Does Donald Trump have any shred of human decency?
No one should have to ask if a major party’s nominee for the highest job in their country has any sense of decency. But here we are, months away from the election, with a man about whom the best thing the press can say is that he kept his filthy mouth shut for a few hours. Enough. Trump’s bar for integrity is so low, he is so utterly devoid of human decency, it is inconceivable how any American can’t be outraged.
A bully who wanted to be King.
Hillary Clinton, or her lawyers, deleted some 30,000 emails that were marked PRIVATE. Who cares whether she was checking in with her daughter, making dinner plans with a friend, or sexting her husband. “Private” means none of your God-damned business. But Trump has made it everyone’s business by insisting she’s hiding something. All the while, no one is allowed to go digging through his private life. Heck, he refuses to even release his tax returns (How are we supposed to know if Trump is in cahoots with Russia to hack Democrats if we can’t see his financials? What’s Trump hiding, anyway??). When George Stephanopoulos had the temerity to ask his tax rate, Trump lashed back, “It’s none of your business.”
If only it stopped with Trump being a raging hypocrite.
There are whole web pages dedicated to all the bigoted, misogynistic, racist, hateful, incendiary, insulting, and defamatory statements that Donald Trump makes. As John McCain just said, Trump has given himself “unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.” But what happens when anyone has the audacity to dish out a little of his own medicine?
Just consider the 24 hours following the Democratic National Convention. Trump went nuclear. “I mean, the things that were said about me,” he said at one campaign stop. “I was going to hit a number of those speakers so hard their heads would spin, they’d never recover!” He called four-star Marine Gen. John Allen “a failed general.” And then he bashes the wife of a slain war hero who was too choked up with grief to speak.
A narcissist with no empathy
After Khizr Khan’s accusation that Trump had “sacrificed nothing,” Trump issued the statement “while I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things.”
Oh, the hypocrisy. Here’s the full text of his rant against General Allen: “They had a general named John Allen, and he — I never met him. And he got up and he started talking about Trump, Trump, Trump. Never met him. And you know who he is? He’s a failed general.” In other words, Trump gives himself full license to defame anyone he hasn’t met, but turnabout is a federal offense.
In a more recent interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump nobly defended his utter lack of altruism. “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve done― I’ve had― I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
“Those are sacrifices?” Stephanopoulos countered Trump. Well sure! Think of all the time he didn’t spend lounging in his failing casinos, reading his failed magazines, drinking his failed vodka, and eating his failed steaks. Think of all the money Trump didn’t get to hoard because he had to pay employees. No, take that back. He generally screwed them too.
You know Trump’s greatest sacrifice? Not being able to bang his daughter. Sorry, that’s crass. But it’s gentle compared to what the Scots generously called a mangled apricot hell beast and an incomprehensible jizztrumpet deserves. It’s not just that Trump can’t name a single sacrifice. He hasn’t done one single humane thing since declaring his candidacy.
Why didn’t Stefanopoulos dig any further? Why did he go back to lobbing softballs? He isn’t the only one who does that, mind you. No one is pressing Trump on the hard questions. Here’s the first one every journalist should ask.
Have you no sense of decency, sir?
Actually, what McCain said was “While our party has bestowed upon [Trump] the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.” Thank you, Senator McCain, for finally standing up and naming the problem. But why won’t any of the Republican leadership? Reince Priebus? Crickets. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both gave a nod to religious tolerance but didn’t even have the courage to name Trump as the cause. Who are they working for? It’s getting harder and harder to argue they work for the American people.
The same thing happened during our dark era of McCarthyism. No one in the Republican Party stood up to Joseph McCarthy’s endless witch hunts in his House Unamerican Activities Committee. It finally came to journalist Edward R. Murrow and Army legal representative Joseph Welch to shut him down. And so we end with Welch’s same condemnation, the one that every journalist in America should be asking. Mr. Trump, “you’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
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