Before you read any further I want to warn you that this is going to be another one of my rants against Mr. Trump. If you choose to proceed, do so at your own risk!
So, after three days of Twitter tirades against “Fake Media” outlets such as CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, Mr. Trump turned his ire on Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, hosts of the popular MSNBC talk show, Morning Joe. Now, I’m going to be upfront here and say I’m not a fan of the show or Joe and Mika. They’ve gone back and forth playing footsie with Mr. Trump, a little too much for my taste. Currently they seem to be on the outs with him again, which is apparently what provoked this latest outrageous tweet:
While Scarborough didn’t escape completely unscathed from the juvenile name calling, Mr. Trump saved the most personal, vulgar and coarse attack for Brzezinski. During a week filled with things that actually matter such as the Senate’s attempt to pass a healthcare bill which will leave at least 22 million people without insurance, the implementation tonight of parts of the equally appalling Muslim Ban, and refusing to discuss possible protections in place against further Russia interference in our elections, Mr. Trump apparently has enough time on his hands to launch a disgusting and sexist attack against yet another woman. Not only is this nauseating, but it’s embarrassing for us as a country that our so-called leader persists in these types of personal attacks. First Lady Melania Trump defended him this morning, saying through her spokeswoman:
As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder.
Huh. So Mrs. Trump. How is your chosen platform against cyber-bullying coming together?
It seems that Mr. Trump sees Morning Joe’s criticism of him, including questioning his mental health as a personal betrayal. But here’s the rub. When you are a world leader, you need to expect criticism against yourself and your policies if you respond, you do so with maturity and aplomb. Heck, Mr. Trump was, and still is, one of President Obama’s biggest, nastiest hecklers. I’m not defending attacks from Madonna, who commented how she’d like to blow up the White House, or Kathy Griffin who for some demented reason thought it was a good idea to pose with a fake and bloody decapitated head of Mr. Trump, or Johnny Depp who “jokingly” asked fans in Glastonbury how long it’s been since an actor assassinated a president. Obviously all three of these celebrities crossed the line. However, in no way does this excuse Mr. Trump’s misogynistic and vitriolic behavior.
I suppose it’s clear that for at least the next 3 1/2 years that in between his weekly golf games, we can all look forward to more obscene Twitter tantrums, the gutting of agencies like the Education Department, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Environmental Protection Agency and trampling on people’s rights and his embarrassing us on the world stage.
I could go on about things like his further destabilization of the Middle East by sending mixed messages regarding Qatar, who currently hosts the largest contingent of our military in the region, but I believe I’d better stop now. I’m going to just finish by saying once again, to not only my American followers but also to my international ones:
WE ARE BETTER THAN THAN THIS!
We need to seriously examine who we want to represent us and be the chief lawmakers in this country not only in next year’s elections, but also in 2020. Mr. Trump is already raising money and holding campaign rallies. Do we really want another four years of someone who is a misogynist as well as racist, bigoted, impulsive, unstable, and is only concerned with looking out for himself? There’s really only one answer.
*I know I’ve used the above gif a few times before, but it makes me happy, so I hope you’ll forgive me.*