The choices we make

WASHINGTON — President Trump has denied a congresswoman’s account that he told a grieving soldier’s widow in a phone call that the soldier “knew what he signed up for,” saying on Wednesday that the Democratic representative’s description was “totally fabricated.”

Anything that illustrates a mistake, omission, or gaffe on Trump’s part (and yes, it’s hard to keep up with the overwhelming deluge of them) he attributes to fake news—a fabrication. As to whether the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson remembers the conversation accurately or not, we’ll never know,  but it’s easy for us to remember other possible fabricated expressions of sympathy:

About the hurricane damage:

“You knew what you signed up for when you chose to live in Puerto Rico.”

•About the absence of universal health care:

“You knew what you signed up for when you chose to get sick.”

•About police brutality and racial tension:

“You knew what you signed up for when you chose not to be white.”

•About the restrictions for LGBTQ community:

“You knew what you signed up for when you chose to be immoral.”

•About the new tax code:

“You knew what you signed up for when you chose to work for a living.”

•About the decision to let the Children’s Health Insurance Program lapse:

“You knew what you signed up for when you chose to ignore birth control.”

•About allowing employers to bypass coverage for contraception:

“You knew what you signed up for when you chose not to have children.”

•About the $40 billion-dollar wall:

“You knew what you signed up for when you chose to live next to Mexico.”

•About Russia:

“You knew what you signed up for when you chose to live next to Mexico.”

At this point the only thing I know we signed up for was allowing a morally bankrupt incompetent to run this country.

We all know what Trump is, but these days I feel more enmity toward the people who continue to defend and support him than I do toward Trump himself. The Republicans in Congress and the people who attend his rallies, the Vice-president who toadies at Trump’s behest, McConnell, Ryan, and Graham who know better but prostrate themselves before him, and the pseudo-patriotic and sanctimonious Americans who voted for him and would again—these are the people responsible.

In the end Trump is a type, nothing more. A wealthy, condescending egoist who, under ordinary circumstances, would exercise no effect on our lives. But those voters who put him there and those supporters who keep him—they’re the ones who must accept the censure now.

Unfair? No. They should know what they signed up for when they chose Donald Trump to lead them.

2 Replies to “The choices we make”

  1. He can’t even plausibly deny saying what was reported. It’s not like someone is trying to sully his reputation. He’s done that himself, over and over; that is if he ever had an unsullied reputation.

  2. And yet his own party remains fearful of him. Trump is like a nasty child whose parents never upbraid him: after a while you begin to blame the parents. I’ve reached that point. Unless we get those Republican enablers to accept some responsibility, nothing will improve.

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