President Trump is having what some might call a bad week. The whole Ukraine thing is blowing up around him. Yet, from an acting-like-a-human-being aspect, that might not be his low point. That point came when he mocked a young climate activist.
Yeah, there is nothing that makes Americans prouder than when their president gets his twitter fingers going and sarcastically mocks a 16-year-old.
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
That 16-year-old is Greta Thunberg. The young activist is from Sweden and has been rallying people worldwide to take on the threat of climate change.
She was invited to speak at the United Nations Climate Summit. In her speech she lambasted politicians across the world for not doing more to stop global climate change.
She was forceful and passionate. She didn’t mince words, telling those at the UN gathering: "People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth."
Tough words from a tough kid. By the way, what were you doing at 16? Like me, probably popping zits and mumbling whenever an adult asked a question.
And instead of an adult response from Donald Trump, or no response at all which would have been better, we get his childish sarcasm. His twitter fingers mocking the young, yet more mature, Thunberg:
"She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" This was his smarmy Twitter reply to a video of her UN speech.
Such a Trumpy way to behave.
But this is what we have come to expect from the president, who’s instinctive response to any criticism is basically: “I know you are, but what am I?”
He gets caught telling lies, and he calls it Fake News. He is as corrupt a president as we have ever had, and he calls others crooks.
But while Trump was worrying about the remarks of a 16-year-old, his own skewed take on being president of a democratic nation with a constitutional government came back at him.
Apparently, a U.S. president shouldn’t threaten to hold back legislatively approved military aid to a country unless that country does him “a favor” and investigates his domestic political rival.
Who would have thought asking a foreign government to interfere with our elections was wrong? What? Everyone would? Even a 16-year-old?
Everyone, that is, but Trump. This might as well be his 2020 campaign theme: Everyone but Trump.
Presidential candidates release their tax returns: Everyone but Trump.
Presidents don’t vilify minority groups: Everyone but Trump.
Presidents know that Puerto Ricans are Americans, and treat them as such: Everyone but Trump
Presidents understand the importance of a free press in a democratic society: Everyone but Trump.
Presidents don’t spew falsehoods to the public multiple times each day: Everyone but Trump.
Presidents don’t whine: Everyone but Trump.
Presidents don’t solicit foreign nations to help their campaign: Everyone but Trump.
Presidents never mock children: Everyone but Trump.
I didn’t want Trump's boorish behavior toward Ms. Thunberg to go unmentioned before the deluge from the gathering Ukraine storm clouds. This certainly was one bad week for Trump.
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