France has signaled that the United States under Donald Trump has become a model for the world — to reject.
Yesterday I watched on CNN the celebrations in Paris with tears of relief and gratitude, thankful that, by an unquestionable margin of 32 points, French voters rejected the bigotry and hatefulness of their Trump-in-a-skirt, Marine Le Pen.
Unlike their more gullible American counterparts, the French people weren’t swayed by the last-minute dump of hacked documents and fake news intended to steer votes to Le Pen. This meddling has already been traced to Russian hackers based in the U.S., and Le Pen, during a debate the night before, hinted that it might happen. Déjà vu, anyone?
France has elected an intelligent, inclusive, well-organized centrist young leader named Emmanuel Macron. By comparison, he shines a spotlight on how far we have let ourselves sink.
Our so-called “leader” is a bloated orange narcissist obsessed with his “hair” who squats in the White House and tries to govern via demented tweets. He aspires to bromances with every brutal despot on the planet, and imagines himself the greatest ruler in history.
In reality, Trump is bilking our treasury to finance his whole family’s lifestyle while they all add to their fortunes through foreign powers who patronize the family businesses to curry favor. For good measure, Trump tries to piggy-back tax breaks for himself and his ilk on every bit of legislation he proposes to Congress. There isn’t enough money in the world to satisfy his insatiable greed.
No, wait. SO DO WE!! I have to keep reminding myself that Trump LOST by nearly 3 million votes. The map he can’t stop gloating over shows vast expanses of red covering “YUGE” swaths of unpopulated terrain.
We can thank the obsolete Electoral College for visiting this plague upon our house. Until we get to the heart of Trump’s Russian ties, or he commits enough other crimes to make his removal inevitable — and he will — we’ll have to look to the anti-Trumps governing in Canada and Europe to remember what sanity, integrity, honesty, and justice look like.
Vive La France!