Did you know that Trump used a teleprompter? He does, and a hilarious new video shows Trump and his daughter freaking out over whether or not the teleprompter would work at the RNC, in addition to nitpicking details about fonts.
The biggest news out of this story to me is that Trump even uses a teleprompter at all. I thought up until now all his rambling was done on the spot; finding out that it’s pre-planned somehow makes it all the funnier.
“Candidates shouldn’t be allowed to use teleprompters”
Does anyone remember when Trump boldly announced that candidates shouldn’t be allowed to use teleprompters? No? Here’s Trump saying just that:
If you’re running for president, you should not be allowed to use a teleprompter. No, it’s true. It’s true. It’s so easy. You shouldn’t be allowed, because you don’t know what you’re going to get. Look what happened with Obama, where he’s a teleprompter guy. No, it’s true. … you don’t want a scripted president. And you don’t want a politically correct president because it takes too much long — takes too much time.
This is the sort of logic that makes people stand and cheer for him. Spontaneity; you can’t waste time, you have to do, and you have to act.
And in this video, Trump is certainly acting — freaked out because he’s not sure if his teleprompter will work at the RNC.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnWelPGofrg&w=640&h=360]
So, after years of attacking President Obama for using a teleprompter, we find out the dark truth: Trump’s insanity is every bit as scripted as the politicians he so routinely smears. If you’re disappointed, you haven’t been paying attention. But then, if you’re voting for Trump, you haven’t been paying attention either.
At one point in the video, Trump gets upset because his tech guy uses the words “patching in.” Why? Because Trump is paranoid that “patching in” means something can go wrong, and “it’s one more thing that can wrong.”
I think my favorite moment of it all, though, is their discussion of the font size. Hearing Trump say “I like it big” makes my inner five-year-old giggle uncontrollably.
There’s another moment from earlier in the preparation where Ivanka asks whether or not the podium in front of them is the podium, and she thumps on it. It’s the only podium on stage, so unless the Republicans are trying to change the meaning of that word like they did “freedom,” “choice,” “human” and “family,” I’m pretty sure it is.
But then, given the weird stuff they do to language, one can never be quite sure.
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