In addition to being an illegitimately elected career criminal with a personal allegiance to a foreign dictator, Donald Trump is also pretty crappy at the whole leadership thing. He barks out buffoonish slogans that have no meaning, and only serve to inspire those who don’t have two brain cells to rub together. So when an Amtrak train derailed in Washington state today with fatal consequences, it’s not surprising that Trump’s response sucked. But it turns out it sucked even worse than one might have expected.
Far too long after the derailment took place, Trump finally took to Twitter to say something about it. Here’s what he posted: “The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!” He didn’t mention a word about the victims or the survivors. Best anyone can tell, there is no “infrastructure plan” – it’s just something he made up on the spot.
Ten minutes after this demented jackass posted one of the most unpresidential responses to a tragedy that he could think of, his staff realized how badly he’d blown it. They went back and posted this additional tweet to his account, which he clearly had no hand in writing: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the train accident in DuPont, Washington. Thank you to all of our wonderful First Responders who are on the scene. We are currently monitoring here at the White House.”
To recap, Donald Trump responded to the tragic deaths of several Americans by telling a partisan lie about legislation that doesn’t exist, while saying absolutely nothing about the people who suffered from the tragedy. This also comes while he’s pushing a tax scam bill for the wealthy that would bankrupt the U.S., meaning there would be no money left over to pay for his imaginary infrastructure plan anyway. This guy is demented. He needs to resign.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report