Donald Trump usually has a soft spot for human monsters. Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin, Bill O’Reilly, etc. It must have really irked him to have to say something negative about Assad.
The only statements Trump has ever issued concerning Syria is that we needed to stay out of Syria. He’s sent dozens of tweets over the past few years saying as much. He’s criticized Obama for wanting to go into Syria. After Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad implemented a chemical attack Tuesday that killed dozens of people, including children, Trump criticized Obama for not doing more with Syria. Huh? Oh yeah. This is Donald Trump. The guy who didn’t support the Iraq war though he’s on tape saying we should go into Iraq.
Trump also criticized Assad, sort of. He said “My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.” This isn’t the first time Assad has gassed his own people. What was Trump’s attitude in 2013? It was probably indifference since just a few days ago Trump said it would be “silly” to persist in trying to oust Assad. Of course Trump didn’t have any comments or criticism toward his hero, Vladimir Putin, whose involvement in Syria is solely responsible for retaining Assad’s bloody grip on power.
Trump and many others criticized Obama for having an imaginary “red line” in Syria. Trump issued an even weaker statement by saying it crossed a lot of lines for him. At a press conference with the king of Jordan Trump said “I’m not saying I’m doing anything one way or the other, but I’m certainly not going to be telling you.” I’m sure if he tells anyone it’ll be Putin, or it will be more like Putin tells him.
To discover Assad is an evil person is about as surprising as the announcement from 1970s wimpy-music star Barry Manilow that he’s gay. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? It’s like that scene from the first Austin Powers movie where he watches history tapes of everything he’s missed over the past 30 years and his biggest shock is that Liberace is gay. Berlin Wall crumbled but that Liberace news is heavy.
I don’t want to play into stereotypes, but it’s not really one to know Manilow is gay. Like Elton John’s coming out decades ago, or Anderson Cooper a couple years ago, the only news about it is that it’s news. It’s kinda like when Bob Hope died and you were shocked that he wasn’t already dead. I thought Manilow had been “out.” In fact, I don’t think it’s ever news anymore that anyone is gay. I don’t think it changed how anyone looked at Neil Patrick Harris who continued to play a womanizing psychopath, and scored other roles playing heterosexuals. Gay or straight, he’s just a great actor.
There’s a lot of new news for Donald Trump that’s not news to anyone else. Assad is a bad man. Governing is hard. Healthcare is complicated. Donald Trump is a moron and uniquely unqualified to serve as president.
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