We have a president who is proving every day he is batshit crazy. The urban dictionary defines that term as someone who is certifiably nuts. I can think of no more appropriate term for our president after listening to his one-hour rambling obnoxious speech to the CPAC convention. In many cases it matched its audience, some of whom still chanted ‘lock her up’ a year and a half after the election.
This speech was crazier than most when placed in the context of the new Special Council charges against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates — a guilty plea from Gates and the president’s son-in-law likely being the latest person to lose his minimum security clearance in the White House because he lied and can’t get full security clearance.
The headlines of the day were Trump’s listening meeting with the survivors of school shootings and Florida Gov. Rick Scott saying he would go against the NRA. Yet Trump rambled on for 45 minutes before even mentioning that. The day before he said he was looking at raising the age at which young people could by guns from 18 to 21 in opposition to the NRA stance and then in the speech pledged never to go against the NRA. He either lied or stretched the truth on just about every economic fact he mentioned. Then he applauded himself after every anti-immigrant statement when those and his statements on harsher law enforcement were met with cheers from the audience. Surely they elicited groans from anyone listening who remotely knew the facts.
He reveres Fox News and repeats as truth everything they say even when the facts prove what they say are lies. He bought the lie of the parent of a student survivor who it was found altered the emails between his son and CNN. A sad example that father is setting for his son and Trump is setting for all children by repeating the lie.
In his speech, Trump attacked the guard at the Parkland school for not entering the building to try to stop the shooter when Trump had no idea what actually happened. Turns out this scenario — and we now know three other deputies didn’t enter the building either — lays waste to Trump’s claim arming others at schools would stop a shooter.
The idea of more and more guns helping avoid all these school incidents and other shooting deaths is proven wrong by the statistics. The staggering number of guns estimated Americans owned in 2015 was 357 million. The population of America in 2015 was estimated at 317 million. And the number of shootings continues to go up. Now there is a debate on the number of school shootings this year. Some say 18, others say seven and don’t count accidental gun shots being fired, suicide attempts by gun, or shootings on school grounds but outside the school. Reality is more guns haven’t stopped the violence so continuing to claim more guns in schools will do that is absurd. Arming teachers, even those that want to be armed, makes no sense. In Utah a teacher who wanted to carry a gun shot herself in the leg while in school. In Pennsylvania a teacher who wanted to carry a gun left his loaded gun in a student bathroom where students found it.
Our certifiably crazy president who often has no idea what he is talking about speaks for us to the world. They are laughing when they aren’t as scared as we are about his ability to start a war. In his CPAC speech he bragged about signing the harshest sanctions ever against North Korea. Yet his policy of bluster and denigration toward North Korea has produced nothing.
I think we will survive Trump and his administration and the voters of the country can put a stop to further erosion of our Democracy on Nov. 6, 2018 if they give Democrats back control of the Congress. We must also put our faith in Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he will find the truth and maybe a smoking gun that will bring down Trump and rid us and the world of this batshit crazy president.
Peter Rosenstein is a longtime LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.