President Trump’s false piety was on full display at yet another campaign rally today in Mosinee, Wisconsin.
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After a day in which multiple pipe bombs were delivered to senior figures on Trump’s Democratic party hit list, as well as his least favorite news network, CNN, the president tried to have his cake and eat it too, simultaneously decrying the bombing attempts and swearing to find the perpetrators, while blaming the media for inciting the violence by propagating “fake news.”
Trump’s speechwriters invented some reasonable sounding phrases for him to use to address the violent rogue GOP elephant in the room at the very beginning of the rally:
“Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself,” he bleated.
“No nation can succeed that tolerates violence or the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation, coercion or control. We all know that…We want ALL sides to come together in peace and harmony,” he said, contradicting the entire tenor of his presidency to date.
Unfortunately, Trump’s writers found it impossible to craft lines that didn’t remind everyone that the president himself was guilty of everything that he was hypocritically and ritually condemning. Thus the man who had recently labeled the Democrats as “evil” found himself uttering the words:
“Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.”
Just days after Trump characterized Democrats as an “angry mob,” he read these words unironically:
“No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains — which is done often…gotta stop. We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property
A right-wing Tea-hadist tries to kill multiple members of Congress and innocent journalists and Trump condemns people who call out his behavior as resembling that of a fascist dictator and who harass Republicans while they eat their dinner.
Trump then went on to blame the media itself for creating the violent atmosphere in the nation by spreading negative falsehoods about his administration.
“The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories. Have to do it,”
After his perfunctory and obligatory nod to the averted tragedy that the MAGA-bomber tried to initiate, Trump naturally went back to attacking Democrats before stopping to pat himself and his assembled supporters on the back for a second, telling the crowd:
“By the way, do you see how nice I’m behaving today?…Have you ever seen this? We’re all behaving very well. And hopefully we can keep it that way. We’re gonna keep it that way.”
Once he got the self-congratulations out of the way, Trump returned to his regularly scheduled broadcast of lies, broken promises, and what the Wisconsin farmers would recognize as a form of rich fertilizer in repeating his greatest rally hits with attacks on immigrants and Democrats, chants of “lock her up” and “build the wall” and imaginary middle class tax cuts.
With domestic terrorism from right-wing crazies growing into a large and frequent enough problem that its perpetrators are being dubbed “Vanilla Isis,” Trump’s feeble and insincere prepared remarks on today’s loathsome events ring as ineffective and perfunctory as Trump’s last date with Stormy Daniels.
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Original reporting by Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star.