Donald Trump’s transition team is already infamous for its clumsy, crude, lack of simple human decency. This week, however, the verbal brutality of the Trump team reached a new low. When Trump aide Carl Paladino, a powerful New York Republican who recently ran a disastrous campaign for Governor, was asked by a local magazine to write about his wishes for 2017, Paladino wrote that he hopes “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.”
Then, Paladino wrote, “Michelle Obama. I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”
Earlier this month, Paladino introduced a measure that would force all public schools in the Buffalo, New York to display portraits of Donald Trump.
The nasty sort of impulsivity with which Paladino made these remarks are just the latest in a long line of extremely lewd personal attacks made by members of Donald Trump’s transitional government, many of which have been made by the President Elect himself.
This impulsivity puts much more at risk than just an adult level of political discourse. Donald Trump is leading his pack of ravening plutocrats into the Oval Office, the seat of the most powerful political institutions the world has ever seen. The Trump team will have the power to decide whether to unleash nuclear weapons.
This week, Donald Trump himself preceded Carl Paladino’s brutal words with the promise of a brutal future for the world. In the past, Trump has promised to “Bomb the shit out of them”. Yesterday, Trump announced that “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes”.
Today, Donald Trump said in an interview that he welcomes a nuclear weapons arms race with Russia and China. “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all,” Trump said.
Never before has there been a finger on the nuclear button that is twitching this erratically. The same violently impulsive Republican ideology that led Carl Paladino to plan cruel and literally inhuman treatment of the current President and his wife could easily lead to a nuclear war – and with the Republicans in control of Congress and the Supreme Court, there is no one to stop it from happening.
It is not implausible to imagine that Donald Trump could start a nuclear war just to show the world that he won’t be limited by the vision of his predecessors. What Trump’s apologists say The Day After? That we shouldn’t take him seriously or literally?