If you were the biggest coward, fraud, and two-bit nothing in the entire history of your nation, and had somehow managed to flim-flam your way to the presidency (thereby revealing the demise of your nation), you would have to be gifted with some kind of genius at denying direct responsibility for…well, for your existence. Donald Trump is just such a “man,” and his unique genius for self-protection — the first and last instinct of every coward and fraud, of course — was on full display yet again this week, as it has been with remarkable consistency of late.
General James Mattis, Trump’s former secretary of defense, came out strongly in opposition to Trump’s handling of the current wave of protests. Here are a few of the highlights of his remarks in The Atlantic, just to give you the context:
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people – does not even pretend to try,” Mr. Mattis wrote in The Atlantic. “Instead, he tries to divide us.”
He continued: “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”
And also this, which I see as being the key question about this current situation, aside from the issue of Trump’s turd-brain:
“Never did I dream that troops… would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens,” he said.
“Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington DC, sets up a conflict… between the military and civilian society,” he added.
In answer to this fairly scathing review, Trump, as is his wont, tried to boast of having fired Mattis, as though he alone, Donald J. Trump, were the man who finally rescued America from this terrible secretary of defense.
Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was “Chaos”, which I didn’t like, & changed to “Mad Dog”…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
“The world’s most overrated General.” (Yet another appearance of Trump’s famous infatuation with misplaced capital letters — just because that’s what illiterates do.)
To extract the unstated grain of truth from this typical projection rant, Trump hired Mattis, “the world’s most overrated General,” to be his secretary of defense. How well does that speak of the judgment of the U.S. president? He hired the most overrated general in the world to represent his administration’s defense policy.
Of course, this is the same Trump who also hired Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, and later described Tillerson as “dumb as a rock.” Have you ever interviewed someone for a difficult and highly responsible position, found him dumb as a rock, and then hired him? Mind you, this is the same champion of practical reasoning who hired John Bolton as his national security advisor, and then called Bolton a traitor — when the latter made the mistake of thinking American foreign policy was still more or less set against communist dictators like Kim Jong-Un, rather than dead set on licking their boots, as “Mr. Trump” has consistently shown himself to be.
Then again, Bolton should have known better, given that this is the same Trump who hired Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, and then called Sessions mentally unqualified, a coward, and slime. Of course, there is also General John Kelly, whom Trump hired as his second chief of staff (after Reince Priebus, the GOP establishment facilitator who rigged the 2016 convention to protect Trump, the swamp’s choice, from all challenges), before eventually saying of that same Kelly that “he knew full well he was way over his head” in that role. (By the way, isn’t it interesting that of all the prominent members of his administration to depart during this first term, Priebus, the McConnell-Rove establishment hack, is the one Trump has not publicly trashed?)
So let’s get this straight. Donald Trump has hired several of the worst men in the world to serve in his administration: incompetents, idiots, losers, cowards, slime, traitors. But somehow he expects and demands applause and praise for having done so, merely because he subsequently bailed on his own idiotic hiring decisions.
And his cult applauds and praises him for this, as required. After all, their egos are at stake, too. They are the dupes who supported this idiot. Thus, just as he has every vested interest in persuading the world that it is not he, but everyone else, who is to blame for the disaster that is his first term in office, likewise the dipsticks who fell for this act have no other way to protect their own pride but to nod their heads and shout “MAGA” every time their idol loudly draws attention to his various follies, poor judgments, and failures as a leader and manager.
To put this even more bluntly: No, Mr. President, you didn’t “fire” these men. You simply throw that line around to delight your millions of monkeys after the fact in each case (except the case of your fellow swamp creature Priebus) to explain why you so quickly lost the faith and support of so many men — including even the blowhard Bolton, for God’s sake — who have proved, through long careers, to be better, more intelligent, more competent, more accomplished, more principled, and infinitely more concerned about the fate of America, than you could ever be in your wildest dreams.
This charade is already over. Unfortunately, like every awful TV show, we’ll be stuck with the reruns all damn summer.