Trump is averaging at least one outrageous, unethical statement a day. Either they show incompetence, or they are irresponsible, or they are uncivil, or they are lies, or they show disrespect for the office he is seeking, U.S. citizens and the nation, or all of these.
It’s rather hard to quote The Donald, since he rambles, free associates, and generally talks like someone who is tripping. In this case, one must look at the entire exchange holistically.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Trump this morning if he would disavow the endorsement of white supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke,or that of “other white supremacists.”
Trump claimed that he has been living in a cave (Everyone has heard of Duke): “I don’t know anything about David Duke. I don’t know anything about what you are even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know. I mean, did he endorse me or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke, I know nothing about white supremacists. And so, you are asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.”
Tapper obviously didn’t believe that Trump knows nothing about white supremacists, nor do I. He asked again: “Would you just say, unequivocally, you condemn them and you don’t want their support?”
More Trump blather: “Well, I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I’d have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them, and certainly I would disavow if I thought that there was something wrong…”
After all, Donald doesn’t want to unfairly impugn those GOOD white supremacy organizations.
“The Ku Klux Klan,” Tapper interrupted.
“You may have some groups in there that are totally fine, and it would be very unfair. So, give me a list of groups and I’ll let you know,” Trump continued, making it clear that he really doesn’t want to risk losing the unfairly maligned Klansman vote.
“Okay, I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here but…” Tapper said, as Trump kept talking:
“Honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him, and I just don’t know anything about him.”
File this one under..
- Incompetent (Foolish)
All in a day’s work for Donald Trump.
Pointer: THE Bill