As I wrote in Barking in the Dark a few days ago, I will NEVER use the P word in front of Trump’s name. This eloquent hard-hitting Op-Ed by Charles M. Blow in today’s NY Times perfectly encapsulates what I think and how I feel about the travesty we now find ourselves a part of.
No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along
Donald Trump schlepped across town on Tuesday to meet with the publisher of The New York Times and some editors, columnists and reporters at the paper.
As The Times reported, Trump actually seemed to soften some of his positions:
He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton. But he should never have said that he was going to do that in the first place.
He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t encourage the military to use torture. But he should never have said that he would do that in the first place.
He said that he would have an “open mind” on climate change. But that should always have been his position.
You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. You did real harm to this country and many of its citizens, and I will never — never — forget that.
As I read the transcript and then listened to the audio, the slime factor was overwhelming.
After a campaign of bashing The Times relentlessly, in the face of the actual journalists, he tempered his whining with flattery.
At one point he said:
“I just appreciate the meeting and I have great respect for The New York Times. Tremendous respect. It’s very special. Always has been very special.”
He ended the meeting by saying:
“I will say, The Times is, it’s a great, great American jewel. A world jewel. And I hope we can all get along well.”
I will say proudly and happily that I was not present at this meeting. The very idea of sitting across the table from a demagogue who preyed on racial, ethnic and religious hostilities and treating him with decorum and social grace fills me with disgust, to the point of overflowing. Let me tell you here where I stand on your “I hope we can all get along” plea: Never.
You are an aberration and abomination who is willing to do and say anything — no matter whom it aligns you with and whom it hurts — to satisfy your ambitions.
I don’t believe you care much at all about this country or your party or the American people. I believe that the only thing you care about is self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment. Your strongest allegiance is to your own cupidity.
I also believe that much of your campaign was an act of psychological projection, as we are now learning that many of the things you slammed Clinton for are things of which you may actually be guilty.
You slammed Clinton for destroying emails, then Newsweek reported last month that your companies “destroyed emails in defiance of court orders.” You slammed Clinton and the Clinton Foundation for paid speeches and conflicts of interest, then it turned out that, as BuzzFeed reported, the Trump Foundation received a $150,000 donation in exchange for your giving a 2015 speech made by video to a conference in Ukraine. You slammed Clinton about conflicts of interest while she was secretary of state, and now your possible conflicts of interest are popping up like mushrooms in a marsh.
You are a fraud and a charlatan. Yes, you will be president, but you will not get any breaks just because one branch of your forked tongue is silver.
I am not easily duped by dopes.
I have not only an ethical and professional duty to call out how obscene your very existence is at the top of American government; I have a moral obligation to do so.
I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything, but rather to speak up for truth and honor and inclusion. This isn’t just about you, but also about the moral compass of those who see you for who and what you are, and know the darkness you herald is only held at bay by the lights of truth.
It’s not that I don’t believe that people can change and grow. They can. But real growth comes from the accepting of responsibility and repenting of culpability. Expedient reversal isn’t growth; it’s gross.
So let me say this on Thanksgiving: I’m thankful to have this platform because as long as there are ink and pixels, you will be the focus of my withering gaze.
I’m thankful that I have the endurance and can assume a posture that will never allow what you represent to ever be seen as everyday and ordinary.
No, Mr. Trump, we will not all just get along. For as long as a threat to the state is the head of state, all citizens of good faith and national fidelity — and certainly this columnist — have an absolute obligation to meet you and your agenda with resistance at every turn.
I know this in my bones, and for that I am thankful.
I am perfectly willing to use “the P word” in front of Trump’s name, though I don’t think it’s the one you’re thinking of, Tony. How about “Pussy”?
perfect. thanx, continue…
Thank you Tony, thought the same thing when I read this yesterday. The $1 I pay weekly for the digital subscription to the NY Times is probably the best spent money I go through every month. The Times isn’t perfect, no human endeavor is. But they have been one of the only media outlets to call the ‘ridiculous’ ridiculous throughout the campaign, this uneasy, embarrassing transition and I’m sure far into the Trump Dark Ages of 2017.
The Times & Op-Ed columnists like Charles Blow refuse to pretend there’s anything normal about a lifelong, megalomaniacal maven of self interest and greed being supported by half the country. He is the Conman of Conmen, the Thief in Chief. #FuckTrump and all who capitulate and apoligize to him. The most inept, unqualified person to run for ANY office will take the Oath of Office next to the greatest symbol of equality and barrier breaking (and probably the best President) of the past 40 years, President Obama. That makes me want to heave…Charles Blow, Barking in the Dark, the NY Times, Keith Olberrman, Bill Maher, myself-ANYONE who can see this turd for what he is must never forget to poke this bloated, silverspooned Cheeto and fight him & his kind with truth, intelligence and with the power of the knowledge we’re on the good side of this, before, now and in the future.
“Cheeto” perfect! and Cheato too. well said man. continue…
Yeah, a GREAT piece! 😉 xoM
yup…he says it all. continue…
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I don’t think it’s possible for me to love this piece more than I do. I agree with every word. Thank you for sharing.
me too. he reads my mind. thanx SS continue…
My daughter and housemates voted in their first presidential election this year. They are a marvelous blend of lesbian, trans, Asian, and feminist. One of them read this piece aloud to the whole house this morning. Thanks again – keep fighting the good fight.
how wonderful…you too – and pass it on. thanx. continue…