Allow me to step back from my description of Donald Trump as a breast-beating King Kong. That was knee jerk.
After his pathetic response to the Charlottesville riot, I must settle for naming him the Official White House Mouse.
So fearful of losing one white supporter from his shrinking base, he avoided any mention of white supremacists, Nazis, and Klansmen from his hurriedly prepared statement condemning an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.”
Those last three words of equivalence passed around the fault to everyone who has ever lit a fire in a crowded theater. And to make sure that we understand history, Trump then remarked ”It’s been going on for a long time in our country,” repeating as he often does as a linguistic prop to get him to the next thought. “It’s been going on for a long, long time.”
So what to do to escape the wrath of David Duke – the KKK’s David Duke who warned the House Mouse that white folks elected him so he had better tone down the rhetoric.
Clearly, the House Mouse was not pleased that the rioting had stolen precious time from his self-congratulatory planned speech about the Veterans Administration. So he painfully pivoted into his canned praise about himself:
“Our country is doing very well in so many ways. We have record – just absolute record employment. We have unemployment, the lowest it’s been in almost 17 years. We have companies pouring into our country. Foxconn and car companies and so many others, they’re coming back to our country. We’re renegotiating trade deals to make them great for our country and great for the American worker. We have so many incredible things happening in our country. So when I watch Charlottesville, to me it’s very very sad.”
And to a lot of others beside you, Donald. Yes. It’s very, very, very sad that they had to call out the National Guard to keep more heads from being busted and a minimal fatality count.
Trump has occasionally mentioned himself – if only in jest, one never knows – for an honored place on Mount Rushmore. I would agree to that if they sculpted the figure upside down.