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Why Does Trump Always Seem to Say Silly Things?

Updated on April 24, 2020
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Politics used to be a great interest of mine, now I prefer analyzing the roots rather than the symptoms.

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I'm not about to sit here and defend Trump, because I'm not a big fan of the man as a person. I support him as my POTUS, as any American should support their President to the degree of loyalty to the nation in which we live, but his methods are unarguably off-putting most of the time. My biggest issue I have right now, and even in the past, is the media's incessant need to corner the President with every slight slip up they make.

Trump deserves a fair and impartial interpretation of his words, just as anyone does, and where our media cannot offer that I am willing to step in.

I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets inside the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.

— Donald J Trump, POTUS

Say What?!

At first read, and hearing this, you can really feel the confusion starting to well. The confusion really starts to take root when fair and impartial interpretation from our information sources goes out the window in favor of smearing the President. Make no mistake, this is what many sources are doing, they are simply smearing the President because the President often wings it in his speeches and leaves his meaning up to interpretation.

Breaking this down myself, however, without depending on prejudice and biased news sources, I can see Trump is taking a metaphorical/figurative approach to the view of treating the virus. So here is how Trump was thinking here, simplified:

  • Cleaning materials can kill the virus quickly
  • Let's get imaginative here for a second
  • Can an injection act like a disinfectant?
  • The virus enters the lungs, so could we inject the lungs?
  • Treating the lungs directly could be a solution

Fair and impartial interpretation doesn't make this seem so stupid, now does it? Stop being so hateful, and letting hate dictate your immediate reaction. If the news media said Trump told everyone not to jump off a cliff, hatred would soon see suicide rates rising swiftly.

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Stop Spreading Disinformation

I know that this can be a big, unfathomable request for many, and even further far outside the capability of many Americans and dissidents of the world at large, but you need to stop and think for yourself and stop letting resentment drive your thoughts. The powers that be love nothing more than sowing discord among its people, and when you jump on every ignorant bandwagon then you are doing the nation, and world as a whole a disservice. Take the time, if you are able, to approach everything you hear with a fair and impartial mind.

All this is to say, unless you like harassing old men who are seemingly losing their edge to senility. Personally, I like to pick harder targets, lest I be held on the same level as dotards.

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    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      3 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      All Trump needs to do is let Ivanka come out on stage for a second, get a little too close to Biden, and it's all over for Biden and his grope 'n' sniff addiction.

      Hahahahaha!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      3 weeks ago from now on

      If it is Biden, I don’t think it will be as this doesn’t play well with any thinking person I know.

      https://youtu.be/ve8kE4SXXTs

      I will just love seeing a debate between him and Trump. The proverbial career politician vrs a successful businessman. This should get the best ratings ever but for the wrong reasons. Everyone will be watching to see which old white man can avoid gaffes the best!

      The more dementia Biden displays the more the media will stretch to spin it and make Trump seem just as bad. As is always the left’s fall back position, pointing to other’s bad behavior (or just making it up) to justify their bad behavior.

      Mark my words, if Biden is the best the Democrats have to offer and he can’t win against a president they proclaim should have been (as opposed to should be as they already failed at that) impeached it’s the end of the Democratic Party as it stands comprised today.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      3 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      I think it was fourth grade, Christian school, when I learned of the electoral college and how our votes were really only symbolic. Ever since that day I never understood why people actually voted, then as time moved on I decided it would be best to not vote and let the politicians fight it out among themselves.

      I wanna see a Trump vs Biden cage match, a little bit of blood drawn for their beliefs. Three rounds, no holds barred, tooth and nail scrapping for the Presidency. Then just like in real fights with judges who choose the winner, let the electoral colleges choose as they would anyways.

      It would certainly tickle my funny bone.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      3 weeks ago from now on

      Kyler, you are so right about the electoral vote and I’m glad you said what you said still stands.

      The thing is you will find it doesn’t matter what the rules are or what is accomplished the left will twist themselves into a pretzel to pretend Trump’s accomplishments are illegitimate, be it winning an election by the rules or delivering on campaign promises. Criticizing Trump’s winning an election that has always, constitutionally, had the winner chosen by the electoral college vote is just another example of how out of touch the left is with America and it’s constitution. Btw if the shoe was on the other foot you know the Democrats would be gloating in winning by the electoral vote and proclaiming Hiliary’s genius strategy to win the electoral vote. Whoops not quite the smartest woman in the world, really. And the Republicans would never be calling for the constitution to be changed if they lost the electoral vote but won the irrelevant popular vote.

      The truth is the popular vote for the president is and has always been irrelevant by law and any candidate who doesn’t run a campaign based on that fact doesn’t deserve to be president, they live in a fantasy world. What Hiliary did was like competing in the olympics in shot put but throwing a javelin instead and expecting to get the gold metal for shot put.

      Donald J. Trump won the Electoral College with 304 votes compared to 227 votes for Hillary Clinton. Seven electors voted for someone other than their party’s candidate.

      That’s the law, nothing else matters no matter how they spin it.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      3 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      I don't disagree, MG, I'm happy we didn't get Hillary. I didn't like Hillary ever since Benghazi.

      I just wish Trump would show some class, more charisma and less comedy. It is one thing to be a funny guy, like Bush Jr., then there is Trump's humor during a pandemic he isn't qualified to speak in depth on.

      It is confusing, and upsetting.

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      MG Singh 

      3 weeks ago from Singapore

      Trump won though he lost the popular vote in 2014.He is not the best man for the job but who is better? A lot is made out if his gaffes but he is doing his best. He has limitations.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      3 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Honestly, the most upsetting part for me is having to hear about how big of an idiot my President is from people in other countries and having no real defense against it. He portrays himself as the fool. I liked Obama, his class and charm, though I didn't agree with his political method. At least I could come to his defense when people wanted to insult him, even if it were a strawman argument.

      As for Trump, I do my best to keep discussion about him very topical and concise; lest every conversation devolve to the point of arguing about his fake tan and artificially bodacious Russian wife.

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes, the minority of voters won the election for Trump. I know, it sucks...

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      3 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      So, I'm missing how that isn't winning the majority of the vote? The electoral college are the only votes that count, as far as I recall; or are we considering our own votes as meaningful?

      I jest, slightly, but what I said still stands.

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      Randy Godwin 

      3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      No Kyler, the majority of voters didn't elect him. HRC had more than 3 million more votes than Trump. He won the electoral college by around 38,000 votes. Not exactly a landslide for him.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      3 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      I mean, technically the majority of voters in the US election gave him the privilege to set his privileges, hahahaha! However, without being flippant, I'd say it is his press secretary trying not to "marginalize" him. The real culprit in all this, perhaps Trump himself, is unknown.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Who gave him the privilege to talk about things he's not qualified to handle? He's simply using the privilege given to him.

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      James C Moore 

      4 weeks ago from The Great Midwest

      The president's statement about disinfectant and bleach don't bother me. But, not finding Lysol in the drug stores next to the other cold and flu medicines really ticks me off :) This hub is a success. It's inspired debate.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Florida's reputation for being a retirement home rather than a state does often precede it. Alas, we have drifted from the topic and I'm happy we could all close out on a laugh, or at least I chuckled and enjoyed this line of dialogue here.

      Never a dull day here on the Hubs!

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Mr. Happy, it's true, we are all packing here.

      You must be talking about your lady friend when you reference advanced age and disability.

      Good day!

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. Williams, I'll tell You a little story. Just a little ten years ago, during the financial melt-down, I took a break from the Occupy protest here in Toronto and went down to Florida and where I actually visited the Occupy Tampa protest (photos and article from then are on my profile).

      My visit to Florida was mainly to see a lady who used to be here on Hub-pages too, with the Immartin name profile. When at her house, where I stayed close to a week, knowing I was involved in activism and politics, she specifically told me to not talk politics with her neighbours because: "this isn't Toronto, Canada. Everyone here has guns." Haha!!

      So, You have yourself a nice day! I'm not looking at upsetting any Floridians to no avail. Especially those with a more advanced age and who do not have the ability, will and/or the time to change their Being, in any significant way. All the very best!

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @Shannon: I nearly agreed with that sentiment earlier here in the comments, it was basically a way to snuff the flames rather than add more fuel for them to run with. It was a well calculated tactic, and has been used in similar fashion in the past.

      "Lol, jk" tends to work for politicians more often than not. Can't really run away with it any further, and the "best" digs have already been taken.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 weeks ago from Texas

      Personally, as often as Trump does go "off script" and think out loud or pretty much speak in train of thought, I have a hard time imagining him using sarcasm as a defense. That would only make sense to me if he was maybe embarrassed and felt he'd made a blunder, but that seems out of character for him. I tend to think that his PR team advised him not to bother explaining himself on this one. Really, how could he without the people who are taking him literally running with it some more?

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Thanks for the input, JOC, I don't think anyone has disagreed with that point as of yet.

      Good to see you in the comments!

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      JOC 

      4 weeks ago from Syracuse, NY

      "...they are simply smearing the President because the President often wings it..."

      Perhaps in a national crisis, it's not the time to 'wing it' and put out confusing information that can be misinterpreted to a point of being a danger to some Americans.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      I didn't like Obama as Commander in Chief either, but he was classy and smooth nonetheless, and I wasn't referring to your friends.

      "Not a single one of my buddies, including myself, is inspired to go to war on this man's watch."

      I don't speak on anyone's behalf I couldn't hand you direct quotes from. I'd appreciate it if I wasn't taken out of context again, you're making me feel like I'm the President and you're the media.

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Nor yours. I know members of the military that greatly appreciate Trump, they find him a refreshing change from the Obama days.

      Now Obama...they did not respect in the least.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @A B: You don't have to, facts don't care about your feelings.

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Not buying it.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @A B: If you haven't rushed into battle, led by strong men, then you wouldn't be able to understand anyways. If you have, then you'd know I'm making an astute observation. Not a single one of my buddies, including myself, is inspired to go to war on this man's watch.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @A B: I think it was a well-calculated maneuver on their part, if he sought to defend himself it would give the media more reason to dig into the topic and break away from important news as they love to do so frequently. As writers we love clarity, to be understood, and to have the point be solid, but as a politician you get one chance to shine and if you blow it then it is time to snuff the flames and move on.

      It was a, "Take it on the chin, and walk away," moment, which is commendable as far as PR goes. It snuffed the flames, and made everyone say, "Another Trump moment!" and now all that will be left of the blunder is memes and those who will never let him live it down... hopefully.

      Concisely: It was as smooth of a move as they could make, lest everything keep being a burning pile of shit show. Things were said, he distanced himself, its a sad, but relevant tactic. Can't project logic and emotion onto tactics, tactical thinking wins out every time in the long-game.

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Boo on the answer to Mr Happy! It could be so, so, so much worse!! Hillary!?!

      Kyler you failed at astute, you "royally" just disrespected our President and disappointed me. Not that you care, but just putting it out there.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @Meg: I absolutely agree, and as such this is why I won't speculate too deeply on the topic of our President. I go with what I can observe, and only deeper by way of careful calculation with my observations. We must be careful not to go down a road that leads nowhere, because we are only doing everyone a disservice in that case.

      Thanks for reading!

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @Mr. Happy: Without disrespecting the POTUS here, I'll say this as astutely and concisely as I can:

      If I were in battle and I had the choice between saving my Commander in Chief (pretending he could even lead a battle, let alone have the gumption to come to the front lines....) and saving my own skin, his leadership qualities do not inspire me to jump on that grenade for him. Where he can inspire crowds, I've known leaders to inspire whole nations with just their presence.

      If Trump were to lead me in battle, I'd have no choice but to question every order. His blunders don't inspire loyalty, nationalism, education, chivalric value, warrior spirit, nor any other sort of positive quality consistently. I don't find them charming, or funny like I did with Bush Jr. He makes me want to hide my head in shame more often than he inspires me to go grab ole glory and wave her around.

      We are the talk of the world, for all the wrong reasons. Our President is dominating the air waves, for all the wrong reasons.

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      I agree Kyler, it really bothered me that Trump was speculating out loud and then when called on it, used the sarcasm defense. His advisors dropped the ball on that one. If it was all him going with the "sarcasm defense", then, he royally screwed up.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @T: That sounds like a whole lot of something I have not seen nor been a part of, so all I can say is if lies are being told then your exposure of them would be better placed in an article for myself and others to read. It sounds like there are many layers to it that need to be explored: claims, dates, personal developments... wouldn't mind reading about it in a more precise and informed context if it is available or could be made available.

      That being said I take everything I hear with a grain of salt, especially if it is on the internet in a more lax setting, but I felt the statements being made were valid enough to warrant at least some sort of response from me. It was on topic, moderately, at least.

      I mean I did write this and then Trump went and used the "sarcasm" defense so as not to be further misinterpreted, and cause even more of a storm. Kinda undoes my impartiality, at least for those who don't understand PR and why he wouldn't defend his statements made in figurative innocence and speculation.

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      No Randy, I see you and know better than to do drugs or shoot up Lysol? ;)

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @A B: The reason there always has to be a "But" is a murky topic. I'll try to keep my answer concise. The reasons:

      -Trump is a Businessman/Politician, there's always a "but"

      -Life is not black and white, and he could do better than what he is giving us as far as his presentation, I know he can because I've read much of what he has written

      -He isn't an expert on the topic and shouldn't be flying solo from a script on this, his presence is necessary only as reassurance, we don't need his anecdotal input

      -Because I trust him as far as I can throw him, and I always assume there's a gun behind the back of the handshake being offered

      All in all, I'd like the man as much as any other President if he presented himself a little bit classier. As of now, he makes me miss how well-spoken Obama was, how charming Bush's slip-ups were, or of course Bill and his comedic bedroom voice and antics.

      Trump has my loyalty and respect as far as the POTUS deserves it, but no further. Four more years, because Biden is a sick &%$@.

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Yeah well...Mr Happy started it!

      LOL!!!

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      AB, have you taken your dose of lysol today? LOL!

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      I just got home from house hunting, and I hope and pray that you all are being nice to one another here in my comments section. I don't condone blatant rudeness, but having just got home I want to write a little bit before delving into my comments.

      Rest assured I will be addressing everyone here when mentally ready and relaxed. Until then I'll just throw in that I'm happy to see all of you here and really appreciate you reading and commenting!

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Mr. Happy, I can see why you have taken an interest in our President(s), you have PM Trudeau and what else is there to say? I wonder what color panties he may be wearing today or I wonder if he has been in blackface lately?

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. Abwilliams, have You raked your local forest yet? Better get to it, the summer is coming.

      On a more serious note, there's a book out there called "George W. Bushisms: The Slate Book Of Accidental Wit And Wisdom Of Our 43Rd President" - You can bet your last dollar there will be one double the size for your dear leader, after his presidency.

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      DreamerMeg 

      4 weeks ago from Northern Ireland

      I didn't vote in your poll, as I am not American and so cannot vote in any election. For any person, whether you agree with their politics or not, you need to listen carefully to what they say and watch what they do before you can assess them as a person or as a president.

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Replying to Mr. Happy, I have a question for you.

      Do those of you whom continually go back to this 'conversation' Trump had over a decade ago, do this so that we will forget about the many things Bill Clinton actually did to women, most against their will, even while President?

      Maybe I'm not really curious...just joining in on the beating of a dead horse.

      Oh that's right you are from Canada!!!

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      I misspelled "dumbest" ... @#$% lol

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      So, I used to work at Home Depot some years back. Their big buckets of paint have a warning on them that children can drown. You know ... I still think this: if a child is dumb enough to drown in a pain bucket ... I'm sorry. Same way, if anyone is injecting bleach, or God knows what ... You did it yourself.

      It does bring-up the idea that our leaders should be our role-models though. Our leaders should be better than us thus, leading us to the bettering of ourselves and showing us better ways. This dude in the White House is just shooting the shit. The stuff that comes out of his mouth, "grabbing women by the " cha-cha ... it's just not worthy of any kind of leader. People say, ohh it's "locker room" talk. I personally do not want people leading me being the kind of grotesque creatures that make jokes like that. It's not funny, it';s not cool and if anyone made a joke like that in a locker room with me there, it would not end nice for them lol

      We need leaders who we can learn from to become better human Beings. Leaders which will lead us out of trouble, not shift blame in emergency times. Hey, have You raked your local forest yet? Gotta be prepared for those summer fires. Maybe we should mop the forest too ffsk lol

      I said this in an email to someone not long ago: words have specific meaning. They are not just things to throw around, or use to make wind with our mouth. We build/create the world through them. Just like a brick-layer doesn't throw bricks around when building a house so, we should not throw words around when we are creating our Being/Life.

      Zorastrians (the oldest religion on this planet) have a main teaching: "Think good words. Say good things. Do good deeds." It all starts with our thoughts and then the words come, before we have any sort of action. Thus thoughts and words must be proper in order to have proper actions. We cannot have faulty thoughts and great actions. It just doesn;t work like that.

      Anyway ... You know what one of the biggest lessons was? Things can always get worse. When Dubbya was around, I thought: this is the dummest President ever. Can't get worse than that." Well, I was wrong. This dude is dumber.

      Thank You for your writing. Keep safe and all the best!

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      P.S. to my comment, smooth politician doesn't apply in every case.

      Career politician Nancy Pelosi is about as smooth as Freddy Krueger's complexion!

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      4 weeks ago from now on

      “Kyler, after reading some of the comments here, I'm wondering if some have a problem understanding the difference between "out of context" and "out of his mouth." ~Randy

      That’s an Interesting comment Kyler from the person who takes everything out of context while what comes out of his own mouth are statements like

      “ I can also pause the movie when I need to replenish my adult beverage or smoke a doobie. Something else you can't do in a public theatre.”

      Or

      “Cool! I once knew a couple of pot smugglers who were professors at MIT. Seriously! They made mucho dinero...”

      “Being caleed a pot smuggler is a badge of honor for me, T. The two professors I referenced in my story were importing pot for cancer patients taking chemotherapy. As you may not know, pot is excellent for no preventing the terrible nausea associated with the treatment. I accepted nothing for my role although I was offered $10,000 per shipment.”

      I’ll offer some context for that last statement he made. He himself said that the pot smuggling by “MIT PROFESSORS” which he says he participated in (re:his own hp article about it) occurred over 40 years ago at which time no one was researching or using pot for treatment of nausea and even if there was no MIT professors would be funding pot smuggling of tons for it...he just made that up recently while saying nothing about medical marijuana on his pot smuggling escapade when he bragged about on hp about it nearly a year ago! All he said about them was “They made mucho dinero...”

      His brain is full of nothing but lies and TDS.

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Me and my husband were watching this briefing.

      It was another one of those moments, as when Trump had Mike Lindell and other C.E.O.s discussing all the positive things happening. Then...Jim Acosta opened his mouth and there went the positivity.

      It was a great briefing, Science endorsing me getting back to the beach. Yeeeaah!

      We immediately understood Trump's inquiring and probing thought process. UV light, dysinfectant, having such power over this pestilent virus...let's find a way to bring the science behind it, within the body itself.

      Positivity!

      The next day...well... l don't need to go there. We've all seen it for ourselves.

      I will defend him and have no problem doing it.

      Why does every positive have to be turned into a negative?

      Why must even a rare compliment have to always be followed with a "but...... "?

      He speaks what is on his mind and in his heart, he is not a politician, he isn't as smooth as they, but I've no doubt, he has our best interest at heart!

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      There are many who would agree with that observation, Randy, but I was more trying to keep it within the context of this most recent blunder. The last time I watched one of his full speeches I don't even know what he was saying, it was in Michigan or something and for five minutes I was nothing but confused.

      He was going on and on about: Women doing the dishes with amazing dish washing machines (he knew, because he asked them), old light bulbs were somehow going to bring millions of jobs back to America (he knew, because he loves old light bulbs, they save electricity and create jobs), and something about "those idiots who want to send jobs overseas" which he regularly does within his own industrious pursuits (but of course we won't mention that).

      All politicians are shysters, but some of the things Trump says, even entire speeches, can really have you scratching your head. He needs to go on-script more.

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

      Kyler, after reading some of the comments here, I'm wondering if some have a problem understanding the difference between "out of context" and "out of his mouth." LOL!

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      Marcy Bialeschki 

      4 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      Great writer-content, indeed!

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      I'm under the impression that Trump may be suffering the effects we all come to feel to some degree in old age. He often seems to allow others to dictate the context in which his words were meant, as if he doesn't recall what he just said or in what context he meant it, because equally he will call sarcastic statements made in flippant tones totally serious when people accuse him of it.

      I don't see the appeal, nor utility in it, so logically I conclude that something isn't right. What that something is, I think we'd need firsthand knowledge of the man to be able to speak on it accurately. As far as I know, I won't be invited to sit and chat with him any time in the near future, so I prefer to leave my speculation at that.

      Strange times.

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      Linda Courtney 

      4 weeks ago from Bloomsburg, PA

      If Trump were really smart he would learn from his mistakes. In all this, he knows his comments are always going to be miscontrued. So why does the man not think before talking? He is too easy to be made fun of. Dr. Birx had said this statement was just him thinking out loud, but Trump said he was being sarcastic. It didn't sound like sarcastic. I believe Dr. Birx (that's the way I took it). Trump hardly ever seems to apologize for his remarks either. Or even give good reasons for making them. I'm with you @Kyler in your comment below. He should just give opening and closing comments and let the medical experts answer the questions where applicable. The press conferences would not be such a circus then.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Back in the day it was "Give me liberty..." but today it is "Give me consistency..."

      Yeah, the state governments are mostly to blame in this case, my statement was unfair contextually. I just feel if the states had clearer information, less chances for politicking on Trump's slip ups, we'd see that consistency everyone needs to make educated decisions.

      Yet, the blame falls on the media as well, and silencing their nonsense would be overreach.

      What a conundrum, one that produces great writing content!

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      Marcy Bialeschki 

      4 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      Well, he's left the decisions, mainly to the governors. I live in Illinois and our gov has us on double secret-probation lockdown (lol) because of Chicago, where he lives instead of the capital -- but that's another issue. Anyway, you are right. Inconsistency is not going to help.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @Holley: The biggest issue is that the heads of Lysol came out, as soon as they could, to tell everyone not to inject or inhale their products. They gave the credit of motivation for these public addresses to Trump. It was an unfair dig at Trump, that needed not be credited directly to Trump's statements in an unfair way.

      The blame in this situation lies with Trump's haters, the ones who'd prefer to propagate misunderstanding than to clarify what the President meant in a literal sense with his figurative description of his thought process.

      Hard to take anything seriously when my sources can't even remain objective in the slightest.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @Marcy: I like men who can go off script, it can be charming and even a strong weapon against criticism, but Trump has no expertise in the area and should barely be involved to begin with; if not for his lack of expertise, then strictly for the sake of clarity. I've had a lot of trouble taking this coronavirus seriously, not to say I don't practice safe behavior, because of all the inconsistency in the News and even the way everyone in government is treating it.

      I mean, the most dangerous county in America (at one point) right across from mine here in Riverside county, is opening every public space up (parks, rivers, trails) today officially while other counties are still on "mask on or get fined, everything closed, stay home" orders.

      The lack of consistency, the lack of professional courtesy, it is all a disservice to the people.

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      Holley Hyler 

      4 weeks ago from Upstate New York

      Add me to the list of those in agreement... honestly, I don't have cable at my house and hadn't been keeping up with the news over the last few days. I had no idea what everyone was on about when they were posting memes about drinking Lysol. Now I get it. A few people can take something out of context and within seconds, it's spread everywhere. Nice article, Kyler, and love your humor!

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      Marcy Bialeschki 

      4 weeks ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      I'm glad these thoughts are out there because this is how I feel about the President. Do I like him as a person, not really. Do I think he needs to have others speak for him sometimes, absolutely. But I also think part of his success is his off the cuff, unpolished nature. I'm still trying to wrap my head around my thoughts on him. But I agree with you. People need to stop taking every little thing he says out of context.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      HP marked it automatically as spam.

      It just doesn't fit the profile of a successful businessman. Perhaps a low-end, middle management type of guy can get away with acting like Trump portrays himself to be, but you can't climb very high acting the way he does on an interpersonal level. Your own people will cut you down if you treat them like garbage, perhaps not publicly but at every little chance they get to throw a wrench in the gears while you aren't looking.

      I've seen it happen, mostly with aspiring business women but also their male counterparts, where they treat their peers and underlings more like slaves and lesser beings. Then those underlings conspire when they aren't openly praising their leader, and when the time is right the leader gets left with absolutely nothing but knives in their back.

      There's something more to the puzzle that we can't observe at our level, something that doesn't make sense without inside knowledge.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 weeks ago from Texas

      I suppose my last comment may have went to the spam area or simply disappeared. One never knows where HP is concerned. I just noticed that it didn't immediately appear as I thought the other ones did.

      Anyway, this kind of goes with it the missing comment and with the one you last made. It's a poem I used to have on HP.

      Hypocritical Hypocrite 4-14-16

      Hey you over there

      With that self-righteous stare

      And you over there who just took offense

      To someone else's two cents

      Why don't you come down off of that high and mighty horse

      Let's take a look at all of the things that you endorse

      I'll bet you're a walking contradiction too

      After all, we're all only human - me and you

      We can't possibly always meet our own high standards

      Yet if someone else behaves in an opposing manner

      Than the ideals they claim to portray

      Oh, how quick we are to make them our own prey

      If you think it's not true of you and that shoe doesn't fit

      Well then - you're just another hypocritical hypocrite!

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 weeks ago from Texas

      But to him, that is the reason for his success. I'm basing that simply off of some people I know that attribute their success to being what the rest of us might call "ass holes."

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Of course it isn't that he doesn't care, but what you just brought up is another confusing piece of the puzzle. I grew up around what many would consider, "Trump's type," and no one gets to his level acting the way he does. Even if someone could make it as far as he has in life, acting the way he acts now, every person around them would be waiting for their opportunity to drop the floor out from beneath them. The way he acts is not good business, and goes against much of his own advice he has written about.

      It's all an enigma, and conspiracies abound that I can't bring myself to entertain in any serious capacity. None of it makes any real sense.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 weeks ago from Texas

      That makes a lot of sense. He's only human, but he does seem rather arrogant. However, I don't think that necessarily means he doesn't care about what is best for the country or its citizens. I think he's used to having to be in total command in the business world. Convincing him to showcase leadership by backing off some would be a great challenge, but that's probably only one reason no one has attempted it.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      If I were the press secretary, assuming Trump is okay with people putting him on the sideline (he doesn't seem to be, his team seems more scared of going against his word than offering proper defenses for his actions) I would:

      -Have the President open and introduce the topic of discussion by script

      -Next in line will be the experts on the topic by level of authority and responsibility, one representative would be best

      -Open up the room for questioning on only the topic at hand

      -President comes back on to close out, offering the final, scripted words before handing it all over to the Press Secretary

      Then again, this is so simplified it won't do the topic any justice. Really, if I had to hypothesize from what I am able to observe, Trump keeps everyone on a short, tight leash. In this case, I've developed systems to work with him without sidelining him or anything he says, but to even introduce such a plan would, I think, receive a ton of backlash from Trump himself and subsequently any sycophant wanting to stay in his good graces.

      It's complicated, too complicated for the comments section of my pitiful article.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 weeks ago from Texas

      That happens just about everywhere, unfortunately, including on HP. This shouldn't even be a political matter, though. Is there anyone that the general public would consider impartial? Maybe that person should be the one giving the briefings.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      The only reason I even wanted to write about it is because, much like you, I don't understand why it is even worth discussing. What compounded my desire to take part in the discussion is the absolute vitriol being spewed forth from the partisan majority, over a fricken innocent, poorly delivered sentiment.

      I can't stand how people sharpen their words into daggers, then stab out at the ears of anyone who stumbles upon their words. It is regressive, and only serves to prove that the general public can't handle being involved in the game of politics (proof we must work together to eliminate, and provide evidence we are all capable of deciding what is in our best interests).

      The longer people fight over spilled milk, the more everything is lost in translation. It is insufferably irritating to me.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 weeks ago from Texas

      First of all, I have to say that I agree 100% with you that Americans should be supporting their president whether they like the person in office as a person or not. And I think that they should do that no matter what political party is in office. There should always be a degree of loyalty and respect for the office.

      I'm actually glad I saw this article in the newsfeed because I ended up in a few smaller discussions on FB when I voiced my opinion about this matter. Granted, I tend to have sass and sarcasm involved in my initial posts, but I fail to see why we even have to be having a national discussion about this matter in the first place.

      My thoughts are along the lines you've expressed here. He asked a simple question and did not tell anyone to try this at home. Plus, people are taking him on a literal basis. I knew as soon as I posted my series of rhetorical questions someone would provide me with literal answers and thus a discussion began....friends of friends that don't know each other suddenly talking to one another and no matter what is said, I keep coming back to the original question: why is this even an issue? Do the people get no credit at all for having any common sense? Have we raised a generation so dumb that they can't keep chemicals out of reach of their children or teach them not to ingest any cleaning solutions from an early age? (You know, because children could have been watching and listening.) Should we all just go swallow some Tide Pods now?

      Anyway, your article is spot on! Although, sometimes I think there are far too many people who truly do take everything he says too literally, especially the things that seem "silly."

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      I can't disagree that he doesn't belong in the briefings on this one, perhaps only to make closing or opening statements and answer a few questions, but nothing more. If he could stick to a script, vet the questions, then maybe I'd feel his style was more appropriate; but with the media wanting to sink their teeth into anything off-color he says, it is time to adjust for the sake of informing the American people properly.

      Thanks for reading!

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      fran rooks 

      4 weeks ago from Toledo, Ohio

      Great article. I agree with the statement to make my own informed opinion. I do, however, believe Trump does NOT belong on the coronavirus podium. He can't read, knows so much more than scientists and medical personnel. How can I believe anything he says?

      He shoots from the hip and doesn't think!

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