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Ty Rewolinski doesn’t appear like a loser. Or a sucker.
Standing on a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, avenue nook outdoors the headquarters of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Rewolinski seems like what he as soon as was: A U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who served his nation in Iraq. He’s tall and broad and self-contained. His eyes are alert. A silver cross dangles from his neck.
A couple of minutes earlier than we began our dialog, I’d heard him mutter beneath his voice, “I’m no loser.”
It looks like an entry level. So I ask him him what he thinks of the story in The Atlantic, since corroborated by a number of different information organizations, that the present commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump, believes troopers are “losers” and “suckers.”
“It makes me feel horrible,” he stated in a quiet and even voice which may as nicely be shouting out loud.
I maintain coming again to the quiet directness of his reply. A Marine sergeant, who’s possible seen terrors that none of us will ever see, feels “horrible,” due to what Trump is alleged to have stated about him.
And proper there, that’s the human value of residing in Donald Trump’s America.
Like all bullies, Trump has dehumanized the folks behind his insults and jibes. And it’s exacting a price on their — and our — souls.
Throughout a information convention from the White Home’s South Portico final week, Trump pushed again exhausting towards his critics, growling that “only an animal” would say such issues about America’s service women and men, and our fallen troopers.
“The story is a hoax, written by a guy who’s got a tremendously bad history,” Trump stated, of The Atlantic editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg, the story’s writer. “The journal itself, which I don’t learn, I hear is completely anti-Trump …
“He made up the story, it’s a totally made-up story.”
However is it so exhausting to consider? Actually?
In almost 4 years in workplace, and on the marketing campaign path earlier than that, Trump has smashed via one norm after one other.
He mocked the looks of former Republican Occasion presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, saying “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?”
He referred to onetime White Home aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as a “dog.”
He’s referred to as Mexican migrants “rapists.” He’s invented a playground nickname for every of his political rivals. He’s used a racial epithet to confer with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. He as soon as mocked a disabled New York Occasions reporter.
Trump, who has by no means served within the army, trashed former Protection Secretary Jim Mattis as “the world’s most overrated general.” Former nationwide safety adviser John Bolton was alternately “incompetent,” a “wacko” and “a disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war,” in response to the Los Angeles Occasions.
So is it actually inconceivable that Trump, who has in contrast avoiding sexually transmitted illnesses to combating in Vietnam, and who derided the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who endured unspeakable torture throughout his time as a prisoner of warfare, would actually discuss that approach when he thinks the world isn’t listening?
Future Brown doesn’t appear like an anarchist or looter. But when Trump noticed the grandmotherly black girl within the vibrant yellow Black Lives Matter T-shirt, which may nicely be how he’d describe her.
In spite of everything, he’s executed it earlier than.
“Look at what happened in New York, look what happened in Chicago,” Trump stated throughout a rally in New Hampshire final month. “All Democrats. All radical left Democrats.
“You know what I say about protesters? Protesters, your ass. I don’t talk about my ass. They’re not protesters, those are anarchists, they’re agitators, they’re rioters, they’re looters.”
Brown was emphatic.
“We’re not violent,” she instructed me. “It’s so sad with race and how it is in the world now.”
Brown says she’s seeking to Democratic Occasion presidential candidate Joe Biden to heal a badly fractured nation. Biden, she says, “will smother the flames.”
“I believe the president that’s in there now, he’s responsible for it,” she added.
She’s not improper. Attempt as he may to shift blame, that’s Donald Trump’s America.
— An award-winning political journalist, John L. Micek is editor-in-chief of The Pennsylvania Capital-Star in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and syndicated by Cagle Cartoons. He will be contacted at [email protected] and observe him on Twitter: @ByJohnLMicek. Click on right here to learn earlier columns. The opinions expressed are his personal.