The United States has seen some remarkable developments recently: continuing support for a bipartisan infrastructure bill in the Senate, success of our many and varied teams at the Tokyo Olympics, and a historic decline in unemployment.
It has also been nice to enjoy six months of relative quiet. By that I mean the refreshing experience of reading, watching, or listening to the news each day without being blasted by one Trumpian outburst or another, almost always aimed at a new enemy.
Late this week, all that progress, peace, and quiet was put to the test when the beast started yapping again.
“Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is a disgrace,” he barked in a written missive to his Save America PAC followers, “If Mitch McConnell was smart, which we’ve seen no evidence of, he would use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package.”
Thanks, Mr. Trump, for helping our nation fix its infrastructure problems back when you held the reins. Remember how you promised lots of bridges and highways and buildings to lots of districts when you were campaigning back in 2016? And then, when you were elected, remember how you enjoyed two full years of a Republican Congress—as in both houses? Yet you never once proposed an infrastructure bill. Instead, you opted for big, beautiful border wall that wouldn’t cost American taxpayers a cent, because Mexico would be footing the bill.
Mr. Trump also found a way to boo an American Olympic soccer team, as in the one that had recently won the world championship and had just won a bronze medal with an outstanding victory over Australia.
“If your soccer team, headed by a radical group of Leftist Maniacs, wasn’t woke, they would have won the Gold Medal instead of the Bronze,” he wrote, as if old Twinkle Toes Trump had spent his youth as an all-star athlete, and as if “your” team belonged to someone other than “our” United States.
But when it came to last week’s unemployment numbers, the neighborhood beast was strangely quiet, perhaps because over 3 million jobs have been added to the economy since he left office. We can expect the lull to be brief. After all, there’s always another “woke” person walking through the neighborhood. Another target to bark at. And, as Mitch McConnell can tell you, you don’t have to be “woke” to be barked at by Donald Trump.
The silence was nice though, while it lasted.