Not Satire: Trump Declares “National Character Counts Week”
Without revealing even the slightest hint of irony or indication of self-awareness Donald Trump on Friday issued a presidential proclamation that Oct. 18-24 shall be “National Character Counts Week.” It reads, in part:
“Every opportunity to show consideration for another person is also an opportunity to build habits of kindness and strengthen our character. Our words and deeds leave imprints in our homes, schools, communities, and places of worship. Throughout this week, we recommit to being more kind, loving, understanding, and virtuous.”
Before the figurative ink on the proclamation was even dry, Trump decided to not practice what he preached by calling Joe Biden and his family “an organized crime family” at an official White House event in Florida dubbed “Protecting America’s Seniors.”
Later at a campaign rally in Macon, Ga. – after Trump acolyte Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) deliberately and mockingly mispronounced Sen. Kamala Harris’s name – Trump and his supporters gleefully called for Joe Biden and his family and Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned.
Trump: Lock up the Bidens, lock up Hillary. Lock them up pic.twitter.com/QCOKUmHwVF
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 16, 2020
Then on Saturday morning, perhaps to underscore his commitment to kindness and civility, Trump commented on what he believes to be personal attributes of Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, referring to him as “stupid” and “obnoxious” in a tweet.
…Nomination to run for a second term. Then he went back to his rather stupid and obnoxious ways. Must feel he can’t lose to a Dem. Little Ben is a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska. Other than that, he’s just a wonderful guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2020
Trump’s tweet apparently was in response to an audio recording of a Sasse townhall telephone call with constituents that was leaked Friday. On that call Sasse shared his honest evaluation of Trump, saying, “He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He’s flirted with white supremacists.”
The proclamation concludes: “I call upon public officials, educators, parents, students, and all Americans to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.” Trump has campaign rallies every day throughout “National Character Counts Week,” giving him numerous occasions to be the “kind, loving, understanding, and virtuous” person his proclamation celebrates.