Of course I’d never do that, but if we follow the lead of Donald Trump and his Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, such personal insults are part of the program.
This morning, Trump vomited out some of his id through Twitter. He wrote:
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..
5:52 AM – 29 Jun 2017
…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!
5:58 AM – 29 Jun 2017
Because hope is not all lost for humanity and there are, indeed, a fair number of decent people around Trump’s tweets were criticized by folks of all political persuasions. Trump’s derision of mainstream media outlets, which he calls “fake news,” is well-known and he is not above personal insults. I think this is something we, unfortunately, have come to expect from Donald Trump. But these attacks on the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, who have become targets of Trump’s ire, make clear the point that Donald Trump always has been a classless boor and he isn’t going to change. To those of you who thought that the Office of the President was going to change him, that he would “grow into” the prbesidency, hey, what can I say? It was either stupidity or wishful thinking on your part.
But what I find remarkable are the White House’s lame attempts to defend Trump’s boorishness. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in Thursday’s press briefing:
I don’t think you can expect someone to be personally attacked day after day, minute by minute, and sit back [arguing that the criticism the president and his aides endure is often personal in nature]…When the president gets hit, he’s going to hit back harder.
Look, the American people elected a fighter; they didn’t elect somebody to sit back and do nothing…They knew what they were getting when they voted for Donald Trump.
Well, you know most of us didn’t vote for Donald Trump. But even so, is this really a good defense for Trump behaving like a high school bully? Being criticized and attacked every day comes with the job of being president. It’s an occupational hazard. What Huckabee Sanders is saying is there are no limits, no boundaries, no rules of engagement. Everything is game. If Trump’s fragile ego gets injured then it’s perfectly okay for him to strike back with whatever, repugnant, vile shit he can spew from that filthy mouth.
It’s not even tacit approval. She’s basically saying, “hey, they deserve it.” I can understand that Trump and his supporters probably get plastered with pretty rough insults every day, but you’d think that the freakin’ POTUS would be above all that pettiness. I’m almost dumbfounded that the White House, instead of saying something like, “well, those are his personal opinions” or something they actually defend his disgusting public comments.
Donald Trump is a petty, cheap vulgarian with tiny hands and a dirty heart. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, for actively defending Trump’s repulsiveness, is hardly different. And if you thought calling her a “dumb cow” was harsh, I could go harsher, but I won’t. I’m not Trump.