I went into a hole, and didn’t write anything for 15 days. Nor read the Internet, messed around on twitter, read discord, or did anything but start the new job. I’m sort of behind on all the things, and I haven’t done or read or thought about anything except new job in weeks.
Except, I read the Jeffrey Goldberg Atlantic article when it popped up in my feed. (I read all news via highly curated RSS in Feedly. I do not get my news from random Internet posts. So should you.) If you are the one person on Earth who hasn’t read the article yet, or you are like me and decided what your life needed was a more challenging job in a pandemic and you haven’t seen it, here it is:
Despite knowing, understanding, and internalizing how terrible a human being Donald Trump is, my reaction to this article was fast, visceral, and active disgust. Yes, while there is pushback going on right now as he rallies his allies to his side and ride their white steeds to FOX News, there’s zero doubt any of this story is true.
- There’s a C-SPAN clip on him bagging on John McCain in 2015 as a loser for getting captured in Vietnam.
- He refused to attend John McCain’s funeral.
- He has disparaged Gold Star Families.
- He’s called widows of the fallen and made them cry.
- He called generals “losers and babies” to their faces.
- He wants military parades but doesn’t want to include the injured because “nobody wants to see that.”
- He refused to honor the Marine Dead of WWI on the 100th anniversary of the war because his hair might get wet.
Should I go on? There’s dozens of examples of Trump calling the military “losers.” My reaction wasn’t to the piece but seeing it all in one place. I wasn’t even surprised. But I was disgusted. The story of the US Military is, for better or for worse, the story of America herself. We can discuss the pros and cons of the veneration of the military all day, but Christ almighty. The line was, as they say, firmly crossed. My reaction goes deep.
His supporters — the only line they have to defend him — is that he doesn’t hate the troops, he just sounds like an asshole.
I finally crossed a line. If people in my life want to support Trump, that’s your prerogative but you keep it far the hell away from me because there’s something deeply wrong with him, and by that definition, you. Leadership flows from the top. He’s a deeply vile human being, a rot that comes right out of his soul. You want to follow vileness, fine, but it tars your soul, too. Everything he touches he corrupts, and that includes the people who somehow still follow him.
How anyone thinks someone who craps all over the US Military should be Commander in Chief is far beyond me or my ability to comprehend humanity. How anyone can support someone so innately awful who has such contempt for his fellow human beings is beyond me.
This is just ugh. So awful. So very awful.
Everything else going on is fine. I’m not really doing anything — not really reading or writing or indulging in any hobbies right now.
School starts on Tuesday and that should be a real treat for all of us.
- 80,718,811 completed tests
- 6,177,201 positive cases
- 189,555 dead from COVID-19
- 111,332 cases in MD with 3,891 deaths
- 1 in 72 people have it in Howard County.
I hate to be the dick in the room but this COVID thing is still here. Remember that? The thing that is killing people at a good clip? I thought it would get better in two weeks but it looks like this COVID-19 thing hasn’t gone anywhere. We’re still losing 1000 people a day. We’re still clocking in at 50K positive tests a day. I guess we’re ok with that.
Maybe while Donald Trump isn’t getting the pandemic under control, he can call more people losers and suckers.