President Donald Trump gave the commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy class of 2017 on Wednesday, as it is tradition for United States presidents and vice presidents to speak at military academy graduations. But of course, this being Trump, naturally he couldn’t stick to the usual talking points for these type of speaking engagements, such as words of encouragement and advice for the new grads — and therefore was not able to make it through the speech without his trademark airing of grievances.
Things at least started out innocently enough, as the President told the crowd of graduates and their families in attendance:
Now I want to take this opportunity to give you some advice. Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that thins happen to you that you do not deserve, and are not always warranted. But you have to put your head down, and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up, things will work out just fine.
And that was where things took a sharp left turn, as Trump yet again honed in on his favorite subject:
Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse, or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams … I guess that’s why I won, thank you. I guess that’s why we won!
While he was not sticking to the subject at hand, it should be noted that Trump did not have anything to say about the obstruction of justice accusations currently being lobbed against him, or the increasingly fervent voices calling for his impeachment.
One thing at a time — or ever, in Trump’s case.