Donald Trump’s plans for Wednesday apparently included a diplomatic trip to Mexico, and sabotaging that same trip on Twitter with a bold-faced lie. He has accomplished at least one of those lofty goals first thing in the morning.
@realDonaldTrump, I invited you to come and apologize to all Mexicans. Stop lying! Mexico is not yours to play with, show some respect.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) August 31, 2016
If this is what we can expect when a possible President Donald Trump deals with sensitive international diplomatic situations, we are doomed if he wins. You see, according to the Washington Post, this hair-brained scheme to visit Mexico was to somehow “ showcase himself as a statesman who could deal directly with Mexico.”
Bannon, who previously headed the conservative website Breitbart News, made the case to the gathered group that Trump must underscore his populist immigration views in the final weeks of the general-election campaign, perhaps with an audacious gesture.
Peña Nieto’s invitation was brought up and Bannon said it offered Trump an opening to make headlines and showcase himself as a statesman who could deal directly with Mexico.
His “showcase” seems to be a cornucopia of the worst possible that America has to offer: xenophobia, dishonesty, American exceptionalism, bigotry, misogyny, and a bandwagon of red-white-and-blue nationalists screaming that equality means they are somehow losing something.
The sad thing is that while Fox is calling for Trump to show respect, Trump’s actions seems to spell out the problem: Trump thinks this is respect. Somehow, somewhere, in that entitlement-addled mind, this low-level whine and disrespect on Twitter is Trump acting like a president being diplomatic.
— moni (@xbatasi) August 31, 2016
Here is the scary thing, Trump probably doesn’t even know he is lying. His low-information voters sure as hell don’t, either.
You see, Breitbart, whom his current campaign manager Stephen Bannon was in charge of, used what appears to be a heavily edited interview with Fox to make it appear that an apology had happened. They don’t give context, nor say what questions that Fox was answering, which is a red flag for “spin.”
Though Breitbart, a consummate right wing propaganda blog spot, seems to have manufactured an “apology” directed to Trump, there just isn’t enough here — especially in light of the message from Fox today — to believe that this phantom thing actually happened. It seems to have been manufactured for effect by the Trump-loving rag.
The claims were repeated, and expanded, by such outlets as Fox News Latino. Of course, because, Fox News. But, still, no context; likely because in context this “apology” was exactly what Fox himself described it as today.
Here is all of the “video proof” of the so-called apology issued:
And, while Fox may have been human enough to acknowledge that the name calling and foul language he used weren’t up to his own standards but he was clear (even in the slim 21-second video Breitbart released) that Trump owed apologies of his own. However, the following sentence included in the scant article showed that Fox wasn’t apologizing to Trump — he was simply acknowledging his own faux pas and offering to help Trump learn to act presidential.
He urged Trump to be more responsible, and suggested that he could help: “I can convince him to think intelligently” about trade and other issues, he explained.
The fact is that Trump seems to lack the ability to see his own faults, something that is bad in general but horrifying in a leader. Not only that, now that Trump’s campaign and Breitbart’s Bannon are fully wedded, we can expect to see more and more of this illegitimate swill spun into “repeat often to get people to think it is true” campaign tactics.
The absolute lack of self-awareness and inability to not strike out against every single perceived or real slight, regardless of whom it came from or what it was, by a man who wishes to hold the top office in our country is the takeaway here. Having a hair trigger and thin skin are not presidential traits, period, yet Trump can’t even hide them when he is actually trying to.
Once again, Trump is showing us who he is, what skills he has, and how he will conduct himself as president should he win. It is glaringly obvious that nothing he has to offer is anything that this country needs.
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