Twitter has a field day with the moral scolds upset about Trump being booed at the World Series

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Very Serious People are furrowing their brows and offering moral lessons in the wake of Donald Trump being booed at the World Series. The boos and “lock him up” chants were “un-American” and “sickening,” according to the hosts of Morning Joe. Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware showed his seriousness by fretting that “the office of the president deserves respect, even when the actions of our president at times don’t,” because Coons apparently can’t tell the difference between a crowd booing the office of the president and a crowd booing a single individual.

Twitter has had a field day with all this hand-wringing. And while it’s Twitter, these are not small issues we’re talking about—they’re just different issues than the tone police believe them to be. That said, it’s also sometimes a funny field day.

"Joe Scarborough in 1773: "Dislike King George all you want, but throwing tea in Boston Harbor is a real breach of decorum."

But seriously, though:

Michelle Goldberg made a similar point, tweeting “Truly gobsmacked by establishment types handwringing about ordinary citizens expressing their opinion of a fascist criminal president on one of the rare occasions when he faces them.”

They’re also saying he deserves it, which is more troubling. We know he’s weak and insecure and needs constant sucking up. American democracy doesn’t guarantee he get it.

Somewhat surprisingly I haven’t yet seen the take that Trump knew exactly what he was doing and wanted the crowd to boo him in order to strengthen his supporters’ love of him, but I’m sure it’s out there so let’s just offer up a resounding NOPE right now. This is a man who will revel in his allies getting booed if he thinks he can use it for political purposes, but he never, ever wants to face a mass of public disapproval himself. His ego cannot take it and we all saw it on his face.

Related to that view of the potential response of Trump voters to Trump being booed, Brian Beutler tweeted that “Most of the handwringing Trump getting booed has no actual roots in principles of decorum, but is as always contrived around an assumption that a certain kind of voter will see the booing and be lost to Trump forever. This is, of course, a completely insane way to do politics.”

Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, explained another distinction in a valuable mini-thread, writing “Those decrying the Nat’s game chant draw yet another false equivalency. POTUS leading the cheer involves a government official, who has in several instances abused his power to target political rivals, seeking public support for further targeting those rivals. In contrast, the Nat’s game chant involves a public that wields no direct governmental power throwing Trump’s words back at him and demanding that our derelict leaders, who jeopardize the republic itself, do their jobs and undertake lawful investigative and oversight activities. Trump’s chant, led for a mob that laughed when a member called for shooting migrant families, is an expression of fascism advocating selective prosecution & deprivation of due process. The Nat’s chant was a rejection of that and consciously ironic plea for restoration of norms.”

In conclusion, Greg Greene, as is so often the case, speaks for me.

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10 Comments on "Twitter has a field day with the moral scolds upset about Trump being booed at the World Series"

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

Did Donnie dim bulbs get his little fragile ego hurt while attending the ball game? What the hell was expecting to happen?, people to ask for his autograph and shake his hand? Welcome to reality you tangerine turd muffin

Markm Mitchell
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Markm Mitchell

It will be interesting to see how Trump survives jail.

The Raven
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The Raven

We got to see how a non-staged group of REAL Americans REALLY feel about Dotard Drumpf! His Klan rallies are NOT how REAL Americans feel about him, those are purely for propaganda purposes, and his fragile ego.

Scott Auden
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Scott Auden

Given the incessant dishonest and/or delusional claims by Trump and his followers that Trump is popular and well-regarded, negative press is “fake, and his approval rating is higher than reported, booing at Trump by a large, entirely non-partisan, crowd, is nothing less than an assertion of truth in the face of a man, an administration, and a political party, who have been allowed to lie unchallenged for entirely too long.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

..This “Predator President “, doesn’t respect anyone , including most women, and he doesn’t deserve any respect from the Americans ,simply because he illegally ( with Russia’s help )
became President.
.,.He abused and diminished the office of the Presidency to the extent that we’ve become a laughingstock of the world .
..Everything’s for sale on Trump’s world , every dirty trick is “OK TO WIN “,by any method possible.
..He gives no one respect,and deserves even less back !

Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

Trumper deserves NO respect and the office of president has been so debased that the OFFICE deserves NO respect until a respected person is IN the office-I wish something far worse had happened to trumper and his gang quite frankly…

Independent
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Independent

Did he stay for the game? If not how long before he turned and slinked out of there?

chris whitley
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chris whitley

So he got booed. Big deal. He’s the moron that walked into a stadium that wasn’t filled with trump asskissers. He knew it might happen. Why do you think a narcissistic asshole like him wouldn’t throw out the first pitch. Didn’t have a thing to do with any dam vest. He knew they would boo him on the mound.

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

Well to be fair, his little baby man hand probably wouldn’t have fit all the way around the ball anyway & he probably couldn’t have walked his fat ass all the way to the mound & his gut would have tipped him over.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

So very true. On the mound it slopes to the home plate and retubo probably would have gone down since he leans forward to start with. His doctor says he weighs 240 or something like that. I just got weighed at the doctor. 268 and he makes me look like a freakin bean pole. LIAR.