I wonder how many times this year I’ve said “Are you fucking kidding me?” Probably at least a thousand, and 95% of them are in reaction to something I’ve read or seen about Donald Trump or other Washington happenings. Every day I think to myself, it can’t get much worse or more ridiculous. But then, dawn breaks and guess what? It actually does get more ridiculous and there’s something out there that is even worse than the last worst worse. Sometimes I feel like we’re all living in the Truman Show. Who’s watching us and laughing their asses off as they play puppeteer and orchestrate scenarios that are making us a nation full of people riddled with anxiety, fear, and divisiveness? And can we please just roll the credits already? Good morning, good afternoon, and goodnight!
Here’s the latest in my “are you fucking kidding me?” lineup of moments. It’s a little excerpt from the super articulate, confidence-instilling dialog between Lou Dobbs and Trump during Wednesday’s interview. I’m going to totally gloss over Dobbs telling Trump that he is “one of the most loved and respected” presidents “in history” (because: bahhhh bahha bhaa haahaaa ha. Ha.) and skip to the really enlightening parts:
On China, in response to Dobbs question about his relationship with President Xi- TRUMP: He’s a powerful man. I happen to think he’s a very good person. Now with that being said, he represents China, I represent the USA, so, you know, there’s going to always be conflict. But we have a very good relationship. People say we have the best relationship of any president-president, because he’s called president also.
Now some people might call him the king of China. But he’s called president. But we have a very good relationship and that’s a positive thing. And it would be good to have that relationship with Russia and other countries, too.
On border relationships, sovereignty and our economy (in response to this question): “How in the world are we going to be able to deal with all of these issues if you — if you cannot bring the Republican party together?” TRUMP: I really think they’re coming along. I really do. I think they are coming along. One thing you didn’t mention which you will mention and I know you talk about it is the power of the pharmaceutical companies.
DOBBS: Oh, yes.
TRUMP: We pay so much more for the same pill, prescription drugs than other countries. You go to Canada — people go to Canada to buy prescriptions.We pay for the exact same pill, made from same plant, the same company, we pay in many cases, many, many times more than they’re paying in other countries. So we’re subsidizing the world in terms of prescription drugs. It’s ridiculous. And it’s going to stop.
The problem I have is these companies give so much — I mean the contributions are massive, just massive, the amount. But we do have — there are a lot of good people that are seeing what’s going on. And I think we’ll be successful in that. Next week, I’m going to be declaring an emergency, national emergency on drugs.
The opioid is a tremendous emergency, what’s going on there. The drugs pouring into the country have gotten — and I tell you what, we’ve made a big impact. But still, we need the wall. You know, part of the reason we need the wall is for drugs.
On Tax Reform (in response to this question): “What do you expect the impact to be for working men and women, the middle class, those who aspire to be in the middle class?” TRUMP: You know, we’ve done so well. Pretty much record-setting, certainly record-setting for nine months in so many different ways. Nine months of a presidency. But you look at the market, how well it’s doing, so you’d say well why do you have to do anything. We can actually do better. And I think we will do better. We are going to have so many jobs created by what we’re doing. And you know, we’re going to have companies that aren’t going to be leaving our country anymore.
You look at what’s happened over the last 25 years, you go down and take a look at Mexico—and see how many car companies have built these massive factories in Mexico. Not here. We want them built in Michigan, and Ohio, and our places. And they just leave, and they fire everybody, and they go and open up plants. That’s not going to be happening anymore, plus they’re going to be penalized in many different ways if they do it.
And here he explains how he spends his time when he should be focused on actually getting shit done (note major eye-roll on the shout out to Fox, Sean Hannity and of course loyal Lou):
TRUMP: And the good thing about social media is that I have so many millions of people, so many — I guess, 128 million. You could add up — you know, you add up all the different platforms — massive social media. At least I can put out — it’s not that I want to do that. I’d rather not do it. I would love to not do it at all. But at least I can put out the truth. And I can put out the real word. And people agree. And if you look at the level of approval of the — of media — of general media —
TRUMP: if you look at it from the day I started running to now, I’m so proud that I have been able to convince people how fake it is — because it has taken a nosedive. —
DOBBS: Yes. And —
TRUMP: Except for your show, of course — and Sean, and a few of them. Right?
TRUMP: There’s some very good ones. And I have to say, Fox has treated me fairly. And I don’t mean good, but they’ve treated me fairly. I don’t want to be treated good. I just want to be treated fairly.
Gah! NONE of these answers make any sense. They are either completely off topic or completely incoherent, or just totally inaccurate. If he can’t even answer questions that were lobbed at him by one of his most loyal and enthusiastic supporters, how can he address or provide thoughtful and effective solutions to any of the other pressing issues we’re facing as a nation and a world (ahem, North Korea)? ALSO: I remember back in November when people were saying “Oh give him a chance, he’ll become more Presidential”. Ok, it’s been almost a year. He’s had lots of chances. When is this miraculous transformation going to happen? Someone–anyone–please tell me. And, answer my question directly and concisely. Is that too much to ask?