There are some interesting political stories burbling this morning. Donald Trump, for instance, tweeted that he’s called off the military parade in his honor, suggesting that D.C. was going to charge him too much for the parade (in all likelihood, he must have realized that a military parade would be an ideal event for counter-protestors, who would almost certainly outnumber supporters). Meanwhile, there are also a number of former senior-level intelligence officials — including Secretary of Defense under both Bush an Obama, Robert Gates — who have signed on to a letter criticizing the President’s decision to revoke John Brennan’s security clearances. According to MSNBC, however, Trump feels “emboldened” by the decision, and plans to use access to security clearances as a political weapon.
Elsewhere, Lara Trump released a statement in response to Omarosa’s decision to release a secretly recorded conversation between the two in which Lara Trump offered her $180,000 a year (paid for by Trump small donors) to keep quiet. Lara Trump clearly doesn’t understand irony:
In a statement, Ms. Trump said that she had shared a bond with Ms. Manigault Newman during the 2016 campaign “as a friend and a campaign sister, and I am absolutely shocked and saddened by her betrayal and violation on a deeply personal level.”
“I hope it’s all worth it for you, Omarosa, because some things you just can’t put a price on,” she continued.
Honestly, however, you can ignore all of that, because The Daily Beast has reported a story that is the absolute epitome of his entire Presidency. This anecdote is quintessentially Trump.
In March of last year, Trump met with various veterans groups in the Roosevelt Room to discuss veteran’s issues — veterans at the time were none too pleased that Omarosa had been hired to handle veterans issues. Nevertheless, she attended along with Trump.
The meeting immediately devolved, however, as Trump quickly managed to “annoy” and “confuse” U.S. war veterans over the movie Apocalypse Now. According to The Daily Beast, one veteran asked the President what he planned to do about veterans who fought in Vietnam suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. The President responded by saying — without offering any details — “that’s already taken care of.” Veterans pushed back, suggesting that it had in no way been taken care of, which is when Trump asked if Agent Orange was “that stuff from that movie.”
The movie to which he was referring was Apocalypse Now. Agent Orange was not the stuff from that movie. Napalm was the stuff from that movie, and a pretty good giveaway is perhaps the most famous line from the film, delivered by Robert Duvall’s character, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”
Sources present at the time tell The Daily Beast that multiple people—including Vietnam War veterans—chimed in to inform the president that the Apocalypse Now set piece he was talking about showcased the U.S. military using napalm, not Agent Orange.
Trump refused to accept that he was mistaken and proceeded to say things like, “no, I think it’s that stuff from that movie.”
He then went around the room polling attendees about if it was, in fact, napalm or Agent Orange in the famous scene from “that movie,” as the gathering—organized to focus on important, sometimes life-or-death issues for veterans—descended into a pointless debate over Apocalypse Now that the president simply would not concede, despite all the available evidence.
Finally, Trump made eye contact again with Weidman and asked him if it was napalm or Agent Orange. The VVA co-founder assured Trump, as did several before him, that it was in fact napalm, and said that he didn’t like the Coppola film and believed it to be a disservice to Vietnam War veterans.
According to two people in attendance, Trump then flippantly replied to the Vietnam vet, “Well, I think you just didn’t like the movie,” before finally moving on.
And that is the Trump presidency in a nutshell: A confused old man doesn’t understand the facts, insists wrongly that his version of events is true, and then claims that those who don’t side with him do so because they don’t like him. The only thing missing from this story is a separate table of people at the event wearing Q shirts and angrily insisting that it is Agent Orange and calling IMDB the enemy of the people.
Source: The Daily Beast
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