I…didn’t want to put this one in here. There’s some other more worthwhile shit I’d rather talk about that got bumped as a result. Except that if you’re just joining us because you left your rustic cabin for the first time in years to buy new typewriter ribbon because you’re still working on that care package you’ve been meaning to send, the whole incident underscores how far the office of the president has fallen.
The controversy centers around whether the Trumpster knew Sgt. La David Johnson’s name when the president called Johnson’s wife, Myeshia, to express his warmest condolences for the loss of her husband, killed by militants in Niger. Le Donald insists that of course he did, because, well, there was a chart.
On the White House lawn Wednesday, before leaving for a Texas fundraiser, Trump told reporters that he knew he got the name right because it was on a chart before him, apparently prepared by the White House staff.
“I can only say this: I was really nice to her. I respect her. I respect her family,” he said. “I certainly respect La David, who – I, by the way, called La David right from the beginning. Just so you understand, they put a chart in front – ‘La David,’ it says, 'La David Johnson.’”
The damage that this president is doing is probably undoable at some level, and people like me are propagating the absurdity by not focusing on the larger problems this administration presents and instead focusing on whether or not he knew a dead soldier’s name.
Because while that question is germane to whether this man is capable of leading anything more complex than a conga line at Mar-a-Lago, it’s not the worst thing he’s done. Or will do. It’s just the latest in another self-protective salvos the man feels compelled to launch because we have elevated the petty to the point of the unavoidable.