I saw it early on after Trump announced his candidacy. He never did any public service for the country. I felt that not having thought of the nation all his life rather than himself, he would be unable to appreciate what it meant to work for the benefit of others.
He easily confirmed my feelings early on. He attacked John McCain because he was a prisoner of war. Trump said McCain was no hero: “I like people that weren’t captured.” This from a man who faked a disability to avoid serving. Who would find comfort knowing that this person Trump did not like those people who fought in combat who ended up missing or were captured or are dead. He could not like them and had no empathy for people who wore the uniform because they did what he didn’t do. His MO was to resort to belittling others who had more courage than he did.
It isn’t only the people who wore the uniform but also people who worked in government. That is shown by his shabby treatment of Marie Yavanovich who worked for 33 years in the State Department. This woman whose family fled the Soviets and Nazis to come to America for its freedom, an immigrant so many Trump supporters are conditioned to hate, joined the State Department to show her appreciation for what America did for her.
Despite her admirable service Trump ordered her to leave her post as ambassador to Ukraine for no reason and to fly home immediately. That wasn’t the end of it. He maligned her. Sadly her boss Secretary of State Pompeo despite pleas from those who knew her record of service refused to stand up for her.
Trump in his telephone call with the Ukrainian President Zelensky said:”The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that.” Zelensky responded: “It was great that you were the first one who told me that she was bad because I agree with you 100%. After he went in some more Trump replied: “Well, she’s going to go through some things.”
Most recently while she was testifying to the House Trump tweeted “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him.it is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”
(Just as an aside the president doesn’t have the absolute right to appoint ambassadors. It is subject to the Senate’s approval. You’d think after 3 years in office he would know that.)
Why is it Trump maligns this woman who has dedicated her life to serving us Americans? She has twice come under live fire while stationed at some far away embassies. She has received rewards for her service. She has served as ambassador for Republicans and Democrats. Yet Trump unfairly and wrongly tears down her good name and, as she testified, she became frightened by it.
From the military to the civil service Trump has no empathy for these people or their families. I think he not only doesn’t value their service, probably thinks of them as hacks because the are on the public payroll and diminishes the value of their service. His callousness permeates through his followers hardening them from the travails of others.
Most amazingly many who have worked in public service who believe their actions contributed to giving us a better society agree with Trump that public service is a drag on our country and somewhat worthless.