EJ Montini Arizona Republic (CNT) City News And Talk #arizona
Gov. Doug Ducey was trending on Twitter for a while Monday, and not in a good way, with some saying that during his Arizona appearance with President Donald Trump he appeared to make fun of Joe Biden’s stutter.
He didn’t do it.
He is not that kind of person.
But it’s easy to understand the confusion. For one thing, Ducey was appearing on stage with someone who is VERY comfortable ridiculing those he considers adversaries.
So when Ducey stumbled a bit in his warm-up speech for Trump and said, “J-J-Joe Biden is wrong for America,” people took it the wrong way.
After Ducey’s verbal glitch hit the internet and took off the governor tweeted, “I did not mock Joe Biden’s stutter, nor would I ever.”
I believe that’s true. Ducey would not mock Biden.
But he would, apparently, mock Doug Ducey.
Trump taunts anyone he disagrees with
At least he’d mock the Doug Ducey who would not support such a cruelly juvenile attempt at a put down. He did so by appearing on stage and gleefully promoting a man who at various times has referred to Biden as Sleepy Joe, Creepy Joe, and as being “corrupt” and heading a family that is a “criminal enterprise.”
Ducey is supporting a man who infamously mocked a disabled reporter.
He’s supporting a man who persistently disparaged the parents of a fallen soldier.
He is supporting a man who has shown ongoing contempt for the late Sen. John McCain.
And that is only a small sample of the way Donald Trump attempts in one way or another to malign, belittle, insult and taunt just about anyone with whom he disagrees or whose existence is perceived by Trump as a threat to his narcissistic self image.
So what is the message Ducey is trying to send by so quickly and firmly saying that he’d never deride an individual for a speech impediment?
That it’s wrong to do such a thing but perfectly OK to grab onto the coattails of someone who does?
What other message can there be?
Ducey was mocking his own decency
Ducey wants to sanctimoniously proclaim his personal sense of decency at the same time he promotes the election of a man who regularly engages in ugly, insolent, disrespectful diatribes.
When Trump maligned the parents of fallen soldier Captain Humayun Khan, Sen. John McCain issued a statement that read in part:
“I claim no moral superiority over Donald Trump. I have a long and well-known public and private record for which I will have to answer at the Final Judgment, and I repose my hope in the promise of mercy and the moderation of age. I challenge the nominee to set the example for what our country can and should represent.
“Arizona is watching. It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party. While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.”
That kind of decency is the very least we should expect in a president.
In any elected official.
That’s why I believe Ducey when he says he would never mock Joe Biden.
And why I don’t understand why he would mock Doug Ducey.