I wasn't planning on writing about politics today, but it's hard to ignore Trump's meltdown today. He's been able to take time off from the golf course to leave about a dozen squealing tweets, many of which have bizarrely, remarkably and pathetically been slamming the mayor of San Juan and the people of Puerto Rico for not doing enough and criticizing the relief effort.
As the expression goes -- no, really.
It's difficult to pick just one tweet as an example, and it's the full panoply of them all in their full glory together which is most damning of all. But this one will suffice --
Yes, you read that right. And no, this isn't a parody from The Onion. Nor was his account hacked. There are a dozen more almost like this.
To put it in full perspective -- The president of the United States, while relaxing at the golf course, is criticizing the mayor of San Juan for complaining during a humanitarian crisis, after her country has been destroy and people even in hospitals are dying, without water, electricity gas, and food.
If anyone even things of defending Trump, step back and consider this -- for the sake of argument, even IF Trump was right that the relief effort has been great and the criticisms have been so unfair ("IF"), when your country has been destroyed and you're in the midst of a humanitarian crisis don't you think it's understandable if every single person there complained and that it would be a good, mature, proper, adult thing for anyone, let alone a leader to do to cut them all some slack and let them VENT as much as they wanted, to get every last ounce of angst from their system?!!!!
Even IF Trump was 100% IN THE right (and he's so wrong that the concept of "right" doesn't register), the proper response from any human, let alone the president of the United States is -- "I understand why the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, is so distraught, I can't imagine the horror she's going through trying to save her devastated city and country. She sees the devastation around here. What she's unable to see from the middle of Hell is that we have a great relief effort under way and are working to improve it all the more. And I look forward to meeting with her when I arrive in Puerto Rico on Tuesday. I send all my heartfelt good wish and send, too, American support and supplies."
That's how you respond, even IF you were in the right. Which he's not. When you're in the wrong, you shut up and hide out in the golf clubhouse.
One thing you don't do, ever, is try to shame the mayor of Puerto for complaining. And shame the people of Puerto Rico for not doing enough. And shame TV news for broadcasting what you try to claim is "fake" -- when all the people just have to look and see the devastation and misery. When the people of Puerto Rico don't have to watch the TV news (if they had a TV or electricity), but just have to look out their window (if they had a window).
And it's worth noting whimsically, that today's Trump Twitter meltdown against the mayor of San Juan comes on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Don't tell me God doesn't have a sense of humor. And isn't watching, on today of all days.
What's most stunning of all is that it seems like Trump did the near-impossible, but with criticizing Puerto Rico and most especially mayor of San Juan while at a golf course during a humanitarian crisis, Donald J. Trump may actually have gone too far for most people. It's not that he finally crossed the line -- it's done that many times -- but he may just have gone over the cliff.
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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