• Nancy Dafoe

"Morally Odious" Donald J. Trump

For months, then years, professional journalists and the “resistance” in America tried to frame and reframe the political discussion regarding Donald J. Trump around policy issues, around civil discourse while Donald J. Trump manically pulled America further into the sewers. Trump’s defenders, such as the too powerful Attorney General William Barr and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, disregarded the laws of the nation they were sworn to uphold to cover for Trump’s crimes and misdeeds.


Since Donald J. Trump’s dubious rise to the highest office in our land, I have been struck by repeated instances of his lack of morality. For some time, I have written of his behaviors as “amoral,” certainly because Trump’s words and actions—too numerous to list here but include a policy of separating babies and children from mothers—indicate a disregard for “rightness” or “wrongness,” but I, too, am guilty of using ameliorating language in reference to Trump.


In the April 6, 2020 addition of The New Yorker, Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, wrote in The Talk of the Town:


“The case the President made for hurrying an economic revival against the advice of scientists was morally odious; it suggested that large numbers of otherwise avoidable deaths might have to be accepted as the price of job creation.” Against the advice of scientists and the medical community, against the warnings from experts in infectious diseases, Trump declared he was calling the shots in the other direction. He determined to follow “his gut,” as he said, but really, he was following the trail of greed and corruption, and his immoral efforts have been attempts to stay in power.


In this egomaniac’s own words, "When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that's the way it's gotta be. It's total."


Well, not exactly, not according to the laws of our land and our Constitution, Trump, but how the people of this nation ever let you get this far is, indeed, “morally odious.”


For clarity, odious means, deserving of hatred or repugnance. Morally odious is a phrase much in use in association with the current occupant of the Oval Office in the White House.


Yes, my reference to Trump is simply Trump or "occupant." My persistent love for my country in the face of this morally odious administration cannot bear to place the word President in front of this thoroughly corrupt, nasty, “morally odious” man’s name.

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