Sunday, April 1, 2018

And Something, You Know

The Trumpster Bunny.

What Easter Means to Me
by Donald J. Trump
Well, it really means something very special.
I'm going to church in an hour from now
and it's going to be—it's a beautiful church.
I'm in Florida. And it's just a very special—
time for me. And it really represents family
and get-together and—and something, you know,
if you're a—a Christian, it's just a very important day.
Text via Dr. Pat Gower from ABC News interview by Jonathan Karl, March 27 2016, around the time the Trump campaign was first getting emails from George Papadopoulos telling them about how Professor Mifsud was going to be putting him in contact with people who could arrange a Trump-Putin meeting, a few days before Papadopoulos met Trump himself at the famous cabinet meeting of  March 31. It was on the 21st that he announced Papadopoulos and Page and the other members of his foreign policy "team", in an interview with the Washington Post, and that's also, I believe, the first time he mentioned Ukraine in public, in the context of complaining about NATO, just two or three weeks after Manafort joined the campaign.

Manafort, of course, knew all about Ukraine, where the monstrously corrupt, pro-Russian Party of Regions had been his main business client for some years until the Orange Revolution drove it out in January 2014, leaving him in a very precarious financial situation. Trump, in contrast, knew nothing about it whatever, though Manafort had clearly planted some kind of seed in his mind—he thought he needed to talk about it, but worked to hide the fact that he didn't know why, as in the ABC interview:
And if you look at the Ukraine, we're the ones always fight on the Ukraine. I never hear any other countries even mentioned and we're fighting constantly. We're talking about Ukraine, get out, do this, do that. And I mean, Ukraine's very far away from us. How come the countries near the Ukraine, surrounding the Ukraine, how come they're not opening up and they're not at least protesting? I never hear anything from anybody except the United States. What I'm saying is NATO is obsolete. NATO is obsolete and it's extremely expensive to the United States, disproportionately so.... And we should readjust NATO. And it's going to have to be either readjusted to take care of terrorism or we're going to have to set up a new -- a new coalition, a new group of countries to handle terrorism because terrorism is out of control. 
KARL: But Ukraine's not a member of NATO. There are no U.S. troops involved in Ukraine.
TRUMP: I'm not saying they're a member. What I'm saying about Ukraine is when we want to protect you -- we're talk -- when Russia's going into Ukraine, we immediately get NATO. I don’t hear from the other countries. I don't hear that having to do with Ukraine. I don't hear from the other countries in NATO. I don't hear from Germany. I don't hear from -- I only hear from the United States. We've got to, you know, do this and we're constantly telling Russia what to do.
He knew as little about reasons for talking about Ukraine, in fact, as he did about reasons for talking about Easter. But he knew he had to do it, and did it all week, from Wapo on the 21st to CNN on the 27th, which seems kind of odd.


Or DACA, that's another one of the things he's never figured out why he's supposed to talk about it.

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