But Charles Blow, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, is a (probably) highly-paid professional. He begins his column today recounting how Trump vigorously objected to “disabled veterans vending their wares on Fifth Avenue, home of Trump Tower”. Trump hated the idea that people like that were cluttering up the sidewalk in front of his fantastic building. He, the supposed friend of veterans, called the situation “very deplorable”.
Mr. Blow continues:
….it does point to the staggering, unabashed hypocrisy of the man and the degree to which his entire campaign is engaged in an elaborate ruse of deflection — accusing his opponent of the very things of which he is guilty….
Trump has called Clinton “a world-class liar,” but there is no bigger liar than Trump himself — just look at PolitiFact. The man is pathological.
Trump attacks Clinton for a lack of transparency, but this is the same man who has yet to release his tax returns, something every major party nominee in modern American politics has done. And he is telling a flat-out lie about why he can’t do it.
Trump calls Clinton “crooked,” but this is the same man who — along with his businesses — has been sued more than 1,300 times.
This is the same man who is at this moment the subject of three class-action lawsuits over the sham that was Trump University — two cases in California and one in New York.
Trump calls the Clinton Foundation the “most corrupt enterprise in political history,” but this is a man who donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
This is a man whose own foundation, the Trump Foundation, has recently been accused in news reports of breaking the law by being used essentially as a political slush fund….
Trump clearly understands that in politics, it is far better to be on offense than defense, but his offense is ultimately offensive because he is pointing out a perceived — or even concocted — flaw in another person to distract from the very same flaw in himself.
You might call the strategy masterly if it were not also maleficent, if the future of the country were not on the line, and if this country’s standing in the world were not on the line.
It cannot be said often or loudly enough: Donald Trump is the worst kind of person who brings out the worst in other people.
Now it’s true Mr. Blow didn’t offer as many details of Trump’s nefariousness as I did yesterday, but give him credit. He has editors. And space limitations. And knows how to write!
Proving that he’s his father’s son, D. Trump Jr. shared these thoughts today:
The media has been [Clinton’s] number one surrogate in this. Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy [sic], on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing. If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.
I have no idea why he brought a gas chamber into the discussion, but the rest of this statement represents an amazingly accurate description of how the media built up his father by giving him wall-to-wall coverage for months and months, rarely challenging the barrage of lies, hatred and nonsense he was spewing. It’s clear that Trump Jr. is himself a talented projectionist, just like Daddy.