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Trump Must Feel Like No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

President Trump sat down in Asia with the president of China and devoted valuable time to springing from jail three UCLA basketball players who decided to try to steal stuff from a Louis Vuitton store in China.

The players themselves thanked Trump, but one of their fathers, LaVar Ball, decided to use the moment to diss the man who kept his son out of Chinese prison, where one can only imagine the conditions.

“Who?” Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump’s assistance. “Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

Trump, not suprisingly, wasn’t happy.

Maybe he was still sore from taking the time to try to comfort the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger. Provoked, I think, by an attention-seeking Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who was listening in on the call, the widow claimed Trump said her husband “knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway.”

Who knows, maybe Trump was inartful in the way he put things. But the notion that he would try to suggest to a soldier’s widow that in some way his death wasn’t a tragedy is absurd. The proper thing for this congresswoman to do, rather than grabbing her bullhorn, would have been to get back in touch with Trump and say, “Hey, she kind of misunderstood your intention, can you try it again?”

Of course, there was the moment a few days after being elected president that Trump backed off his threat to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t want to hurt them,” he said of the Clintons. “I don’t want to hurt them. They’re, they’re good people.”

So, with her get-out-of-jail-free card in hand, Hillary turned around and subverted our democracy by taking every available opportunity to question the legitimacy of the election.

Now Trump is pressuring Attorney General Sessions to appoint one. I don’t think it’s a great idea to prosecute your former political opponent. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t richly deserve it.

Part of the reason Trump won the presidency is that people could relate to him, because he has actual emotions, including compassion. But in the White House, having human emotions can be a frustrating thing.

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16 Responses to Trump Must Feel Like No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

  1. Trump hasn’t yet fully adjusted to being president. His wisecrack about leaving the UCLA players in jail after the stupid comments of one of the fathers is the kind of thing one might jokingly say to a friend or co-worker. You don’t make that comment publicly, especially if you’re the President.

    He is learning but too slowly.

    • That comment is precisely why Donald Trump won over so many Americans who are sick and tired of smarmy, weasel-mouthed political speech.
      “..left them in jail…” is exactly what Trump’s supporters are thinking, too.

    • Oh puhleese.
      If Donald Trump spoke the King’s English, he would still be vilified by someone who hates him.
      These young punks were saved from a very horrible fate in a Chinese prison by DJT.
      Maybe they should have been left to rot for a little while so they could learn a valuable lesson about stealing, and a little humility. LaVar Ball’s despicable comment is what you should have heartburn with. Talk about ingratitude. It just chaps his ass that someone he hates did something outstanding for him.
      It occurs to me if we weren’t so darned worried about our language so much, we could accomplish a lot more and we wouldn’t have to deal with all the snowflakes who are so easily offended.

  2. How can one hate and disrespect the POTUS after he saved his son from a miserable life in a Chinese prison? When that father has been convinced that the POTUS is a raging, ultra-racist whose goal is to destroy the Black community.
    MrTrump has been cast as a horrible racist without any credible evidence to prove the charge, but libs/Blacks believe it as fact.

    This whole affair is sad and discouraging. Perhaps the worst reaction is that a lot of White Americans were not surprised that Black athletes would commit a crime, even in China.

  3. Lavar Hall ought to ask Otto Warmbier’s parents how their son’s time in a Communist prison worked out.

    And then he really should issue a public apology, and thank PDJT for keeping his son out of a pine box.

    A priori, I would guess that anyone good enough to be on scholarship at UCLA will, more likely than not, have had a few years’ worth of admirers and hangers-on telling him he’s Someone Important.

    So, had he actually been forced to go from the pampered life of the athletes’ dorm at UCLA, to the dehumanizing existence in a Chinese gulag, the culture shock alone may well have killed him.

    At which point, LaVar would doubtless have lashed out and demanded to know why more hadn’t been done.

    I’m not one to wish ill on my fellow Americans. But part of me can’t help but wonder what manner of Obamaesque “teachable moment” we might have gotten, had LiAngelo been allowed to rot in some Chicom gulag.

  4. Too bad these three, young, privileged black men felt they had to steal something rather than pay for it.
    There is just no accounting for arrogance and stupidity, is there?
    LaVar Ball should be ashamed that he didn’t raise his son not to steal. Possibly if these young men hadn’t been raised to think they are little princes b/c of a particular talent, they would have had a little more sense.
    Jail time might not be such a bad idea.

  5. They are just incapable of knowing right from wrong. They are like little kids that never grew up. Infants in grown men s bodies.

    IQ of these guys must be well below the ave 100. Why? Because half the people are below 100 or the ave would not be 100 !

  6. Your comment about a special prosecutor.

    “Now Trump is pressuring Attorney General Sessions to appoint one. I don’t think it’s a great idea to prosecute your former political opponent. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t richly deserve it.”

    I agree.

  7. The ONLY thing I disagree with you on Keith, is the reason we voted for the Donald! WE VOTED FOR HIM TO HOLD HER CROOKED A** ACCOUNTABLE FOR HER CRIMES! And EVERY survey I get for him, I SPECIFY that as the MAIN TASK at hand for him! Anyone who agrees with me, I ask you to do the same!

  8. Keith, we all know this POTUS will never, ever, get a break. Hell, with that knucklehead Roy Moore in Alabama, if he gets beat, what changes? Going from 52 to 51 seats in the Senate, nothing changes. The status quo will continue. The republicans will continue to do nothing but obstruct this man. What a shame. What I did hear that cheered me up a bit was that condescending Charlie Rose getting slightly hammered and then suspended from CBS. HA! This may be the longest news cycle in decades.

  9. We continue to be driven mad by the critics of culture- has there ever been a time in history since the Gutenberg press where leadership is damned if he does or does not as is Trump? Do any black people exist who are ashamed of their ‘brother’ LaVar Ball’s gross undermining of their President? The cliches‘it’s all good’ & ‘life’s good’ ricochets outside/ inside our heads. It’s only ‘good’ for those who despise pre-1913 America.