I oftentimes call it out when Trump says egregious things. This Doesn't qualify.
Good grief, Jeff. You've been bitching about Obama's oceans comment for 12 years. Why can't you dismiss it as "a little bit of theatrics" as easily as you do the words of the-------------?
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I call it out to point out the flagrant hypocrisy.
*Jeff dons his political hat* It was a brilliant bit of campaigning on Obama's part. He was being deified by the MSM and his supporters in a cult-fashion and he ran with it. I have no problem with that and actually respect the tactical aspect of it politically.
I've tortured myself and have watched this clip (the 1+ minute version linked above) 3 times now (Trump is SO painful to listen to). I can translate his supposedly horrific "Chosen one" comment...
First, a few facts:
*China has been stealing both intellectual property and technology from our county, with impunity, for well over a decade.
*China has been deliberately devaluing its currency in the global market, for economic advantage (cheating) for well over a decade.
*Everybody knows it and none of our leaders have done anything about it other than grouse about it.
*Trump has been harping on this for years - long predating his presidential run.
OK, now that we've established some basic facts, I'll translate his supposedly offensive comment that has loosened so many bowels...
He gave a quick rundown of all of China's cheating and clumsily pointed out that previous presidents didn't do squat about it. It was on that point that he somewhat sarcastically proclaimed he is "the chosen one".
In context, what that means is that according to him he's the only one with the stones to recognize the problem, articulate it clearly and take actions to deal with it.
Now, I think tariffs suck and I can certainly understand criticizing how he's attempting to deal with this. Fair enough.
But in the broad scheme of things, his flippant comment makes sense given how he was framing this situation.