If anyone had any remaining doubt – and Matt Wuerker, the Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist for Politico, whose work is featured above and here as well certainly doesn’t – Donald Trump proved again this week just what a contemptible human being he is.
That he has no business being President of the United States has been obvious to anyone with a brain for a long time. But it’s not just his stupidity that makes Trump unqualified to be President. It’s his contempt for fundamental American values.
It’s never about doing the right thing for America with Donald Trump. It’s about what benefits him personally as in the tax legislation he introduced this week from which he will reap a windfall amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, perhaps even as much as a $1.1 billion, despite his blatant lies to the contrary.
Or it’s about pandering to his racist and bigoted supporters as his repeated attacks on NFL players exercising their First Amendment right to protest social injustice in America made clear. In this case it was also about distracting attention from still another round of catastrophic failures.
These include the demise of the latest GOP effort to deprive millions of Americans of health insurance, something Trump promised he would keep trying to do until he finally succeeds. What kind of human being delights in deliberately making things worse for tens of millions of Americans because it will erase the legacy of a man Trump despises?
There was also his inept response to the disaster in Puerto Rico and inability to drag “Big Luther” Strange across the victory line in Alabama against a religious wacko who hates gay people, among others.
Then there was his ridiculous son-in-law who stupidly registered as a woman when he signed up to vote and still hasn’t corrected the mistake. Talk about voter fraud! Even worse, we also learned Kushner insisted on using private e-mail to conduct official business after being warned explicitly by the NSA not to do so.
Will Kushner ever be held responsible for anything he does?
One would of thought he would have gotten the message from Trump’s attacks on Hillary Clinton for the same thing. But that’s Trump and his spawn. One set of rules for themselves, another for everyone else.
There’s also all those Trump appointees like Tom Price who think being a public servant entitles them to squander public money traveling on private jets at the expense of the taxpayers.
Not a good week at all for Trump or his administration so going after the NFL players at a time when the lives of Puerto Ricans are in jeopardy is hardly surprising.
But eighteen tweets in eleven hours attacking lazy people of color from the safety and comfort of his New Jersey golf resort while 95% of the people in Puerto Rico are still without power and struggling? That’s a bit much even for Trump.
That he took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States is irrelevant to Trump. The man is only in his element when he’s stirring up hatred. He thrives on being a divider, not a uniter. At a minimum, he panders to the racists and bigots who remain his core supporters – and why not? He’s one himself.
Trump reportedly has also been mocking John McCain, who is dying of cancer. To call Trump a jerk is an insult to jerks. If anyone deserves a prolonged and cruel death, it’s Trump himself for all the hatred he’s sown and disgrace he’s brought on our nation.
But this is what Trump wants, of course. He wants to drag us down into the gutter with him; to sink to his contemptible level. Better to simply call the man out for what he is and get on with the business of protecting America against his bigotry.
And, speaking of bigots, our runner-up for the week does a nice job of capturing the essence of still another bigot – one Trump has no problems endorsing or campaigning for now that his supporters have made clear what they stand for.
Not surprising considering they’re two peas in a pod.