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MUHAMMAD: Trump’s a Laughingstock and Everyone Knows

Donald J. Trump is a world laughingstock. Everyone — including his most ardent supporters, the “deplorables” — knows it, but those supporters love to wallow in the muck with him, with their guns and their pot bellies.

It is their disgust for Black people, for liberals, and for all things “politically correct” that permits them to see past his daily lying (15,000 lies and counting), his misogyny, scapegoating and his wanton self-enrichment. They hate what Mr. COVID-45 stands in opposition to, more than they are shamed by his dismal failures.

Internationally, this country’s adversaries like China and Russia, just chuckle, not wanting to provoke him into a hissy fit which might require them to respond in kind, abandoning their own national plans in order to offset some silly, dangerous tantrum or middle-of-the-night tweetstorm.

COVID-45’s major allies are just like him, rotten and corrupt to the core. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is actually on trial in his country for corruption. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is presiding over a swamp full of grifters and self-servers in London, which is outdone only by Trump’s Washington dung heap.

Like Dude, India Prime Minister Modi and Brazilian President Bolsonaro are fiddling while COVID-19 runs amok through their populations. And in the Philippines, his pal President Duterte boasts that in his pre-presidential vigilante days, he led many posses, and may have even participated in “extrajudicial” killings of drug dealers. Trump must be proud.

His acolytes in this country shamelessly lick his boots and unsavory body parts in order to hold on to their positions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stood quietly during the early days of this administration, and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, sat silently as the president belittled McConnell again and again, in Cabinet meeting after Cabinet meeting.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who opposed Trump in the 2016 presidential primaries, was mocked by Trump as “Lyin’ Ted,” but when he came up for reelection in 2018, he swallowed any pride he might have had and begged Trump for an endorsement.

Trump is the most impeachable, the most lawless caricature of a Keystone Cop who ever wore a cheap comb-over and a super-long red tie. Lying and scapegoating are his registered trademark tactics, yet he holds on to a 40 percent approval rate. He is “Mighty Whitey” personified. The Ku Kluxers in this country believe — mistakenly — that his tenure guarantees them cheap gasoline for their monster trucks, money for Hooters bars on Saturday nights and holy rolling in church on Sunday mornings … forever. Not.

This Guy, who only goes to church for his serial weddings (after cheating on his old wives, sometimes with his bride-to-be, sometimes with strippers and porn stars), this guy sanctimoniously called for churches to reopen from coronavirus lockdowns before Memorial Day, then himself went to play golf, as deaths in this country from the pandemic approached 100,000.

It’s incredible to see not just the liberal “fake news” media lampoon him as the laughable clown that he is, but to now see even many conservatives call him out for what he is — a laughingstock. Dr. Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at Yale University, said recently that the Trump administration has spawned a “national mental health crisis” and warned the worst is yet to come.

I’m sure there were many ugly depictions and cartoons when Barack Obama was in office, but it’s gotten so bad in his case that he’s now even scolding his lapdog media outlet Faux News (that is, Fox News) for having said something unkind about him. He is truly, truly deplorable, petty, vindictive and narcissistic. What a package.

What this Guy represents would be funny if we were observing this madness from an alternative universe somewhere across the time and space continuum, but we’re living in this madness as it swirls around us.

Are we having fun yet?

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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