Just when one thinks Donald Trump couldn’t embarrass himself or the nation further, he reaches a new low. He is obsessed with Presidential firsts. None of his firsts that he lists are achievements. They are fantasies by a man who appears to be deranged.
Here is a Presidential accomplishment of sorts. The reality is he is a failure. He is the First President in History to have this low of an approval rating this early. He is in the same range as another President, Richard Nixon who also showed signs of mental illness when he was forced out of the White House.
Nixon’s break with reality may have been stress induced due to Watergate. Donald Trump appears to be just plain nuts. I’m not going to play psychiatrist and diagnose him but you can’t be honest with yourself if you don’t see his behavior as that of a raging madman.
His crazy was on full display last night. Maybe Steve Bannon really did moderate Donald Trump? Now there’s a scary thought. It is obvious that Trump is out of control and no longer being taken seriously except as the danger he represents to the Nation. That danger can’t be overstated. Regardless of his degradation of the Office of the President, he still holds power. A madman with power. What could go wrong?
CNN published a list of 57 of his most outrageous quotes from last night’s speech with commentary. I’ve used CNN as well as The White House to pick some of the plums for this article. The CNN article is worth taking the five minutes it takes to read it. That is two minutes to read the article, and three minutes to fight back the waves of nausea.
Donald Trump is trying to reignite the civil war
This has gone beyond the GOP and the Southern Strategy. This guy is fomenting hate between White Southern America and everyone else in the nation.
"And yes, by the way -- and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. You see that." Donald Trump, August 22, 2017
This is a reference to removing Civil War statues. It is inflammatory and not true. Our Nation’s history remains and is not dependent on a hunk of bronze sitting on a marble pedestal. Moreover, it is the business of the local governments and communities if they want to recall and worship a history of one human owning another human.
Communities that take the statues down correctly understand memorializing armed insurrection against the government to preserve slavery under the guise of “a way of life” should be a source of embarrassment. There is nothing honorable about a society built on slavery.
I have a suggestion if a community wants to remember a time “Gone With The Wind” as Margaret Mitchell named her wonderful book, then replace the statues with a new statue of a slave cowering on the ground as a white slave-master beats him with a whip. It’s a more accurate representation.
"So then the last one, on Tuesday -- Tuesday I did another one: 'We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.' –Donald Trump, August 22, 2017
In 1758, Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanack “Half the truth is often a great lie.” If there ever was a textbook example of Franklin’s wisdom, it is the above quote from Trump.
Donald Trump conveniently omits the equivocation that blame was “on many sides”. The equivocation was underscored with his vilification of Antifa, a group that has no real organization that opposes White Supremacists and were part of the counter protest. Trump implies Antifa was the counter protest. It wasn’t. Most of the counter protesters were average citizens.
The equivocation is what angered America and it still angers America. Giving legitimacy to White Nationalists, White Supremacists, and the KKK legitimacy is evil.
[I misquoted the speech in an earlier version. A poster brought the error to my attention and the quote was deleted. My apologies for the error.]
“They fired Jeffrey Lord. Poor Jeffrey. Jeffrey Lord. I guess he was getting a little bit fed up, and he was probably fighting back a little too hard and they said, we better get him out of here.” --Donald Trump, August 22, 2017.
Of course, President Trump forgot to mention he was fired for tweeting "Seig Heil" the Nazi salute.
Donald Trump is a failure and needs to leave office
Of course, he won’t. He is so out of touch with reality he is not capable of seeing what a disaster his Presidency is. The man who is charged with protecting our rights under The Constitution blithely mentions violating people’s rights. Each day of his Presidency is another attack on The Constitution and everything that makes America a great nation.
His relationship with his own party is so strained that he is not on speaking terms with his own party. In fact, the rally in Arizona was an attack on Republican Senators who are weary of his shenanigans.
The New York Times posted an article yesterday where they revealed that Trump and Mitch McConnell are not even on speaking terms. He must have McConnell if he wants to pass any of his agenda.
Donald Trump would be wise to do a head count and see if there are now 66 votes that would vote to end this abomination of a Presidency? The results might be a bit surprising.
If Congress doesn’t act, then Trump will find himself with a Democratic Congress and a bunch of pissed-off Republicans scrambling for their political lives.
Donald Trump has always been the guy who wasn’t good enough. He is crude, garish, unsophisticated, and not that bright. He ran as an outsider because he is an outsider. He also just doesn’t have the smarts to do the job of President in a competent manner.
It’s time for him, and his Administration to go.
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