"How disgustingly racist," was my second response. "How amazing," was my third.
Amazing, in that here is a man whose racism is so ingrained that he thought he could, as President of the United States, drop a vulgar racist slur without consequence during an important meeting with lawmakers on the subject of immigration reform.
Donald Trump is such a racist he's blind to the fact that his is one.
Still, that being said, I do believe that what Donald Trump is, first, foremost, and above all, is mean.
...into a self-centered, foul-mouthed bully who refers to some of the poorest, most vulnerable populations on the planet as excrement?
But I believe that meanness is what defines Donald Trump; it's what drives his foul mouth and behavior and what feeds not only his racism, but his sexism, his misogyny, his cruelty, his xenophobia, his homophobia, his bullying, and his narcissism.
Or maybe it's Trump's narcissism that feeds the wellspring of his meanness; but I guess it doesn't matter, the two sins likely living in close symbiosis in the pit of his soul.
A few days before the 2016 Presidential election I attended a Hillary Clinton rally at which President Obama spoke (see post from 11/2/2016).
What I most remember from that day was Obama sharing his observation that, "Who you are, what you are, does not change once you occupy the Oval Office. The only thing this does is it amplifies who you are. It magnifies who you are. It shows who you are."
...joking about then flippant-ly pocket-ing the Purple Heart offered to him by an elderly veteran,
...and I truly didn't understand how anyone could vote for Donald Trump after he made fun of a disabled reporter.
And now we are a country with a president who has brought meanness in its many expressions into style.
Sadly, his meanness sometimes begets meanness even in those who oppose the awful things he's said or done.
Do you suppose the stock market will rise up so high that it will serve as as a stairway to Heaven?
"Equal and Opposite Reactions"
by Patti Liszkay
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