Donald Trump is deplorable. His kids are deplorable. His supporters? Deplorable. In fact, one could reasonably say that the Trumps and anyone who supports them should be thrown into a container of some sort — a basket, for instance — along with all the other “deplorables” who think we should build a wall to keep brown people out of the country and bring back concentration camps.
Perhaps more “deplorable” than Trump and his supporters, however, is the way the mainstream media has handled Trump from the very beginning, treating as normal his numerous suggestions that he wants to make sweet, sweet love to his own daughter, his Muslim ban proposal, his suggestion that all Mexicans are rapists, and the numerous other — well, deplorable — things he has done and said. Trump literally bragged that he could shoot someone and not lose a single supporter, and the media treated it like he told them what day it was. This, and Trump’s numerous other remarks and actions, was quickly forgotten about as they moved on to talk about Hillary clinton’s emails, or Benghazi, or that one time she coughed, or any of the numerous other non-scandals surrounding the former Secretary of State.
Many of us have had enough of the bullsh*t, but Star Trek and Bing Bang Theory actor Wil Wheaton said it perfectly when he tweeted:
Would you PLEASE. STOP. FUCKING. NORMALIZING. THIS. DEPLORABLE. BULLSHIT. https://t.co/K7ObfDGPR9
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 15, 2016
This was a response to a NBC reporter eagerly slurping up Donald Trump Jr.’s recent Holocaust joke:
They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy (sic), on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing. If Republicans were doing that, they’d bewarming up the gas chamber right now.”
Trump Jr. explained away his remark, explaining that he was talking about “corporal punishment” despite that gas has been used in less than a percent of executions since 1976. NBC political reporter Benjy Sarlin accepted Trump’s excuse at face value with a “good enough for me” tweet:
Trump Jr. clarifies "gas chamber" remark was not about Holocaust. Grotesque, but explanation is plausible enough. https://t.co/RvAZZnrrx5
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) September 15, 2016
When one person replied “no it’s f*cking not,” Sarlin responded “How can you prove otherwise?”
Trump Jr. has made a name for himself courting the white supremacist vote. He has appeared on white nationalist talk shows and follows several white supremacists on Twitter — what do you think he f*cking means when he said “gas chambers,” genius?
Donald Trump Sr. has also tweeted out white supremacist propaganda about African-Americans, retweeted several white supremacists himself, and even sent out an anti-Semitic message about Hillary Clinton featuring lots of cash and the Star of David — an image created by…No, I won’t tell you. You can guess.
Donald Trump is not normal. The things he and his brood say and do are not normal. It’s time we stop treating it as such.
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