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WHINING COUNTRY

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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2018

WHINE COUNTRY

For those who practice resentment politics, like Donald Trump, a day without whining is like a day without sunshine.
Never mind that it’s like a day without spray tan, and never mind that Trump doesn’t practice resentment politics, he’s mastered it. He displays his crass act constantly, even on a day that world and national leaders were involved in the extended burial of John McCain. A fuming President Trump, sulking on a golf course because he wasn’t invited, couldn’t take a break, couldn’t even bury the hatchet for an instant.
By the way, I’ve figured out why Trump owns so many golf courses. It’s the only way he’d be accepted for membership. Not that joining a country club is such a big deal. All you have to do is have a ton of money and, until recently, be white. But I digress ...
There he was stroking, putting, cheating and doing all that stuff that golfers do, multitasking the entire time. He was also driving his usual barrage of tweets down the unfairway, appropriately addressing his customary wedge issues. It’s just par for the course, his link (OK, enough with the stupid golf jokes) with his millions of supporters, demonstrating, as he incessantly does, that he shares their bitterness. He’s pulled that off so well that his adoring followers think he’s one of them, even though he personifies the grossly rich guy who lives in opulent splendor while many of them are frightened by their precarious financial situations and their struggle to keep a roof over their heads. He accomplishes his feat by touching their primal fears that they’re being left behind in a scary world full of predators, particularly those of color. Plus, he bamboozles them with his interminable lies and half-truths.


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On their TVs, they saw the Washington establishment, so hated by Donald Trump worshippers, gathered at National Cathedral memorial services for McCain. Daughter Meghan McCain was particularly notable as she implicitly attacked the uninvited one, saying, “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great.”
Juxtapose that in your mind’s eye with POTUS furtively pecking away on his smartphone, defiantly responding on Twitter, in all caps, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
He then fired, as he always does, at his usual targets: the FBI and Justice Department, the fake news media, Canada, the typical stuff that stokes the outrage of his 54 million devotees, although in fairness, it should be noted that a huge chunk of those Twitter followers include us fake news types, who hang on every word of the man who has the power to do such damage with his carelessness, ignorance and downright ugliness..
His hold over those who would normally be appalled by him is amazing. I’m talking about the opportunistic evangelical leaders who choose to ignore what they normally would regard as evil conduct in order to sop up the favors this president can lavish on them. They didn’t bat an eye when he got downright apocalyptic at a recent private White House dinner, warning of a Democratic takeover in Congress: “They will overturn everything that we’ve done, and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently.”
As an aside, Bette Midler -- yeah, that Bette Midler, the singer -- had a wonderful response with a tweet of her own:
“Now Trump’s saying Democrats are going to be ‘violent’ if they win big in November? What are we going to do? Throw our PBS tote bags at them?”
That’s funny, but no laughing matter, because the various Trump opponents do little else but whine in opposition. That accomplishes very little, because until they get off their duffs on Election Day and vote (with or without their tote bags), their whine can be dismissed as nothing more than sour grapes.

© 2018 Bob Franken
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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