On Tuesday afternoon, in an attempt at damage control, Trump spoke to the press before a meeting with GOP members of Congress.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past day or so, here’s one of the many jaw dropping moments from Donnie’s Monday press conference with
his Russian handler, President Vladimir Putin:
REPORTER, AP: President Trump, you first. Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. My first question for you sir is, who do you believe?
TRUMP: My people came to me, Dan Coates, came to me and some others they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.
The President of the United States (ugh!) on the world stage, standing next to the man our intelligence community believes attacked our last election, said he takes the word of a former Russian spy over that of our intelligence agencies.
Today he gave this excuse: “The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double negative. So you can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things.”
So, if he had only added an “n”, an apostrophe, and a “t”, it would all have been fine.
Of course, this is ludicrous. Not only because of his repeated word salad passages at Helsinki about “servers” and “witch hunts”, etc. But especially since during his dishonest backtracking, Donnie said it could have been others, too, because “There are a lot of people out there.”
But, in the interest of
mocking him keeping my readers fully informed, I’ve gone through the transcript of the Helsinki press conference to see if he left out some other contractions.
When he said, “I think that the probe is a disaster for our country,” maybe he really meant “I think that the probe isn’t a disaster for our country.”
When asked if he held Russia accountable for anything he said, “I do.” Maybe he meant, “I don’t.”
During one of his rants he said, “And they’re gonna have to try really hard to find somebody that did relate to the campaign. That was a clean campaign.” I suspect he meant, “And they’re gonna have to try really hard to find somebody that didn’t relate to the campaign. That wasn’t a clean campaign.”
He said, “I have great confidence in my intelligence people.” But don’t you think he meant, “I haven’t great confidence in my intelligence people”?
And some missing contractions suggest even he’s getting tired on complaining about investigations of his nefariousness.
He said, “I really do want to see the server … [Strzok’s testimony] was a disgrace to our country … and you would say that was a total witch hunt”
But maybe he meant, “”I really don’t want to see the server … [Strzok’s testimony] wasn’t a disgrace to our country … and you wouldn’t say that was a total witch hunt”
A little historical searching revealed Donnie’s dropping of contractions might have been happening before he took office:
Concerning his top-notch education he said, “I went to the Wharton School of Finance … I was a great student.” But now we know he meant, “I went to the Wharton School of Finance … I wasn’t a great student.”
You might remember Donnie attacking Khizr Khan, father of a fallen soldier who spoke at the Democratic convention. In an attempt to show he made sacrifices just like Mr. Khan Trump said, “[I have] created tens of thousands of jobs over the years.” The truth, however, was probably, “I haven’t created tens of thousands of jobs over the years.”
Finally, there’s a 2015 interview with Time magazine, in which the candidate said, “I have the right temperament. I have the right leadership.”
Now we know the truth, and not just from our contraction game, “I haven’t the right temperament. I haven’t the right leadership.”
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