Don’t Bump The Trump

One of a series

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Thirteen days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.

As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.

In campaign speeches Donald Trump has made a number of statements that are indefensibly wrong (untrue, lies). At one point he stated, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” That is an obvious lie:

During her take-no-prisoners foreign policy speech on June 2, Hillary Clinton reminded listeners of controversial things that Republican presidential rival Donald Trump has said over the years.

At one point, Clinton said, “Donald Trump says climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese.”

Did he? Yes, though he later said it was a joke.

The original source of this claim was a tweet Trump sent on Nov. 6, 2012, as we noted in a January 2016 fact-check of a similar claim by Clinton’s Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders.

Trump’s tweet said, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Donald Trump has done this kind of thing on multiple occasions during the campaign. He has made outlandish statements, and often he has followed up by stating he never said them. Unfortunately, this statement was inscribe on the Internet, which is sort of like chiseling the words into the concrete on the courthouse steps:

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An item in The Washington Post followed this thread:

During the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Monday, Clinton accused her rival of believing “that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.”

“I did not. I did not. I do not say that,” Trump replied. Clinton was probably referring to a viral tweet from 2012, which does say that:

The Post item concludes with:

It’s worth noting that if Trump’s campaign was, for some reason, interested in erasing the candidate’s tweeted statements about global warming, they’d have a lot of deleting to do. He’s tweeted 101 times about global warming, according to a new archive of all of Trump’s tweets from 2009 to the present. The vast majority of those tweets claim in some way that global warming is a hoax.

This is the person whose political mantra, echoed by his vast crowd of followers, is “Lying Hillary.”

Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:

A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]

Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude,  I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!

Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.

Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

 

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