Donald Trump, now president-elect, speaks as he accepts the Republican on July 21, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
I am disgusted.
In the few days since Donald Trump was elected all I hear from some of the media, from some of his surrogates, from some of his pals is, "he only said those disgusting and outrageous things to get elected, that's not the real Donald Trump." They keep saying we'll see a "different Donald Trump, a kinder, gentler Donald Trump in the Oval Office."
Have they all lost their minds? Do they listen to themselves? Do they actually hear the words coming out of their own mouths?
Because what I'm hearing them say is, "Oh, forget about it ... he didn't mean any of those ugly, cruel, libelous, insulting, angry, hatred-filled lies. That's just politics ... you know ... he had to say those things to get elected. But he's not really like that. He's a great guy, a nice guy, you'll see. You're gonna love him."
So, it's no big deal that, according to PolitiFact, candidate Trump lied 34 per cent of the time during his campaign, 19 per cent of the time what he said was mostly false and 17 per cent of the time he got their "pants on fire" rating. By contrast, only four per cent of his statements were true, 11 per cent were mostly true and 15 per cent were half true. Seventy per cent lies versus 30 per cent truth. But don't worry, you can trust President Trump.
So, he didn't mean it when he called all Mexicans rapists and murderers ... when he said John McCain isn't a hero because he was captured ... when he said Ted Cruz's wife is ugly ... when he insulted Carly Fiorina's looks ... when he called Ted Cruz "lyin' Ted" ... when he called Jeb Bush "low energy" ... when he called Marco Rubio "little Marco" ... when he called Hillary Clinton "crooked Hillary" ... when he said that some of the women who were accusing him of sexual assault are "too ugly for him to have sex with." Don't worry, President Trump will stop calling people names as soon as he moves into the White House.
So, it doesn't matter that he said he "wouldn't believe the election results unless he won" ... that he'd indict Hillary Clinton if he became president ... that the Russians should keep hacking U.S. servers until Hillary Clinton's 33,000 missing emails were found ... that "Saddam Hussein was a great leader." Don't worry, once he becomes President Trump you'll see what a model, upstanding, law-abiding citizen he is.
He was only campaigning, it meant nothing, they're suggesting. Underneath that bizarre yellow hair, florid complexion and foul mouth is a great, successful, misunderstood guy with great intentions. That's what they're asking us to believe.
The man won, like it or not. But do not ask me to excuse his behaviour.
Last Tuesday night, as the results poured in, Facebook was filled with posts from anguished parents asking what they'd tell their kids in the morning. Well, it seems like this is now the party line:
It's OK to be a bully, it can get you elected to the highest office in the land.
It's OK to tell lies, it can get you elected to the highest office in the land.
It's OK to insult and threaten minorities and immigrants, it can get you elected to the highest office in the land.
It's OK to sexually assault women, it can get you elected to the highest office in the land.
It's OK to cheat on your taxes and stiff your suppliers, it can get you elected to the highest office in the land.
It's OK to take the moral low ground, it can get you elected to the highest office in the land.
The man won, like it or not. End of story, at least for four years. But do not ask me to excuse his behaviour. Do not ask me to condone it. And by the way, shame on you for giving him a pass.
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