Posted Wednesday morning, January 11, 2017.
Instead of taking it out on the likes of Meryl Streep, Meghan McCain might want to ask her father why Trump won.
What’s a dumbfounded, frustrated, and self-important blogger to do in the face of something like this?
Why, write a letter the supposed recipient will never read and which would have no effect if she did, of course.
Dear Ms McCain,
Or...maybe if your father hadn't flip-flopped back and forth for months and had instead come out straight-forwardly and forcefully against Trump from the start and stuck with it…
But I suspect he was afraid he needed Trump supporters to win his primary.
If he’d been braver he might have prevented Trump from carrying Arizona. About 107,000 more Arizonans voted for your father than voted for Trump. Think it could have been 200 thousand if he'd tried? Would have been a tall order, but he’s John McCain!
And considering the high regard your father's held in across the country, he could have convinced voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
But like too many other GOP leaders, he weaseled and waffled and tried to have it both ways almost until the end.
So unless you think Meryl Streep's opinion carries more weight with Republicans than John McCain's, you might consider looking closer to home to place the blame for President-elect Donald Trump.
A mere actress criticized the President of the United States. And for what? He’s going to be the most powerful man in the world and he made fun of somebody he supposedly regards as a nobody’s disabilities. And he’s still unapologetic about it. In fact, he lies about it. Says he didn’t do it. Wouldn’t do it. But he would and he did. That’s what he does. He mocks and belittles everybody he feels threatened by, and he feels threatened by everybody because he’s weak, insecure, and full of self-loathing. Narcissist? Paranoid neurotic. “You think you’re better than me? I’ll show you, Lying Ted, Little Marco, Pocahontas, Crooked Hillary.” He mocked and belittled your father.
A draft dodger. Five Deferment Don. He made fun of your father’s suffering. Made a joke out of his heroism.
You don’t need me to remind you of that. And you don’t need me to remind you he hasn’t been exactly complimentary toward you either.
That was the basis of his campaign. Picking on people he and his supporters thought weak. And he hasn’t changed his style since November. He’s a petty, small-minded, cruel, vindictive, malicious, and dishonest spoiled-brat of a man. All Meryl Streep did was point that out and ask people to join her in calling him out for his pettiness, cruelties, and dishonesty each and every time he tries to act on them over the next four years, which, judging by his behavior so far, is going to be every other day. And millions of people will like him for it and cheer him on. You think it’ll be because they’re in a snit over Meryl Streep’s having hurt their feelings?
Instead of criticizing Streep, you should join her. Use your platform to speak out against the ways he’s already degrading and debasing the Presidency and the country, against the ways he’s going to use his office to hurt, punish, and abuse those of his “many enemies” he decides are weaker than him.
Your father has taken a big step in the right direction by calling for an investigation of the Russians’ attempts to disrupt the election, undermine the democratic process, and get their hooks in the man who’s going to be the next President of the United States and who may have been all too willing to have their hooks in him, who may very well have helped them subvert our democracy and our faith in our ability to govern ourselves.
Instead of worrying about Meryl Streep’s effect on people who probably have never seen a single one of her movies, try asking your father to increase his efforts and his criticism and then cheer him on when he does.
Because if Trump is re-elected in four years, it’ll be because good people kept silent and let him get away with his depredations and destructiveness without opposition or complaint.
Maybe you should also consider that your own too cool for school attitude had an effect too.
Nope. Didn’t mock him. Didn’t make fun of his disability. Not our President-elect. No, sir. But even if he did, what Meryl Streep said at the Golden Globes is worse because it hurt the feelings of people who cheered when Trump did this: