Donald Trump’s Donald Trump Moment
Donald Trump showed himself as the right man at the right time in his remarks during the public swearing-in ceremony of Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday night. He stuck by Kavanaugh when others would have certainly abandoned him. Consider that Ronald Reagan ditched Douglas Ginsberg because he copped to smoking pot. Trump does not best the Gipper in an understanding conservative philosophy. Methinks he bests most of his predecessors in the guts department. You can’t win when raising the white flag becomes a habit.
“On behalf of the nation, I’d like to apologize to Brett and the entire a Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you've been forced to endure,” the president told those gathered. “Those who stepped forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception.” He called Kavanaugh “proven innocent.” He told Kavanaugh’s daughters that their father is a good and decent man.
And in saying all this, he said something to Kavanaugh’s underhanded pursuers. It begins with “f” and ends with “u.” You can play hangman on the letters in between.
I did not tune-in to MSNBC to gauge the reaction. I don’t think I needed to. Sometimes one need not possess the gift of ESP to know what others think.
In an age of hyper-political correctness, America needed a leader neither easily cowed nor prone to adopting the defeatist language his detractors would impose on him. Rather than appease his enemies, Trump fights them. And in doing so, he exposes their indecency. The more Trump’s enemies describe him as beyond the pale, the more they migrate beyond the pale. This ugly episode proves as much.