Donald Trump’s behavior is often described as “unpredictable,” but I wholeheartedly disagree with that assessment. Sure, it’s often erratic and unhinged, but he’s someone who’s fairly easy to predict. That’s why, in my opinion, his comment “condemning” a massive spike in anti-Semitism since his inauguration was as fake as his spray-on tan.
First, this is an issue that’s been going on for a month — yet he hasn’t said a thing about it. This is also during the same timespan where his comments on Holocaust Remembrance Day didn’t include a single mention of the Jewish people.
But I’m sure his supporters don’t care about that. It’s all just a coincidence, right?
In fact, it wasn’t until after his daughter tweeted about a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes that Trump finally issued a comment. Though I would like to point out that this was a prepared statement, meaning that it was written by someone else.
Then again, this is someone who, when he was asked about the spike in anti-Semitic behavior during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, proceeded to ramble on for around 20 seconds about his electoral college victory.
Yeah, that actually happened.
But there’s a very simple way to tell what does or doesn’t really disgust, bother, or enrage Trump: Whether or not he went on a Twitter rant about it.
When something really bothers Trump, he almost always takes to Twitter to whine about it or attack whoever he feels isn’t being “fair” to him.
This is someone who went on embarrassing Twitter rants about:
- A former Miss Universe (at 3 am, no less)
- A union leader.
- Gold Star parents.
- Any and all media but Fox News.
- Conspiracies over losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by 3 million.
- Meryl Streep.
- Saturday Night Live.
- The Broadway play Hamilton.
- Conspiracies about the size of his inauguration crowd.
- U.S. intelligence officials pointing out that Russia was behind the cyber attack of the 2016 election.
The list goes on and on. Each and every one of those instances (often more than just once) elicited an hostile, angry, and often multiple-tweet meltdown from Trump.
However, we’ve never seen Trump go on a hostile Twitter rant about:
- David Duke praising, defending, and supporting him.
- The KKK proudly endorsing and supporting him.
- Neo-Nazis openly showing public displays of jubilation all over the country because he was elected.
- White supremacists routinely defending his policies.
- The rise in anti-Semitism since his inauguration.
This is the easiest way to tell when Trump is genuinely bothered by something and when he’s not. When he’s reluctantly forced to issue a comment (usually prepared) after the leading story for days was how he refused to condemn something, obviously that’s when he’s doing it because he’s been told he needs to.
But it’s when he’s driven to unhinged outbursts on Twitter (which is almost daily), that’s when you know he’s legitimately upset or bothered about something.
It’s like I’ve said for weeks, when I see Donald Trump lash out and attack the racist, white nationalist, and Nazi support that’s been proudly backing him since he launched his campaign the same way he did a former Miss Universe or Saturday Night Live, then I might consider taking his words more seriously.
Until then, it’s not a coincidence that the man who’s proudly backed and defended by the KKK, people like David Duke, and neo-Nazis also just happens to always “fail the test” whenever it comes to publicly condemning their support or defending people they hate.
Though at the end of the day, always remember this: Donald Trump’s daughter publicly condemned the rise in anti-Semitism before he did.