I keep yelling at the television screen because although everyone is posing the key questions and speculating upon answers, no one seems seems to be seeing the forest for the trees.
Every night, for over three years, I’ve tuned into MSNBC. Among others, Joy Reid, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell bring the reality of what is happening here in the US and the world into my peaceful home in the woods of South County, RI. As some of you know, I write murder mysteries and am definitely not one to be classed as faint of heart. But the news, which filters into my living room, has shaken me to my core every single day since January 20, 2016.
This week was particularly jarring as American Jews stood accused of being disloyal; our Federal Reserve Chairman, Jay Powell, deemed an enemy; the Dow plunged 573 points; the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederickson publicly insulted; the Trade War with China heightened; President Obama, once again, defamed. Immigrant families continue to be cruelly torn apart, children caged, women of color verbally abused, and LSGBTQ rights challenged. Our Constitution, the basis for our democracy, is under attack by the very person who publically pledged to uphold it on Inauguration Day, 2016. Since then, any vestige of fresh air is being summarily sucked out of this country by a leader who denies climate change while the Rainforest burns.
I sit on my couch listening to the pundits ponder as they try to explain why the leader of the free world (and that is now up for discussion) continues to act so irrationally. I wonder why they are all missing the obvious: This guy knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s doing what he’s been told to do by his Soviet buddy. Trump is systematically destroying American democracy while stoking racial violence and pitting Americans against each other. He is creating upheaval among our allies in order to wreak havoc with their own democracies. He was given a task and he’s dutifully doing what he’s been instructed to do because Trump is Putin’s puppet, plain and simple.
As he makes a fool of himself in Biarritz, while arguing the case for Russia to be readmitted to the G7, he is carrying out his orders like a good soldier. The guy is crazy like a fox.
There is a joke going around this week: What’s the difference between Trump and Greenland? The answer is: You can’t buy Greenland. Trump has been bought and sold at the cost of other people’s freedom. I wonder when this simple answer to what is motivating him is going to dawn on everyone? Until then, I’ll keep tuning in and yelling, “Wake up! He’s not crazy! He’s just doing his job!”