Sunday, October 29, 2017

Snowflake-in-Chief: The biggest myth about Donald Trump is that he’s a tough guy

Mod: A pretty spot on opinion piece about the very small  man now occupying that big White House.

The biggest myth about Donald Trump is that he’s a tough guy (news.com.au link): WHAT a small, pitiful man Donald Trump is. The US President thinks he’s a real tough guy, presumably because he spent so many years pretending to fire people on reality TV.

But that is, and always has been, a lie. Trump’s supporters mistake his petty, spiteful aggression for strength, when it is in fact the exact opposite. His endless spats and Twitter tantrums reveal a man who is thin-skinned, self-obsessed and pathetically insecure. Trump, who has more power and responsibility than anyone else on the planet, wastes his days in the White House obsessing over pointless feuds and satisfying his compulsive need to whine about every perceived grievance.

Why? Because the only thing Trump truly cares about is making himself look good. No policy is more important than boosting his ego. No lie is too outrageous if it’s in service to his self-esteem.

Consider the depressingly stupid week-long spat over Trump’s condolence call to a fallen soldier’s widow.

A Democratic Congresswoman, who was present for the call, said Trump seemed to forget Sergeant La David Johnson’s name and told Sgt Johnson’s wife Myeshia he “knew what he was getting into when he signed up”.

Trump accused her of “totally fabricating” his words. “I did not say what she said,” he insisted, over and over again. Well, Ms Johnson herself later confirmed the Congresswoman’s account. So unless you’re prepared to impugn the motives of a grieving widow, it is clear that Trump was lying.

The phone call itself is not the problem here. We all occasionally stumble over our words or blurt out the wrong thing, and that’s without the immense pressure of speaking to a tearful spouse. Trump’s clumsiness during the call is entirely forgivable.

No, the problem is that the President of the United States would rather shamelessly lie about his conversation with a war widow than offer anything resembling an apology. This is what he should have said: “I’m sorry Ms Johnson was offended. That was never my intent. I honor her husband’s sacrifice and wish her the best as she grieves for him. The nation grieves with her.”

That would have ended the controversy, but of course, Trump was never going to say it. Even now he continues to imply that Ms Johnson is the one lying, despite a car full of witnesses contradicting him, because he is pathologically incapable of admitting to a mistake.

This isn’t the kind of arrogance you usually see in politics. If you want an example of an arrogant president, look at Barack Obama, who genuinely believed he could change the world by making a few pretty speeches.

Trump is different. His ego is gigantic, yes, but it’s also pathetically fragile. That is why he has such an overwhelming impulse to get back at anyone who criticises him.

At the start of October, you may recall, he came under fire for jetting off on a golf trip while the mayor of Puerto Rico’s biggest city, San Juan, pleaded for more help dealing with the devastating aftermath of two hurricanes.

“I will do what I never thought I was going to do — begging. Begging anyone that can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy,” Mayor Carmen Cruz said.

A normal person would have asked whether he really could do more, or at the very least, empathised with Ms Cruz over her desperate situation. But while she slept in a shelter because her house had been wrecked, and waded through floodwaters trying to help survivors, Trump mocked her from the comfort of his golf club in New Jersey.

“The mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” he said.

“Such poor leadership ability by the mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

Puerto Rico is a US territory. So just to be clear, that was the President of the United States attacking American disaster victims for wanting his help.

In Trump’s mind, he was the victim. He always is. When his words offend a grieving widow, he’s the victim. When the media quotes him word-for-word and he doesn’t like how it sounds, he’s the victim.

When he fails to convince Congress to do what he wants, he’s the victim. This week he was attacking the Mueller investigation again, because when someone tries to find out why on earth he fired the FBI Director and lied about his motive, he’s the victim.

Maddening hypocrisy has always been at the core of Trump’s political brand. The guy who scammed poor Americans so he could live in a penthouse made of gold and marble somehow anointed himself the champion of the white working class.

Trump repeatedly whaled on Obama for taking too many golf trips when he should have been working, and has spent a quarter of his own days in office playing golf.

He accused the Clintons of being corrupt, and has used his presidency to funnel millions of dollars into his own businesses.

He constantly, shamelessly lies, and spent years spreading the ridiculous conspiracy theory that Obama was not an American citizen, but has the gall to label any facts that make him look bad “fake news”.

But no Trumpian hypocrisy is more infuriating than the people who called Obama a narcissist because he used the word “I” too much — yes, really, that was a thing — now fawning over a man whose defining character trait is a compulsive need to make everything about himself.

Trump’s fragile narcissism has corrupted his movement. There is only one condition for membership of the Trump personality cult — absolute loyalty. You must praise everything he says and does. If you criticise him, no matter how impeccably conservative your credentials, you’re labelled a leftist; a Republican in name only; a traitor.

Political and moral principles are sacrificed in service to the only thing that matters — Trump’s ego. It would be deliciously ironic if it weren’t so sad. Trump’s fans love to mock the “snowflakes” who are “triggered” by his juvenile insults and political incorrectness, yet somehow they remain blind to the thin-skinned snowflake in their midst.

Trump’s constant, unquenchable thirst for adulation isn’t tough, it is pathetic. A bigger man, and a better president, would have enough self-confidence and respect to ignore the petty fights and get on with his job.

And if, after ten months of Trump’s compulsive whining, you still believe he is as tough as he claims, you have not been paying attention.

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49 comments:

  1. The Blizzard of Odd.

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    1. Money may not be able to buy you happiness but it has shown it can buy you the Presidency of the United States. What a sad state we are now in.

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  2. This is spot on . You could tell in his commentary he has no love for Obama and yet he is right on the money when he comments on how fragile and petty the current Commander in Chief is .His comment on Trump’s supporters correctly points out how they attack anyone who is negative on Trump ❄️ snowflakes yet Trump is the biggest ❄️ snowflake around !

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  3. Lol, thanks I needed that reminder that we are only human.
    "Self confidence and ignore the petty fights", for a moment a thought the Moderator was referring to some past indiscretions on his part!
    Although you have done well for the most part of picking "snowflake" examples, it is only natural to act on clarifying mis information thrown in your direction.
    I give you that it is better to ignore and not take the bait. But when lies are created to make the other person appear grandiose in their own eyes and those around them that will listen; and the lies are repeated often enough, it is natural to stick up for oneself, dont allow the bullies to effect your life.

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  4. Head Of DEA Resigning, Says Donald Trump ‘Has Little Respect For The Rule Of Law’
    http://dailywirenews.com/just-in-head-of-dea-resigning-says-donald-trump-has-little-respect-for-the-rule-of-law/

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  5. Where and when did the term ‘snowflake’ enter common usage in politics? Anyone know?

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    1. Snowflake as a slang term involves the derogatory usage of the word snowflake to make reference to people. Its meaning has varied, but may include a person who has an inflated sense of their own uniqueness, has an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or is easily offended and unable to deal with opposing opinions. Common usages include the terms special snowflake, Generation Snowflake, and snowflake as a politicized insult.

      According to a 2016 article by Helen Rumbelow published in The Australian: "The term 'generation snowflake' started in the United States. Parents cherished their offspring as 'precious little snowflakes', each alike but unique, or 'everyone is special'."[8] Claire Fox argues recent parenting philosophy led to parenting methods which "denied resilience-building freedoms that past generations enjoyed".[9]

      The term "snowflake generation" was one of Collins Dictionary's 2016 words of the year. Collins defines the term as "the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations".[10]

      The terms "generation snowflake" and "snowflake generation" are frequently used in reference to use of trigger warnings and safe spaces, or to describe young adults as "anti-free speech", specifically in reference to a practice referred to as "no-platforming".[11][12][13] It has also been used to refer to a reported increase in mental health issues among young adults.[14][9]

      Politicized insult[edit]
      Following Brexit in the U.K. and the election of Donald Trump as 45th President of the U.S., generation snowflake was often shortened to simply snowflake and became a politicized insult. A November 2016 article from The Guardian commented: "Until very recently, to call someone a snowflake would have involved the word 'generation'."[15]

      Snowflake as a politicized insult is typically used by those on the political right to insult those on the political left.[15] In an article from the Los Angeles Times, Jessica Roy says the alt-right in the United States pejoratively describes most liberals and those protesting against Donald Trump as "snowflakes", short for "special snowflake".[16] A 2017 article from Think Progress commented: "The insult expanded to encompass not just the young, but liberals of all ages; it became the epithet of choice for right-wingers to fling at anyone who could be accused of being too easily offended, too in need of "safe spaces, too fragile".[17] Jonathon Green, editor of "Green's Dictionary of Slang" points out snowflake is an unusual insult in that it calls someone weak and fragile without using misogynistic or homophobic references.[18]

      Actor George Takei extended the metaphor to emphasize the power of snowflakes saying: "The thing about 'snowflakes' is this: They are beautiful and unique, but in large numbers become an unstoppable avalanche that will bury you."[18] Others have returned the insult back at those with right-wing politics, arguing "oversensitive whiners can be found all over the political spectrum" including President Trump. Comedian Neal Brennan referred to Donald Trump as "the biggest snowflake in America,"[18] while a January 2017 opinion piece from The Guardian refers to President Trump as "Snowflake-in-Chief"[19] and CNN commentator Van Jones called Trump "President Snowflake" based on his response to the FBI's Russia probe in May 2017.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowflake_(slang)

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    2. My grandmother is literally 10 times tougher than that spoiled wusscake. Trump is the anti-Teddy Roosevelt.

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  6. A woman on a bicycle on Saturday raced up alongside President Donald Trump’s motorcade and gave the chief executive the middle finger.

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    1. Love, love, love it, 6:41!

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  7. I think it must be a Trump family tradition to drop all of their males on their heads when they're babies. There's no other explanation.

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  8. Poll: Trump approval rating drops to lowest of presidency

    Just 38 percent of Americans approve of President Trump’s job performance, according to a new poll released Sunday.

    A majority at 58 percent disapprove of Trump's performance as president in the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll.

    That rating is the lowest approval rating of any modern president at this point in his tenure, according to the pollsters. The same poll found former President George W. Bush had 88 percent approval at this point in his presidency, former President Barack Obama had 51 percent and former President Bill Clinton had 47 percent.

    It’s also a slight drop, but within the poll's margin of error, compared to September’s poll and the lowest rating yet of Trump’s presidency by this polling group at Public Opinion Strategies.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/357689-poll-trump-disapproval-rating-drops-to-lowest-of-presidency

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    1. Bush had 88%
      While he was conning the US toninvade the Middle East.. destabilizing the region and causing Isis

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  9. Here is a good example of a serious problem for the world and look at how the vote is going.

    http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wonder-list-bill-weir-alaska-pebble-mine/index.html

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  10. Seven in 10 Americans say the nation’s political divisions are at least as big as during the Vietnam War, according to a new poll, which also finds nearly 6 in 10 saying Donald Trump’s presidency is making the U.S. political system more dysfunctional.

    The Washington Post-University of Maryland poll — conducted nine months into Trump’s tumultuous presidency — reveals a starkly pessimistic view of U.S. politics, widespread distrust of the nation’s political leaders and their ability to compromise, and an erosion of pride in the way democracy works in America.

    Trump’s arrival in the White House in January ushered in a period of big political fights — over issues including health care, taxes and immigration — and a sharp escalation in personal attacks on political opponents, over social media and elsewhere.

    Seven in 10 Americans say the nation’s politics have reached a dangerous low point, and a majority of those believe the situation is a “new normal” rather than temporary, according to the poll.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/democracy-poll

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    1. Not normal in democracy or leadership.
      I will call and march and listen to the tragedy of the right wing..

      They are taking away what is good to live in America and they don't care. His
      base does not know and does not want to know hi evil. They only want to blame everything on Hillary and the democrats.

      Our health, including Medical and Social Security are ready to be chopped. Our taxes are going to be terrible. The rich get rich and the poor get poorer. Our natural landmarks are going to either be deemed a place for oil dwelling or the cost very, very high to keep out the OTHER. out. Education is going to be privitized and religious?...... who's religion: Presbytarian? Baptist, Lutherans? Of course, Muslims will be taken down as slowly as possible.

      What he is doing to Puerto is pure and simple: Genocide.
      What is happening to the Paris Climate agreement is another one of his wacky Fox told me to do it and so did Steve Bannon.
      And DACA? He will remove good working people who will bring creative and much needed workers into America.
      trump always is the victim, but does not see the real victms he is creating in America.
      He forgets that Hillary and Obama are private citizens. He is supposed to be governing.

      And, we are paying for his useless golf trips, and have to be exposed to his dogmatic dribble.
      Mueller, go for it. Russia and he did collude.
      Lock them all up. An American embarrassment.

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  11. For me, Snowflake indicates individual beauty, never replicated, but melts in an instant when it hits the hot pavement, or collects into masses of ice or snow pack never to be seen individually again. But for me, the best term for President #45 dTrumpfh is "President Heel Spurs." Not only did he fake his inability to serve (having been in Military School no less) but his vicious remarks against Gold Star parents, military widows and John McCain...it was during the primaries when someone gave him a fakely earned Purple Heart and dTrumpfh said '...this was certainly an easier way to get one...' My God, man. My uncle earned a Purple Heart the way one is earned: he was wounded in battle in some of the most hellacious fighting during WW2 in the South Pacific.

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    1. Trump is an especially bitter chickenhawk.

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    2. Great comment, Caroline.

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  12. America got rid on one King/Dictator hundreds of years ago now it appears another one has to be gotten rid of, down with the tyrant called 'king/tyrant trump'.

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  13. Oh Great, instead of showing up for City Council, most of these commenters on this site will stand together on November 8th and scream at the sky!

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  14. Opp's gotta go! MSNBC suspends Mark Halperin; Morning Joe.
    The list of Harvey Weinstein males and their behavior towards women, continues to grow.

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    1. And 90% of the men of Fox News. Creepy goon O’Reilly just paid another $32 MILLION. The whole network corrupt

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  15. Snowflakes: White nationalists met by counterprotesters cancel second rally in Tennessee
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/28/us/tennessee-white-nationalist-rally-shelbyville-murfreesboro/index.html

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  16. Merriam Webster; 1887, first use of the word.
    President Trump, he's a scrapper.

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  17. According to Websters Dictionary

    *Animals have a natural instinct to procreate.

    People in power that have no self control and who are use to getting their way have been getting away with procreating at will. With the modern world of communication the time is happening where the Harvey Weinstein's are getting exposed.

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    1. Why is Weinstein being pummeled when that pussy grabbing sexual predator Trump got let off the hook?

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    2. Only the Fox News people have let Trump off the hook. And that place is a sexual predator's paradise.

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  18. Talk about being offended; why is Sargent La David Johnson's wife referred to as Ms.?
    Her husband is dead, yes.
    Up until his death, Ms. Johnson was a Mrs., a day in death of her husband does not change her status as his wife and mother of their children.
    Ms. is not respectful when addressing Sargent La David Johnson's widow.

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    1. Why do you find "Ms." offensive? We've moved past the 1970s, you know.

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    2. You are incorrect Goggle it. Ms is just as proper as Mrs.

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    3. Some people prefer Ms. over Mrs. because they would rather not be identified in terms of their relationship to a man.

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    4. 9:19 just woke up after a long nap. About a 5o year one.

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  19. The term snowflake as a did you today comes from the book/movie “fight club“. Where Tyler Durden says
    ‘you are not a beautiful and unique snowflake’ to his followers

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  20. Sunday Whataboutism's today.

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  21. 9:09am. Why weren't those Pink Pussy Cat hat wearing women speaking out against their benefactor Mr. Weinstein, when they were protesting abuse of power? Was the casting couch taboo for these thespian's?

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    1. You're an idiot. Of course.

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    2. I assume you see no difference in a Hollywood film producer and the president of these United States? You are a fool

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    3. Oh they are, you just won’t read about it on the troll websites you get your fake news from

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    4. But waddabout blah blah blah.

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  22. 11:07am. Your a verbal abusing hypocrite!

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  23. Trolls get trumped again!

    Puerto Rico’s Contract With Whitefish Is As Bad As It Looks, Say Experts
    It’s “outrageous” and “inappropriate” that the energy firm can spend $300 million in taxpayer money without being audited.

    Corrupt trump cronyism swamp BS. Sucker trolls

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    1. Swampies stealing tax payer money. How Trump!

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    2. MAGATS - 'Murican A**hats Gulp All Trump's Swill

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  24. 11:14am. What "job" was the President paying these women to preform? Mr. Weinstein was the power broker for making or breaking your acting career.
    What difference? You tell me.

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    1. Trump and Weinstein are the same. A sicko is a sicko, no matter what the gig.

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    2. He owned their beauty pageant. There’s a whole Wikipedia page on trump’s harassment history

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