A significant collection of issues inside and emanating from the Trump administration can be tied to the president’s insistence on “consulting himself” above anyone else. Rather than mold his conduct to be more fitting to the office he has found himself in, President Trump has attempted to make it a selling point of his administration that he is leading the country with the same sensibility he had while a real estate mogul in the private sector.
In that light, attempting to crack the code of the president’s behavior, so to speak, has already been done.
This week on Twitter, he exhibited his familiar patterns of behavior yet again when taking to the social media platform to slam NBC host Chuck Todd over his coverage of the relationship between the United States and North Korea.
Todd had asked pointed questions about that relationship under Trump’s leadership, which set the president off, as pointed questions from any source tend to.
In response to him, the president wrote:
‘Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing. Wow, we haven’t given up anything & they have agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!’
Firstly, to be clear, the North Koreans have not agreed to completely dismantle their nuclear arsenal, as the president seems to be under the impression is the case here.
Secondly, the “Sleepy Eyes” term is a derogatory term used throughout recent history to refer to Jewish people, and Chuck Todd is Jewish. The phrase grew up in the context of Nazi Germany and has been kept alive by their ideological descendants down to the present day.
So did the president intentionally have in mind that the term is anti-Semitic when he employed it? That is a question not easily answered, although one can point to the many other instances of racial insensitivity on his part to make such a case,
What is easier to conclude is that the president couldn’t care less about the origin of the word he’s using against Todd here, no matter if the phrase was used by those who would send people like Todd to death.
That is hardly a “better” option than that of the president specifically setting out to use an anti-Semitic slur in the first place.