Donald Trump told yet another jaw-dropping lie on Monday. During a White House press conference he falsely asserted that former Presidents failed to call or write letters to the grieving families of American soldiers killed in the line of duty.
This is a fucking lie.
The preponderance of evidence proving Trump is a despicable liar is both indisputable and overwhelming. No one in command of their senses with even a basic knowledge of contemporary events disputes this. Yet again, as has so often been the case since this political pustule popped onto the surface, Trump repeats fake innuendo but then when pressed reveals he has no clue what he’s talking about. He is deranged. Mentally unhinged. Sociopathic. Beneath contempt.
Normally, most of us wouldn’t give a flea’s ass if Trump the chronic liar lived anywhere else but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It wouldn’t matter if the eccentric “billionaire” (yeah, right) was bouncing off the walls of his tacky penthouse at Trump Tower. If celebrity-obsessed Trump was pimping his contrived reality television show on NBC (the network he now wants off the air) falsely pretending to be a successful business tycoon — we’d all be laughing at him, rolling our eyes, and no one would give a damn. This lunatic wouldn’t be a public hazard if the swanky swindler was still out there conning gullible investors, which has been his business model ever since the first of multiple bankruptcies when he repeatedly left thousands of suckers holding his smelly bag of dog shit. Indeed, what rings alarm bells is that 62 million doddering dirt-dumb dimwits somehow swallowed the infected load and elected this superstooge as President.
America, we have a problem.
Yes, Donald Trump is a serial liar. He’s a political shitstorm, a sick Son of Sam, only without the talking dog for guidance, because even this pathetically lonely loon of a man with no friends utterly incapable of any empathy or affection doesn’t even own a pet.
Does anyone out there not polluted by the poisonous distortions of Breitbart and Bannonism really believe what Donald Trump said yesterday at his Rose Garden press conference? Does anyone who values truth and honesty really accept Donald Trump’s assertion as fact (quoting him directly), “if you look at President Obama and other Presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate — when I think I’m able to do it.”
Reality check: Presidential schedules are closely monitored. Presidential activities — including everything they say, what write, and who they call — is recorded.
So, is there any truth to former Presidents not displaying compassion for those who made the ultimate sacrifice? Answer — none. It’s a lie, propagated by the conspiracy-obsessed haters of the alt-right apparently linked to a bogus 2010 article which (falsely) claimed President Obama failed to contact one of the many grieving families. Some flunky in the Trump Administration purportedly whispered something into the President’s ear. Salivating at the prospect of making Obama look bad, Trump decided to run with it, then was hit with the truth and fumbled.
A Google search instantly reveals that the two most recent Presidents — Barack Obama and George W. Bush contacted Gold Star families thousands of times during their respective administrations. Between 2002 and 2015, countless phone calls were made directly from the Oval Office. Signed letters on presidential stationary were written, many with handwritten inscriptions directly from the commander-in-chief. Both former Presidents also made personal visits to the caskets of those who gave their lives. Innumerable conversations with surviving family members, many in private, are all a matter of the historical record.
No one sane would dare question this. No one.
Unfortunately, what’s also a matter of the historical record is Donald Trump’s spewing of lies to prop up his fragile ego. These lies aren’t sporadic, they’re a firestorm. Lies are told on any occasion, to everyone, at any time — about anything. His lies transcend simple misinterpretation and the occasional malapropism, which may be forgiven. Donald Trump’s lies are deliberate. They are intentional. They are calculated for a reason. They are targeted at dopes too lazy to do any fact-checking. They are feeble attempts to make himself seem as worthy as any of the men who preceded him in office, although by now it’s become painfully obvious the man-infant throwing twitter tantrums harbors some deeply-rooted inferiority issues.
Say what you want and believe what you will about President Barack Obama and his legacy. Petty partisan bickering becomes irrelevant here. What’s relevant is 2,500 service members were killed during Obama’s presidency and the fact that virtually all of those families were contacted in some way personally by the President — either by telephone or in writing (or both). President Obama visited military hospitals at least two dozen times during his eight years in office. He also paid visits to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to honor soldiers who returned in flag-draped coffins.
Say what you want and believe what you will about President George W. Bush and his legacy. Again, petty partisan bickering becomes irrelevant here. What’s relevant is 6,700 service members were killed during Bush’s presidency and the fact that virtually all of those families were contacted in some way personally by the President — either by telephone or in writing (or both). President Bush visited military hospitals at least two dozen times during his eight years in office. He also paid visits to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to honor soldiers who returned in flag-draped coffins.
Trump lied about Obama. Trump lied about Bush. Because he’s mean and vicious and vindictive. He’s an ugly President and an even uglier person.
Lack of human compassion is a serious problem. Willful disregard of truth is an even bigger problem. But this single-minded obsession with Obama is sick. Compulsively determined to undo every single act over the previous eight years, Trump is a wrecking ball swinging in every direction. Fortunately, Hoover Dam wasn’t built on Obama’s watch, so that government program won’t get blown up. Everything else signed into law by Obama has a bullseye and Trump is aiming a bump stock.
Indeed, a more grave concern than Trump’s lack of personal empathy for anyone other than himself is a character flaw that’s been unmasked on multiple occasions. His self-imposed confinement within an isolation chamber of willful ignorance has become frightening. If Trump really believed in his own warped mind that former Presidents didn’t bother to contact families of the fallen, then he should have been set straight immediately by someone working on his staff. Then, he should have been man enough to acknowledge his public misstatement and apologize to the good men who preceded him in office. Such action would have quickly defused yet another ugly mess. But Trump didn’t do that. He wouldn’t do that. He never apologizes, nor corrects himself. Ever.
When asked if he plans to make phone calls or write letters to the families who four soldiers killed on duty in Niger, Trump replied, “I’ve written them personal letters. They’ve been sent or they’re going out tonight — but they were written during the weekend.”
They’re going out tonight. Nice. Thanks for the sacrifice, Mr. President.
It’s been two weeks since the soldiers died.
To be fair, being President is a very busy job. Perhaps Trump didn’t have time until this past weekend to compose letters that might be of some solace and comfort to those who suffered an unbearable loss. Writing to the families of the dead isn’t easy. Making phone calls and speaking with people who are crying is even harder. But each of his predeccesors wrote thousands of personalized letters. Both of his predeccesors made an incalculable number of painful phone calls.
Meanwhile, within just the past two weeks, since those brave soldiers died, Trump actions reveal he was preoccupied with far more pressing personal concerns. Trump’s wasted countless hours obsessing over the behavior of football players. He tweeted on multiple occasions promoting some horrid Fox television show called “Judge Jeanine.” He visited his golf resort in Sterling, VA — five times.