Really and truly, nothing that flies out of Donald Trump’s mouth surprises me.
Still, when he sought to compare the shooting of a black man seven times in the back to “choking” the way a golfer does while standing over a three-foot putt, well …
Donald Trump’s skill at saying the most inappropriate things, using the most ghastly metaphors is simply jaw-dropping.
Trump went to Kenosha, Wis., today to stand with police officers. Some of the Kenosha cops got involved in a shooting that left Jacob Blake paralyzed. One of them shot the young man in the back seven times. The shooting has caused considerable unrest in Kenosha and helped reignite Black Lives Matter demonstrations in other U.S. cities.
I must add that Trump did not plan to meet with Blake’s family during his visit to Kenosha. Are you surprised to hear that? Of course you’re not. It’s Trump’s modus operandi to demonize protesters who march against police brutality against minorities.
Make no mistake as well that Trump is not at all equipped to express any sort of empathy or compassion for these shooting victims.
Instead, he talks about how a cop must have “choked” the way a golfer does while missing a short putt. “It’s called choking,” Trump told Fox News interviewer Laura Ingraham, who in the moment sought to tell Trump that the comparison was, shall we say, not appropriate. Trump wasn’t hearing it.
I am left to ask: Do we really want four more years of this kind of boorishness from the man who masquerades as the leader of world’s greatest nation?
God help us.