Vainglorious Bastard

After nearly four years of Trump news, you’re probably thinking to yourself, Apocalypse Now what? Well, The Atlantic reports that our Pattonly insane Commander in Chief, who, after a lifetime playing the part of Lawrence of a Labia and Genghis Con, went Full Mental Jacket and described fallen troops as “suckers” and “losers.” Of course, the Black Hawk Clown is denying he said this (or just writing it off as Hurt Locker Room Talk), but it’s obviously true: First, because the AP confirmed the story. Second because Duncekirk has a well-known history of attacking Gold Star families and blasting John McCain for being captured—”I like people who weren’t captured” … “He lost. He let us down. But, you know, he lost. So I have never liked him as much after that, because I don’t like losers.” (Come on, does that language sound at all familiar to what’s being reported now?). Third, because The Atlantic, around since 1857, put the story under the byline of its editor in chief. And fourth, it sounds exactly like the American Viper we’ve heard shaming America, supporting enemies, and abandoning allies for years; and for whom D Day is always Me Day. Of course his Looney Platoon of enablers will go to work Saving Private Lyin’, but everyone, especially the insiders, knows this story is true. If you want to say you love him anyway, fine. But can we please stop pretending we don’t know exactly who this guy is?

+ “Trump, while standing by Robert Kelly’s grave, turned directly to his father [John Kelly] and said, ‘I don’t get it. What was in it for them?’ Kelly (who declined to comment for this story) initially believed, people close to him said, that Trump was making a ham-handed reference to the selflessness of America’s all-volunteer force. But later he came to realize that Trump simply does not understand non-transactional life choices.” Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic: Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers‘. Every word damning, every word entirely believable.

+ Slate’s Fred Kaplan: It’s Time for Trump’s Generals to Go on the Record. Yes. This would not be normal. But this is not a normal presidency and it’s not a normal moment.

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