Super Stupid

Trump to Canada on Tariffs: You Burned Down the White House

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

All of Trump's tariffs on imports from our closest allies and trading partners have been imposed on "national security" grounds, what threat could they possibly pose to our national security?

That's a good question and when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Trump to explain it, sources say Trump went on a rant about the War of 1812.

According to the sources, Trudeau pressed Trump on how he could justify the tariffs as a "national security" issue. In response, Trump quipped to Trudeau, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" referring to the War of 1812. [...]

When asked if the comment was received as a joke, one source on the call said: "To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke. The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the US won't be a laughing matter."

I can only imagine that in this very moment, Trudeau must have realized he was speaking to a fucking idiot.

Canada as we know it today didn't even exist in 1812. What would become the Canada we know was a British colony and the British were responsible for burning the White House. Not that any of that matters anyway, because it was 200-fucking-years ago.

  • Draxiar

    What the….*sigh* trump really is a special kind of stupid.

  • Nefercat

    “I can only imagine that in this very moment, Trudeau must have realized he was speaking to a fucking idiot.”
    Oh, I would imagine Trudeau figured that out many, many, many moments ago. Probably even before he started receiving sympathy cards from other countries.

  • Georgie
  • muselet

    It’s highly unlikely Donald Trump knew there was such a thing as the War of 1812. I wonder which of his advisers fed him that line.

    Asked about Trump’s remark that the Canadians burned down the White House, aides to the President and to Canada’s Trudeau declined to comment.

    It’s too bad the Canuckistanis are such a polite people. Otherwise, I’m sure their response to Trump’s joke—some people should not do comedy—would be entertainingly profane.


    • KanaW

      Very entertaining, since they’re probably ten times more literate than the current occupant of the White House.

  • Aynwrong

    There are so many nations that Trump has heard of that have treated America so badly. He may want to tariff them all.

    Has Freedonia stated it’s position yet on the tariffs?

    • simpfan

      I hear Trump called Freedonia’s leader an “upstart”.

    • muselet

      Not in so many words.


  • simpfan

    Can other countries use this logic against us?
    “Mexico announces tariffs in retaliation for the annexation of Texas”.
    “Spain announces tariffs in retaliation for the Spanish-American War”.