President Donald Trump continues to rally his base around his message of hate. Following his recent days of targeting progressive women of color serving in Congress who he demanded should “go back to where they came from,” he took to Twitter this Friday morning to desperately complain about journalist Thomas Friedman taking him to task for his behavior. In a piece for The New York Times, Friedman derided him as a “racist” and a “woman-abusing jerk,” and Trump responded by essentially proving Friedman’s point. On Twitter, he dismissed the journalist as “weak and pathetic” and seemed to criticize him for playing too much golf. Trump has himself spent more than one-fifth of his presidency at golf properties branded with his own name.
‘Thomas “the Chin” Friedman, a weak and pathetic sort of guy, writes columns for The New York Times in between rounds of his favorite game, golf… He called me a Racist, which I am not… Really Nasty to me in his average I.Q. Columns, kissed my a.. on the call. Phony!’
The “call” he’s referring to is a phone conversation Trump claims he had with Friedman recently in which the journalist was apparently courteous. Trump, then, seems unable or at least unwilling to conceive of someone having a disagreement with someone else who doesn’t resort to bullying on the world stage to work it out. Does Trump seriously think that anyone outside of his base will take him seriously when he gets on Twitter — as president of the United States of America — and derides a journalist’s appearance and calls that journalist a kiss-ass? Does he care? Does he remember that being president is about more than successfully running some kind of demented backwoods rally?
Friedman had been deriding the president in the context of wondering what the path ahead to the 2020 presidential election was like. Although to be clear, only a small minority of candidates even explicitly support dramatic steps like going straight to so-called Medicare for all — and the frontrunner Joe Biden does not — Friedman was concerned that Democrats would end up nominating someone too divisive to stand as a unifying, credible challenge to Donald Trump.
As we prepare to find out, in hypothetical general election match-ups Biden remains in front of Trump essentially every time, registering levels of support an average of 8.5 percent ahead of the incumbent Trump, according to RealClearPolitics.
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