After proposing cuts to the US Coast Guard’s funding, Donald Trump adds insult to injury by turning a speech to graduating cadets into a whine fest for…You guessed it. Himself.
That’s right. After months of claiming he wants to keep Americans safe and our borders secure, the GOP’s president proposed a $1.3 billion cut to the US Coast Guard, a small but vital part of our military. Why? So he can fund the Wall Mexico’s supposed to pay for.
Perhaps Donald Trump wanted to mend fences. In any case, he gave a commencement speech to graduating cadets in New London, Conn on Wednesday morning. But as usual, our narcissist-in-chief had to make it all about him.
At first, his speech seemed to encourage these fledgling members of the US Coast Guard to stay tough in times of adversity.
“Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted.”
“You have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, never, never give up. Things will work out just fine. But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight.”
“Never, never, never give up,” Trump added. “Things will work out just fine.” At least, they always seem to work out fine for Donald Trump. The people cheated and wronged by him? Not so much.
He then dropped all pretense about giving a damn about honoring the US Coast Guard cadets on their big day. Instead, he complained about the media treating him “unfairly” by reporting on him accurately.
“Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down, you can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.”
But, Mein Trumpf declared,” what doesn’t kill him will
kill us make him stronger.
“Adversity makes your stronger. Don’t give in. Don’t back down and never stop doing what you know is right. Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. And the more righteous your fight, the most opposition you will face.”
Yet CNN mentions the pro-Trump crowd at the US Coast Guard commencement swallowed his BS hook, line, and sinker.
The comment was well received by the pro-Trump crowd. People in “Make America Great Again” hats and Trump shirt applauded as the President slammed succumbing adversity.
Hundreds of other supporters gathered outside the academy and were joined by dozens of protesters calling on Donald Trump to resign.
But make no mistake. Donald Trump is crazy like a fox, and playing the victim card is a well-worn part of his repertoire for a reason. As Catherine Rampell from The Washington Post explains, conservatives once complained about liberals assigning victimhood status to people actually being victimized by our system.
Conservatives like to criticize liberal-leaning, historically oppressed demographic groups — such as blacks, women, LGBT people, sexual assault survivors and religious minorities — for demanding moral or financial reparations for insults and injuries both real and perceived.
But in recent years, they’ve gotten savvy and have started playing victimhood themselves by claiming Christians and white men are reviled by the left and given no “special rights” to be bullies and assholes.
This rhetoric has been effective. Seven in 10 white evangelical Protestants now believe that discrimination against Christians is as bad as discrimination against other groups, according to a 2015 survey from the Public Religion Research Institute; Americans overall are more likely to support protecting the religious freedom of Christians than that of other faith groups, according to a recent poll by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Rampell then explains how Trump’s dangerously effective rhetoric of victimhood bolsters his appeal.
To hear Trump tell it, he and his supporters are the most beaten-down victims this country has ever seen. The system is rigged to keep them from winning, designed to make the weak even weaker. They have been robbed, disenfranchised, bullied and insulted. With the odds so stacked against them, they — and their leader — are not only permitted but also morally obligated to “punch back” as ferociously as they can.
The remainder of Donald Trump’s speech was devoted to bragging about all the things he’s done to make life miserable for millions of Americans and their loved ones. #ThanksDonald.
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