In the three years since Donald Trump rode down the escalator of Trump Tower, a lot of his critics have found out the hard way that there is an unwritten eleventh commandment–“Thou shalt not speak ill of Donald Trump.” Those who dare call Trump out risk being deemed bizarre and unhinged at best, and treasonous at worst.
We got a lovely example of this on Friday from one of Trump’s most diehard supporters, Sean Hannity. What triggered his ire? This tweet from Bernie Sanders on Thursday afternoon.
To Hannity’s mind, Sanders had just “imploded” in real-time. He believed Sanders’ attack on Trump was “bizarre” considering that Trump had just come back from a surprise Christmas visit to Iraq.
Let’s see. Liar? Check. Trump lies so often that The Washington Post’s Fact Checker had to create a completely new category for whoppers that he repeats over and over again–“The Bottomless Pinocchio.” Watch an explanation here.
Fraud? Check. We have mounting evidence that Trump ordered hush money payments to his mistresses in order to seal their lips during the campaign. Additionally, we know that he at the very least condoned his senior aides soliciting help from Russia. But aside from that, his policies have directly harmed the very people who powered his upset victory.
For instance, small businesses have been forced to shut down because they have been unable to hire guest workers. General Motors had to cut back operations at an Ohio plant after Trump scrapped fuel efficiency standards–thus cutting demand for compact cars. Farmers are getting squeezed by Trump’s trade war with China.
Narcissist? Check. There are literally too many examples to count, but a particularly outrageous example may have come during that very trip to Iraq Hannity touted. Not only did he effectively turn it into a campaign rally, but his desire to get a photo-op with men in uniform may have compromised a covert SEAL operation.
Bully? Check. Again, too many examples to count. But as we now know, Trump openly threatened to shut down the government over his massively unpopular project for a wall along the Mexican border.
All things considered, Sanders’ sentiment was hardly bizarre at al. And Twitter was not shy to remind Hannity of it.
Whatever you may think about Sanders, anyone who has paid attention over the last three-plus years would find it hard to disagree with his most recent take on Trump. Hannity may think this is bizarre. But his shabby attempt at a clapback is, for want of a better term, bizarre.
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