Dignity v. amoral opportunism

As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings is is a position to actually harm Donald Trump. Accordingly, Trump spent the weekend trashing him. A typical tweet:

That inspired his witless lemmings to shrieky choruses agreeing that Cummings is probably the Worst. Congressman. Ever. A typical tweet:

That didn’t have the expected effect, though. Almost immediately, The Donald came under fire from Republicans, too, who pointed out that Congress doesn’t do pest control and all-but-unanimously vouched for Cummings’ work ethic and character.

What do you know? The First Felon was rescued by Al Sharpton, who grandiosely announced that he was going to Baltimore — Cummings’ district. Heh … one cynical opportunist rescued by another cynical opportunist.

Trump naturally shifted his sight from Cummings to Sharpton.

Right. Ol’ Al and The Donald are buddies who go to the fights together, and “got along well.”

Well, yeah — they’re both amoral con artists.

Does anybody remember the Tawana Brawley scandal? W-a-a-a-y back in 1987 she was 15-years old and at the center of sensational rape claims — that 6-white men, including a police officer, had raped her, smeared her body with feces, and written slurs all over her body.

When civil rights activist Al Sharpton, with attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason, began handling Brawley’s publicity, the case quickly became highly controversial. Sharpton, Maddox, and Mason generated a national media sensation. The three said that officials all the way up to the state government were trying to cover up defendants in the case because they were white. They further suggested that the Ku Klux Klan, the Irish Republican Army and the Mafia had conspired with the U.S. government in the alleged cover up. Harry Crist Jr., a police officer who committed suicide shortly after the period when Brawley was allegedly held captive, became a suspect in the case.

As it played out, it developed that Brawley had made-up the entire story, that she was merely another screwed-up kid who ran away and then fabricated a sensational story to cover-up her bad behavior.

Sharpton was successfully sued for libel, and spent years evading payment.

Cummings has invested the civil rights movement with dignity — and Sharpton is the cynical, amoral opportunist who makes so many whites wary of race activism. But Donald Trump, who is not exactly a nuanced thinker, can’t tell the difference and prefers the company of the latter.

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