New York Daily News: Trump Is The Ugly American

From today’s New York Daily News:

Morning breaks over Washington. The President of the United States, possessed of awesome power and awesome responsibility, readies to grapple with the most urgent business of nation and world. The man in the mirror.

For embarrassingly too many a morning since Jan. 21, 2017, Donald Trump gripped his phone, opened the Twitter app and unleashed self-serving deceptions, personal attacks and rages against the “FAKE NEWS MEDIA.”

But Thursday’s astonishingly infantile burst of trash talk aimed at MSNBC morning hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough descended to newly squalid depths, in line with a surge of administration attacks against news outlets.

  • DJ John Bear

    Trump IS an ugly murican, but anyone who supports this monster’s behavior is worse.

    • Yixing’s Fluffer

      It’s the enablers. Donnie couldn’t do this shit if the people around him didn’t let him get away with it. That’s WH staff, Congress, and conservative “intellectuals” who constantly make excuses for him or tut-tut anyone who calls out his BS.

      • j.martindale

        The Breitbart enablers.

        • Yixing’s Fluffer

          Not just Breitbart. It’s runs the gamut of publications and outlets, from Sinclair on to the Washington Examiner, the National Review, and the NY Post. The conservative movement has become a series of grifts, and there’s $$$ in defending Trump.

        • -M-

          Bannon/Breitbart enable him because they know he’s shit and they want to destroy what America is supposed to stand for. The supposedly mainstream politicians and media that enable Trump and Breitbart are the bigger problem.

          • j.martindale

            While I think the end result is that Bannon and crew ARE destroying America, I don’t think that is their objective any more than the terrorists are fighting America because they hate our freedom. Rather, Bannon and such want power and money. They think they are better than anyone else, so they want more power than anyone else. It is vanity and self aggrandizement backed up with a lot of incompetence and anti-intellectualism.

          • -M-

            Yes. And the Republicans in general have a broadly similar motive, but there’s still a small distinction because Bannon explicitly intends to dismantle much of what is considered an integral part of American civics while many Republicans aren’t looking at the bigger picture, they’re mostly just pursuing their own petty agendas without concern for the cumulative damage they’re doing.

          • RoFaWh

            Bannon’s goal seems to be to turn the US government into the political equivalent of a pithed frog.

      • Michael White

        In all honesty, think of the national fall out if the GOP actually admitted the man they backed, defended and supported is unfit for office. This is where shit runs down hill. the campaign ads write themselves.

        • FAEN

          But her emails 🙄

          • Oh’behr in Minnesota

            Is that damn Bendoverhazi committee still operating?
            You know how the GOP loves to waste taxpayer money on chasing false leads. Nah, it’s just Hillary hate.

          • FAEN

            They will probably trot that out when they need to rile up the deplorables again.

      • Sporkfighter

        Yep. It’s the repulsive toadies who make this nightmare possible.

        Toady Early 19th century: said to be a contraction of toad-eater, a charlatan’s assistant who ate toads; toads were regarded as poisonous, and the assistant’s survival was thought to be due to the efficacy of the charlatan’s remedy.

        Seems appropriate.

    • Michael White

      It was the basket of ugly ‘murikans who put the turd in office. Like mini shrub there will be a core that will stand by the turd until the end.

    • Jay Silversmith

      …that would be your xtian evangelicals who think gawd is using don the con for his purposes.

      • FAEN

        Xtian evangelicals who talk about ‘family values’ and then support the man who is the farthest away from them. Apparently lusting after your daughter is just fine now 🙄.

        • RoFaWh

          I am privately persuaded, given “his” obviously erotic stroking of his daughter’s thigh during a campaign appearance, that he’s gone a lot further than merely lusting after.

          The man is a disgusting pig.

    • JCF
  • bkmn

    But Trump never takes responsibility when things don’t go well. You have to be responsible when things go well AND when they don’t and Don the Con never takes blame for anything.

  • Christ: what an asshole.

    • Silver Badger

      The clenched fist of truth agrees with you.

    • j.martindale

      Trying to work up disgust after a couple of years of this bullshit is getting harder and harder. I am running out of indignation. Numbed by the shitgibbon.,

      • FAEN

        We should never be numbed by this or let it be perceived as normal behavior. It isn’t.

        • Gerry Fisher

          I think “mirroring to others how abnormal this is” without any emotion is the way to go. Just keep holding up a mirror. Just keep doing basic resistance tasks. That doesn’t require a lot of emotion, just focus and commitment.

      • Gerry Fisher

        I don’t think this requires emotion from us at this point. I’m more in an emotionally-neutral “waiting for ‘dawn to break on marble head,’ for others to wake up and get it” mode. Similar to when we entered the Iraq War…how long before people understand how bad an idea this was.

    • ted-

      Christians are assholes? Not all, just 90%

    • Oh’behr in Minnesota

      It is still difficult to fathom at times that Trump has only been POTUS for six frigging months. Not six years.

  • safari
    • Gustav2

      Because repealing without a replacement will certainly stabilize the healthcare market….and the stock market.

    • barrixines

      Maybe the rest of the world should send in troops for the remaining states.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I’ve been trying to organize a nice invasion by Denmark. I’ve even promised we’d instal smoking domes for the queen. Trouble is, they’re fine with CA and NY but won’t go near the South.

      • RoFaWh

        It could come down to that, you know. Trump is an even greater danger to world peace than Mr. Nork and right-thinking nations might conclude that the only thing left to do is send commandos to the White House one night and disappear him.

        They can pacify him with a Rubik’s Cube that is unsolvable thanks to disassembly and improper reassembly.

    • Yixing’s Fluffer


    • Joe in PA

      And his trumpettes are singing that chorus of “kick Rahm Emmanuel (sp?) to the curb”. They really hate anything associated with the black man in office.

      • Chicago joe

        Not that Rahm is the best mayor we’ve ever had……but at least he can be respected. No conservative will win enough votes in this city to get into that office. A moderate may, but she’d have to be awfully charismatic.

  • hdtex
    • RoFaWh

      Expression # 134, “saying shit”.

  • netxtown

    keep going donnie!
    tweet, tweet, tweet!

  • Tawreos

    He still has a base of people that think he can do no wrong no matter what he does. He also has both houses of congress that seem happy to let him do whatever he wants as long as they get what they want. These people will destroy the country just because they can.

    • The Milkman


    • CB

      Other people’s grift depend on their thinking he can do no wrong; whatever they actually think. And that’s more cynical, IMHO

    • Gerry Fisher

      They don’t seem to understand that “getting what we want inside a decimated country” is not a “win.”

  • barrixines

    He’s a pig. And the pigs who voted for him love it. Nothing’s going to change for all our pearl clutching.

    • cleos_mom

      Certainly won’t if clutching pearls and proclaiming our better personhood is all we do.

  • Boreal
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    • David Walker

      More prophetic than anything in the bible.

    • stuckinthewoods

      I’ve just been sieving through the papers of a friend. There was a 30 year old letter from her uncle with a satire clipping “Top Ten Signs that Donald Trump is in Money Trouble” (installs pay toilets on the Trump Princess, yells at Taj Mahal croupier for raking in dice too hard wearing out felt). We forget how long this odious creep has been at it.

      • Boreal

        I just had a discussion about this with a friend the other day. Here in NYS we’ve known about this asshole since the 1970s and he has been hated. When the rest of the county was watching him last year we were saying there is no way anyone will fall for this con-job.

  • Boreal
    • ted-

      Nice one. Shared with my family

  • This is the symptom of the internet and social media…many people both left and right; moderate and conservative are hiding in plain sight to say and do awful things…

    YES, the President of the United States should know and do better but he was not elected with any other qualifications than being a “rich and spoiled” individual who lied continually and his supporters wrapped in a thin veil of racism and fear of a qualified woman becoming President spurred him forward.

    The GOP further allowed this person to grab the mantle (yes they could have denied him the nominee position) and take hold of it…still further the media allowed him throughout his candidacy to grab it even more with lies and half truths.

    Trump is a man that has never been held accountable and he has done (see lawsuits) so incredibly awful things to people as he made his money…but no one stopped him…he has been climbing this ladder for 30+ years and EVERYONE knew and/or knows what type of person he is and YET he was ALLOWED to rise…

    Now his supporters feel empowered to chant and threaten and harm others because he does the same thing. Trump lives in a bubble protected by the code that is the Presidency and he is loving the unbridled protection and access to things that he has been aching to grab since he was a child.

    • The Milkman

      Very good point. Americans have no one but ourselves to blame for this mess. Instead of a wall, we should be building a big mirror.

    • Jerry Kott

      You wrote what many are thinking!
      He does represent what we have become as a country. We have dumbed down everything and this is what happens when you are scraping the bottom all that is in control are bottom feeders.

      • AGREED…we have allowed capitalism to be our mantra for the past 30 years…morals and standards BE DAMNED…fuck it…if it makes us money or saves us money then YES!!!

        • Jerry Kott

          So true!
          T 45 is the bottom. I am an elder in the Tribe and an artist who has tried to keep their ear to the ground. Many haven’t had to look under the hood to see what actually keeps the ball rolling. LGBT Equality only got the ear of the Business World when we morphed from a movement to a market place. We , as a Nation have lost it’s soul. I have noting against money, but Human Value is now determined by how much money your are worth. We know the cost of everything, but the value of nothing.

          “One generation plants the tree, the next generation sits in the shade”Chinese proverb

    • RoFaWh

      Expression #17b from “Roy Cohn’s Big Book of Facial Expressions,” the self-satisfied smirk.

  • Rex

    Ugly on the outside, sure. Even uglier on the inside, and that can’t be fixed. And, he’s enabled every “ugly” american to show their true colors, I’m disgusted with this country.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    That Image.
    How fucking sad what that tiny handed piece of crap and his ENABELERS has done to us.

  • ColdCountry

    Obama: When they go low, we go high.
    Trump: When they go low, I go ten times lower. For ten times as long.

    • JCF

      To be accurate, that’s Michelle Obama’s line (and Hillary would quote it. I’m not sure Prez O ever did.)

      • ColdCountry

        I know, but I figured she was an Obama, too. 😉

  • cleos_mom

    In the book that coined the phrase, the term “ugly American” has an ironic double meaning. The term is a nickname for a rather unimpressive-looking American who learns about another country’s culture and works with its people; he’s the only named character who isn’t ugly in the more important sense.

    Think “the Fondas versus the Kardashians”, late 1950s-style.

  • JT
  • Stogiebear

    Repeal and Don’t Replace.

    I’m surprised, frankly, that this hasn’t been suggested openly before now. It’s what they all really want — don’t have to put any thought or work into a replacement and their insurance company overlords can go back to doing whatever they want to take money from the American public.

  • FAEN

    The headline should have read-

    Trump has ALWAYS been the Ugly American.

    • Beagle

      True. In so many ways.

  • Dot Beech

    Don’t leave out McConnell and Ryan. Never forget about those two reprehensible and morally bankrupt GOP leaders. The entire Trump presidency is enabled and facilitated by those two sick men.

    • RoFaWh

      Also Priebus.

      Edit: and Pence.

      Look out guys or you’ll be dragged under as the SS Orange Asshole sinks.

  • grada3784

    No, he’s not. He’s far uglier than the ugliest American.

  • CB

    drumpf represents the intellectually bereft and childish element of the nation that wants to rant and stamp its feet and have a tantrum, as if that is going to solve anything. Momentary emotional catharsis and a fleeting feeling of superiority it not sustainable, but it is the juvenile and unsophisticated response. Our nation looks horrible, and we are being humiliated by the ignorance and selfishness on an daily, nay hourly, basis.

  • Acronym Jim

    Twain gave us Innocents Abroad, Trump gives us Asshole Amok.

  • JWC

    Donny Donny Donny what an asshole

  • RoFaWh

    The orange asshole knoweth not what “squalid” means.

  • andrew

    The vulgar trash talk that Trump aimed at Joe and Mika doesn’t indicate that Trump has descended into “newly squalid depths.” Trump has lived his whole adult life in the squalid depths. It is truly sad that enough American’s were blind to his indecency and voted for him in large enough numbers for the Electoral College to elect him president. America has inflicted a serious wound on itself and that wound will continue to fester for a very long time.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    The truly sad thing here is that most of us outside the U.S., and many within, knew this from the get go yet……

    So here we are. Will the House and Senate finally take note…hahahahhaha as if.

    No, this will require his own base to finally eschew him; alas, most of them are as crass, boorish and woefully uneducated or intelligent, so what to do?

    This reality needs to be cancelled, now.

    • Gianni

      Unfortunately, there’s no such way to cancel it. I believe most Americans would do it if it was possible. Such a trashy person to have flim-flam’d so many poor thinking voters.

  • JCF

    Because you can’t show a bald eagle, in connection to Drumpf, w/o this! >;-)