The president of the United States put his self-obsession on full display this morning when he nearly sprinted up the steps to Air Force One in the freezing wind, leaving his wife Melania shivering alone on the tarmac as they boarded the jet in order to travel to the funeral of notorious bigot and radical Christian cleric Billy Graham.
Pres. Trump and the First Lady board Air Force One at Dulles International Airport in preparation to depart for Rev. Billy Graham's funeral in Charlotte, North Carolina. https://t.co/ocOqjmeBwd pic.twitter.com/v2ttKDlnA6
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 2, 2018
This is only the latest in series of public displays of marital trouble between our nation’s First Couple; the First Lady has refused to hold the President’s hand in public several times previously and the President himself has left her alone on the tarmac on multiple occasions, their relationship constantly battered by the steady stream of humiliating reports of the President’s past infidelities and the dozens of sexual assault allegations that have been levelled against him.
While the personal issues of two consenting adults are their business and their business alone, the irony of a President representing the “family values” party failing to show his wife even the most basic of common courtesies is very rich indeed.
Of course, President Trump has made it very clear in the past that he views women as sexual objects whose value is concentrated solely in their physical appearance and exist only for his personal pleasure, so it’s not too much of a surprise to see him treat his wife so poorly – but that doesn’t make it any less disgraceful.