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.

6 thoughts on “Trump: The absolute worst

  1. It’s hard to quibble with this choice. It should be noted that the head of Blackwater, the employer of these 4 criminals, made a ton of money by having his company hired by the US Government to perform “security” services in Iraq. He is the brother of Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration’s secretary of education.

    But, for me, the worst act of Trump was the refusal to publicly endorse science and the out and out rejection of it, the refusal to wear a mask, the constant rallies with maskless citizens, and thus, the failure to lead by positive example at a time when the country needed exactly that. This has clearly led to the spread of the virus and the deaths of many Americans. At this time, roughly 1 of every 1000 American citizens has died of this virus. Yes, 330,000 or so deaths out of a population of about 330 million. How many would have been saved by aggressive leadership based on science? How many more will die? I can’t say.

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  2. The migrants who had their children seized were those without power or connections. The Iraqis who were murdered were those without power or connections. When no mercy is shown and those in power are cruel, mean, and unjust, the punishment should be even worse. That these people will walk free is a stain that can never be removed. I’m ashamed.

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