The USA Today editorial board does not think highly of Donald Trump, and for good reason. The president fired off a hateful, sexist tweet about Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, one that dropped him to the bottom of the well of integrity, through the trapdoor, and into the abysmal.
The New York senator called for him to step down as president after a significant number of women offered verifiable accounts of Trump sexually harassing them. The president said he never met three women who gave interviews on NBC’s Today Show with Megyn Kelly, but one of them was a receptionist in his building.
Trump was fuming, and this is what he wrote in that tweet:
‘Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!’
The editorial board of USA Today wrote about the tweet 45 blasted at Gillibrand reaching a “new low:”
‘With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.’
Hours later, White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders could hardly suppress a smile as she denied that the tweet was sexist in any way and told the reporters only people with minds “in the gutter” would interpret it that way.
Sanders is one of the crew that goes around cleaning up the president’s messes. She said that the reporters had misunderstood the tweet, because if they went back in time, they would find he used the words similarly between men and women.
The editorial board commented on Sanders re-interpretation of the tweet:
‘Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her “wherever,” he didn’t mean her nose. And as is the case with all of Trump’s digital provocations, the president’s words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment.’
Then, the board delivered its most damning comment:
‘A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.’
They noted that both presidents had flaws but Trump “is uniquely awful:”
‘Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.’
Trump suggested that he never would have groped Jessica Leeds on an airplane decades ago. He also made fun of former People reporter, Natasha Stoynoff, USA Today wrote:
‘Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you. Check out her Facebook, you’ll understand.’
USA Today’s board noted that:
‘Other celebrities and politicians have denied accusations, but none has stooped as low as suggesting that their accusers weren’t attractive enough to be honored with their gropes.’
Then, the board listed the many ways the man in the Oval Office has failed his citizens:
‘Trump’s utter lack of morality, ethics and simple humanity has been underscored during his 11 months in office. Let us count the ways.’
The commander-in-chief supported Alabama’s Republican candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl. Then, there is the eternal fountain of Trump’s lies:
‘Trump apparently is going for some sort of record for lying while in office. As of mid-November, he had made 1,628 misleading or false statements in 298 days in office. That’s 5.5 false claims per day.’
The board ended with:
‘A president who shows such disrespect for the truth, for ethics, for the basic duties of the job and for decency toward others fails at the very essence of what has always made America great.’
Click on this link to read the USA Today editorial opinion in its entirety.
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