It took Donald Trump two hours today to grudgingly congratulate the USA women’s soccer team for winning the World Cup. We all know why: the stars of the team don’t like him, so he decided to be small and petty about it. But shortly after he finally posted the halfway human-sounding tweet, Trump then promptly reminded us of his true horrifying nature.
Donald Trump spent a long time refusing to publicly acknowledge that his immigrant concentration camps even exist. But something changed this week, and now he’s begun doing what he usually does in these situations: flat out lying about every last detail. Trump tweeted today that the media is generating “phony and exaggerated accounts” of what he’s now calling “Border Detention Centers.” He then went on to whine that the United States shouldn’t “have to care” for these immigrants, as if falsely imprisoning them and making them drink toilet water is somehow “caring” for them.
Trump then went on to promote this bizarre fictional narrative: “We said there was a Crisis – the Fake News & the Dems said it was ‘manufactured.’ Now all agree we were right, but they always knew that.” Meanwhile back in the real world, the crisis is that Trump has people locked in concentration camps. Trump and his Border Patrol henchmen are the problem that will have to be eradicated; then once they’re locked in cages, we can come together and figure out what to do about immigration.
What stands out here is that Donald Trump is still refusing to take ownership of what he’s doing. His atrocities have now reached mid-period Hitler (though importantly, not late-period Hitler). Yet Trump is still pretending that he’s somehow doing right by the people he’s locking in his concentration camps. Trump is revealing himself to be a monster and a coward at the same time.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report