Monday, October 16, 2017

Trump's astonishing incoherence

I have to admit I was gob-smacked to read Donald Trump's answers to reporters' questions about his neither calling (ten days after the fact) nor writing letters of condolence to the families of America's fallen soldiers in Niger. It boggles the mind. It's lunatic asylum talk. Admittedly, condolences have to be hard for anyone, let alone a man who never takes responsibility (he's commander in chief, remember) for the bad stuff. Nevertheless, something makes me want to say "blasphemy." But can something so plainly idiotic and incoherent rise to the level of blasphemy?
“I’ve written [the soldiers’ families] personal letters,” Trump replied. “They’ve been sent — or they’re going out tonight but they were written during the weekend.”
“I will at some point during the period of time call the parents and the families because I have done that traditionally. I felt very, very badly about that; I always feel bad. The toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens, soldiers are killed. It’s a very difficult thing. Now, it gets to a point where you make four or five of them in one day, it’s a very, very tough day. For me that’s by far the toughest.”
“So, the traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it. They have made the ultimate sacrifice. So generally I would say that I like to call. I’m going to be calling them — I want a little time to pass — I’m going to be calling them. I have, as you know, since I’ve been president I have. But in addition I actually wrote letters individually to the soldiers we’re talking about and they’re going to be going out either today or tomorrow.”...
The president admitted that Obama may very well have made calls after all.
“I don’t know if he did. No no no. I was told that he didn’t often,” Trump replied. “A lot of presidents don’t; they write letters. I do a combination of both. Sometimes — it’s a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both. President Obama I think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told. All I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. And some presidents didn’t do anything. But I like, I like the combination of — I like, when I can, the combination of a call and also a letter.”
It's... it's ... gob-smacking is all I can think of. Read the Washington Post article and the focus becomes sharper. I hesitate to criticize anything so lame. It's pitiful ... the dunce in the dumb kids' class.


  1. Misled by his generals. The buck stops wherever he says it does.

  2. Fake President. Repugnant but impossible to ignore. Makes me want to go to bed and read long novels for the next three years.

  3. I’d say this one is the White House is being run and staffed by far too many know-nothing newbies.

    To hit the ground running as president Trump needed to hire numerous staff members who already had clear ideas as to what was needed to be done.

    One would think that handling fallen soldiers would be in one of the manuals and it probably is but people who resonate with Trump “don’t need to read no stinkin’ manuals.”

    However, amongst his 10,000 failings as a leader, he just makes things up in such a way to portray others as flawed and him as perfection. This, I think has become abundantly clear.

    Anyway... Who says a person has to be in a coma before he can be removed for being too competent to be president!?

  4. He doesn't know the details. Unlike Obama, he delegates special forces raids to the military people. He doesn't care enough about it to ask, learn or retain the details. He knows that this "looks bad", however and when asked a question about it, he panicked. So he puffs himself up and puts down Obama as an instinct born of panic. The fact that he could care less about these soldiers matters more than the lie about Obama, as bad as that is.