A Stare-Way to Paradise
Between Trump publicly saying that not only did he talk to the Ukraine president about Joe Biden, but admitting now that they also discussed "corruption" (a subject that heretofore he had presumably always been in favor of.) And Trump saying that he deserves a Nobel Prize (though leaving out for what, but then he probably was just upset because Emmy Awards were the night before, and it reminded him how pissed off he is at never winning one of those). And Trump being compelled to go to the United Nations during their Climate Change event, after first staying he wouldn't attend and having to sit there for a whole 14 minutes while 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden gave an angry, rousing speech. And Trump speaking yesterday about religious freedom but for some reason going off-script to praise Franklin Graham, widely known for his intolerance of Muslims -- it was hard to know what to pick from.
But sneaking in from the corner I think we have a pair of winners. Though separate, they touched on the very same subject, and both so gut-sickeningly offensively that it's as if they were of one mind, presuming the concept of having a mind fits in here.
The first is the repellent Dinesh D'Souza who sent out a tweet on Sunday comparing the aforementioned 16-year-old Greta Thunberg to the blonde, pigtailed "Nordic" Nazi girls in their posters, including pigtailed photos of each. (I was going to explain all the many things profoundly wrong about D'Souza's sickening post, but realized that none are needed and they would only distract from his lack of respect for humanity. I'll only note that he is lucky to have been given a pardon for his crimes by a man who actually enables neo-Nazis as part of his base.) And then today on "Fox News," far-right-wing commentator Michael Knowles who spoke about the 16-year-old Ms. Thunberg who that day had addressed the United Nations by saying, "If it were about science it would be led by scientists, rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who’s being exploited by her parents and by the international left.”
The good news is that also on the "Fox News" panel at the time was Christopher Hahn who relentlessly went after Knowles, refusing to let up and eventually noted --
"Maybe on your podcast, you can get away with and say whatever you want because no one’s listening. You’re on national television. Be a grown-up when you’re talking about children. She’s trying to save the planet because your president doesn’t believe in Climate Change and kids need to take to the streets to worry about your future. You are despicable for talking about her like that, and you should apologize on national television right now.”
Seriously, when you are fighting such a losing battle against a 16-year-old child trying to protect the planet that you believe your only option is to call her a "Nazi" and "mentally ill," you probably should figure it's time to give and wander off into the desert where you hope God won't think it's worth looking for you.
So, I just figured that I could kill two birds with one stone and honor Greta Thunberg and revile Trump by embedding a photo from the viral video of her staring down Trump at the U.N. There were better, soul-shredding glares from her, but they didn't include Trump in the frame, so we'll have to go with this, which on its own is darn fine --
Honorable mention goes to the elected officials of the Republican Party who enable Trump, are silent about all of this and are complicit.
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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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