'The mouth speaks what the heart is full of'

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Leonard Pitts Jr. The Mi­ami Her­ald Leonard Pitts is syn­di­cated by Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices.

Re­fer­ring to Don­ald Trump, Leonard Pitts says if the eyes are win­dows to the soul, then the mouth is its mega­phone.

How about if we let Je­sus an­swer Kellyanne Con­way?

Don­ald Trump’s in­de­fati­ga­ble apol­o­gist was at it again Mon­day on CNN, de­fend­ing her boss against, of all peo­ple, Meryl Streep. The 19-time Os­car nom­i­nee got un­der Trump’s fa­mously thin skin with a speech at Sun­day night’s Golden Globes.

In it, she chas­tised him for, among other things, mock­ing Serge F. Ko­valeski, a New York Times reporter who has arthro­gry­po­sis, a con­gen­i­tal con­di­tion that causes ab­nor­mal mus­cle de­vel­op­ment and se­verely re­stricted joint move­ments. Trump, ly­ing as is his wont, has fre­quently de­nied what he did, even though the proof is as near as a Google search.

He de­nied it again while tweet­ing about Streep. Con­way, ap­pear­ing on CNN, took um­brage when an­chor Chris Cuomo ex­pressed skep­ti­cism. “Why don’t you be­lieve him?” she asked. “Why is ev­ery­thing taken at face value? You can’t give him the ben­e­fit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart? You al­ways want to go by what’s come out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart.”

It bears re­peat­ing be­cause even by the stan­dards of Trump World, it’s a humdinger. Don’t lis­ten to what the pres­i­den­t­elect says, she says. Go by what’s in his heart.

Je­sus saw that one com­ing 2,000 years ago: “A good man,” he taught, “brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

For those of you play­ing along at home, that’s Luke 6:45, the Son of God call­ing BS on the son of Fred, and on Con­way’s bizarre in­sis­tence that some­how peo­ple have — re­peat­edly — mis­read his in­ten­tions all these months. Sorry, but if the eyes are win­dows to the soul, then the mouth is its mega­phone, and Trump has used his re­peat­edly and ef­fec­tively to tell us what sort of per­son he is.

So it’s funny, but frankly also chill­ing, to see Con­way scur­ry­ing around at this late date, in ef­fect ask­ing Amer­ica to grade Don­ald Trump on a curve. Don’t go by what comes out of his mouth? Se­ri­ously? Se­ri­ously!? She does know this man is about to be pres­i­dent, right? She re­al­izes, doesn’t she, that a pres­i­dent’s words can in­cite revo­lu­tion? That they can move the stock mar­ket? That they can get peo­ple killed?

Yet this woman thinks the prob­lem with Trump’s di­ar­rheal mouth is the fact that we lis­ten to it. In other words, pay no at­ten­tion to that man be­hind the cur­tain. Is that to be the mes­sage our am­bas­sadors give our for­eign friends — and foes — for the next four years?

“Oh, don’t worry about it, Mr. Prime Min­is­ter. That’s just Don­ald. He’s just talkin’.”

Yeah. That’s to­tally not ridicu­lous. To hear Con­way tell it, some com­bi­na­tion of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama has been hid­ing in plain sight all along, ex­cept that some­how, Trump’s un­ruly mouth failed to prop­erly rep­re­sent Trump’s saintly heart and it’s all your fault, any­way, for be­liev­ing words and ac­tions have mean­ing. The trou­ble is, in­con­ve­nient re­al­i­ties like this one in­sist on telling a dif­fer­ent story. In­deed, the Ko­valeski case is the whole tragedy of Don­ald Trump in mi­cro­cosm: the scorn, the bul­ly­ing, the pet­ti­ness, the ly­ing, the self-delu­sion.

In the face of that, Con­way’s en­treaty to dis­re­gard Trump’s mouth and look into Trump’s soul is be­yond asi­nine. Sorry, but Je­sus — big sur­prise — was right. “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Trump’s mouth has made it starkly clear what fills his heart.

And, sadly, what does not.

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