Friday, February 17, 2017

"Say a prayer for the pretender...."

This is how WaPo's transcript has it:

QUESTION: So first of all, my name is (Inaudible) from (Inaudible) Magazine. I (inaudible). I haven't seen anybody in my community, including yourself or any of the -- anyone on your staff of being (OFF-MIKE).

Because (OFF-MIKE). However, what we've already heard about and what we (OFF-MIKE) is (OFF-MIKE) so you're general forecast (ph) like 48 (OFF-MIKE). There are people who are everything (ph) happens through their packs (ph) is one of the (OFF-MIKE)...


TRUMP:...he said he was gonna ask a very simple, easy question. And it's not, its not, not -- not a simple question, not a fair question. OK sit down, I understand the rest of your question.

So here's the story, folks. Number one, I am the least anti- Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism, the least racist person. In fact, we did very well relative to other people running as a Republican -- quiet, quiet, quiet.

See, he lied about -- he was gonna get up and ask a very straight, simple question, so you know, welcome to the world of the media. But let me just tell you something, that I hate the charge, I find it repulsive.

I hate even the question because people that know me and you heard the prime minister, you heard Ben Netanyahu (ph) yesterday, did you hear him, Bibi? He said, I've known Donald Trump for a long time and then he said, forget it.

So you should take that instead of having to get up and ask a very insulting question like that.

So I'm including the tweet and video above, because the reporter was Jake Turx of the Jewish publication Ami Magazine, which provided it's own transcript of the exchange:

And there's this:

When Turx tried to interject—maybe to remind the president he had specifically said he wasn't accusing him, personally, of anti-Semitism—Trump shouted him down again: "Quiet, quiet, quiet." The president went on to say he found the line of questioning "repulsive" and "insulting."

That answer is as weird and inappropriate as anything Trump said in the entire 77 minutes.


  1. I wonder if he even gets to the point of a Duterte level of homicidal insanity of the Republicans would remove him. I wouldn't bet on it happening.

  2. A friend of mine said it well. Trump believes everything said to him is either praise or an attack, and he responds according to his perception.

    The exchange between Trump and April Ryan, an African-American White House correspondent, was the weirdest. First Trump didn't know what the CBC was when she asked her question, so Ryan spelled it out, and then Trump asked if the people in the group were her friends and if she wanted to set up a meeting. "No, I'm a reporter."

    Later on Chris Hayes' show when Elijah Cummings was asked about it, he laughed and said, "I don't know. Maybe "all black people...."

  3. Regarding April Ryan: he didn't know what the CBC was, and then he was just being dismissive of it and her.
    So much winning!