We now know why Trump has refused to give any press conferences for nearly half a year: He freaks out under the pressure, says some truly idiotic things, then rambles. It’s not a pleasant sight.
Unexpectedly, Trump told his traveling press pool that he would be answer a few questions while they were staying with him at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Immediately, one asked him whether he agreed that the Russian hacking and its effect on the election should be properly investigated. Naturally, Trump – who was the beneficiaries of what U.S. intelligence now says is demonstrable tampering with the Democratic process – said people should just “get on with our lives.”
But because his brain only operates at a tenth of the speed that his mouth does, he just kept going. And going. And going…
“I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on. We have speed. We have a lot of things. But I’m not sure you have the kind of security that you need. But I have not spoken with the senators, and certainly will be over a period of time.”
What. The. Hell. Was. That?
It’s like every sentence is intentionally designed to contain the maximum amount of words with the least amount of information.
- “The whole age of computer…”
- “We have speed.”
- “I have not spoken with the senators, and certainly will be over a period of time.”
Recently, U.S. senator Lindsey Graham has shown rare backbone and has called for serious investigations into Russian meddling in the election. His party may have benefited from Russians hacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign head’s emails, but Graham seems to understand that allowing Russia to get away with this poses a serious threat to the very fabric of American democracy.
According to Graham’s own count “99 percent” of Senators (that would be exactly 99 of them) agree with U.S. intelligence that Russia indeed did do this.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says President-elect Donald Trump is at odds with nearly the entire Senate over whether Russia interfered in the election.
“There are 100 United States senators…. I would say that 99 percent of us believe that the Russians did this, and we’re going to do something about it,” Graham told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “The Situation Room” on Tuesday.
The one holdout is presumably Sen. Mitch McConnell’s whose hatred towards Obama and Democrats appears to be far beyond his sense of patriotism. He infamously threatened to viciously smear Obama as a partisan hack if the White House dared share solid information it had about Russia’s support of Trump before the election (when it would have mattered) – in a sense actually covering for the Russian tampering operation from his seat in the Capitol building.
Trump’s inability to accept that he probably would have lost without Russian intervention and his complete ignorance of 21st century technology makes for a toxic cocktail of injustice. He won’t move to prevent Russian tampering because doing so would be an admission that they were propping him up as a puppet. It would also take a rudimentary understanding of how computers, the Internet, and cybersecurity work. Trump is notoriously clueless about technology. He once claimed he could protect America’s digital secrets because his 10-year-old son has a computer.
“I have a son. He’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing.”
America’s dumbest president is about to be sworn in. Heaven help us.
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