During a panel discussion about the lack of civility in President Donald Trump’s White House, Republican strategist and commentator Rick Wilson explained how such behavior obviously comes from the top.
Wilson explained that the Trump White House believes that “any time they apologize for anything at all, it plays by the rules of decency and civility that the transgressive nature of Donald Trump’s administration is meant to upset and upend.”
He went on to cite American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous belief that any “institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.” The sometimes philosopher believed that every person is divine in that they have the ability to use their souls for good instead of evil or decency instead of impropriety. “Character, reality, reminds you of nothing else; it takes the place of the whole creation,” Emerson also said.
It seems everyone in the administration wants to internally reflect the leadership of Trump, Wilson explained.
“This is the lengthened shadow of a gigantic dumpster fire of a trashing human being,” Wilson said of the president. “These people are actively emulating his behavior. Which is to insult POWs, insult Gold Star families, insult the disabled, and to go at things in a way where the transgressive nature of the insult is more important to them than any kind of cohesion socially, any kind of civility.”
He went on to say that he understands politics is a “hard game,” but noted that once people are “off the field” you stop fighting against them.
“That includes people with terminal cancer,” Wilson continued. “You know, I’m not out there insulting Harry Reid. I don’t like his politics, but he’s got pancreatic cancer. John McCain has brain cancer. We ought to be praying for the man. Instead the White House drags this story day after day after day because they have no decency, civility or humanity.
Watch the full commentary below: