“We may not be able to stop Trump from sinking lower, but we may just be able to stop Trump from dragging America down to his level.” ~ CNN
CNN contributor Dean Obeidallah published a scathing article on Sunday titled: “Yes, Trump can sink even lower than denying the death toll in Puerto Rico.”
As you might recall, Trump spending an inordinate amount of time singing songs of praise about relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria which devastated Puerto Rico, killing nearly 3000 people.
Trump also took to his twitter account, tossing a two-day Twitter Tantrum to deny that massive death toll, as the Carolinas braced for the impact of Hurricane Florence.
After detailing the “vile” nature of that Twitter meltdown, Obeidallah wrote: “There have been so many moments — from the time Trump descended that escalator in June 2015 to announce his candidacy, to today — that seemed they would be his lowest. Wrong.”
Continuing, he discussed four incidents, two from his time campaigning and two after taking office:
- “One incident from Trump’s 2016 campaign that stands out as truly abhorrent was when Trump mockingly mimicked a disabled New York Times’ reporter who simply refused to back one of Trump’s lies about Muslims cheering in New Jersey on 9/11.
- “There was the incident a few months later when Trump retweeted a white supremacist who used the Twitter handle “White Genocide” and then shortly thereafter refused to denounce former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke or “white supremacy” when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked whether Trump would definitively do so.
- “There was also his conduct in August 2017 after the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville. That’s when he equated those opposing white supremacy and anti-Semitism with those advocating hate by declaring that there were “very fine people” on both sides.
- “And then there was the time when Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos from a United Kingdom hate group.”
Continuing, Obeidallah noted that: “while it’s impossible to actually rank Trump’s vileness,” a few other noteworthy incidents stand out, before making two more additions to his list:
- Another potential low point came in February of this year and involved Rob Porter, a former top White House aide, who was accused of being abusive to his two ex-wives. Even though a photo of one of Porter’s ex-wives had been made public in which she had a black eye, allegedly caused by Porter, Trump responded by offering words of support for Porter, while not expressing any sympathy for the two women.
- And just last month, after the death of Sen. John McCain, we saw Trump again sink to a new level. Trump, who in the past infamously demeaned McCain’s service in the military with his comments, “He’s not a war hero” and “I like people that weren’t captured,” couldn’t bring himself to publicly praise McCain with even half of the passion that he uses to go after his rivals.
Noting that “Trump truly seems to lack compassion and empathy and appears to enjoy being cruel,” Obeidallah concluded with a call to take a stand during the upcoming midterm elections:
One thing is clear, if you reject Trump’s despicable behavior, then come Election Day on November 6, make your voice heard by voting. We may not be able to stop Trump from sinking lower, but we may just be able to stop Trump from dragging America down to his level.