Hug the authoritarian, snub the peace seeker

"I love you, orange puddle!" "And I love you, Egyptian guy."
“I love you, orange puddle!” “And I love you, Egyptian guy.”

In case you missed this, earlier today the orange puddle hosted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the White House.

This was ol’ Abdel’s first visit to Washington in years, because—during the Obama era—the president did not warmly greet aspiring strongman dictators who came to power via a military coup. In fact, the White House refused to give ol’ Abdel so much as a morsel of attention, for fear that he would use said attention as a showing of power and legitimacy.

Well, that’s over.

“We agree on so many things,” the orange puddle said as he sat beside ol’ Abdel in the Oval Office. “I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President el-Sisi. He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation. We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt. The United States has, believe me, backing, and we have strong backing.”

It was both a sad and heartbreaking moment. Sad because the orange puddle almost certainly understands little-to-nothing about ol’ Abdel and Egypt; heartbreaking because the people of Egypt now see America saying, “Fuck you and fuck your problems. We’re backing your oppressor, and tough shit if he shoots you.”

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel came to the White House, met with the orange puddle, held a silly press conference then, while sitting before reporters, said, “Do you want a handshake?”

Trump ignored her.

This is where we are. This is who we’re led by.

Be afraid.