By Michael-Leonard Creditor
Since SDFP was striking on Wednesday when this happened, I thought I’d take the opportunity to express my outrage in your stead.
He didn’t. He said WHAT? Oh, the man is utterly stupefying and infuriating. A true sociopath, he will say anything in the moment regardless of how his prior actions absolutely give lie to the words. And even when he seems to be trying to say something positive, he simply can’t. Here’s what he tweeted, the twit:
I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy. On International Women’s Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world.
I heard it on the NPR news headlines and, for a moment, I wasn’t sure I’d heard it correctly because it immediately sounded degrading. Immediately. I’m a man and it sounded demeaning to me; I can’t imagine how it sounds to women.
Here — in 160 characters-or-less, and on International Women’s Day — 45* reduces women (presumably all women) to their “roles” in “society and our economy.” He declares that he has “tremendous respect” for women in those roles. So, a woman is only worthy of respect if she is serving in one (or more, presumably) of those roles. The second sentence (two tweets were needed to complete this important message) shows that he does know what day this is, and invites us all to join him in doing the “honoring.” Just in case anyone thinks this is some sort of xenophobic, jingoistic statement, 45* specifically notes he is honoring women “around the world” as well as “here in America.” It’s exactly the kind of empty meaningless statement that nobody can disagree with. He coulda saved a tweet.
As one of the hundreds of replies noted, “How can you start a sentence with ‘I’ on International Women’s Day?”
The upshot of this latest outrage at our Tweety-in-chief is that now, only a couple of hours after I first heard the astounding announcement, I’m already calm again. That such an insult only produces concurrent outrage for a short time shows how easy it can be to become inured to even the most egregious of would-be tyrants.
Michael-Leonard Creditor was born in Tucson AZ; reared in Brooklyn NY; lived in Portland OR; currently resides in Clairemont. Three main professions: photographer, folklorist, radio program host. Philosopher, and life-long Liberal.