You will remember that on Saturday, the Whiner-in-Chief complained during his commencement address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, that “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” But it doesn’t stop there. This morning his stubby little fingers were back on his twitting machine with this:
“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel [sic] appointed!”
“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
This comes as a result of the news that Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, has been named to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Yesterday, hoping to adopt a conciliatory tone, White House aides drafted the following statement for Trump to release:
“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.”
That was probably the most appropriate thing to say, even though nobody believed the words were Trump’s own creation. In fact, most of us don’t believe the words, period. But this morning, Trump simply could not resist digging his grave just a bit deeper, and as it was early, apparently none of his handlers were around yet to stop him.
I don’t want to dwell on this, because there are more important things to be concerned with than the rantings of a temperamental child in a man’s body, but I feel I must take a moment to briefly refute his statements.
President Barack Obama took the inaugural oath on 20 January 2009, and from that day forward suffered silently the criticisms of the Republican Party … AND of Donald Trump. Not once do I recall President Obama responding with Twitter rants or any form of anger to his tormenters. Let us not forget the ridiculous, trumped up (pun intended) ‘birther issue’ that Trump himself initiated in 2011 and did not let die until nearing the end of the 2016 election campaign. A few of his most outrageous statements on this:
- “I have people that have been studying [Obama’s birth certificate] and they cannot believe what they’re finding … I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility … then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics.” Speaking of cons …
- “His grandmother in Kenya said, ‘Oh, no, he was born in Kenya and I was there and I witnessed the birth.’ She’s on tape. I think that tape’s going to be produced fairly soon. Somebody is coming out with a book in two weeks, it will be very interesting.”
- “Who knows about Obama? … Who knows, who knows? Who cares right now?… I have my own theory on Obama. Someday I will write a book, I will do another book, and I will do very successfully.”
And for at least the last few years of his presidency, President Obama fought an uphill, often losing battle against a republican Congress who claimed to have a mandate from the people to block all legislation favourable to the president’s policies.
Donald Trump regularly assailed President Obama for playing golf, yet has spent nearly every weekend of his own presidency doing just that. He attacked Obama for using Air Force One to campaign, and yet has done the same himself, the first time just a month into the job. He mocked Obama for heading out of Washington at taxpayer expense, but appears to have no qualms about doing so himself. In a word, he is perhaps the biggest hypocrite I have ever seen.
And then there was Hillary Clinton and the abuse she took during the 2016 election, most of it from Trump and his minions. The two key issues Trump continually expounded on were Benghazi and Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Lengthy and numerous investigations into each showed no criminal activity whatsoever on Ms. Clinton’s part, but like the birther issue, he never let them stray from the mind of the public. And yet now he thinks he is being treated horribly? Wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute …
When he said that “no other politician in history … has been treated worse …” I must ask … what about Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and other presidents who were assassinated? What about Julius Caesar? Nelson Mandela? Mahatma Gandhi? The list is endless … and Trump thinks he’s got troubles?
Every single president has had to put up with being criticized and ridiculed by public and press … it goes along with the territory. Remember President Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky debacle? Remember President Gerald Ford and the press’ portrayal of him as a clown and a klutz? If thin-skinned Trump cannot take the heat, then perhaps it is time for him to get out of the kitchen before he burns the whole house down.
Donald Trump has made his own bed, so to speak. There is strong evidence of collusion between certain of his staff members, most notably Rex Tillerson and Jeff Sessions, but also members of his own family, including Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka and Jared Kushner. Where there is so much smoke, there is a fire burning somewhere, and it may well be that the source of the fire leads straight back to Trump himself. Whatever the result, We The People have a right to know … we need to know. This is not a witch hunt … it is the field of manure that Donald Trump himself sowed and continues to expand with his ridiculous rants. Let the chips fall where they may, and let Donald Trump reap what he has sown.