Right, so obviously, Donald Trump doesn’t think before he says things.
Everything is a throw away comment. It’s all off-the-cuff.
His entire campaign, and indeed his presidency up to this point, has been the very definition of “making shit up as you go along.”
He has no concept whatsoever of the extent to which when you’re the President, you can’t just wing it. And the reason you can’t just wing it, is that when you hold the most powerful office on the face of the planet, the things you say have consequences.
Think back, for instance, to that infamous February 9 meeting Trump had with airline executives when he said this about tax reform and about his agenda more generally:
It’s coming along very well. We’re way ahead of schedule. We’re going to be announcing something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal in terms of tax and developing our aviation infrastructure.
Markets moved on that and his entire staff had to scramble around and figure out how to meet a deadline they never knew they had until he opened his mouth.
Since the beginning, the worry has always been that one of Trump’s random remarks would end up having dire consequences. And that brings us to this afternoon’s impromptu fire and brimstone soundbite:
In case you want to make a fun poster, Politico has a mock-up for you:
Now for one thing, that statement is so hyperbolic that if you didn’t know he said it, it would be easy to mistake it for something that Kim said. Have a look at the juxtaposition between that, and the rhetoric out of Pyongyang following the sanctions announcement:
Trump: They will be met with fire and fury like … the world has never seen. Frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen before.
Kim: This is a heinous plot to isolate and stifle us [and] we will take an action of justice.
If you didn’t know who said what, it would be impossible to know for sure which one of those ridiculous statements came from North Korea and which one came from the United States.
That’s how silly this has gotten.
And speaking of North Korean propaganda, here’s the official response to Trump:
The preemptive attack threatened by the U.S. will be foiled by the Korean style preemptive attack which will be mounted earlier
The provocative ‘preventive war’ the U.S. has devised and plans to execute will be countered with a just all-out war of wiping out all the strongholds of the enemies including the U.S. mainland.
The nuclear war hysteria of the U.S. authorities including Trump has reached an extremely reckless and rash phase.
Needless to say, lawmakers are incredulous.
“President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said this afternoon.
“I’m not sure how it helps,” John McCain added – and do note that’s John McCain, a man who isn’t exactly opposed to blowing something up.
As for Kellyanne Conway, she had this to offer:
There you go. “Strong and obvious.”
And also out-of-this-world crazy.