For the past year or so -- but most-especially over the past few weeks -- we've seen Trump slam people who have been critical of him. Calling them either stupid, "a very bad guy," irresponsible, "I'm not the biggest fan" (tm) or a combination of all the above, and more.
To be clear, there have been others he's smeared, as well, though they hadn't said anything about him publicly -- people like Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, H.R. McMaster, Tom Price and more. I'm referring instead to those who Trump demeaned specifically because they criticized him -- among them Rex Tillerson just yesterday, Michael Cohen, Don McGahn, Christopher Wray, and even Steve Bannon and Amarosa Manigault Newman. And more. People who Trump sees as enemies, out to get him, the opposition.
For the record:
Rex Tillerson Michael Cohen, Don McGahn, Christopher Wray, Steve Bannon and Amarosa Manigault Newman are not the opposition. They are not Trump's enemies. They are ALL people who Trump has hired to work for him. They are all people who served him and did his bidding. They may have come to loathe him (or did so before but were happy to be on the same side, grab the power, and cash the pay check), but they are ALL people who Trump thought were wonderful, talented, smart, and who he wanted with him.
Trump has plenty of very real enemies. All he need do is look at the entire Democratic members of Congress. Or, for that matter, most of the majority of voters who didn't vote for him in 2016. But we must draw a line and distinguish between them and the long line of people who Trump hired and is now trying to smear. Being among the "very real enemies" who are lashed out at by Trump speaks loudly about them. Being among the latter -- those hired by Trump who he is now smearing -- speaks volumes about him.
It's very easy to bunch all people who Trump tries to slam under the same umbrella. But they're not the same. Every time Trump has a meltdown against the people on his own side who he actually, literally hired and praised, it only serves to provide further evidence (not that it is really necessary) of his own emptiness. When you are reduced to trying to demean the people you like enough to hire -- because they've had enough of you and spoke out -- you are standing on a chimera. You have built a foundation of air.
No wonder Infrastructure Week never gets off the ground.
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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