Another Day in Hell with Trump
"Fake news...You don't have that problem here." That's what Trump quipped to Russian president Vladimir Putin on Friday.
Well, no, Putin doesn't have that problem. That's because if Putin doesn't like a journalist, he just has them killed. Not theoretically or hyperbolically, but literally killed. Dead. There have been 26 journalists who have disappeared without a trace during Putin's time in office.
What else did Trump "joke" to the brutal Putin about journalists?
"Get rid of them," he quipped.
As it happens, no, that isn't a joke. But an accurate description of what Putin does. As Trump ha-ha-ha--ha laughed about it.
And here's an addendum to make this SO much more Trumpian -- yesterday, the day Trump was "joking" about getting rid of journalists -- was the anniversary of when five journalists were killed at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, the deadliest mass-murder of journalists in the United States.
And to add to all this, Trump's "jokes" about Russia not having problems with journalists and just getting rid of them comes days before he sits down to meet with Mohammad bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who had an American resident journalist kidnapped, tortured, killed and dismembered.
And Trump will be honoring this cruel, murderous despot with the great respect of an official meeting. On the heels of joking with the cruel, murderous despot of Russia about getting rid of journalists.
Perhaps they're all going over how-to tips.
And all in the midst of Trump actually snarking with Putin who smirks back (most likely thinking, "What an idiot dupe this Russian asset is") about not meddling during the upcoming U.S. elections. For the record, Russia didn't "meddle" with the U.S. elections, it attacked the United States.
The only good thing about Trump's election "quips" with Putin is that it provided a 10-second clip that Democrats should and likely will be playing over and over and over during the coming election.
Here's a preview --
6/29/2019 09:14:11 pm
Apparently after this moment, and not as well reported, Uncle Vladdy regurgitated the old Soviet standby that liberal democracy was circling the drain. President Dumbass apparently thought he was talking about the Democratic Party and made some inane comment about Sam Francisco. 😵
6/29/2019 09:36:20 pm
Yes, thanks. I did see that and wrote about it elsewhere -- though not here, so I'm glad you commented on it as an addendum.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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