So, how was your weekend? Trump played golf.
In fairness, he did more than that. He had time to leave about a dozen "tweets" on Puerto Rico, explaining that everything is just great there and the only two problems are how lazy the Puerto Ricans are for not getting together to fix things themselves, and the shameful mayor of San Juan who's just complaining. Well, three problems, because there's also the news media that's reporting it all.
Okay, in total fairness, he did more than that, of course. He also was able to fit in a couple of tweets trying to goad North Korea into nuclear war.
I'm guessing that the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico wasn't enough to occupy his time, so he wanted to come up with something bigger that could fill his hours between rounds of golf, and demeaning the destitute was too easy for him.
I was going to type, "Seriously, how does someone try to goad another nation into nuclear war???!!" -- but then I realized I hadn't yet be able to answer the first question, "How does someone demean people whose entire nation was just wiped out???!!"
I must admit I was a bit bemused to read some of the line social media defense of Trump, who seemingly can do no wrong, following his ringing bell like Pavlov's dogs, insisting like their divine being that everything is going great there, and it's only the media that's lying. (My favorite was the person writing me who called the mayor of San Juan a "murdercrat." Sometimes you don't have to say much in response, since a person's own words defines them too well. I should note that this particular person defined himself in his bio as a "conservative Christian." Of course! Though I'm guessing that Jesus would disagree...)
There were a bit of administration pundit who defended Trump, as well, but far fewer than those on social media. Even the pundits seemed to know when it's best to duck and take cover, especially when you have to put your face and real name to your words. Not to mention your self respect and soul.
Sorry, I'm still trying to grasp how someone actually tries to goad another nation into nuclear war. Yes, the whole "demeaning people whose nation was destroyed" is inexplicable, but we can at least grasp the concept of racism. Pushing for annihilation is another matter entirely.
Okay, and I'm sorry, to, that I left out one other thing Trump found time to do over the weekend. But it does show his level of involvement and concern with disaster events.
"I’ve been watching this thing from the beginning," he said.
Oh, wait, did you think he was referring to Puerto Rico? Oh, no, no. He meant the President's Cup golf tournament. Really. Honest. And he kindly dedicated the victory cup to the victims of the hurricane. I guess it was sort of like a participation trophy you give fifth graders. Except that they at least get an actual, physical award. This was metaphoric. But then, that's just as well because most of them wouldn't have a shelf to put a real one on.
Given that Saturday was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, asking for God's forgiveness, I have a feeling that when the Almighty read Trump's tweets, and sees that golf trophy, even He was having a hard time deciding what to do...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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