As he left for the NATO summit and a meeting with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump revealed both his fecklessness and his cowardice with his answer to one simple question from the Washington Post’s Phillip Rucker: What will you say or do if Putin denies interfering in the 2016 presidential election? His answer could have come from the mouth of Droopy Dog:
“I mean, look, he may. You know, what am I going to do if — he may deny it. I mean, it’s one of those things. So all I can do is say, ‘Did you?’ and ‘Don’t do it again.’ ”
Really? That’s all you can do? Funny, when it comes to our closest allies and wanting them to do what you demand, you’ll lie about them, publicly embarrass them, threaten them, bully them. But when it comes to our greatest adversary, you think the only thing you can do is say “tsk tsk, don’t do that again”? Really? You’ll berate and intimidate our allies but bow and scrape before our adversaries, all while pretending to be the tough guy.
This is classic bully behavior. He has our NATO allies over a barrel. We’re far bigger and stronger than any of them, so we have leverage and he’s happy to use it, and to make a jackass of himself while doing it. He’ll gladly, gleefully even, pick on those who are smaller than him. But Putin is an even bigger bully than he is. Putin is able to do what Trump only wishes he could do — kill his opponents and stay in power for as long as he wants while looting tens of billions of dollars from the citizens of that country. So Trump not only respects him, he envies him. He wants to be him. He’s in awe of Putin. That’s how bullies operate — they act all tough in the face of those they can beat up but cower before those who can’t.
But not only does Trump not want to do that, he doesn’t even want to admit that Putin interfered in the election at all because doing so threatens his ego. And with Trump, everything is about preserving his ego.