For the previous week there was an embarrassing parade of self-congratulatory spectacles staged by Donald Trump. The devastation brought on in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey has created plentiful alternatives for Trump to exalt himself. That exaltation is available in many types.
Trump praises himself
The President has managed to look pensive in an array of photograph-ops. He has learn statements ready for him that appear virtually giddy that he’s presiding over probably the most “bigly” hurricane ever. He lied about “witnessing first hand the horror & devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey.” And he’s spent extra time bragging about his catastrophe response than comforting victims.
Trump additionally pledged one million dollars for aid efforts, however hasn’t disclosed the place it is going to go or whether or not it should even come from his personal funds. Word that this alleged billionaire regards one million dollars as sufficiently beneficiant. A couple of years in the past he provided 5 million for Obama’s start certificates. Non-billionaires Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ellen Degeneres donated the identical quantity. Whereas fellow billionaire Michael Dell ponied up $36 million. And Trump’s document on holding his pledges is spotty at greatest. He did not pay up for veterans till he was publicly shamed. And victims of Hurricane Sandy are nonetheless ready for the aid they have been promised.
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On Thursday Trump went earlier than the cameras once more to signal a declaration for a “Day of Prayer” on behalf of the these impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The ceremony featured the President studying from notes whereas sitting in entrance of a gaggle of “religion based mostly individuals.” His remarks have been full of compulsory condolences and assurances that we’ll get by means of this collectively. After which he stated this (video under):
“We’re going to be signing a ‘Day of Prayer,’ and that’ll be on Sunday. It’s gonna be a really big day. I don’t know when this was completed final, however it’s been a very long time in the past. Is that a right assertion? Sure, it’s been a very long time in the past. So I’m gonna signal it after which a number of of the parents will say a number of phrases.”
For the report, Trump’s “very long time in the past” is a blatant lie. The newest in greater than a thousand he has advised since his inauguration. The final time there was such a prayer declaration was just one yr in the past. It was made by President Obama. Trump’s dismissal of that reality is typical of his malignant narcissism. What’s extra, it squares together with his obsession to belittle his arch-nemesis, Barack Obama. The previous president stays much more in style than the present one and has a legacy of accomplishment that may put Trump to disgrace, if that have been attainable.
Mendacity about Obama
So whereas signing this declaration, Trump additionally lied about his position and that of his predecessor. The Ninth Commandment, for many who haven’t already Googled it, prohibits bearing false witness. Which is exactly what the President…