Election 2016

Trump Was Baited With a Tweet

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Hillary Clinton said a man who can be baited with a tweet should not have access to nuclear weapons and that's exactly what happened this week: Donald Trump was baited with a tweet.

Trump reportedly edited his fire and brimstone anti-immigration speech to reiterate that Mexico is going to pay for his imaginary wall after the Mexican president tweeted that Mexico will not pay for the wall.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Trump was peeved that Mr. Peña Nieto had gone public with the fact that the Mexican president had broken what Mr. Trump considered a deal to keep the question of paying for the wall off the table at their initial meeting.

Mr. Trump hurriedly inserted a new sentence in his immigration speech, and he soon boomed out from the podium his traditional declaration that the wall would be paid for by Mexico—adding, “They don’t know it yet but they’re going to pay for the wall.”

Maybe the most important or embarrassing revelation here is that Trump was afraid to talk about his signature campaign issue.

Trump says Mexico will pay for the wall but, when he had an opportunity to discuss it with the president of Mexico, he ran for cover.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Trump says Mexico will pay for the wall but, when he had an opportunity to discuss it with the president of Mexico, he ran for cover.

    Why, it’s almost like he’s a coward blowing hot air, or something.

    Imagine that.

  • muselet

    There is more than a little truth to the cliché that bullies are cowards at heart.

    –alopecia

  • fry1laurie

    “Oh, yeah! I’ll show him!” is not how diplomacy is supposed to work.

  • Badgerite

    “Off the table”. Of course, it is off the table. Orange Dumb*ss. Because, first of all, there isn’t going to be any “wall” and second of all, there is absolutely no way that the Orange Weasel can make any other nation pay for something the United States decides to build on its own. No way in hell. Any more than we would pay for a “wall” if Mexico built it to keep out the flow of weapons to the drug cartels that have terrorized Mexico in some areas. God, he is just pathetic.

    • Victor the Crab

      Sure he could make Mexico pay for the wall simply by nuking Puebla and warn others that they will be next if they don’t fork over their sorry ass cash ASAP, because Donald Drumph is a sociopathic demagogue.

      • Badgerite

        Well, that was my next thought. That he might possibly threaten a small scale nuclear attack on Mexico. He seems to be into extortion.

        • Groundloop

          Nice little country you got here. Be a shame if anything were to happen to it.

  • Mr. Trump might have considered it a deal, but did he bother saying so at the time? Probably not. I don’t think he ever developed a full “theory of mind”—you know, the ability to realize that other people aren’t literally sharing your thoughts and have no independent inner lives.

  • Aynwrong

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Trump would start a war if Putin insulted the size of his hands.

    • 1933john

      Or his schlort.

    • Victor the Crab

      If anything, Putin would make Drumph start and/or support a war of Putin’s choosing as a means of paying back whatever huge debts he owes Russia.

      • Aynwrong

        I stand by my point. Trump would invade somewhere if someone insulted his hands.

        • muselet

          Sure. It just wouldn’t be a war with Russia.

          –alopecia