White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Thursday morning and defended the president and his use of the term “human scum” in a tweet to describe Never-Trumpers.
Epithets like that, to be sure, are usually reserved for the worst of the worst people.
Those are the people who plumb the depths of debased behavior, seeking to benefit from the horrible chaos or negative consequences that emanate from their twisted actions.
Those who intentionally sell out their principles for acceptance by a grasping coterie of malcontents make the grade, as do individuals who put their own egos above what is good for their community or their country.
Given those parameters — how do Never-Trumpers not qualify?
The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019
It was that simple, albeit candid, point that the president made yesterday.
For all the hubbub, you’d think he’d done far, far worse.
Think of the things other prominent politicians have done of late (or been shown to have done) and gotten away with it all — wearing blackface, anyone? Oh, apparently you can get away with that these days. But labeling some people, respective of their actions, by the proper moniker is cause for worry? Not quite.
Grisham gets that; and when asked by a Fox co-host whether the president regretted using the phrase, she responded, “No, no, he shouldn’t.”
She knows her boss.
Grisham continued, “The people who are against him and who have been against him and working against him since the day they took office are just that. It is horrible that people are working against a president who’s delivering results for this country and has been since day one.”
She added, “And the fact that people continue to try to negate anything that he’s doing and take away from the good work he’s doing on behalf of the American people — they deserve strong language like that.”
You can guess what the Dems have said about the president’s choice of rhetoric.
One GOP congressman who is no Never-Trumper and is in fact a supporter of President Trump, however, indirectly castigated the chief executive as well.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) commented, “To call anybody human scum is beneath the office of the presidency … You have different standards.”
With all due respect to the congressman, does he know a jot about presidential history? The effete language standards Kinzinger describes would be news to, at least, Andrew Jackson, Harry Truman, and Richard Nixon. Those men got their point across directly, regardless of hurt feelings.
Yes, they served in different times and yes, much of their salty verbiage was expressed in private. This president is frank enough to do it in public. Should he be faulted for an overage of candor — or should he smile and purr in public while clutching the back alley stiletto in private, as do many in D.C.?
There are some in Washington who are so comfortable with the hypocritical niceties of certain political debate that it shocks them when someone says exactly what he means without the varnish of soothing platitudes or convenient pieties.
This president, whose pugilistic personality was well-known before he was elected, specializes in that.
It is not only somewhat entertaining; it is more than occasionally edifying.
Grisham also pointed out this morning, “And I just want to talk to the people of this country … He is out there working on behalf of them and trying to do the best to make their lives better and this is the kind of thing he’s fighting all the while,” she added, referring to the anti-Trump deep state and others within the government who fight this president at every turn — and who did so even before he stepped foot in the White House.
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