Brussels vs. Hellhole

Brussels-Belgium

(google images – Brussels)

According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, a hellhole is defined as “a place of extreme misery or squalor.” The urban dictionary defines it as “a place you dread or hate.”

How Donald Trump equated Brussels with “hellhole,” I’ll never truly grasp.  Here is a blurb from his anti-Brussels rant:

“You go to Brussels. I was in Brussels a long time ago—20 years ago—so beautiful, everything’s so beautiful. It’s like living in a hellhole right now,” Trump told Fox.

Brussels has not fared well since it is believed that part of the November 15 attacks on Paris were planned there.

Nevertheless, a “hellhole”?

Apparently Trump hasn’t spent any time at Port Authority Bus Terminal.

PA 9-3-14

Gate 224 (2) 9-3-14

Ralph Kramden statue at rush hour (evening) (Erica Herd)

As comedian John Oliver said, it is “also known as the single worst place on Planet Earth.”

It’s not so funny for those of us who commute on a daily basis, but it is our personal reality.

If Trump ever spent a week commuting via NJ Transit to and from Port Authority, I believe he would understand the true meaning of hellhole. That is my wish for him: a week commuting like the rest of us working slobs.

(all Port Authority photos by E. Herd)

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