Apparently he didn’t bother to vet the GIF’s creator, who’s known for tweeting attacks on groups that include Trump’s own daughter and her family.
Any time you think that Donald Trump couldn’t be any more juvenile, he takes the bar even lower. Recently he retweeted a GIF called “Donald Trump’s amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary.”
The short animation showed Trump taking a swing and then cuts to a 2011 video of Hillary Clinton stumbling and falling as she enters a plane. Right before she falls, there’s an image of a golf ball hitting her in the back.
Trump’s retweet shows that he has the maturity of a third-grader. However, that might be an insult to third-graders, as some of them actually do know that it isn’t funny to knock other people down.
And apparently he didn’t bother to check the backstory of the GIF’s creator (whose name won’t be shared here because we don’t want to reward that kind of stupidity). According to CNN, that person’s Twitter account has a history of attacking Jews and transgendered people.
You’d like to think the president would stand up for the rights of all people. But since he apparently doesn’t, allows us to point out that Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism when she married, and that his grandchildren are also Jews.
“The man is unfit”
The CNN report notes that former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, who resigned in July 2017 after repeatedly criticizing the administration about potential conflicts of interest, took out after Trump for the retweet.
“The President of the United States just retweeted a video vignette that imagines him assaulting his political rival. The man is unfit,” tweeted Shaub, who said he also reported it to Twitter as violating the platform’s rules of conduct.
Incidentally, Shaub may have been appointed as the ethics office’s director by President Barack Obama, but he’d been part of it since the George W. Bush Administration. And those criticisms of the Trump administration, he told The New York Times, were not attacks:
“I’m not fighting against him. I’m fighting for the ethics program. And there is a difference. Because if I succeed, he’ll benefit.”
(With that attitude – the one that says “ethics matter, people” – you can see why Shaub got so fed up that he quit.)
It’s too bad that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly hasn’t had much luck getting Trump to dial back on the stupidity when it comes to Twitter.
On second thought, maybe it’s better this way: The more juvenile, clueless and hateful that 45 appears, the better the chance that people will start calling him out on his obnoxiousness.
No doubt Trump supporters defended the tweet in this way: “It was just a joke! Donald wouldn’t really hit Hillary with a golf ball! Jeez, you snowflakes are so sensitive!”
To which we say: Grow the hell up. Do it now.
There’s nothing funny about hitting someone so hard that he or she falls down. There’s nothing funny about hitting someone, period. It’s a sad day for the U.S. when its leader shows worse judgment than an elementary school bully.
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