‘Get-Trump’ men­tal­ity wide­spread

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Dis­dain for Pres­i­dent Trump is worn as a badge of honor. It seems you can never dis­play con­tempt for him too promi­nently. Mr. Trump was the Democrats’ dar­ling when his novel can­di­dacy was the hu­man wreck­ing ball in the Repub­li­can pri­mary — and his nom­i­na­tion would have been God­sent if one were gullible enough to be­lieve in God.

These days, Mr. Trump’s in­tel­li­gence can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated nor can he be dis­par­aged be­yond the lim­its of good taste. If this ma­li­cious­ness had been ap­plied to Pres­i­dent Obama, it would have been swat­ted down with the re­minder that Mr. Obama was a grad­u­ate of Har­vard Law School. Well, Mr. Trump is a grad­u­ate of the Whar­ton Busi­ness School and has sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence in his field of study. But I sus­pect Mr. Trump de­lights in this con­de­scen­sion and the neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity he gets, much like a pool-hall hustler who wants chal­lengers to un­der­es­ti­mate his abil­i­ties.

The “get-Trump” men­tal­ity has in­ten­si­fied be­yond the ex­pected de­trac­tors in the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, their me­dia or­gans and Hol­ly­wood. The other day a man ap­proached me on the bus and be­gan rant­ing about Mr. Trump. Know­ing the pit­falls of dis­cussing pol­i­tics with strangers, I changed the topic to re­li­gion.

JOHN GALL Ar­ling­ton

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