Election 2016 Super Stupid

Donald Trump is a Certified Idiot

You may have heard yesterday that the Obama administration paid a "secret ransom" to Iran earlier this year totaling $400 million.

Gasp!

Except that's not what happened at all. It wasn't secret and it wasn't a ransom. The payment was part of a legal settlement negotiated at the international criminal court at The Hague. Iran sued the United States to recoup $400 million from an arms deal that went bust in 1979!

Depending on your point of view, you could say the money didn't even belong to us to begin with. Iran paid the United States $400 million for fighter jets that we never actually delivered to them after the Shah was deposed.

None of that matters to Donald Trump, however, because Donald Trump is an idiot and a liar.

During a campaign rally in Florida yesterday, Trump claimed that he watched a video of the money being delivered to Iran. No such video exists so some people speculated that Trump was leaking classified information, but as it turns out Trump never watched a video of money being delivered. He watched a video of Americans being exiting a plane in Switzerland after being released by Iran.

As Fox News reported on the controversial transfer of $400 million in cash to Iran in January, it repeatedly played dark, grainy footage of shadowy figures walking off a small private plane with bags with hand. [...]

"Remember this: Iran — I don't think you heard this anywhere but here — Iran provided all of that footage, the tape of taking that money off the airplane," Trump said at the rally. "Right?"

Right?

No.

The Washington Post asked Trump's staff to explain what Trump was talking about and emailed a link to a Fox News clip that showed the January footage from Geneva, asking if that was the video the nominee saw.

"Yes," spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded in an email. "Merely the b-roll footage included in every broadcast."

The money delivered to Iran wasn't even delivered in American dollars. It was delivered in various European currencies because it was transferred from Switzerland.

The supposed "secret ransom" story is already fizzling out, probably because it's a total fabrication that was already reported on by major news outlets 8 months ago. Some of the outlets that hyped the story yesterday reported it themselves 8 months ago. I guess they forgot.

This is an excellent example of how Fox News misleads people by displaying footage of a supposed riot that actually happened years ago and wasn't a riot at all or, in this case, displayed footage of some men carrying bags and passed it off as footage of a secret money drop.

What should concern everyone is that Trump, the GOP's presidential nominee, is dumb enough to buy it and openly repeat it as if it were fact.

My gut says Trump believes every UFO video he's ever seen is an authentic depiction of an alien spacecraft.

  • Badgerite

    Oh please. Putin’s Poodle is just trying to deflect attention from the shadowing financing his various business enterprises have received from sources close to Putin and his campaign’s rather obvious carrying water for Putin’s positions with respect to the NATO Alliance and Russian incursions into Ukraine. And from the attempt by Russian intelligence at Putin’s direction to actually meddle by in the American election to harm Hilary Clinton and help trump. And now paper work from the GOP platform meeting where the language was changed from support of Ukraine to non support of Ukraine against Putin has “disappeared”. I am shocked. shocked, I tell you, that that has happened
    And then, of course, there is what was revealed by Joe Scarborough about trump’s idea that the use of nuclear weapons might be on the trump list of things to do.
    That is certainly not worrying at all.

  • muselet

    If it were anyone else, I’d assume this was just another odious smear directed at the Obama administration.

    Since it’s Donald Trump, I have to think he really believes he saw secret video, shot by the Iranian military, of a cash transfer from the US to Iran. Literally none of that is true, but we’ve become so accustomed to Trump’s aggressive ignorance—abetted by FNC’s fast-and-loose approach to reality—that it’s tempting to shrug and go on with one’s day. That’s the real danger of the man: he’s normalized deliberate stupidity.

    Donald Trump must never be elected President of the United States.

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      The GOP normalized it. Donald Trump has merely personified it.