Opinion

Americans Horrified After Learning Trump Called Capitol Officers Who Testified ‘P*ssies’ and ‘Weak’

Even though former President Donald Trump isn’t particularly relevant anymore, it hasn’t stopped him from being a vilely pusillanimous and venomous nonsapient form of human being whose words for some reason still inhabit social media despite social media largely drop-kicking him. Now he’s directed that poison towards Capitol Police officers who risked their lives during the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Because that’s the kind of man Trump is. He talks tough but this belies his obvious cowardice. One only has to remember his insulting comments to the late Republican Sen. John McCain (Arizona). McCain was admittedly a flawed man, but nevertheless, he was a prisoner of war for nearly six years in Hanoi. In other words, he was a man of considerable fortitude and therefore a war hero.

But that wasn’t the way Trump saw it. The two had been locked in a two-decade feud over McCain’s military service, Obamacare, Trump’s comments on immigrants among other issues, and so in July 2015 he dropped this bomb in reference to the senator:

“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Now we’re here all over again, but this time Trump, who, ahem, received four student deferments from service between 1964 and 1968, has Capitol Police officers in his crosshairs.

The Daily Beast, referring to Trump’s behavior as the insurrection unfolded, notes:

“In his retelling, Ashli Babbitt — who was shot and killed trying to enter the House chamber on January 6 — wasn’t so much a rioter as she was an ‘innocent, wonderful, incredible woman.’ And in Trump’s mind, some of the police officers who defended the Capitol that day aren’t the real heroes, calling them liberal ‘p*ssies’ who loathe MAGA, and outliers within a broadly Trump law enforcement community.”

“In private discussions this summer, Trump has told some people close to him that several of these officers strike him as weak and as ‘pussies,’  according to two sources familiar with the comments and who described them independently. Trump has also maintained that these men seem ‘broke[n]’ by the events of Jan. 6 and that they do not have the supposed toughness or character of the law enforcement officers who, on the whole nationally, still widely support Trump and his policies.”

It may seem like I’m someone who widely supports police officers but I don’t. I simply will not support racist cops who harm innocent Black people for any reason. This is something that has never been adequately addressed in the U.S. and it is an ongoing tragedy. And I was horribly victimized by police when I was a teenager. So I’m not singing their praises.

But the Capitol Police officers are a completely different story. I’m reminded of those who gave their lives protecting people during the riot. I’m reminded of officer Eugene Goodman who singlehandedly diverted the violent mob away from the Senate chambers. On that fateful day, these officers worked bravely to diffuse the angry mob.

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Trump has led a pampered life. He’s allergic to struggle. Sure he may be nervous about his legal situation now but the scariest thing he’s ever faced before this has been bad ratings on The Apprentice, or perhaps having to tell Melania about Stormy Daniels.

He is not brave. He is, in fact, that word he’s using to describe these officers.

Twitter was absolutely disgusted:

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity. She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GaiaLibra and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/politicalsaurus

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