Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States: “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
Even if you didn’t know whose tweet that was you could probably guess because of the 1st degree grammar abuse. What did language ever do to him? If writing was baseball, Trump would bat .125. If it was art, you’d be scrubbing crayon off the White House walls. (For the record, ‘peoples’ needs the possessive apostrophe and Due Process is not a proper noun, thus is not capitalized. You’d think a guy with 47 million Twitter followers, most of whom attended English class, would download Grammarly, try spell-check or have a fourth-grader on call. But, alas.)
The tweet, of course, is about Rob Porter, his top aide who resigned after his ex-wives came forward with stunning allegations of abuse, including heartbreaking photos.
Trump, as usual, used the opportunity to set a moral tone and direction for the nation by denouncing spousal abuse and standing shoulder to shoulder with the burgeoning and long overdue #MeToo movement.
Nah. Just kidding. He did what Trump always does. He curiously sided with the wrong side, praised Porter and said Porter had “a tough week.” And somewhere a parent in Trump’s base just turned to his son and said, “That there’s a great man. I want you to be just like him.”
To understand how repellent this is, imagine if your sister showed up to Christmas dinner with a black eye and said “Rob slugged me. He’s been slugging me for years.” You wouldn’t sit there and natter on about due process or say “Poor Rob, he must have had a tough week”?
So why is Trump?
I think that’s pretty obvious: He’s a horrible, horrible human being, the worst human being of my lifetime, by far, to ever occupy the Oval Office. He doesn’t think, “Gee, those poor women.” Because in Trump’s world, women don’t matter. They’re here only to serve men. And if they don’t, he has no use for them. They’re servants, not people.
But there’s also another reason for this tweet, I suspect, one that no one seems to be considering, and that’s self-interest, something that is near and dear to Trump’s meager little heart.
See, the more I listen to Trump lately the more I hear a man setting up his excuses, justifications and arguments long in advance of the arrival of the legal trains coming his way. He’s saying “whatever happened to due process?” now, in Porter’s case, because he’s going to use the same phrase later on when he’s being pressured to resign.
What else explains the grossly obvious irony of a man who led crowds in chanting “Lock her up!” about Hillary Clinton suddenly pretending to be a due process fan? Did she not deserve “due process”?
Nope. Not in Trump world. In Trump world all that matters is him. You can hear it and see it in nearly everything he says or writes. Laws exist only to control others, not him. The country and its government is here to serve him, no one else. The whole world, in fact, exists solely to deliver unto him goodness and riches. He is the stage, after all, and we are all just actors upon it.
We’re all women to him, in that regard.
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