Agent Orange doesn’t exactly keep his egotism secret. One gets the impression that Trump’s favorite topic to talk about is himself, and he’ll bring any conversation back to that regardless what the subject is at hand.
Even if that subject is an explosion going off in New York City.
Around 8:30 on Saturday, an explosion went off in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, injuring multiple people. While none of the injuries are reported at this time as being life threatening, details are pretty scarce. It’s known the incident happened in or around a dumpster, in a busy area full of restaurants, pedestrians, and bars.
Is it terrorism? Currently, signs point towards no:
"None of those injured are likely to die." Mayor @BilldeBlasio says. "No evidence at this point of a terror connection."
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) September 18, 2016
New York City’s mayor did say, however, that police currently believe it was an intentional act. At this point, nothing else is known.
At any rate, it fell to Donald Trump to deliver this news to a crowd waiting for him in Colorado, which he did by flatly stating that it was a bomb and implying it was linked to terrorism – both things he couldn’t have known. Making matters worse, about nine seconds later, he had already moved on from talking about the victims to talking about his poll numbers:
“I must tell you that, just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York, and nobody knows exactly what’s going on. Boy are we living in a time — we better get very tough, folks. We better get very tough . . . It’s a terrible thing that’s gone on in our world and our country, and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant, and we’ll see what it is. In any event, I am so thrilled to be in Colorado. It’s a special place. . . A new poll just came out, and we’re up four points in Colorado. And we haven’t spent any money in advertising yet!”
Trump in Colorado, telling crowd that a bomb just went off in NY. Then says he’s up 4 points in new poll. pic.twitter.com/3CN20XqwmL
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 18, 2016
I can’t be alone in finding this utterly tacky. That he took what should at least be a moment of reflection and introspection and turned it into “rah, rah, go me!” is cringe-inducing on an embarrassing level.
This isn’t helped at all by the fact that Trump made that announcement without the slightest bit of confirmation about any of the irresponsible details he was promoting.
Of course, at this point, anyone who hasn’t realized that Trump is basically your clueless, racist, teabagger uncle nominated for the presidency probably won’t figure it out now.
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