Nero fiddled while Rome burned; Trump tweets while Americans die!


Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States: Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the women and men who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2020 occurs today, Monday, May 25. 

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

The purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  On Memorial Day we spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service, a service that has given us the luxury of freedom that we enjoy today. It is the holiday that most represents what America should be: “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

According to statistics compiled by CNN, here is who we are remembering today:

Memorial Day, and the Saturday and Sunday that precedes it, should be a time of reflection and remembrance as we pay tribute to those before us who perished helping to make America great. Great, not by wearing MAGA hats; great by sacrificing their lives.

Yes, these men and women helped make America great, as did those who fortunately did not die serving their country, and whom we honor in November on Veterans Day.

So, who should be leading this tribute to our fallen heroes? Right – the President of the United States!

Except when the President of the United States is Donald John Trump.

What did our not-too-esteemed leader do this weekend?

He golfed and golfed; and he tweeted and tweeted and re-tweeted.

Regarding golf, remember, this is the same Donald Trump who in 2014, criticized President Barack Obama for playing golf when there were two confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, going on to say, “And when you’re president you sort of say, like, ‘I’m going to sort of give it up for a couple of years and I’m going to really focus on the job,’ There are times to play golf, we all love golf, there are times to play and there are times you can’t play and it sends the wrong signal,”

And the tweets, oh the tweets and retweets: Mr. Trump reposted eight tweets from John K. Stahl, a conservative former political candidate, including attacks on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Stacey Abrams, the black former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives who is considered a potential Democratic vice-presidential pick, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

  • re: Nancy Pelosi – “Anyone know what’s going on with PolyGrip? I’ve noticed lately that her face seems glossy and she is sporting a poorly marked 2nd set of eyebrows. To protect PolyGrip during this pandemic, we have developed 2 options. With the DJT option, she will be able to tongue and adjust her dentures more easily,” The Trump retweets also showed doctored images of Pelosi’s face, one with a “Trump 2020” mask over her mouth and the other with silver duct tape. “With duct tape, she won’t be able to drink booze on the job as much. Which do you think she will prefer?”
  • re: Stacy Abrams – “We just got a look at the official portrait for the self proclaimed Governor of Georgia. She fought a tough race, kissed a lot of babies and visited every buffet restaurant in the state. Joe will be a racist if he doesn’t pick her.”
  • re: Hillary Clinton – “HRC the Skank.”
  • re: Joe Biden – “Malarkey the Racist” and as one of the “three stooges on steroids.” The other two people Stahl refers to as stooges in the same post are Pelosi and Abrams.

And when he wasn’t tweeting, he was being interviewed on Sunday by right-wing broadcaster, Sinclair Broadcasting.

In the interview, Trump claimed that hydroxychloroquine has “tremendous rave reviews,” despite studies showing that it can be dangerous.

Trump went on to politicize a study from Columbia University indicating that had stringent social distancing been in place a week earlier, the United States could have prevented 36,000 coronavirus deaths through early May — about 40 percent of fatalities reported to date.

“Columbia University is a liberal, disgraceful institution, to write that,” Trump said in the interview broadcast Sunday. “I saw that report from Columbia University and it is a disgrace that they would play right to their little group of people to tell them what to do.”

On the same weekend that the New York Times devoted the entire first page of its Sunday edition to the names of the almost 100,000 Americans who have died during this coronavirus pandemic, the President of the United States, who calls this pandemic “a war” and has declared “Americans are warriors” spent his time playing games, tweeting insults to his enemies and disparaging one of America’s greatest universities.

On this Memorial Day weekend, the President of the United States, did not once mention, or refer to, the nearly 100,000 “Covid-19 Warriors” who lost their lives during his self-described “war.”

Many people lament, “Can it get any worse? Will it get any worse?” With this guy, I’m afraid it can and it will.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

3 thoughts on “Nero fiddled while Rome burned; Trump tweets while Americans die!

  1. Thanks Ted, sad that we are forced to witness this criminal Trump virus in the WH. You are so right on the contrast of realities.

    Sent from my iPhone-thanks for the email.



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