People with personality disorders don’t do well under pressure.
…lawmakers this week condemned President Trump for a series of racist comments he made during a meeting in the Oval Office on Thursday, in which he disparaged immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and several African nations.
After the Wolff book gave America, by way of accurate reporting or long-form innuendo, a taste of what it’s like to live in his orbit, Donald Trump’s handlers decided to arrange an hour-long bipartisan meeting in front of cameras, where the DACA Dreamers’ fate was discussed. In spite of whatever praise the suddenly-sensible Trump received for it, you can probably guess how he really felt. You can’t tell Him what to do.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump reportedly asked the bipartisan group of senators, who had met with him to discuss an immigration deal. “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”
Again, you can guess what I have to say. This is Narcissism, the real thing. This is his bruised and temporarily restrained ego reasserting its swaggering self. Good luck getting him to apologize for it – that won’t happen. He’s feeling his oats again, feeling pretty good about himself.
As for the rest of his minions? They’re stuck doing hard labor. They’re resigned to pick up the facade-pieces, or defend him going forward. Right-radio’s John Fredericks did yeoman’s work last night on CNN:
“Truer words today in the Oval Office have never been said. This is what people say around their kitchen table. Right?”
This was after Don Lemon cut his mic off for being insulting.
“This is what you guys have to understand that you don’t really get. This is not about race, this is about economics…”
John later explained that the pointy robe Trump wears on weekends is a miners habit. Then the rest of the panel chuckled with a ‘thats-Don-for-you’ look on their faces. Or maybe not.
We’re already seeing what will happen next. Republicans are going to act as if it’s a big nothing. What is now the most obvious and open expression of a president’s proud racism will become overheated rhetoric. Tough talk. Something that merely…crossed a line.
Truth-teller Paul Ryan for instance said “that the first thing that came to mind is it’s ‘very unfortunate’ and ‘unhelpful.'” Clearly he’s a man concerned (about Social Security cuts). Senator Orrin Hatch nearly blew a gasket: “I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President’s comments.” OKAY, calm down there Vesuvius. I’m sure there’s a perfectly sensible interpretation for “shithole.”
Thanks to Think Progress for their work. They managed to find a couple Republicans who could somehow read and then make sense of Trump’s kitchen table chatter:
Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)…call[ed] on him to apologize for denigrating immigrants.
“The President’s comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values,” Love wrote in a statement posted to her official Twitter account. “This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation.”
Sen. Tim Scott (R-FL) was also critical of Trump’s comments, telling CNN in a statement,
“If these comments are the president’s words they are disappointing to say the least. The American family was born from immigrants fleeing persecution and poverty and searching for a better future. Our strength lies in our diversity, including those who came here from Africa, the Caribbean and every other corner of the world. To deny these facts would be to ignore the brightest part of our history.”
Are we surprised? Well, yes. But then perhaps we shouldn’t be. Love is the sole Haitian in the Republican congress. Scott is their only black senator. This pretty much tells us why the GOP isn’t fit to govern: They don’t have the resources.