For Trump, the cruelty IS the message

Trump cruelty
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich) appeared on Fox News’ a day after Donald Trump mocked her late husband during a reelection rally in the congresswoman’s home state
(photo courtesy Fox News)

Rick Wilson on Trump’s Cruelty

We probably didn’t share a single issue. We used to occasionally scrap on Twitter in good fun. For a guy in his 80s when he hit Twitter, he was damn good at it, and that was for a reason. He’d been to the big show. He’d seen it all. For a guy in his 80s when he hit Twitter, he was damn good at it, and that was for a reason. He’d been to the big show. He’d seen it all.

I know that people I admired and admire thought the world of him personally. Republicans. Democrats.

In my long life in politics, I’ve always loved sitting down with anyone who knows the real, lived history of our time. I regret I never got to do that with John. I bet he had some hella stories.

Both parties to live too in the now and believe nothing existed before today.

What Trump’s attack betrayed, in case you missed the four obvious points of it, was as follows.

A. For Trump, the cruelty IS the message. He knew Debbie’s wounds were fresh, her pain real. He’s a sadist of the worst order; one who exploits the pain of the grieving.

B. He always projects. Trump knew in MI Dingell is still a beloved figure, and respected. Trump knows he’ll never have that. He’ll be a figure of fun, a term of insult, a sad clown womp womp laugh track.

He knows he’s more likely to be “looking up” from Hell.

C. His boundless, ravenous ego is a singularity of need, an insatiable maw demanding abject loyalty when he shows even the most minimal courtesy. Everything is transactional and disproportionate. Nothing is ever enough. It’s always “What have you done for me lately?” and FYPM.

D. Trump exists only in Trump nation, the agitprop bubble of his media lackeys and enablers.

He plays only to the mob, the unwashed and furious masses of a cohort educated only in their grievances and the imagined slights of their betters.

I wish to the gods there was one goddamn elected Republican in the world to call out his b.s.

Just. One.

But Profiles in Cowardice is the order of the day, and it is a party not only without stalwarts but one where the collaborators with evil see themselves are heroes.

So endeth.


Source: The Twitter account of Rick Wilson.
HOBBLEDEHOY apologies to Mr. Wilson, as this was originally written as a multi-part tweet, and not a proper news piece, with all the limitations of Twitter.
Mr. Wilson describes himself as “Apostate GOP Media Guy, writer, NYT #1 best-selling author of ETTD. “Digital assassin.”

You can preorder Mr. Wilson’s “Running Against The Devil” here: http://bit.ly/RATD2020

BACKGROUND TO THE CONTROVERSY

(CNN) President Donald Trump attacked Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell and her late husband, Rep. John Dingell, during a rally on Wednesday, implying the former congressman was “looking up” from hell.”Debbie Dingell, that’s a real beauty,” Trump said of the congresswoman, noting he was watching her on television during impeachment proceedings.Trump said that he gave the family the “A-plus treatment” after John Dingell died, and that the congresswoman, who now holds his seat in the House, told Trump during an emotional call following John Dingell’s funeral that her husband would have been “thrilled” by the respect shown for him during his funeral and “he’s looking down” on the ceremonies.”Maybe he’s looking up,” Trump said, drawing some moans and groans from those in Battle Creek, Michigan, about two hours away from Debbie Dingell’s district. “Maybe, but let’s assume he’s looking down.”

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