For me, it’s between the separation of migrant children from their parents at our border with Mexico and now the pardon of Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty, Nicholas Slatten and Paul Slough, the four Blackwater mercenaries (above) convicted for the 2007 massacre in Baghdad that left 14 Iraqi civilians dead and 17 wounded.
Picking the worst act of the worst president in history comes down to those two.
The tendency is to go for the latest — the pardons of four men who, witnesses at their trial said, ambushed the civilians unprovoked by firing on Baghdad’s Nisour Square with heavy gunfire and grenade launchers. One of the victims was a 9-year-old boy who was killed as he sat in the back of his father’s car.
Trump pardoned four killers.
It’s nightmarishly sinister — this unstable and bitter president showing mercy for criminals, making a mockery of justice, squandering what remains of the country’s international credibility and likely endangering further American lives overseas. It is a disgrace.
His supporters like to say that those of us who find Trump appalling suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. They’ve said all along that our concerns about this guy were overwrought.
But clearly, all warnings about Trump’s depravity and his malignant narcissism have been borne out.
I don’t know who the worst man in America is, but until I see evidence otherwise, I give Trump the title. He has earned it in so many ways, including his denialism and mishandling of the pandemic, leading to the deadliest year in U.S. history.
His recklessness and cruelty, his racism and misogyny, his ignorance and incompetence, his spitefulness and indecency — no one is in Trump’s class.
It is still a stunning thing to contemplate: The worst man in America stepped forward and millions of Americans made him president for four years. Even now, as Trump scorches the earth on his way out, I find that unbelievable and sickening, and mostly sickening.