In the wake of another terror attack, Donald Trump does not lead with compassion, sympathy, or condolences, but instead warns of that “we’re not going to have much of a country left” — then, in the same speech, says not once, not twice, but three times that the US is being “raped” by trade deals. He knows nothing but the politics of fear and destruction.


Donald’s first reaction to the terrible news out of Turkey today was, naturally, a tweet:

He did not offer condolences (nor in his follow-up tweet). No sympathy, no compassion, no decency. This is the third major tragedy where he failed to express the most basic human compassion for the victims in his initial response.

Instead, on the campaign trail in Clairsville, Ohio, Donald had this to say on the attack: “Another suicide bombing. Istanbul, Turkey. Many, many people killed. Many, many people injured. Folks, there’s something going on that’s really, really bad. All right? It’s bad. And we better get smart, and we better get tough, or we’re not going to have much of a country left, okay? It’s bad.”


As if that weren’t enough callous, destructive politicking for one speech, he then went on to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which he said is “raping” the US: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster. Done and pushed by special interests, who want to rape our country. Just a continuing rape of our country. That’s what it is, too. It’s a harsh word. It’s a rape of our country.”


This is, of course, not the first time that Donald has compared trade policies he doesn’t like to rape. And I will say once more what I said the last time: I am a US citizen whose economic fate is tied to the national economy, including trade policy, and I am a survivor of rape. And they are nothing alike.

Donald endlessly brags about being a successful businessman who has built beautiful buildings, tremendous wealth, a classy empire — but he isn’t interested in building anything for anyone else, except maybe a wall. He’s nothing but a fear merchant who incessantly invokes the nation’s supposedly imminent collapse; who uses “rape,” one of the most destructive indignities any human can survive, as a casual metaphor.

In moments which most call for compassion and connection and optimism and strength, Donald resorts like a quivering weakling to the politics of fear and pessimism — which is the opposite of compassion and the coward’s version of strength.

He imagines that being a harbinger of doom — which then allows him to run victory laps when something bad happens — is a qualification for the presidency. To the absolute contrary, it is merely one more on his long list of disqualifying features.

The president is supposed to lead the nation into the future. Anyone who can’t see a future is unfit to lead us there.