The newspaper USA Today, as bland and mainstream a newspaper as you can get, let loose with an editorial on Monday that was shocking because it told the truth about Donald Trump in unvarnished terms. The editorial was prompted by Trump issuing a tweet against senator Kirstin Gillibrand who had called on him to resign because of the many credible sexual abuse allegations against him.
Trump tweeted in response: “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
The parenthetical phrase “(and would do anything for them)” was widely interpreted as suggesting that she would be willing to give sexual favors in return for a campaign donation, and it has revolted even people who have become somewhat blasé about Trump’s gutter mentality.
Here’s a sample of what the editorial said.
With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.
And as is the case with all of Trump’s digital provocations, the president’s words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment.
A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush. [My italics-MS]
Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.
It is a shock that only six Democratic senators are calling for our unstable president to resign.
The suggestion that a white supremacist sympathizer like Trump is not fit to clean the toilets of a black man has got to sting him and his supporters. Let’s see what Trump tweets in response. On second thoughts, let’s not see it.
Here’s Stephen Colbert on Trump’s tweets.