This is amazing.
You have seen the news that Trump mistakenly called Dayton "Toledo. It got a lot of ridicule, though I know that people can have a brain freeze when talking extemporaneously and call something by the wrong name, especially when pounded with emotion. Joe Biden screwed up with the locations. It deserves chiding, but I get it. What I couldn't figure out, though, is that Trump was reading a speech. What what in the world was gong on??
Well, they found a photograph from Reuters that shows the TelePrompter Trump was reading when he called Dayton “Toledo.”
What the photo shows is that there’s not even a city name on the TelePrompter, and Trump either read it completely wrong or as is his preference decided to vamp, and screwed up. I think it’s the former because after seeing the photo I then went to watch the video of that passage, and he stumbles, pauses and then makes up something that's not on the TelePrompter in order to get back on track, which – when you now see that in this context realize – makes no sense.
Here below is the photo with what he was supposed to say.--
What he ends up saying, though, after screwing up with “Toledo” and then stumbling, is “May God protect all of those from Texas to Ohio.” Except...there’s no reason to “protect” all the people from Texas to Ohio, It’s what he comes up with after seeing him stumbling with what to say. If he said what's on the TelePrompter: “God bless the memory of those who perished,” that makes sense. “God protect all the people from Texas to Ohio” doesn’t –
Here’s the video. You can easily see him struggling with his “tell,” sucking in breath, as he’s lost and doesn’t know quite what to say and comes up with something nonsensical.
It's one thing to say something wrong by mistake. It's another thing to not be able to think on your feet –
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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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