November 11, 2018

I don't think this will come as a surprise to anyone who is a regular reader of this site, but Donald Trump is a genuinely terrible person with absolutely no moral sense at all.

Again, not exactly breaking news, but it really hit home for me this weekend while my home state of California dealt with fires so extreme that the entire town of Malibu in Southern California was evacuated and the entire town of Paradise in Northern California was completely destroyed. Thousands of homes have been destroyed. Nine lives (to date) have been lost, including five in Paradise who were burned in their cars, trying to escape the flames.

And this is what the nation's "leader" has to say:

I know that the Southern Californian fire started in Thousand Oaks, but here's the thing: there's NO forest there, despite the name. This isn't an issue of forest management. This is an issue of global warming. This is an issue of the state suffering through a long drought period. This is an issue of 5,500 prior wildfires this year taxing resources. This is NOT an issue for blaming the victims and threatening them with more suffering.

But when you have someone who has not one ounce of decency or empathy for his fellow humans, this is what you get:

A moral failing for president.

ABC's "This Week" — Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. Panel: Mary Bruce and Matthew Dowd of ABC; Mayor Rahm Emanuel, D-Chicago; former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; and Sara Fagen, political affairs director in the Bush White House.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; Democratic Reps.-elect Elissa Slotkin, (MI-8), and Lauren Underwood, (IL-14). Panel: David Brooks of The New York Times, Matthew Continetti of Washington Free Beacon, Eliana Johnson of Politico and former Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Panel: Rachael Bade of Politico, Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Mark Landler of The New York Times and Ed O’Keefe of CBS News.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Gardner, Nadler; Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Panel: Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; and Nina Turner, president of Our Revolution.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" — Emmanuel Macron, president of France.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" — April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks; Brian Karem, White House reporter for Playboy; and David Zurawik, media critic at The Baltimore Sun; Floyd Abrams, First Amendment attorney; Neil Patel, co-founder and publisher, The Daily Caller; Steve Riley, interim executive editor, Houston Chronicle; and George Lakoff, linguist.

"Fox News Sunday" — Conway; Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Republican nominee for Senate. Panel: Rich Lowry, National Review; Jim Messina, former Obama campaign manager; Jane Harman, former Democratic congresswoman from California; and Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell.

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