OP-ED Trump’s sinking ship
Forget the Olympics. The most entertaining spectacle going on today is not the meeting of the world’s best athletes in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, but the reality show of Donald Trump’s sinking boat and the desperate rats that have started to jump ship.
Yes, the GOP, turned into a Dr. Frankenstein of sorts, created this heartless, creepy monster that cannot be controlled --and slowly but surely the creature is devouring its own hypocritical creators. Trump’s boat is not sinking alone: it is taking down with it the Republican party ship, filled with a sorry bunch of people that, after all is said and done, are not so different from their standard bearer.
And for that the clownish, uncouth blowhard deserves eternal gratitude.
The monster would be scary if he had any real chance of becoming the country’s President. But despite his tiresome self-proclamations as a winner (“I’m great,” etc.), a mixture of arrogance and stupidity usually is a recipe for …well, resounding failure. And boy, is Trump arrogant and stupid!
Everybody knows about the Republican candidate’s amazingly cruel and absurd feud with Khizr and Ghazalla Khan, immigrants from Pakistan whose son, Humayun, a captain in the U.S. Army, was killed in Iraq in 2004. It began after Mr. Khan unmasked Trump and revealed the GOP’s even uglier face to the whole nation at the Democratic National Convention.
“This candidate amazes me,” Khan said a few days later on the Today show, hitting the nail on the head again. “His ignorance. He can get up and malign the entire nation.”
Everybody also knows about Trump’s refusal to endorse Paul Ryan and John McCain, and the spineless reactions of these two top Republican figures who, despite repeatedly condemning their candidate words and actions, have not had the courage to do the right thing and withdraw their support for him. A few days later Trump, whose support continues to crumble spectacularly, had to backtrack and support the two Republican leaders.
“While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us,” McCain said in a written statement. Yeah, right, but him as well as Ryan still cowardly back Trump’s immoral candidacy.
Young people, though, are neither deceived by the ignorant showman nor have patience for his shenanigans.
“Trump is wildly unpopular among young adults, in particular young people of color, and nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 believe the Republican nominee is racist,” concludes a new GenForward poll of Americans under 30, conducted by the University of Chicago’s Black Youth Project with the Associated Press. Just 19% of young adults –African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and whites-- see Trump favorably while three-quarters dislike him.
"I think if you want to be a moral young person, you can't support Trump," Miguel García, 20, of Norwalk, California, the grandson of Mexican immigrants and a college student, told the interviewers.
García is right. Fortunately for the nation the GenForward poll confirms that the young Mexican-American could have been speaking for the great majority of his generation.
Not good news for the Republican nominee whose ship keeps taking in water in real time and in front of the entire country. Definitely, the best show in town.