Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Causing A Fuhrer
When is Trump too much? At what point does he cross the ultimate line of lines, and become unacceptable to everyone except white male teabags and the deluded bikers of Rolling Thunder?
For many in the legal community, it was his attack on the judge in the Trump University case. For some Republicans, it was his disparagement of John McCain. And for a whole ton of people who are rushing to register so they can vote against him, it was way back on the very first day he announced, when he called Mexican immigrants "rapists."
We cats find it hard to pinpoint a moment for ourselves, but it was probably when New York Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Ashley Parker asked Trump for a comment on a story they were writing about his campaign's organizational travails.
Standard journalistic procedure, right? Not to Trump. "You two wouldn’t know how to write a good story about me if you tried — dream on," he said via email. The Times, to its credit, printed it.
We cats honestly do not expect America to lose its mind and elect this, um, person. But we are concerned that young people just starting to get exposed to and/or interested in Presidential politics will think that his behavior is normal.
Which explains why so many of us political junkies are looking like the audience at Mel Brooks's famous faux-musical. You know the one — about that German dictator whose name pundits are invoking more and more? Although it probably won't be "Springtime" for Donald Trump in 2016, it's good to be vigilant anyway. We cats HISS and PURR at the same time.