Person Of The Year Vs. Child Of The Year

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump is a bully. And he has shown time and again that he has no qualms about bullying anyone and everyone. Let’s not forget that he poked fun at Carly Fiorina’s looks when she was competing with him for the Republican nomination during the 2016 campaign. And in that same campaign, Trump¬†mocked a New York Times reporter by crudely mimicking his physical disability. So that the president of the United States would tell a 16-year-old with Asperger’s — a condition¬†most distinguished by difficulty with social interactions¬†— to make some friends and, basically, relax, fits nicely into that pattern of behavior.Thunberg responded by changing her Twitter bio to mock the President’s words, referring to herself as: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.” Thunberg has been open about her neurological difference, acknowledging both the struggles she’s had and calling it a “superpower” when it comes to her activism.Trump is Trump. He has never behaved in any other way than this. Which doesn’t excuse Trump’s behavior. But it makes surprise that he acts this way impossible.What’s truly troubling — and what makes me genuinely mad — about all of this is that we won’t hear condemnation from supporters of Trump (in elected office and out) for this absolutely appalling behavior.Why? Because, at this moment in American political history, the party you identify with trumps — ahem — everything else including common decency.Because common decency would dictate that, as a society, we don’t condone an adult bullying a 16-year-old girl online. Because we know it’s wrong. Because we know if we had a daughter, we wouldn’t want her to be bullied by an adult. Much less an adult man. Much less one who is the President of the United States.