One result of Donald Trump boorishness is how much his coarseness has brought out into the open those ugly aspects of the nation’s psyche that had formerly been hidden. Thanks to Trump, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, racists, misogynists, homophobes, transphobes, and xenophobes have felt emboldened to strut their stuff in public.
Now his calling a sports figure who kneeled in protest during the national anthem a ‘son of a bitch’ has opened the door to prominent people calling him names in return. There was Kim Jong-un calling him a ‘deranged dotard’. Then came LeBron James with his now famous tweet that referred to him as ‘U bum’. Now we have another athlete calling him an ‘asshole’, a label that Seth Meyers has endorsed. The floodgates are now open.