Now, all y’all know I was not, and am not, a fan of Trump’s. I thought there were a lot of other candidates far more qualified and of sounder temperament to run the country than a reality star with a host of sordid tales regarding his behavior floating around. His mercurial reactions to anything he viewed as an insult, even if it was a direct response to something he said first, concerned me a great deal then, and still.
Yes, I had grave concerns about the potential of Trump Presidency then, and still some now (like inviting Abbas, the leader of Palestine, to the White House, the man who claimed tat Palestinians “will never recognize Israel“).
But all that said, when I saw this Matt Vespa headline at Townhall, I could scarcely believe believe my eyes: “Halperin: People Have Told Me That Trump’s Win Was The Worst Event In Their Lives. Did They Forget 9/11?”
Matt Vespa referenced this article in the Daily Caller that had the story:
“Outside of the Civil War, World War II, and including 9/11, this may be the most cataclysmic event the country has ever seen,” Halperin said on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday, appearing with collaborator John Heilemann.
“I don’t want to minimize the loss of life in 9/11, and in the wars,” Halperin said. “Obviously that is beyond anything that has happened. But if you think of how this has convulsed the country — More than half of the country that voted against him and is upset about his being president — it’s self inflicted.”
Halperin commented on the divide between how Trump supporters and others in the country view the new administration. “I’ve traveled a lot since [Trump] got elected and there are people who are hopeful, and optimistic, and really think this is the kind of change we need. And there are adults who say to me, ‘This is the worst thing that’s happened to me in my life.’”
Are you freakin’ kidding me with this? I mean, come on – I am no fan of Trump’s by any stretch, but seriously, people – try a little PERSPECTIVE. Wow. “Cataclysmic”? “Worst thing that’s happened” to people who lived through 9/11? Are you SERIOUS??? Electing a man who may well be a charlatan is WORSE than a terrorist attack that had clearly been in the works for years?? For REAL??? I swear to God, people have just lost the edge of reason.
Halperin had a bit more to say about Trump in the Daily Caller piece:
“Every new administration is chaotic,” Halperin said, when Colbert asked if the administration has more policy-oriented work happening below the fervor of news headlines.
“It’s not as chaotic as it seems, but make no mistake, at the top of this pyramid is Donald Trump. And he throughout his career has thrived on chaos and a management style that is unorthodox.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I am sure that is true about every new Administration, and liberals would do well to remember that. They continue to act like Obama’s reign was all unicorns and rainbows. Far from it, though you would NEVER know that now.
But it is a bit, um, ironic, that people like Halperin are so apoplectic about a man who not that long ago stated that he “probably identif(ies) more as a Democrat…” I doubt the Clintons were all freaking out about him and how “unorthodox” his “style” was when Trump invited them to his wedding, WHICH THEY ATTENDED. We have all seen this photo by now:
I mean, really – do either one of the Clintons look like they are there against their will?? Uh, yeah, no. They all look pretty happy to be there with The Donald and his new bride.
That is all to say, it is a little hard to take Halperin so seriously NOW considering how Democrats seemed to think Trump was A-Okay when he was ONE OF THEIR OWN.
Regardless of Trump’s affiliations then, or how whackadoodle many of us found him to be (clearly, not the majority), these exceedingly over-the-top reactions to Trump’s being the President are just hysterical, and I don’t mean as in “funny.” I mean as in, “these people have lost the edge and need to get a damn grip on reality already.”
And not for nothing, but Democrats did not come out and vote in sufficient numbers to win in November. Moreover, in many open primary states, they voted for Trump to stack the deck so he would be the Republican nominee.
They also were acting in such an echo chamber (courtesy of their media lapdogs) which proclaimed everything Obama did was FABULOUS, thus not hearing the many voices of all the people in the nation who were struggling to put food on their tables, and who were struggling in general. The bottom line is this: Democrats/liberals truly have no one to blame but THEMSELVES for their own actions, and their choice of nominee. No one else but themselves to blame. So suck it up already and stop WHINING already. Sheesh.
Honestly – worse than 9/11? I don’t think so. That some of them say this says a whole lot about how much liberals and the media have ratcheted up the vitriol regarding this man. Trump is just a man, after all, and even though the Democrats and Republicans didn’t exercise a whole lot of checks and balances on the last President, those checks and balances are still there. The Constitution provides them to the Congress, so they can keep a close eye on Trump should he start to stray outside the lines.
In the meantime, the people to whom Halperin referred need to take a Xanax or something. At the very least, they need to take a walk through the 9/11 Museum in New York City or at the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon (pictured at left) or in Pennsylvania, or go look at the Vietnam War Wall Memorial in DC or go to Honolulu and check out the USS Arizona Memorial, or go to the Holocaust Museum in DC to get just a little perspective on the impact of Trump as the President of the United States compared to some of the events this nation has seen or in which we have participated. Seriously.
That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.