Trump, the soap opera

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”—Isaac Asimov

The important thing at the moment around the Trump household seems to be that Donald has his name welded to 2.25 miles of 30-foot fencing, an old replacement project begun in 2009, eight years before he took office. He has trumpeted this project completion as the beginning of his proposed great wall along the Mexican border. As always, he’s trying to insinuate a phony bandwagon into the public mind. The old fencing in this area, constructed in the 1990s, had been built from recycled metal scraps and old landing mat materials.

HIs actual Great Wall project is not moving right along. Proposed funding has hit a snag and the Department of Homeland Security is still evaluating prototypes for construction of the wall itself—No sections of which have been built.

MEANWHILE, THE REAL NEWS—Donald Trump was the product of a soft and pampered life who escaped military Selective Service in the Vietnam War era due to alleged bone spurs somewhere in the foot area. Said spurs apparently have actually enhanced a golf game that has taken up about one-third of his presidency. 

Yet he began his presidential campaign year by immediately trying to create an insulting tough-guy macho image of himself—appealing to disgruntled troglodytes, misogynists, racists and general lazy-brains and bullies. He’s encouraged and endorsed violence ever since.

I’ll start things off with this Oct. 29 quote from The Washington Post: “President Trump and his Republican allies remained defiant Sunday [Oct. 28] amid allegations from critics that Trump’s incendiary attacks on political rivals and racially charged rhetoric on the campaign trail bear some culpability for the climate surrounding a spate of violence in the United States.

“Trump, who has faced calls to tone down his public statements, signaled that he would do no such thing — berating billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer, a target of a mail bomb sent by a Trump supporter, as a ‘crazed & stumbling lunatic’ on Twitter, after Steyer said on CNN that Trump and the Republican Party have created an atmosphere of ‘political violence.’ Later Sunday, Trump lashed out again on Twitter, this time at the media: ‘The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country’.

Oct. 29, Bloomberg news—“President Donald Trump’s job approval rating plunged 4 percentage points last week amid a wave of violence, the latest troubling signal for Republican chances in upcoming midterm elections. Forty percent of Americans approved of Trump’s performance as commander in chief, according to Gallup polling during the week ending Oct. 28. That was down from 44 percent the prior week, an unusually steep decline for the poll, which is based on a survey of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted Monday through Sunday each week. Some of the polling was done before the attacks.”

Oct. 28—The leaders of a progressive Jewish organization in Pittsburgh said President Donald Trump should not visit the city as it mourns the 11 people murdered in a mass shooting at a synagogue until he changes his tone. 

“President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism,” the leaders of the local chapter of Bend the Arc wrote, adding: “For the past three years, your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”

More than 35,000 individuals had signed the letter by Oct. 29.

The group said Trump’s rhetoric had not only led to attacks on Jewish people, but also “deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.”

Not one to let anyone tell him what to do, Donald went to Pittsburgh anyway three days after the massacre, taking his wife along to help quell protestors.

Oct. 29, The Daily Beast—“Donald Trump has issued a ferocious new attack on the news media, claiming journalists are the ‘true enemies of the people’ after a horrific week in which a series of bombs were sent to some of his most prominent opponents and a shooting left 11 people dead inside a Pittsburgh synagogue. Trump has rejected any responsibility for the crimes and, instead of dialing down his rhetoric or criticizing the domestic terrorists, who seem to share some of his views, he has attempted to pin the blame on the press since reports about the bombs emerged last week. Tweeting early Monday morning, he wrote: ‘There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!’”

This small mind with a big mouth that is Donald continues efforts to destroy our nation’s historic Free Press by shifting onto it the blame for all of his personal shortcomings—always speaking in generalities, apparently unable to cite specifics. 

SOME EARLIER BACKGROUND—“If you see someone getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the cr*p out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell—I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.”—D. T. (“delirium tremens”?), pep rally early 2016. “I’d like to punch him in the face.”—big tough Donald a few weeks later.

“You know, part of the problem . . . is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore, right?”—Donald, a few more weeks later. Of course, Donald. That’s the whole world’s problem, an underlying desire for peace. “Any guy who can do a body slam . . . . he’s my guy.”—Donald, Oct. 18, 2018, praising Rep. Greg Gianforte, who was convicted of assaulting a reporter who asked him a question about health care.

Then we have had Charlottesville in 2017, where white supremacists were excused by Trump as including “good people” as they killed one person and almost another after organizing riot. 

And the continued condemnation of desperate Latino refugees, and others from “s****ole countries.” Blaming the recent spate of pipe bombs sent to various Trump critics as some sort of conspiracy by Democrats.

And the results?  Most recently the Pittsburgh synagogue carnage, a Black couple gunned down in a Kentucky grocery store, a spate of pipe bombs mailed to Trump critics. It also was somewhat epitomized earlier by John McGraw, a 78-year-old Trump supporter, who told Inside Edition he enjoyed punching Rakeem Jones, a 26-year-old black man, at a Trump rally in North Carolina because the protester “deserved it.” He said: “You bet I liked it. Knocking the hell out of that big mouth. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization.”

And Donald has the gall to come out recently with: “We have to come together and send one clear, strong, unmistakable message that threats or acts of physical violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.” Your message of violence against both truth and criticism has been quit clear, Donald. I hope the American public’s message to you will be equally clear on Nov. 6.

Quoting former George W. Bush speech-writer Mike Gerson on CNN Tonight, former Bush and John McCain advisor Mark McKinnon said: “You can’t call women cruel and misogynist names, defame ethnic groups, discriminate based on religion, accuse opponents of being un-American and treasonous, excuse and encourage violence by your supporters, threaten political rivals with prison, tear migrant children from the arms of parents, then credibly call for national unity when it’s politically useful.”

As Dana Milbank of The Washington Post noted the other day, Donald is “betting there’s little downside to closing out the 2018 midterms in signature style: by raising the alarm about dark-skinned immigrants crossing the southern border to kill white people.” God help us if the American public goes for that distraction from today’s real problems—health care first and foremost.

Meanwhile, Donald’s vague empty vote-seeking promises abound—such as a 10% tax decrease for the middle class (in this day of record deficit and debits that Donald already has effected). Such things will fade away to the non-existence whence they came as soon as the polls close Nov. 6. 

TODAY’S QUOTE—“Violence is a dead end. It is a sign neither of courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children or to blow up old women on a bus. That's not how moral authority is claimed, that's how it is surrendered.”—Barack Obama, speech, June 4, 2009



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(8) comments

ski mantas

It is more like "Trump, THE A** kicking" . If you are a progressive democrat.

Tom Parks

Nope..trumpy is a Lying Sa=k of S==t. An Immoral, cowardly LSofS.
How do you know if trumpie is lying? If his lips move.
Check out the story about the woman who was groped on a SW Airlines flight from Texas to NM. The trump supporter, who was arrested for Criminal Sexual Assault,
offered this excuse, " The President said it was ok to touch women in this way,
so I did"
The assailant has been charged, and will likely spend 2-5 years in prison.

Justin Hale

Typical foul mouthed Trump hater, spreading lies. Nowhere in the story did it say that Mr.Alexander was/is a Trump supporter...............................
"The assailant has been charged, and will likely spend 2-5 years in prison.". The alleged groper, has plead not guilty, and I believe a person is innocent until proven guilty. You might want to check you own foul mouthed lying Tom, all you've proven is that the Trump haters don't need facts before they spread their bile.

Justin Hale

Why would that plaque be damaged? I doubt that the plaque is on the Mexican side of the border, so are you suggesting that someone on the U.S. side of the border would be inclined to damage a plaque that honors public servants?. Why? Who? According to that Asimov quote it would be an incompetent.............................
President Trumps approval rating is better that President Obama's was at the mid-term...............................
The Rabbi of the Living Tree Synagogue Jeffery Myers said "The president of the United States is always welcome,” he said. “I’m a citizen, he’s my president. He is certainly welcome.”. Of course that doesn't fit into your Trump hating narrative does it. Ironic that some Jewish leaders are demanding that President Trump denounce "white racism" before they welcome him, and just how do they think the state of Israel came to be? Jewish Nationalism! Once again Tom your telling of the story is half truths, name calling and hate speech, a certain road to peace....................................
Great " Quote of the Day" from Obama who certainly never authorized drone strikes that resulted in collateral damage.

Tom Camfield

How come some of your sort of Trump defenders have no response to much of anything, but just try to revert the criticism of him somehow to former President Obama? I'm almost surprised not to see also red herring such as Bill and/or Hillary Clinton dragged into the discussion. That also is often the norm. And I'm not sure just how the State of Israel ties into Donald;s plutocratic nationalism--unless we want to get into general anti-semitism, the Holocaust . . . maybe the Crucifixion and early Roman supremacy.

And so you found a rabbi willing to turn the other cheek to Donald. He is unnumbered by the more than 35,000 individuals I mentioned who figuratively mooned him with other cheeks in signing onto the letter telling him to stay the hell out of Pittsburgh.

As for that plaque, it just somehow reminded me of shot-up stop signs on country roads.
But incentive may not be enough, as I suspect there will be armed guards of some sort at that holy site.

Justin Hale

Tom, you're the one who dragged out that Obama quote, I pointed out that his comment was about as hypocritical as it gets..........................
President Trump was welcomed by the Rabbi of the synagogue where the actual event occurred. Those protesting Trump's visit to pay his respects would have criticized him if he didn't make a visit. That's the way the Trump haters roll.

Tom Camfield

Trump supporters have an over-supply of gall in accusing his critics of hate. I can recall presidents as far back as FDR, and none was as hateful as Mother Trump's little Donald. And I include both Democratic and Republican.

Tom Parks

Greetings Tom ! Your writing is concise, accurate and spot on.
J, Hale's writing is blathering, hateful and inacurate. What a delightful difference.
Your writing is eloquent and enjoyable and factually correct.
J. Hale's diatribe is violent, aggresive and pointless, just background noise.
Thanks Tom..keep up the great writing.

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