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There is an increasing crescendo of condemnations flying back and
forth in political realm nowadays. We've noticed a pattern out there.
Perhaps you have as well.
On the one hand, typified in its most extreme example by Trump, we
have people who are obdurately adverse to apologizing for any
condemnable thing, and they are the ones quickest to condemn others
who aren't drinking from the same Kool-Aid pitcher. Then on the other
hand we have people who publicly, and sometimes tearfully, apologize
when they mess up.
Trump's people jumped all over Samantha Bee the other day, demanding
an end to her entertainment career, for using an obscene expletive in
reference to the first daughter. It was a subject from the podium of
the White House press secretary. It's far from the first time they
have demanded the end to a career.
Besides the blackball campaign successfully prosecuted against Kathy
Griffin, from which she is only now starting to recover, they do it
practically every day. More and more they are demanding termination
of members of the special counsel's investigation, based on wholly
specious accusations of wrong doing.
We agree that Bee was out of line. We are also disturbed generally by
the increasingly gratuitous and prevalent use of the f-word and the
s-word on TV, unbleeped on cable, notably a recent quote out of
Trump's own mouth. And at the same time we ourselves get emails from
time to time from right wingers filled with foul language. It's
literally diagnostic of someone without a political argument on the
merits that their policy commentary is comprised of potty talk.
If anybody wants to complain about the use of foul language, those on
the Trump side are the last who have a right to complain. They
plastered obscenities hurled at Hillary Clinton all over their
t-shirts and signs at their rallies. Before that these same people
were displaying racist images of President Obama. They set the lowest
of all possible low standards. But that does not mean we have to
stoop to their level, Samantha.
Griffin could not have apologized more profusely for something that,
while not in good taste, did not even remotely approach a serious
threat of any kind.
Did Trump accept her apology? No, he did not. No more than he has
EVER apologized for any of his own sins, including crude insults of
every political opponent he ever had, including encouraging actual
violence against opponents at his rallies, implicitly even reporters
who then required actual secret service protection.
Apology or not, Trump continued to demand more pounds of flesh than
Griffin even has on her slight body. To the point where Griffin was
remorseful that she had ever apologized at all. What is the point of
apologizing to people who are incapable of accepting apologies?
And as a consequence Trump has no right to complain. He is both
mercilessly unforgiving of others and entirely lacking in contrition
In the case of Roseanne Barr, we have someone with a long history of
making ignorant racist and anti-Semitic remarks. She finally went on
such an offensive and extended rant that ABC had no choice but to
pull her show. If they had not, all their advertisers, even very
conservative companies, would have jumped ship.
We don't know the content of all the communications between ABC and
Roseanne after her latest tirade, but we can infer much.
ABC TALKED to Roseanne before they acted, and at least by a couple
hours from the reports we've heard. Clearly Roseanne was on advance
notice she was way over the line before she was actually fired. We
don't know if she reacted to ABC dismissively or arrogantly in the
But she obviously did not believe she needed to apologize about
anything, otherwise she could have jumped right on Twitter
immediately to do so. She did not. Perhaps she thought, as does
Trump, that she could get away with anything. And that, most of all,
is what left ABC no choice but to can her, whether she apologized
after the fact of that firing or not.
It is precisely because Trump is so incapable of apologizing himself,
or of sincerely condemning anything his supporters might do, that he
has no moral authority to condemn anyone else on the other political
The first time someone else is caught in a possible lie, no matter
how gray, Trump demands exorcism. The liar in chief, who does
absolutely nothing but lie all day and night long, has no right to
complain. He lies constantly lies, as do all the people around him,
even about whether other people are lying.
Until Trump apologizes for everything ugly thing he has ever said and
done, going at least all the way back to calling for the death
penalty for five innocent teenagers decades ago in New York, with
full page newspaper ads, he has no moral right to condemn anybody
else for anything.
Let Roseanne call for the firing of Samantha Bee, if she cares to
For our part, we strive to keep our condemnation of Trump, as
deserved as it might be, in good taste.
And you can demonstrate in good taste where you stand, with any of
our resist Trump message items, including our original Trump, the
Fraud, bumper sticker which foresaw it all at the very beginning of
the primary campaign.