It’s not that women are smarter than men (although many clearly are). It’s that they have a way of cutting through the crap and revealing the hard truth of the matter better than men.
Recently, I was exposed to another little piece of ethical wisdom while attending a dinner with friends. When the conversation turned to the current occupant of the White House – who’s belittling language has angered and alienated most – one woman cut to the chase: “Why can’t people say, it’s just wrong?”
Great question, not only for supporters, but for Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
This president lives in his own reality, detached from the reality most Americans live in, (like farmers, for one). It’s not that he doesn’t know that his words and actions have consequences, it’s that he doesn’t care about those consequences; the consequences on financial markets; consequences on the morale of federal agencies, the majority of which are staffed with people who work hard for us.
He doesn’t care that his words of criticism directed at anyone who happens to be in his field of view are not only contemptuous, but create a dark cynicism in the minds of supporters who continue to believe most anything he says.
For those supporters and silent stewards of this democracy, here’s a reminder:
“When Mexico sends its people…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists…” – June 16, 2015
That’s just wrong!
“…Why don’t [group of Democratic congresswomen] go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came…” – July 14, 2019
That’s indefensibly wrong.
“…[The U.S. intelligence community] said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be…” – July 6, 2018
“I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400-pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.’ The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump), February 18, 2018
And now you can add Fox News to the list:
“…Fox isn’t working for us anymore!…” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
Former History Professor Walter G. Moss writes, “Whereas many Trump critics think him too crude, coarse and vulgar, many of his admirers interpret his language as being down-to-earth and contemptuous of political correctness. To their minds, he is a ‘straight shooter who speaks frank truths.”
When it comes to the truth, Trump isn’t anywhere to be seen. Here’s a sample just from August:
“Yesterday we had the strongest dollar in the history of our country.” — Donald Trump on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 in remarks at the White House. (False)
“Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election!” — Donald Trump on Monday, August 19th, 2019 in a tweet. (False)
“U.S. farmers are receiving $16 billion “out of the tariffs that we’ve gotten from China.” — Donald Trump on Friday, July 12th, 2019 in an interview. (Really False)
The Russia investigation “was a coup. This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government.” — Donald Trump on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity (Bigly False)
“In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!” – Donald Trump on Sunday, September 1, 2019
Shamefully false and incredibly wrong!
“Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east. #alwx.” – National Weather Service, Birmingham, AL, Sunday, September 1, 2019
Dan Coates, Jim Mattis, H.R. McMaster, Gary Cohen, Jeff Sessions, Scott Pruitt, Alexander Acosta, Kirstjen Nielsen, Raj Shah, Sean Spicer, Ryan Zinke, John Kelly, Don McGahn, Nikki Haley, Marc Short, Thomas Homan, Dr. Nadia Schadlow, Tom Bossert, David Shulkin, John McEntee, Roberta Jacobson, Hope Hicks, Josh Raffel, David Sorensen, Rachel Brand, Rob Porter, Richard Cordray, Tom Price, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, Reince Priebus, Michael Short, Walter Shaub Jr., Michael Dubke, James Comey, Katie Walsh, Preet Bharara, Michael Flynn, Sally Yates, Jon Huntsman and Rex Tillerson.
The the list of Trump officials who were either fired or resigned grows longer each day.
How long are Mitch McConnell et al going to continue to remain silent? How long are they going to continue to ignore statements that not only divide us but give demonstrably false information about a deadly hurricane affecting millions? And how long are they going to ignore the actions of this president that affect millions more?
When are they going to stand up say, “It’s just wrong?”