It will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Donald Trump has an interesting way of commemorating it. After civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis said he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a legitimate President, Trump fired back by saying Lewis is “all talk,” and that his district is in “horrible shape.”
Predictably, this upset a lot of Democrats, and even some Republicans. It makes me wonder if Trump is going to take to Twitter about anything and everything, and if he’ll respond to criticism in any way other than insults (or if he’ll back his insults up with any specifics).
When Trump says Lewis’s district is “crime infested,” does he actually have statistics to back his argument up, or even a nice little anecdote? He doesn’t elaborate. Also, what about the assumption that a Congressman can do a lot to reduce crime in his district? It’s a bit of a lofty assumption. In fact, even ramping up law enforcement might not do the trick, as crime results from some underlying issues that your average cop isn’t going to solve. Nevertheless, it appears that violent crime was actually declining in Atlanta, which is represented by John Lewis, until only recently. In fact, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “overall crime dropped 30 percent from 2002 to 2012, compared to a national reduction of only 14 percent.” Sure, we can pretend it’s all Lewis’s fault — he and the Dems are surely behind the recent increase, and want to kill your kids and the family dog (I’d better make clear that this was sarcasm, because people are often too dumb to understand sarcasm when it’s employed).
I will say this, which I’m sure Democrats wouldn’t want me to say: When Trump is criticizing Lewis, it may have little to do with Lewis’s civil rights background. Trump may be talking about his performance as a Congressman. The idea that a person could’t be flawed in job performance just because they have an honorable past– it’s a bit murky in its own right. But, of course, if anyone makes that observation they’re probably just a Republican, or defending Trump, or racist, or whatever. Heaven forbid people assess reality outside the strictures of convention and labels.
It’s a dumb little game going on.
Basically, what we have here are adults acting like children. They’re insulting each other without being specific, not elaborating on certain claims or providing any evidence, treating some people as sacrosanct while taking things out of context, exaggerating how bad individual comments are, then frequently over-contextualizing issues and claims, etc. It’s fitting for an age that’s pitting rude, intentionally politically incorrect goofballs against all the social justice warrior goofballs, with pretty much no Goldilocks zone between.
Anyway, maybe there’s a new adage being born: You can lead a President to Twitter, but you can’t make him think.