There was a lot of things wrong with Trump’s comments to ABC White House reporter Cecilia Vega during yesterday’s press conference. .
If you missed the exchange, you can check out the video below, but this is the pertinent bit of the exchange:
Trump: "She's shocked I picked her, she's in a state of shock."
Vega: “I'm not, thank you Mr. President.”
Trump: "I know you're not thinking, you never do."
Vega: "I'm sorry?"
Trump: "Go ahead"
Obviously Trump’s comment was rude, condescending, indecent, unpresidential, and probably sexist. Nothing any former United States President has ever and would ever say to a reporter.
But that’s just the start.
Also notice the collection of mealy-mouthed jackasses standing behind Trump who laugh at this act of rudeness and condescension. They are complicit in this vile act. They are the meatheads who every bully depends upon for support.
Most important, note the cowardice of Trump. When Vega says, “I’m sorry?” she’s attempting to ascertain what Trump just said. She probably heard the words correctly but rightfully assumed that it couldn’t possible have been those words.
What President - or decent human being - would say something like that? And during a press conference?
But like the frightened, little bully that Trump is, he didn’t repeat his words when questioned. He laughs at the reporter for a remark he has made almost under his breath, and then he tells her to continue while his crew of complicit jackasses laugh along at her expense.
Trump is like the high school bully who calls you a name under his breath and then denies saying it when you try to call him out.
Trump is like the high school bully who says something terrible to you and then says, “Just kidding. God… can’t you take a joke?”
Trump is the kind of human being who tries to publicly humiliate a person on the world stage by mumbling an insult under his breath and then pretending it never happened.
What a goddamn coward.
This is a guy who fires people via Twitter because he can’t muster the courage to fire them in person. This is a guy whose flat feet kept him out of Vietnam but allowed him to play golf for his entire life. This is a guy who falls in love with dictators through letters, praises America’s enemies, and fails to stand up to adversaries on the world stage.
Trump is a lot of things. Crude, sexist, racist, thin-skinned, incompetent, inarticulate, self-serving, and condescending. A self-acknowledged sex offender who pays hush money to porn stars.
A serial liar.
But also, and let’s not forget this, a goddamn coward, too.