Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Timing is everything, isn't it?

Image via IN.

That was on MSNBC, before Trump's speech even began.

New York Times came out shortly after it ended, trying to get out ahead of the narrative by not only calling the pivot in the speech ("his best speech" apparently meaning "the one with the fewest words composed by Donald J. Trump") and the counterpivot we should be expecting sometime today.

But the most scorching hot take of all, I think, came from Chris Cillizza at CNN: the speech,was great because it was only "ostensibly" about Afghanistan, it was really about Charlottesville:
He just wasn't telling us how many troops he was sending to Virginia. I guess it depends on how much cooperation we get from North Carolina and Maryland.

Best thing is, that explains what happened last week in the Charlottesville speech: he was talking about Afghanistan!
"It's been going on for a long time... Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, it's been going on for a long time.... Egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides."
Like poor old Robert Mugabe, he just got the speeches switched.

Cross-posted at The Rectification of Names.

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