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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Michael Gerson: One of the difficult but primary duties of the modern presidency is to speak for the nation in times of tragedy. A space shuttle explodes. An elementary school is attacked. The twin towers come down in a heap of ash and twisted steel. It falls to the president to express something of the nation's soul -- grief for the lost, sympathy for the suffering, moral clarity in the midst of confusion, confidence in the unknowable purposes of God. Not every president does this equally well. But none have been incapable. Until Donald Trump. Trump's reaction to events in Charlottesville was alternately trite ("come together as one"), infantile ("very, very sad") and meaningless ("we want to study it"). "There are so many great things happening in our country," he said, on a day when racial violence took a life.

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Ultimately this was not merely the failure of rhetoric or context, but of moral judgment. The president could not bring himself initially to directly acknowledge the victims or distinguish between the instigators and the dead. He could not focus on the provocations of the side marching under a Nazi flag. Is this because he did not want to repudiate some of his strongest supporters? This would indicate that Trump views loyalty to himself as mitigation for nearly any crime or prejudice. ...

If great words can heal and inspire, base words can corrupt. Trump has been delivering the poison of prejudice in small but increasing doses. In Charlottesville, the effect became fully evident. And the president had no intention of decisively repudiating his work.

What do we do with a president who is incapable or unwilling to perform his basic duties? What do we do when he is incapable of outrage at outrageous things? What do we do with a president who provides barely veiled cover for the darkest instincts of the human heart?

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Yeah, he need to condemn both the Klan and AntiFa is what you are saying. That sort of makes sense, but what is so wrong with "We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST," etc....

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-13 06:23 AM | Reply

but what is so wrong with "We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST," etc....

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 20

Because it is trite pig snot.

I dont want to come together with Nazis and the KKK and the racist alt-right.

#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-08-13 06:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 9

How, exactly, do we deprogram the Klan and AntiFa? All we can do is keep them apart with the National Guard.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-08-13 07:34 AM | Reply

I see that Trump isn't the only one babbling.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-13 08:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#2 Pretty much has it right. Can't we all just get along? No, not if getting along means going along with Nazis, White Supremacists and the Klan.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-13 08:26 AM | Reply

"At one level," writes Gerson, "tthis is the natural result of defining authenticity as spontaneity. Trump and his people did not believe the moment worthy of rhetorical craft, worthy of serious thought. The president is confident that his lazy musings are equal to history. They are not. They are babble in the face of tragedy. They are an embarrassment and disservice to the country."

Coming from a presidential speechwriter, that says a lot.

Crass, lazy, incurious, ahistorical, and utterly clueless...that's our Donnie.

#6 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-08-13 08:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#5

Well said. There are some ideas with which it isn't worth trying to "get along."

#7 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-08-13 08:53 AM | Reply

"Crass, lazy, incurious, ahistorical, and utterly clueless...that's our Donnie."

That's not a bug, that's a feature!
~Today's Republicans

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-08-13 08:53 AM | Reply

"Narcissistic, crass, lazy, incurious, ahistorical, and utterly clueless...that's our Donnie."

FTFY

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-08-13 09:25 AM | Reply

Bush and Trump are incapable of genuine compassion for other human beings. Like all good Republicans they claim righteous concern for fetuses, but in that case they are both lying for political gain. In Texas genuine Republican values are reflected accurately the nations highest child birth mortality rate for women. It not just a Trump thing, its a Republican thing. Trump just happens to be the clumsiest one yet. He's mean too, although there have a string of meaner ones bred in the South.

#10 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-08-13 05:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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It not just a Trump thing, its a Republican thing.
#10 | Posted by bayviking

Trump won the nomination because he's what Rs have become. He won the election because Ds put the fix in for the only candidate Trump could beat.

#11 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-08-13 10:08 PM | Reply

Here's the thing, cut and dry period. Hillary would have won without the 'fix.'

Mike.
Drop.

#12 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-08-13 11:03 PM | Reply

Here's the thing, cut and dry period. Hillary would have won without the 'fix.'

Mike.
Drop.

#13 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-08-13 11:03 PM | Reply

Trump has trouble expressing himself when he can't use his usual profanity laced vocabulary.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-08-14 01:58 AM | Reply

His speech was the same babble I hear from EVERY President when some major event happens. Anyone who decides to criticize his speech is inferring that other Presidents' speeches have resolved the respective situation. I've eye-rolled at Trump, Obama, W, Clinton, and Bush after speeches they made following horrific acts like this. Anyone who actually thinks those speeches did any good or were nothing but hot air should make a bet with me...like, I bet you everyone you did think did any good also belonged to the party you belong to. Funny how I could know that, huh?

#15 | Posted by humtake at 2017-08-14 11:43 AM | Reply

His speech was the same babble I hear from EVERY President when some major event happens.

#15 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

If you really believe that, you aren't smart enough to post here. I suggest you leave and focus on finishing grade school.

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-08-14 11:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The speech as originally written:

www.youtube.com

#17 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-08-14 03:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat

Someone has been hanging to too much Alex Jones again.

AntiFa - Something that was completely fringe and obscure until Trump was elected. So fringe the main websites for things antifa only received about 300 hits a day until the election. Wonder why the sudden interest in it?

#18 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-08-14 06:57 PM | Reply

This incident was an easy homerun for Donny Doll Hands... call out and decry the Nazi's and the Klan for the domestic terrorists they are. Couldn't do that because he is a coward to his base. So he bunted down the third base line and was thrown out.

What a complete and utter failure he is when dealing the common decency and morals.

#19 | Posted by 726 at 2017-08-15 11:34 AM | Reply

4 CEOs have quit the manufacturing council. The only one that got a Trump rage tweet was the black one.

#20 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-08-15 03:01 PM | Reply

What was it Trump said? The media is never happy!

We should expound on that a little bit and answer ~ 'The media is never happy with mediocracy.'

America certainly isn't betting any bang for their buck with Donny-Boy.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-08-16 09:17 AM | Reply

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