By Bill Maher
Late last month, the lawyer for the family of Cesar Sayoc – aka the Florida Stripper Bomber – told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “This was someone lost, he was looking for anything, and he found a father in Trump.” This echoed what Kanye West said the week before:
“I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home… I love Hillary and I love everyone. The campaign ‘I’m With Her’ just didn’t make me feel – as a guy that didn’t get to see my dad all the time – like a guy that can play catch with his son. It was something about when I put this [MAGA] hat on, it made me feel like Superman.”
Interviews with Trump supporters show many other examples of people saying he’s “the father figure I always wanted” and the kind of “strict dad” America needs. This is cult-like. Every cult has a daddy. Or the misogyny of it. (The Florida Stripper Bomber also reportedly hates his mother and if, like Kanye, you blame a woman president for not playing catch with your son, you probably blame women for everything.)
What’s really interesting is how, for years, Republicans have pointed to the breakdown of families in “inner cities” as the root of all evil, and now they’re the ones looking for a father. And when Donald Trump becomes that father figure in your community, your community is broken.
Everything you’d want in a good father – someone who’s honest, secure in himself, disciplined, moral, ethical, patient, loyal, takes responsibility for his mistakes, spends quality time with his children, leads by example – Trump is the exact opposite.
At the end of a lot of debates, moderators ask that stupid question, “Say something nice about your opponent,” and everybody says, “He’s a good father.” Democrats can’t even say that about Trump. He ogles one daughter and ignores the other. He’s a model for fatherhood like Casey Anthony is a model for motherhood.