How can anybody admire this disgraceful president?
I recently read in this column the opinions of an avid Trump supporter. He touted admiration for the president without condemning a single deplorable action, behavior or exploit that has been in the news since (before) he took office. The writer went on to say that Trump is the best president we’ve had in the last 100 years and that Richard Nixon was a close second.
After I picked the paper up off the floor I wanted to know: Does he watch all of the news networks or is he just watching the one that has been reprimanded by socially conscience advertisers for making disgraceful comments and engaging in misogynistic behaviors? Trust me, Sean Hannity is no Walter Cronkite. Via Twitter, Trump has disparaged colleagues, lawyers, associates, senators, congressmen, political adversaries, state representatives, mayors, foreign world leaders, people from little s...hole countries, women, minorities, veterans, business leaders and the “fake news” media.
If the above paragraph were describing an anonymous individual, one would conclude that this guy is a divisive, mean-spirited lunatic, and you’d be right. But the cold harsh reality is, this guy is president of the United States. How can people watch, listen or read about the various exploitations of Trump – a “married man,” now including a rendezvous with a porn star and a Playboy model – and not be offended?
In the words of Paul Simon, “Such are promises, all lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.” It’s too bad that party allegiance is so deeply rooted that the obvious indiscretions become obscured and the indefensible become admirable. A great president? Not by a long shot. Even if he finishes his first term, history will not at all be kind, and rightfully so.