It’s a presidential election year. That means the political sandbox, which always is pretty big, gets even bigger.
Here are two pairs of political folks playing in it – but not playing very nicely.
President Trump and Michael Bloomberg:
-Trump: Michael Bloomberg is a “LOSER who has money but can’t debate”, “He reminds me of a tiny version of Jeb ‘Low Energy’ Bush, but Jeb has more political skill and has treated the Black community much better than Mini!”, and is “A “5’4″ mass of dead energy.”
Yes, that is the President of the United States.
-Bloomberg: “We know many of the same people in NY. Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown. They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence.
Yes, that is a multi-billionaire businessman who aspires to the presidency and is currently trying to buy it.
And then we have Senator/Presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders and veteran political operative/Clinton partisan James Carville:
-Sanders: “James, in all due respect, is a political hack. We are taking on Trump, the Republican establishment, Carville and the Democratic establishment. But at the end of the day, the grassroots movement that we are putting together — of young people, of working people, of people of color — want real change.”
-Carville: “Last night on CNN, Bernie Sanders called me a political hack. That’s exactly who the fuck I am. I am a political hack. I am not an ideologue. I am not a purist. He thinks it’s a pejorative. I kinda like it. At least I’m not a communist.”
Welcome to politics, 2020 style. Where the insults and attacks players toss at each other, which used to be whispered in private, are now blurted out on the public square.
Is it just me, or does anyone else think that this could be done on a slightly higher level quality-wise? Like out of the sandbox and into the schoolyard during recess…which would, scarily enough, be a vast maturity upgrade?