It shouldn’t surprise anyone at this point that Donald Trump continues to sink lower and lower in terms of the depths of his unpresidential behavior. After all, Trump ran on a platform that appealed to people whose primary goal was to piss off half of America, and he’s got an even better track record than that — he’s pissed off most of the WORLD. To his base, Donald Trump is like an idol. They aspire to be like him, and even when he does or says the seemingly inexcusable, they find a way to not just forgive him but praise him for it.
But these folks weren’t always just Trump fans — most of them were at one point just plain Republicans.
I wonder, then, how they might feel about him trash-talking a conservative icon during a rally in Montana Thursday night, for no apparent reason other than to make fun of an old man. Bearing in mind that this crop of Trumpublicans was outraged by anyone who dared not to show anything but the utmost respect for Barbara Bush when she passed away in April, one might even think that listening to the president mock 94-year-old George H. W. Bush would set off their snowflake meters — but that’s not apparently the case.
After tearing into the usual targets of his childish rage — Elizabeth Warren, John McCain, and anyone who hasn’t absolutely supplicated themselves to him — Trump lit into the Republican legend, who served as a Congressman, the UN Ambassador, the head of the Republican National Committee, the Director of the CIA, Vice President to Ronald Reagan, and finally as President himself.
“You know all of the rhetoric you see. ‘Thousand points of light.’ What the hell was that by the way?”
“Thousand points of light. What does that mean? I know one thing. Make America Great Again we understand. Putting America first we understand. Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one. What the hell is that? Has anyone ever figured that one out? It was put out by a Republican wasn’t it.”
Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary of the elder Bush’s son from inauguration day through the beginning of the Iraq War, took it rather personally. In fact, Ari’s response was what you might hope other Republicans would feel when they hear Trump needlessly making fun of a man who just lost his wife and had a grave medical scare himself.
This is so uncalled for. Going after a 94-year-old, former President’s promotion of volunteerism. I don’t mind potus being a fighter. I do mind him being rude. https://t.co/Hr0d20Wuzz
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) July 6, 2018
Being a close personal friend of the entire Bush clan, Fleischer of course knows exactly what “a thousand points of light” was referring to — it was the efforts of youth clubs and volunteer organizations that Bush saw as “brilliant diversity” that was “spread like stars” and held the key to peace and unity in America.
Definitely not something Trump would understand.
Watch the clip of Trump’s mean-spirited mockery here:
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