I had a sudden, blinding realization yesterday as I watched Donald Trump’s sad little makeshift “press conference” in the White House: Trump, Republicans and assorted Deplorables are counting on people like me to be sick of Trump’s voice, his behavior and his treason to the point of disengagement. They’re hoping that we just opt out for months at a time, unable to even function politically as we’re being assaulted on an hourly basis with their bullsh-t. It actually works, sort of. I seriously can’t even watch the news anymore and I change the channel whenever I hear Trump’s voice. I feel the bile rising up the back of my throat even now, and I’m only *thinking* about his voice.
So I applaud the people who actually can sit there, day after day, and listen to his constant stream of lies. I applaud the people who even bother to transcribe his lies, the people who still go through the mundane task of lining up his contradictory statements, day after mind-numbing day. You are the real heroes. On Monday, during the Treason Summit in Helsinki, Trump told the world’s media (regarding Russian interference): “My people came to me — Dan Coats 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.” On Tuesday, facing widespread condemnation from his own party for his disgraceful and treasonous behavior, Trump said this:
“I have full faith in our intelligence agencies. There is a need for some clarification. It should have been obvious, it ought to have been obvious… In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word “would” instead of ‘wouldn’t.’ … The sentence should’ve been, and I thought it would be maybe a little but unclear on the transcript … ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double negative. You can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things by itself.”
People in the White House really believe that the American people are stupid, huh? Trump staffers watched Trump prostrate himself in front of a foreign adversary over the course of hours and they were like “hey, let’s see if we can get away with explaining all of this as a minor grammatical glitch?” The reason I say that his staffers came up with this is because Trump was just reading off a piece of paper, a paper in which he scrawled the words “THERE WAS NO COLLUSION.” Literally. Although he probably meant “There Wasn’t No Collusion.” Other Trumpian double negatives:
I didn’t not collude with Russia.
I don’t see why I wouldn’t send my son to meet with Russian operatives
I couldn’t not accept shady Russian financing in a complicated scheme to not launder money
I Don’t Not Care, Do U Not 2?
The NRA isn’t not a portal for Russian interference
I can’t say I don’t believe Nazis aren’t very fine people
Also, here’s the context for Trump’s new grammatical copyeditor’s note. Yes, everything he says other than that one sentence is completely fine, nothing to see here, folks!
In light of his, ahem, clarification, I have added the correction to Trump's remarks. I think this settles things, don't you? pic.twitter.com/k3htSitwcs
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) July 17, 2018
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