He had to cut his nails

Does it matter that Trump didn’t go to the Warsaw Ghetto? Yes, it matters.

In a statement released Wednesday, Jewish community leaders expressed regret that the U.S. president would not be visiting the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.

“Ever since the fall of Communism in 1989, all U.S. presidents and vice-presidents visiting Warsaw had made a point of visiting the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto,” the statement read. “They did this in the name of the American people, who had played such a central role in bringing down fascism, and in that of the universal commemoration of the victims of the Shoah, and condemnation of its perpetrators, that people of all nationalities and religions express.”

The statement — signed by Anna Chipczynska, president of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, Lesław Piszewski, president of the Union of the Jewish Communities in Poland, and Michael Schudrich, the chief rabbi of Poland — noted that Trump was speaking nearby. “We deeply regret that President Donald Trump, though speaking in public barely a mile away from the Monument, chose to break with that laudable tradition,” it concluded. “We trust that this slight does not reflect the attitudes and feelings of the American people.”

Well it does reflect the attitudes and feelings of an unpleasantly large segment of the American people…but not all of us.

Presidential records and news reports show that every president since 1989 had visited the Warsaw Ghetto on their first state visit to Poland. President George H.W. Bush had been the first to visit the site in July 1989, when he attended a wreath-laying ceremony during a two-day trip to Poland just months after communism ended in the country. President Bill Clinton attended ceremonies commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in July 1994. President George W. Bush laid a wreath at the ghetto when he visited in 2001, as did President Barack Obama in 2011.

So why didn’t Trump? Laziness? Indifference? Casual rudeness? Cluelessness? All those?

I don’t know. He’s an empty-headed real estate grifter, and empty-headed real estate grifters can’t be expected to know what the Warsaw Ghetto even was, let alone care enough about it to go visit it when they’re a mile away. Basically that may be all that’s necessary when wondering why Trump does something or neglects something for no clear reason. There’s just nothing much there. He’s an empty suit. He’s the kind of guy you want to get away from if he happens to corner you at a gathering, because he’s so empty. He’s a howling desert wilderness of nothing.

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