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Trump Salt Makes Best Scathing Sunday Newspaper Opinion Article

October 22, 2017

This is a great read from Boston Globe’s Opinion Page by writer Renee Graham.

Read the whole article with above link.

In his lifetime, the greatest sacrifice Donald Trump has likely made is missing his daily tee time, and only since he became president. That may explain why the man has no empathy for others.

To borrow a Russian joke — one likely familiar to Trump’s former campaign manager Vladimir Putin — “We thought we had hit rock bottom, then someone knocked from below.” Every time we think Trump has gone as low as he can go, there he is again tweeting beneath our startled feet.

In his latest imbroglio, Trump is botching one of the most sacred rituals of the presidency: comforting a family that has lost a relative in the military. First he waited 12 days to say anything about the deaths of four American soldiers ambushed Oct. 4 during a mission in Niger. Then he falsely claimed his predecessors, especially President Obama, never or rarely called the families of service members killed in duty.

Since Trump became president, we’ve endured devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, a mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured, and wildfires devouring lives and communities in California. Trump didn’t cause any of them, but he has done nothing to soothe a overwhelmed country or, now, a grieving military family. Even at our most jaded, we still expect our leaders’ words and actions to serve as a salve in times of national distress. Instead we have Trump salting every wound.

I chastised Trump for days on social media for his silence on the military deaths in Niger. Now I wish he’d kept his mouth shut.

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