For those who might have missed this . . . !
Last week, Mike Pence was in Munich for a European Council meeting. The large audience included heads of state from our most important allies—Germany, France, and others, though not Britain.
The television news shows Pence arriving at a podium to address the crowd. With the hint of a smile he says, “I bring you greetings from the President of the United States!”
He pulls back and waits, expecting applause.
Instead what he gets is silence. Total silence. Not a hand raised, not a murmur. It was as though the Europeans had all left—or conspired in advance to snub the president. Rob and I had never seen anything like it.
Without comment, the evening news shifted to another topic. But we learned later that the group gave Vice President Joe Biden a standing ovation. Clearly, America’s current standing in Europe has dropped to zero.
It made us wonder once more—why did so many Americans accept Trump? Long before he finished campaigning, we all knew what he was: a womanizer (his “pussy” comments), a racist (his earlier refusals to rent to blacks), a lousy businessman (his six bankruptcies), a liar (his easily-checked falsehoods), a narcissist (his focus on himself), a cheat (his earlier failures to pay workers). The more we learned about him—even from his co-author, Tony Schwartz--the more we knew the truth; the man had no core values. At heart he believed in nothing . . . except himself. Except a desperate need to "win."
Lately, Rob and I have asked ourselves: How DID he get elected?
The answer, we decided, lies with four groups, each with only one, sometimes two, issues: A) The evangelicals—we’re anti-abortion, anti separation of church and state. Non-religious himself, Trump professed to stand for both. B) The Rich—we want our money and we want still more. As they imagined he might, the prez came through for them. C) The Deep South—we don’t like blacks, and he doesn’t either. Trump’s only clear focus has been to get rid of everything Obama did or stood for. D) The fly-over states—we’ve been ignored by everyone, and we don’t like non-whites or liberals. Trump keeps reassuring them he’s one of them. They clap for him and he claps for himself.
With all the support he still gets from these lopsided groups, only a few break-aways have realized they voted for a hollowed-out man. A man whose insides are empty.
To our amazement, Ann Coulter finally figured it out. Just yesterday she said, “The National Emergency is that our president is an idiot.”