The U.S. media has been aghast at Trump’s spectacle-like performance with the Finnish president. It truly was a sight to behold (only if you like horror shows). But no one as far as I know, has commented on one of the most egregious statements in his long rant against his political enemies. Trump, of course, railed against Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, who he accused of fabricating quotes from the Ukraine telephone transcript while speaking on the House floor. He offered the usual range of smears and denunciations accusing Schiff of “treason” and other crimes real or imagined:
“We don’t call him ‘Shifty Schiff’ for nothing, he’s a shifty, dishonest guy, who by the way, was critical of one of the great secretaries of states, graduated No. 1 in his class at West Point, graduated one of the top in his class at Harvard Law School — the most honorable person,” Trump told reporters during a photo-op with the President of Finland at the White House.
Trump continued: “You know, there’s an expression, [Schiff] couldn’t carry [Pompeo’s] ‘blank’ strap, I won’t say it because they’ll say it was so terrible to say, but that guy couldn’t carry his ‘blank’ strap, do you understand that?”
Yes, sir. We understand it. Though we wish we didn’t. The mental image of anyone carrying Mike Pompeo’s jockstrap is deeply unnerving.
The “Shifty Schiff” sobriquet was even more disturbing. Back in the old days of Jim Crow, racist whites would call Blacks “shiftless and lazy.” Contrarily, anti-Semites would call Jews “shifty and conniving.” Now we have the President of the United States calling a senior Jewish Democrat, “shifty.” Anti Semites now run the asylum that is the Trump White House.
White supremacists get a twofer: a president who’s both an anti-Semite and a racist.