It takes a special person whose intellect is such that he can grasp a wide range of subjects and take nuanced and responsible positions on each. So here we have the President of the United States who was able to sandwich tweets about protesting players in the National Football League around a threat to destroy North Korea.
Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the playing of the national anthem last year to support Black Lives Matter and their protests about unarmed black men being killed by police officers. Trump criticized this behavior and has since been rebuked by other players, the NFL Commissioner and even supporter Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. Today there were numerous demonstrations throughout the NFL in opposition to his views on race.
While the subject of the protests is significant, the act of protesting is something one would normally think is trivial given what the President faces on a daily basis. Rather obviously, that is not the case with the possibility of war.
In between his tweets about the protests, the President of the United States said, if North Korea’s Foreign Minister “echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer.” Good way to lower the temperature on the escalating threats by Kim Jong Un and Trump.
Now maybe it’s because I grew up next to a military base where there were B-52 bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons, and we had school drills of getting under our desks in case there was a nuclear conflict, but I am not actually comforted by equating the significance of a harmless protest with threats to wipe out another country.
I realize Trump will always appeal to that part of his base for whom his bigotry is a feature, not a bug, but his seemingly equal levels of anger for the trivial versus the cataclysmic should be disturbing to all Americans.