean the criticism was going to end. It only means the criticism was going to be turned up even higher.

But, I also think it’s important to point out his victim complex is one of the reasons why he does have a following. There are people who think being white or Christian makes them targets in America, feeling as if political correctness tightly grips society.

Will Trump change at all? I doubt it, given that 71-year-old men don’t tend to suddenly have a change of heart.

His constant victimhood is, unfortunately, just something people will have to get used to and hopefully reject.

Drew Taylor is a columnist, contact him at [email protected].