As these three stooges stumble across the political landscape, the greatest outrage is their continued support of Donald J. Trump.
It’s an embarrassment.
The image above is of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz chest deep in the flood waters in the island’s capital city. I awoke this morning to Trump tweeting, from his New Jersey golf club, “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan… ” and on Puerto Ricans in general, “They want everything to be done for them… ”
This followed on the heels of his trying to explain his government’s slow response time to Puerto Rico’s crisis: “This is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean. It’s a big ocean, it’s a very big ocean.”
His tweets before this episode have been insulting, bullying, racist and just plain ignorant — reminiscent of a prepubescent seventh grader — but this is really a new low.
That Daines, Gianforte and Zinke continue their blind approval of this unhinged president is unfathomable. Could it be that a bumbling Trump distracts from their own woes? Zinke disparages one-third of his staff and also has travel issues (the like of which sank Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price). Daines has his knotheaded health care votes. Gianforte’s efforts on behalf of Montanans seem to be focused on raising money for his next election. The latter two are refusing to meet with their constituents and all three are rejecting the science of a warming planet that leads to increased wildfire activity, instead blaming “radical environmentalists and activist judges.”
They not only support this president but advance his playbook of slashing government services while increasing the deficit and rewarding the richest Americans. From Reuters:
Taxpayers in the top 1 percent of incomes – above $730,000 – would receive about 50 percent of the total tax benefit from the tax overhaul, with their after-tax income forecast to increase an average of 8.5 percent, the (Tax Policy Center) said.
None of the Trump agenda items that Daines, Gianforte and Zinke are promoting — health care, tax reform, public lands, education, to name but a few — will benefit most Montanans, and they share too much hubris to ever admit the errors of their ways. Nary a peep on Trump’s Charlottesville, NFL, Rocket Man, etc. tweets — and now Trump is slighting a woman who has more compassion and humanity in her little finger than the entire Trump administration has shown, ever.
When their terms are up, which can’t be soon enough, here’s praying that these three clowns never hold public office again.