Cheap Shot

This is representative of the level of hatred and visceral animosity coming from the Left.  The text below is an excerpt of a Facebook exchange I had with a family-member after something they posted that made light of the fact that the President and First Lady had contracted the China-virus.  As a point of reference, the timeframe for this outburst was Friday evening, just after the President of the United States had been admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Center for precautionary care.

Another family member posted a picture of the first lady with a caption that said, “Nation Shocked To Learn That Melania Has Been Within Six Feet of Trump.”

This is how our exchange progressed, after I said that the comments made were low-brow and cheap shots given the timing.  This is the response from my otherwise smart and articulate, (albeit liberal) relative.

“Seriously, I believe to my core that he, (Trump) is a psychopath, a deeply evil man, and the greatest threat to American democracy in history. I can’t debate that without compromising the basic definitions of morality I’ve had all my life. I have never seen any evidence of human empathy in him, or any emotion other than rage or glee at the misfortunes of people he doesn’t like. I really don’t care if this man is the victim of a cheap shot on Facebook. Sorry, but that’s where we are in these horrible times.”

The only response I offered to this was “Wow.”

Totally lost on this relative, is his own obvious lack of, “any evidence of human empathy…”, even as he levels the accusation.

In order to edify my relatives, here are excerpts of what columnist Liz Crokin had to say about Donald Trump a few months ago, specifically addressing Trump’s empathy.

In 1986, Trump prevented the foreclosure of Annabell Hill’s family farm after her husband committed suicide. Trump personally phoned down to the auction to stop the sale of her home and offered the widow money. Trump decided to take action after he saw Hill’s pleas for help in news reports.

In 1988, a commercial airline refused to fly Andrew Ten, a sick
Orthodox Jewish child with a rare illness, across the country to get medical care because he had to travel with an elaborate life-support system. His grief-stricken parents contacted Trump for help and he didn’t hesitate to send his own plane to take the child from Los Angeles to New York so he could get his treatment.

In 1991, 200 Marines who served in Operation Desert Storm spent time at Camp Lejune in North Carolina before they were scheduled to return home to their families. However, the Marines were told that a mistake had been made and an aircraft would not be able to take them home on their scheduled departure date. When Trump got wind of this, he sent his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami to safely return the Gulf War Marines to home.
In 2000, Maury Povich featured a named Megan who struggled with Brittle Bone Disease on his show and Trump happened to be watching. Trump said the little girl’s story and positive attitude touched his heart. So he contacted Maury and gifted the little girl and her family with a very generous check.

In 2008, after Jennifer Hudson’s family members were tragically murdered in Chicago, Trump put the Oscar-winning actress and her family up at his Windy City hotel for free. In addition to that, Trump’s security took extra measures to ensure Hudson and her family members were safe during such a difficult time.

In 2013, New York bus driver Darnell Barton spotted a woman close to the edge of a bridge staring at the traffic below as he drove by. He stopped the bus, got out and put his arm around the woman and saved her life by convincing her to not jump.

When Trump heard about this story, he sent the hero bus driver a check simply because he believed his good deed deserved to be rewarded.

In 2014, Trump gave $25,000 to Sgt. Andrew Tamoressi after he spent seven months in a Mexican jail for accidentally crossing the US-Mexico border. President Barack Obama couldn’t even be bothered to make one phone call to assist with the United States Marine’s release; however, Trump opened his pocketbook to help this serviceman get back on his feet.

In 2016, Melissa Consin Young attended a Trump rally and tearfully thanked Trump for changing her life. She said she proudly stood on stage with Trump as Miss Wisconsin USA in 2005. However, years later she found herself struggling with an incurable illness and during her darkest days, she explained that she received a handwritten letter from Trump telling her she’s the bravest woman, I know. She said the opportunities that she got from Trump and his organizations ultimately provided her Mexican-American son with a full-ride to college.

Lynne Patton, a black female executive for the Trump Organization, released a statement in 2016 defending her boss against accusations that he’s a racist and a bigot. She tearfully revealed how she’s struggled with substance abuse and addiction for years. Instead of kicking her to the curb, she said the Trump Organization and his entire family loyally stood by her through immensely difficult times.

Two decades ago, Oprah asked Trump in a TV interview if he’d ever run for president. He said: “If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally because I really am tired of seeing what’s happening with this country.'”

While my relative has plainly laid-out his opinion that Trump is a, “psychopath, a deeply evil man, and the greatest threat to American democracy in history  …” it is my opinion that the people in this country who hold opinions like this are themselves that threat.  To them I say, God help you if conservatives retain power and God help you even more if your side manages to steal it.


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