Eugene Robinson – Trump “making a sad clown of himself.”


I would posit, Eugene, that this actually happened sometime in the seventies but nonetheless this is an excellent read:

Washington Post

“What kind of man visits two grieving communities, shattered by horrific mass shootings, and somehow makes it all about him? I covered the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 and had trouble sleeping for weeks afterward; colleagues of mine have had similar reactions to other massacres. Yet what apparently lingered with President Trump from his trip Wednesday to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso was the tone of the coverage he received on cable news.

No one expected Trump to play the consoler-in-chief role particularly well; we know him by now and grade him on a curve. His prepared statement Monday on the deadly shootings, which he read from a teleprompter with all the passion of a hostage tape, was about all anyone could expect. But even with my jaundiced view of this president, I couldn’t have imagined that soon after getting home to the White House, he would be tweeting about all the “love, respect & enthusiasm” he was shown and complaining that the “Fake News worked overtime trying to disparage me.”

Me, me, me, me, me. Always me, never anyone or anything else.

Robinson then goes on at length about the reasons that the GOP and Trump will not defy Wayne LaPierre and the NRA to pass anything on gun control, before wrapping up:

“While Trump was making a sad clown of himself, Joe Biden was in Iowa giving a fine speech of the kind we expect from a president after tragedies such as this past weekend’s — a speech that puts what happened in context and points the way forward.

At one point, Biden repeated something he has said throughout the campaign — that he fears that having Trump in the White House for a second term could irrevocably change the nation. I used to think that was hyperbole, but I’ve come to fear he may be right.”

Biden is most emphatically right, Eugene, the nation has already changed, much for the worse.

We must all fight like madmen and women to make sure the present steady descent into hell is somehow stopped.


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