Saturday, August 6, 2016

More material, let's laugh at Trump

Finally Trump has been taken out to the woodshed and properly chastened (oh, to have been a fly on that wall)so that he ungraciously has endorsed Senators McCain, Ayotte, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, and has acknowledged, belatedly, and in as minimal a way possible that there was no Iran video.

Too gutless to admit his lie in person, Trump acknowledged he was wrong about Iran and the video in a tweet, but only after his campaign ratted him out first.
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!

I think it is fair to say we cannot afford to have a president who regularly and often hallucinates?

Remember that non-existent video Trump claims to have seen of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks?  Politifact rated that one another of his many pants on fire lies.   He continues to claim it was true.  Reality doesn't matter to Trump or the Trumper supporters.

Trump does so because it riles up his base by Muslim baiting.  It makes a great piece of propaganda, a type of lie deliberately designed to stampede people into  hysteria, but it is not true.  Christie flunky and sycophant (or is that psycho-phant?) confirmed that it never happened as well.   Trump supporter and sicko-fant Ben Carson did claim Trump was right.........for a while, but then recanted.

From, which rated this pants on fire:
Arguing that there are terrorist sympathizers in the United States, Donald Trump says he saw "thousands" of New Jerseyans celebrating after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down," the Republican presidential candidate said at a Nov. 21 rally in Birmingham, Ala. "And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering."
The next day, ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Trump if he misspoke, noting that "the police say that didn't happen."
Trump -- who has said he was in his Manhattan apartment the morning of the attack -- doubled down.
"It was on television. I saw it," Trump said. "It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don't like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good."
We looked back at the record to see what we could find about American Muslim celebrations in New Jersey on 9/11. While we found widely broadcast video of people in the Palestinian territories celebrating, we found no evidence to back up Trump’s description of events on American soil.
We have more of the same evidence that Trump (and by inference, his supporters) continue to be delusional, so long as it gratifies their hatred and bigotry and bias.  This time, Trump used his briefings on intelligence matters (NOT required by law, but by post-Truman tradition) to make false representations to his supporters.

With the apparent woodshedding of Trump, we can look forward to more pushback against the clown over the weekend news programming.  And I'm sure we will see a lot of tap-dancing deflection, with the chance of watching a Trump melt-down on live tv.

While not usual Sunday morning fare, I'd advise starting the popcorn early.  In the words of Bette Davis in All About Eve.

I wonder, to borrow a thread from Marilyn Monroe in the clip, how many words any of the Trump interviewers are going to be able to get in?

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