The pundits kept promising that President Trump would be a completely different man than the candidate. Many of us even felt that faint glimmer of hope during his acceptance speech in the wee hours of the election night. Instead, it is our measured opinion that he is proving himself to be more and more incompetent every day. Take this weekend for example when he praised the “vicious,” “violent,” and “nasty” behavior of his supporters (his words, not ours), and the very next day, denied it ever happened.
Trump thanks his supporters for their violent behavior.
At his Thank-You Tour rally in Orlando on Friday, Trump openly boasted about his supporters’ deplorable behavior during his campaign.
“You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall? We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison! Prison! Lock her up!’ I mean, you are going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious, and you wanted to win, right?”
This coming from a man who spent the whole campaign flagrantly denying (lying?) the violent behavior he inspired and in which his fans engaged, even when presented with the most graphic of video evidence. This, from the man who went so far as to concoct conspiracy theories that his fans’ violence was bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Does Trump really want to Trump unify Americans
“My message tonight is, we are all Americans, and we are all united by one shared destiny,’’ he continued.
Now one would think that if unity is the goal, and if Trump were going to openly admit this kind of behavior from his fans during the campaign, he would also take the time to tell them to stop. That it wasn’t dignified and serves no useful purpose going forward.
The Southern poverty Law Center recorded over 700 incidents of hate crimes and harassment being committed by Trump supporters in the week following the election. One out of every 5 K-12 teachers surveyed says their students have increased “verbal harassment, the use of slurs and derogatory language, and disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate flags” since the election.
Shouldn’t Trump have condemned this?
Obviously, he didn’t. All he said was “But now, now it’s much different. Now, you’re laid back, you’re cool, you’re mellow, right? You’re basking in the glory of victory, and you’re not nearly as vicious or violent, right? Because we won, right?”
In other words, Trump approves, because their ends justified their means. And if things go south for him, they can all start up again. Carte blanche for violent and hateful future, from the new Leader of the Free World.
So here’s the better question we all need to be asking: in what universe should even we have to question whether the President-Elect of the United States of America is going to condemn violence in the homeland?
The coup de grace; Trump’s tweet the next day.
Less than 24 hours after his speech, Trump tweets out:
If my many supporters acted and threatened people like those who lost the election are doing, they would be scorned & called terrible names!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2016
It’s as if the whole precious night never happened. Right back to his year-long, blanket denial and lies. That’s the straw that broke our proverbial back and makes us seriously question his competence. His cabinet nominees are a human train wreck, he keeps antagonizing China, he mocks his own intelligence community, he remains the most grandiose liar in modern American politics, and he has repeatedly earned the title of hypocrite-in-chief.
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