Last night in Cincinnati, Ohio, Donald Trump took what can best be described as a victory lap. While his speech began with talk of “unity” and compassion, it quickly devolved into attacks on the media, immigrants, and anyone who didn’t vote for him.
When the speech was over with, a panel on CNN discussed what they had just seen, David Gergen, who served as an advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, said he had been disheartened by what Trump’s remarks, commenting:
“I think if there was any doubt that we’re putting an end to one chapter in American history and moving to a new one, he dispelled that tonight. This is goodbye to American leadership in the world. Goodbye to globalization. He’s bringing America home. He’s going to lead a nativist, nationalistic, populist movement and if you want to join up with him fine. If you don’t, forget it.”
Gergen added that it’s now clear the President-elect will push his agenda, “and he’s going to do it in his pugilistic, narcissistic way.” He then added:
“He’s in charge. And he has a lot of support in the Congress. That kind of speech will fire up his base, and it’s going to leave a lot of other people—”
His voice trailing off, Gergen then said what a lot of us have been thinking and feelings ever since Trump began his run for the White House last year:
“I knew I didn’t like the son of a bitch.”
How could anyone like Donald Trump? The man is a blowhard, a con man, a pathological liar, a neo-fascist, and an all around asshole. He is a heartless piece of human excrement who doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself.
And for David Gergen, I have this: Thank you so much for what you said. You are truly an American hero, and we need more statesmen like you in this country.
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