Add another name to the list of iconic movements in American History. To the Abolitionist Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Youth Movement, the Feminist movement, and even the Tea Party Movement… add The Smart Movement, surely thought up by Trump in that big, smart brain of his. (Please do not confuse this with NC Governor Pat McCrory’s admonishing his coastal citizens to flee a hurricane several years back. “I just want to also say to everyone, stay safe. I’ve mentioned this before to citizens, don’t put your stupid hat on,” he said.)
Trump: “We want to be smart again. We’re not smart anymore, folks,” he said. “We don’t win anymore but we’re not smart anymore. So we call it the smart movement, and that’s what I want to have.”
The perfect metaphorical relationship between Winner Donald and his #1 Indiana Winner Endorser-Buddy Bobby Knight should be lost on no one. Mutual admiration abounds as the candidate brutally assaults opponents, the country and the world with the same bullying, misogynistic attitude that Coach Knight used on his way to 3 NCAA titles at Indiana. NY Times-4/27/88: “Asked by Connie Chung, the NBC News correspondent conducting the interview, how he handled stress, the Indiana men’s basketball coach said, ”I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.” He changed his mind by 2014, telling college basketball to fight off the rapist: When speaking in regard to the NBA’s age minimum rule and the subsequent one-and-done nature of big-time college basketball, Knight said, “It’s as though they’ve raped college basketball in my opinion.”
Upping the Full Macho component to an even higher level of crazy, Knight wants us to know there’s no reason to have the nuclear button available if you’re never going to press it. And he wants you to be reassured that he was standing right next to the guy who’s ready to do it.
“We gotta talk about this presidential crap just for a moment here,” Knight said Thursday at an Evansville, Indiana, rally.
“You older folks remember this. Your mothers, fathers have taught you this. I’ll tell you who they said wasn’t presidential. I don’t even know what the hell ‘presidential’ means, but they told him he wasn’t presidential. And that guy they told all these people that wanted to say, ‘You’re not presidential,’ that guy was Harry Truman. Harry Truman, with what he did in dropping and having the guts to drop the bomb in 1944, saved, saved millions of American lives. And that’s what Harry Truman did and he became one of the three great presidents of the United States. And here’s a man who would do the same thing because he’s going to become one of the four great presidents of the United States.”
So, America, if Trump is assaulting you, just sit back and enjoy it. Resistance is futile and will just make things worse. No biting, screaming, or mace, please.
Even though I realize that fact-checking is an irrelevancy these days, forgive me for pointing out out that self-proclaimed Student of History Robert Montgomery Knight, aka “The General,” incorrectly said the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan in 1944. The two were used in August of 1945. I apologize to anyone offended by my correction.