I'm incredibly impressed with Trump when he said today about the Stoneman Douglas High School AR-15 massacre, “I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.” What impresses me is that he'd be able to run with his bone spurs. For all the people chiding him, they're overlooking how much that would hurt, and so how really hard that would be.
And yes, I know that people are posting the video of Trump scurrying away from a bald eagle that snaps at him in his office, but that's unfair because it's very different from a semi-automatic weapon. For one thing, a bald eagle can fly. And for another, it's the symbol of our country, so Trump backing away was probably a sign of respect.
And keep in mind, it's not unreasonable in the slightest to think that Trump would run into the high school without a gun in the face of semi-automatic fire. That's because if he did, he'd be surrounded by half a dozen members of the Secret Service protecting him, with trained snipers shooting at the attacker.
Mind you, I do think that people are missing the bigger issue though when Trump said he'd have run into Stoneman Douglas High School without even a gun against a semi-automatic AR-15. Because the real question, and the only one with substantive meaning, is if he could single-handedly take down a plane full of armed terrorists like Harrison Ford did when president in Air Force One? Because that's really tough.
In the end, though, for all the ridicule, I do believe that Trump believes he actually would have run in to the high school AR-15 massacre without a weapon. Because that shows how nuts he is and that a con man is most successful when he convinces himself to believe his lies.
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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