Courtesy of NPR regarding Trump and his Birther lie, and all his other lies.
Trump has long insulted leading figures in public life, including rivals for the Republican nomination and non-supportive members of his own party. This weekend that group came to include former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Robert Gates (whom Trump called “a clown,” while asserting that he, Donald Trump, knew far more about defense, intelligence and security).
Some will say all this falls within the bounds of acceptable political behavior, especially in our time and in our social media sensibility. But some of us are still journalists and still feel a responsibility. And when someone tells us the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, that’s just not OK; it’s not business as usual.
A red line has been crossed. And it is Donald Trump, after more than a year of trying, who has crossed that line.
I wonder if it is too late?