I spent time on the 75th anniversary of D-Day reading sections of some history books on my shelves, watching some of the coverage from France, and then late Thursday watched, once again, Saving Private Ryan. (The Longest Day is slated for this weekend.)
I would be far less than honest, however, if I did not comment on something which happened Thursday which left me truly sad. After reading pages from history books I turned on the news and saw something which left me stunned. I am sure my mouth had dropped open as I watched.
Just yards from the graves of fallen heroes, on the 75th anniversary of this most historic day, Donald Trump gave an interview where he ripped his political foes and called people names. Speaking to Fox News from the American cemetery at Normandy Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller a “fool” and the Speaker of the House a “disaster.”
I simply stared at the television and just sat silent in the chair. Sitting silent is not something I often am noted for–ask just about anyone. But I was simply shocked at what was being aired on television.
Trump gets taken to the wood shed often on my blog. There are many serious issues which demand feedback from a nation which seems trapped by the one they let in through the front door. Some readers might think I am once again just piling on.
No one can countenance the lack of morals, ethics, civility, decency, and proper deportment which the world witnessed today when Trump sat in close proximity to the graves of the soldiers, and acted as he did. I know it is often said on this blog that nothing shocks or registers anymore. We are becoming immune day by day to the undermining of our foundations and lowering of our institutional standards.
It was just more than we should be expected to accept.
One does not need to be a politico, member of the military, or even an American to grasp what was so terribly wrong about what happened. One only needs to be human, and raised with only a modicum of parental upbringing to know what Trump did was beneath the dignity of the office he holds, and utter contemptible given national ideals and standards.
It was an international embarrassment. A stain on our nation and those who served and died.