Fox & Friends host Abby Huntsman’s Freudian slip over the weekend is doing the rounds on the internet for good reason. While discussing Donald Trump’s arrival in Singapore for the much vaunted summit with nutjob dictator Kim Jong Un, Huntsman turned to Anthony Scaramucci, to ask him what this moment meant.
“Anthony, talk to us about this moment. I mean, this is history, we are living history,” she said.
“Regardless of what happens in that meeting between the two dictators, what we are seeing right now, this is history.”
Huntsman later apologized for her “gaffe”, but the reality is that she said what has been on most sensible people’s minds for quite some time. Trump acts like a dictator, speaks like a dictator, looks up to dictators, and is seemingly very happy doing business with them. As he removes all dissenting voices from his administration, attacks law enforcement agencies, the media and the country’s legal system, it isn’t difficult to see where this might be heading. Those who study history know this archetype all too well, hence the full scale panic felt around the world when Trump was elected.
Many thought the weight of the presidency would curb some of Trump’s megalomaniacal tendencies, but it appears that over time, they have gotten worse. Trump exists in his own bubble of reality and has long done away with interacting with normal Americans or the civilized world. Trump talks exclusively to his own kind — the dimwitted, the cruel, and the power hungry. He is excited to negotiate with Kim Jong Un because he sees himself in the North Korean dictator. They are two sad, sociopathic little men playing with awesomely destructive military weapons in a game of one-upmanship.
Abby Huntsman may not have meant to label Trump a dictator, but her verbal slip betrayed a fact that even the goons on Fox & Friends intuitively understand what is going on. It was also interesting that Scaramucci and the other hosts did not bat an eyelid after Huntsman’s mistake. Why? Because they know the president better than anyone, and knew that Huntsman was just telling it how it is.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.