Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day but the U.S. has been left with a president whose stated care for the occasion is questionable at best.
On Monday, as of the middle of the afternoon, he hadn’t found it worth his time to tweet any personal message about the occasion, instead sticking to tweeting his usual ridiculous rhetoric and leaving the MLK commemoration to official White House channels.
In the age of Trump, it’s not (non-existent) moves to protect the rights of minorities that make the news, it’s whatever ridiculous thing the president has most recently posted to Twitter. What a sad, sorry state of affairs we are living with this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
This year on the annually observed holiday, the nation is still reeling from reports of the president having referred to countries including El Salvador, Haiti, and some African nations as “shithole countries.”
Democratic U.S. Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin has been at the forefront of those asserting that the president really did say such a thing; Durbin, along with a handful of other Republican U.S. Senators, participated in the meeting in which Trump is alleged to have made the incendiary remark.
On Monday, after a round of denials from Republican U.S. Senators on the Sunday talk show circuit, Durbin again insisted to reporters that the president really had said what was alleged.
Later on Monday, the president took to Twitter to use one of his trademark argumentative strategies in response — making up stupid nicknames. It’s as if he’s an elementary school bully or something.
‘Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.’
The meeting that Trump is alleged to have made the incendiary remark in was over the ultimate fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which is meant to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
As MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin put it in a morbid joke in response to all of this:
‘Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everyone.’