Friday, June 3, 2016

Baby Trump

It's somebody else's fault.

That's practically the Trump mantra. Every time you turn around, there's Teh Donald, calling somebody a "disgrace" or a "sleaze" or, in his especially regressed moments, "a very bad person". These terrible people are the reason things have gone wrong in TrumpWorld.

Here's what he had to say about a judge hearing a case in which former students are suing Trump University:

Trump leveled a series of blows against [federal judge Gonzalo] Curiel. He called him “a hater of Donald Trump” and “very hostile” person who had “railroaded” him. He then taunted the judge, who has scheduled a trial for late November, after the election.

“I’ll be seeing you in November, either as president…” Trump said, trailing off. “I think Judge Curiel should be ashamed of himself. I think it’s a disgrace that he’s doing this.” Trump brought up Curiel’s ethnicity: “The judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican…I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump.”

It sounds like the case isn't going Trump's way. Who could have predicted that?

Set aside the lawsuit, though, and consider: when has Trump ever taken responsibility for anything?

He ain't perfect. He makes mistakes. Has he ever owned them?


Instead, he whines.

The judge in a case makes rulings adverse to him? Trump whines that the judge is a "hater". Trump brings up the judge's ethnicity as an unconcealed dog whistle to his followers, with the implied whine being, "He's Mexican, I've said things Mexicans don't like, so he's taking it out on me". Oh, wait, I missed a nuance: "... so he's taking it out on poor little me".

Kids say the darnedest things, but they're kids. They're young, they're ignorant of how adults behave. Adults who act like kids are not taken seriously — nor should they be.

Sometimes Trump followers make good points about what's wrong with the world. Those points, though, are easy to ignore when the messenger is so infantile. Rather than making the rest of us reconsider our perspective, he's poisoning the discussion.

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