This morning I started reading an article at CNN titled “Is Donald Trump hurting himself?” I’m not sure what piqued my interest. After all, everybody but Donald Trump already knows the answer. (Well, maybe Trump and that fawning sycophant Corey Lewandowski who seriously stated last week that Trump may be the most eloquent orator ever to run for the presidency.)
Be that as it may. I began reading. Author Stephen Collinson begins:
“Twice this month, the presumptive Republican nominee has seemed to act against his own political interests after tumultuous events — the Orlando terror attack and the U.K.’s Brexit vote — that should have offered him political openings.”
And that’s where I stopped reading. I was jolted by the sheer crassness of the frank observation that mass shootings and devastating social and economic tumult offer “political openings” for the politician savvy enough (or psychopathic enough?) to take advantage of them. But the reality is undeniable. The politician who can wisely navigate the carnage of a blood-spattered club and the social crisis of a nation in upheaval can readily build his political brand, craftily using the tears of others to water his garden of self-aggrandizing opportunism.
Ugh. What a way to begin a Monday morning.