‘Hey — I was only kidding. Can’t you take a joke? What’s wrong with YOU?’ Trump took another swipe at CNN this morning after they — and most of the other networks — decided to FACT CHECK whether or not President Obama and Hillary Clinton “founded ISIS.” “THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?” he tweeted. No, Don — even those who should be your staunchest allies “don’t get it.” Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt challenged Drumpf on the air — giving him ample opportunity to walk back his incendiary language. He replied, ”No, I meant that he’s the founder of ISIS, I do.”
It’s not exactly a state secret the GOP’s Trumpanzee™ got as far as he did in the 2016 presidential race by flinging verbal poo every chance he gets. Nobody questions whether or not his words and actions display a classic diagnosis of narcissism, either. Opinions to the contrary are simply uniformed twaddle. The real question before us now: is the man a sociopath as well?
We spend too much time trying to decipher what Donald Trump means when he starts spewing his verbal diarrhea. The short-fingered vulgarian is nothing more than a unrepentant, serial abuser — quick to blame his victim, suggesting they’re either too sensitive (politically correct) or they simply “misunderstood” him. See, it’s always your fault, America. Why are you overreacting? There must be something wrong with you, right? You need to toughen up. The psychopathy on display here should scare the bejebus out of every sane American — which is why top GOP leaders are having a “come to Jesus” meeting with their candidate in Orlando today.
There’s been a steady flow of Republican politicians and donors publicly declaring their intention to do what they can to derail Trump’s candidacy. So many, in fact, Hillary’s campaign created a safe haven of sorts, in an outreach effort called “Together for America.” In what Politico refers to as an “emergency meeting,” RNC leaders will try and balance the Trump campaign’s need for state-by-state resources to get their ground game going — and also respond to a letter signed by at least 70 Republicans who see their careers getting flushed down the toilet with Trump at the top of the ticket.
“We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck,” the letter said. “Those recent outrages have built on his campaign of anger and exclusion, during which he has mocked and offended millions of voters, including the disabled, women, Muslims, immigrants, and minorities.”
S’matter? Can’t you take a joke? “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault” you didn’t get the joke. Welcome to “Gas Lighting 101,” from the course catalog of Trump University. ‘It’s your problem if you’re too stupid to know I was just kidding. Which is why “I love the poorly educated,’ just look at the polls.”
When I wrote I was going to try and “avoid swinging at every pitch” this campaign season — here’s the reason why. Too many opinions that conservatives share are either flat-out wrong, or uninformed talking points they’ve been spoon-fed and hope to regurgitate in your face. Sure, it’s cute when a baby spits up on your shoulder — but downright disgusting coming out of the mouth of an adult who should know better. Bottom line: it’s a waste of time trying to sway the “opinion” of Trump’s “Re-Flub-licans.”
As John Oliver explained on This Week Tonight, “Who gives a shit? You don’t need people’s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: “Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?” or “Do owls exist?” or “Are there hats?” Of course the president isn’t “the founder of ISIS.” And Trump is shocked — shocked, I tell you — that we’re overreacting this way. What’s wrong with YOU?
We’re addicted to the drama, for one thing. Self-destructiveness and revictimization are common challenges faced by survivors of abuse, too. So don’t expect RNC chair Reince Priebus, Speaker Ryan or Leader McConnell to derogate Drumpf’s candidacy — even if they find themselves victims of his constant political pandering to the selfish, bigoted, misogynistic and racist elements within the Republican party.
If you find yourself embroiled with someone’s desperate deflection away from Trump’s latest intentionally incendiary “opinion?” 1) Turn your head; 2) Save your breath; 3) Just walk away. If you honestly can’t ignore it — remind yourself that in America, everyone has the freedom to be wrong or ignorant; in the information age, ignorance is a choice.
UPDATE: At a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania this afternoon, Trump made yet another snarky comment regarding his “sarcasm” regarding the president and former Secretary of State. “So I said the founder of ISIS,” Trump told the crowd. “Obviously I’m being sarcastic. Then — but not that sarcastic, to be honest with you.” Honest? Seriously?