Behold the Lamentable Purported President of the United States

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Proudly blind autocracy in action. Photo by Washington Post

At the risk of extreme redundancy, a reminder: It is not normal, nor acceptable, that the supposed leader of this country is publicly slinging crude, cheap, juvenile, barnyard epithets at a(nother) woman. He has, of course, committed untold weightier crimes - today, his self-serving complicity, in violation of his oath of office, in the bone saw murder of a U.S. journalist that could threaten his own longstanding venal business dealings. Still, we are lost in a crucial way if we don't daily call out his ceaseless, tawdry debasing of our national discourse. His latest crime against decency came after a minor legal victory against Stormy Daniels, prompting the perennial 4th-grade playground bully to sneer, "Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer." He got as good as he gave: She cited his "um...shortcomings, incompetence, hatred of women and lack of self-control" before closing with, "Game on, Tiny," while  Avenatti blasted him as "a disgusting misogynist and an embarrassment to the United States."
 
At this point, such observations are a big duh, but they're still worth saying. Many point out his latest attack is one small part of the ugly "whirlwind of cruelty" that is Trump's defining trait, most notably but not exclusively aimed at putting down women who dare to challenge him, the unshackled male power he represents, and the "mean adhesive" that binds him to other weak men - see Kavanaugh - similarly threatened by change. Amidst the crudity, there's also the breathtaking irony of the attempted insult of a lovely woman by a fat orange tub of putrid goo - or, as the artful Scottish have dubbed him, a "toupéed fucktrumpet," "witless fucking cocksplat," "mangled apricot hellbeast" and "bloviating flesh bag." But let's not go there. Instead, we note the grovelling lows GOP apologists must embrace to keep supporting Trump's increasingly unsightly reign. Asked about the "Horseface" slur, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy thoughtfully mulled, "The president grows anxious when he has unexpressed thoughts" and feebly suggested, "We've all done something like that before" before conceding, "It detracts, substantially... That's an understatement." Yes. A gross one.
 
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