LEADERSHIP: Donald Trump vs. George Washington

April 4, 2020

By Johnny Punish for VeteransToday.com

Donald Trump has repeatedly said he deserves to be on Mount Rushmore with the greatest of our U.S. Presidents including the father of the United States of America, George Washington. Well does he?

Let’s take a look.

First, great leaders empower others around to be their very best. They are humble about their success. Poor leaders think it’s all about themselves and others have very little to do with their success; a very immature unevolved myopic view of reality.

Over the last 3.5 years, we’ve had to endure the extreme narcissism and self-aggrandizement of a man who is constantly making it about himself and blaming others for everything that goes wrong. Worse, he engages in the ugliest of insults and demonization.  Add in his cavalier penchant for lying and It’s been an exhausting exercise indeed.

Now, the Trump Cult members love this man.  Zero critic!  He can do no wrong in their jaundiced eyes.  They believe he is the embodiment of leadership. Many even put him above Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  But he is not.  He is so far from leadership that it would take 100 million light-years for Trump to reach even the same galaxy as men like George Washington.

As for Jesus Christ, I am fairly sure Jesus would give Trump the other cheek when violated by his stay in power at all costs Machiavellian ways. Trump, for his part, would summarily slap the other cheek because that’s the kind of man Trump is; a sociopath with no conscience!  He can take a dump on anyone… no one is allowed to show up the Trump!  He is a very sick weak man!

In fact, Donald Trump may be a man with lots of money who has been able to game the system playing the finance game but he’s no leader of men. In fact, he never has been.  He is just a man with lots of useless money.  It’s nothing great men aspire to…

What is weird is that most people think Trump ran a huge organization when, in fact, The Trump Organization was a very small firm with very few people.  His game was always manipulating finance, making deals and licensing his brand name.  There was never any serious leadership of men necessary in such a small firm.

First U.S. President and Father of the Country, General George Washington

In fact, unlike General George Washington, our first U.S. President who served his country with amazing distinction putting his life on the line over and over again for liberty, justice, and our republic, Trump, when called to serve his country in the 1960s, ran like the coward he is five separate times. Yes Five!

Trump received phony deferments to serve in the Vietnam War claiming he had bone spurs. Of course, that was another Trump ruse and should have served as a big red flag for American voters.  But somehow it was not. It was if they had no clue what a real leader of men looked or acted like.

  • Did they lose perspective?
  • Is the current population so poorly educated that they don’t know history, civics, or the virtues of leadership?
  • Or maybe they were so deep in the media-induced fear of their future that they reached for a perceived strong man as a desperate move to save them from whatever it was that they believed was attacking them?

In my view, this latter scenario is more likely because, in times of fear or, as in this case, perceived fear, we know from historical human study that humans under duress throw out their moral judgment in favor of a strong man savior.

So I am fairly sure that this is what actually happened in 2016.  And Trump has been super successful branding himself as a strongman so he fit their bill perfectly.  Fast forward and Trump does get an award for keeping the brand and fear going so that his voters don’t actually question his obvious weakness in that he is neither a strong man or a savior.  He gets an A-plus for marketing!

Nevertheless, in the history of the U.S.A. there have been fantastic leaders of great and high integrity; men and women with whom we can be proud of… men and women who we can look up to and aspire to be like. The list is quite long!

But Trump?

Who really wants to be like this man who engages in childish insults and plays the irresponsible blame game like no other in our history?   No reasonable person of character would even consider aiming to be this coward.

Earliest known portrait of George Washington. Painting, George Washington as Colonel in the Virginia Regiment, Charles Willson Peale, oil on canvas, 1772 Washington-Custis-Lee Collection, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Now to further this comparison, let’s take a quick look at quotes from U.S. President George Washington and compare…


“Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country”

Trump continually insults any politician from any party that does NOT agree with him or anyone in general. He is simply a nasty and mean spirited man.  A complete ZERO!

George Washington respected the men who served the country. He may have disagreed with their positions but it was always with great honor and respect because he had perspective. What a difference right?


“But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.”

Washington is widely accepted on almost every list known to man as the greatest or 2nd greatest American consistently. It goes back and forth between him and President Abraham Lincoln who dealt with the worst war in our history and put the country back together.

Trump, on the other hand, has been called many names but humble is NOT one of them. He is the exact opposite of humble.  And great?  Only members of his cult refer to him as such and that does NOT qualify as objective.

In reality, history will NOT regard their opinions when deciding if he deserves his place on Mount Rushmore.  Instead, future generations will review his blatant use of gaslighting racism and bigotry along with his blatant attempts at dividing the country and sink him down the list into the depths of the worst of the U.S. Presidents.

My kind educated guess is that he would definitely be in the bottom 10 probably just next to Herbert Hoover who, like Trump, was a rich elitist who, as a poor communicator, fueled trade wars and exacerbated the Great Depression.


“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”

Washington did NOT win every battle. No one does. Every leader suffers defeat. But one thing great leaders like Washington do is take responsibility. They do NOT make excuses or blame others. As President Harry Truman once coined “The Buck Stops Here” meaning he is the man; the guy responsible for it all.

Trump, on the other hand, plays the blame game every single time something goes wrong. And worse, he attempts to take credit for things he did NOT do when they go right. He is the worst of the worst; a real piece of work indeed.


“Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.”

Washington clearly was keenly aware of who he kept company with. He had high standards. In fact, through legend, he is credited with saying “I shall not tell a lie” when caught as a young boy under the cherry tree.

The cherry tree myth is the most well-known and longest enduring legend about George Washington. In the original story, when Washington was six years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. When his father discovered what he had done, he became angry and confronted him.  Young George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” Washington’s father embraced him and rejoiced that his son’s honesty was worth more than a thousand trees.

The Cherry Tree myth did not really happen but he was given such high praise from the public to earn such a story because he was, in fact, an honest gentleman who rose to the highest level of character.

Trump? “Lie” is his middle name. In fact, sensible people who think and are NOT members of the Trump Cult all know whatever his says has to be triple checked because he lies so often. Trump is a pathological liar and simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth.  Talk about a complete difference in integrity… Washington of the highest and Trump of the lowest.

In closing, knowing what you know, would President George Washington even allow Donald Trump in the same room with him?

Well, of course, we don’t know because Washington lived a few centuries ago. But let me answer it myself in a 21st century way by saying “Are you kidding me? No Freakin’ Way!”

Leadership!  Something very important to think about during these challenging times!

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