This is getting unconscionable.
Then again, it crossed over into unconscionable territory literally years ago (i.e., from the time Trump announced his candidacy by decrying Mexicans as “rapists”), but the President of the United States on Friday told CBS in an exclusive interview that the Speaker of the House “doesn’t mind human trafficking.”
Trump has of course been embroiled in a bitter (and exceptionally petty) war of words with Pelosi for more than a month. The fact that she ultimately forced him to relent on wall funding a week ago (in the Rose Garden on national television) and also exercised her power to delay his State of the Union address was a grievous blow to a man who cannot suffer even the slightest slight when it comes to his fragile ego.
The domestic political scene was defined by Trump’s “WALL!” balderdash this week and the President made it clear, both in remarks to reporters and in tweet after unhinged tweet, that he won’t accept any deal with Democrats that doesn’t involve funding for a barrier.
On Thursday, a draft Democratic proposal surfaced and, as Trump tipped on social media just hours earlier, it included no money for his “slat fence”. Pelosi did not mince words, telling the press simply this: “…there’s not gonna be any wall money.”
Hours after regaling reporters (for the second time in less than a day) with his plans to declare a national emergency in the interest of overriding Congress and (literally) diverting funds from disaster relief to his vanity project, Trump said this on CBS:
Here it is again:
Well, I think that she was very rigid — which I would expect — but I think she’s very bad for our country. She knows that you need a barrier. She knows that we need border security. She wanted to win a political point. I happen to think it’s very bad politics because basically, she wants open borders. She doesn’t mind human trafficking or she wouldn’t do this.
That logic is so ridiculous that even Trump can’t possibly think it checks out. Saying that anybody who doesn’t support his wall idea “doesn’t mind human trafficking” is like saying anybody who isn’t in favor of banning guns “doesn’t mind murders.” Or that anyone who doesn’t support banning steak “doesn’t mind heart attacks.” And on and on.
Because what he’s saying is too absurd even for him to believe, the only conclusion the rest of us can come to is that the President is fully aware of the fact that he is deliberately demonizing the Speaker of the House on the way to telling his support base (some of whom don’t have “very large brains”) that Nancy Pelosi is pro-human trafficking.
And do note what he said next:
She’s — she’s costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars because what’s happening is when you have a porous border and when you have drugs pouring in, and when you have people dying all over the country because of people like Nancy Pelosi.
I don’t think we have to say this, but in case it’s in any way, shape or form unclear, that should be grounds for impeachment. You cannot, as the President of the United States, go on national television and say that the Speaker of the House is for human trafficking and is the cause of “people dying all over the country.”
Again, that is absolutely unconscionable and has the potential to incite violence against Democrats everywhere.
Of course this wouldn’t be the first time Trump has incited violence against someone who opposes his agenda. It’s an everyday thing when it comes to the media.
The ultimate irony: this kind of rhetoric is right out of the playbook of dictators just like Nicolás Maduro, who this administration is moving heaven and earth to overthrow.