Trump: Twitter or tennis?

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June 30, 2017 11:23 AM

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Some thoughts about Donald Trump’s ridiculous attack on newscaster Mika Brzezinski:

One, the insults were fairly par for Trump’s pricy course, nothing we haven’t heard him say before. And though his remarks were vicious in that way he reserves for women, the umbrage taken by Brzezinki’s media colleagues misses the point.

Trump’s barrage of criticism of the news media and the judiciary, as well as his gleeful lying and flagrant rejection of scientific fact, undermine trust among his followers of institutions and truths that is imperative for the survival of this nation. Though many news outlets have done a fine job of exposing the pathology of the naked, would-be emperor, Trump’s followers close their eyes and ears to the news stories because they believe his claims about fake news.

That is how fascism gets a foothold. And that is scary.

Two, much of the commentary about the tweets aimed at Brzezinski end with the observation that, instead of insulting news people, the president should be focused on getting a health care bill passed.

Reporters love to keep score cards and pronounce winners and losers. But this isn’t a game in which Trump has taken his eye off the ball and thus risks losing; health care is a matter of life and death.

Some of us think the last thing Trump or anybody in Washington should be doing is passing the abomination that Senate Republicans have vomited on the hapless citizenry, all in the name of denying a Democratic president his legacy; cutting taxes for people who already have more money than they could possibly spend in a lifetime; and punishing the poor for being poor.

Trump and his Twitter account are threats to the country, but so are the actions he takes when he’s not tweeting. It’d be best for almost everybody if he could be distracted in a more constructive way than Twitter, allowing the health insurance bills to die a quick but painful death. Golf or tennis, anyone?

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