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Trailer Park Behavior (45th) vs. Character (46th)

April 11, 2021

If you needed any more evidence of the vast difference in tone, behavior, or decorum between President Joe Biden and the other one who sat in the Oval Office you only need to learn of what happened this weekend at Mar-a-Lago.

Donald Trump had a money-maker for his business as the Republican National Committee–in an effort to assuage him–held their donor retreat at his gaudy club. On Saturday night he used 50 minutes at the microphone to again showcase his instability, lack of couth, and overall lack of being verbally ‘house-broken’.

Trump ripped into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell before the crowd of movers and shakers with deep pockets by called him “dumb son of a bitch.”

But that was just the warm-up pitch.

Trump also went after McConnell’s wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for resigning her cabinet post after the January 6th insurrection. That comes as no surprise as he does not like strong women.

Why this all lands on CP is due to the minefield that the Republican Party created, embraced, endorsed, and now must live with. They allowed for the hijacking of their party starting in 2015 and now find the donor base wondering what in the world is to be done to end the madness. (Ahhh….stop funding it…..)

“Trump used the final night of the retreat to talk about himself, his grievances and how he plans to enact retribution against those who voted to impeach him — which runs counter to the donors’ main objective of making sure their dollars go toward winning overall.

Many major donors have been fed up with Trump’s antics since Jan. 6. While Trump was speaking, we spotted at least two — both of whom received prominent appointments during his administration — out dining with friends at a local restaurant in Palm Beach rather than sitting through the former president’s dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump’s lack of interest in the state of the Republican Party also creates a problem for fundraising: Per the NYT, Trump’s new fundraising enterprise has $85 million in cash on hand, while the RNC has $84 million. This comes just days after the RNC officially responded to a cease-and-desist demand from Trump’s lawyers over the use of his likeness for fundraising. It’s just a reminder that the party can’t quit Trump — which GOP fundraiser Fred Zeidman told the NYT was “a tremendous complication.”

The continuous bombast, crudeness, and reckless behavior from Trump during his term in office were far more than this nation was willing to allow. It had to end, and it did. The rants and childish ways were an international embarrassment. After all, most of my readers know the difference between Trump and actual leadership, decency, and virtue.

Last year I read the 1912 nomination speech from Warren G, Harding, then an Ohio newspaper editor, for President William Taft at the Republican Convention. The following portion showcases one of those moments of the stark contrast between the Republican Party then and now.

The nomination speech declared that Taft was “as wise and patient as Abraham Lincoln, as modest and dauntless as Ulysses S. Grant, as temperate and peace-loving as Rutherford B. Hayes, as patriotic and intellectual as James A. Garfield, as courtly and generous as Chester A. Arthur, as learned in the law as Benjamin Harrison, as sympathetic and brave as William McKinley……”

No honest person in the Republican Party today could pen a similar type of statement about Trump. No one in the future will wish to have their political career attached to Trump. Character, after all, is not a word that anyone can employ in a favorable way towards Trump.

But the news this weekend does show the difference between trailer park behavior and those who reside at a higher level with character and intelligence.

And so it goes.

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