Donald Trump: Victim In Chief
Watching Donald Trump’s campaign rallying in Phoenix, Arizona, one may forget that a young woman just tragically lost her life standing up against racism, bigotry, and white supremacy; to white supremacist that was so full of hate that he would plow his car into a group of peaceful counter-protesters. Instead, per Donald Trump, the real victim of Charlottesville is, well…him.
Let’s put aside for a moment how utterly strange it is to have a campaign rally 8 months into a presidency and focus instead on the substance of Trump’s words. For a brash billionaire full of tough talk, he sure does behave like quite a pansy, clearly showcased as he whined about being a victim of the media, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Bob Meuller, the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and the entire judicial branch (I am sure there are more that I am leaving out). The term “the buck stops here” does not apply to Donald Trump. Always true to his narcissistic nature, no failures are his responsibility nor are his fault.
He put white supremacists on the same moral equivalence as the counter-protesters that opposed them. He failed to denounce them by name following the Charlottesville tragedy, named them under political pressure the following Monday, then returned to an even more vigorous “on both sides” narrative on Tuesday. He did this himself in his own words with his own actions and when the media reported on it accurately, it was their fault that he failed so miserably in his handling of Charlottesville events.
As opposed to other presidents that make speeches, engage the media, and support their congressional leaders to pass their legislative agenda, Trump largely sat on the sidelines for entirety of the Senate’s Obamacare repeal process and after it failed, it was the fault of John McCain, Mitch McConnell and democrats. In the rally, we went on the lambaste Jeff Flake and John McCain, both senators of the state of Arizona and members of his own party, the latter of which was a POW who has since continued to serve his country all of his life, and is currently battling for his life against brain cancer…very classy Mr. President.
While painting himself as Victim In Chief, Trump’s 77 minute rant to his minions was little more than a collection of statements that either made little sense, were outright lies, or a combination of both. CNN political commentator, Chris Cillizza, highlighted 57 such statements (which amounts to one outrageous statement about every 1 minute and 30 seconds) in his very funny (albeit frightening) article below: