Monday, August 1, 2016

Trump's Gerald Ford Moment

This is the moment many believe killed Ford's campaign.

"From Business Insider:

"ABC host George Stephanopoulos corrected Donald Trump after the Republican presidential nominee claimed that Russia was “not going to go into Ukraine.”

"In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” that aired Sunday, Trump asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not going to invade Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels — and some Russian special forces— have been operating for several years despite Putin’s reluctance to acknowledge any role."

“He’s not going into Ukraine, just so you understand. He’s not going to go to Ukraine,” Trump said.

"You might recall that in the famous 1976 debate with Carter, the reporter actually gave Ford a chance to correct himself. Stephanopolous was just as polite:

“Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?” Stephanopoulos replied.

George is a better man than I am. I would have been . . . I think the technical term is “ROFL”

"Trump responded by simultaneously criticizing the US’s decision not to intervene to stop the annexation of Crimea, a former Ukrainian territory seized by Russia in 2014, and noting that many citizens of Crimea were allegedly supportive of Russia’s decision to invade."

"And what does that actually mean? What are we to think of all this?"

“Well, he’s there in a certain way, but I’m not there. You have Obama there,” Trump said. “And frankly that part of the world is mess, under Obama. With all the strength that you’re talking about, and with all the power of NATO, and all of this, in the mean time, [Putin] takes Crimea.”

"Well thanks for clearing that up!"

"So Obama is to be criticized for not trying to stop Putin. He did use economic sanctions, so presumably Trump is referring to military steps that he thinks Obama should have used. And his justification for arguing that Obama was too weak is:

He added: “You know the people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were, and you have to look at that also.”

"I think the technical term here is “SMH”.

I can’t wait to see how the great deal maker does in his first face to face negotiation with Putin. “You’re not in the Ukraine? That’s good to know.”

PS. Ford made one blooper, and lost narrowly to Carter. Trump makes similar bloopers every single day, and is tied in the polls."

HT: Tom Brown

Well he was after his convention, but HRC has now retaken her lead.

Meanwhile, Trump's lips are moving so we know he's lying. He claims not to have had anything to do with the Pro Putin change in the GOP primary. The facts, as almost always, say something very different:

"Both Donald Trump and his campaign chairman said Sunday they had nothing to do with altering the Republican Party’s position on Ukraine ― which must have been news to GOP leaders who confirmed last week that Trump’s campaign insisted on exactly that change."

"The modified party platform drops its call to provide arms to Ukraine in response to Russia’s occupation of that country’s Crimea province in 2014. It represents a victory for Russian president Vladimir Putin, who soon after annexed the region."

"Two Republican National Committee officials acknowledged privately last week that Trump’s campaign pushed for the change, which was made in platform committee meetings in the days prior to the start of the Republican convention in Cleveland two weeks ago."

Nevertheless, the celebrity businessman told ABC News on Sunday that he didn’t even know about the change until afterward.

“I wasn’t involved in that. Honestly, I was not involved,” Trump said.

"Meanwhile, his top aide, Paul Manafort ― who for a decade was an adviser to the Russian-backed president of Ukraine until he was removed from office in 2014 ― similarly told NBC News that the new wording was not his idea. “It absolutely did not come from the Trump campaign,” he said.

The best way to interpret what Trump says is to assume the truth is the opposite of whatever he says.

1 comment:

  1. "The best way to interpret what Trump says is to assume the truth is the opposite of whatever he says. "

    Yes, and the more emphatic he is, the more confidence you can have that the exact opposite is true.