With all the media attention being paid today to how presidential Donald Trump came across last evening in his State of the Union address, it’s easy to overlook the reality that being Presidential and acting Presidential are two entirely different things.
In case anyone has forgotten, the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools one week ago today. Those protections allowed transgendered kids to use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity.
The announcement followed the Department of Justice’s recent withdrawal from a court challenge related to the protections. Some believe all of this portends more anti-LGBTQ initiatives from Trump and his minions.
Whatever else it may portend, the decision was a mean-spirited attack on kids who simply want to be their true selves and be treated with dignity while attending school. Trump proved last night he could act Presidential. But whether he can be Presidential is doubtful.
A real President would stand up for all Americans, including vulnerable kids, not consign them to the bigots and haters who insist everyone must be like them. Kids like Rebekah featured above and in this story
It’s heartwarming story and certainly a lot more worthy of your attention than all the stories about how presidential Trump behaved for one evening. And while we’re on the topic, don’t forget to watch the remaining episodes of When We Rise if you want to see how some other Presidents treated us.
You go, Rebekah!