Oh, okay, as I said there was a follow-up Tweet by Trump about LaVar Ball. So, since this is the gift that keeps on giving -- however mind-numbing it is -- I might as well dive back in.
It read --
...LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!
Yes, cool, a two-parter! Sort of like a really bad, but guilty-pleasure mini-series.
Okay, so he's bit familiar with Mr. Ball here, but I'm sure it's all meant politely and in a friendly, close, "Hey, we're all fathers and Americans here" kindred spirit kind of a way. No doubt.
Just a quick reminder first, though, that LaVar Ball isn't even remotely "ungrateful" (nor a fool, given his marketing and PR savvy, let alone CEO of an apparel company), but said very clearly that he recognized appreciatively it was Chinese President Li Jingping who ACTUALLY RELEASED his son, and all three boys.
And a quicker correction. Not that LaVar Ball is relying on the NBA to pay him -- he's not -- but for the record he already has a son in the league, Lonzo, who was the #1 draft choice for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hold on, wait, it just occurred to me. All of this isn't a racial thing, is it?? What with the allusions to Don King, too, and all. three kids being black, and LaVar being black. Nah, it couldn't be. That would be too much of a blatant dog whistle to his racist and white supremacist base, I'm sure.
Anyway, returning to the matter at hand.
Since shoplifting is a "really big deal" to Trump (something he's repeated several times), it would be nice to know where he ranks such a transgression compared to -- child molestation, sexual assault, conspiracy with Russia, obstruction of justice, abuse of power, money laundering, fraud, bribery, and tax evasion.
The odd thing is, looking over both of these bizarre tweets, it's almost like this is a ham-fisted attempt to distract from the Russia investigation, the massive tax cut for the wealthy, ending the individual mandate hidden in the tax bill, and Trump endorsing a pedophile in relation to his own 16 accusations of sexual assault. If so, while an expansive effort, the shame is it won't work, sorry. The Special Counsel's office is actually focused on its work. And the news, it just keeps rolling along, 24/7
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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