Navalny’s Death is Not a Fundraising Opportunity

When saying and doing bad things is profitable

MartinEdic

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Photo by John Matychuk on Unsplash

It’s hard not to write a rant about Donald Trump every single day because every single day he says or does something repulsive. Yesterday, pressured to say something about the murder of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, Trump was first conspicuously silent then finally found a way to be his usual repulsive self on the subject.

He compared himself to Navalny as a fellow victim, without mentioning Russia or Putin, who likely ordered Navalny’s assasssination.

It was a prime example of a disease that originated with Trump but has metastasized across the Republican Party. The symptoms are saying things that are either blatantly untrue or self-serving, knowing they will raise money or galvanize supporters.

It’s called lying and it used to be reprehensible. It used to be for most Americans but now, somehow, it has become an acceptable means to political ends, among a party that has surrendered to a conman and thug*.

The prime example is Trump’s leveraging of his own alleged criminal activity to raise money, using court appearances and constant whining to get small donors to send him money, a lot of money.

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MartinEdic

Mastodon: @martinedic@md.dm, Writer, nine non-fiction books, two novels, Buddhist, train lover. Amateur cook, lover of life most of the time!