That skeevy grifter squatting in the Oval Office made a bad move Monday. Whatever your personal views of John McCain, negative or positive, Donald Trump’s pathetic refusal to order the flags at the White House lowered back to half-staff was a PR screw-up. And simultaneously another example of how The Don repeatedly confuses the office of the presidency with himself. L’etat est lui. In Trump’s mind, everything is always about Me, Myself, and I.
Thus did the death of a man widely admired even by some people who ferociously opposed his politics turn what has traditionally been a moment of national respect into a jaw-dropping, gobsmacking, witless display of the supposedly media-savvy “leader of the free world” slicing off his nose to spite his face.
When that flag goes back up to full staff after McCain is interred Sunday, perhaps one of the top aides who had such a difficult time getting Trump to budge on the matter will hoist it the way it appears above, the signal of dire distress to let the resistance know there’s support in the inner circle for chucking this guy.
Yes, I know, total fantasy. Get real.
There is a good reason for that flag to be inverted as the Mueller vise tightens around this reckless, ruthless, graceless, impulsive, unraveling man and his horrid little family—the trash of the oligarchy. We know how wounded badgers respond. Trump is a bit more unpredictable.
This adolescent playing-out of Trump’s McCain grudge on the national stage—while much of America is on vacation—will not change many red votes to blue come November. There is, after all, a hard core of people still mesmerized by this predatory charlatan 19 months into his term.
True, the flag affair gave those of them who saw it a glimpse into the consequences of his heartless insistence on making everything personal. But why would yet another exhibit of his relentlessly dreadful behavior lead to any change of mind among people who are glad that Trump wants to grab women by their reproductive organs and curb their reproductive rights, separate children from their undocumented parents, burn more not less fossil fuel, incite violence with the fuel of white supremacist hatred, play a checkers version of the Gilded Age in an era of Go economics, and make half-assed threats of nuclear annihilation? These supporters aren’t going to go all twitchy just because Trump has behaved like Trump. Candidates he endorses or endorse him are going to get these supporters’ votes no matter what. He could nuke San Francisco and some of them would cheer him on.
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