Can Trump Get Any Worse?

Dear Mr. Trump,

How dare you compare your supposed popularity with the destruction of the Twin Towers on 911? It makes me physically ill to recognize that the chief executive of this great country is a babyish, narcissistic dunderhead. We know that you wanted the presidency only to satisfy your lustful ego, but could you have possibly been more sensitive to the thousands of people who died on 911 and their families? To liken your notoriety to that sad day in our history is just one further example – no more examples were needed – of your smallness. True enough, though: you and 911 were great disasters in our country’s story.

History will certainly judge you as the worst president of the United States, bar none, but by your behavior you consistently show yourself to be the pettiest and meanest as well.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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So, Mr. President, as to South Korea …


Dear President Trump:

So the news lately is that you promised that a great armada of warships were heading to protect South Korea, yet in fact they were going in the opposite direction.

Well, one can easily understand your confusion. Those traffic signs in the Pacific Ocean are notoriously unreliable, what with changing currents and such. One minute the arrow points north and, if you blink your eyes, the next minute the arrow points south. Anyone could get mixed up.

Anyway, can you really be blamed for not knowing where South Korea is? That 1920 map of the world hanging in your office should not have been hung there by your trusted advisers.

But, seriously, Mr. President, you figured out that everyone would know you were lying, because you moved your lips, right?

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Why, Mr. President?

Dear President Trump,

While the country argues about your bombing of Syria, while those who care about real people worry about the tendencies of our new justice of the Supreme Court, while your former national security advisor scurries to gain immunity, I pause to reflect on a larger question: What has happened to human decency?

What do you have to say, Mr. President, about the California Airbnb host who refused to accommodate US citizens of Asian descent, yelling “This is why we have Trump”?

What do you have to say, Mr. President, to the hundreds of people who invoke your name daily as they express hatred to, and commit acts of violence on, fellow citizens and visitors alike, to anyone whom they deem different or unworthy?

Why don’t you speak up and tell your fellow citizens – those who hate in your name – that you abhor their conduct?

Oh, wait, I see … You don’t abhor their conduct. It’s how you were trained, too, isn’t it?

And, I see as well that the haters are an important part of your support, without which you would never have won election.

And, I see to why you refuse to answer my emails. You have nothing legitimate to say in defense of your behavior.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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A long-delayed letter to President Trump

Dear Mr. Trump,

One need only to consider a series of posts on Facebook to see how much you are despised in America these days. Well, despised by most of my FB friends. I am sure it’s a left-leaning set, but more and more Americans are sharing these views as you proceed through your first few months in office.

Perhaps you would like to read a sample of what I mean:

Mr trump, our Grandchildren and their grandchildren will dam your name forever for what you our doing to the environment! (not sharing author’s name for his own protection)

It’s amazing, really, that God’s [purported] hand-picked political prophet still lost the popular vote by three million, required the help of Russian agents, needed a gift from the FBI director, and counted on his opponent’s campaign grossly miscalculating its support (The Friendly Atheist)

Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump have no idea what they are doing when it comes to foreign policy and are a danger to our allies and the entire planet. (Democratic Coalition Against Trump)

I could go on for days, but really wanted to share with you my own thoughts.

There is a good reason your popularity has sunk to 35% and will sink further. The wider American public is gradually recognizing what many of us have known from the beginning: you are incompetent, unfocused, and intent only on increasing your wealth – avoiding taxes, cheating the people who work for you, etc.

Most importantly, however, the American public is starting to see how you conspired with our enemy, Russia, to acquire your office at the cost of our democracy. You can keep on trying to divert attention away from this, you can call it “fake news” all you want, but in the end the truth will come out. The truth came out during the reign of Tricky Dick, and you are a lot worse than he was. An indisputable trail of evidence, showing how your campaign conspired with Putin, will emerge, just like the Watergate tapes unexpectedly entered the scene during John Dean’s testimony.

You may think you’re protected from impeachment by the Republican majorities in Congress, but don’t count on it, sir. As the truth emerges, these Republicans will desert your sinking ship of state like a pack of rats, an apt simile, I must say.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Link to a newly-published poem: “An Ode to the Second Amendment”

http://www.thepotomacjournal.com/issue19/Poetry/Berger.html

 

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My article appears in Cafe Americain!

http://cafemfa.com/?p=876

 

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A letter to President Trump about family in the White House

Dear President Trump,

I see that you are now getting flak for bringing Jared and Ivanka into the White House. Frankly, if I were president, I would want to have my family around me for advice. Obviously, your family knows you better than the rest of us know you, and they can probably figure out when you’re lying to them, if you ever do. I think, however, you’ve not gone far enough.

First, shouldn’t Melania be made head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement? She was an immigrant, after all, and must know all about it. She could also be your chief advisor about construction of The Wall.

Second, shouldn’t Barron be made head of the Department of Education, replacing DeVos? After all, Barron goes to school, so he must know everything one needs to know about education.

Now, if I were president, my son, a medical doctor, would be made Secretary of Defense. Why? Because he’s read a lot of military history. He would be perfect for the job, if I were president, that is.

And my daughter, a social worker, would be chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, because she’s a great writer. Yes, I would keep that agency, thank you.

I would, finally, make my one-year-old grandson head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. You need not ask why, but I will tell you anyway. He lives in a house.

So, I thoroughly applaud your decisions to rely so heavily on your son-in-law and daughter for their advice. You just haven’t gone far enough.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

 

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