Demented Donald and the first “debate”

After the first “debate”...why would ANYONE support this guy?

How can Trump's supporters not be embarrassed? Seriously. Even if I liked Donald J. Trump---which I don’t---I’d be reluctant to admit it to anyone after seeing last night’s debate. More than just embarrassed, I’d be deeply ashamed. Mortified. Sickened. Disgusted.

And if you’re a Trump supporter and you’re NOT feeling this way, or something close to it then you need to take a long, close-up look in the nearest mirror. And ask yourself what you’ve become over these past few years.

This debate---in microcosm---highlighted everything that is wrong with this person who currently occupies our White House; his bullying, obnoxiousness, stupidity, mendacity, derangement, racism, misogyny, shouting over people, attacking someone’s dead family members, and on and on and on. It was all there on display last night. And it was horrifying. And it raises the question of WHO could still vote for this vile, despicable man.

Trump’s debate debacle was the “cherry on top” for September---a month of very serious and revolting revelations about this man. Among many other things this month we learned:

  • That Trump knew all about the extreme dangers of the deadly coronavirus and that he was on tape, more than once, admitting it, fearing it, worrying about it; but that in public he assured us it was nothing to be concerned about. And less than a month later he called the coronavirus a “hoax” made up to hurt his re-election campaign.

  • That Trump mocked and ridiculed American servicemen and women and veterans, calling them “suckers” and “losers” and smirking at their service to our nation.

  • That Trump also went further with his slanders against our nation’s military, saying "My fucking generals are a bunch of pussies. They care more about their alliances than they do about trade deals."

  • That yet another woman has come forward, publicly, to accuse Trump of sexual assault. This brings the total of women who have accused Donald Trump of rape or sexual assault to 26---a number that is increasingly harder to ignore. And more women may yet come forward in the weeks to come.

  • That Trump’s tax returns---which were reported on, in detail, by the New York Times---reveal that he is far from a billionaire, that he blew not only the $400 million given to him years ago by his daddy, but that he also blew another $427 million that he made from “The Apprentice”---the reality game show that apparently saved him from personal bankruptcy in the early 2000’s.

  • That Trump’s tax returns also show that he only paid $750 in total taxes for both 2016 and 2017. His taxes also reveal that he paid his daughter roughly 3/4 of a million dollars for “consulting expenses” which he claimed as a business expense and that during the years he was submitting documents to his lenders, claiming he was flush with cash, he was actually broke.

  • That Trump’s overt and vicious racism has been rampant for years. Even before becoming president, Trump was dismissive of minorities, describing them as “not my people.” “I will never get the Hispanic vote,” Cohen recounts Trump claiming. “Like the blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump.”

  • That Trump also was incredulous after Barack Obama won the presidential election in 2008, declaring, "Tell me one country run by a black person that isn't a sh-thole...They are all complete f-cking toilets.” Trump also despised South African President Nelson Mandela and praised South Africa’s apartheid-era White rule, saying: “Mandela f---ed the whole country up. Now it’s a s---hole. F--- Mandela. He was no leader.”

And that’s not nearly all of it. But it’s enough to reinforce everything we’ve known and suspected about Donald Trump for a long, long time.

Tuesday’s debate really will go down as another American "date which will live in infamy." But this time it will be a tragedy that was more than the destruction of our naval defenses and the murder of innocents; it will always be remembered as the day when our national norms of decency, respect, civilized behavior and adherence to the values that make us one nation, indivisible, were kicked across the dais and spit upon by what his opponent accurately described as the worst president America has ever had.

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