It is truly stunning how President Trump so easily crosses all the boundaries of appropriateness and respectability at the press of a button. Always happy to promote the latest trite propaganda book that his sycophantic supporters seemingly churn out on a weekly basis, the president provoked outrage tonight when he tweeted about a book comparing the 2016 election to the September 11th terror attacks.
“After The Flight 93 Election, The Vote That Saved America – And What We Still Have To Lose,” by very talented Michael Anton, is a terrific read. Check it out!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2019
The “Flight 93 election” is originally an essay published in September 2016 by Michael Anton under the eye-rollingly pretentious pseudonym of “Publius Decius Mus.” The original essay was described as a “nasty piece of hackwork” by the Washington Post’s Daniel Drezner. Since it’s similarly titled, we can assume that the book follows the same premise and compares the potential election of Hillary Clinton to the murder of over 3,000 Americans and the destruction of the World Trade Center and emphasizes the need for the nation to “charge the cabin” by electing Donald Trump.
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It’s obvious that Trump hasn’t read the book and has no idea what it’s about, since the original premise of the “Flight 93” essay was not particularly kind to him either. “To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances” wrote Anton.
A notorious racist who opposes the idea of birthright citizenship, Anton was rewarded for his preposterous screed with a position on the National Security Council, which he held until resigning in April 2018 when John Bolton became the National Security Advisor.
It will come as no surprise that according to Drezner, Anton is actually not very talented at all and is just another of the omnipresent upwards-failing degenerate scumbags that populate the right-wing, putting hoods on their bigotry and masquerading as “foreign policy experts” and “intellectuals:”
“Anton’s foreign policy musings were not nearly as interesting as some would have you believe. Anton specialized in attacking the liberal international order. He had no alternatives to offer, or any viable solution to fixing its problem. The best one can say is that he made an effort.”
Trump has never been particularly sensitive to the mass murder of thousands of his fellow New Yorkers, having exploited the occasion to brag about how he had the tallest building in New York after the towers fell and to promote racist conspiracy theories about Muslims.
But for him to compare his electoral college victory to the worst terror attack in our nation’s history just to promote an offensive book by some racist loser is repulsive on every level.
The only possible appropriate comparison is to recognize that the election of Donald Trump was a deeply traumatic event that led to the needless deaths of thousands of Americans and will change the United States forever.