White House press secretary offered this defense of the president's tweet aimed at the Democratic Senator from New York
Following fallout and outrage by numerous Democrats and the general public on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to a question about the "sexual innuendo" contained in a tweet sent by President Donald Trump about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) by saying that "only if your mind is in the gutter" could someone interpret the president's words in that way.
Sarah Sanders says Trump's Gillibrand tweet does not include a sexual innuendo: "Only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way" https://t.co/EQrFrtK75t— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 12, 2017
Huckabee Sanders was asked about the president's words multiple times by reporters, but she claimed the president did not owe Gillibrand an apology and said "there's no way that [his words were] sexist at all."
But when it came to the press secretary's outlandish explanation, Twitter didn't miss a beat:
"Only if your mind is in the gutter," Sarah Sanders says of those who thought POTUS was suggesting something salacious by saying Gillibrand "would do anything" for campaign contributions.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 12, 2017
My mind isn’t in the gutter & it was the first thought I had— Penni Shelton (@PenniShelton) December 12, 2017
only if your mind is in the gutter*— Oliver Willis (@owillis) December 12, 2017
*and he has a long history of sexism, racism, and admitting to sexual assault
Frank Thomas' comment as it appeared on the Common Dreams website:
In concert with being a narcissistic-psychopath, Trump is the archetypal example of the philosophical idea, called solipsism. The solipsist can attach little, and often no meaning to the supposition that there could be thought, experiences, emotions other than his own. The idea is sometimes expressed as the view, “I am the only mind that exists.”
Along with his pathetic egomaniacal trait, Trump LACKS some essential leadership qualities underlying why he fails miserably and morally, namely : his inability to convince others than just his ‘mind-closed’ supporters; his inability to unite people; his inability to touch feelings and move people emotionally; his inability to give solid reasons for particular actions, and, therefore to move people intellectually.
Trump’s solipsistic temperament makes him ‘stone dumb’ to how hugely sensitive the Arab world is, as well as Israel and Palestine, on the issue of Israel’s claims to sovereignty over the entire city. When one adds fact Trump has no coherent peace process strategy that does not favor Israel’s needs over Palestine’s needs, I think hopes for any peaceful solution will stay derailed and descend into the ‘steady state’ violent chaos of past decades.
Trump’s solipsistic temperament of being the ‘all-knowing one’ makes him ‘stone dumb’ to the science of human-induced climate change; ‘stone dumb’ to his recklessly immoral, political support of a pedifile with a ‘crackpot’ position on homosexuality - despite his daughter’s statement there’s a special place in Hell for such people; 'stone dumb’ to his administration’s Tax Plan which is just another inoculation to our country’s obscene income/wealth Gap while accelerating federal deficit helped by reducing current corporate statutory 35% tax rate - which is in reality a 28% “effective” tax rate NET of all current tax goodies - to a new corporate statutory tax rate of 20%! BUT, the new 20% rate still includes most of the current tax goodies that bring the current 35% corporate statutory rate down to an “effective” 28% rate. This, among other elements of the Tax Plan, will likely contribute significantly to a record-breaking overall increase in the federal deficit far exceeding forecast $1 trillion based on 0.8% increase in GDP over next decade.
Trump misses the essential qualities in good leaders that save leadership from demagoguery and dictatorship; that set apart the true leader from the false prophet, from the self-serving, from the self-righteous, beguiling manipulator. BUT, his base - Republicans in the Senate and House - sticks with him.
Along with the majority of Americans, I hope that will change before Trump does more damage to the country and world. But the following fitting words in simple English of a fellow writing colleague are right on:
“No matter what happens, Trump always comes out and says words to the effect that everything is wonderful, and he has been doing a good job, and everything will be just fine because of him. That’s his MO. He’ll never own up to anything except for the fact that he is great, and everything is going his way. He might even get away with it because he has the Republican Congress and Supreme Court backing him.”
Well, to end on an optimistic note, things might change for the best for ALL Americans if Jones’ sensational win in Alabama of a seat in the U.S. Senate is duplicated by other qualified Democrat candidates in the 2018 elections!