When I was growing up in Queens, we used to “rank” each other. This was a completely stupid, completely non-PC game, in which we would toss insults back and forth, with increasingly disgusting/offensive content. I don’t remember there ever being a winner or loser in a ranking contest, it was just an obnoxious thing street kids from the boroughs did to pass the time.
I’ll bet Donald Trump , who – albeit under vastly different economic circumstances – grew up not far from where I did, had plenty of ranking contests when he was a kid as well.
But there was a major difference between us when it came to “ranking”. I outgrew it.
From Andrew Kirell and Asawin Suebsaeng’s article for dailybeast.com:
President Trump launched a cruel personal attack on MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-hosts and love birds Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Thursday morning, rather than deal with his health-care bill seemingly on death’s door.
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” the president tweeted minutes before the MSNBC morning show’s broadcast—which had been critical of the president—completed.
Then Trump christening new nicknames for his one-time pals and tossed out an insult aimed at Brzezinski’s looks:
“Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
Within minutes, Brzezinski shot back with a photograph showing text on the back side of a Cheerios cereal box: “Made for Little Hands,” a reference to the common refrain that President Trump has unusually small hands.
The president’s tirade appears to have been inspired by Brzezinski and her colleagues mocking the news that Trump has a fake Time magazine cover of himself displayed at several of his properties.
“Nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself, lying every day, and destroying the country,” she said, later joking that the faux-cover’s photo was specially selected to cover up Trump’s “teensy” hands.
“It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying, and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job,” MSNBC responded. The network’s head of PR wrote on Twitter that he “never imagined a day when I would think to myself, ‘it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.’”
Does that make you feel better, Mr. President? I certainly hope so. Because, if it does, that’s the one and only positive which can come out of it.
Trust a guy your age (we’re about four months apart) who used to play in Cunningham Park every now and then (we probably played there together as kids), when I tell you that ,to pretty much everyone else (even, I am sure, a large number of your supporters), tweeting out insults like these makes you look the same way we both did during our “ranking” days in Queens. In other words, like an immature, potty-mouth kid.
You know and I know that you’re going to be mercilessly attacked every day of your presidency. Is spending time on this kind of tweeting – thus showing your enemies how easily they can easily get a rise out of you and bring you right back to Cunningham Park (or the nearest school playground) – really worth it?
Mr. President, you have a country to run. Please, please, find something better – more intelligent – more grown up – to do with your time.