The petty vengefulness of Donald Trump is one of his most glaring personality flaws. He will lash out thunderously at anyone that he perceives as being insufficiently worshipful. It doesn’t matter if his victim is a long-time foe or a devoted ally. Trump’s mouth-foaming fury is unleashed without regard for reason at the slightest hint of criticism.
On Wednesday Trump took to Twitter (via his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill) to lambaste Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN Worldwide. It was just announced that Zucker is resigning from that post due to his not having disclosed a personal relationship with one of the network’s executives. Trump got a cheap thrill from this news and released a typically infantile statement saying that…
“Jeff Zucker, a world-class sleazebag who has headed ratings and real-news-challenged CNN for far too long, has been terminated for numerous reasons, but predominantly because CNN has lost its way with viewers and everybody else. Now is a chance to put Fake News in the backseat because there may not be anything more important than straightening out the horrendous LameStream Media in our Country, and in the case of CNN, throughout the World. Jeff Zucker is gone—congratulations to all!”
If anyone should refrain from calling other people a “world-class sleazebag” it’s Donald Trump. The twice impeached, thrice married, pussy grabbing, charity scamming, business bankrupting, pathologically lying, racist, really has too many open sores to be pointing out the scratches on others.
Naturally, Trump’s tirade is drenched in spiteful lies. For starters, Zucker was not “terminated.” He resigned. And his resignation at this time was not for “numerous reasons.” It was solely over the undisclosed relationship. What’s more, Zucker had actually announced his resignation a year ago, saying that he would leave by the end of 2021. He later extended that when CNN’s parent corporation, AT&T, agreed to spin off WarnerMedia (of which CNN is a part) in a deal with Discovery Communications. Zucker then said he would stay until the deal closed, which is expected to be in the 2nd quarter of 2022. So he only had another couple of months to go anyway.
Nevertheless, Trump’s gleefulness over Zucker’s slightly early departure couldn’t be contained. That’s partly due to his relationship with Zucker that dates back to when Zucker headed NBC while Trump’s “The Apprentice” was on the air. But due to his flaming hatred for CNN – and the media in general – Trump soured on Zucker long ago.
Trump closing his rant with “congratulations” suggests that he thinks Zucker will be replaced by someone who will run CNN more like Fox News. Of course that would mean someone like the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who was fired for his own sexual harassment and assaults. That is highly unlikely.
There is a massive helping of irony in Trump’s latching onto a criticism of Zucker over his sudden exit from CNN over a personal relationship. Zucker’s relationship, it should be noted, was consensual, and he apologized for not following corporate policy to disclose it. Trump, on the other hand, has been credibly accused of sexual harassment, abuse, and even rape, by dozens of women.
Trump is the last person who should be moralizing about the personal lives of others. And yet he does it relentlessly. He is utterly without shame or honor or decency. And for some unexplainable, but indisputably idiotic reason, he insists on reminding everybody of what a sleazebag he is. Which may be a symptom of his malignant narcissism, or perhaps something worse for which there is not yet a name.
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