Now it takes some doing to justify that headline above, but sit down and ready your eardrums for some Grade A bollocks from the Donald.
We know that name-calling is part and parcel of the Trump campaign, as is waxing lyrical about both his intelligence and business prowess, but this time around he really reached for the stars.
Trump sat down with George Stephanopoulos over the weekend, and managed to utter some truly daft statements. First up is the interview in its entirety:
And then some stinging criticism from Gawker:
Donald Trump sat down with George Stephanopoulos to talk about Putin, foreign policy, and just how much Michael Bloomberg sucks at golf. It is, perhaps, one of Trump’s most embarrassing election interviews yet..
…take, for instance, this little bit on Russia’s presence in Ukraine:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Yeah, they took away the— part of the platform calling for provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine to defend themselves. Why is that a good idea?
TRUMP: It’s— look, you know, I have my own ideas. He’s not going into Ukraine, okay, just so you understand. He’s not gonna go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want-
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?
TRUMP: Okay— well, he’s there in a certain way…
Cringe central. The full transcript can be read HERE, but I’ll yank out a few more passages for your enjoyment:
TRUMP: Honestly, she [Hillary] lies a lot and she really — she should tell the truth. I honestly believe if she told the truth — because she made some reference to my campaigning, I’ve had a beautiful — I’ve had a — had a flawless campaign. You’ll be writing books about this campaign. And yet she’s criticizing my campaign.
Now, her campaign, she couldn’t beat Bernie, OK?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, she did beat him.
Yes Donald, she did – and how about this ripper on his relationship with Putin:
STEPHANOPOULOS: What exactly is your relationship with Vladimir Putin?
TRUMP: I have no relationship to — with him. I have no relationship with him.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But if you have no relationship with Putin, then why did you say in 2013, I do have a relationship. In 2014, I spoke…
TRUMP: Because he has said nice things about me over the years. I remember years ago, he said something — many years ago, he said something very nice about me. I said something good about him when Larry King was on. This was a long time ago. And I said he is a tough cookie or something to that effect.
He said something nice about me. This has been going on. We did “60 Minutes” together. By the way, not together-together, meaning he was probably shot in Moscow…
No, just so you understand, he said very nice things about me, but I have no relationship with him. I don’t — I’ve never met him.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Yet you said for three years, ’13, ’14 and ’15, that you did have a relationship with him.
TRUMP: No, look, what — what do you call a relationship?
One final jibe at Hillary, who apparently created ISIS:
TRUMP: Our country’s a mess. And that’s why when she makes the speech, she doesn’t talk about radical Islam. She doesn’t talk about the problems that we have in this country and throughout the world. Many of the problems, she caused. I mean, she created ISIS with her stupidity and her lack of knowledge with her bad judgement.
Sure it may be his most embarrassing speech to date, but you can rest assured that he’ll give it plenty of competition in the months that follow.
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