Thursday, February 07, 2019

Trump Lists "Abolishing Civil Rights" As One Of Our Nation's Greatest Strides

Let's start with what he says here at this morning's Prayer Breakfast speech:

"Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides, from gaining our independence. to abolition of civil rights, to extending the vote for women, have been done by people of faith and started in prayer.  When we open our hearts to faith, we fill our hearts with love."

Clearly, he misspoke.  (Some may argue, with some merit, it was a Freudian Slip.) I understand how that can happen.  My eyes sometimes play games with me when I'm trying to read something on a page.  But he is so disengaged from what he's saying that he doesn't even catch his error.  He's just reading words.  Flatly.  This is probably the president least likely to actually believe the last line about hearts open to faith filling with love.

What's he thinking about while he's robotically reading the teleprompter?  That he hates being there? The places he'd rather be?  Golfing?  Watching Fox News?  Is he thinking about how his world is starting to crumble around him and what options he has?

I've started a much more significant post than this that looks at one of the documents on the Buzzfeed document dump the other day.  But you have to think a bit to grasp the depth and breadth of the Russian collusion charges and this is so much easier to see.  But his wheeling and dealing for the Trump Tower Moscow and signing the Letter of Intent in October 2015 is far more significant.  I'll do that post later today or tomorrow.

For now watch a president whose mind is disconnected from his mouth.  (And other places in this speech, where he strays off script, are bizarre in a different way.  He seems to just have a collection of phrases that he randomly puts together without worrying about how much sense they make.)

I took me a while to figure out again how to get a youtube to start and end at  particular points.  Unfortunately if you try to replay this it seems to start at the beginning.  You can refresh the page, or go to 2:23:36 - 2:24:06.  Or you could listen to more of this prayer breakfast.

1 comment:

  1. That longed-for hope, this great 'abolition of civil rights' is taking wing in the prayers of many in this peculiar 'church & state' wedding feast.

    The speaker does not misspeak: there is a conservative supreme court majority once more.


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