The editorial board of USA Today, the milquetoast newspaper that arrives in front of millions of hotel rooms across the United States each day, published an unprecedented takedown of the president after he more than crossed the line of decency Tuesday.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump attacked New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand after she called for his resignation in the face of 19 sexual assault and misconduct allegations.
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” Trump tweeted. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
The editorial board of USA Today, a paper so insipid they don’t even endorse presidential candidates, was rightly shocked and horrified.
“With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office,” the editorial board wrote. “Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.”
“A president who’d all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama’s presidential library or to shine George W. Bush’s shoes,” they wrote.
Slamming White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ denial that the attack was sexist, they wrote that Trump’s words “were deliberate.”
“He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment,” they said.
“This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions,” they pointed out. “Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never in doubt.”
“Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful,” they explained. “His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.”
The editorial slammed Trump’s disgusting attacks on women that came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. “Other celebrities and politicians have denied accusations, but none has stooped as low as suggesting that their accusers weren’t attractive enough to be honored with their gropes,” they noted.
The editorial goes on to list the “unique awfulness” of Trump in just his first 11 months. They cited his support for accused child molester Roy Moore, his 1,628 misleading or false statements as tracked by The Washington Post, his stirring of racial and ethnic tension, his smearing of immigrants, his failure to nominate anyone for 60 percent of key federal positions, and his “contempt for ethical structures.”
“Not to mention calling white supremacists ‘very fine people,’ pardoning a lawless sheriff, firing a respected FBI director, and pushing the Justice Department to investigate his political foes,” they wrote. “It is a shock that only six Democratic senators are calling for our unstable president to resign.”