Saturday, January 13, 2018
Trump's "shithole" comments are just the latest in an endless bombardment of awfulness from this tiny excuse for a man. His unforgivable behavior as a candidate/president hasn't quite been normalized -- yet, but the shock-value seems to be wearing off. It's wearing off, not because we've allowed it to, but simply because of its constant presence. The president, at the end of day, is intended to be an inspirational figure, someone whom we should aspire to be like -- a symbol of poise, dignity, steadiness, leadership and intelligence. Throughout the last few decades, however, too many Americans have been convinced that it's okay and, in fact, desirable to vote for fakers and poseurs who are "just like us." We've been mistakenly instructed that the president should be someone we'd like to have a beer with. This couldn't be more dangerous to both the institution of the presidency and to the stability of the nation.
Consequently, along comes Trump, with his vulgar excesses, his strongman shouting, his racism, his disgusting misogyny and his utter absence of personal restraint. But he's just like "the folks," right? That's what we've been told by too many excuse-making observers of his vomitous "shithole countries" nonsense. He's speaking directly to his base, they're saying. He's talking just like the forgotten men and women of America, we're told.
Sure, 35 percent of American voters might love what he said about Haiti and Africa. But what sort of terrible behavior from these supporters is acceptable? Should the president be openly pandering to shitty people? There are thousands of Americans who routinely use the "n-word" and who, I don't know, think torturing animals is acceptable. Is it okay for the President of the United States to pander to those people as well -- or to reflect some other darker level of awfulness just because those voters somehow deserve the attention? Certainly not, at least not before Trump came along to wreck everything.
By incinerating the written and unwritten rules of the presidency, Trump is essentially manufacturing a consequence-free presidency, and perhaps future generations of consequence-free politicians at other levels. The longer Trump is permitted to get away with murder, the wider he's opening the door for future presidents to get away with anything.
And, by the way, this goes for both parties. So the brainless goons who are applauding and excusing Trump's flailing and profanities ought to take a better look at the long term impact of what's happening. The door swings both ways and Democratic presidents will enjoy greater carte blanche as well as Republican presidents.
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