Read here about the history of this nebulous, deflective phrase used by politicians to escape blame for things they should be blamed for. Remember though, in Donald Trump’s case, “mistakes were made” would be an entirely new and improved level of thought and responsibility taken by a guy who, even this week, still believes drooling, ugly crowds of followers at his rallies screaming, “lock her up,” are absolute affirmation of his inevitable election in November. That he is laying the groundwork for not only not going quietly if he loses but calling into question the integrity of the entire American system of elections, setting the stage for real civil unrest, may be Trump’s most unforgivable sin.
Donald Trump’s poll numbers finally have begun to reflect some logical, downward correlation to his now-accelerated aberrant behavior, even for him: the anger, the hate, the bigotry, the insults, the lying, the delusional grandiosity, the policy and knowledge-free promises of instantly fixing everything. Will Hillary’s lead hold or even expand, not only in the national numbers but in the battleground states that are Trump’s only hope?… you’ll get no official prediction here. But the ebb and flow of polls is more likely than not going to show a reversal and a closure of the gap, of which we will be alerted to by Donald Trump himself when he starts bragging again about the numbers. For now he is silent on them, reminding us the press is made up totally of horrible, dishonest people.
Following a week that began with Trump: 1. continuing his fight with Muslim-American Gold Star parents 2. attacking local fire marshalls at his rallies 3. throwing a baby out of a rally then, as usual, pretending it was joke 4. calling Hillary Clinton, “the devil,” early in the week… demoting her to mere “monster,” by Friday 5. asked how his daughter Ivanka might respond to sexual harassment in the workplace, he sensitively responded, “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.” 6. ate KFC — with a fork and knife — aboard his private jet, then posted a picture of it online 7. asked if he’d have changed anything about the last week, he pensively, deeply reflected and looked into his soul, “Maybe,” he said Friday, “I would’ve done a little bit less.”
There’s continuing proof that it isn’t so much that the press is inherently “dishonest,” it’s merely that Trumpism has taken the standards for truth and accountability down to unimaginable levels of absurdity. Trump is the student for whom a D-minus is trumpeted as a sign of greatness. Things that fleetingly signal the smallest, remotest hints of normalcy and decency by Trump are rotely parroted as “turns in the campaign,” or signs he’s suddenly become “presidential.” (or even adult!) Show me a 70-year old guy who’s never been told “no” in his life who suddenly changes his personality and I’ll show you someone who is either acting like a phony now or was a fraud for the first 70 years of his life. Take your choice or take both probabilities if need be. So, the press “dishonesty” leans in favor of Trump, not against him when these tiny, always temporary, grudging bows to convention or apology are seen as signs of “the turn.” Two examples from this week, where the ratings-hungry press always, in the end, roots for the series to be extended, even if a blowout seems possible and a comeback unlikely with one team down 3-1. And yes, I was surprised to see so little LeBron-Cavalier analogizing done at the Cleveland Republican convention!
- His absolute non-apology for being out there lying for several days about a video that he never really saw. Via CNN:
After repeatedly claiming he had seen footage of the payment — compensation tied to a decades-old debt — during the week, Trump tweeted a reversal early Friday: “The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!”Trump had actually viewed video from news reports showing American prisoners arriving in Switzerland after being released by the Iranians.