Okay. Let’s all admit that we’ve all gotten a bit… well, nasty this political season.
I’m guilty of it. I mean, you can wander over to my Facebook feed and see that I might have called Donald Trump “an orange alien with the brain of a chimp” (I’m paraphrasing). But with this new blog, I’m trying to do better. In this last week leading up to the election, I’m gonna try to inject some positivity into the internet by defending the man I’ve hitherto attacked.
And what better place to start than…
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Boy, you can really get lost in the weeds on this one. I found a lot of videos of those fifteen seconds where Donald goes “I don’t KNOW, I don’t REMEMBER!” and flops his arms around.
(Infodump: He was imitating Serge Kovaleski, a journalist with arthrogryposis, who had the nerve to not immediately recall an article he wrote fifteen years ago.)
Thing is – if you care to look, you can also find a lot of videos refuting the mainstream media narrative with clips of Donald fluttering his hands around while mocking abled people, too. Here’s just one example:ARVE Error: The [[arve]] shortcode needs one of this attributes av1mp4, mp4, m4v, webm, ogv, url
So was Donald mocking Kovaelski’s disability, his memory, or both? Honestly – an argument can be made either way. Your conclusion probably has more to do with your perceptions from before you saw the video – like if you are disabled and someone’s mocked in you in precisely that way.
But hey, we’re trying to defend Donald Trump. So – let’s just say that his arm-fluttering is less than conclusive and his contempt is usually reserved for the media in general (and Muslims and Mexicans and women and Obama), not disabled people.
But let’s not stop there. We should look into Donald’s motivations – why he mocked Kovaleski in the first place.
Okay. Remember when Donald claimed that thousands of Arab Muslims were celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11? He even said he saw it on national TV. Soon afterwards, Donald showed up on This Week, where George Stephanopolous reached up (way, way up) and gave that claim a factual smackdown.
(Infodump: George Stephanopolous is short.)
That celebration never happened. There’s no TV footage of it. There was footage of a small group of Palestinians celebrating in East Jerusalem during 9/11, and at the time, a lot of people mistook that footage as taking place in New Jersey.
(Those Palestinians. So testy. It’s like US munitions keep blowing up their homes or something.)
Anyway. It’s gotta hurt when someone who’s eight inches shorter than you says you’re fulla shit. Is it any wonder that Trump went looking for reporting that said New Jersey Muslims were celebrating on 9/11? Sure, all he could find was a 15 year-old story that some Muslims in New Jersey were arrested for allegedly celebrating the attacks, but you take what you can get. At that point, you confront the reporter and he says, “[wtf Donald do you know how many articles I’ve written since then you expect me to know the details of a 15 year-old one] I don’t know, I don’t remember.”
BOOM, you have your “ah-ha!” moment and that’s the sort of thing you really want to share with your friends.
Or a few hundred supporters, if you don’t have friends.
So give the man a break. He’s only doing what you would do if a Greek midget called you on your shit.
And if you had no friends.
NEXT: Come On, He Has No Friends