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Maybe Donald Trump Should Run For ‘Whiner-In-Chief’

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Maybe Donald Trump Should Run For ‘Whiner-In-Chief’

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“Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?”

— The Coasters from “Charlie Brown”

Donald Trump has a victim mentality.

If the term sounds familiar, it’s because it has long been the preferred conservative riposte when black people complain of being strangled by housing discrimination, economic injustice or police brutality. The likes of Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh often use it to belittle and dismiss African-American concerns.

But really, who has ever had a greater sense of themselves as a victim than Trump? Who has ever been a bigger whiner, excuse maker and all-out crybaby? Who has ever been more in need of lectures about personal responsibility than the Republican candidate for president?

If that were not obvious before, it became excruciatingly clear last week as the Trump Train left the rails and careened headlong into the gorge. Trump has long claimed the election was “rigged” against him, apparently by state officials who insist on letting people vote and then counting the ballots, and by media, who keep stubbornly reporting things he has said and done.

In last week’s debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump went even further in knocking out the pillars of American democracy. He explicitly refused to say he would respect the results of the election. “I will keep you in suspense,” he said, making instant fools of surrogates who had promised he would abide by the will of the voters.

For the first time since 1860, we are left to wonder what the refusal to abide by the results of an election would look like. Are we talking street riots? Armed militias?

These are the unsettling (but no longer unthinkable) questions we are now required to ask because of the right wing’s infatuation with a towering baby man who serves, and can conceive, no cause higher than his own gratification. For Trump, even the stability of the nation is subordinate in importance to his ego.

Faced with a looming blow to that massive edifice, he rationalizes by assuring himself and the rest of us that it isn’t really happening, that he is the victim of powerful, unseen forces cheating him of victory. But as Clinton noted, this is a pattern for Trump. Whenever things don’t work to his satisfaction, he claims to have been treated unfairly or conspired against.

Multiple women accusing him of sexual assault? It’s a political plot.

A federal judge might rule against him? The judge is biased.

The polls show him way down? The polls are a scam.

The FBI finds no criminal wrongdoing in Clinton’s missing emails? The FBI is corrupt.

His TV show fails to win an Emmy? The Emmys are unfair.

He’s about to lose the election? The election is rigged.

He whines, he whines, he whines. And he accepts responsibility for virtually nothing.

It is important to note that Trump did not spring from nowhere. Rather, he is the logical byproduct of a GOP that has spent the last quarter century telling its acolytes they were victims: of “media elites,” Hollywood values and science, to name just a few. And if you’re looking for election rigging, look no further than the party that has thrown up arbitrary legal barriers designed to make voting harder for African-Americans and other non-Republican constituencies.

Donald Trump, in all his preening infamy, is the end result of the GOP’s years of hypocrisy and reality avoidance. Shame on anyone who takes seriously his piteous moaning about the vast forces conspiring against him.

American democracy is the only victim here.

Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail atlpitts@miamiherald.com.

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Delaware, Ohio, U.S. October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. JPHALL October 23, 2016

    Hey Aggie aka Agatha: Please explain why your fuhrer is losing to a girl. Even with all the help from Boris and Natasha (Wikileaks) he is still falling further and further back. What is he going to tell his master Putin?

    1. Independent1 October 23, 2016

      He’d better come up with something. I have suspicions that if Putin puts a call on for all the monies Trump owes the Russians, Trump may find himself back in bankruptcy court but this time in a big way – not just for one of his businesses but for his whole empire: Trump’s potentially in hock for about 2.7 Billion – I don’t think he has that kind of money. It’s no wonder he’s beside himself with the thought of losing the election.

      1. The lucky one October 24, 2016

        That won’t happen because Trump will still be a valuable ally with the TV network he’s planning. But if that fails, and we all know Trump has a long string of failures behind him then what you suggest may come to pass.

      2. FireBaron October 24, 2016

        Nah. He will disappear when his plane vanishes while flying to Russia. That’ll show the rest of the world not to mess with Vladimir Vladimirovich, Tsar of All Russias.

      3. plc97477 October 24, 2016

        Since people who upset putin have been known to die or disappear, trump may have more to worry about that just his empire.

  2. AgLander October 23, 2016

    Might as well have a Whiner-in-Chief because we’ll have a Felon-in-Chief if Clinton is elected.

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 23, 2016

      You would come up with a whining act to try and deflect attention from Trump’s criminal behavior. What felony has Hillary committed? Present your evidence which you yourself through careful investigation have dug up.
      You and I know you have NO evidence to support your false accusations. You’re just a jealous little something or other who has an obsession with Hillary. She must be in your dreams nightly, and you’re upset that she can’t be yours. See a psychiatrists while you still have what little time remains of your uneventful life on earth. Has there been any contribution you’ve made to humanity?

      Besides breathing our air and exhaling hot air, contributing to Climate Warming, eating our food, and consuming other resources, you’ve just been one big locust.

    2. Independent1 October 23, 2016

      Felony based on what: Hillary has committed no crimes, unlike Trump who is already on the hook for a couple trials coming up after the election on known felonies, and those don’t include at least three felonies Trump has been recorded to have committed just during this campaign.

      But any way – provide a link which substantiates any crimes against Hillary – a non right-wing biased source please – no YouTube links either!!!

    3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 24, 2016

      Agatha, the Russian Mafia, Putin, and Trump, Inc. are expecting you to do much better than your pitiful attempts so far. Otherwise, a contract may be put out for your apprehension, unless you produce something intelligent to say.

      1. AgLander October 24, 2016

        I realize apprehending people off the streets are the norm for you with your background in Sharia and “Oman justice” but you aren’t on the soil of your homeland anymore, brother, so assimilate or leave!

        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 24, 2016

          Once you start drinking your comments get wild and bizarre, having nothing to do with the topics at hand. But you are amusing and a constant source of comedy relief.

          You might consider creating a brand new genre of comedy—The Pathetic/Tragic/Amusing School of Comedy.

        2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 24, 2016

          And another thing, Agatha. I take it, based on your ridiculous fixation on Oman, that you have some sort of retardation that keeps you focused on two focal points—Hillary and Oman. What an odd combination. Are you having more recurrent nightmares involving unrequited love for Hillary, and a fascination with exploring the beauty and wonders of Oman, the land of Frankincense.

          Since you insist on being ignorant about Oman, why don’t you educate yourself on the country. You’ll find that you would stick out like a sore thumb, because there the people have a norm of courtesy and respect—qualities you are unaware of. Secondly, the country lies along one of the routes taken by some Modern Humans, in their migration out of Africa into other parts of the world. Some of your ancestors may have taken a route through Oman.

          Take Nat’l Geographic’s DNA test using their “Genographic Project 2.0” kit—you’ll be surprised what your DNA will say about your ancestry and your relationship to me and my ancestors.

          1. AgLander October 24, 2016

            Yes, let’s talk about Oman……
            It is virtually 100% Islamic with 75% of those Islamics being members of the Ibadi sect which is a strict puritanical form of Islam, committed to Sharia Law both publically and privately. In addition, Ibadi’s believe in the goals of the caliphate, although not as physically severe in the methods used to get there….but make no mistake, they are committed to get there! And “taqiyya” is an accepted tactic used to get there. Are you recognizing yourself yet, Aaron????? I thought so, thank you!

          2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 24, 2016

            So, you do know how to read. Now, let’s have you take a baby step forward and have you practice comprehension and the art of understanding context and how how history and cultural trends apply. That may be a tall order for you, so I’ll feed you some morsels.
            First of all, Oman is as an oasis in that part of the world. Their brand of Islam allows for Sunnis, Shi’ahs, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians to worship freely—and there is no compulsion to change one’s religion. I visited a section in Salalah where churches are located and services are held regularly. Hindus likewise have their places of worship. There are no acts of violence against them, nor are there places of worship vandalized—unlike what you and your mates commit in the US on a regular basis. They don’t firebomb places of worship, as many white Christians in the South would do for sport, even killing 4 innocent little girls one Sunday during church service, when 1 of your fellow KKK members set of a dynamite explosion. Like you, he too was a coward hiding in the shadows of anonymity.
            Those sort of heinous acts don’t happen in Oman, nor does Oman jave a tradition of going on rampages lynching others based on skin color. Sure, there are Afro-Arabs who tend to be near the bottom wrung in Oman, but those near the top are too polite to make a big deal about it and brag about their superiority, unlike what you and your mates are fond of reminding blacks of here in good old America.
            Finally, there is a thriving tourist industry in Oman where many Europeans come regularly to enjoy the culture, the greenery in Dhofar region during the gentle monsoon season in July to end of September. Plus, the people there treated me with respect and showed me hospitality, and thanked me for visiting their country and sharing my thoughts with them.

            Is that an impression you’re able to impart once you leave your little cloistered neighborhood.

            By the way, where do you live? In a rooming house, a cave, a tree-house perhaps? Among squirrels and other rodents??

            Have a nice day, pal.

          3. AgLander October 24, 2016

            Nice job of deflection……
            Question: Do you support Sharia Law like that practiced in Oman?
            Question: I’ll take you at your word that you are peaceful BUT does that mean you support an Islamic caliphate, only your willing to take a little longer to accomplish it? (Ibadis support an eventual caliphate)
            Question: You do acknowledge that the Ibadi sect is a puritanical in its adherence to strict Islamic tents, right?
            Statement:: The population of Oman is as close to 100% Muslim as you can get without it being 100% so your claim of a religious mecca of tolerance rings hollow.
            Question: 75% of the Muslims in Oman are Ibadis……are you Ibadi?

          4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 24, 2016

            You don’t understand anything about Sharia Law so you shouldn’t hurt your mind trying to understand the nuances of the concept. Not every Muslim nation follows Sharia’h Law the same way, and of course you couldn’t get that extra ounce of mental energy to figure that out. Oman does not follow the Law as your limited mind envisions the concept. If you want to learn about Islam, sign up for a course at a local Community College and don’t rely on Sean Hannity for an explanation, or go to the library. Going to the library is OK, Agatha—the books won’t fly off the shelves and attack you.

            I’m a Baha’i, but what if I were Ibadi? Do you have a problem specifically with Ibadis? Since we’re talking about deflections, courtesy of you, were you once an Ibadi and were cast out?

            Are you a Christian, and what sect do you adhere to?

            You ask the most ridiculous questions, the answers to which you wouldn’t be able to comprehend.

          5. AgLander October 25, 2016

            Do you practice taqiyya? I ask because you are obviously practicing it in misrepresenting your beloved Oman as an shining example of religious tolerance by a Muslim country. What standard are you using in making such a claim….that there are no mass beheadings carried out?
            Do you consider it religious tolerance when Christians are required to REGISTER with the Omani government and are ONLY allowed worship on a specific piece of land, and in a building at a specific location, approved directly by the Sultan of Oman? Of course you knew that because you’re from there. And of course you knew that non Muslims are not allowed to gather in private homes to pray, Bible study or practice their faith. Yet, you call ME intolerant and ignorant of the FACTS? You are a shameless deceiver, a dark soul who apparently is willing to use the deception of taqiyya (in western society we call it lying) to achieve your goals! Now, slink away because you are shameless!

          6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 25, 2016

            It’s another day and you’re still hamstrung by a closed mind. You insist on looking at the world in terms of “Agatha versus all who think differently than him”, “Omani culture versus Agatha’s insular vision”.
            Your ailment is an intriguing form of myopia that one doesn’t encounter except from people with limited exposure to other cultures, races, and different religious persuasions.

            What Oman’s government chooses to do is not your business, but if you insist on whining about it, why don’t you register a complaint to your congressman, or speak with an Omani official at a consulate or embassy.

            Are you concerned only about affairs in Oman, to the exclusion of racism and America’s treatment of its indigenous population?

            Are you an Omani who masquerades as someone with an infatuation with Hillary’s affairs? Which would make you an exciting subject to interview and to further analyze your neurosis.

            The Baha’is there have similar restrictions, but they approach their situation with wisdom, patience, and a mature attitude. You would do well to cultivate the same attitudes to hardships and deprivations as I and my fellow Baha’is in the Arab countries, in Russia, mainland China, here in America, and elsewhere in the world do.

            Stop acting like a twerp and a child Aggie—grow up, become mature, develop a sense of equanimity, and be a part of the Human family, and don’t insist insist on being on the fringes of society.

          7. plc97477 October 24, 2016

            The fact that I may have a relationship with aggie is going to depress me all day now. Oh well tomorrow I may forget about it.

          8. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 24, 2016

            It’s funny you should bring that up. As I wrote my previous response, I thought “What if someone might be offended at the very thought of a connection with Aggie?”

            Rest assured, Agatha is only related tenuously with any other humans on the planet. He’s in a species sub-category comprised of him and our dear friend “itsfun”.

      2. The lucky one October 24, 2016

        If aggie says anything intelligent I’m going to rush out and buy a lottery ticket because it means the stars are aligned for a 1 in a billion event to happen.

    4. The lucky one October 24, 2016

      With Trump we’d have both.

  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 23, 2016

    Whiner-in-Chief, Groper-in-Chief, Liar-in-Chief, Narcissist-in-Chief are equally applicable to little Lord Fauntleroy with the pompadour.
    Now that evidence has been uncovered regarding Trump manager Manafort assisting Russia to acquire Iris-scanning technology for a nice business fee, Trump and company are busily trying to cover their asses AGAIN, and feigning ignorance of the entire affair.

    1. Independent1 October 23, 2016

      You mean that revelation is on top of all this from George Will about how Putin essentially has a rope around Trump’s neck that he can tighten any time he wants??

      If you haven’t seen it yet, this article is pretty juicy about a lot of Trump’s ties to the Russians:

      Why George Will Might Be Right About Vladimir Putin’s Hold Over Donald Trump (VIDEO)

      Here’s just a few excerpts from the above redstate article:

      …At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on
      Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a
      conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where
      they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through
      administrations of both parties. There is also something between a
      non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed
      financial support for Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two

      2. Post-bankruptcy Trump has been highly reliant on money from
      Russia, most of which has over the years become increasingly
      concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin.
      Here’s a good overview from The Washington Post, with one morsel for illustration …

      Since the 1980s, Trump and his family members have made
      numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities, and they
      have relied on Russian investors to buy their properties around the

      “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of
      our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in
      2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a
      trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”


  4. FireBaron October 24, 2016

    Actually, Leonard, there was one poll that showed him ahead. Of course, this is a poll that has a history of telling Karl Rove that Mitt Romney was going to win by a landslide back in 2012, so…

  5. plc97477 October 24, 2016

    As usual Mr. Pitts nails it. Good job.

  6. Jon October 24, 2016

    No one has ever seriously doubted that Trump was a small child in a 70 year old body. Now we are getting to watch him throw himself on the floor and hit and kick it while he bellows. No one would expect any mature behavior from this brat.


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