I realize that many people think of Melania Trump as an unimportant distraction from the awful things that her husband is doing. But it seems to me that her role is actually to make the gas lighting culturally ubiquitous by getting it into the style and gossip pages. That jacket she wore this morning on her way to visit migrant families and children at the border was disgusting. This is a woman who herself I don’t believe for a second that it wasn’t deliberate and that there was no “hidden” message in it. 45 himself tweeted today that it was indeed a message, about “fake news.” But even if I did think it was unintentional, the painful impact of it on people who are immigrants or who care about the humanitarian crisis her husband has caused on the border has me in all my worst feelings. United We Dream made this great shirt for those of us who do care, and you can buy it here.
The daily assault on our morals, brains and bodies has forced me to find new words to describe the behavior of this administration (single clemency for excessively incarcerated Black women aside). So I made a list for Donald, and Melania doesn’t escape them either. Use them as you will. I stuck to the V words because I know the only V word 45 will use about himself is victorious, but I think these are 7 are at least as appropriate. I even looked up the definitions. You’re welcome.
Vacant: void of intelligence or thought
Vampiric: a person who preys ruthlessly upon others; extortionist
Vapid: offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging
Venal: showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery
Venomous: full of malice or spite
Vicious: deliberately cruel or violent, immoral
Violent: using or involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something
Vulturine: living by preying on other beings, especially by catching living prey