Here is the President of the United States standing in front of the graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy whining about how he is being treated. Specifically:
No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,
Amazingly, reports reflect that this self pity was received positively by a decidedly pro-Trump audience. Although the President sought to put his complaining in a positive light, telling the graduates, “You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. I guess that’s why I want to thank you,” I have to wonder how they will recall this in later years. Here is their commander-in-chief complaining about receiving some rough treatment. These are people who may someday serve their country in situations at the peril of their own lives, and they will carry with them a memory of their leader feeling hurt that bad things were said about him.
Published reports on President Trump’s talk omit critical phrasing. Here is my partial transcription.
Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, [evokes a giant shrug] especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse, or more unfairly.
“No politician in history,” that’s a deep well to draw from:
- Adolf Hitler, roundly criticized by the world press (but not the German press), attacked by the largest military force ever assembled, survived numerous attempts to kill him, eventually driven to commit suicide.
- Benito Mussolini, cast from office by his own people, held as a prisoner until freed through action by Adolf Hitler (see above), snatched from a motorcade while fleeing persecution, imprisoned, shoved against a stone wall beside a rural Italian road way, killed at close range by machine gun fire, strung up by his feet at a service station in downtown Milan.
- Julius Caesar, ambushed and knifed to death by members of his own Senate, including by his close friend Marcus Junius Brutus.
- Napoleon Bonaparte, cast out of office following a string of military failures, vilified, imprisoned, again taken prisoner after escaping prison and suffering another military setback, sentenced to spend the remainder of his life on one of the remotest islands on this planet.
Yes, compared to some other politicians, Donald Trump has had a pretty rough ride. I urge my readers to take this into account and go easy on this, the tenderest of presidents in my lifetime. Cast off your nay saying, speak softly of this gentle soul, let not ye multitudes cast aspersions on his daily misdeeds.
That’s my job.
May Donald Trump serve long and wretchedly, exposed daily to a public eye grown weary and jaundiced at the sight of vainglorious self-destruction. His embarrassment is my joy, and I intend to flog this vision of abject misery daily. Until there is no skin left.