Before arriving in London, Trump set the tone. He mocked the town’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, as brief. It was a tweet in step with the president’s signature stunt as schoolyard bully. Khan, who had criticized “rolling out the red carpet” for Trump, responded by evaluating the president to an 11-year-old.
This was beneficiant. Most Eight-year-olds know higher.
Of course Khan — the brown Muslim son of a bus driver, self-made man — would get beneath the pores and skin of a person like Trump, who was born on third base and imbibed his reflexive racism within the household actual property enterprise.
Khan referred to as Trump’s insurance policies — on the reproductive rights of ladies, on immigrant kids on the Mexican border, on “amplifying messages from racists” — the antithesis of Londoners’ values and “abhorrent.” In response, Trump tweeted that Khan was as unhealthy because the “very dumb” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, “only half his height.”
There is one thing so disturbing a few very small man like Trump impugning the peak of the mayor of the good worldwide metropolis he’s visiting that even 28 months of progressive inurement to his outrages feels insufficient.
America is a lot better than this, a lot better than an American president who, because the cartoonist Dave Granlund instructed, most likely thinks the D in D-Day stands for Donald and spends the evening of the commemoration trashing Bette Midler on Twitter.
As for the Republican Party, don’t get me began. To get better its bearings the G.O.P. would do properly to recall one in all its personal, Eisenhower, who in that very same 20th-anniversary interview stated that America and its allies stormed the Normandy seashores “for one purpose only.”
It was to not “fulfill any ambitions that America had for conquest.” No, it was “just to preserve freedom, systems of self-government in the world.” It was an act, in different phrases, in keeping with the very best beliefs of the American concept that Trump and his Republican enablers appear so intent on eviscerating.
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