Gene Weingarten: “Trump voters: We have to talk.”

From a Gene Weingarten column in the Washington Post Magazine headlined “2016 Trump voters: Hi. We have to talk.”:

Judging purely from recent news and opinion articles, it is becoming apparent that Donald Trump has finally achieved the sort of astonishing distinction he has always craved, and now sits atop a pantheon of the American presidency; specifically, the stupidest, most inept and malignant president in history. He has surpassed Franklin Pierce, who was a drooling drunk, and Warren Harding, whose greatest presidential achievement was self-awareness — he once described himself as “a man of limited talents” who was unqualified for the job to which he had been elected. . . .

The gentlemanly George Will, a historian of some repute, was never a big fan of Trump. But of late he has been writing in battery acid. He decried Trump’s “incontinent” bluster and called him “the most frivolous person ever to hold any great nation’s highest office.”. . .

Mr. Will also called the Trump administration a “gangster regime,” which is a term most often applied to North Korea, which has arrested politicians for falling asleep in meetings and punished this transgression by exploding them with antiaircraft guns.

In a column headlined “The king of lies,” conservative columnist Michael Gerson writes: “The president is a bold, intentional liar, by any moral definition. A habitual liar. A blatant liar. An instinctual liar. A reckless liar. An ignorant liar. A pathological liar. A hopeless liar. A gratuitous liar. A malevolent liar.”

The point, Trump voters, is that it is pretty evident that you made a colossal error in judgment four years ago. But I am not here to castigate you. I am not going to treat you like imbeciles or wayward children. I am here to gently persuade you not to make the same mistake again, and I am going to do it with respect and compassion — not by emphasizing our differences but by pointing out our common humanity. . . .

Those of you who have been supporting this president often say, “At least he’s not a politician.” With all due respect, that’s like putting your money on a chicken in the Kentucky Derby because at least he’s not a horse. . . .

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