Something Wrong with Trump: The Insulting Names Are No Longer Welcome

Philip Giraldi — Strategic Review May 16, 2019

Remaining promoters of the concept of Donald Trump as President of the United States cite the fact that he has started no new shooting wars while Russiagate has turned out to be a flop and the economy seems to be doing well. He also seems serious about leaving Syria and Afghanistan, though those initiatives are currently on hold pending the approval of his consigliere “Defender of Israel” award winner John Bolton.

The Trump supporters however choose to ignore that the president has been unable to secure the southern border, which was a significant campaign pledge, and has initiated a series of trade and economic wars supplemented by a heavy dose of sanctions that have possibly killed more people and destroyed more American jobs collaterally than if he deliberately gone out and sought to do so. And also on his watch relations with Russia, the most important country in the world with respect to national security, have gotten worse, not better. Far worse.

I voted for Trump because he was not Hillary Clinton and he presented himself as the peace and reconciliation candidate. Almost everyone I know from my national security and moderate conservative background did the same, but now few of those supporters are enthusiastic about Trump based on his record of war-crime cruise missile attacks on Syria and his shameful and never ending pandering to Israel, which has included withdrawal from a highly beneficial nuclear agreement coupled with almost weekly piling on Iran. Venezuela, which is a sideshow, has merely confirmed that the Trump Administration has a lot of loose cannons on deck and the least tethered of all just might be the president.

At this point, people I know are completely disillusioned by what is going on – or not going on – in the White House and would only vote for Trump if he again runs against Hillary in 2020. But that is a Clinton thing that actually has little to do with what Trump is or represents and it begs the question why America tends to produce such terrible presidential candidates.

Unfortunately, when one thinks about Donald Trump the words “boorish” and “uncouth” come immediately to mind, followed by “possibly insane.” Some observers suggest that the crudeness is a ploy on Trump’s part, the kind of language that his supporters expect, something that excites them, but I tend to think that he has lost more than he has gained by his demeanor. And then there is the tweeting. It is so far beneath the dignity of the office that Trump holds to tweet insults far and wide that it is difficult to imagine what he thinks he gains by doing it. It is perhaps an indication that his self esteem is so fragile that he has to be on the attack constantly and his chosen method for dealing with critics is ridicule.

A recent Trump target was putative Democratic presidential candidate Pete Butteig, whom he nicknamed Alred E. Neuman, Mad Magazine’s perennial cover nerd. In an interview, Trump declared to Politico that “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” an insult presumably based on Trump’s assessment of Buttigieg’s appearance. Buttigieg, for his part, did not know who Neuman was as the “What, me worry?” boy was a humor magazine staple well-known half a century ago in the 1960s and 1970s. He responded that he was “surprised” Trump wasn’t “spending more time trying to salvage this China deal.”

Donald Trump is much given to lashing out with insults to his opponents, but denigrating Buttigieg on his appearance, who, as mayor of South Bend Indiana, is only recently on the national political map, might be considered a new low. Other Democrats in Congress have been subjected to phrases like “pencil-neck” and have been derided for their height or physical appearance. Or for being stupid, which recalls Trump’s own assertions that he is a “very stable genius” and possibly the most brilliant of all presidents. And then there was the Pocahontas label attached to Senator Elizabeth Warren, though she probably in fact was somewhat deserving of a put down as she had clearly faked her native American roots for personal gain in academia.

Buttigieg, however, may be a fairly conventional liberal but he is not a lightweight. He is a genuinely religious former Rhodes scholar and Navy Reserve intelligence officer who actually served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Donald Trump famously avoided the draft for Vietnam in the nineteen-seventies because of an allegedly phony claim that he had “bone spurs.” The thrice married Trump once described how he had experienced his own “personal Vietnam” during the war by avoiding sexually transmitted diseases while sleeping with random women. “I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”

The point is that Donald Trump was elected because many American people realized that the Establishment politicians had failed them while other voters took his commitments to secure borders and a less aggressive foreign policy seriously. But his tweeting and insults plus his frequently unhinged assertions quite plausibly make him unworthy of the office he holds, regardless of whether it all amounts to an impeachable offense or not. Citizens entering the voting booth in 2020 should consider Trump’s character and demeanor as well as his record, such as it is, before casting their ballots.

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3 responses to “Something Wrong with Trump: The Insulting Names Are No Longer Welcome”

  1. I just hope that he is challenged at the primaries, and that his Republican oponent has the courage to direct some of the comments in this article at him.

    He should be deselected.

  2. Giraldi nails it here. I too voted for Trump because Hillary, a raving sociopath and traitor, was entirely unacceptable. I also somewhat bought into the belief Trump would be the reconciliation President, embrace the deal-maker he so touted himself to be be. I had hopes he would actually secure the border. I had hopes he would carry through with pulling out of the sickening, grossly unethical wars of aggression some of his unhinged predecessors so foolishly and recklessly started, wars that have bankrupted the United States both financially and morally. I hoped Trump would even carry it further and jail or execute some of those responsible. I hoped Trump would actually attempt to “drain the swamp”, I think many of us hoped that.

    But no, Trump reverted to his core behavior, as most do. Trump is a buffoon and a charlatan, a sleazy used car salesman mixed with a low-rate TV game sow host, and an intellectual and moral peon with glaring self-esteem issues.

    I knew we were fucked when he allowed Jared Kushner, the ridiculously smarmy hateful Chabad Lubavitcher, slither into the White House to shit all over the rugs. Kushner oozes sleaze and deceit like few others and I knew at that point Trump would be on his knees sucking jew/Israeli cock at every disturbing opportunity. I knew we were truly fucked when Trump allowed little John Bolton slither back onto the scene, to pollute all international relations and poison all hopes for ending the psychotic derangement of the wars of aggression. With that little shit-stain Bolton prancing around, a small man who has to find his suits in the children’s section of a department store, I knew it was gonna be go-time with Iran, for Israel’s sake of course, and that another big false flag in which more Americans would be murdered was just a matter of time.

    Let’s put the effort to “drain the swamp” back as a priority, draining Trump the Buffoon and his clown car of psychopaths with it.

  3. It simply doesn’t matter any more,Trump or a CFR lackey they’re all the same filth filling up a praise Israel trash can rotting in the sun by design. America is great because she is good when America ceases to be good she ceases to be great.