Today, President Trump demonstrated once again that he is a creature utterly devoid of empathy and even basic social skills.
As usual, Children were invited to the White House to participate in the annual Easter Egg Roll. Unfortunately for them, before they could have their fun they were subjected to one of Trump’s trademark rambling speeches, which started with him describing the White House as “this incredible house, or building, or whatever you want to call it because there really is no name for it.” (Video below.)
“We keep it in tip-top shape, we call it sometimes tippy-top shape,” he continued, perhaps trying to appeal to the children.
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If the president was trying to talk to the kids there, the effort was short-lived.
The president then rambled about the economy to the children, before pivoting to his talking points about military strength and funding:
President Trump touts the economy and the military at the annual White House Easter egg roll https://t.co/8hEYKAaKXx
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 2, 2018
The speech was reminiscent of the time Trump spoke to the Boy Scouts and attacked Hillary Clinton and the “fake news media” in an authoritarian spectacle that forced the head of the Boy Scouts to apologize.
After his speech, while signing autographs to kids, Trump was asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta about America’s Dreamers — 700,000 young adults brought to America as children, now threatened with deportation after Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
Trump took the opportunity to rail against Democrats amidst the sea of children. This despite the facts that Trump himself unilaterally ended DACA and every Democrat in Congress supports protecting Dreamers from deportation.
Asked about Dreamers at the White House Easter Egg Roll, Pres. Trump says, “The Democrats have really let them down…and now people are taking advantage of DACA, and that’s a shame.” https://t.co/BnBkRTeVNc pic.twitter.com/2EHnfKuVGm
— ABC News (@ABC) April 3, 2018
This behavior may be seen as simply par for the course in modern American politics. But let’s all remember that it doesn’t have to be this way, and it wasn’t that long ago, that the White House was a very different place. More importantly, if we make sure to vote — not just in 2020 but in every single election — it can be again.
Here’s to Easters past and Easters yet to come: