Monday the President of the United States stood next to the President of Russia and openly accepted his denial of interference into the 2016 election over the conclusions of his own intelligence community. That shocked America and much of the world prompting some people to go so far as to call it an act of treason. Tuesday Donald Trump tried to pull a 180 saying he had misspoke. Let’s explore.
The best analysis of Donald Trump came from Bill Maher during the campaign when he simply described Donald Trump, (who he has known personally for years), as “A bullshit artist.” On several occasions I have referred to the 45th President of the United States as the Bullshitter-in-Chief and more frequently as the Liar-in-Chief. In my mind this is a difference with little distinction. Trump’s problem is that, at least to an audience capable of critical thinking and armed with facts, he is not very talented at either.
Tuesday Trump in offering “clarification” of his remarks in Helsinki said, “In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’. The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative.”
It is also utterly not believable! If it were a simple case of misspeaking why did it take a day to offer the “clarification”? Why didn’t it come when the President was still on Air Force One? Trump openly brags about all the TVs he has on board (which he doesn’t think Justin Trudeau knows about). Certainly someone with Trump’s ego was listening to his “reviews”.
Furthermore if you were to accept Trump’s “clarification” the new remark is inconsistent with his other remarks and tone. The bottom line is that Trump needs to get some people who are capable of giving him better bull for his damage control.
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