[Warning: Contains strong language. Reader discretion is advised.]
If you’ve read this blog in the past, you know about the shoddy “leadership” you’ve seen in the media business. The names are familiar: Jeff Zucker, Ben Silverman, Randy Michaels, Sam Zell, Jan Jeffries, and so on.
And now we know what it’s like to see these types of people run the White House for the last eight months. And as expected, it’s been a disaster.
President Donald Trump held a press conference on Tuesday, one yours truly couldn’t bear to watch. And it’s a good thing too, because what he said would have made me thrown a can of RC at the TV. I’ve never seen such a despicable human being in public office ever, and I live in Chicago and suffered through a lot of Grade A assholes in office over the years – particularly during the racially turbulent “Council Wars” era as the “Vrdolyak 29” (named after former 10th Ward alderman Ed Vrdolyak) controlled everything during much of Harold Washington’s tenure as Mayor.
I don’t need to rehash for you what happened the last couple of days – you know the drill: Tuesday’s press conference was a joke, with Trump refusing to condemn Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. Saturday in America’s 183rd-largest TV market and radio’s 207th-largest, resulting in the death of a person who was killed when a car driven by a white supremacist plowed into a crowd.
Trump basically said “both sides were to blame”, which is absolute horsecrap. The “alt-left” charging at the protestors? What do you expect them to do when they are yelling racial slurs at you? Get together and have a fucking hootenanny? And Trump saying “not all of them were white supremacists?” Really? Then what were they, President smart ass?
What bothers yours truly – and a lot of other people is him sympathizing with racists – it was these morons who elected him in the first place. So he talks about Mexicans being rapists, building walls, “fake news”, banning Muslim immigration, cutting funding to education, medicare, taking away health care, and feuding with…almost everybody.
Oh, and of course, bashing Chicago every chance he gets on Twitter or in one of his “rallies” – acting like he’s still running for office.
And the fear is now these white nationalists are so empowered by Trump they can march anywhere, anytime – even in Chicago. Remember when the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups marched in the then-white Marquette Park area in 1986? (and yes, the racial violence in the area was worse in the ’60s and ’70s.)
And it seems Trump’s brand of governing is spreading. Though she’s as far as you can get from Trump on social issues, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is developing the same persona as a ruthless tyrant – she recently instituted a penny-per-ounce soda tax, driving customers to buy their groceries in collar counties or Indiana, and harming businesses. Despite the tax being unpopular, her response was basically “fuck you” if you don’t like it.
Yours truly remembered a time when politicians were actually elected to serve their constituents. Now politicians want you to serve them – instead of acting like public servants, they act like dictators. Here they are, shoving political ads in your face, even with the elections more than a year away.
What we are seeing here is totally disgusting. Trump and his ilk don’t care about us – they care only about themselves. Donald Trump needs to be impeached for the sake of the country and the sooner the better. Unfortunately, politicians put themselves first before any of us. It’s like the Titanic is sinking and they’re hoarding all the life preserves for themselves.
No better time to teach ourselves how to swim – we’ll need to if we want to survive in these choppy waters – because we’re on our own.
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