By George Smith
Communication is an art, like, well, art, you know, painting, acting, sculpting or chain-sawing a realistic bear from a stump. Playing a sport at the highest level is an art, as is being able to maneuver a car in Dallas rush hour traffic or winning the eternal battle of having a happy marriage through sticktoitiveness and expressing love through actions and words.
Words matter. They define who we would like to be, who we are.
“(Homelessness) a phenomenon that started two years ago. It’s disgraceful. I’m going to, maybe—and I’m looking into it very seriously – we’re doing some other things that you probably noticed like some of th4 very important things that we’re doing now. But we’re looking at it very seriously, because you can’t do that.”
It may be hard to believe that this is not a line from the movie “One Flew Over the Cockoo’s Nest.” It’s not. It’s one of the more quizzical quotes by the U.S. Communicator in Chief, President Donald Trump.
It is hard to imagine the word salad above came out of the mouth of the nation’s leader; it did, trust me. Or look it up.
How smart people can be born-again members of a cult that follows a leader who makes statements that either: 1. Make no sense; 2. Start and end with obvious lies, or; 3. Refers to himself in the third person or gives himself verbal pats on the back for his intellect, handsomeness or business acumen, eludes me.
Examples of his hair-raising statements in news conference gaggles, speeches and as Twitter fodder:
- (The action was taken) “despite the negative press covfefe.”
- The media: “The media is – really, the word, I think one of the greatest terms I’ve come up with – is fake.”
- 2016 election: “If Abe Lincoln came back to life, he would lose New York and he would lose California.’
- On immigration: “Why are we having all these people from s—thole countries come here?”
- On immigration: We’re roundin’ ‘em up in a very humane way, in a very nice way. And they’re going to be happy because they want to be legalized. And, by the way, I know it doesn’t sound nice, But not everything is nice,”
- Women’s rights: “I will be phenomenal to the women. I mean, I want to help women.”
- Terrorism: “When you see the other side chopping off heads, waterboarding doesn’t sound very severe.”
- Climate change: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
- Hillary Clinton: “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
- Intelligence: “Sorry, losers and haters but my IQ is one of the highest, and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure. It’s not your fault.”
- On First Daughter: “(Ivanka) does have a very nice figure…If she weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
- On Trump: “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well-documented, are various other parts of my body.”
- Voters: “We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated!”
- Media and women: “You know, it really doesn’t matter what (members of the media) write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of a–!”
- War: This is the Trump theory on war: But I’m good at war. I’ve had a lot of wars of my own. I’m really good at war. I love war in a certain way. But only when we win.” (Note: He received five draft deferments due to “bone spurs.”)
- War: “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?”
- Border wall: “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
Words matter…until an individual decides they don’t. And in the case of Trump, millions of Americans have decided the president’s words and actions don’t matter, that they will wallow in his message of hate and exclusion and bullyboy tactics and accept them as their own.
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