I spent most of the day thinking the whole world had gone mad over the moment in the speech to the joint session of Congress when DJT acknowledged Carryn Owens, the young widow of the Navy Seal who died in the first military operation of the Minority President’s regime.
Media types whom I hoped had better sense were treating it like some kind of epic moment in presidential speechmaking.
Van Jones lost his mind, and his over the top praise was immediately tweeted out by AC360 and breathlessly retweeted by Jake Tapper (and here I thought Jake Tapper was finally beginning to purchase a clue...).
Katy Tur sent out a bizarre and contradictory set of tweets but the first one set the wrong tone:
What the actual F?
When I finally saw the clip my jaw was hanging open.
This poor woman’s grief was being milked for all it was worth.
The proof that DJT stood there BIRGing? He TIMED THE APPLAUSE. And then HAD to mention it!
We know perfectly well that he doesn’t give a good gawd damn about other people getting enthusiastic applause. He timed that applause because his BIRGing mind found a way to make the applause about HIM:
“Well, it was applause during my speech, and it set a record for most applause given a grieving widow at a joint session of Congress, and I was the one who invited her here, so in a way the applause was for me and my speech! Ryan got record applause because of me! Applause is good! Yay for the record!”
BIRG is short for “basking in reflected glory”, and when the Neediest Person In the World can’t get adulation in his own right he is happy to feast off the respect that someone else is getting.
Just when I thought the world turned upside down, I finally saw Pollwatcher’s diary with the Brandon Friedman tweet that reassured me I was not in fact losing my mind:
Someone in another diary asked why she would let herself be used in that manner, and I tried very hard to come up with some reasonable reasons why someone whose grief was understandably still very raw would allow her emotions to be milked so the Toddler-in-Chief could get an extra swig out of the bottle.
It has been suggested that she just wanted to draw attention to the sacrifices of military families, but she didn’t need to go to the speech in order to do that.
She didn’t need to allow the #worstpresidentever to exploit her tears in order to do that.
Any media outlet in the country would have given her an opportunity to do that. Every single major television network would have gladly given her the opportunity to do that.
And in her own words, not his.
Or if she is not a public speaking type, in the words of someone speaking for her who can speak more eloquently and honestly on the topic than DJT (which is, um, anybody else in the world).
Let’s remember this man was so unconcerned about her husband's life being at stake that he didn’t have the hour-long attention span to stay in the Situation Room during his very first time sending men into harm’s way as POTUS*.
Then he tried to blame the military, Barack Obama, and anyone else he could think of for why things went wrong.
Then he tried to claim nothing had gone wrong and the mission was a success that got lots of information.
Does anyone believe that?
She allowed herself to be used by him. I am trying to give her the benefit of the doubt and think of reasonable reasons why.
But wanting to call attention to the sacrifices of military families could have been accomplished in a dozen more honorable ways that would not involve DJT basking in her reflected glory and feeding off the applause for her grief.
I do not have a word to describe how maggoty gross that is.
Previous TRUE BLUE REPORT diaries
Feb 28: Spinspotting 101: Special Prosecutor for what? It’s so easy to answer that question
Feb 27: Spinspotting 101: I’ve seen no evidence because I haven’t looked for any evidence!
Feb 26: If Neil Gorsuch were a man of integrity, he would decline the S.Ct. appointment
Feb 25: True Blue Ribbons: Russia Flag trolling, Dixie Swastika grabbing, District Days demonstrating
Feb 24: There is no such thing as a compassionate conservative
Feb 23: Chief of Staff, Nat’l Security Advisor, GOP Head, President Bannon—too many hats!
Feb 22: DJT has a few questions for you—SMURF THIS POLL!
Feb 21: The end of “access journalism” means it’s time to #sendtheinterns
Feb 20: KAC lying low for now… can we banish her (and all her ilk) from the airwaves completely?
Feb 19: DeVos cartoon, Ruby Bridges, unearned unhappiness and childlike faith
Feb 18: Blue Ribbon Winners—Vice Adm. Harward, Melissa McCarthy, and intel whistleblowers
Feb 17: And Ain’t I an American?
Feb 16: Please tell your family and friends—If you regret your DJT vote, speak up NOW
Feb 15: R-supported forced childbirth laws deny the autonomy of women
Feb 14: What did the president know? Everything. When did he know it? From the beginning.
Feb 13: Coping with The Madness of King Donald by hoping political comedy will save us
Feb 12: The Poverty and Justice Bible
Feb 11: Blue Ribbon Winners: Swastika removers, Ninth Circuit Panel, and the Persisterhood!
Feb 10: The first three words of the Constitution are “We, the People” not “I, the President”
Feb 9: Who first inspired your political activism? Who inspires you now?
Feb 8: We cannot and will not be silenced—Here’s what to do if they try to silence you
Feb 7: Plain Talk Tuesday: Tell people the Affordable Care Act is the same as OBAMACARE
Feb 6: Interview Skills 101—Internalized oppression and what Ryan Lizza did right. BRAVO!
Feb 5: These protest signs with Bible cites will confuse and befuddle RWNJs
Feb 4: Blue Ribbon Winners: Temple B’Nai Israel, Judge Robart, CNN, Senate Phone Callers
Feb 3: Not rich, not smart, not a good businessman, not a winner—DJT is NOTHING he claims to be
Feb 2: Thursday action—Encouragement, thanks, and apologies (pick one or more)
Feb 1: July 7, 2009 to August 25, 2009 and September 25, 2009 to February 4, 2010
Jan 31: If you’re on overload that’s part of their plan—there’s more than one way to #resist
Jan 30: Interview Skills 101 for reporters attempting to interview KAC and other Rcons
Jan 29: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness
Jan 28: Blue Ribbon Winners: Women's March participants and #NoMuslimBan demonstrators and...
Jan 27: I wish Steve Bannon would tell me to keep my mouth shut
Jan 26: Thursday Action—Have you ever written a letter to the editor? Here’s how to start
Jan 25: The Asch Conformity Study, inauguration crowds, and the importance of speaking out
Jan 24: #ResistTrumpTuesday—good news day or another paying dues day?
Jan 23: Spy the Lie 101: How to enjoy watching Rcon spokesbot interviews, even KAC!
Jan 22: Why I prayed for the President* today
Jan 21: The only silver lining in the midst of these clouds
Inaugural (!) diary: Stop expecting Republicons to make sense