Knowing this will make me very unpopular among many of my readers…. still…. — Quin

By Quin Hillyer at The Washington Examiner;

If I met President Trump in the Oval Office, I would refuse to shake his hand.

A handshake, even among adversaries, is a sign that at some level, even if only a formal one, there exists a mutual respect. There is not a single thing about Trump I respect or admire. Not one.

Wealth per se is not admirable. Nor is “success” if it is built on a combination of inheritance, of the ability to fleece people and of the sale through popular media of a reality TV persona that hastens the degradation of our culture.

Trump, from the Oval Office, pollutes our politics and degrades our culture.

(Don’t throw out the straw man argument that “at least he’s not as bad as Hillary Clinton.” Of course, for policy reasons, I “prefer” Trump as president to Clinton, but I would also “prefer” the shingles to the plague.)

The latest degradation – or, rather, crass loutishness, or maybe loutish crassness – came Thursday morning when Trump Tweeted (of course it had to be a Tweet!) about MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that “low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”


At least this time, unlike with Megyn Kelly, Trump identified the “wherever” from which Brzezinski allegedly was bleeding.

Small solace.

This is the president of the United States, the head of state of the most admirable nation in world history, acting like a nine-year-old brat while besmirching not just the dignity, but the very decency of his office.

Please excuse my insistence on chivalry (or what leftist-feminists might call “sexism”), but…..

[As usual, the rest of the column is here.]