President Trump traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania tonight where he held what journalist Aaron Rupar called one of “his ugliest and most troubling performances in recent memory.” Brimming with vitriol and fury over the impeachment articles filed earlier in the day, he slurred and rambled his way through a host of appalling lies and vicious attacks.
In the span of a few hours, Trump had called the FBI “scum,” slammed Rep. Adam Schiff as a “crooked bastard,” accused Beto O’Rourke of wanting to “get rid of religion,” trashed Rep. Maxine Waters for having a “low IQ,” and pushed conspiracy theories about Nancy Pelosi.
But it was his remarks about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MASS) that really crossed the line. Devoting several minutes of his speech to attacking his progressive 2020 rival, Trump bragged that his use of the slur “Pocahontas” put a stop to her “fresh mouth” — and then took aim at her marriage in a disgusting personal attack.
"That's her husband, he's supposed to be living in the house. I don't think she's seen him for 10 years … did you ever see such a phony, disgusting deal?" — Trump, who reportedly doesn't share a room w/Melania, attacks Warren for posting corny social media videos w/her husband pic.twitter.com/otOdds7LLZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
This isn’t the first time he’s attacked Warren for the “beer video” that Warren posted to her Twitter account to give her voters a little sense of her home life with her husband. Earlier this year, he posted the video to his own Twitter account alongside a disgustingly racist attack on her minute Native American heritage by invoking the genocidal massacres of Native Americans at Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee by American soldiers for a cheap joke.
If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash! pic.twitter.com/D5KWr8EPan
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2019
Like everything Trump does, his attack on her personal life is very telling about his own marriage to Melania. Their public relationship has been defined by cold tolerance for propriety’s sake rather than the warmth and genuine affection that made the Obama family so lovable; the sight of Warren enjoying a casual moment with her husband at home is so alien to him it has become fixated in his sad little mind.
There is something especially offensive and vile about hearing an accused serial sexual predator like him say things like “her fresh mouth” about a sitting United States Senator. Driving him from office and bringing him to justice must be the nation’s highest priority for the next year.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.