Ive been here at Thought Catalog for just about two years now, and am asked questions all the time from other writers. Most of them are rooted in looking for some sort of advice, career-wise or other, sometimes simply inquiring in general about my life, other hours its something completely random or almost a spam-esque emailing critiquing my entire appearance.
But without question , no time to think about it needed, the two most frequent topics I am asked are,
How do you get a job at Thought Catalog ?
Will you help me get this piece I wrote for TC taken down ?
Today was no exception. Around mid-afternoon an email came into my inbox with a little bit of desperation attached to it, asking for my assistance in removing an article that the writer had penned some 18 -months ago. They talked about how it had upset family members, how they regretted certain things theyd included in the piece, and just in general wanted my assistance in removing any trace of it from their overall body of work.
The twist about such articles in particular, was that the subject matter was focused totally on the authors supporting of Donald Trump.
The irony of this petition coming through on the same day as Anthony Scaramucci being removed from his position in the White House after serving only 10 days was absolutely not lost on me. Whether or not the writer considered that, I dont know.
But it got me believing. Not merely about the power that our words truly have, but what were supposed to do when confronted with those words and being asked to hold ourselves accountable for telling them.
I did not vote for Donald Trump, I dont want him in office. I do not think he is even remotely qualified to hold even the most basic of political offices, the highest office in the United States therefore even less so.
So even though it induces me shudder to say policies aside, theres something that has infiltrated the Trump Administration that is concerning outside of even political discourse and incompetence.
And that is the belief that something be it money, power, position or anything else stimulates you exempt from accountability.
It is well-documented the exorbitant number of days Donald Trump has contradicted himself or even blatantly lied in denial about something he said. Even despite claiming to have the worlds greatest memory .
He fostered fist-fighting the opposing side( aka: Democrat) at a rally in 2016 even saying he would pay the perpetrators legal fees, only to deny it on ABC News the next month. When former Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly questioned him during the first GOP debate about his incredibly abusive and derogatory comments about women such as calling them fat pigs, dogs, and disgusting animals, Trumps response was that he never used to sayabout anyone other than Rosie ODonnell. Not merely does that fail to justify his speech, its entirely false . In February of 2016 Trump demanded an apology from Mark Halperin claiming the political analyst made up a narrative about him calling Senator Ted Cruz a pussy…but there is video evidence of him doing precisely that.
And these are just three instances in the long history of Donald Trumps utter absence of ownership over the choices he makes and the things that he says. Three instances in an exponential career built on illegal shortcuts and deals, complete lies and gas-lighting.
Which is why its no astound that this toxicity has either oozed into or brought out something in the people working closest to him.
The latest to be impacted by the notion that simply by being associated with Trump you are immune to having to stand by the things that you say and the choices that you build is former Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci. In the 10 days after being appointed to the role left behind by Sean Spicer, Scaramucci was dishonor in an incredibly scandalous piece in The New Yorker where he threatened to eliminate everyone in the comms team and start over and suggested that hed enjoy being able to fucking kill all the leakers.
Scaramuccis response to the article? See for yourself .
What Scaramucci and so many others that align themselves with Donald Trump, and even Trump himself, have in common is that when will come forward with the things that are not easy to defend that they themselves have said, they crouch. Which lets be honest, its a human reply. It is far easier to throw up your hands and say, Hey I didnt say that! denying your own liability or to place blame on someone misunderstanding your intent telling,” They simply didn’t get what I meant !!” Its an instinctual answer that everyone has had at least once, myself included.
But its not a answer thats respectable.
And its absolutely not a answer you have a right to, especially when working in one of the most powerful political offices in the world.
The belief that accountability is optional isnt merely a shrug or a drop in the bucket, or even candidly, a mistake. Its toxic. Its a poison.
Its the kind of mentality that has allowed for the counselor to the President to violate federal ethics statutes and get down with an oopsie. Its the kind of mentality that is inducing the fact Chairpeople son-in-law met with Russians in an attempt to gain info about his adversary seem like whatever. And while well never know exactly what happened, it seems fair enough to say its the kind of mentality that allowed a man to be caught on tape during a Presidential election saying he wanted to move on her like a bitch and grab them by the pussy but still be elected President of the United States.
But heres the thing about accountability: it will catch up with you.
It may take 10 days, it may take 18 months, but something or someone will eventually construct you face the consequences of your actions and what you say.
Whether youre ready and brave enough to face it or not.
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