One of the characteristics of sociopaths is that what we consider “normal” human emotions are alien to them. They don’t know how to act in certain situations where certain norms are expected.
For someone wholly bereft of any sense of human empathy towards others, trying to compensate for that fact more often than not results in painfully, visibly inappropriate behavior in social settings.
The person currently occupying our country’s Oval Office is no exception.
As the world remembers the thousands of people who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center, President Trump flew to Johnstown, Pennsylvania with Melania this morning to attend a memorial event. But his perplexing facial expression and his choice to pump both fists in the air on the runway were an odd choice for such a solemn occasion.
It’s not clear what Trump was celebrating as he landed in Johnstown to visit Shanksville, where the shards of Flight 93 and its 40 victims who died on September 11th came to rest. But the prevailing view is that he was celebrating…himself.
Pumped to commemorate some deaths, y’all. https://t.co/UCWPEIEUyk
— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) September 11, 2018
It’s the anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in American history – and Donald Trump is PUMPED!! https://t.co/kLtcDQYZ4e
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) September 11, 2018
10 years after conservative media freaked out because the obamas did a fist bump at a 2008 rally, here's trump fist-pumping as he arrives at a 9/11 commemoration https://t.co/N5q52kIEcx
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 11, 2018
So the clueless, soulless phony-in-chief arrives on hallowed ground, attempting to portray a decent human being, and fails again. He defiles every space he inhabits.
To those who lost loved ones on 9/11, we wish you peace and love. https://t.co/DVTVN2ASP3
— Jim Harris (@Plarnuvius) September 11, 2018
For someone whose initial reaction to 9/11 was to boast that he now owned the “tallest building in Lower Manhattan” such a reaction was not entirely unexpected. Still many still found it amazing how Trump managed to plumb the depths of his own boundless depravity today.
“This is not an exclamation point day. This is not a fist pump day,” wrote one tweeter. “You sully the solemnity of this day. History will not be kind to you.”
“Today we get a fist pump because Trump thinks ppl are there for him,” said another critic. “What a rabbit hole we have gone down. Anyone that thinks this gesture doesn’t show exactly who Trump really is, think again.”
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