MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell wondered what President Donald Trump was thinking about while he was, “drowning in the countless humiliations he has brought upon himself as president.”
“Today in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C at the state funeral of George H.W. Bush, five presidents sat in the front row,” O’Donnell noted. “And from the altar, one of them was told that he is corroding, rotting away inside.”
The host played a clip of former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) eulogizing the deceased president.
“He never hated anyone,” Simpson said of the Bush. “He knew what his mother and my mother always knew, ‘hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in.'”
“And there, sitting in front of former Republican Sen. Allen Simpson in the front row is a man who is nothing but hatred — filled with hatred,” O’Donnell explained. “In Allen Simpson’s view, ‘a corroding container of a man.'”
The host then listed some of the tributes that will not be offered at Trump’s inevitable funeral.
“When Donald Trump’s time comes and he is being remembered by people gathered in a cathedral, no one — not one person — will step up to a microphone and say he never hated anyone,” he predicted.
“No one will step up and say he was the most decent and honorable person [they] ever met,” he continued.
“No one will say he was one of nature’s nobleman,” he added. “No one will say that.”
O’Donnell, who used to work in the Senate, guaranteed Simpson knew exactly how his remarks would be interpreted.
“Allen Simpson knew that by saying George Bush never hated anyone and by saying hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in, his words would be interpreted as a direct reference to Donald Trump,” he argued.
“Donald Trump had to sit in that front row today with the other presidents, with Donald Trump drowning in the countless humiliations he has brought upon himself as president — including recurring proofs that he is the most ignorant president in history,” O’Donnell noted.
“Donald Trump had to sit there in the front row of the National Cathedral, covered in the humiliation he has earned thanks to Stormy Daniels’ description of his pursuit of her,” he continued. “And the federal criminal case in which Donald Trump is named as a arranging illegal payments to Stormy Daniels.”
“It’s hard to know which of Donald Trump’s many humiliations weighs on him the most,” he noted. “But today sitting in that front row with President Obama — on a day when Michael Flynn is once again dominating the headlines — it must have been extra painful for Donald Trump that Barack Obama was sitting in the ‘I told you so position’ on Michael Flynn.”
He then pondered a fascinating question.
“Where would the Trump presidency be today if Donald Trump was smart enough to have followed Barack Obama’s advice and not hired Michael Flynn as his national security advisor?” he wondered.