This time Trump has gone too far.
He has made fun of Carly Fiorina’s face and sneered at Mexicans, aiming at the angry white male. Now he has taken on John Kerry for committing the federal crime of riding a bicycle as a septuagenarian.
“They have no respect for our president, they have no respect for John Kerry, who falls off bicycles at 73 in the middle of a negotiation that’s very important,” Trump said in August. He paraphrased it Monday night, again criticizing the Iran nuclear treaty.
Of course, Trump exaggerated Kerry’s age. Said he was 73. In fact, Kerry is 71. Take it from a far lesser cyclist who tumbled on sand, every year counts while pedaling uphill
More to the point, Trump has once again pandered to the know-nothing set, this time in Dallas, making fun of Kerry’s love of cycling – the high-tech bike, the full outfit, the challenge of a Tour--level mountain in Switzerland.
Trump perhaps knows this is something thousands of men and women do daily in Europe and elsewhere, imitating the great cyclists on the hardest hills they can find. But he panders to the base.
Classic Donald. He said the Secretary of State was riding in a race. In fact, Kerry was taking on a Tour incline in May, but with his own State Department motorcade, which rushed to his help when he struck a curb and toppled, fracturing his leg.
Yes, the injury was serious enough to warrant surgery and care in New York. Trump senses it will work as part of his shtick about Kerry.
In his rally in Dallas, Trump once again imitated Kerry’s return to work. Simulating a man walking with crutches, he said, “The people from Iran say, ‘What a schmuck.’”
This is a common theme with Trump – the queasiness with anything less than a perfect 10. Trump seems pathologically uncomfortable with human frailty. What must he think of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who ran a country in terrible times, limited by polio?
The fear of frailty, this discomfort with complexity, accompanies him on national television, babbling about himself -- the Reality Show Host as Candidate, for goodness’ sakes.
Undoubtedly, Kerry was inconvenienced by his accident, but there are such things as telephones and cables and the Internet. We have seen footage of Kerry with his Russian and Iranian counterparts. The body language tells me they do not consider him a schmuck, with or without crutches.
Kerry also speaks French fluently, undoubtedly a drawback to Trump’s base, maybe even to Trump himself. French was a skill Mitt Romney tried to hide during his stiff race in 2012. Why would the United States want a worldly President or Secretary, anyway, when the current rage seems to be a carnival clown, who cannot even get ages right.
9/15/2015 08:10:03 pm
Well put, sir. I am waiting for the moment when this "candidacy" makes sense.
9/15/2015 09:21:03 pm
How much time do you have?
9/16/2015 08:21:41 am
In 1982 Leo Rosten wrote, "Never use schmuck before women, children, or strangers," a rule that I have tried to live by but I do concede that its American usage meaning fool or idiot has superseded its obscene origin. I did get a kick however over Trump's concept that the Iranians (Iranians!) would use a Yiddishism to describe our Secretary of State.
9/16/2015 10:53:54 am
Roy, in 1982 kids were just beginning to use the word "suck." But in the early 50's, in junior high, we called somebody "a schmuck with ear laps." I suspect there is a stronger word for Trump than "schmuck" or "putz," but I am not an authority. My friends from Jamaica High -- some of whom knew Trump as a younger kid -- might know the word, and you might. The search goes on. Nice to hear from you. GV
9/16/2015 01:07:25 pm
Name calling, insults, anger, vituperation in general, obscenity... bullies provoke such behavior. Here's what I learned in my extensive anger-management courses: Don't call names, rather name the name-caller. For example...Just who the trump do you think you are!...or, You flying piece of trump!... or, my personal favorite, the ever-popular East Los Angeles insult, Tu madre es una trumpa!
9/16/2015 02:29:32 pm
25 years ago, i worked for a democratic state senator from Manhattan's west side. Trump was proposing a massive development called "Trump City" which was eventually scaled back to the development you now see from the west side highway from 59-72nd streets. I drafted and he issued a report calculating that the amount of sewage Trump City would have generated would have overwhelmed the local sewage plant's rated capacity, and argued that permits to connect to the sewer system had to be withheld until the problem was addressed. We never succeeded in linking development scale to sewage plant capacity but we did give the report a good name: "Trump Card or Royal Flush?"
9/17/2015 08:35:00 am
Three hours of Republican debate last night and not a one mentions the world crisis developing in Queens: The diminishing lead of the New York Mets. They talk of 2008; they talk of the Reagan years. No one talks about 2007, or what about 2008? That's probably OK. Let's all make only good karma. No game today means a whole day of worry. I read somewhere the word worry comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "wrygan" meaning to strangle. Breathing does seem to be getting heavier.
9/17/2015 10:17:23 am
Brian, maybe Trump's insolence -- talk about a face -- has touched off a curse on anything Queens. GV
9/23/2015 02:25:18 pm
11/6/2015 05:18:04 am
Trump was proposing a massive development which is praise worthy. I hope it will work as part of his shtick about Kerry.
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.